The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule, shortest day, midwinter, return of the sun and festival of rebirth!) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world, and happens on the 21st December.
On the Solstice, the Earth is at its darkest, so traditionally this is a day to reflect, conquer your own darkness mentally (with candles, festivities and light), and welcome in good fortune for the year ahead.
It’s a turning point towards lighter, brighter days ahead.
It’s a great day to formally start your Christmas celebrations.
Get the tree up and have a party!
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Spiritually, as the outside world is at its darkest and the nights at their longest, the period around the Solstice gives space for our inner thoughts to expand and come forth.
It is a time to ~birth~ new visions and ideas, make resolutions for the year ahead, and dream bold dreams.
Hang some mistletoe, lay a yule log on the fire, and create an inspiring vision about your biggest, boldest New Year resolution yet!
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Let the tarot illuminate the way to the best version of YOU…
ARIES – Nine of Coins
You are working on a long-term vision for your future, a major shift in your work, money, home, and security realm.
The Nine of Coins is about designing a dream life, playing the long game.
Investment vs spending, wealth vs money.
You have a big ambition but it will take time to realise it, and that’s okay.
Nothing worthwhile comes overnight. 2022 can be a time to lay down the strategy and plan the steps, and make headway- to prove to yourself you can do this.
You will see results, but the final ~masterpiece~ of your dream home / life / job could be a few years off yet.
Don’t give up, you’re on the right track, keep going.
TAURUS – Knight of Wands
You are definitely, most definitely, ready for a BIG ADVENTURE.
The Knight of Wands is bold, spontaneous, excited, and curious about the wider world. He loves travel and exploring.
He takes chances.
He is an adventurous soul.
If ever you were going to travel, or save up to travel, or invest in a luxurious or adventurous location change then this IS the year to start on it.
Broaden your horizons, stretch your thinking.
If you love the seaside, why not live by the sea?
If you are WFH for the foreseeable, can you do it by the beach someplace?
If you haven’t been away for two years, save up for that dream trip?
GEMINI – Nine of Wands
The Nine of Wands reveals you’ve felt thwarted, restricted, frustrated, and wearied by recent events and this isn’t your usual mo jo.
You’re, by default, upbeat and positive.
This Solstice provides a peaceful time to pick a challenge, any obstacle, and overcome it.
The Nine of Wands is like a cosmic pass, granting you entry and safe passage through a thorny situation that has annoyed you.
Get this out of the way, get past it, and your mo jo will perk up, I promise.
Invest in tackling an issue this Solstice and you’ll be full of ideas, beans, and sparkle again, ready for 2022.
CANCER – Death
You’re looking to create a major transformation or makeover in your world, it could be linked to your appearance, health, finances, career, social life, relationships or personal growth.
Death is a powerful card of rebirth and change, at a deep level, with a lasting impact.
This isn’t an overnight job or a radical one-off, but a strong and steady evolution towards a ~better future you~.
Ruminate in the darkness, this Solstice, about what that ~future you~ looks, walks, talks, and acts like.
What are the differences?
You can bridge these gaps and accelerate towards a new you.
LEO – The Fool
The Fool is the tarot’s first card and patron saint of new beginnings and fresh starts.
This Solstice is a time to wipe your slate clean, release and unburden yourself of any and all regret or sadness from 2021, leave it behind IN 2021.
And start to imagine what kind of new start would inspire and excite you the most?
Is it a journey, change of role, creative project, location change, professional course or career retraining?
You are a brave, confident character, you’re not scared of starting over, and you’re ready to do this now.
Make a big, exciting plan!
VIRGO – Seven of Swords
Keep your dreams close to your heart, Virgo.
I feel like there is an ~epiphany moment~ for you this Solstice about how much you actually do for others, how much of your precious time and energy is spent making others’ lives easier / better.
You are kind. Too kind? Maybe.
The Seven of Swords asks you to look within, seek your own daydream, and nurse it for a while.
Let it grow brighter and more potent, and really become a vision of an ideal life.
YOU can do this for yourself, but don’t tell anyone just yet, they might dilute your optimism or try and talk to out of it (they don’t want to lose your undying support).
Protect your dream.
LIBRA – Six of Wands
The Six of Wands is like getting a ~midas touch~ pass from the Universe, in that everything you touch will turn to gold.
You’re about to embark on a major lucky streak, so don’t waste it.
Consider, this Solstice, where you need luck most in your life, where you want new opportunity and dynamic change.
Then make overt moves in those areas of life- show the Universe you mean business and, I promise, good fortune will flow your way!
Within six weeks, things will have turned around, and you won’t believe the good fortune you’ve enjoyed!
It starts right here.
SCORPIO – Eight of Cups
The Eight of Cups is about acknowledging the truth and reality of a disappointing situation, seeing it for what it is (not what you wished it was), and letting reality be reality – it is what it is, as they say.
But that’s not the endo f the story, it’s not got a sad ending.
This card also promises the sooner you move away from this disappointment, the quicker a new and better opportunity will take its place.
So, renew your world Scorpio.
This Solstice, let go of tired, fading, negative and lacklustre situations, and have high hopes of bringing in new energy.
You are ready to renew.
The first step is to clear away the dead weight and dead wood, and I promise it will feel good.
SAGITTARIUS – Five of Cups
You’re brave and dynamic and full of life, you have a busy and full world.
But you do get sad sometimes, and the Five of Cups reveals a secret wound you’ve been nursing for a while now.
You don’t like to share this, because you don’t want pity, or sympathy, or even for people to know this hurt you.
Sag, you’re too bright a light to let this dim your glow!
The Five of Cups asks you to invest in loving self care and healing this Solstice.
Process your emotions, in solitude, journal your feelings, indulge in activities that revive and relax you, be with lovely people.
Remember life is good. You survived this.
Onwards and upwards, that is the greatest gift you can give yourself right now.
CAPRICORN – Ace of Swords
Truth. Truth is what you’re seeking this Solstice.
Honest and authentic insights about everything in your life, and how you feel about it, and where you’re heading with it.
Get to the bottom of that and the pathway forwards will be clear and obvious.
When you know where you stand, you can build on firm foundations.
When you see clearly, you can spot the opportunities for progress, adjustment, release, and gain.
Get feedback, discuss your status, look at it from other angles, ruminate.
Come to your own conclusions and go from there.
AQUARIUS- King of Cups
Your relationships are more important to you than ever and you are trying to restore, repair, rebuild and rejuvenate the ones that have perhaps felt the impact of Covid, distancing, hardship, or just plain personality clashes!
Be honest about the role you’ve played in this scenario, it takes two to tango.
The King of Cups shows that your dreams for 2022 are about being in love, being secure with someone, building a future, having strong friendships, loving your family, being respected by colleagues.
It can ALL happen.
It ALL starts with you and what you project outwards.
Figure out what you’re going to work on and change.
PISCES – Four of Swords
Sometimes less is more, you know?
Pisces, you’re so compassionate and giving that you can end up doing too much to impress, help and support other people, without really checking in on yourself.
Resolve, this Solstice, to redirect your energy.
Trim back what you do for others and re-invest this surplus back into YOU.
Take a breather, loosen the ties, cut off some of the hanger-ons or burdens you don’t really deserve and certainly never asked for.
Your greatest adventure will happen when you’ve actually got time for it!
Start by making that time.
Kerry King uses tarot and star sign wisdom to create inspiring forecasts and insights, with over 20 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients all over the world.
You can book a personal, written reading, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, at www.kerrykingtarot.etsy.com.
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