This Week’s Astrology and the Summer Solstice

“Life is the only way
to get covered in leaves,
catch your breath on sand,
rise on wings;

to tell pain
from everything it’s not;

to squeeze inside events,
dawdle in views,
to seek the least of all possible mistakes;

and to keep on not knowing
something important.” Wislawa Szymborska

Neptune the planet of the sea god and ruler of dreams, metaphysical journeys and creativity, is a strong player this week – stationing retrograde on Monday. This, in addition to the beneficent trine to Jupiter, provides a good time for spiritual  growth, artistic pursuits and being in touch with higher aspirations for yourself and the world.

But the sometimes stormy god Neptune also rules fog and thus the possibility of  illusion, deception and confusion may be about. It may be more difficult  to separate fact from fiction due to Neptune’s haze. It bodes well this week to make an effort to avoid  the pull of unproductive  thinking and habits.

The Sun enters the sign of Cancer on Thursday- marking the time of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The sign of Cancer rules mothering, nurturing,  home, family and the kind of safety, security and protection those things can provide.

Mars and Venus – the lovers in mythology- oppose each other at this time while strongly aspecting the Lunar Nodes of fate and destiny.It is wise to be in touch with the higher meaning of love now – to move away from old models of competition and conflict and  strive to work instead through cooperation and collaboration in creative ways.

The Sun will be aspecting Uranus -the futuristic planet of innovation and discovery. It  is wise now with these two planets in the signs related to safety and security, to think about what matters now and to work in innovative ways to bring about any changes that are necessary.

One of the Sabian symbols for this week is,”During a silent hour a woman receives a new inspiration which may change her life.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

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