Astro Journal Flip Through December 2021

Astro Journal Flip Through December 2021

Introduction

I’m sharing with you my December Astro Journal flip through.

I’ve been journaling for years and I do dabble with all sorts of journals spreads, but this month I got a bit more organized and have got some images to show you of the journal pages I created for December 2021.

Cover Page

Astro Info

This page shows all the important astrological ingresses, lunar phases and planetary retrogrades for the month.

I also draw the zodiac in the natural position with Aries at the Ascendant point.

Sign Colors

You’ll notice that I colour my zodiac signs in specific colours and these are related to the colour wheel.

The fire signs are the primary colours, so Aries is red, Leo is yellow and Sagittarius is blue.

The air signs are the secondary colours so Gemini is orange, Libra is green and Aquarius is violet.

Then the earth and water signs become the tertiary colours, so we have Taurus is tangerine Cancer is apricot, Virgo is chartreuse or lime green, Scorpio is turquoise, Capricorn is purple and Pisces is magenta.

Ingresses

On the outer ring I show how all the planets move during December.

Many planets stay in the same sign, some planets change signs and one planet is stations retrograde.

Main Lunar Phases

I also indicate the four main Lunar phases of New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter.

Yule

Wheel of the Year

My Yule page is an acknowledgement of the wheel of the year as the Sun enters Capricorn on December 21 we are at the solstice.

I have the symbol for Yule in the top left and on the top right has an oakleaf to symbolize the movement from the Holly King to the Oak King which happens on Yule.

Yule and the solstice is the actual beginning of the wheel of the year.

Yule Log

It’s the dead of winter. In my drawing that I have a yule log burning in the fire. The idea is that you get one long big tree which is your you’ll log and you stick the fat and into the fireplace and you liked it on December 21 and as it slowly burns you push the tree into the great and I delete should be in for at least 12 days.

Dark to Light

Yule is a time where we are symbolizing the shift from the dark and we start to slowly move into the light.

This time of the year is symbolized by candles the fire and brightness.

Saturnalia

December 21st is the shortest day of the year it is also known as the Roman festival of Saturnalia.

Saturn rules Capricorn so it all fits in quite neatly.

Month Calendar Full Page Spread

The monthly full spread is where I will put all my student classes and events.

It also works as a content calendar for my videos and blogs.

I have colored in every planetary movement and the Moon’s phases.

Planets on the Move

Here I’m listing all the planets that change sign and a little interpretation for each one.

Sun enters Capricorn

Sun enters Capricorn on December 21st, Complete all public festivities to concentrate on special people. Especially past year. Make a plan.

Mercury enters Capricorn

Mercury enters Capricorn on December 13 get all seasonal shopping in the bag early. Gift self-improvement classes and education.

Mars enters Sagittarius

Mars enters Sagittarius on December 13 this will energize all outgoing personalities. The bright bold and confident now.

Jupiter enters Pisces

Jupiter enters Pisces on the 29th make space in your life for some whimsy. Grow big dreams. Meandering is the name of the game.

Venus stations Retrograde

Venus going retrograde is there too. Reassess romantic and love relationships for viability. Practice financial austerity for a brighter future.

Lunar Phases

Solar Eclipse

On December 4th, there is a Solar eclipse at 12° Sagittarius.

  • Follow your instincts.

This eclipse squares Neptune as well.

  • Internal dilemmas around visions and atmosphere’s may be the case.

The solar eclipse also sextiles Saturn.

  • Work your inherent talents.

The solar eclipse is trine Chiron.

  • Be guided by the events of the day.

First Quarter

On December 11th, the First Quarter is at 19 Pisces.

  • Growth through art and music.
  • Build meaningful attitudes.
  • Face your crises.

Full Moon

On December 19th, is this month’s Full Moon at 27 Gemini.

  • Journal for clarity.
  • Have your eyes wide open to reality.

Last Quarter

On December 27th, is the Last Quarter at 5° Libra.

  • Reorientate personal relationships.
  • Readjust your plans now.
  • Pioneer plans as well.

Planet of the Month – Jupiter

This month’s planet of the month is Jupiter as it moves finally into Pisces.

Jupiter did move into Pisces earlier in the year and then retrograded back into Aquarius, but now it has finally moved and Pisces and will remain there for the next year.

Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces and it is very comfortable in the sign of the Fish.

What to Expect or Great Expectations

This movement of planetary energy will bring:

  • A higher awareness of your spiritual journey.
  • Openness to teaching and learning that creates a perception shift.
  • Growth through understanding more than at other times.
  • A blurring of international connections now.
  • Expansion in your life if you follow your inner voice.
  • Trust in your own judgement without following public opinion.

Conclusion

If you enjoyed seeing my Astro Journal flip through let me know.

Share Your Astro Pages

If you are inspired by some of my Astro Journal Pages send me a copy of your image or use the hashtag #StarzologyAJP to share your work on social.

My Process

If you would like to see the actual process I use and how I design each page each month, let me know as well.

There and innumerable videos on monthly journal spreads by talented artists which have amazing artwork and design.

I just bring a focus to the astrology in my spreads.

If you would find it interesting to see my process let me know and I will certainly share a video with the background information as well.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison

The Yod – Major Aspect Pattern

The Yod – Major Aspect Pattern

A Yod is an astrological planetary configuration also know as a major aspect pattern which is formed when three planets line-up in a particular way.

A yod looks like a triangle. See image.

This week the three planets in the current yod are Jupiter in Gemini, Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn.

You can also refer to this current pattern as a Jupiter Yod because Jupiter is the focal planet.

Lammas

Lammas

Lammas Dates

Lammas is typically celebrated on August 1st each year.

However, it is more correct to say that Lammas is when the Sun reaches 15º of the fixed sign of Leo the lion.

In 2021, the Sun will be at this position in the zodiac on Sunday, August 8th.

To be honest, it does not really matter that you celebrate Lammas at the exact time, but that you celebrate at all.

Close Enough

Often in the civil calendar, if a public holiday falls mid-week we celebrate it on the Sunday that follows or the Sunday beforehand.

An example of this is Remembrance Sunday which technically occurs on November 11th every year, but which is always taken as the closest Sunday to that date.

Lammas: Astrology Journal Page

I’ve drawn a page for Lammas in my astrology journal.

It is a sheaf of wheat that symbolizes the early harvest of the first sweet ears of cereal in August that is used to bake the Lammas Loaf of bread.

I’m trying to focus on one symbol for each festival in the Wheel of the Year.

 

Lammas Celebration

Lammas celebrates the baking of the first loaf of bread with the current year’s wheat.

It signifies bounty and good food and prosperity to come.

But let’s face it, in the modern world if you live in a city like I do you just go down to the corner store and pick up some bread that’s already baked.

Personally, I’m not in the habit of making my own bread, but when I do, it is at Lammas that I bake.

Lammas Loaf Recipe

My daughter has recently started baking bread and I’m going to share the recipe she uses with you here.

This simple method uses three ingredients bread flour, yeast and salt.

You may have a family recipe and that would be an ideal one to use for your Lammas first loaf.

Lammas Bread Baking

In the week running up to Lammas, my daughter baked several loaves which our whole family enjoyed.

She brought a Lammas loaf over to my home by travelling on the train, as the trip is quite far, but I truly appreciated her gesture.

When to Eat Your Lammas Loaf

Your Lammas loaf is best consumed when still warm.

I like it slathered with butter or, for a special treat, honey.

It is the type of food you can keep snacking on long into the evening.

Next Day Bread

The next day bread can be a litlle harder as it has lost its initial softness and springability.

I choose to cut next day bread into thinner slices and toast them.

Always try to get your Lammas toast “golden” and not charred.

Enjoy your slices with tea or coffee as a great mid-morning snack.

Interior Pages

Here you can see the right hand pages from a few of the zodiac notebooks.

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Aspiring Astrology Activity: Lammas

In your astrology journal, book of shadows or grimoire please do the following:

 

  • Draw a page for Lammas and include a symbol of wheat or the first loaf.
  • If you have a family recipe for bread then include it as well.

Share your page on social with the hashtag #starzologywheeloftheyear or email me the link to startzology@gmail.com.

 

Interior Pages

Here you can see the right hand pages from a few of the zodiac notebooks.

Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year

Diagram

The wheel of the year is a diagram that shows the Sun’s movement through the twelve signs of the tropical zodiac from Aries to Pisces.

You can draw a wheel of the year in many ways, but they still represent the passing of time throughout a twelve-month period.

Flow

Typically, the diagram flows clockwise like time on a clock face, but astrologers flow them counterclockwise to align with the zodiac from which the dates originally come and the rising of the Sun at the Ascendant.

The special eight celebration days have been used for centuries in many cultures around the world.

If you draw your own wheel of the year, you can color it and add the symbols that resonate with you.

In the modern world, there is no right or wrong way to tap into this ancient calendar.

Follow your instincts and create a wheel of the year diagram that speaks to you.

Astrology Journal

As an astrologer you would typically draw the wheel of the year in your astrology journal.

If you are more of a pagan, you can create your wheel of the year in your book of shadows or grimoire.

The Sun’s Path

We have watched the Sun mark time as it rises and sets every day.

At a broad stroke, the Sun’s rising position on the horizon moves slightly each day.

The daylight hours are longer in summer and shorter in winter.

Every year the Sun transits through the 360º of the tropical zodiac, and in its passing, marks special days in the year.

Cardinal Points and the Four Seasons

The Sun’s path crosses the four cardinal points each year which mark the beginning of the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Please note that these dates are for the northern hemisphere.

Quarter Days

The four quarter days divide the year up into four quarters.

They are the dates of the two equinoxes and two solstices.

  • March 21st – equinox
  • June 21st – solstice
  • September 21st – equinox
  • December 21st – solstice

 

Cross-Quarter Days

The cross-quarter days divide each of the four quarters of the year.

The cross quarter days are midway between the equinoxes and the solstices.

These dates are around the 8th of the inbetween months and each year is slightly different.

The definition of a cross-quarter day is when the Sun reaches fifteen degrees of the fixed signs.

 

  • February 8th
  • May 8th
  • August 8th
  • October 8th

Spring Equinox – Ostara

Around March 21st, the Sun crosses the celestial equator at 0º Aries, moving north for three months.

It is the Aries ingress and this is springtime.

The pagan celebration of Ostara is aligned with the equinox when the day and night is the same.

Beltane

The pagan festivity of Beltane is the day the Sun reaches 15 º of Taurus.

This is often celebrated on May 1st each year.

Midsummer Solstice – Litha

Around June 21st, the Sun reaches its highest declination at around 23.5º north at 0º Cancer.

Now the Sun moves back towards the celestial equator for three months.

The Cancer ingress heralds summer.

The pagan celebration of Litha is on the midsummer’s day which is the longest day of the year and the day with the most sunlight.

 

Lammas

As the Sun reaches 15 Leo, which is typically on August 8th, it is the cross-quarter day of Lammas.

However, the pagan celebration of Lammas is usually celebrated on August 1st.

 

 

Autumn Equinox – Mabon

Around September 21st, the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving south at 0º Libra and continues for three months during autumn or fall.

The Libra ingress happens at the autumn equinox and the start of the new season.

The pagan celebration of Mabon is usually celebrated on October 1st which is a date close to the equinox.

Samhain – Halloween

The pagan celebration of Samhain is when the Sun passes over 15º of Scorpio, which is around November 8th.

In general, this special day is usually celebrated on October 31st as Halloween.

All Saint’s Day follows of November 1st.

Midwinter Solstice – Yule

Around December 21st, the Sun’s declination reaches around 23.5º south as it enters 0º Capricorn.

Now the Sun moves back up towards the celestial equator which takes three months and it is wintertime.

As the Sun enters Capricorn it is known as the Capricorn ingress when the winter season begins.

The pagan celebration of Yuletide is celebrated on midwinter’s day.

Imbolc

Imbolc occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Aquarius which is usually around February 8th, although Imbolc is celebrated around February 1st each year.

One symbol for Imbolc is Brighid’s cross made from wheat sheaves or corn dollies.

Conclusion

As an aspiring astrologer, it is valuable to understand when the dates for the cardinal signs and the cross-quarter days happen as they shift a little each year.

These special days are not just plucked out of thin air.

Often at the start of a new season, the news channels will state that, “Spring is starting on March 21st at 4:37pm” and this statement may seem weird.

Now that you know how each season is timed (by the Sun’s ingress into a cardinal sign), you can fully understand the seasonal changes and the cross-quarter days that occur at around six-week intervals.

If you are just starting out, pay attention to the equinoxes and solstices first.

Then explore the cross-quarter days afterwards.

The whole year begins at the vernal equinox when the Sun enters Aries around March 21st every year.

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Aspiring Astrologer Activity: Wheel of the Year

In your astrology journal and with a compass and protractor, please do the following:

  • Draw the diagram for the wheel of the year with four concentric circles.
  • Divide the outer wheel into the four seasons.
  • Divide the second wheel in, into the months of the year.
  • Divide the third wheel in, into the twelve signs of the zodiac starting with Aries in the ascendant position.
  • Divide the center wheel into the eight celebrations of the wheel of the year.

Extend Yourself

  • Color in your wheel of the year and decorate it as you see fit. Use your intuition as a guide.
  • For the next celebration that is coming up, give some thought and list what you want to manifest for your life during that period.

Share your drawing on social with the hashtag #starzologywheeloftheyear or send a link to your artwork to me at starzology@gmail.com.

 

Interior Pages

Here you can see the right hand pages from a few of the zodiac notebooks.