What is the winter solstice? Astrologers say it'll bring major transformation

'We’re going to feel more accountable for our actions and what we want to do moving forward,' says astrologer Liz Simmons

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What is the winter solstice? The December event might signify the end of the calendar and astrological year, but truthfully, it's just the beginning. 

As we gear up for the next 365 days around the sun, there's plenty to look forward to: new relationships, career changes, significant milestones and, hopefully, a return to normalcy. 

Our 2022 horoscope predictions indicate that significant change is underway—and this will be the luckiest zodiac sign in 2022—but before we start making adjustments to various aspects of our lives, we need to reevaluate what it is we desire in the future.

"We can use the solstice to make a new plan going forward, and kind of transition us from one year to the next with a clear goal or long-term plan for what we want to accomplish," says astrologer Liz Simmons (opens in new tab)

It might be the shortest day of the year, but the winter solstice will pack in plenty for us to think about. Here's what's in store, according to the cosmos. 

What is the winter solstice?

This is the shortest day of the year (with the fewest hours of sunlight) and the start of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Upon reaching the winter solstice, the days grow longer until the summer solstice swings around in June. 

Literally and figuratively, things will only get sunnier from here on out—and astrologers agree. 

When is the winter solstice 2021? What should we expect?

Mark your diaries: the winter solstice is taking place on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. 

Although we're about to embark on a chaotic time thanks to the holidays—and perhaps we'll experience some relationship shifts with Venus retrograde on the horizon—the solstice will be a positive and transformative event. 

"I feel like it’s going to be an overly mature responsible time, which is kind of an interesting take going into the holidays," Simmons says. "We’re going to feel more accountable for our actions and what we want to do moving forward."

Thanks to Venus retrograde in Capricorn, we'll "really [be] rethinking our commitment to our legacies in relationships, value, money," Simmons adds.  

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Who will be most affected by the winter solstice 2021?

Cardinal signs—Libra, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn—will particularly feel the intensity of the winter solstice.

How to prepare for the winter solstice 2021

"I'm always such a huge fan of writing down manifestations and goals whenever we have an earthy transit," Simmons confesses. 

(Psst: if you need a new journal, check out our favorite gifts astrology fans love.) 

For those who want to choose another proactive approach, try assembling a melting pot of winter scents—oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc—and recite a ritual. Plus, it's a great way to get cozy, hygge aromas circulating throughout your digs. 

"I find that a lot of people love oranges around the solstice because the days are getting lighter," Simmons says. "It's really a nice way to put a bright spin on an otherwise drearier time, and it's a little reminder for what's to come."

While it might be dark, the winter solstice is here to tell you that plenty of light is on the way—and you get to decide where it'll shine. 

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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