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Celebrate the Light

Every year we celebrate the Winter Solstice as the day that awakens the light. December 21 is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. As the sun moves into Capricorn, the winter season begins, often bringing cold weather for us. 

This year, a special planetary alignment at the Winter Solstice occurs when planets Saturn and Jupiter join at zero degrees Aquarius. These two planets meet in the sky every 20 years bringing a new phase for the world to experience. 

A theme for Aquarius is all for one and one for all. Both a personal and collective focus at the same time. Aquarius awakens us to collective responsibility as our true selves. For this to occur on the 2020 Winter Solstice portends a big shift point and change coming.

As we gather on the Winter Solstice, it is good to explore a grander purpose for all of us to be self-sustaining and productive. Discovering who we are and what our place is, on the whole, is an important theme to explore. Living our true self with clarity and peace serves all.

Aquarius is represented by the planet Uranus which is known for lightning bolt change. What changes do we need to make to improve society now? What is our part in this change? 

How might Saturn (structure) and Jupiter (expansion)inspire a new era? Both of these energies joined in Aquarius offers opportunities to work together. The adventure continues as we try to work through the divisions in thought and resistance to cooperation within our part of the world.

On the solstice, join with family, gather on Zoom with a spiritual community or alone to meditate, pray, celebrate and set your intentions for the New Season, Year, and 20-year cycle opening. Reach for the stars, the highest truth, and love. Let’s say a collective prayer for this next cycle to advance the best change for all. 

Janet StraightArrow, founder of Be The Medicine, is a shaman, healer and sage. Join Janet StraightArrow on December 21, at 7 p.m., on Zoom. Sliding Scale donations. For details visit

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