The New Moon in Leo and Jupiter stations July 28th

July 22nd ~ 29th

“Una and the Lion” by William Bell Scott

You, your art, is astounding because it is a window to your inner fire. A fire that burns brighter than the stars…That is why I noticed you then… Why I was enraptured. You stood out among artisans. Among mortals. And I have known many. (Star Father) ~ Charlie N. Holmberg

Today the Sun enters Leo and returns home to his throne room. And on Thursday,  July 28th, we have our New Moon in Leo at 5º Leo 39’. In Leo season we are given permission to be the epicenter of our own universe, to uncompromisingly embrace our own truth and not have to deviate from that. We all have a connection to the one central Sun of our Solar System, and that same connection can also be found within our own hearts.

Artists know this divine center. This is where they get their creative energy and drive. So do children, performers, athletes, leaders and masters of the universe. It is with the child’s fresh perceptions that we are able to see potential and possibility, and with the confidence of royalty to take command of our domain. Leo is the place we go to in order to laugh out loud, and to flaunt our own unique personal self-expression.

Leo is also a very hot and dry sign. Fiery, hot and fixed, Leo is High Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. With a trine from Jupiter in Aries this can further exacerbate the heat this week. During the years that Uranus is in Taurus we are often confronted with issues surrounding climate, the environment and sustainability. And as we approach the New Moon next week, Uranus is perfecting its conjunction to the North Node and Mars, stoking up the furnace. We have already clocked some of the hottest days on record over the past few weeks.

It probably does not help that the New Moon is conjunct Ceres, the goddess of our environmental resources, food production, and agriculture. Droughts are threatening supplies. Farmers are being bombed in the Ukraine. And our Mother the Earth is simmering in the sweltering heat. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was in the middle of the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, when a series of droughts decimated the already fragile top soil, killing livestock and crops and destroying livelihoods.

But what also happened in the 1930’s was something called the New Deal, which included public works programs that employed millions of people, but also initiated new farming practices. The Soil Conservation Act of 1936 would prevent another Dust Bowl from occurring again. However extreme weather events are not only persisting, but also increasing. But more on extreme weather, the economy, earthquakes and the triple conjunction of Mars, Uranus and the North Node in Taurus next week.

This week we are celebrating the virtues of Leo, while negotiating the retrograde station of Jupiter that also occurs at the New Moon. And there is much to celebrate in the joyful and expressive sign of Leo. If you like to make intentions or affirmations with the New Moon, the best time to do so would be during the New Moon phase [after the New Moon on July 28th, 1:55 pm (EDT); 10:55 am (PDT); 6:55 pm Greenwich (UT). And up until the Crescent Moon on August 1st].

The New Moon in Leo is traditionally a good time to: 

  • Laugh out loud. Find your inner joy. Connect with that heart center, and let it roar.

  • Be proud. Show the world what you can do. This is not a time to be shy. Conjure up your confidence from the depths of your heart and soul, and give it full rein. This is your time to shine, for whatever!

  • Do you. Dress the way that makes you happy, dance in your own style, speak your own truth.

  • Begin a new creative endeavor. Take an art class. Redecorate your home. Express yourself in whichever way feels right for you.

  • With 6 planets in fixed signs, this is a good time to begin a long term project that requires a lot of determination and follow through.

  • Planning or initiating a fun outing, filled with recreational activities, or places of amusement. Perhaps somewhere where you can cool off!

  • Attending creative events, going to the theater, attending a show, or going to a nightclub.

  • This is a time to play, and who knows better how to play, than children. Make time for the children in your life (young and old).

Leo has domain over: The Sun, the Life Force, Chi, the Heart. Love, Romance and Courting. Passion, Spirit. Charisma, Radiance, being in the Spotlight. Joy, Laughter, Enthusiasm and Inspiration. Children, Play, Recreation and Games. Celebrations, Parties, places of Amusement, Theaters, Night Clubs, Arenas, Gyms, Sports. Dignity, Pride, Royalty, Heads of State, Leadership and Regal Bearing. Loyalty, Steadfastness, Dependability, Will, Determination. Self-confidence. Being an example for others to follow. The Ego. The Arts, the Stage, Creative self-expression. Fame. Lions and Cats. Trend Setters, Stylists and Influencers. Hair (lots of it!). And the Spine.

The general feeling of the New Moon in Leo: A surge of self-confidence, a bit dramatic, and an all-encompassing desire to live out loud.

What is needed: See if you can locate your joy. What are the things, people, experiences that make your heart sing? Who are you hoping it is, when your phone rings? What makes your heart skip a beat? When and where do you feel a little larger than life? What makes you shine inside and out? Those are the things that are needed at the New Moon in Leo.

Some good intentions for this Moon might be: 

  • When I believe in myself, I walk with both radiance and confidence. It shows.

  • May any resistance to joy and happiness be lifted from me.

  • May I speak from the heart, and with the courage of a lion.

  • May I be a channel for the creative intelligence of the Universe.

  • Remember what it feels like to wonder, and look at the world through the eyes of a child.

  • I want to see all obstacles to love and happiness lifted from me.

  • May I invest every day with Joyous Enthusiasm, Laughter and a Happy Heart.

  • I am the Sun around which all else revolves, therefore like the Sun, may I bring inspiration and light to all.

Joy is not in things. It is in us. ~ Charles Wagner

New Moons are times of New Beginnings. And the New Moon in Leo is prime for new beginnings in all things that Leo has domain over. With 6 planets in fixed signs, initiatives begun with this New Moon are in it for the long haul. And you may need that tenacity and determination, for with all those fixed signs, it could feel as if we are stuck, or working at cross purposes with others or circumstances. And then there is also the retrograde station of Jupiter.

Jupiter’s stations are always accompanied by a trine to the Sun, bringing optimism and promise for what could be. Jupiter is a planet of hope. But when it stations retrograde, it seems to redirect the promise for abundance in the outer world, to a search for fulfillment within. It can even feel like our outer prosperity and opportunities are drying up after Jupiter enters its retrograde phase. But these are often only temporary bends in the road. By the time Jupiter stations direct again the fulfillment of the promise will once again be directed into the outer world.

Just as Jupiter can exacerbate existing issues, it can also bring solutions. Even if it means having to go within in order to find those solutions. Even if it means that we may have to put some of our hopes for the future on a temporary hiatus.

The retrograde phase of Jupiter which lasts from July 28th thru November 23rd are best for the sorts of things that promote internal growth. It is a particularly good time for spiritual journeys, philosophical questions, or any learning opportunity that will increase understanding, wisdom and knowledge. People consider going back to school, reviewing a subject, re-evaluating their core beliefs, or looking for ways to become more informed.

In the external world, Jupiter is associated with luck and abundance. Internally it is associated with ethics, moral judgments, and beliefs. It is not unusual at these stations to be confronted with moral dilemmas, or judgments about the behavior of others. And Jupiter in Aries can heap on a whole lot of moral righteousness. However, these retrograde phases of Jupiter are less about the judgment of others, so much as whether or not we are living up to our own moral standards. In this way, these 4-month annual retrograde phases of Jupiter are essential for our own moral and spiritual growth.

The desire for truth and understanding is an archetypal quality of Jupiter. There may be some winding roads to travel before we get there, but the journey to understanding is as important as the destination. We can learn through exploration, through questions, through study and discourse. And as we strive to be more ethical, kinder and better versions of ourselves, then true altruism can finally be achieved.

Chiron stations Retrograde July 19th

July 15th ~ 22nd

In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others. ~ Brennan Manning (The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging)

On Tuesday, July 19th, the centaur Chiron stations Retrograde at 16º Aries 26’. When planets appear to station, as Chiron will this week, they will often make their presence known. They feel stronger. They let us know they are there. During the retrograde phase, as they appear to be retreating back through the zodiac, we use this time to internalize and process the qualities of the planet (or centaur in this case). Chiron will remain in its retrograde phase through December 23rd.

Originating from the Kuiper Belt just outside our solar system, centaurs are similar in size and appearance to asteroids but are more like comets in their makeup,. Occasionally they will get caught up in the gravitational field of the planets within our system and will end up revolving around the Sun, but in a very convoluted way. Due to their irregular orbits, they will often end up colliding with other objects or get thrust back out of the Solar System. Chiron was the first of these temporary visitors from beyond to be discovered in 1977.

Named for the centaur of mythology, Chiron is often referred to as the wounded healer. Like its namesake, there seems to be this correspondence between the wound, be it physical, psychological or existential, and our own healing journey. In the myth, Chiron was accidentally wounded by a poisonous arrow. However, because Chiron was the son of the titan Chronos, he was immortal, and would not die. Instead he would live with the pain of this festering wound until he renounced his immortality in favor of Prometheus, the one who foresees the future. This almost sounds like a metaphor for the soul’s evolutionary journey.

Chiron is here to remind us that one of the casualties of the human experience is the constant reminder of our vulnerability and the reality of our suffering. Ironically Chiron searched the world over in order to heal his own wound, thereby becoming the most skilled and sought out practitioner. Despite this he was never able to find a cure for his own wound. What he did find was acceptance and understanding. It was believed that because of his own wound, and that he understood what it was to feel pain and suffering, it was this, even more than his skill, that made him such an effective healer. Chiron therefore will often be prominently placed in the charts of alternative and even conventional healers.

The Chironic 5-month retrograde phase is a time of year in which we are asked to pay attention to our own healing journey. Memories surface, old wounds reopen, and we come face to face with what needs healing, forgiving, releasing and forgetting. The retrograde phase of Chiron compels us to look within, to the very root of what ails us, to the inception and cause. This is when we are most able to do a lot of this inner work. Know that it is not easy.

It means raking things up from the past, reliving old traumas, confronting our own doubts and insecurities. One advantage of Chiron being in Aries is that it brings the courage and the motivation to clear out the dungeons, confront the dragons in their caves, and cast out the demons, allowing us to move freely into the future with a much lighter load. Doing this Chironic work over the next 5 months can be incredibly liberating. And because it is in Aries, can even help us to write new scripts, paving the way for a whole new beginning.

Super Full Moon in Capricorn

July 8th ~ 15th

Full Moon on the Rockies

Democracy just cannot flourish amid fear. Liberty cannot bloom amid hate. Justice cannot take root amid rage. America must get to work. In the chill climate in which we live, we must go against the prevailing wind. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better. ~ Thurgood Marshall (1992)

The Full Moon on July 13th, is the closest, and therefore largest and brightest Full Moon of 2022. At 21º Capricorn 21’ the Full Moon is making a close trine aspect to Uranus and the North Node in Taurus. There is a yearning here for a wave of progressive ideas, innovations, and solutions. Full Moons are revelatory. They bring things to a head. And we are able to see the ramifications and consequences of all of our previous actions and decisions. This particular Full Moon is also capable of removing obstacles that were previously standing in our way, or show us solutions and a way forward where previously we only saw problems.

A new path, a new reality is being disclosed, which will require us to re-think a lot of things.

This is what Uranus to the North Node is truly about. The North Node is like our own lodestar, leading us to our true North, where we will find the means to our own salvation. And Uranus is shockingly illuminating. And yet so simple. This Super Full Moon in Capricorn is also grandly illuminating in its own right, telling us to look over here. Look at the solutions that are right there in front of us.

The Full Moon is also shining a distant light on the small but ever so powerful planet Pluto, now in the last degrees of Capricorn. On July 11th, Pluto will be exactly conjunct the same degree that Pluto was in 1776, when the United States originally formed its union. We have already been experiencing the Pluto Return of the United States, which can be seen as a metaphor for the breaking down and building up of the fundamental building blocks of the nation. This is the 2nd exact conjunction, the first being on February 20th, and the final conjunction occurring on December 28th. You can just feel the reverberations of the Pluto Return echoing down the halls and chambers of the capital. And this Super Full Moon echoing: “Look at this, look at this.”

Uranus is a planet that strongly identifies with freedom, liberty, and civil rights. And as noble and simple as that may be it can also be made so much more complicated when we attempt to rationalize our behaviors. We may ask: Whose freedom are we talking about? Whose rights? And at what expense to each other? Where do certain freedoms end at the expense of someone else’s rights?

And where are all these put aside for the sheer sake of having power and control? The Pluto Return in the US is testing all of its fundamental structures for soundness, and the ability to withstand even the most challenging of circumstances. This includes things like its constitution, its economy, the structure of its laws and systems. All of these are being put to the test.

In our own lives, the Full Moon can show us how far we have come, through our own efforts, hard work and decisions. And can give us a glimpse and a hint at where we might want to go from here. Uranus is giving us a new perspective here. Uranus is not just about freedom, it’s about opportunities that will give us the freedom to grow and evolve in ways that we might not have previously imagined. Uranus is about new-fangled gadgets, innovative ideas, and creative solutions. But because Uranus is so closely tangled up with the Nodes of the Moon, it is also about becoming a much better version of ourselves.

Uranus will be exactly conjunct the True Node on July 31st, which is precisely when Mars will also be at this same degree of Taurus. Wherever the Uranus/North Node conjunction at 18º of Taurus falls in your natal chart can likely bring sudden and illuminating events, that can change the way we see the world. Whenever these significant transits involve the Nodes of the Moon it can feel as if the fates are stepping in to rearrange the playing board. Uranus is sudden and shocking and can sometimes change the whole trajectory. But once something is realized, once something is seen, it cannot be unseen again.

By the time Mars reaches this degree at the end of July, many will be feeling the urge and necessity to do something. To take some kind of action. But it won’t be easy. There are deep and resistant forces that are going to be digging in. Some are protective forces, others just want to retain control. It will depend on your perspective as to where you will be standing. In some areas of your life you will be wanting to make progressive and innovative changes; while in other areas you will want to protect, defend and conserve. And through this process, as you weigh your priorities, some strange bedfellows and unexpected alliances are likely to be made.

We have some interesting months ahead. And the Full Moon in July is just setting the field for what is yet to come.

Mars enters Taurus

July 1 ~ 8th

“Metamorphoses Bull” Doncho Donchev

I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots. ~ Andrea Koehle Jones

Our better angels can help to guide us through the first few days of this week which could be filled with a bit of contentious land mines. Mars is at the very end of Aries, filled with ire, impatience, and an abundance of resentment as it squares off with Pluto. It could feel like so much is working against us, as we struggle against what feel like increasingly oppressive circumstances, and forces much larger than ourselves. Mars in Aries almost never gives up. But after dealing with the forces of Pluto, many, even Aries, will be exhausted and burnt out.

All the more reason to pack up the tools and weapons, and retreat from the field of battle. We’re ready to retreat to more peaceful and serene environs. We do this not to escape, avoid or forget, but in order to recoup our strength, and fortify our resources. And so Mars moves from the fiery sign of Aries this week, and enters the verdant fields of Taurus.

We have met the Gorgon, and now we need to recover. We deserve a much needed rest and respite. Taurus is a safe place to go to recharge our batteries, and put up our feet. It is where we go to gather strength from our deepest and most reliable roots. Or so we think.

The problem is, is that Mars is not alone in the sign of Taurus, which currently has a very unruly guest ploughing through the Elysian fields and blaring all sorts of cacophonous noise and mayhem hither and yon. Mars in Taurus is a much more laid back sort of Mars, usually avoiding confrontation and battle. But even in the pastoral fields of Taurus, Mars is still Mars, and Uranus, the unruly guest that has taken up residence there, is still Uranus. And then there is also Saturn.

Due to the magical illusion of the retrograde motion of the planets, Saturn is appearing to move back within the zodiac, closing in for a revival of its 2021 performance with Uranus. And as they get closer and closer to yet again forming an almost perfect square in September-October you will feel the tension rise. This is that feeling of US against THEM; of the OLD vs. the NEW; of CONSERVATIVE factions coming up against ALTERNATIVE or PROGRESSIVE ideas; where OPPRESSIVE LAWS threaten the civil rights and FREEDOMS of individuals.

And this is the reason why it is important to note that Mars is entering Taurus. This is because Mars is like the match that lights the fuse. The flame that ignites the explosion. Even in the places where we assume things to be safe, predictable and secure. Even in Taurus. And although Mars will not reach the degrees of Saturn and Uranus until the end of July, by Mars entering Taurus it is bringing the flame closer to the explosives. Watch these dates: Mars is conjunct Uranus August 1st; Mars is square Saturn August 7th; and a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 11th brings it all to a head. 

Meanwhile, once we get past that miserable Mars/Pluto square on the1st of July, Mars enters Taurus in the wee hours between July 4th and the 5th, quickly followed by Mercury entering Cancer. This is about circling the wagons. Going into retreat. Protecting our own, while catching up with the latest news.

We are drawn to family and tribe when Mercury is in Cancer, and will want to be in familiar territory, or with people we are comfortable with. We are seeking safety and security. Mercury/Mars weather is busy weather. But we are inclined to be busy with those with whom we share a common bond. Mercury will be in Cancer for the next few weeks until the 19th. Use it to reconnect with those you love and care about. Make plans to circle your wagons in a fun and playful way in order to conserve and restore some of that energy. You’re going to need it later on.

The New Moon in Cancer 2022 & Neptune stations

June 24th ~ July 1st

“The Charmer” by John William Waterhouse

You see the mountain, and hill following after hill, as wave on wave, you see the woods and orchard, the fields of ripe corn, and the meadows reaching to the reed beds by the river. You see me standing here beside you, and hear my voice, but I tell you that all these things ~ yes, from that star that has just shone out in the sky to the solid ground beneath our feet ~ I say that all these are but dreams and shadows: The shadows that hide the real world from our eyes. There is a real world, but it is beyond this glamour, and this vision, beyond them all as beyond a veil. You may think this all nonsense; it may be strange, but it is true, and the ancients knew what lifting the veil means. They called it seeing the god Pan. ~ Arthur Machen (The Great God Pan)

If you’ve been feeling a bit like you are under a fugue, or awash in distraction and losing focus, do not be alarmed. It is merely Neptune stationing. For months Neptune appears to sit still, pausing at 25º of Pisces, apparently immovable in its celestial sphere. From here on it will gradually appear to be retracing its steps back through the degrees, but barely. It remains at this degree through August. Planets are so strong when they come to station in this way each year. And anyone who has sensitive points at 25º of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius will know this to be true.

Heightened sensitivity has our feelings rising to the surface of our being. Positively we are more in touch with our feelings and those of others. Negatively we can feel awash, and overloaded psychically. Neptune is notorious for veering us off course, getting us lost, ungrounded and detached from reality. But it also has the capacity to raise us up beyond the mundane world and into a transcendent world of inspiration and visionary ideals.

When Neptune is retrograde as it will be until December 4th, we are better able to connect with our heart center, so that even in times of uncertainty, even when we have no idea where we are headed, it will be that faith in our own higher self, that divine center that will bring us where we need to go.

Some ways that we can cultivate Neptune in positive ways during the retrograde phase:

  • ✴Compassionate Acts: volunteer, donate, pay it forward. Do a favor for a neighbor. Connecting to Neptune is that feeling in your heart that you get when you do a good deed.

  • ✴Getting in touch with your highest ideals and honoring them, even if you cannot fulfill them right away.

  • ✴Music; Dance; poetry jams, recitals. That which touches your heart and makes it sing. Art museums, any museum, that which inspires you and calls. See good movies, go to the theater if you can. Take photos.

  • ✴Doing Art: you don’t have to do it well, just do it or experience it. Open your imagination. Unlock the right side of your brain. Take a pottery class. Paint by number, paint your house.

  • ✴Divination: finding ways to make that connection to spirit, whether that is thru the tarot, the I Ching, or some other divinatory tool.

  • ✴Spiritual retreats, prayer or practices that appeal to you. This is when you can bring a meditation practice to a deeper and more profound level.

  • ✴Swimming, walking near the sea, immersing yourself in the beauty and profundity of nature. Neptune is what you feel when you see the sun rise, or notice the dew on the petal of a flower. That is what we are trying to connect to.

  • ✴Pay attention to your dreams: keep a dream diary or notepad by your bed. Investigate ways to cultivate your dreams and dream world.

On June 28th (10:53 pm EDT, 7:53 pm PDT, 3:53 am on June 29th Universal Greenwich Time), we have the New Moon at 7º Cancer 23’. Circling the wagons and gathering the tribe, Cancer is where we go to seek safety and familiarity. What are your go-to’s when you seek comfort? Where and who do you go to when your heart needs mending? Who do you go to for consolation and support?

At this time of year we come back to immerse ourselves in the replenishing waters of the Cancer New Moon. Doing so brings us the strength to meet the world on its own terms. Therefore feed your body, your heart and your soul within her protective embrace. Surround yourself with your much loved community. Seek out those things that bring you emotional security. Pay attention to your personal life. Those things that support you. When your roots are well supported, and your emotional and personal foundation is strong, then you will be able to withstand even the most treacherous of storms in the future.

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are, and not be questioned. ~ Maya Angelou

The New Moon in Cancer is traditionally a good time to: 

  • Nourish yourself and others. Bake a cake. Feed your friends, all those in your care. Present your signature dish.

  • Nourish your mind, your soul, and your imagination.

  • Honor the caregivers in your life. Call your parents. Send a care package. Make a surprise visit.

  • Women or women’s issues. The divine feminine. Women’s circles.

  • Gather the family, the tribe, your community.

  • Intentionally nurturing a sense of belonging, for yourself, for your loved ones, for strangers.

  • Cultivate greater emotional security and stability within the home, family and property.

  • Revisit the homeland, get in touch with your roots, your family traditions, your heritage, your culture.

Cancer has domain over: Nurturing. Food, picnics, kitchens, stoves. The stomach, feeding. Caring, comfort, empathy. Pregnancy, motherhood, the womb, fertility, childbirth. Infancy. Potential. Home, Family, Community. Communes. Belonging. One’s heritage, culture, traditions. The past, one’s personal history, roots. Memory, Nostalgia. Sentimentality. Attachment, Dependence. The Clan, the Tribe, the Homeland, Country. Patriotism. Homelessness. Travelers, Sailors. Traveling salespeople. Shyness, sensitivity, empathy. Emotions, moodiness. Emotional security. Coping Mechanisms. Introspection. Imagination. Vulnerability. Safety. Caution, Security. Protection, Defensiveness. The People. The Base. Water, boats, the shore. Crabs & underwater sea creatures. The Sea. The Chest. Women, breasts, nursing. The Moon and the Tides.

The general tone for this New Moon: Emotional, Sensitive, Moody and introspective. Imaginative and Nostalgic.

What is needed: Focus on those things that will bring greater comfort, make you feel secure and taken care of. What needs to change in order to bring greater safety, emotional security and a sense of belonging? Which foundations of your life need shoring up right now?

If you wish to make affirmations or intentions with the New Moon, do so after the time of the New Moon in your area, but while it is still new and filled with potential (from the New Moon Tuesday/Wednesday thru the Crescent Moon on Sunday, July 3rd). Make your intentions and affirmations positive and make them your own. Some general intentions and/or affirmations for the New Moon in Cancer might be:

  • May I come to appreciate that empathy and sensitivity are strengths, not weakness.

  • May I find that safe place that I can go to and belong without being questioned.

  • I embrace and appreciate the patterns and events in my life that have led to to where I am now.

  • I am aligned with the tides of the Moon, trusting that it will take me where I need to go.

  • May I create a sanctuary of safety and security within my own home.

  • I honor the vast field of experience known as the imagination, where all things are possible.

  • May I reacquaint myself with my past in order to dig deeper roots.

  • With the heart of the Lunar Goddess I support and sustain all of life’s children as if they were my own.

  • No matter how difficult and painful it might be, may I never lose the capacity to care.

The Summer Solstice 2022

June 17th ~ 24th

Summer Solstice in Stonehenge

May my feet rest firmly on the ground

May my head touch the sky

May I see clearly

May I have the capacity to listen

May I be free to touch

May my words be true

May my heart and mind be open

May my hands be empty to fill the need

May my arms be open to others

May my gifts be revealed to me

So I may return that which has been given

Completing the great circle.

~ The Terma Collective

With the turning of the Solar Year, we have 4 significant cardinal corners marking the advent of the seasons of the year. These quarters of the year have been celebrated down the ages, and marked as ancient harvest and earth festivals that bind us to one another as well as to the Earth, in a respectful and sacred dance.

The Solstice on June 21st (or 20th depending on where you live) is one of these 4 magical corners of the year. One of the longest days in the Northern Hemisphere (and shortest in the South), it is a day of power and initiation. The fruit is on the vine here in the north, the days are hot, and we celebrate the fruition of nature’s bounty. Memorialized at sunrise by the hele-stone of Stonehenge, Midsummer has been celebrated over the centuries by lighting bonfires to cast out evil, and to welcome in prosperity and fertility for the Summer months ahead.

This is when the Sun enters Cancer, the 2nd Cardinal sign of the astrological year, a time in which we honor our roots, our heritage, our mothers, our homes, the homeland, our ancestors and the very roots of our being. Ruled by the Moon, the sign of Cancer is also associated with the Sea, the emotions, with empathy, caring, sentimentality, as well as our emotional foundations like family, community and that which brings us a sense of belonging.

In the hustle and bustle of the outer world, we tend to overlook the importance of our inner emotional, spiritual and psychological world. This is also the place of our imagination, our dreams, our daydreams and ideals. We ignore these, not realizing that our physical health and well-being depend also on our inner well-being.

Like an anchor in a storm, our emotional foundation tethers us to a a place of safety and security that we trust will not be shaken, no matter what happens, no matter where we are. Cancer’s association is primarily with the past, with family, with our heritage.  It is also about connecting to our deep emotional roots, whether that be our common bonds, our sense of belonging, our sense of identity… it is also about our coping methods, and where and who we go to when we look for support and security.

So we might want to stop and think for a moment: Where do I go to when I need that support and security? Who and what can I depend on to be there? What changes do I need to make in order to promote or maintain greater safety and security in my life and in my community? 

The Ingress chart for when the Sun enters Cancer sets the tone for the next quarter of the year, with an emphasis on those things that support us and make us feel safe. This can involve things like the housing market, agriculture, the stability of the communities and foundations of our lives. With squares to Moon and Jupiter in fiery Aries in this chart, the current trajectory feels unsustainable if things remain as they currently are, and that some sort of change is necessary in order to restore that stability.

Aries is a proactive sign of initiative and action compelling communities and individuals to want to take some sort of action, that will help to restore the order, and return us to a state of greater stability. Much of this is being exacerbated by Venus, Pallas and Uranus on the North Node in Taurus, the sign of financial security, and also square Saturn. This is the inference of the continuation of this year-long Uranus-in-Taurus destabilization of the global economy. All these conflicting squares imply a need for some sort of Change or Adjustment in order to get us back on track.

Litha, the Cancer Solstice, and Midsummer here in the North, was honored in ancient times with fire and drums and celebration. Even as late as the 18th century bonfires were lit on the hilltops and countryside of England. And so may we also dedicate to the sun gods, dance and pay homage to the Lord of Light at this magical time of the year. And do so in order to receive the right guidance and conditions that are needed for the global security and sustainability of our communities, homes and families.

Full Moon Super Moon in Sagittarius

June 10th ~ 17th

“Full Moon Super Moon” by Dan Collier

If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way. ~ Emile Zola

This month’s Full Moon is also a Supermoon, a term originally coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 defining a Full Moon that is also within 90% of its perigee, or its closest point to the earth in its current orbit. This gives the Moon the appearance of being larger than usual in the night sky. We are not yet even fully out of the orbs of the recent eclipses yet here we are with this expansive Full Moon. Its effect on the tides and the shifting tectonic plates are acknowledged, but know that their effects on the tides and affairs of humankind are also enhanced.

The Full Moon at 23º Sagittarius 25’ falls on Tuesday, June 14th, in most places in the world, and will be at its fullest the night of the 13-14th. Not much can remain hidden in the vast illumination of the Super Full Moon where all things come to light, even the most shadowy and illusive.

The sign Sagittarius is about the quest for Truth and Understanding. And with Jupiter in fiery Aries, this Moon supports all those fighting for righteous causes, Truth and Justice. Closely square shadowy Neptune, even the most insidious secrets and deceptions can and will be revealed within the aegis of this Moon.

There is no room for blind faith or romantic delusions with this Moon. We are being asked to look at things clearly and objectively, and to be able to see through the nuances and the propaganda. To be realistic, even in the face of deliberate obfuscation. And even beyond what we might hope or prefer to be true.

Saturn only just stationed retrograde last week, and is sextile the Full Moon. It is during the Saturn retrograde period that we are asked to reevaluate our boundaries, rules and regulations, and even our laws. Are they too weak? Too strong? Saturn square Mercury was asking us to make some hard choices, and in light of the upcoming Full Moon in Sagittarius, we are being asked to do the Right Thing. But in order to know what the right thing is, we are needing to get back to our core values. Not necessarily what we are told we are supposed to believe. But what we know according to our own conscience is right and true.

When the Moon is Full we are being asked to step back and reassess our current situation. Especially in light of whatever new information is being revealed. We see the consequences of decisions made in the past, or due to indifference or neglect. And although this is a time of harvest, it is also an opportunity to make whatever changes and adjustments are necessary.

It is easy to be confused when the Full Moon is square Neptune. Our hearts are full, and we are not quite sure what to believe or who to trust. We can fall down a deep well of assumptions and misinformation with these Neptune squares. But the Full Moon is also closely sextile Saturn, asking us to revise, shore up our boundaries, set appropriate limits, and create a realistic and achievable plan for the future.

The general tone of the Full Moon in Sagittarius wants us to expand our vision beyond our previous expectations, to restore hope, explore new horizons and to rekindle inspiration. Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, is in Aries, a sign of new beginnings and new discoveries. In light of the square to Neptune, and the sextile to Saturn, we might all want to ask ourselves:

  • According to my own conscience, what do I believe in my heart of hearts to be true and just?

  • What does true freedom mean? What sorts of responsibilities does that freedom entail?

  • How can I best share what I believe to be true with others, in a way that I can be clearly understood?

  • Where have I been led astray? And how can I get myself back on track?

  • What more do I need to learn, discover or become informed about?

What this Moon is good for:

  • Spiritual readings. Looking at things from another perspective. Drawing down the Moon.

  • Mystic quests and journeys. Exploring new horizons. Traveling or going on an adventure.

  • Going hiking, horseback riding, or on a road trip. Getting lost in order to find yourself again.

  • Planning a vacation.Expanding your world.

  • Philosophizing on life. Attending a teaching or lecture. Feeding your mind. Seeking the Truth.

  • Generously giving with an open heart.

  • Laughing joyously and audaciously. Appreciating the irony of a situation.