Today is Monday, June 19, 2017
Hebrew date is 25 Sivan 5777
Islamic date is 24 Ramadan 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 7 Imix’
Mayan Long Count is 188.8.131.52.1
Julian Day is 2457924
Today’s Birthdays: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), William H. Webb (1816-1899), Mary Tenney Gray (1833-1904), Mary Sibbet Copley (1843-1929), John Heartfield (1891-1968), Laura Z. Hobson (1900-1986), Lou Gehrig (1903-1941), Ernst Boris Chain (1906-1979), Osama Dazai (1909-1948), Gena Rowlands (1930), Shirley Muldowney (1940), Tobias Wolff (1945), Nick Drake (1948), Sadie Frost (1965), Yuko Nakazawa (1973), Zoe Saldana (1978), Macklemore (1983).
“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.”
— Blaise Pascal
Energy Surge: Bring on the Solstice
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.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Last Quarter phase and enters Balsamic (waning crescent) phase on June 20 at 3:13 pm PDT / 6:13 pm EDT (22:12:48 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Cancer on June 23-24 at 7:30 pm PDT / 10:30 pm EDT (02:30:38 UTC).
Corresponding Full Moon in Capricorn is on July 8-9 at 9:06 pm PDT / 12:06 am EDT (04:06:30 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Aries and enters Taurus today at 2:53 pm PDT / 5:53 pm EDT (21:52:48 UTC).
Sun Degree: 29-30 Gemini.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Moon enters Taurus at 2:53 pm PDT / 5:53 pm EDT (21:52:48 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mars opposite Amycus at 4:05 am PDT / 7:05 am EDT (11:05:27 UTC).
— Venus square Okyrhoe at 8:12 am PDT / 11:12 am EDT (15:11:55 UTC).
— Pallas conjunct Uranus at 9:21 am PDT / 12:21 pm EDT (16:20:53 UTC).
— Venus trine Juno at 12:46 pm PDT / 3:46 pm EDT (19:46:05 UTC).
— Sun square Chiron at 3:26 pm PDT / 6:26 pm EDT (22:25:50 UTC).
— Mercury opposite Galactic Center at 7:14 pm PDT / 10:14 pm EDT (02:14:15 June 20 UTC).
If Your Birthday is June 19
(The Day of the Spark) | Gemini Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You can be as outrageous, creative and innovative as you want, as long as you focus your mind and negotiate an arrangement with the people around you. That doesn’t mean getting permission to be you; it means getting others to agree that you doing things your way is actually best for them. Then, you have to come through with what you promise.
Written in the Planets
The Sun pulls up square Chiron today; meanwhile, the asteroid Pallas Athene makes a conjunction with Uranus. This speaks of stepping outside one’s comfort zone, and bending the rules almost methodically, to facilitate a healing process. Sometimes going a little bit wild is necessary in order to move forward, especially if the boundaries you’ve been keeping within are restrictive to the point of chafing. You have the right to live freely and fully. If you’ve routinely settled for less, ask yourself why.