The 2020 Summer Solstice arrives on Saturday, June 20 at 5:44 p.m. EDT 2:44 p.m. PDT and 21:44 UT
It is Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on Sunday June 21 at 7:43 a.m. 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 in the Southern Hemisphere. This year within hours of the Solstice moment there is a Solar Eclipse, a beautiful Annular ring of fire eclipse. The Farmers Almanac has good Solstice facts and folklore and EarthSky does too, and due to covid restrictions for the first time in history people will not be able to celebrate in person at Stonghenge but will be able to celebrate virtually so let’s meet there!
Here is the chart for the Solstice cast for Washington, DC.
The Solstice chart is the birth chart for this new season and indicates trends to expect. The Sun is always at 0* Cancer at the Solstice and this year Mercury is also in Cancer moving retrograde. The New Moon and Solar eclipse a few hours after the Solstice occurs at 0* Cancer too, making this a more potent Solstice. The Moon is the ruler of Cancer and she is in Gemini at the Solstice near the karmic North Node. Venus is in Gemini too and like Mercury is retrograde along with 3 other planets – Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn also moving backward at the Solstice with Neptune turning retro 2 days after the Solstice, a total of 6 retrograde planets! Not surprising in this strange year of 2020. Uranus turns retro on 8/15 and Mars does too on 9/9 continuing the backed-up energy this season.
Cancer is a healing, loving water sign filled with emotion and rules family specifically mothers and children. When the Sun arrives at Cancer family relationships become emphasized. When you are part of a loving family this feels wonderful and you appreciate your family more than ever. Mercury represents communication and in Cancer adds to this, but when retrograde messages of love and concern become more internalized and harder to express. Consider the pandemic restrictions this year and the pictures of family members outside windows of elderly relatives in nursing homes that can’t be visited, and loved ones dying of covid without family by their side and you get the idea. Love has to be expressed differently.
The Moon in the Solstice chart represents the mood of the public and is more significant because Moon is Cancer’s ruling planet. This year she is in Gemini, the sign associated with average people going about their daily lives. The Lunar Nodes recently shifted to Sagittarius South Node and Gemini North Node the signs they’ll be in until January 2022. The South Node is energy that needs to be integrated and moved away from while North Node indicates the new direction that must be followed in order to evolve.
To have the Moon right at the North Node on the Solstice reveals what people are longing to do now – get back to their ‘normal’ lives and routines, but is this even possible in these times? The nodes shift every 19 years and the last time the nodes were in Sagittarius/Gemini was from October 2001 – April 2003, which means they shifted only a month after 9/11/2001 another time the public mood was agitated and emotional. A case can be made that nothing went back to normal then either, public surveillance increased exponentially and the police forces began to be more militarized Here we are full circle reaping what was sown.
Energizing this further, at the Solstice moment the Moon has a major clash with Mars in Pisces, forming a 90* tight angle. Mars = energy and in Pisces energy becomes foggy and confusing, like all the mixed information around the pandemic which has the public (Moon) still confused – Is it safe yet? What can I, should I, do or not do?! Satellite Neptune is also in Pisces and is part of this challenge too, the public is trying to tune in, but mostly all they get is wavy fuzz.
At the Solstice Venus is in Gemini and also retrograde. Venus in Gemini is light and airy and loves to have fun, but is trying to figure out just what it means to have fun with a deadly pandemic still hanging its blade above everyone’s heads! Lord of Structure Saturn is in air sign Aquarius on the Solstice and plays well with Venus, reaching out a helpful angle (trine) reminding folks that we can still connect via the electronic tools and online airwaves which Aquarius rules. Saturn is in reverse too and will re-enter Capricorn on 7/1, but the fact he is in Aquarius on the Solstice is an indicator of the continued necessity to keep social distancing, working from home etc. particularly as work places begin to open up, and also represents a new structure of freedom is taking hold that the powers that be are going to have a hard time containing!
The Black Lives Matter protests moving across the US and the world are a major indication of this energy. Mars rules police and has been in Pisces since May 14. Mars in Pisces promotes peace and cooperation and rejects rabid, out of control police force. The ongoing protest marches began on May 26 when George Floyd was murdered by police, just 12 days after Mars arrived in Pisces. These clashes are not likely to end, and may escalate with opposing rallies of pro gun racist white supremacist groups rearing up, as just happened in Bethel, Ohio. This is because on the Solstice, Mercury and Chiron in volatile Aries form a tense clash which began on June 4 repeats at the Solstice as Mercury backs up and remains active through July 25 after Chiron turns retro on July 11. Chiron represent wounds and was also in Aries when the Civil Rights Act was made law in the US and the beginning of better race relations was the hope then. Now decades later that hope seems like a dream that never manifested as the BLM supporters march to make it known to the world.
Chiron was in Aries on the Summer Solstice last year too. Here is what I wrote then: “Chiron in Aries is begging us to turn a key into new ways of action. Let us hope we have learned that war, death and destruction never achieve a lasting positive solution. Cancer at its highest vibration is unconditional love. The challenge for now is cultivating ability to act from this beautiful vibration, versus knee-jerk reactions from old limiting belief structures”
Perhaps for individuals this challenge was met and the months of sheltering at home was a catalyst to leave limiting structures behind. But at systemic, public policy levels nothing changed and much went backward. It’s interesting to note the tern ‘knee-jerk’ unfortunately relates to current police policies which kill and which protesters call out to change.
Potent Pluto and expansive Jupiter are both retrograding and stationed together in Capricorn on the Solstice. This powerful meeting began on March 29, as the world was thrust into pandemic lockdown and is repeating at the Solstice which means this conjuction is in operation throughout this season and continues through most of the rest of the year.
2020 began with major Capricorn influence and this Pluto/Jupiter conjunction on the Solstice keeps up the pressure as this new season begins, and echos the once in 500 year conjunction of Pluto and Saturn in January. As I wrote then, ” When these 2 planets come together in Capricorn, powerful heads roll and decaying, rigid structures crumble!” Well here we are 6 months later and mighty Jupiter and powerful Pluto make sure the rocking and rolling of old structures continues!
Change Agent Uranus maintains his position in Taurus and stands alone with no close relationship to the other planets at the Solstice except for a loose square to Saturn in Aquarius. Uranus is the planet of revolution and has been in Taurus since March 2019. Taurus rules nature and mother earth and Uranus is noted for pulling the rug out from underneath to create change, so was also a major trigger to the coronavirus strain that swept the world and locked humans down. And what happened when humans had to cease their polluting ways – nature and the natural world flourished! At the Solstice Uranus stands aloof as if watching what will happen now that humans are easing out into the world again. His square to Saturn is loosening even further because Saturn is set to re-enter Capricorn on July 1. However, stay tuned because this square becomes tight and active beginning in February 2021. It is then we’ll begin to see results of the new structures forming.
There is good news too! This week leading up to the Solstice the US Supreme Court made some unexpected and progressive rulings. In a major victory for the LGBT community, on June 15 the Court ruled that Federal Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers. Then on June 18 the Court blocked the elimination of DACA instituted under the the Obama administration which protected against deportation of the “Dreamers” children born in the US to undocumented immigrants, which the Trump administration wanted to end. Both rulings were unexpected under this current Supreme Court which appeared to lean heavily to the right after two Trump administration appointees.
This is the plus side of Venus and the Moon in Gemini at the Solstice. Gemini is associated with youth, like the Dreamers, and is also connected to Pride month in June, ruled by Gemini. Gemini is also a sign of flexibility which the Supreme Court seems to be exercising. May it continue to be so!
Emotions never get locked down and at the personal level the Solstice energies encourage you to continue exploring the deeper revelations you’ve gained during the months of pandemic restrictions and make stronger your bond of love with family and friends too. You have help to recognize your tribe of like minded people and also to expand further to recognize that your tribe is the whole human family. There is strong energy urging you to move beyond old limiting structures and to leave hatred and violence behind and embrace Love one another as a plan of action for life!
It is a time to remember the words of Nelson Madela, born with Sun in Cancer, who said, Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. ~ Nelson Mandela