The 'transformative' winter solstice is on its way to usher in new beginnings

'It’s all about new beginnings, magic, evolution, inventiveness and the sacredness of life'

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It's true—the winter solstice is right around the corner. 

It might be hard to believe, but our long list of 2022 astrology events is winding down, and we're gearing up to begin anew. 

"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).

Allow us to give you the celestial scoop on everything you need to know for 2022.

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Meet the expert: Liz Simmons

Liz Simmons is a freelance writer, astrologer, and tarot reader based in Salem, MA. She views astrology and tarot as another tool in our arsenal to understand the cosmic interplay in our lives. Currently, Liz contributes astrological articles and horoscopes to StyleCaster, POPSUGAR and Astrology.com. She is also the resident astrologer at ASCEND Get Lifted. Check out Liz’s Instagram @the__crone (opens in new tab) and her website, the-crone.com. (opens in new tab) 

Winter solstice 2022: everything astrologers want you to  know

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. Once we reach 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?

Mark your calendars—great gifts astrology fans love, by the way—the winter solstice 2022 will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at roughly 4:47pm ET.

What can we expect from the winter solstice?

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New beginnings are underway, and though some may be hard to grapple with, they're all necessary for growth. 

"It’s all about new beginnings, magic, evolution, inventiveness and the sacredness of life," says astrologer Michelle Bell, founder of Cosmic Fusion (opens in new tab) says of the event. "This is the time to tap into the transformative energy of the solstice."

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Meet the expert: Michelle Bell

Michelle is an astrologer and the founder of Cosmic Fusion (opens in new tab), an app that combines your Western zodiac sign + your Chinese element + your Chinese animal to uncover your unique personality.

What are the planets up to during the winter solstice?

As you might've guessed, the cosmos are running about in the solar system during the winter solstice, which can affect the energy we feel. 

"The planetary position is what can affect the winter solstice differently each year. This year the relationship between Saturn and Uranus is a focal point," Bell says. "Saturn is the planet of life lessons, responsibility and karma, which is in direct opposition to Uranus, the planet of creativity, originality and innovation. The struggle between authority and freedom will play a huge role in this solstice."

Who will be most affected by the winter solstice?

As with any astrological happening, some members of the zodiac are more inclined to feel the event's vibes than others, which is the case with the winter solstice. 

"The zodiac signs related to the equinoxes and solstices are all Cardinal signs: Spring equinox (Aries), summer solstice (Cancer), autumn equinox (Libra) and winter solstice (Capricorn)," Bell says. "These four signs begin each season and therefore represent, initiative, change and rebirth."

Now that you're preparing for a transformation and all that's ahead in the new year, make sure to have a look at your 2023 horoscope and see which is the luckiest star sign in 2023 and the luckiest star sign in love in 2023

Happy winter solstice friends—bundle up and get ready for new beginnings.