Summer Solstice 2015

Well, it’s finally here! The Sun moves into Cancer on Sunday at 12:38 p.m. EDT, marking the official start of the summer season in the northern hemisphere. Due to continued technical issues (soon to be solved), this post will be a short and sweet look at the subtle nature of this cardinal water sign.

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Cancer is ruled by the Moon and associated with the realm of feeling– things like childhood memories, domestic concerns, and the human inclination to protect and care for something are all associated with this cardinal water sign. That isn’t to say all those born with strong Cancer planets in their chart are supportive and introverted — there is often a powerful outer shell safely protecting the inner person’s privacy. That’s the tricky things with the water signs; much goes on below the surface, invisible during a superficial glance.

While the Sun begins its month-long transit of this intuitive sign, we are given a chance to go a little easy on ourselves, maybe even reminded to take better care of our bodies, homes, or emotional base. That’s not something we are taught in modern society.

We are encouraged to be hard, not soft. Take 5-hour energy to power through the day, join the newest crossfit fad at the gym, take a pill for an erection, and buy this cream to get rid of wrinkles. Just do it, no pain/no gain, stay young, play hard. Our attention is always drawn to how to improve the outside, without really any concern for what is going on internally.

The less time we care for ourselves, the more vulnerable we are to the outside world. This summer solstice represents a turn in the wheel where we are invited to take stock of the inner situation, and tend to our own inner worlds. As the sign associated with mother, Cancer reminds us to take good care of our home base. Lots of other astrological influences will turn up the volume in the coming weeks, so try to take time during this solstice to get grounded in that safe shell.

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Staying on Course

Mercury turns direct again tonight at 6:33 p.m. EDT, after its three week retrograde in home sign Gemini. While it will take a few days for the messenger planet to even out its speed, the complications and holdup’s will begin to ease up, hopefully facillitating movement and communication. (I say that as I type this on my Kindle. My laptop broke down and the computer I just borrowed won’t connect to the Internet. Sigh.)

An energetic and perhaps restless atmosphere is likely to build this weekend as the New Moon approaches on June 16th. Mars, the planet of physicality and self -assertion, has been within a few degrees of the Sun in Gemini since the beginning of the month, and they will finally form an exact conjunction on Sunday. Gemini is a curious sign, enticed by information and gossip. With Mars infusing the versatility of this sign with
an excitable and somewhat hyper flavor, there are bound to be some thoughtless words or actions flying through the air. When the need to express oneself overpowers the impact of what one is saying, it can be a coldly opinionated world where people are all convinced of their own rightness.

The Moon, Sun, and Mars will meet up early on Tuesdsay for this New Moon phase, just two days after Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio for the summer months. Saturn transited Scorpio from October 2012 through Christmas Eve of 2014. This brief retrograde back into the intense and harshly honest waters of the fixed water sign will allow for the shedding of unnecessary baggage. Saturn challenges us here to be real about our soul purpose in this life, to release people, things, and habits that hold us back or weigh us down. Releasing doesn’t mean removing; it means letting go of the shadow sides – the dependence, the toxic patterns, the guilt and blame.

So we have Saturn up there irritating this New Moon in Gemini, potentially causing some tension in the air. On the positive side, the somewhat frustrating inertia of Mercury retrograde is coming to an end. Hopefully my computer works again. But be mindful of words and actions this weekend. The energy we put out there is powerful, particularly with Mars and Saturn in the mix.