You know from gazing at the sky that Venus and Jupiter are sitting close (in the sign of Leo). On the eve of the summer solstice, the Moon joins Venus and Jupiter and that gives us a touch of joy in the midst of life’s ongoing travails.
Mars is nearing the end of its visit to Gemini (28 degrees of Gemini), so it hangs close to the Sun as the Sun enters Cancer and the solstice day unfolds. The Sun-Mars conjunction is great for increased energy and assertion, as well as getting clear about our desires. The only hitch is a quirky connection with Saturn, the planet that calls for restraint and carefulness. The Summer Solstice is the event that moves the season along and sets the tone for the next few months. The arrangement of Sun/Mars sitting uncomfortably with Saturn means we want to assert but we feel compelled to wait. There is some frustration because we know what we desire but we might be asked to sacrifice something to get what we want. Furthermore, we might find that it takes a great deal of work to bring our desires into the material world!
The Moon opposes Neptune, and Mercury sits in between them. We are sensitive, vulnerable, and psychic and having a hard time finding logic to explain it all. Mercury opposes Saturn and the MOON sits in between them. If we get too rational, our mental bodies will get depressed. Time to let go and trust the second brain, “the gut,” as we wade through all the chatter in our own minds and in the collective mind.
Speaking of the collective: Mercury fiddling with Neptune means you won’t know what to believe when you hear things from the media. Confusion, half-truths, propaganda, manipulation. It cannot be said enough! Neptune is the mass media, the collective fog. Turn the volume down. Study the body language. What is that body communication telling you? Using our refined abilities to observe what is going on in our life and in the bigger collective world is good. Observation is a wonderful tool. Dogmatic thinking will limit our ability to gently bend and be molded into a new species.
The Summer Solstice is beautiful. The Sun returns and we soak in that Sun. Nonetheless, there is much to be done during the next few months. There is clean-up from torrential rains. There is re-building in Nepal. In our everyday lives, the solstice chart indicates increased clarity and that’s a gift. But there is also frustration that we can’t get it fast enough and there is anxiety that so many things keep getting in the way of making our dreams come true.
Sabien Symbol for 0 degrees of Cancer, the point of the Summer Solstice: “On a ship the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one.” We seek to re-organize, re-stablize and reorient our consciousness as the days of summer unfold.