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Summer Solstice June 20, 2008

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The summer solstice is the moment when the Sun enters Cancer. It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest night in the Southern Hemisphere.

A chart cast for this moment gives us a sense of the tone for the next six months. Because Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the aspects to the Moon in the solstice chart are important. Here, we find the Moon in late Capricorn widely conjunct Jupiter. The Moon is also part of a Yod with Mars in Leo at the apex. Uranus in Pisces is sextile the Moon and is the other planet forming the base of the Yod. The base planets combine to give us innovation and optimism, somewhat at odds with the energetic element in flamboyant Leo. Pursuing creative projects is encouraged, but at the same time, waiting for definitive results before going public is also recommended.

Mars also opposes Neptune, and this aspect underlines the possibility that we will be less than clear about our goals and desires. Neptune can be very high-minded while at the same time being a little weak in the facts department. With Pluto back in Sagittarius and widely trine Mars, the urge to push ahead will be great. Be very careful to double-check all pertinent information before moving ahead with plans.

On the positive side, we have a lovely sextile between Venus, Ceres, and the Sun in Cancer and Saturn in Virgo. Healing, nurturing, and promoting healthy lifestyle changes are all favored and well worth putting energy behind now. Thankfully that rascal Mercury is direct in Gemini, giving mental clarity a boost.

Overall, the path most likely to bring good fortune is to stay with a modest approach rather then trumpeting one’s virtues to all and sundry. There is support for thoughtful, creative ventures benefiting the group as a whole rather than the individual. Being kind is always a good practice and usually generates goodwill. Remember to take time to nurture yourself, too.

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6 comments to Summer Solstice June 20, 2008

  • Tseka

    Mars also opposes Neptune, and this aspect underlines the possibility that we will be less than clear about our goals and desires.

    A perfect set-up for a Shakespearean Midsummer Night dream? The fog of illusion combines with love and drama for a bit of magic and mischief?

  • Tseka

    Here in the hot desert it is hump day. I know the days grow shorter from now on and look forward to that with some relief.

    Funny how our environment influences us that way. when i lived in the far north and the sun hardly set it was perfect for all-night-dreamy mountain and forest adventures.

    It is an undeniably magic time of year.

  • Tseka

    Just went to see what the planets were doing during solstice 1590 when Midsummer Night’s Dream was presented….Uranus 24 Pisces!
    Neptune conjuct NN in Leo!

    Pluto in Aries opposite Jupiter.

    As the bard wrote “the game’s afoot”m maybe i need to go re-read that play.

  • Funny how our environment influences us that way. when i lived in the far north and the sun hardly set it was perfect for all-night-dreamy mountain and forest adventures.

    Having lived in both the desert Southwest & the far north, I find the temperate latitudes are the most comfortable for my moderate Libra self. But you are right about the magical air of this solstice point.

    Neptune conjunct the NN in Leo does indeed sound like an aspect for inspiring a Midsummer Night’s Dream!

  • Mandy H.

    Hah!

    Wet and dreary day here – rained for about 16 hours solid.

    Only time the sun was around was around dawn.

  • LOL, Mandy! Maybe next year it won’t be raining on the solstice. :-D