Summer Solstice 2017
Summer Solstice 2017 is exact at 9:24 PM PT on Tuesday the 20th. The Summer Solstice 2017 is both the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. As the Sun changes signs from Gemini to Cancer, Mercury, which enters Cancer on Wednesday at 2:57 AM, is conjunct the Sun giving this Summer Solstice 2017 a decidedly mental aspect. Sun/Mercury is the active and empowered mind. In the sign of the emotional crab, the family, the past, and emotions in general will rule. Another aspect that figures prominently in the Summer Solstice 2017 chart is a tight Moon/Venus conjunction in the Venusian ruled sign of Taurus. Father’s Day may be today, but come Tuesday night, the mother will dominate our thoughts and feelings. The Solstice is celebrated with a bonfire in many Scandinavian cultures Litha, or Midsummer’s Eve is widely observed and second only to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The fact that the festivities take place at night is a holdover from lunar timing when the festival actually took place with the rising of the Moon. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and signified by the crab, which sheds its shell, carries its home upon its back, and moves sideways. With the solstice, the Sun turns back and begins its long retreat into the dark. How fitting that the Sun moves into this deeply sensitive and complex sign at this turning point in time.
More to come this week
The Sun sextiled Uranus today at 11:47 AM, giving a sparkling, rebellious energy to the day. At 12:09 PM the mood turned as Mercury opposed Saturn. Mercury/Saturn means road blocks to traffic or communication. Monday the Sun squares Chiron at 3:26 PM. An aspect that brings wounds and sensitivities to the fore. Tuesday morning Venus sextiles Neptune at 1:25 AM followed by a Mercury/Uranus sextile at 2:30 AM. Mercury/Uranus brings bright ideas so write down your dreams. At 2:01 PM Mercury squares Chiron making word definite weapons. The New Moon arrives on Friday at 7:31 PM at 2.47° Cancer. This is the time for new beginnings with the family. Saturday brings a Venus/Pluto trine at 1:59 AM, an aspect that arouses intense feelings of love. And finally, Mars squares Jupiter Saturday night at 11:07 PM. This is an impatient, rebellious, risk-taking aspect. What a week!