Astro-Notes on June 21, 2014 – Summer Solstice

Reaching its northernmost point from the equator, the Sun’s ingress to Cancer at 6:51 am EDT

this morning marks the summer solstice and the beginning of summer. Consequently, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we experience the longest day, whereas for the Southern Hemisphere it is the longest night and the start of winter. As the Sun seems to ‘stand still’ (sol sistere) high in the sky, we transition into ‘stasis’ and have a chance to pause, stop and take stock before fully committing ourselves to the new season. Individual development is at peak. There is liveliness and vibrancy as well as a re-gathering and refocusing of intent. A time of Self-nurturance and Self-growth, even Self-preservation, of sustaining our sense of Self, supporting and taking care of our center and core identity, is beginning now. Consequently, Venus in Taurus engages in a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn on which she follows up with a semi-sextile to retrograde Mercury in Gemini, urging us to recover, rebuild and reorganize our affairs in order to feel secure, content and validated and to have our values and priorities met. Then we can shift our focus back toward more pleasant things, socialize, enjoy the scene or setting or whatever offers us sensual and mental delights and this will even come easier to us after the Moon’s ingress to Taurus at 11:03 pm EDT.

Tarot card of the day is The Fool”, for the 3rd time this month (there is a message here!), referring to unlimited potential, new beginnings, a sense of innocence and naivety. Anything can happen as we start on this journey. We could be taken into unchartered territory and thus need to be aware of the risks and dangers we could encounter, but also need to be ready to take on the opportunities presented to us. This card encourages us to have faith and calls upon us to trust, believe in our spirit and to follow our heart.

Personal Note: My daughter will pick me up from work this afternoon. I have theatre tickets for later tonight. We’ll be seeing Shakespeare’s ‘A midsummer night’s dream’, right in sync with the event. 🙂