Saturday, December 08, 2018

Lovely article on the upcoming Solstice by the esteemed Julianna Swanson:

According to Vedic astrology, we in the northern hemisphere are now passing through the last month of dakshinayana, the waning-Sun cycle of the year which began at the summer solstice on June 21. The winter solstice and beginning of winter season will occur on Friday, December 21 at 5:23 PM Eastern Time. Until then, the Sun’s light grows dimmer, days grow shorter, and our life energy is spiraling down, deeper and deeper within. 
The energy of this time of the year preceding the winter solstice is akin to the deepest Balsamic waning Moon cycle that occurs monthly. It is a mystical time for slowing down; spending cozy time with loved ones; turning within, resting, and connecting with the inner Light; integrating the past, releasing whatever is needed to be cleared away for the new cycle ahead; and it is also a time for celebration as we come closer to the return of the light around the solstice itself.
At the winter solstice and for three days afterward, the Sun attains a phenomenal still point where it appears to be barely moving, and after that will slowly start to track north again in the uttarayana cycle of the year. This period will last six months until Friday June 21, when dakshinayana will begin all over again. (All this is opposite in the southern hemisphere).
The last three days of an ayana, which begin at the winter or summer solstice, are not advised for beginning any new long-term venture that we wish to be of lasting worldly success. In my opinion, the last month of dakshinayana (now) is also best avoided. 
Uttarayana is the day-time period for the Gods, and dakshinayana is the night for them. So, uttarayana (December 21 to June 21) is considered to be the most auspicious half of the year which is the best period for beginning important new ventures per elective (or electional) astrology. 
Also known as "event astrology," elective astrology is a branch found in most traditions of astrology in which the astrologist decides the most appropriate time and date for an event based on the astrological auspiciousness of that period. It is called Muhurta in the Vedic tradition, and is so important that it comprises about 20% of my own full-time professional practice. 
Many spiritual practitioners consider the twelve days of Christmas from December 25 through January 5 to be a rare contemplative and reflective time of the year when intuition, creativity, and healing powers are accentuated. The more ancient twelve days of Christmas, known as the Yuletide, run from December 20 through January 31. Either of these seems to fit with our civil calendar in western culture when many people take time off of work for the holidays. 
Usually, I feel it is best to wait until after January 6 for most kinds of elections (like those for starting a creative or business venture), especially as January 6 is the Christian calendar’s Epiphany which concludes the twelve meditative days of Christmas and often marks the end of the holiday period for those of us in America anyway. However, in 2019, we will have a solar eclipse on January 5 and a lunar eclipse two weeks later, so we have to take these celestial events into account when doing astrological elections.
Love and LIGHT!
Juliana
(Art by Carolyn Cable: "Winter Solstice")