Summer Solstice 2022

Mermaid Mythological creature by Alexander Vitovskiy

The 2022 Summer Solstice arrives on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:14 AM EDT, 2:14 AM PDT and 9:14 UTC

This is Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on  June 21 at 19:13  AEST

The June Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and is when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer each year.  It is Winter solstice, the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere. EarthSky has all the details and here are Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate Summer Solstice from Explore Deeply.

The chart for the Solstice sets the trends for the upcoming season. This year’s Solstice chart (cast for Washington, DC) is tightly woven across the solar system and has elements of defiance and harmony.

Summer Solstice
June 21, 2022

As always at this Solstice the Sun is at 0 degrees Cancer. Cancer is the first water sign in the zodiac whose waters are nurturing and healing. Cancer represents ultimate love.  The ruler of Cancer is the Moon who at the Solstice is in fire sign Aries. Aries, ruled by Mars, is dynamic and self absorbed, the antithesis of nurture. These signs form a natural clash which at the Solstice is highlighted by a tight square from Moon to Sun made more dynamic since the Moon rules the Cancer Sun. The Moon travels next to Jupiter also in Aries who pounds his huge passionate chest adding more challenge to the Cancer Sun.  Mars is happy to flex his warrior’s muscles in Aries the sign he rules and Chiron maintains his position in Aries close to Mars at the Solstice.

Mercury flies in Gemini, delighted to be in the airy sign he rules and he forms a sextile (60* angle) cooperating nicely with the Aries Moon and Jupiter. Saturn continues his Aquarius voyage but his karmic engine recently reversed course and he moves retrograde at the Solstice, so he is basically ignoring all the other planets. Uranus holds his focus in earthy Taurus keeping his steely eye on Saturn after their earlier clashes. Venus is almost at the end of her Taurus journey at the Solstice and reaches out favorably to Pluto retro in Capricorn. Neptune’s satellite dish is still tuned to peaceful Pisces, but the rebellious Aries energy is not interested in listening to Neptune’s tranquil tune. Pisces is a water sign which harmonizes with Cancer, but at the Solstice Neptune is too far away to make a good connection with the Sun, and on top of this Neptune is slowing down now in prep for his retrograde on 6/28.

To sum up what all this means in non-astrologese the Solstice energies have an over the top “let’s go to war!” or “let’s party til we drop!”( take your choice) laced with a mellow introverted vibe, “I’d rather stay out of the heat at home and follow celebrity gossip”. In addition softer tones float throughout like far away angelic harp melodies .

The Aries energy is evident in the January 6th Committee Hearings which outline their investigation into the connection between former President Trump’s voter fraud conspiracy claims and the insurrection on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The information these hearings have brought out is disturbing and foments anger (Aries!) from those who want to see Trump punished and his fervent supporters who believe his every word. Two hearings have already been held and the next one is scheduled on 6/21 the day of the Solstice! Communicator Mercury in Gemini is happy to oblige by pumping up news around this, and also supplies plenty of gas to the gossip mills churning up stories about well known celebrities so we can focus on them and not our own problems. And let’s face it, it’s always fun to forget your own situation as you watch famous folk fumble around!

The volatile Aries energy is also evident from the war in Ukraine, which Putin seems to be hell bent on continuing no matter the consequences to his own country and people. Putin came to power in 2000 when he first became President of Russia. Aries rules the vigor of youth and young Russian soldiers being sent as fodder to serve Putin’s insanity have only known him as the ruler of their country, so they follow him blindly.

I pulled up my Spring Equinox post and noted that the Moon was in Libra, the sign of peace which is the opposite sign from Aries, where she is at this Solstice. The Moon held a very significant place in the Equinox chart, like a string holding and guiding a large kite. In the Solstice chart the Moon which as the ruler of the Cancer Sun is very significant,  has lost interest in peace and is eager to fight. Think about the animosity engendered in the Ukrainian people as their beautiful, fertile country is being brutally destroyed. Sadly this bad blood toward Russia will be a river running deep for years and generations to come, one of the most disturbing elements of war. The connection between Mars and wounded healer Chiron at the Solstice offers a choice – to punch up more or turn a key away from war and anger.

The major fiery Aries energy of Moon, Jupiter and especially Chiron and Mars at the Solstice also indicate it will be a hot summer too. Much of the US and Europe are already sweltering in above average temps for this time of year.

More aggravation arises from economic and weather related troubles, both ruled by Taurus which Lord of Chaos Uranus has been stirring up for years.  Average people around the world are suffering from high fuel prices and inflation across the board affecting the food you buy, the appliances you need, to the vacation plans you made that will now cost much more and that you may not even be able to get to, like Yellowstone Park which had floods not seen in 500 years!  There have been more devastating eras in history but those of us alive today have never experienced this combination of economic and political upheaval, natural disasters with the addition of a pandemic! Like it or not, you gotta admit, we live in fascinating times.

The softer edge to these Solstice energies gets help from Venus in Taurus who forms an exact trine to potent Pluto in fellow earth sign Capricorn who moves retro at the Solstice, so his potent transformational power is a bit sleepy. Using her melodious Taurus tone Venus croons softly to Pluto sweetly urging him to transform our world in less dramatic ways. Pluto wakes up and moves forward again on 10/6/22, so let’s hope she is successful!

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More lovely energy comes from Neptune in spiritual Pisces who makes a good connection (trine) to the karmic South Node in Scorpio lifting the dark Scorpionic force to the White Eagle level.  This same trine was active at the Equinox.  Here is what I said then, Neptune rules Pisces so is more powerful in his home sign, and like a satellite dish is tuning into more love and empathy for all. This cosmic beam softens hearts and creates more kindness and willingness to help others… Let us hope this ray of love spreads further to overwhelm the spectre of war forever and all of us, no matter where we are, can add our own heart energy to expand this ray! Venus steps up again forming a nice sextile to Neptune at the Solstice so there is beautiful music playing in the heavens for those willing to hear it.

And as always the Sun in Cancer helps spread love and kindness and 0 degrees of any sign is more powerful. So although the Solstice Sun is a bit lonely in Cancer he will happily energize anyone who wants to radiate more love. Cancer rules home and family so you may not be able to personally affect worldly conditions, but you can spread more care and nurturing to your close loved ones which radiates out onto the psychic highway and ultimately affects the whole world with more positivity.

The Dalia Lama, born with Sun in Cancer, also Mercury in Gemini and Uranus in Taurus, has some good advice on how to handle these Solstice energies, If a person shows anger to you, and you show anger in return, the result is disaster. If you nurse hatred, you will never be happy, even in the lap of luxury. By contrast, if you control your anger and show its opposite – love, compassion, tolerance, and patience – then not only do you remain in peace, but gradually the anger of others also will diminish.

May you celebrate the Solstice in wonderful ways and enjoy a beautiful new season with the ones you love!

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Musing on Saturn in Aries and the 12th house

 I have a chart here with Saturn in Aries in the 12th house. 


It gives me a headache… 


A headache is a relevant interpretation. Aries rules the head, Saturn is often painful, Saturn in Aries gives me a headache. Literally or metaphorically. 





Metaphorically a headache means struggling with thinking. Thinking is usually associated with Gemini and Mercury. I won’t contradict that, but the exciting difficulty of astrology – is that it is never so simple. 


Mars and Aries rule the head, and thinking doesn’t happen in the lungs as far as I know. We often hear that Mercury rules the mind so how does this work with the association of Mars and Aries ruling the head?… let’s just refine a bit: 


 Mercury connects. There is an expression: connecting the dots. Mercury does just that. 


The mind does a lot of connecting, so much so that we end up associating Mercury and the mind. In reality, all planets are involved in everything. 


So what is the Aries or Mars quality of the mind? Let me show you. In meditation we want to be conscious of who we are, at the core, in our heart. In meditation we are coming back to the dot at the centre of the circle – the Sun within. Or at least we try. It takes some training because we have a tendency to rush away from the centre, like the symbol of Mars, an arrow rushing away from the circle. With Mars we go back to the front of our being, to the frontal mind, and we’re already thinking of what we are going to do next. 


Joan Hodgson in “Astrology the Sacred Science”  says that Mars (and the Moon incidentally) rule over the frontal mind. In this respect we can say that it takes our awareness away from the heart and we live in our head instead – and not anywhere in our head but at the front. This can be a positive attribute, we need Mars to exist on the material plane, confront reality and act in the world.



Now let’s turn to Saturn….


Saturn is a power that wants control – and better than control, to  master. In the 12th house, one of the best ways to live Saturn is “spiritual discipline”. 


Someone who practises meditation, yoga, Qi Kung, Fasting, prayer… is doing something Saturn – 12th. There are other possible expressions of course, but I am not here to make a long long list of positive and negative expressions, it would never be complete. What I suggest is to get the spirit of the placement… 


As we have seen, Aries is an energy that leads. What leads our consciousness is our attention. Saturn the old master in Aries and the 12th house wants to be able to master attention. Being able to focus, in the middle of the sea of desires and dreams… 


So Saturn in Aries in the 12th wants to master this tendency of the mind to take our consciousness away from the centre and rush into worldly concerns. 


An awkward way of doing that is trying to block the thoughts. This is a lost battle. However we do manage to suppress a number of thoughts, for instance thoughts charged with anger – anger sounds like Aries – 


When we suppress an angry thought, we are like a magician who puts a bad spirit in a bottle, seals it and throws it at the bottom of the sea – at the bottom of the 12th house. Then later on when we meditate we find it difficult to just calm the mind down because if it calms down we are like the fisherman who finds the bottle and opens it. Then there is a big smoke of anger coming out of it and it is very unpleasant to say the least. 


But unlike the fisherman of the Arabian nights who tricks the Bad Genie back into the bottle, we need to understand and soothe this anger, because it belongs to us, to the child or the young person we were a long time ago…

And if we can do that, we achieve a little bit of mastery… 


Let’s think about these themes in another way…


Saturn wants to control. Aries wants speed. 


In Aries mode, Saturn says: “Hurry Up!”… or “Slow down!” according to the context. For example, in a chart with Taurus Rising, Saturn in Aries is more likely to say “Hurry up!”  


But because it is in the 12th, it may be felt as an inner feeling coming from the depth. “I have to hurry! Why am I always in a rush? Even when I could take it easy I manage to be late and I have to rush!”…


 Once I asked a Libra Rising with Saturn in Aries near the Descendant but in the 6th… Do people tell you to hurry up? She smiled and said “All the time!!!” –even if it’s in the 6th and not in the 7th it is in the Western part of the chart – so more likely to be met through others…


 Another picture comes to  mind: the dissolving effect of the 12th house made me think of children building sandcastles quickly, very quickly, before the next wave washes the fortifications away… It’s just a game, it’s fun but aren’t we often living our lives racing against time to achieve things that won’t last? 


The presence of Saturn reminds us that our Aries-like efforts to remain eternally young, strong and beautiful can create a bitter existence unless we remember the immortal beauty of our souls and the impermanence inherent at the core of life… 


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There is certainly more to Saturn, to Aries and to the 12th house than what I have been able to conjure up in this storyline, so much more… But that’s what came up for this time. If the flavour is there, there is the spirit.

Self or ego? What is the Ascendant?

 Hello there! 


The first house, defined by the Ascendant, is called the “House of Self”. 


The Sun is said to be the ego. 


What is ego?  For people on a spiritual path, the “ego” is the obstacle. I don’t agree with this negative definition. In a more psychological sense, the ego is simply our sense of identity, our sense of self. 


Is there  some form of competition between the Sun and the Ascendant? 


The symbol for the Sun is the dot at the centre of a circle. It is one of the most powerful symbols. The self is at the centre.  


Let me tell you a metaphor. 



Imagine you’re planning to visit the bottom of the sea. There are beautiful fish down there. 

You can’t go just as you are.  The sea is very deep.  There is a lot of pressure deep down and you wouldn’t be able to breathe. You need a submarine. 

So you embark on a small one. 


When you reach the bottom of the sea, there are already many submarines going about. Some are there to chase the fish, like you, while others are there to study the ocean floor and underwater rocks.  Others are there to test the new submarine technology,  while others are there to control the traffic.


You know that you are you! You are not a submarine. But  to others, you appear as just another submarine. They see the colour and the shape of your submarine.  They see your driving style. They see that your submarine gets very excited when there are fish, but that you don’t care much for  rocks. You are not a submarine, but for others, you are one. You have a submarine personality. You may even identify with it so much that you forget that there is a life beyond driving a submarine.  


Liz Greene says that it’s not possible to practice astrology without a philosophy.  Here is a basic metaphysical statement: 


“We are spirits in the material world. The body is our vehicle.” 


 So you see, the bottom of the ocean is the material world, the submarines are our bodies and we, the spirits, are the drivers. 


Now this may sound very like the  Cartesian notion of the ghost in the machine, so please don’t forget that this is just a metaphor. Our bodies are not machines. Body, mind and spirit are much more deeply intertwined than that. I would rather think of our bodies as extensions of ourselves rather than mere containers. 

But the metaphor is good enough for my point. One day the body dies, and we survive. Once the submarine dies, our driving style – our incarnated personality – disappears as well. 


This is how I understand the Ascendant and the First House. It is our “incarnated personality”, how we are in the flesh. 


My view is consistent with what we know about houses: they are about the most material expression of energies. The Ascendant, Descendant, MC and IC form what astrological tradition calls the Cross of Matter. 


The way the submarine behaves at the bottom of the sea is an expression of the intentions of the driver. The submarine is not just a fake “mask” that hides the authentic being within. 


There are various types of submarines. In my own chart, Cancer is rising. It’s a very sensitive sign. My submarine carries cameras, probes, and antennae. I’m able to sense the environment with great accuracy. This makes me fragile. Don’t shout in my sonar please. I’m here to detect subtle vibrations! 


I am driving this Cancerian type of submarine on a Scorpio expedition: my Sun placement. The purpose of this incarnation has something to do with confronting intense emotions, exploring the unconscious side of the mind, things like that. If my Sun  were Scorpio and my Rising were Sagittarius, I would have a thicker skin. I would confront intense emotions as an adventurer stepping out of my comfort zone.  With Cancer Rising, the intensity comes to my home. I’m more like a scorpion hiding under a rock. 

We usually say that the Ascendant is how we appear. Words are tricky. To appear means “to look like” – but it doesn’t mean only this. 


To appear means “to become visible”.  The Sun becomes visible in the morning on the Eastern horizon. Everything that rises appears in the East. 


We are spiritual beings. Spirits are invisible. We become visible thanks to our physical body. That’s our Ascendant. 


We appeared for the first time when we were born. Planets conjunct to the Ascendant give indications about how we were born. People with Pluto on the Ascendant often had a difficult birth. It felt like a life or death moment. People with Saturn on the Ascendant may well have felt stuck from the start. If it were Jupiter or Venus, the experience was  most probably much more easy going. 


Psychological studies have shown that there is a correlation between how birth happened and how well people do later in life. First impressions and first moments always have a great impact. 


Not only our body but also our behaviour is how we appear. It is on the surface. If I’m being polite with you, it’s behaviour. You can see that I’m being polite, but you don’t know why. Maybe I am a complete hypocrite.  Maybe I am polite because I have something to sell and it would be stupid to be rude. Maybe I just wish to avoid trouble. But maybe I am genuinely treating out with respect because I do respect and love you. What comes up to the surface may come from the depth of my heart.


But if I am a hypocrite or if I am playing poker, then I am using the Ascendant as a mask. We have this choice. 

I’ve seen videos where psychologists analyse video recordings of people who are lying  like, for instance, politicians. I am not saying that all politicians are lying, but surely some do sometimes. 


Looking closely, psychologists can see that the body language of liars betrays them. There are subtle clues. Everything comes up to the surface actually, in more or less obvious ways. 

However, even if everything comes to the surface, we are not able to show ourselves such as we are deep within. We can’t expect people to plug themselves directly into us and to perceive our soul with absolute clarity.  Maybe a very talented psychic could do that but not every lover can. 


The alternative to being psychically perceived is to express ourselves. Self expression: this is what the Sun’s mission is.


To ex- press literally means to push out. We need to be creative to express our inner spirit. The Ascendant is the way out. For instance, I just imagined a picture book with little submarines of various colours and shapes interacting at the bottom of the ocean to make my point. Even a child could understand what I mean. Cancer Ascendant here. 


Metaphors are always approximations for the sake of clarity. The Sun is also the central power. So you may imagine the driver of the submarine as being the power generator at the same time. Body, mind and spirit are intimately connected.  The submarine may even change its form under the influence of its driver! 

The driver has a double personality. He is a mechanic as well. That’s the Moon. As a mechanic, he is not interested in the fish but in submarine maintenance and also in reproduction.  But here, my metaphor becomes far too inadequate. Feel free to imagine whatever and forget about it! 


The Moon is an intermediate between the spiritual and the material planes, but that’s for another day. I hope I have given you keys to interpret your Sun-Ascendant signs combination.  


Jean-Marc Pierson