21 June 2023
Sun at 0 degrees Cancer
After weeks and weeks of rain here in the foothills of the Rockies, it feels like SUMMER is indeed approaching.
The SUMMER SOLSTICE, the longest day of the year for those of us north of the equator, JUNE 21, 2023, holds the
seeds of winter in its expansion into vibrant LIGHT. We each hold this light precious, the inner light of SUMMER we remember
in the depths of winter, sentient beings of the eternal cycles of Nature. To rejoice in the NOW is to know that all things are in motion,
all things are changing, and all things are part of the cyclical nature of our universe.
I watched birds dance and sing in the yard today. There was courting and jousting, swirling and twirling in mid-air acrobatics. And then a finch flew within inches of my face, fluttering in front of my face. Maybe she thought I was one of them. I could only hope.
The Sun enters the cardinal water sign Cancer.at the Summer Solstice. Ruled by the Moon, Cancer responds to feelings. Moody, reflective, sometimes withdrawn, Cancer allows for the rhythmic patterns of flow and retreat we feel at the water’s edge. In this sweet, nurturing time of Cancer, go visit places of water. Feel the flow, the pull, the ineffable letting go to forces that run deep in your blood, the tides of the planet, the cycles of coming and going, leaving and staying, yearning and receiving, all happening seemingly at that very same moment that you are aware of your own flowing life force.
Saturn stationed retrograde on June 17 at 7 degrees Pisces. Saturn will move all the way back to 0 degrees Pisces in early November. A beautiful and auspicious time to review your commitment (Saturn) to your spiritual practice (Pisces). Saturn retrograde will slow things down, giving you plenty of time to consider and commit to which path to inner peace, calm, and surrender is best for you.
Pluto retrograded back to 29 degrees Capricorn on June 12, re-entering 0 degrees Aquarius on January 22, 2024. As Pluto completes its transit through the cardinal Earth sign Capricorn, much of the old ways that do not support forward, progressive growth will be put to rest. For each of us, the letting go of what no longer serves is the work of the remainder of 2023. As it turns out, letting go seems to be more challenging than many of us thought. Back to your spiritual practice!
The Moon is in Leo, a waxing crescent moon following the New Moon in Gemini on June 17.
The Moon joins Venus and Mars already transiting the fixed fire sign LEO. A moon of promise, a moon rich with creative urges. Indulge your creativity. Make something. Bake something. Enjoy something so much you find yourself drooling, like a kid
playing with her favorite toys. Play with no agenda but to play. Give yourself a day (or an hour!) off from responsibilities and have-to’s. Let yourself bask in the life-affirming energy of the Leo moon.
Such a great way to honor the SUMMER SOLSTICE!