image by Visual Alchemy. The Summer Solstice (northern hemisphere) occurs in the tropical zodiac at the exact moment when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer. This coincides with the longest day of the year and the most fertile season in agrarian cultures in the northern hemisphere. (Of course for my Aussie and Kiwi friends as well as those in southern Africa the seasons are reversed and the Summer Solstice occurs in December with the entry of the Sun into Capricorn. If you’re curious about astrology in the southern hemisphere, check out this article.)
Cancer is the sign of nurturing and is ruled by the Moon, yet at the Summer Solstice the Sun is at its peak in its rulership of the sky. Even when the Sun is at its most strong, its brilliant rays need to be filtered through the lunar light of emotion and instinct, symbolizing the need for the uniting of male and female energies in order for each to truly be expressed.
This Summer Solstice follows a New Moon in which the energies of the Sun and Moon are fused in a fresh new evolutionary cycle, and the New Moon was in Gemini, the sign of duality. Are you sensing a theme here? Dark and light, good and evil, Sun and Moon – balance and integration is the key.
That will not be easy during this Solstice season with Uranus nearing its first exact “square” alignment to Pluto. This is a planetary cycle of change and transformation during which very little will be left unchanged. We are birthing new paradigms now – any cultural dynamics that no longer serve the modern world will crumble and fall away. This will lead to much fear and hysteria, but to […]