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.
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!
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!