The month before your birthday is what is called the astrological resting month. In many ways, this is your own little 12th house journey before you begin a new solar year which occurs during your birthday month. The month before your birthday is considered a wind-down period. It is during this time that you are encouraged to reflect deeply on the happenings of the ending solar year so that you may prepare yourself for the upcoming energies of your new solar new year. The following are more details on the importance of the astrological resting month and how you can make the most of your astrological resting month so that you ultimately make the most of your new solar year by taking the time to reflect on the previous year’s experiences.
The Astrological Resting Month
Astrologers consider the month before your birthday to be your astrological resting month. In many ways, this is your own personal 12th house. If you know anything about the 12th house, this is where the link between the physical world and the spiritual realm exists. Ruled by the sign Pisces and its ruler Neptune, the 12th house is where you are actually between two worlds. You are neither fully in the physical world because you haven’t been born yet, but you are also no longer in the spiritual realm having left Oneness to be born into the physical. The 12th house is the womb of the mother. It is where we prepare to be born. Because the 12 house is a very receptive, passive placement, in relation to your own natal chart, the house located before your sun placement represents another “12th house” experience. Thus, the month before your birthday, you are encouraged to lie low and wrap up your current solar year experience…similar to the concept of the 12th house experience of wrapping up life before heading back to the spiritual realm. In general, you can consider the month before your birthday as the “December” of your own personal solar year.
In many ways, the month before your birthday is like the “womb” of your lived experience. For example, if you are born in March, your astrological resting month is February. It would be best to spend the month of February reflecting on the happenings of the ending solar year in order to prepare to be “born again” at the start of the new solar year in your birthday month of March. While we are in the womb, we are not particularly active in terms of thinking about how we are going to navigate our way throughout physical experience. We are surrounded by the protective waters (Pisces) within the womb awaiting our time to be born. This experience is similar to the effect of the month before your birthday where you are essentially preparing for your own personal new year as the sun returns to the place at the time of your birth. It is an exceptionally important time that is often minimalized. When utilized for its preparative nature, the astrological resting month can help you better understand where you have been so that you can gain clarity about where you would like to go from your birthday month and for the rest of your new solar year.
Time to Recoup for a New Solar Year
So, how are you preparing for your birthday month? Consider taking the month before your birthday to reflect on the ending solar year and the upcoming solar new year. Being born into this experience is significant, and at every birthday there is an opportunity to be “reborn” into ourselves with purpose. What have you learned from the previous year as you wrap up one more year of your life? How would you like to spend the next 12 months of your experience? Explore your upcoming solar new year by ordering a solar chart and spending your “wrap-up month” reflecting on the end of one year of life and the coming of a new year cycle around the sun that is filled with promise and possibilities.
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