This year the winter solstice falls on the 21st June, the day after the Sagittarius full moon. The word solstice is derived from the Latin words sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still”. Solstice is therefore the perfect time to slow down, observe the beauty of the season and also reflect on the inner landscape.
June Full Moon – Clarity & Wisdom
The June full moon falls on the 20th at 29-30° Sagittarius. This is a very powerful full moon for two reasons. Firstly it’s the second full moon in Sagittarius this year and secondly it occurs on the eve of the Winter Solstice, a turning point in the seasonal calendar, being the shortest day of the year and a time when we are particularly open to messages from the unconscious mind. The tense Grand Cross energy of the June new moon repeats at this full moon with Mercury forming the cross with Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and the nodal axis, bringing clarity and wisdom. The Sun is conjunct Venus in the final degree of Gemini opposing the Moon in Sagittarius.
Action planet Mars completes his retrograde cycle this month. Mars has been opposing the Sun and travelling backwards through Sagittarius and Scorpio since the 17th April, bringing any underlying grievances to the surface. Towards the end of June, Mars will slow down and start moving forward again. The purpose of the Mars retrograde transit is to help us align our actions and goals (Mars) with our true nature and purpose (Sun). Mars and Saturn will be clearly visible in the eastern sky after 8-9 pm each night – Mars is the larger of the two and easy to spot with a reddish tinge.
This year the winter solstice falls on the 21st June, the day after the Sagittarius full moon. The word solstice is derived from the Latin words sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still”. Solstice is therefore the perfect time to slow down, observe the beauty of the season and also reflect on the inner landscape. Winter represents a time of quiet when old growth has decayed and the soil is readying for a new season of fertility and renewal. Consider creating your own winter solstice ritual to release the past and plant seeds for the future. Light candles, decorate your home with winter greenery and invite friends round for a feast.
A Warming Winter Solstice Ritual
What you will need
- Bowl of water
- Large Candle
- Candle or tea light for each person
- Glitter & Essential Oils
- Wine / Juice
- Winter greenery
Find a cosy room with an open fire and decorate the room with winter greenery. Place a large bowl of water and a beautiful lighted candle in the centre of the room. Have some golden glitter and scented oil nearby. Sit in a circle with a smaller candle or tea light in front of each person. Go round the circle one by one, talking about the things you wish to release at this dark time of the year and once you have finished, blow out your candle.
When everyone has had their turn, blow out the central candle and sit in the darkness reflecting on what you are all leaving behind. After a long silence, relight the central candle, which represents the sun, and sprinkle golden glitter on the water. Then ask each person to light their candle from the central candle and place it by the water so you can see the glitter sparkling. Pass around a glass of wine or juice and offer a toast to the sun, the bringer of new light. Then go round the circle again, each person talking about a dream for the future or a new attitude you wish to embrace. Finally sprinkle scented oil on the water and choose someone to anoint each person with sunshine by dipping their hand into the sparkling, scented water and sprinkling it over each person’s hair. Hold hands and offer thanks.
June Moon Calendar
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
Full Moon 20th
Winter Solstice 21st
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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