Please enjoy this thoughtful article, written by Ghost Flower ambassador, Maren:
Grounding into Earth this Winter: December 2018 Astrology and More
It’s an interesting paradox: seasonal depression tends to take place around the same time as the holiday season. We can feel more tired and lethargic than usual though it appears as if outside of us, everything is happy and jolly.
Winter officially begins on December 21st, when the Sun enters the Earth sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is known for its hard-working nature, its stoicism, and its ability to remain rooted in reality. Just after we enter Capricorn season, there is a Full Moon on December 22nd, where the Moon in Cancer will be opposite the Sun in Capricorn. This lunation can provide some insight into how we can navigate this confusingly gloomy-yet-jolly season.
A shadow side of Capricorn energy can be placing too much focus on the external, appearance-centered world and not enough on the internal space of Self. Simply dwelling on what we lack and must reach for creates a cycle of disappointment, whereas looking within can help point us to the abundance already present. Cancer, the Water sign opposite to Capricorn, reflects our need for safety and comfort. Much of the isolation we feel during this season may be a disconnect with how we are feeling as we focus too much on the external: gifts, travels, others, maybe even just the weather.
This Full Moon is a culmination of energy having to do with “within vs. without” that has been affecting us all individually over the past six months. Capricorn, as an Earth sign, asks us to remain grounded, but Cancer calls for the softness of Water. Together, by treating ourselves with the kind softness that we sense may be missing, we can quell some of the winter loneliness popping up. If you are familiar with your astrological chart, look to the house axis that Cancer and Capricorn rule to determine in what specific area of life this is manifesting.
Earth element shapes involve feeling safely rooted and creating a sense of stability. Some asanas to help us do this while still tuning into Cancerian, watery softness (often connected with the hips and womb space) are pigeon pose, crescent lunge, and Baddha Konasana.
Grounding-yet-cooling foods allow us to stabilize the mind and also cultivate some energy for what specifically our work-home paradigm is calling us to take action towards. These Toasted Coconut Overnight Oats from my upcoming ebook, Cosmic Chef, are a hearty breakfast option that require minimal effort and align with Earth energy.
Toasted Coconut Overnight Oats
- Serves 1
- 1 C rolled oats (certified gf if necessary)
- 1 t psyllium husk powder
- 1 t reishi mushroom powder
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 C almond milk
- Dropperful of stevia (or to taste)
- 1 T shredded coconut
- Sprinkle of hemp seeds
- Sprinkle of cacao nibs
- 1 T creamy peanut butter
- Mix all dry ingredients and add in almond milk and stevia. If desired or required, add more water to fully cover the mix.
- Refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours) and remove in the morning.
- Stir and reconstitute with a splash of liquid if needed.
- To toast coconut, bring a pan to medium-high heat and add coconut. Stir around until lightly browned, then remove, as coconut burns easily.
- Top oatmeal with toasted coconut, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and peanut butter.
May you all have a restful and reenergizing holiday season! I invite you to tap into the Earth element within you this wintertime.
Maren Altman is a yoga instructor, writer, and astrologer attending New York University in New York City. www.marenaltman.com