So many things are happening today!
It is Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the official start of Winter. It is considered a fresh start and a day to set intentions that will hopefully grow alongside the returning light and warmth of the sun. I think its a good time to start thinking about what you want to manifest and most people set intentions or resolutions on New Years Day.
The Sun is going into Capricorn, Happy Birthday to all Capricorns! They are a yin, cardinal, earth sign who have a need for structure, organization and social accomplishment.
The Waxing Moon is going into Aries who is about being independent and developing self awareness. The waxing moon is when we can trust that those dreams and intentions we set at the New Moon in Capricorn are putting down roots and getting strong. The cardinal energy of the Moon in Aries and the Sun in Capricorn is a great time to make a list of concrete goals that will nurture the intentions set at the New Moon.
And, it is the Great Conjunction (planets are basically sitting on top of each other) of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius. This conjunction is significant because it initiates a 200-year cycle of Saturn and Jupiter conjunctions that will be primarily in the air signs. Saturn and Jupiter meet up in a conjunction every 20 years, but for the past 200 years, they have mostly met in Virgo, Capricorn, or Taurus. This signifies a shift from putting all of our energy towards material gain and being motivated by money to an interest in the collective good and valuing freedom over security. Also, this will be the closest observable Jupiter-Saturn conjunction since medieval times, and there will not be another that is visually like it until 2080.
Here is a an article from Space.com discussing the great conjunction in more detail and there is also a 3 minute video discussing the science behind the conjunction.
The image on the left by Kev Pearson Photography was taken in the UK on 12/20/20. It clearly shows both Jupiter and Saturn and if you look closely you can see four of Jupiter's moons.
Journal Questions for Waxing Moon in Aries
How can I nurture the seeds of intentions I planted at the New Moon in Capricorn?
Where in my life do I need to be bold, put down roots, and strengthen my structures?
Where in my life do I need to be independent?
How can I honor my own individuality without becoming self-centered?
Journal Questions for Solstice
How do I endure this darkness?
What is the potential here?
What is the light that is coming?
How can I help the light grow?
Next up is the full moon Cancer on Tuesday December 29th.