Summer Solstice: The Turning of the Wheel

Summer Solstice 2014

While custom dictates the Northern Hemisphere celebration of the Summer Solstice and the first day of Summer on June 21st, the use of the tropical zodiac places the entry of the Sun into the sign of Cancer on the longest day of the year.

Cancer is one of the “cardinal” signs – the signs that are directed towards action and leadership.  Each of the cardinal signs marks the turning of the seasons: from the Summer in Cancer we move into the Autumn of Libra, followed by the Winter of Capricorn and the Spring in Aries.

During the solstice the Sun appears to stand still as it beams its nourishing light across the northern Hemisphere.  The energy of the Sun feeds us and is crucial for our vitality, and the Summer Solstice offers a peak of creative potential.

The chart for the Solstice can reveal a great deal about the next three months, and this year the Solstice chart is marked by Uranus, Pluto and Mars, locked tightly in an energetic alignment that continues to foster the completion of a breakdown of the old order (Pluto in Capricorn) and the beginning of something entirely new in its place (Uranus in Aries), facilitated/aggravated by Mars in Libra.  (You can learn more about the Uranus/Pluto square in the sidebar of this blog.)

The sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and the Solstice Ruler adds its own mark on the Summer Solstice.  This year the Solstice Ruler is exactly conjunct the South Lunar Node, the point marking the past, suggesting that unresolved issues are likely to take center stage now.  With Mercury retrograde as well as several other planets (see this earlier article for more information on this topic), understanding the past is more crucial than ever.  Sometimes in order to understand the past we must actually journey there.

These planetary energies have been incredibly intense since 2008 – a very long period of time.  The Summer Solstice can be a turning point as the illumination of the Sun helps to clarify life situations that may previously have been murky and dark.  It is therefore a time not only to celebrate, but also to meditate on the inner light – the Central Sun that resides within us.  As we become more aware of the radiation that fills our souls and our inner world, we can more easily radiate that light into the world around us.

Solstice blessings everyone!

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By | 2018-07-15T10:02:08+00:00 June 21st, 2014|Holidays|6 Comments


  1. Jolanda June 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Dear Lynn,
    A possible breakdown resonates with my current lonely feelings. I am a little scared. Until now I’ve conquered all obstacles in life but I am losing my faith. What’s the meaning of my life? I have come this far and don’t understand what to learn more of my solitude?
    Born 9/23/1969 – 21:40 PM, – Brunssum, The Netherlands

    • June 22, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Dear Jolanda, a huge question such as “what’s the meaning of my life” goes beyond the scope of the comments section. But you have a stellium – a big lineup – of planets in your fifth house and you had a long string of transits of Pluto and Uranus and all of the other cardinal planets. That all wound up a couple of years ago but you may still be working your way out of that difficult cycle and finding it difficult to rebuild. Some coaching or counseling would probably be helpful at this point – from me or from some other qualified adviser.

  2. Jolanda June 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Dear Lynn,

    Thank you so much for responding!
    What kind of help or support can you offer me?
    Hope to hear from you again.

    Kind Regards,
    The Netherlands

  3. jeannie June 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you for another lovely post Lynn, Grateful for your insights and life work shared and all these wonderful symbols that augment our ability to work consciously, conscientiously committed striving daily step by step to assist the process of our own spiritual development and consequently those in our sphere of influence. I sincerely believe that the principle challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of our oneness and to assist the process of our unification, the roots of which rests in our own self-knowledge, satisfying the requirements of our own individual growth and development and nearness to our Creator attaining organically ever greater higher states of virtue and wholeness. The art of Astrology, regardless that it is an inexact science, contingent on the capacity and biases of the interpreter, I have ever valued as one of many an aide to my self-knowledge and developing greater understanding of and compassion for others and the universal forces to which we are all subject. Much thanks Lynn, with a heartfelt prayer for all that makes possible inner peace, the unification of the human family and the building a peaceful global society!

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