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Setting Intentions with the Solstice

Yesterday was not only the winter solstice, but also what is called a great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn.

The conjunction brought the two planets closer together than they have been in eight hundred years and an event that won’t happen again until 2080. In the Northern Hemisphere their alignment made them look like a double planet., a bright spot on the longest night of the year.

Intentions can be set at any time, of course. If you follow the lunar cycles, then you probably set them with the new moon, planting seeds in the dark that will grow as the light of the moon does. The solstice gives us the opportunity to lay the foundation for a desire to manifest as the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer.

Here in midwinter, in these cold dark days, we have time for introspection, contemplation and meditation. We don’t feel the urgency that we do in summer to fill every hour with activity.

To set your intention, center or ground yourself. If you’re not sure what you would like to create energetically, go within. Meditate. Invite your guides and angels to join you. As them for inspiration. When you know what you would like to manifest, write it down on a small piece of paper. As you do, create a feeling of joy, the happiness you will have when you have your desire. Writing the intention down helps to cement it; decorating the paper helps bring the happy feelings out.

Then light a candle while saying (or thinking loudly) what you wrote on the paper. I use a tall candle in glass, the kind you find in the Latinx section of grocery stores. You can use color to emphasize your intention—green for financial desires, red, for love, etc. Place the slip of paper under the candle. Let the candle burn all the way out over the next couple of days. Obviously, ensure that it is not near anything flammable. I usually it in a shallow bowl as well.

Here in northern Illinois, we will have just over nine hours of light today. The light of the candles bring cheer to the darkness as the flame sends your message to the energetic realm to be transformed.

Wishing you infinite light and love this season!

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