Winter solstice falls on the 21st of December and is the day which many believe to be the most powerful of the year for transformation. This year’s (2017) is especially powerful, here is why and how you can navigate:
There are many astrological reasons why solstice (and this year’s solstice specifically) will be powerful; however, I will start with the numerological reasons. 21/12 or 12/21 (depending on location) represents the bridging of duality. If you think of the 2 as your polar opposite sides- e.g. light/dark- happy/sad- creative/destructive- the 1 symbolises the bridging of this duality and bringing it into 1, meaning the realisation that duality is just 2 ends of the same pole and an understanding of these poles can help you to transcend the less desirable ends of the duality in question.
The fact that these numbers mirror is a powerful metaphor for taking a long hard look in the mirror. This day is a portal for transformation and was the date (in 2012) when the Mayan calendar ended. Last year around this time (the 4-year anniversary of the ending of the calendar) was the most energetically intense month I have ever experienced- with 2016 (represented by the number 9 2+1+0+6=9) symbolising the end a cycle and the death of many ideas.
The solstice is also supported by the trinity of 2+1=3 or 1+2=3 and to my understanding every duality is actually a trinity, with the middle ground being the sweet spot for transformation- the most simple metaphor here is hot, cold and warm- you can’t stay in the heat or the cold for too long, but warmth is the transcendent middle ground in which you can thrive. Also if you step back and view this duality/trinity you realise it is actually two sides and the middle ground of one pole- this is how we transcend duality, through the understanding that it is all just one.
We are now in 2017 or 2+0+1+7=10 which is the start of a new cycle, rebirth and fresh opportunity. We are obviously coming to an end of the year of new beginnings shortly after the solstice and with all new cycles things can be a little chaotic and full of uncertainty, that is why this year has been intense, but also abundant for many in different ways.
What is particularly interesting about this portal is that we will be moving into 2018 or 2+0+1+8=11 which is again the bridging of duality. So this year’s solstice will be like a springboard to starting 2018 in a unified way.
To add to this Mercury Retrograde will be running from the 3rd of December to the 22nd (the day after solstice. Mercury Retrograde is an astrological event which happens 3-4 times a year. This is when Mercury is moving through the cosmos in a different direction to earth.
Mercury governs communication, travel and learning. So when Mercury goes retrograde communication is stifled, technology falls to pieces and a metaphorical spanner is thrown into the works.
This does not need to be a bad thing, it can be a great time to relax, reflect and ride the waves of existing ideas. If you think of yourself as a smartphone- Mercury Retrograde is a good time to switch it off and plug it in to charge. Retrograde can be navigated and understanding this can help you to take control instead of being at the mercy of retrograde.
There will also be a new moon on the 18th, which symbolises new beginnings- so the period between the 18th and the 22nd will be a portal for transformation.
Winter solstice is also of course the shortest day of the year- the lead up to this day can represent the stepping into the darker aspects of ourselves that want to heal- after this the days get progressively longer leading up to summer solstice which is the embrace of the lighter parts of ourselves. We often think of the new year as the time to embrace the change and many get lost in the indulgence of Christmas- however, we often mistake the crazy energies of solstice for Christmas energy, and again awareness of this can lead us to being able to utilise it to step into your full power.
This year I will be at a special plant medicine retreat in the jungle of Peru from the 16th to the 22nd of December. I will be a participant, not a host and the retreat will run as it usually does- however, I will be there to explore ideas with other guests, help with a vision boarding exercise for the new moon and facilitate a sharing circle on the final day of the retreat (and retrograde). I will also be there to help you make sense of your numerology, any number patterns and/or dates that are significant to you. The retreat will be intimate with just 9 people (myself included) and there are only 3 spots remaining. Please email me if this sounds like something you would like to know more about firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here