Somewhat astonishingly, we’ve nearly arrived at summer solstice. On Wednesday, within hours of one another, the Sun and Mercury ingress the sign Cancer. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the week when the days are longest and the nights are shortest. The Sun seems to be at stasis.
As of this moment, the Sun is about to conclude its rather eventful run through Gemini. Speaking of, on Saturday, I completed the Gemini audio reading. This is a masterpiece of laid-back, useful, informative, plain-talk astrology.
So, first a bit about changes of season. One of the most useful astrology books I ever read was The Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley, which is really an explanation of his astrologically rich tarot deck. He has a lot to say about this.
When the season changes, there’s a surge of energy from the Earth. If you’re sensitive, you’ll notice it with your senses, and can feel it with your body. Seasonal changes keep nature and our lives flowing. Nearly everyone who grew up where there are noticeable changes of season, who then left for a while, misses the seasons and is happy to have them back.
In the solstice chart, the most interesting feature is that the Sun is in Cancer, and Mercury is half a degree behind, still in Gemini. It’s as if there’s a secret waiting to be revealed. And that is the quality of the next few months: something obvious, thinly veiled, lurking just off stage.
Mercury is in the somewhat humorous “bathing beauties” degree from the Sabian symbols. The official title of the degree is, “A parade of bathing beauties before large beach crowds.” Everyone is witnessing a meaningless, if mildly amusing, form of pageantry. The degree’s interpretation concludes, “The show is over. Now comes the moment of decision.”
Decisions are important. Without them, nothing except calamity moves life forward. If you wonder why people are so dependent upon disaster, maybe that’s because they’ve thrown away their power of decision.
There’s not much else that’s especially foreboding in this chart. In fact it offers an optimistic perspective, with warm placements: a conjunction of the Moon and Venus in Taurus; these are trine Pluto (the Moon is exact), which is infusing the sensuality of Taurus with deeper meaning.
Mars in Cancer is offering relevant passion and feeling. Saturn is standing guard over the Galactic Core, making a trine to Eris. There is connection and flow between what’s radical and disruptive, and what is stable and spiritually grounded.
The only clue we have that something big is coming is that we’re all aware there’s going to be a massive total solar eclipse later in the season. Even if you’re really good at reading charts, the power of that eclipse is not hinted at in the chart for the season in which it occurs.
If this chart is saying one thing, that thing is FEEL. One of the effects of sitting at the bottom of the digital ocean is numbness. We tune into our devices, which are extensions of our bodies. Then the feedback is so intense, we tend to cut off and numb out.
This chart is saying get back into your feelings. Yes, it seems dangerous now, with the world the way it is, but that’s bullshit. The real problem is the fear of what will happen when we turn off the denial and allow something real to come in.
For those wondering about that eclipse in August, it will be one thing if you’re in denial, and quite another if you’re awake, alert and paying attention.