Every so often, the world gets to experience some pretty spectacular celestial events. Earlier this year, a super-rare new moon occurred, and not long after was the longest eclipse of the century. But you might want to gear up for this week: The best meteor shower of the year is making an appearance in a few days, and according to an astrologer, it could serve as an eye-opening look at your behavior before the new year.
The Geminid meteor shower—which is named after the Gemini constellation—is active from December 4 to 17 but will hit its peak from Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning. According to astrologer Stefanie Iris Weiss of the Saturn Sisters, the meteor shower doesn’t actually connect to the constellation of Gemini, so it doesn’t necessarily have an impact on your individual horoscope. But with that being said, it does have a symbolic meaning worth noting: “They come from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which has been delivering streams of meteors for a thousand years,” Weiss says. “Phaethon was the son of the sun god Helios, and he was killed by Zeus via thunderbolt for reckless solar chariot driving.” Are there areas of your own life that feel out of control? If so, she suggests thinking of how to rein them in before you find yourself suffering their consequences.
Weiss also thinks the Geminid meteor shower offers some powerful insight before the “deep introspection, meditation, and slowing down” that’s perfect for the winter solstice on December 21, which is the shortest day of the year. “Before you sit in this stillness, tuning into the wildness of your inner Phaethon is ideal. How have you been reckless this past fall? What risks have you taken that you knew would blow up in your face, just because your ego was involved?” she says. “Rather than killing off the part of you that longs to push boundaries, try to honor it and integrate it. Sometimes we get too attached to who we’re supposed to be out there in the world. Being wild at heart is healthy as long as you know when to safely land your solar chariot without intervention.”
The astrologer says the key in finding authentic confidence is simple: “Steering your ego appropriately,” she says. Everyone gets a little reckless once in a while, but this meteor shower comes at the perfect time to find that balance before the new year because no one wants a scary thunderbolt coming their way—even if it’s just a figurative one.
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