This article originally appeared on Yoga Journal
In the week ahead, Jupiter will move into Aries, the Sun will shift into Capricorn, and the winter solstice along with the new Moon will escort us through the darkest days of the year, What awaits on the other side of these transits is something new , something daring, something calling us forward into the next chapter of life.
Jupiter enters Aries
On December 20, 2022, Jupiter will move into the fiery and independent sign of Aries, where it will remain until the following May.
The planet of luck, expansion, growth, and happiness, Jupiter is the largest entity, outside of the Sun, in our solar system. This immensity corresponds to the kind of growth it continuously invites us to experience as it travels through the zodiac.
Aries, as the first of the zodiac, is the excitement that sparks ideas and sets every step thereafter into motion. It is inspiration, initiation, and determination.
While in Aries, Jupiter will bring expansion of our personal courage, growth in our leadership qualities, and rejuvenation of our inspiration and vitality. Consider this time one of fortune and luck through action.
Jupiter spent May to October of 2022 in Aries before it dipped backwards to retrograde through Pisces. Allow yourself to explore the themes that presented themselves in your life during this time, especially anything related to novel ideas, initiations taken, or new chapters. How did you grow or change during this time? What felt exciting to you? Did any desires spring forth? What, if anything, did you initiate during these months?
As Jupiter returns to Aries this December, we are presented with a second opportunity to leap into whatever direction is calling our name. For the next 5 months, our acts of courage, independence, leadership, and initiation will be our tickets into the beautiful opportunities, abundance, and growth that Jupiter wants to shower us with.
December 21, 2022, will mark the sacred day of the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere (and the Summer Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere). The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sister (to stand still). It is on this day that the Earth’s axis has reached its maximum tilt away from the Sun, giving birth to the shortest and darkest day of the year.
Ancient mystics and astrologers have spoken of the time around Winter Solstice as a season of initiation with thresholds of consciousness crossed, opportunities to connect with the inner spirit, and the opening of new paths towards self-realization.
Capricorn season begins
It is on the darkest day of the year that the Sun moves into the grounded and practical sign of Capricorn, marking the beginning of its season. When this happens, we are presented with an opportunity to become our own light, to be our own warmth, and to believe in–and say yes to–ourselves and our inner calling above all else.
Capricorn is symbolized by the sea goat, which represents a bridge between spirit and matter. It is the half-fish that can descend as deep into our internal oceans of psychic energy as its twin, the half-goat, can scale the heights of outer accomplishment.
Any zodiac season that begins as the Earth shifts into a new phase represents new beginnings. It is a new chapter of our lives with central themes of accountability, success, and grounding our goals, visions, and dreams into tangible reality. It is a season reminding us that self-responsibility is a prerequisite to the achievements of our dreams.
New Moon in Capricorn
December 23, 2022, brings our final new Moon of 2022. With the Moon joining the Sun in Capricorn, we have our desires (Sun) and needs (Moon) coming together, bringing forth a new chapter of our lives.
As the name suggests, a new Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle. Meeting us just two days after the Earth initiates a new cycle and the Sun begins a new season, this new Moon is filled with multiple sparks and layers of beginning energy.
Regardless of what your Sun sign may be, within each one of us exists each of the twelve zodiac signs. And as the cosmos immerses itself and takes on the lens of this grounded and ambitious sign, the spark of Capricorn that lives within each of us all also becomes activated.
We get to meet the parts of ourselves that are innately responsible, the parts of ourselves that know we are a match for the dreams that sit in our hearts no matter how big they feel. We get to meet and embody the self that is determined, ambitious, and patient. And we get to lean on ourselves as we methodically approach, plan, and structure the path of this new beginning.
This new Moon acts as a doorway to peer into our next venture, sitting at the transition point of a new year, a new energy, and a new chapter of our lives. This is an auspicious opportunity to sit down with any intentions, goals, or dreams you may have for your year ahead and let the Capricorn within you get to work.
Carl Jung coined the term “synchronicity,” a concept exploring the interconnectedness between the individual and the cosmos. It was derived from ancient texts and described when the inner world of self and outer world of seeming reality merged. That is when synchronicity would occur. A book that comes into your life after declaring your interest in a new subject. A friend calling you just after they enter your mind. Numbers or symbols that speak a deeper meaning to your heart appearing exactly when you need. Multiple astrological transits–each a cosmic invitation inviting you into the same direction of courage, into saying yes to yourself, into new beginnings, and into devotion to your path ahead–taking place as we peer into a new year.
Astrology is one of the many ways we are lucky enough to decode the language of this unexplainable force of existence. As we look at the astrology of the week, it could only be likened to each of us being loudly cheered on.
Synchronicities can be reminders that we are a part of something greater. A divine orchestration of movement and flow. A force of growth and evolution that we are one with. As the cosmos this week invites you to take a chance on yourself, let it remind you that you are a part of something greater, that you are supported, and that you are loved.
As Jupiter comes together with Aries, allow yourself to be excited by your life again. This is fire and fire coming together–pure inspiration, a thirst for becoming, and a desire to be fully alive.
And as the Sun and Moon shift into Capricorn, bringing with it the Winter Solstice, allow yourself to ground this excitement into your body and into realistic planning. There is no dream too big, and no mountain too steep. Capricorn is the sea-goat that is quite literally built to climb the highest of mountains, and Aries is the inextinguishable belief in self that will take you to the top.
Learn more about the influence of astrology in your life, including astrological events the Moon cycles, your Sun and Moon and rising signs, how journaling can help you connect with the current influences, and more with Jordane Maree at Girl and her Moon.
About our contributor
Jordan Maree is the founder of Girl and Her Moon, a platform and community exploring Soul through the lens of astrology, tarot, and energy healing. She is a writer, intuitive astrologer, energy and soul guide, and host of Girl and Her Moon, The Podcast. She is inspired, every single day, to be the mirror for you to see all that you truly are, you in all your infinite abilities, in total expansion, in infinite opportunity and love.
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