Reflections on the Summer Solstice 2018
In the Northern Hemisphere, we are upon the Summer Solstice 2018. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year… The day with the most sunlight, and it marks the entry point into the Northern Hemisphere summer season by marking 0 degrees of Cancer…
Of course, more than a calendar date, or one fixed by the longitude and latitude we live in, symbolically the Solstice invites us to expand energy.
It asks us to live and grow in light, and to be more expressive of our gifts and talents. Each person has talents for all of us to share.
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In astrology, the Solstice offers us a time to look at the larger picture.
Since there is a Solstice every six months, we are offered a way to look at the next half year and evaluate possibilities.
The Summer Solstice 2018 chart is filled with conflicting and competing energies. It suggests a dynamic and highly expressive time for society.
It is a time when the head and heart are estranged, and bogged down in legalisms. We may forget there are higher laws of human interaction, such as empathy and compassion.
Mercury conflicts both the Moon and Pluto, making appeals to power instead of urging for dialogue and discretion. While honesty is prized, truth is delivered in a way that is defiant or brutish.
Exposure to facts (versus creating our own facts) are tested for their ability to convey important messages.
In Astrological language, there is a grand trine in the water signs. This means there are cooperative energies that seek positive outcomes.
This pattern among the planets moderates ongoing difficulties some of us have in dealing with money matters and questions of ownership/responsibility.
Also, the Trine works to soften or respond to governmental policies and priorities in more beneficial ways. This especially concerns outlooks out of touch with the feelings of citizens or “the heart of our nation.”
Summer Solstice 2018 and Relationships
Relationships and loyalties of almost every kind will be tested…In one way, it is a culmination of the “Me, too!” movement. In addition, it is a seed time when new patterns of egalitarian and responsible behavior will struggle to emerge.
Astrologically, we have a tense and prolonged opposition forming between Venus and Mars. It will last for some time because of the impeding Mars retrograde motion. Even more, it will be an electric and highly charged time for relationships. Further, it is a time period where impulsive and charismatic connections can overwhelm any deeper connections.
Lastly, it is a time that requires us to carefully evaluate how our energies are used. Strong relationships endure and survive. Others will encounter substantial trials aroun the issues of freedom and the need for connection…
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A love note from an online Abbess, by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE
“Dearest monks and artists,
“In the northern hemisphere we approach the celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day.
“The seasons are connected to the different cardinal directions, as well as the four elements.
“Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine Abbess, allied the direction of the south and the season of summer with the element of fire. We find a similar connection in the Native American Cherokee tradition and in the Irish Celtic tradition.
“We might think of summer as the season of fire and stoking our passions. It is the season of coming to fullness connected to the Hour of noon and midday, when the sun reaches its peak in the sky.
It is the time of fruitfulness, when blossom gives way to sweet abundance of berries and peaches, delicate lettuces and gorgeous tomatoes.
“To honor the coming of summer in ritual, consider facing the direction of the south and taking some deep breaths.
Let your breath draw your awareness down to your heart center, the place where the mystics tell us the living flame of love dwells within us. You might place a candle on your altar to remember the fire alive within you and the world.
“Spend some time in meditation on what your own passions are. What would you like to kindle? Where have been the sparks of joy in your life? What is coming to full fruitfulness? How might you welcome in your own growing fullness?”
Peter Lanzillotta, Ph.D.
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