Solstice, June 21, 2018

We reach the halfway point for the solar year on June 21, 2018. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the Sumer Solstice (Winter in the Southern Hemisphere). I rather like the feel of the Solstice chart for this year featuring a Grand Trine in water with Mercury in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. There is also a wide Fixed T-Square to keep things from getting boring.

Giving us an edge on coming up with original solutions is a tight sextile between the Cancer Sun and Uranus in Taurus. This wonderful influence will be at work for the next six months! If we combine the delightful compassionate vibe produced by the Grand Trine in Water with the Sun-Uranus sextile, it will help ease our way through the snarls the upcoming Mars retrograde may cause.

Cancer’s ruler, the Moon, is in Libra and she has to work harder than usual to maintain her balance. She does enjoy support from the Venus in Leo-Mars in Aquarius opposition but also has to contend with a square to Mercury in Cancer. The key to working with these energies is to keep our hearts open, be sensitive to our emotions as well as other people’s and be careful of overdoing logic and reason. After all, Venus conjoins the North Node in Leo which emphasizes the heart.

Venus and Mars are also involved in a Fixed T-Square with excess prone Jupiter in Scorpio. This is another reason do our best to be fair, honest and caring in our relationships. Squares tend to generate a lot of energy, for better or worse. Becoming obsessed with being right or staying in control will probably not end well for anyone.

Successful outcomes over the next six months may depend on our willingness to avoid hurtful behaviors towards other people. The reasons for treating others poorly may seem to be based on logic and reason at first glance, however a deeper look will reveal the true cost in terms of the human spirit. It is always a good practice to be kind, tolerant and caring to ourselves and others but especially now. Peace and Love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Images: Manzanita Beach © Ron Cameron

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