Quite apart from it being my birthday tomorrow, Dec 21st will be auspicious. It is the Winter Solstice, the shortage day and longest night of the year. It is also is first time since 1544 that that a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse falls exactly on the the Winter Solstice. That was 456 years ago!! A time when the Catholic Inquisition was already active and the Protestant Reformation was heating up, bringing religious persecution and “witch” burnings all around Europe.

Two friends of mine, Jodie Evans and Cristina Biaggi, have passed on what shaman friends, Starhawk and Vicki Noble, have to say about what all this means.

Winter Solstice is a time of darkness. But as Starhawk says, “Dark is a place of potential, of gestation, the black, fertile soil where the seed puts forth roots and shoots, the dark womb where new life is nurtured.  But being humans, we also have a natural affinity for the light, the time of growth and new beginnings, of warmth and color and bright new hopes.  Solstice reminds us that no darkness, no loss, no grief or disappointment is final.  Out of darkness, light is born.   Every ending gives rise to a new beginning.  Out of disappointment and despair comes new courage, new hope. Over the coming year, this seed–planted in the darkness of Winter—will sprout and grow, becoming something manifest in our lives by the fall harvest time. What is it you would like to bring to birth in this coming year? What do you care about and want to protect? It’s a night to take a good look at what you want to shed.  What are the behaviors, the beliefs, the patterns that no longer serve?  Let them go.  Make the commitment to change. What act of power can you make that would transform your fears and doubts into confidence and empowerment? How can you improve your health, your job, your relationships? These are the ruminations I would suggest you entertain on this powerful Winter Solstice; make it count!”

One ritual I do at this time of year is write on strips of paper the things I want to let go of, rid myself, even the world, of. I put the slip or slips of paper in a can or bowl and light them on fire, watching the smoke rise and focusing on those things I am saying goodbye to. Feeling them go up into the ether. I believe that, along with prayer and meditation, rituals like these can help our psyche move in new directions. This is a time, this evening and early morning, to envision the future you want to create.  

Then, on top of this, we will witness a total Lunar Eclipse, the first —as I said, to fall on the Winter Solstice. A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays from hitting the moon. This only happens when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are exactly aligned with the Earth in the middle. And, unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be seen anywhere on the night side of the Earth.

Tonight and tomorrow, “Imagine the best,” says Vicki Noble. “Do something useful and refrain from doing anything harmful or destructive, since most traditional people around the planet believe that the eclipse magnifies and multiplies the effects of our individual and collective actions. We know that this eclipse is more potent than most (given that it takes place on the Winter Solstice), so let’s make it our business to do something  powerful and POSITIVE. That doesn’t mean being overly serious or heavy; I think it’s probably a lot more effective to have a fabulous time doing something joyful and expressive.”

Clearly I have a lot to celebrate!
Blessings and Peace to all of you. Love, jane

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  1. That has got to be a sign for you. You will receive nothing but happiness, love, and special wishes tomorrow. You deserve it!

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy BIRTHDAY Jane! Untill we meet again all the best.

  3. Your blogging is a gift to all of us. I am so happy you do it. I met you in Phoenix for the launch of Women’s Media Center and was struck by your transparency. That’s not so easy for women of our age. Happy Birthday

  4. Happy 73rd !

  5. Thank you for this inspiring and beautiful post on the lunar eclipse Jane! I’m taking your advice on letting go of some things and starting fresh with positive change.
    I wish you a big Happy Birthday!!!! Best wishes always!! Here’s to many, many more fabulous years!

  6. Strange Jane, note trying to rhyme nor reason or maybe reason-out. A Happy Birthday, strange that I have been thinking along about this auspicious Winter Solstice. For the first time in 450 years the sun will flood through the chambers at Newgrange as the moon passes out of a rare total lunar eclipse. Newgrange was built 5,200 years ago making them older that the Pyramids in Egypt. Just before sunrise on the Winter Solstice 2010, a Full Moon will turn red as it rests just above the western horizon. This event is known as a total lunar eclipse, as the Moon will move into Earth’s shadow.You will be able to see the Moon gradually get darker as Earth’s shadow is cast upon it, and then the Moon will have entered totality.What is even most magical is that the light from the sun and moon will appear in the chamber at Newgrange together. My best of wish for you in the coming years…

  7. Many blessings and peace to you, too! Enjoy your day tomorrow and live in the moment.

    At the end of your ritual (burning strips of paper of things you want to let go), how about writing down three wishes or dreams or goals that you want for the new year and place these in the bowl on top of the ashes signifying the release of letting go and embracing and setting the intention of the new? And every once in awhile revisit your slips of paper as a reminder. Anyway, just an idea . . .

    Have a wonderful birthday! —Gay

  8. Happy birthday Jane. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  9. Happy birthday

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE! You ‘old’ broad!:) I should look and sound as wonderful as you when I hit the magic #73! You most definitely are an inspiration to many of us..particularly those of us of a ‘certain age.’ Love reading your blogs, your autobiography and I was even in the audience at Oprahs when you appeared on her show. Had to write why I was a fan to get the tickets. I feel like we are BFF’s when I find your blog waiting for me in my email! Enjoy your day..hope you make time to dance on this your day!

  11. Happy Birthday, Jane. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

  12. Miss Fonda …happy birthday and greetings from Australia …where we are mid summer. I’m a firm believer in rituals to let go of our past and like the idea of burning little strips of paper.


  13. Jane,

    Happy Birthday, what an auspicious day. Enjoyed the information will certainly be letting go of the negatives and focusing on the positives.

  14. NO WAY! Well, have to say your birthday makes me feel great because with all the rain in SoCal and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse not so visible with all the cloud cover, I was starting to feel a bit disappointed, but then I realized two things: First, the eclipse and all the fertile imaginings and potential it brings exists regardless of whether or not we can see it, and second, I’m still younger than you if only by just a few years! ::teehee:: I should look so GOOD at 73!

    Happy Birthday, Jane Fonda–you are a very special person and, not surprisingly, I think it’s because you stay involved with life! Oh what am I saying? You’ve been involved with life since any of us first heard of you! I admire you. Have a GREAT 73rd birthday, and well, I ‘spose there’s nothing too indelicate about anticipating your question—mine’s April 7th! 😉 tt

  15. happy birthday, jane. thanks for the interesting read! happy holidays * 4-L, marty

  16. With very best birthday wishes,
    (I’m sure it will be the best birthday in your life.)
    Mr. Yoshiyuki Mukudai

  17. Happy Birthday and hello from shopping Barnes & Noble, 3rd St Promenade. At 5 p.m., trying to buy your video, find they are a sellout! Nice birthday surprise for you! Next shipment will be after Christmas. Thank you for repeatedly and publicly stating your age. You can change the consciousness of our country by doing this. It’s the feeling of the need for secrecy that keeps women locked in fear, shame and discrimination. When everyone hears “the number” then one thinks, oh her age is not a secret anymore, so it’s no big deal. And that’s how it should be!

  18. Happy Birthday Jane, Have a blast and enjoy it the most 🙂
    I am proud to be born on your birthday, take care and have a nice day.

  19. Dear Jane,

    Happy Birthday and what a beautiful birthday blog!!

    Love the bit about putting the things you want to let go of on slips of paper and burning them. Very good! My thoughts exactly.

    Anyway, many happy returns of the day and love, light and happiness for your personal New Year.

    Love, from a snowy Germany,

  20. Happy Birthday Jane Fonda. I really loved what you wrote. It’s been a very tough couple of years for me and there are things I am ready to let go of, including about 100 lbs of excess weight that is crushing me in many ways. I am ready both physically, emotionally and spiritually to let it and other things go. I like the idea of putting strips of paper into the fire. I was going to do that anyway with a letter of forgiveness to my dad when we go to a cabin in the GA mountains after Christmas. I think I will add this idea as well. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  21. Ms. Fonda,

    Happy Birthday. As always you provide your readers with timely information, as well as practical tips for living a spiritually positive life.

    My name (Lucia) means light. Celebrated on December 13 in Sweden, the barer of light, saint Lucia brings light, sweets, and song to all. Here’s to sharing the spirit of Christmas!

    Keep spreading your light!
    Lucia Faust

  22. I hope you live another 73 years!
    Happy Birthday Jane and blessings and Peace to you too!

  23. Happy Birthday Jane! You look fabulous

  24. I wish you a very happy birthday Ms. Fonda. I like what you said about writing down things that you want to get rid of and burning them. I’m going to try that myself. Ther are several things I need to lay to rest and try to move on with the next chapter of my life. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Merry Christmas and may you have the best new year possible. Be blessed!

  25. Happy Birthday Jane!

    Wonderful post! I hope the seeds you have planted this year will bloom next year… I wish you all the best! 🙂

  26. Wow! Thank you for sharing this spiritual enlightenment! It reminds me that I control my own destiny, my own choices for my future. How I step forward, in what direction I go, is my decision. I am choosing how to spend my energy here on Earth. Therefore, I need to make every minute of my life count and put my energy toward good both for myself and others. Thank you! These quotes you share are truly inspirational. And Jane, you have been such an inspiration. I know you hear that a lot, but you are actually helping me realign what I need to do in my lifetime. I guess I just needed someone I respect to light the fire under me and it just happened to be you. It makes me excited to think how much power each of us carries and how I hope to use mine.
    Happy Birthday to you Jane! I think the Winter Solstice and Full Moon Lunar Eclipse landing on YOUR birthday has extra meaning for you. This year, your 73rd year, is meant to be a powerful one for you! I will enjoy watching what adventures it brings to you!

  27. Happy Birthday, Jane – and many more 🙂

  28. Happy Birthday and many more.

  29. December 21, 2010 Jane Fonda turned 37 years old! Happy Birthday to her!

  30. WOW, what a wonderful blog. Been reading your blog for a while since your sting at 33 Variation, which I was already to get in the cab to see and had to cancel as my dad was coming home from the hospital and no one can stay with him at the last minute. Long story short, I have enjoy your blogs for a while now and this just touch me so much that I just want to reply and tell you so.

    Happy Birthday!


  31. Happy Birthday Jane!
    I have admired you almost all my life (still do). I remember taking an exercise class in which you taught in San Francisco back in the 80’s. You were just as I hoped-extremely kind, humble and very gracious to my friends and I. Your bravery and honesty doesn’t go unnoticed. I just wanted to say Happy Birthday Jane, the world is a much more peaceful place with you in it.

  32. Dear Jane,

    TMC is giving the whole day to honor your birthday and I just finished watching Cat Balou, again. It is always such a treat, especially Lee and his marvelous horse.

    I don’t agree with your politics, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing you a fantastic 73rd birthday. Thanks for all the fun you’ve left us on celluloid and continue to be Courgar Balou, if no longer Cat.

  33. Happy Birthday Jane! I hope that it’s amazing! (Don’t go to crazy when you party tonight) 😀

  34. Happy Birthday James Fonda! Saw you in Lisa Nova’s Video!

  35. happy73rd jane. GODhas been good toyou with blessed health i hope i look that good when i turn 73 iam 61 now 62 next august the17th write soon loveyou vernon

  36. thank you for that..all is well

  37. Hi Jane, Happy Birthday! I am Shaman, we meet at the Music and media event. I was in the blue hat. we had a photo taken. I am a Neuromuscular Therapist. I would like to talk with you about my Shaman work. my contact is

  38. Have a wonderful holiday, Jane and a happy, healthy New Year!

  39. Hey Jane! Happy birthday! Since you haven’t written anything yet today, I just commented here instead, because of the time differences etc. Hope you have a great day!

  40. Feliz Cumpleaños!! thanks for being such an isnpiration!
    Keep going… I’m willing to see your last two films!!XX

  41. Hi Jane, Happy Birthday!!!! Have respected, admired and pretty much all round, loved you for the last ten years since I was seventeen. Wanna wish you love and happiness on your 73rd birthday, Thom xxxxxx

  42. Happy Birthday, Jane!

  43. Happy Birthday Jane, from Mary Jane, your steadfast, adoring fan of many years. When my boss, a Haitian man who lived in France for years, wants to get around me he calls me Jane Fonda. He tells me how much you are loved in Paris. If you ask me it shows that Parisians have good taste.

    But you are the real thing. I can’t wait to see your two new movies and hope they do well. I carry a ticket stub from your last film in my wallet for luck. I very much need your new fitness tapes-I’m sixty. And you are Barbarella forever! Keep a goin’

    Love always,

    Mary Jane

  44. p.s. tonight I bought a bottle of the Zubrowka vodka you recommended at Munich airport. Just tried it. Unique, but really delicious. Cheers. Here’s to you!

  45. Happy Birthday Jane 🙂

  46. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Many, many more!

    Spending the afternoon watching TCM’s B’day tribute to you!


  47. Jane, I wish you a very Happy Birthday and the best year ever! Following you on your blog over the past few years has been an inspiration to me. I’ll be 65 next month and I feel I’m just beginning to flow in the gifts that God has given me– wrote a novel and I’m a host for a new show on a blog talk radio network. Enough of me. Back to you. Your DVD’s are on my Christmas Wish List! I can’t wait to work out with you again, as in days of old.
    Oceans of blessings to you, Sharon

  48. Blessings and Peace to all of you also. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you.
    everything you wrote is true. I believe in all this.
    it’s funny because just today I made some changes in my house.I needed new.
    On dit que quand on fait des rangements chez soi, on aère notre tête aussi !!
    there are many things to change as the world and I think everyone can do something aroud you
    xxx florence

    I am sending MAGICMAD musical love to you and to all you love! I have been able to catch a few interviews lately, but I think my favortite is the one with Jay Leno. He put you on the hot seat!

    Sorry I have not left a comment lately, but I am busy making plans to see my sons for the first time in five years. I just have to wait until I can find a winning lottery ticket!
    More love later!
    Lawrence Mark
    Ps… It was my birthday on the 19th… and I am getting younger all the time now! heh heh

  50. Happy Happy Birthday Jane…and many, many more! 😎

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