Winter Solstice is a season of initiation with thresholds of consciousness crossed, opportunities to connect with the inner spirit, and the opening of new paths towards self-realization.

Why is the winter solstice so powerful?

Because the winter solstice is the reversal of the sun’s ebbing in the sky, in ancient times it was seen as the symbolic death and rebirth of the sun or of a sun god.

The energy of winter is that of going within. It’s the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul’s yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge. As we consciously link our awareness to nature’s cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.

It seems like everyone’s taking a cold, hard look at their long-term goals these days, so if you’ve been feeling the random urge to revamp your vision board, it’s not just you. As 2022 comes to a close, it’s impossible not to consider the plans and objectives you have for the new year, and with the upcoming winter solstice, you’ll be eager to set these ambitions in motion. As we leave the adventures of Sagittarius season behind, the spiritual meaning of the 2022 winter solstice will be about preparing for a very ambitious 2023, so get ready to be booked and busy.

The sun will shift into Capricorn on Dec. 21 at 4:49 p.m. ET, marking the official start of the winter season. Under this cardinal, earth sign, every sign will be invited to initiate endeavors that provide stability and structure. While Capricorn energy has a tendency to be a bit tedious, its reward is in the discipline it encourages. Without a plan, it’s impossible to reach any kind of finish line — and Capricorn season is the perfect time to take advantage of a focused head-start.

The winter solstice coincides with the start of Capricorn season, which means that the sun will be shifting into this cardinal, earth sign right as winter officially begins. As Saturn-ruled zodiac sign, Capricorn is all about setting and achieving goals that require immense discipline and structure. The pragmatic nature of this season will allow each sign to not only set realistic goals, but work toward achieving them — without distractions. Since success tends to require some form of sacrifice, every sign will be leaning into the self-control required in order to see success. Capricorn season is ensuring your discipline will ultimately pay off.

What the New Moon in Capricorn Means for You

Have you been staying small because of fear or self-doubt? It’s time to expand into a new way of being.

The new Moon in Capricorn on December 23 is the last new Moon of 2022. The new Moon, which occurs every twenty-nine days, is known as a time of darkness in the lunar cycle. Darkness can be viewed in many ways. We often associate it with negativity or sadness. It is inherently neither.

A better way to describe darkness would be an inward pull of energy. Darkness is what we see when our eyes are closed in meditation or before sleeping. It denotes a time when the light is shut out from our consciousness. When we are in darkness, we are with ourselves and our unique energy. It becomes a time to travel further inward to the depths of the subconscious mind, allowing answers and ideas to float to the surface, rather than looking for them in the external world.

The new Moon and the Sun are positioned within the same zodiac sign. This conjunction provides a spark of energy that pushes us to create intentions and changes in our lives. It is a time to take stock of our lives, think about what is working and what is not. It’s a time to shed the things that are not aligned with our grand vision and take steps toward the things that are in alignment.

Capricorn teaches us that energy and attention are precious resources. We only have so much of them, and they can be used up in a variety of ways. Before you set intentions on this new Moon, feel into what is stealing your energy. Ask yourself what distracts you from being the person you want to be. This may take the form of unprocessed emotions, attachments to the past, expectations of what could be, or even relationships.

Ideally, you want to spend your energy on things or people who give you the same energy back. When you exist in a reciprocal relationship with everything in your life, you are never depleted. Identify what is absorbing your energy and preventing you from directing your full attention to your potential. Are you preoccupied with something that does not deserve your attention? Is someone asking too much of you? Are you unable to focus because of emotions that have yet to be resolved?

While new Moons usher in new beginnings, this one also carries the energy of release. Spend time before the new Moon in Capricorn getting clear about where and how you are spending your energy. Notice where you are gaining energy back and where you are losing it. Align with the structure of Capricorn to create containers and boundaries for the things that take too much from you.

If certain emotions are taking up your attention and focus, commit to resolving and releasing them. Spend time each day processing your emotions and giving them limited attention until they are no longer clamoring for your energy. This practice may look like dedicating fifteen or twenty minutes a day to journaling about your emotions so they feel seen and heard but do not try to absorb your whole day.

Likewise, you can do this practice with anything asking for too much attention. Perhaps a person is trying to absorb too much of your time. You can give them a limited engagement every week or every other week so they feel seen while you have a healthy boundary in place.

You can also do this with attachments to the past. Give yourself space each week or day to give these attachments attention, then resist the urge to think about them throughout the day. Empower yourself to be in charge of your attention. Focus your energy on what you want and not what is calling for it. Also, commit to finding things that give back to you. This may be a project, a person, or an activity. Become aware of what restores your energy, dropping you into a cycle of reciprocity.

Your horoscope for the New Moon in Capricorn:


Going through the mud is a requirement for you. Keep an open mind when it comes to getting buggy and grimy. Leaving some encounters with a little dirt under your nails is a part of the process. Turns out, the road to success is paved with hard work and dedication. Manifestation is the result of an accumulation of your efforts.


Oh, sugar, just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean everyone else will see your vision. For many of you, developing continuing education plans might be a worthy consideration. If you feel like something is not working and still believe in it, maybe finding help is the next great step. Grab your journal and create a list of five people you want to be like. Figure out the recipe that led to their success and then list the ingredients.


Sometimes, our new beginnings start with an ending. As you begin to enter the next stages of your life, it’s important for you to be mindful of who you surround yourself with. Of course, some of your friends are surviving circumstances, but others might be more like anchors pulling you down. Give yourself time to journal about how you share your most valuable resource—bb, that’s you.


The relationship you desire may not be able to happen because of the work that you do. Of course, as the cosmic curator of your life, I do NOT recommend shrinking your legacy for a lover. Instead, look at your ever-expanding list of duties and consider saying “no” instead of of immediately jumping to fill in the blanks. Sometimes, when we allow space for our idle minds, we can more easily attract who we desire.


You know the expression “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”? That’s not true, dear. How you handle rejection, repetition, and failure matters more than participating in resilience rallies. Unfortunately, “no” is the first step to landing on a “yes.” Try to hold back on groaning and feeling low about the outcome. Of course, you should honor your feelings just be sure you don’t spiral downward. You know the the process is lined with mistakes and setbacks, so trust in what you know you’re capable of!


A level head will get you far, Remember that just as thoughts aren’t facts, neither are feelings! In the love department, you might feel mildly overwhelmed by your fears, thoughts, and misbeliefs. Be sure that you’re moving through your flirtations with a reasonable mind. Building a connection with someone new or going to new relationship heights with your partner takes time.


I am all for community development and development with the help of community. When you have healthy communal support, feelings of being protected, cherished, and appreciated can follow. When you’ve felt let down by community or family, the desire to retreat and find what you need from lovers or close friends becomes a natural reaction. If you face this kind of conflict, consider halting your reactions and think about working with your family first.


Your wisdom from previous experiences might come into conflict with who you want to be. A part of you might want to lead through your work life with the energy of an authority, which is very honorable! When you set goals for yourself, you’re holding yourself to the standard that they may actually come into fruition. Be sure not to set the goal post too high though—there are levels to success, and respecting them is how you become eminent!


Sagittarius, to reach your goals, you must be ready for a long-distance run. Sprints can be your pitfalls, so please be wary of spontaneous quests. Of course, you should approach the world with an open mind—that’s how you make the best of the unknown. A willingness to learn and explore is a great quality to have. Just be sure you have your priorities in order.


Some of you might need to create a chart that examines all of your responsibilities. This can be done by listing them off in your journal or actually creating an Excel sheet (especially if you have Virgo placements). Once you have an idea of all you do, start thinking about how to best to move forward with your responsibilities. As the year comes to its end, you can expect for a new burst of activities to follow. Will you make time for them before or after they come?


It’s a perfect time to close your mouth and surrender to the unknown. You are a knowledgeable person. Even though you may not feel fully understood by the world, ask yourself, “Who is?” This New Moon is a great time for you to dedicate time to retreat and escape from regular life. Think of activities you can commit to that you won’t give up easily. Longevity is key to your wellness.


Dear Pisces, my favorite fishy face! You’re truly an amazing person—do you know that about yourself? The community around you depends on your greatness, meaning you have so much to offer them. Your insight, experiences, and wisdom are a great addition to the world you’re in, even if you aren’t quite sure to do with the tools in your toolbox. Trust that with time, you’ll begin to appreciate yourself further. This journey begins with patience and self-confidence.

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