Sun Enters Sagittarius December 15th and Full Moon on the 17th
The Sun enters the Vedic sign of Sagittarius today on December 15th and brings a focus on spirituality, teaching, far distant travel, and the father. A great month to make a pilgrimage either outside or inside, and to read a book on philosophy or spirituality.
The day of the Full Moon is best enjoyed in the morning when travel, socializing and light-hearted activities are favored. By the afternoon, however, it gets serious and you may have to confront a long-time problem. It would be a good time then to get rid of that problem or drop a habitual pattern that no longer serves you. If that’s too much to consider, then throw out some worn out objects and you’ll feel better!
The Sagittarius Sun Person
If you were born between December 15 and January 14, you are a Sagittarius Sun according to Vedic Astrology. People with the Sun in Sagittarius are generally honest, reliable and straightforward. They set themselves high goals and work toward their fruition. Other people put faith in them. They are, more often than not, philosophical, religious, optimistic and like to live good clean lives. They are capable people that achieve success and often become rich. They have keen discretion and are generous, kind and fair, but may be lacking in patience. Their physical health is pretty reliable and they have strong minds. These are people that can be depended on and make very reliable friends, able to offer sound advice.
The Sagittarius Yogi
The Sagittarius Sun Yogi is expansive, expressive, enthusiastic and jovial about their yoga practice. Sometimes they may also be a little irresponsible, overindulgent, or hard to pin down about their relationship to yoga. They enjoy an active yoga practice that allows for achievement and based on philosophical principles. They need to watch for an overly carefree attitude, inability to see the downside of actions or choices in their lives and yoga practice. They may also be tempted to use their natural teaching talents in the classroom even as a student! They may find themselves drawn to reading the Yoga Sutras or delving into the philosophical aspects of yoga. They can be great students because they are naturally good teachers.
Winter Solstice Arrives December 21st
On the longest night of the year and the shortest day, the day of Winter Solstice, we celebrate the return of the Sun as the days start to lengthen and the darkness recedes. Winter Solstice portends the return of the light of the soul, the Sun, and we see our journey moving from darkness to ever increasing light.
It is the time of Guru, a word that literally means “dark” (Gu) and “light” (Ru) and Winter Solstice signals the transition from darkness to enlightenment. This day marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the six-month period when the Sun begins its apparent northward journey through the sky.
The energy of this day is the opposite of the Summer Solstice. Rather than high energy and solar practices, it is time for turning inward and the lunar practices. Left nostril breathing, the lunar postures, and meditating on the feminine energies is helpful on this day when the Moon rules.
In the days immediately before and after Winter Solstice, restorative yoga practices are best. Tratakam (meditative gazing) on a candle flame, meditating with the sound of water, and a traditional milk fast may be observed on these days.
This is also an optimum time to clear out the past and our clutter, literally and spiritually. At this turning point of the year, we reflect on where our journey has brought us from the previous Summer Solstice and what we may wish to divest ourselves of over the next six moths. Winter Solstice is truly the “new year” for resolutions, new beginnings and leaving the past behind.
On this Winter Solstice, Venus also begins its retrogression at 3:53 PM and the Moon is in the nakshatra of Ashlesha. Both planets also are in an opposition aspect with each other. This would not be a good time to start a relationship (or actually any new activity that you want to turn out favorably), but it is a great time for four things: (1) File a lawsuit (D-I-V-O-R-C-E); (2) Administer a poison (better to file the lawsuit); (3) Engage in sexual activity (yes, really!); and (4) Awaken the kundalini.
Theoretically, one could attempt all four in the same day. However, an interesting alternative would be to attend a Winter Solstice Kundalini Yoga Celebration on the 21st at Yoga Yoga Westgate: http://yogayoga.com/event/winter-solstice-celebration-meditation-relaxation-and-gongs
Hope to see you all there on one of the holiest yoga days of the year!
Light and Love,
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