Lifelight Astrology – Winter Solstice 21st June

winter solstice

The big news this weekend is that it’s the Winter Solstice on the 21st June. That means that here in the Southern Hemisphere we have the shortest day and the longest night of the year. (This is obviously reversed in the Northern Hemisphere). From now on, we’ll see a gradual increase of sunlight until the Sun once again reaches its peak in December. Bring on Summer!

Often known as Yule, the Winter Solstice is historically seen as the time when the Sun is reborn out of the darkness, which is celebrated by many cultures throughout the world. To give thanks to the Sun for providing us with light and sustenance, we can light candles around our homes or gather with friends and family around beautiful bonfires.

The Winter Solstice essentially marks the beginning of a growth cycle and coincides with the Sun’s entry into fertile Cancer, making this a good time to  connect with our feelings, family, the feminine and the home. Mercury retrograde encourages us to reflect on the past year and feel into the areas in our lives where we would like to bring about renewal and those which need nurturing.

One easy and effective ritual to do at the Solstice is to spend a little time reflecting on the past year, writing down anything you want to release and then surrendering the paper into the fire.

Having done that, write your hopes and dreams for the next year onto another piece of paper, light it and watch as the paper transforms to smoke, carrying your intentions into the Universe. The soil of the soul is rich and fertile this weekend and with the moon in Aries, this is a powerful time to do plant seeds.


In Light and Life





Lifelight Astrology – Full Moon in Sagittarius 13th June

roller coasterI’ve been musing about the Full moon in Sagittarius (Friday 13th June) for a few days now and wandering what to write. Actually I’ve been feeling rather uninspired  to write more of the same – Pluto/ Uranus/ Mars calling on us to be more conscious, do more, achieve more – some frustration and overwhelm, Venus/ Saturn calling on us to be more responsible, more serious, Mercury retrograde asking us to reassess, reflect….bla bla blah.

So today, maybe because its Friday 13th  or maybe because the full moon is activating my Sagittarius-ness,  or maybe because I’m just tired of being serious, I really don’t feel like writing about all that at all!.

What I am going to focus on is the largess, the generosity, the expansion, the truth of  Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius.  When I think of Jupiter, I think of the laughing Buddha, I think of breaking bread with friends at a table laden with delicious food, flowers and wine, jesters, clowns, magic, travelling to exciting new places, being outrageous, feeling the wind in your hair, diving into an ocean, riding a horse in the countryside,  turning up the music and dancing like nobody’s watching,  relishing the smell of freshly baked bread, newly ground coffee, picking some flowers, biting into a strawberry, soaking in a bath filled with bubbles  – I think of living, growing and expanding.

A short while ago I wrote in my journal… What if…. there is nothing else I have to achieve… nobody I have to please, nothing I have to do any better or any more perfectly… What if… I was complete right now… if I could accept and embrace myself as I am … this moment?

What if?

When I read those words, I feel expansive. I feel relieved. I feel free.

The reality is that when we do let go of the need to control and scheme and analyse, even for short periods, we actually rewire our brains and redesign our physiology. So when we’re having fun or relaxing, we’re actually healing ourselves and our lives.

What if, this weekend you allowed yourself to embrace the child-like you (even for short periods)  and  released yourself from the prison of  responsibilities, concerns and burdens for a while? What if you embraced your quirky side? What if you bestowed upon yourself the luxury of spending some time doing the things or having the experiences that give you a sense of freedom and expansiveness?

This is my invitation to you this weekend – and if it works, maybe for EVER.

I’d love you to share the fun adventures you have, big and small with me on my Facebook page. Let’s inspire each other.

Some words from Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer-mats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 




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