Shorter days, frigid temperatures, and festive cheer can only mean one thing: winter has officially arrived. There’s a cosmic shift underway, which is pretty common during transitions of the seasons. And if you dabble in the mystical world of astrology, you may understand the implications of the frosty wonder that’s escorted in by the winter solstice. The seasonal shift is bringing the collective to new revelations and allowing us to deeply reflect inward during the next phase of life. To navigate the new season, it may be helpful to know how this shift will affect your zodiac sign.
What is the Winter Solstice?
It helps to know the background of the winter solstice. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the winter solstice signals the first astronomical day of — you guessed it! — winter. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the frosts of the winter solstice arrives on December 21, 2021 at 03:32 UTC and is ingresses into the cardinal Earth sign, Capricorn, naming it the shortest day of the year. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, this shifts gears into summertime. Earth tilts on its axis at a point that one half is facing the furthest away from the Sun as it can, while the other half is pointing towards it — talk about duality! Suffice to say, this astrological change of seasons brings a clean slate along with tons of snug and festive vibes.
The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice
From a spiritual perspective, the winter solstice signifies quiet transformation, the death of our habitual routines and mindset, as well as deep and spiritual reflection. Since this shift happens in the no-nonsense sign of Capricorn, it’s a time for work and serious business. In the same way winter brings dark and hushed nights, the winter solstice represents the silent rumination of our spirituality, on the path of metamorphosis awakened by the spring equinox. Inner work and spiritual reflection becomes put in the forefront, inviting the collective to focus to get acquainted with our shadow selves in order to progress in life with grace. Revelations of suppressed feelings and thoughts will emerge out of the depths, forcing us to face what we’ve been avoiding. But don’t get overwhelmed just yet — this season is priming us for a beautiful rebirth. The winter solstice repositions us into an entirely new season while also stirring a cosmic shift for the collective in a much more spiritual sense. It may be a jovial time for unions, familial gatherings, and all around merriment — but what does the winter solstice mean for your zodiac sign?
Horoscopes for the zodiac signs
Aries: March 21–April 19
The winter solstice is asking you questions about your public image and status, Aries, so be prepared to take your work seriously. Being a cardinal fire sign, you may find it difficult to resist the steadiness of the winter energy, so embrace it. You’re in the midst of some major reflection in terms of your purpose and your career, so whether you’re set in your vocation or feel stuck, you’ll be pressed to think about whether you’re spending your time wisely or if your hardworking and tenacious attitude can be valued and cherished elsewhere.
Taurus: April 20–May 20
Taurus, you’re spending the winter solstice with deep philosophical revelations, which can be quite difficult for fixed earth sign like yourself. You may be resistant to change, especially in areas of personal beliefs and social dogma, but it’ll do you a world of good to embrace these shifts head on. You’re being pushed to reflect on your convictions and may even find yourself questioning ethics. Are you being stubborn about the lifestyle or perspectives of others? It’s time to get serious about what you believe in and take action if it’s hindering your relationships with others or your ability to enjoy life.
Gemini: May 21–June 21
You’re in the business of letting go, Gemini. During the winter solstice, you’ll find that there’s lots of layers to be shed, farewells to be made, and rebirth to be had. Things may feel especially tough for you during this seasonal shift because of the things you may leave behind, but looking inward through careful introspection can help you in the grieving process. This can mean more than physical — you may be undergoing major shifts in your shadow self or parting ways with old pieces of yourself that is no longer bringing you joy or that may be holding you back.
Cancer: June 22–July 22
Cancer, prepare to think long and hard about your close relationships during the winter solstice. You may find yourself reflecting on your connections and may be forced to decide whether the people you’re close with are truly serving the purpose in the relationship or if they are taking advantage of their place in your life. The winter solstice may come as a difficult for you, since you’re naturally nurturing — but you need to be honest with the energy you put in your relationships. Are you being fulfilled or do you find yourself giving more than humanly possible?
Leo: July 23–August 22
The winter solstice may feel especially uncomfortable for you, Leo, because you’re being pushed to shift gears in areas of work and habitual routines. It may be a theme of all work and no play — the exact opposite of your personal philosophy. You’re in for a lot of housekeeping in terms of structure and reorganizing, so try to be open about changing areas that could use a little maintenance. Remember, this winter solstice is a guide to help curate a more sustainable life. Your usual ways of doing things — be it your morning routines or priorities — may be fun and exhilarating, but you’re being asked to consider whether they might actually be doing you a disservice.
Virgo: August 23–September 22
Virgo, it’s time to look inward to find ways to express your true essence. You may be comfortable with your routine and daily structure, but this winter solstice is bringing you revelations in areas of self-expression and pleasure, so be open to breaking some of your rules when it comes to work versus play. The season is pushing you to lose your inhibitions, and you’ll find it an ideal time to experiment with new forms of art like poetry, drawing, dance, or design. Don’t be afraid to get acquainted with yourself in ways to bring you ultimate pleasure.
Libra: September 23–October 23
Things may feel extra sentimental during the winter solstice, Libra. The new season is taking you back to your roots and reflect deeply in areas of home and family. Your relationships with you relatives or chosen family are being spotlighted, so you may see revelations in belonging and what family means to you. It may be a very nostalgic time for you, so embrace it. Looking through old family photos or scheduling quality time with your family can help you processes these feelings of nostalgia, and can also help you move forward.
Scorpio: October 24–November 21
When life bites, you bite back, Scorpio. But during the winter solstice, you’re in for unlearning some of your habitual patterns in areas of communication. You’re a fixed water sign, and you tend to lead with your emotions, especially in the way you speak with others. You may find yourself reflecting on your impulses and how your communication style is impacting the quality of your relationships or overall quality of life. If you have a habit of stonewalling or speaking over others, these issues will come into the light.
Sagittarius: November 22–December 21
This winter solstice is lighting up your views on the material world, specifically your values and possessions. Since this is a time for release, you may be left reflecting on the earthly tethers that bring you joy. If you are significantly attached to stuff, you could learn how easily that can hinder your joy in the metaphysical. By nature, you want to expand yourself and learn new things — but you may be called to reflect on how much of your expansion can be possible if you’re being held by material possessions.
Capricorn: December 22–January 19
Deep and thorough reflection is on the horizon for you, Capricorn, so you might find yourself especially impacted by the winter solstice. That’s because it marks the beginning of Cap season, and as so, marks a time for inner work. Right now, darker, more secretive parts of yourself may swell up to the surface. However, it shouldn’t be seen as much of a threat as it is a reminder of your humanity. You don’t have control over the external world, but you have complete autonomy of the changes you want to see in yourself — so take it by the horns.
Aquarius: January 20–February 18
The winter solstice is bringing you to face the mystical world through a different lens. As an air sign, you can easily get caught up in otherworldly notions of purpose and “what if’s.” The new season is bringing you down to earth to reflect on how you approach the natural world. If you get lost in a fantasy world, this solstice is here to take you out of it. All the earthly things you avoid in your daily life — like routines, commitments, finances, etc. — will be brought into focus. But don’t worry about losing your sense of mystic wonder — you’re being shown how you can cleverly create magic in the mundane.
Pisces: February 19–March 20
Pisces, the winter solstice is highlighting the areas that involve friendship and society. You’re spending time with yourself to think about the influences in your life and whether you’re associated with the tip of community that sincerely helps you grow. You’ll see revelations in how you function as a group and may question your place in society. If you feel stagnant in your friendships or feel like you might not fit in with the rest of your inner circle, you’re being asked to consider if you’re truly where you belong.