Winter Solstice / Makara Sankranti

Tomorrow (21st) is the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere (4:23pm CST). The Winter Solstice is marked by the passage of the Sun into the sign of Capricorn, celebrated in the Hindu festival of "Makara Sankranti". Interestingly, Makara Sankranti is one of the few Hindu festivals that is calculated according to solar cycles, rather than lunar cycles. (However, due to zodiacal confusion, Makara Sankranti is no longer celebrated in India on the actual day of the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, but on the sidereal ingress of the Sun in Capricorn on January 14th.) 

As with all seasonal shifts, the solstice is a time of adjustment and adaptation, and therefore a time to reduce unnecessary burdens on the body and mind. During this time, the doshas are especially in flux and prone to accumulation, and so it is best to adopt a simple and balanced dietary and lifestyle regime. In the winter season, Vāta is more easily aggravated than at other times, so it is crucial to stay warm, maintain harmonious routines, and receive the message of nature during this time which is to conserve life-energy. 

The auspicious Full Moon in Cancer follows the solstice on the 22nd, giving the brightness of its own sign. Cancer corresponds to the heart region of the body, the psychic center of the being. Cancer also signifies the home, one's environment, and emotional security. Cancer is also the sign of Jupiter's exaltation, the home of the heart's inner joy. Cancer is an internally-focused sign, symbolized by the crab. The crab is a natural hermit, living in terrestrial holes in the ground only to emerge under the light of the Moon. The Full Moon in Cancer thus furthers the internalizing and "yin" significations of the Winter Solstice. This is a great time to be in the sphere of intimacy, at home connecting with family and friends.

Karen White and I did Full Moon forecasts for each Ascendant, so check out these videos if you want to uncover the particular significance of this Full Moon for you: 

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Wishing you all a wonderful and happy period of time ahead!