December 2021 Astrological Influences & Rituals

December 1st, 2021: Today, as Neptune stations direct, the haze of mental confusion begins to lift. If indecision and seeming aimlessness have been plaguing your life since June 2021, expect Neptune Direct to begin to cut through the haze.  

In the next 1-2 weeks, expect to have a much better understanding of your current situation, where you want to be, and what you can do about it. 

Harsh realities about love, especially old or long-term relationships, also come to light under this astrological event. You may find that your feelings about someone are not reciprocated, which of course, is an unpleasant reality to face. 

At this point, you have two options:

Option 1: Cleanse away your heartbreak and move on.

Option 2: Love magick, of course—my personal favorite. Begin your love spells (such as the Come to Me / Reconciliation) as early as December 11th.

 

 

December 4th, 2021 11:43pm PST / 2:43am EST: Dark (Super)Moon in Sagittarius and total Solar Eclipse makes us rethink the dead-end road in one major part of our lives. Is there a path out of this situation? Eclipses open portals of awareness and change wherever they point to in our charts. This Dark Moon can rapidly clear the prickly brush and reveal a new path of possibilities. 

The catch? 

Convention and routine will no longer dominate this new path. Instead, outside-the-box thinking and innovation will be necessary. Examine which aspect of your life has the 'dead-end road syndrome.' Whose advice are you taking on what to do about it? Is it someone who is a prime example of that which you wish to experience yourself? Only follow the advice of people who walk the talk, not those who have become the smoldering ashes of failure. This is more important now than ever!  

Tonight, roll a pinch of Wormwood and Agrimony onto a beeswax candle and release stagnancy from your living space and energy field. If you feel a strange presence around you or feel as though something (or someone) is draining you, do a Banishing Ritual to remove attachments and negative energies

 

December 5th, 2021: The Witch's New Moon is when the very first crescent or sliver of the Moon is visible. ​This typically occurs 2-3 nights after the Dark Moon. The Witch's New Moon is the same percentage all over the world - both in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. However, which way the tips of the Witch's New Moon point depend on the time, date, and your location on Earth. ​When you see the very first moon crescent in the sky, know that the Witch's Moon is upon you.

If you are in North America, you should be able to see the Witch's New Moon between 1pm - 5pm PST. Of course, this largely depends on cloud cover and sharp eyesight during daylight. If you do not see it on December 5th, you will surely see it on December 6th.

This Witch's New Moon is in Capricorn, which sparks the desire to make sense out of our here-and-now physical, mundane lives. This will be inspired by Neptune Direct from earlier in the month and will have the same underlying theme. 

This transit often inspires and fuels the determination to move - whether within the same city or across the country. If something physical is hindering your relocation, try the Dispel & Conquer Ritual. It has been successfully used for all matters of real estate, rentals, offices, etc.

 

December 10th, 2021: First Quarter Moon in Pisces compels us to take action, reminds us of our power, and opens our eyes to endless possibilities.  

Expect to be extra motivated today! New ideas - sometimes quite strange ideas - will be revealed today. Something will suddenly click

The future looks quite optimistic, wouldn't you say? Do your best to channel these energies and hold on to them for as long as possible. It is time to open pathways to new experiences.

 

December 13th, 2021: Mercury enters Capricorn. Don't expect many heartfelt conversations this Christmas. People will want to discuss their version of the "facts" - regardless of whether they are in the company of like-minded individuals or not. After being on the receiving end of questionable speculations and conversations, burn some rosemary around yourself to (re)stabilize your energies.

 

December 18th, 2021 8:25pm PST / 11:25pm EST: Full Moon in Gemini. The Moon rules our emotions, inner dialogue, and deeply held beliefs. Under this Full Moon in Gemini influence, emotions can be changed (or manipulated) quite easily. Both through mundane tactics, as well as through magick:

One last thing to mention - under this astrological influence, people will have an unstoppable urge to expose the skeletons in their closet. To avoid being one of those people, wear black onyx or lava stones today. Ideally as a necklace. Do not wear pearls or mother of pearl jewelry.

 

December 19th, 2021: Every 19 months, Venus goes retrograde and forces us to deal with the emotional baggage of low self-worth, failed romance, and the way we earn a living. Venus Retrograde exemplifies inner-honesty, awareness, and vulnerability. As we learn to become honest with ourselves, the world around us responds in kind.  

Venus Retrograde impacts how we perceive our talents and, even more so, how we earn a living from those talents. This is an excellent time to shine a bright light on self-improvement and realign with who you want to be and what you want to do. 

If you can, avoid making big decisions about your relationship or even your job until after January 30th. Venus Retrograde may "artificially" intensify any feelings of discontent.  

If dating someone new, don't commit quite yet. A common side effect is becoming overly attached to quick-flings or dead-end relationships. This especially applies to those whose Venus is ruled by a fire sign!

 

December 21st, 2021: On the Winter Solstice, we celebrate light and honor the wisdom of the shadows. In connecting with the natural world in a way that honors the sacred immanence in all things, we establish a resonance with the seasons.

Notice the similarities between the changes you see in nature and the changes you see within yourself. An inner knowing that the 'dark nights of the soul' you experienced in recent months will soon be a fading memory. The Sun has passed its lowest point, and light will soon return - for that is the natural law. 

 

December 21st, 2021: The Sun enters Capricorn and puts a focus on career, practicality, and mundane life. With Venus still in retrograde, the next 28 days may be a bit more tedious as you may begin to question your career path. However, one very positive aspect of this solar influence is that it's ideal for asking for a raise at work, negotiating benefits/salary, or handling most other financial dealings. Take a look at the Wise Woman Ritual and start it as early as January 10th. If it's an urgent matter, you may begin the Wise Woman Ritual immediately. 

 

December 26th, 2021: Last Quarter Moon in Libra can heighten anxiety and create the illusion of an hourglass on its last grain of sand. With the year 2021 soon drawing to a close, the Moon in Libra inspires us to spend close time with family - or the people we choose to call family. Homelife matters most today and for the next 72 hours.

 

New Year Influences

While we entered the year 2021 under a near-Full Moon, we will be entering 2022 under a near-Dark Moon with very strong Capricorn influences. The year ahead will be focused on hard work - not necessarily out of necessity, but because there will be much to (re)build. Our day-to-day physical life will change, as will many other mundane areas of our lives. 

With 2022 being the year of the Tiger (as of February 1st), this will be an excellent year to create new avenues of income, advance on current career paths, and greatly prosper!

 

We are wishing you a Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a very prosperous New Year!

 

Love & Magick,

Dacha & Old World Witchcraft Team

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