Winter Solstice 2020 & New Year 2021 – December 2020

The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. After this date, days become lighter for longer up until the summer solstice in June. The winter solstice on 21st December 2020 was significant in terms of astrology, on this date the two largest planets in our solar system (Jupiter and Saturn) were closer to each other and to this planet than they have been for 400 years. In terms of astrology, the global impact of this famous conjunction (or meeting) is expected to last for at least 20 years.

In terms of astrology, Saturn generally represents structure (4) restriction and pessimism, whilst Jupiter typically represents new thinking (5), expansion and optimism.

In terms of Numerology, the challenge last year (2020) was about existing structures and restrictions, which brought up a great deal of emotion (2 + 2 = 4). The year 2020 also brought in the potential ‘master builder’, as represented by 22/ 4 (20 + 2 = 22 & 2 + 2 = 4). The ‘master builder’ at its best represents the birth of a new world, ideally built with love and compassion (20 + 2).

The challenge for this year (2021) on the other hand is to embrace change and inspire new thinking (2 + 2 + 1 = 5) as we potentially break out of the box represented by existing structures (4) and start to think in new ways (5). The year 2021 brings in 23/ 5 energy (20 + 2 +1 = 23 & 2 + 3 = 5), this represents great movement, change (5) and some brilliant ideas (3). However, because these new ideas (3) are born of emotion (20) we may doubt ourselves and there may be great restlessness. With extremes of emotion, it is key that we focus on what is viable and practical, ideally getting the details right before new thinking, expansion and optimism can follow.

We are now in 2021 and there are still restrictions imposed by
government, we are asked to limit our personal plans and work together towards
common goals that benefit everyone. We have now had more than 21 years with the
2 at the front of the year. This 2 energy brings separation, and for the first
time we may become more aware of the existing duality and polarities within our
society. Qualities of the 2 also include the diplomat, the facilitator and the co-ordinator
who can potentially navigate this to find the middle ground. In tarot (which
comes from Numerology), the 2 represents going behind the veil and into the
mystery, and the 4 represents focussing on what is viable and practical, as
well as great endurance. Both of these aspects are needed if we are not to give
up on the shared dream of world peace, as we potentially go into new territory.

Last year’s Winter Solstice occurred on 21/ 12/ 2020, the first goal that comes from this date is 33/ 6 (21 + 12 = 33/ 6), which potentially represents a feeling of responsibility (6) for the happiness of others (33). The challenge that comes from the year 2020 (2 + 2 = 4) is to bring in new structures (4) that allow us to care more for others. The mission that comes from this date (33 + 4 = 37/ 10/ 1) brings the potential for great spirituality (7) and creativity (30), to bring in new ideas and new beginnings (10/ 1). The 10/ 1 also represents great will power (1) enabling us to embrace the potential (0) or the unknown, and to re-emerge with a new awareness.

If we look at the phrase ‘Winter Solstice’ the first word starts with ‘W’, the 23rd letter of the alphabet. In terms of Numerology 23/ 5 represents great movement, change (5) and great ideas (3). However, because this great creativity (3) is born of emotion (20) we may doubt ourselves, resulting in a great restlessness as well, especially in the year 2021, which emphasises these qualities. The first vowel in this word is ‘I’, the 9th letter of the alphabet. In numerology this 9 represents the humanitarian and teacher, giving in service, with the characteristics of great wisdom and generosity.

   9      5       6       9   5   Soul Urge or Motivation = 34/   7
5   5 2   9  1    31 2  3     Personality or Essence    = 31/   4
                                       Overall Self Expression  = 65/ 11/ 2 

The overall self-expression (65/ 11/ 2) here represents the prolific creator and the higher mind (5) born from a love of harmony and beauty (60). These numbers bring an opportunity to shift from a focus on physical beauty to the beauty of devotion to a cause or idea, bringing the potential to inspire new thinking (11/ 2). This potential comes from the personality or essence (31/ 4) which represents the ‘spiritual warrior’. The 1 in this position is like a sword, born of great creativity (30) and potentially cutting through with a relentless determination to build structures (4) that can benefit everyone. The Soul Urge or motivation (34/ 7) is for a new structure (4) to emerge naturally from this great creativity (30/ 3), as we move from the darkness of the shortest day to days with more light, following the rhythm of Mother Nature.

With 11 energy, it is the space between the two 1s which is key in providing an effective channel and direct link to the spirit. This space is needed for us to stand back from ‘problems’ and look from a new perspective, to recognise the choices we have in how we respond and encouraging us to think in new ways. With such powerful energies coming through, emotional blocks can lead to explosions, therefore it is important for our collective health that we express our emotions.

The year 2000 brought the potential for lots of new thinking as we moved away from having a 1 at the front of the year, dominating every persons’ numerology charts. This 1 in Numerology represents the ‘single-minded unstoppable generator’ who needs to be leading from the front and insists on one way of doing things. This 1 is represented by the element fire. We have now had more than 21 years with the 2 at the front of the year, and the 2 now dominates most young people’s charts. The 2 in numerology represents the ‘sensitive peace maker’ who is very aware of the feelings of others, the diplomat, facilitator and the co-ordinator who prefers to work behind the scenes and is focussed on getting every detail right. The two is represented by the element water. As these new characteristics become more apparent their influence is becoming more powerfully felt.  This has been demonstrated by how the Collins English Dictionary in 2016 included ‘snowflake generation’ as one of their ‘words of the year’. This term is used to describe young adults of the 2010s, because they were viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.

It must be remembered that the number 2 is represented by the element water and while water can be peaceful and clear, when flowing gently, water can also become a tsunami and either way water can move mountains. Water can also become steam and cause confusion by obscuring the view or become the ice which makes surfaces slippery and treacherous, either bringing lots of movement or stopping movement entirely.

As the influence of the 2 becomes more powerful, we are witnessing more people separating themselves out in their own ‘bubbles’ and doing things in their own way. Rather than one way of doing things, there are now many ways of doing everything, and rather than feel isolated like-minded people can stay in their own space whilst also connecting with others to form groups. Thanks to ‘one world technology and communication’ everyone’s voice can potentially be heard.

In 2020 we saw many extremes with the polarisation of opposing views – the pragmatic, co-operative and the conflicting ‘winner takes all’ attitude. On the one hand we witnessed the resilience and sacrifice of millions of selfless workers, working beyond their limits to save our lives or help in many other ways, often working for a minimum wage. While other workers, who made bets to short-sell airline shares when they crashed at the beginning of the pandemic personally made, literally, hundreds of millions of pounds. 

With the dominance of ‘1 energy’ we were encouraged to think in terms of one way of doing things, as well as ‘doing as we were told’. A great deal of money was made, empires were built and whole industries were there to encourage us to focus on the self, on being separate and ‘special’. Great importance was placed on money, fame and looking physically attractive in the eyes of others.

From separation, which is a feature of the 2, we now have an opportunity to look at things in new ways and to connect with like-minded people. This conversely brings the potential for us to come back together and focus on inclusion rather than separation, and with the emotional responses that drove us elevated to ‘love wisdom’ we may choose to focus more on devotion to causes and ideas rather than physical beauty. 

With the growing influence of 2 energy, we are potentially becoming more aware of the impact of our personal behaviours and choices on others. Many of course still benefit from us believing we have no choice, that we ‘have to buy this’ or ‘have to look like that’, but we wield great power as we are. This is especially true when we form groups with other like-minded individuals and empower each other to exercise our choices and make others aware that they also have a choice.

With so many people living on their own in smaller spaces, we are witnessing more the sharing of resources and ideas with businesses on a global scale such as Tik Tok, Depop, Uber, Air B&B, YouTube and Spotify available to everyone. Tik Tok is a video sharing, social networking service launched in 2016 with more than 1 billion active monthly users. This app. is growing fast, particularly amongst the young, hitting 1 billion downloads as of February 2019 and 2 million downloads in January 2020. A big part of its appeal amongst the young is the spontaneity of the short video clips with those taking part not needing to look perfect. Depop started in 2011 and is hailed as one of the most successful start-ups in the fashion re-sale space, with 15 million users in 147 countries. Depop has raised over $100 million in funding and users have sold over $500 million worth of merchandise.

It is estimated that 45% of the world’s population (3.5 billion people)
actively use social media. Professional ‘influencers’ (people who have built a
reputation for their knowledge and expertise on specific topics) are loved by
brands as they can create trends and encourage their followers to buy the
products that they promote. With young people wanting to shop more sustainably
and wanting to support other people who share their personal values rather than
corporations, we are also starting to see the growth in public Facebook Groups
such as ‘Not On Amazon’ which had 110,000 members within 4 months on Facebook.

There are still those who try to divide us, but with more people finding their voice and recognising they have a choice, these people can act as a ‘wake-up call’, encouraging us to voice our objections and realise that together we can decide the type of world we want.

Crisis can bring people together and bring out the best in people, it is encouraging that in the first 6 months of 2020 charitable giving rose by £800 million compared to the same period in 2019. Award winning charities have also increasingly been about inclusion, such as the ‘Maundy Relief’ charity which tackles poverty and the ‘Trev House’ charity which helps mothers recover from addiction without separating them from their children. Both charities are trying to break down the long-established shame and stigma that comes from poverty and addiction.

With lots of 2 energy there can however also be lots of confusion, complexity and hypersensitivity which may manifest as bad temper, spite and sarcasm or meddling and manipulation, all as forms of self-protection. Next year we have the date 22/ 2/ 2022 and in two hundred years we have the date 22/ 2/ 2222. We can expect a lot of emotion, confusion and frustration to be experienced on these dates, but also a great deal of communication. Before new structures can come in, the old structures have to come down and this may cause a great deal of conflict as so many have benefitted from how things have always been done. But 4 is ultimately about harmony through conflict, and in the process of deciding the new and sustainable world we want, it is important that everyone feels listened to. For this to happen we must start to think in new ways, with human values as a focus, not just monetary value and worth, ideally fixing and enforcing what is good and viable.

This pandemic has required a global effort to develop and distribute a vaccine, and this has been driven by world governments working together with one shared goal. New structures can also be driven by the considerable power and influence individuals wield, especially when they work together towards one goal. We can encourage groups of people to make choices together about their future and the sort of world they choose to live in. This way new structures can evolve naturally with ideally everyone feeling listened to. Corporations and governments may then be forced to listen to their new type of customer or voter.     

With the challenges and hardships that we are all experiencing, it is important that we nurture and share our hopes for the future. If we look at the word ‘Hope’ in terms of numerology: –

    6   5    Soul Urge or Motivation = 11/ 2 (represents a channel spirit)
8    7     Personality or Essence      = 15/ 6 (represents a decision to be made)
             Overall Self Expression    = 26/ 8 (represents ‘Lord Karma’)  

This word is about taking the decision (15/ 6) to think in new ways (11/ 2). The first letter ‘H’ is the 8th letter of the alphabet and a starting point, the overall self-expression of hope (26/ 8) forces us into action, ultimately to change patterns of behaviour (or karma) that would otherwise go on for ever.

The 8 on one level is about success in the material world, but it is ultimately about balance, (as above, so below). The 8 ultimately represents spirit and matter working together.

Hope is a decision, so let’s decide to work together to restore balance and create a world that truly reflects our collective human values!

© 2020 Copyright Jane Alton

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