Hello to readers in Madrid!
Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, a day that signals a midpoint in yet another cycle in Earth’s orbit around the Sun, a day that has been celebrated in a wide range of cultures for centuries. The astrological marker for this celestial event is the Sun’s entry into the Sign of Cancer. In the United States, the Sun entered Cancer last night, on June 20. In Europe, the Sun moved into Cancer very close to sunrise on June 21. Cancer is a deeply feeling and sentimental Sign that symbolizes both the mother and the home. Its shadows are worry and concern about safety and security, issues often expressed as anxiety about not just what is, but also about what will be. Cancer is also the Sign of family, making this the perfect season to contemplate as well as participate in family activities. I realize that not every family is safe or loving, but lots of folks have the capacity to create a “family of choice”, and such a community can be a source of comfort and strength, whether it’s made up of friends, neighbors, pets, online contacts and connections, or, as some of my friends would have it, an extraterrestrial brotherhood.
As we cross the summer threshold we enter several weeks of increasing astral intensity, some subtle and some blatant. I realize that many readers are wondering if the planetary intensity will ever end…and I can’t honestly say that it will anytime soon, especially given the huge undertow of the collective unconscious that’s presented itself for healing. But the planets will still provide support for transformation as well as for periods of respite from the tumult—just not this week nor during the weeks to come.
On Sunday, June 25, Mars begins an opposition to Pluto, which is exact and separating on Sunday, July 2. This is a pernicious interaction which fosters a ruthless brutality that uses power, without regard for consequences, purely as a means of exerting control. Because Mars is in Cancer and close to the Sun (although not an exact conjunction), this opposition to Pluto is certain to exacerbate fears for safety. Gatherings for Independence Day celebrations may well require increased security. From an individual perspective, this Mars/Pluto opposition is likely to stir issues of personal power and the difficulty of getting one’s needs met. Don’t be surprised if surges of frustration and impatience pepper your interactions. As always, the best road is the high road—do not engage in ruthless behavior of any kind. This probably won’t be easy, if only because levels of personal and collective intensity are already pitched at such a high note. But as we are learning daily, compassion goes a long way toward soothing most situations.
Jupiter, in Libra, forms a square to Mars, in Cancer, which is exact and separating on Sunday, June 25. This fractious interaction tends to manifest as exaggeration and excess, especially when it comes to claims about what’s possible. Do your best to be circumspect and avoid hasty action of any kind—especially avoid lies unless you’re interested in growing a Pinocchio nose.
On Saturday, June 24, the New Moon, in Cancer, conjuncts Mars, giving us a preview of how the coming weeks are likely to unfold. Anticipate an emotional day for everyone. Do your best to dispel as much negativity as possible by simply refusing to take just about anything personally. And by that I mean integrate the awareness that most people are under a tremendous amount of stress and much of the anger that gets thrown around is grounded in projection, and there’s no need to attach to it.
As the coming weeks unfold, planetary patterns will become increasingly volatile. For mere mortals—like thee and me—this volatility translates into obstacles and interference from humans as well as from machines, and some might even mistake these obstacle for retrograde troubles. But it’s just the rawness of life on Planet Earth as all of us continue to react and respond to the moment, making it up as we go, co-creating reality, unconsciously and consciously. Do your best to continue to lend a helping hand—we are all in this together and every time we reach out to a fellow traveler the world becomes a kinder place.