Summer Solstice: Sun enters Cancer: 06:34 PM EDT
The Sun is the heart of our solar system. It travels through the galaxy taking us with it, even as we see it move through each sign of the zodiac every year. Every astrological month, the sun makes contact with different planets and the moon. Each encounter can be seen as symbolic of a heartfelt conversation between the two. As the Sun journeys through Cancer, bringing summer to the northern hemisphere, it speaks of nourishment, productivity and connection. You might imagine a queen, a loving but demanding mother, visiting each planet it touches as if it were a person. Here is the schedule for this month: (You will find insights about each one under the date indicated, below).
July 3: Sun trine Neptune (trines are gifts).
July 4: Sun conjunct Moon (conjunctions with the Sun suggest renewal for the planet which it conjuncts).
July 6: Sun conjunct Mercury.
July 10: Sun sextile Jupiter (sextiles are opportunities).
July 16: Sun square Uranus, trine Mars (squares are blocks).
July 19: Sun opposite Moon (oppositions are challenges).
We might all be thinking about food and nourishment: Who eats, who doesn’t. Eating disorders. Food sensitivities. Food security. GMOs. Even as we look for new ways to encourage the children to eat their kale.
Mercury square Jupiter
Give rest to the weary, hyper, distracted mind. Unplug. And if you can’t then be aware of the landslide of image and information that is carrying you down the mountain of your perceived reality. How real is reality? How much of it is your hyper-mental process making it seem solid?
Jupiter trine Pluto
Mercury sextile Uranus
Having survived the landslide; even if you find yourself surrounded by shards of broken ideas – now is a great time to take those pieces and craft a mosaic of brilliance as well as purpose. It’s not about fixing what seems broken but about using what has been given. The possible human, at her/his most inventive, clever self.
Venus trine Neptune
Love has many manifestations. Astrologically we look for three layers: Personal, social and universal. They build on each other. Great wisdom comes from understanding their similarities and differences. Personal love is child for parent and parent for child. Social love is the love of equals; ‘you and me’ love. Universal love is the love of creation for all created things; unconditional. This love also includes the possibility that we can love creation the way it loves us. The common thread between all these layers of love is reciprocity. It doesn’t work if it isn’t connected.
Mercury enters Cancer
Mars stationery direct
The mind, that clever beast, seeks to connect; to tell the story or solve the riddle of how the past creates the present.
What have you learned since April 17th about fear and strength? What do you know now you didn’t know then about your fear of breaking through? What can you offer your world that might help others overcome their fear? How is it we can choose our actions rather than react in a knee jerk way? Mars is direct but we have till the end of August to work out what to do with it!
Venus opposite Pluto
Sometimes we must surrender that which we hold dear; to let go of what matters most; to make offering to the Great Power of transformation in order to have a full experience of love. When this happens we go beyond fear. Possibly no one in their right mind would choose such a journey. But it’s not really a mind thing. And it can’t be faked.
Venus sextile Jupiter
Life is cyclical. Everything goes around and comes around. Why worry?
Sun trine Neptune
Imagine a world where the collective will is turned toward all of us having enough. It’s a mystical thing. No mind-altering substances necessary. It can be as subtle as the shadow of a butterfly or the sound of a child’s voice or a bee, bumbling around a flower. Such a moment could open the doors of perception and liberate us from our delusion of separateness.
New Moon: 12 degrees Cancer: 07:01 AM EDT
Which is to say it’s a Sun Moon conjunction. The only time during the year this happens in Cancer. When our passion for security overflows the boundaries of the separate self we realize that if everyone doesn’t have what they need, no one is safe. What is your intention when it comes to inclusion? Sign here.
Venus trine Mars
Sun conjunct Mercury
Desire makes the world go ‘round more surely than either love or money. Desire is constant, satisfaction intermittent. Satisfaction is a two way street. It requires an object or event that offers it, as well as the willingness of someone to be satisfied. Dare to be grateful.
Mercury is the messenger speaking to us from the heart of the sun. It’s one thing to listen and another to hear.
Mercury opposite Pluto
Venus square Uranus
Sun opposite Pluto
We know way more than we understand. We are often shocked by the starkness of the naked truth. So shocked we deny having felt it. We are transformed, made radiant in the darkest corners of experience when we feel what we feel without judgement.
Mercury sextiles Jupiter
To know what you feel is the first step to making a livable world.
Sun sextile Jupiter
Mercury trine Mars
In the garden everything comes together. We nourish that which nourishes us. Food as well as beauty. Say ‘yes’ to a world of earthly integrity. The world may be on fire or under water in many places but humans are created and creative. We instinctively know that life is precious.
Mercury square Uranus
“Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy” says the wise fool It’s truly hard to be happy when we are assailed by how awesome things are. Better to savor one thing than be amazed every 2 minutes by 10,000 things.
Venus enters Leo
We generally love people and situations that make us feel good about ourselves. That’s the easy part.
Mercury enters Leo
We generally love to think and talk about things that support our pride in thinking we are smart. That’s the easy part.
The harder part is when we are called to have courage enough to love fully and to think creatively.
Somewhere on this planet Venus is reappearing in the night sky. She will slowly and steadily climb higher and further away from the sun over the next nine months and get brighter as she goes. Be on the lookout.
Sun square Uranus
Mercury conjunct Venus
Sun trine Mars
It happens sometimes that even in the midst of chaos when change is way beyond our control or comprehension, we hear a piece of music, read a passage in a book, see a work of art or maybe light on water or a butterfly and we remember that we have the strength to do what has to get done. We too can follow our heart’s truth wherever it leads.
Full Moon: 27 degrees Capricorn 06:58 PM EDT
Mercury trine Saturn
Sometimes honesty is about putting the money back in the piggy bank; making reparation. Other times it’s about a different kind of truth: About taking responsibility for the expression of your creativity. It’s important to put in your 10,000 hours, to practice and to master. And then it’s important to let your creative expression live in the world somehow.
Venus trine Saturn
Satisfaction cannot be guaranteed because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And it is the beholder that is satisfied, or not. We can, however, cultivate the eye that beholds beauty and value and so be grateful for the amazing ceaseless creativity of this world.