Week of the Winter Solstice

By Holiday Mathis

December 16, 2018 6 min read

The winter solstice is upon us, a time of year that's been celebrated by mankind for thousands of years. The passing of the sun into Capricorn will bring a sunburst through the monument at Tulum, splash through the stones of Stonehenge and shine over a pyramid in Peru. As we dream and scheme, remember that all there will ever be is the decisions we make inside of a moment. May the solstice bring you clarity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may be reticent to charge for some of the work you do this week, and why is that? Maybe doing it for free takes the pressure off, or perhaps you still think of yourself as an amateur. Set your price anyway. People value what they pay for, even if they pay very little.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Objectivity is an achievement of superior minds. To make excellent decisions, you must first understand the situation. An exercise of seeing yourself from a distance and observing the long-form patterns at play... that will be especially effective in helping you navigate the confusing parts of the week.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don't often have to choose whose happiness comes first, because it just happens that the same things can make several people happy at once. This week, however, you really must make take a side. And though you're not used to prioritizing your own happiness, this will be for the best. Root for yourself.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You need an outlet for your feelings, somewhere with the space to stretch them out. Then let them fall where they may. Otherwise they bunch up on themselves, doubling back, ducking under and getting tangled in knots too complicated to pick apart. Consider using a journal or talking with a mentor or coach. This is important.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Texts can be very efficient for relaying certain kinds of information, though much of this week's discourse will be best handled via a voice call. Text does not convey tone, and keeps human need and nuance at a distance. You'll learn more in a two-minute phone call than you would with an hour's worth of text.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Most people, including you, are too socially astute to go around spouting willy-nilly the sort of truths that might hurt. Of course, not telling the truth might hurt more. So you'll step back and carefully consider your responsibility to the people around you, determining what level of honest interaction will benefit the situation.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). As much as we try to make sense of love, the effort to reason it out will be in vain. The very nature of love is either unreasonable or is following a code of logic that we do not have the key to. Let this liberate you. You don't have to understand love to find beauty, form and function in its workings.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're feeling terrific this week and will do terrific things. You'll maximize your good energy, raise your vibes, get healthier, go on a mini-adventure, look at life like the wonder it is, buy tickets that keep you looking ahead to a beautiful day in the future. You'll make someone smile. That last one tops the list.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). We all have our limitations. The limitations you'll encounter this week have to do with a friend's lack of awareness and empathy. Can you see the limits of others as impersonal, and functions of immaturity, not malice? Try not to take offense, rise above the situation and reap the rewards of spiritual generosity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Inadequate help is a problem. You may feel that you need more care than is available, more tenderness than is offered, more attention than the people around you seem capable of. It's not a sign that you're needy, rather it's a sign that you're in the wrong place. Get out. Your world is bigger than this.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There's no heartbreaker as prolific as the culprit called named "high expectations." Bringing out the best in others often depends on setting a minimal expectation of them, ignoring your own prejudices and counting every positive aspect as a major plus. Sound tedious? Maybe so, but it will also work wonders.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It is said that ignorance is bliss, but how can you possibly achieve it? You can't unlearn what you've learned, or embark when you've already been there. So you're driven to move forward, until you get to the place where you can stand on the precipice between the known and unknown with innocent eyes.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Your gift for diplomacy will have you getting along with just about everyone, which makes you a favorite among friends and family. People will ask you to be an advocate in situations they don't know how to handle. This will point you into a new way of making money. Something to remember along the way: You are already who you need to be. Relax, show up and accept your own good luck. Other exceptional moments of the year include star treatment in a foreign land and exciting developments to your family tree.

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