by Robert Wilkinson
The Summer Solstice falls on June 20 at 10:46 pm PDT, June 21 CDT and points east. It's the longest day of the year, and said to be the point at which "free will" acts more powerfully than any other time. It is a point of decision, and kicks off Summer, the season of work, play, productivity, and lots of sunshine for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. If you're "down under," remember to have a little compassion for us up here in the north when December 21, the Winter Solstice, rolls around and we're freezing while you're enjoying the beach! What follows are some hints as to what we all can expect to experience over the next 3 months, regardless of where we live.
The charts for the Summer and Winter Solstices provide guideposts for what will follow in the 90 days after those points in time, just as charts for the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox each show what will follow in the period after those points in time. This Summer Solstice chart shows quite a few conjunctions. There's the ongoing Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius I've already written about extensively. We also find Venus and Mars conjunct in mid-Taurus, and Moon conjunct Mercury in Gemini.
These conjunctions indicate a merging and blending of the areas the planets in conjunction rule. So Lunar and Mercurial affairs will be joined over the next 90 days, just as Venusian and Martian affairs will also be tied together. We've already been experiencing the blending of Jupiterian, Chironic, and Neptunian affairs, and will through the end of the year. Of note is that Mercury and Venus are in the signs they rule, making them extremely powerful influences for the coming season.
The planets fall in a Bucket Jones pattern, with Pluto the leading planets, the Sun the closing planet, and Saturn the handle, or nozzle, focusing all the other energies. I wrote a bit about how Saturn as nozzle for all the other planetary energies works in It's the Vernal (Spring) Equinox 2009 - What's Coming in April, May, and June, with more about how to use Saturn's powerful energies in Astrology at Work in March, April, and May 2009 - Saturn Offering Freedom from Mental, Emotional, and Material Chains. Please check these again for a greater understanding of how to use Saturn's energies wisely during this coming season.
This is the first Summer Solstice with Pluto in Capricorn, thus creating a powerful opposition between the Sun and Pluto. This challenges us to find confidence in the midst of chaotic conditions, and use self-discipline and deep insights to pioneer in new directions. It is said the Solstice and Equinox charts show the weather patterns to come, so this chart would seemingly indicate some extremes on the way!
This opposition has two things working on/with it. Venus and Mars are semisquare the Sun, and sesquisquare Pluto. The Sun is quintile Saturn, which is tredecile Pluto. The first shows lots of internal crises with external agitations, while the latter is specializing and should bring forth long term gifts and unique conditions within which we can express Saturn's lessons we've been learning since Autumn 2008. The blessing is that Venus and Mars are both trine Saturn, showing it's a great season for building solid structures in whatever areas of life (the houses) this trine falls in.
The Moon rules Cancer, so it's the ruler of the Sun. We find a Balsamic Moon in Gemini at the Solstice, indicating the next 90 days are completely future oriented, where we can see or release seed ideas that will guide our future growth, or the future growth of whatever collective enterprise we're doing. The Moon is conjunct Mercury in its home sign, making Mercury the effective ruler of the entire pattern due to it ruling the signs of the Moon and Saturn.
Expect the next 90 days to be very Geminian. Lots of ideas, short journeys, information exchanges, contacts with those who are literally or metaphorically brothers and sisters, with paradox everywhere as well as things going everywhere and seemingly nowhere. There will be a strong element of irrationality in the air, due to the Moon and Mercury in the Gemini zone of the Grand Irrationality. This of course means the coming season contains multiple major "forks in the road of destiny" for the entire world. I'll be composing more on the Grand Irrationality's significant presence and influence in July and August in a few days.
Thus wherever we have Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces in our charts, we'll be put under major pressure that may not make much sense, but it doesn't have to. There will be lots of non-rational and even compulsive energies influencing events. These will precipitate the need for us to make significant choices and changes in these areas that will define our "destiny" for some time to come.
While many things will be stirred up from the subconscious or unconscious sides of existence, we'll be learning how to be "Zen archers" and become more sure in our ability to hit the mark. Expect radical repolarization on the ego level, as well as protests. These will help us become more certain in our direction, and offer opportunities for us to prepare ourselves mentally and skillfully for future opportunities in the above areas.
That the Moon and Mercury are both quintile Uranus shows a highly specialized energy that marks a culmination of old efforts, with unique opportunities to achieve closures in Pisces areas of our lives. Uranus is on a degree showing "the power of creative visualization by which great Dreamers transcend outer reality," and "complete dominance of circumstances." Use information, ideas, and perceptions to practice these, and you should find yourself on top of things wherever Pisces falls in your chart.
Tender care and exercise will stabilize practical affairs, focused through karmic confrontations. These will help us unlock caged-up energies and neglected inner powers and strengths. You may find that the old ideas and views cannot confirm new conditions of existence, so continue to be pulled toward the larger Aquarian ideal presented by the stellium.
The North Node shows us the line of greatest development is to join in a collective enterprise building for a long wave future. The South Node indicates these growth patterns will demonstrate as irruptions and sudden bursting forth of fiery energies. The Moon trining its North Node shows these will be evident, understandable, and stabilized by the events of the next 90 days.
So overall, expect radical shifts and confrontations, major decisions that reorient our direction, and some fairly extreme circumstances that will yield practical stabilizations. The pot of personality will definitely be stirred, and some egos will be forced to repolarize.
We stand on the threshold of some fairly weird events, but our training should help us adapt and learn how to move and groove through irrational circumstances. Radical transformation is in the air, leading through larger visions, greater commitments, emergent powers, new approaches, and major reorientations.
Just remember what your duty is as you confront what needs to be unblocked. Pay attention to details as you continue to move into a greater or higher "venerable standard" that we've all been exploring since late 2008, trying to find what has personal relevance to our higher purpose. We'll be living elements of that standard by late September, and moving into new ways of doing our Dharma. Happy Summer Solstice!
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson