Sun enters Cancer – The Solstice
– June 21, 2019 (16:54 GMT +1)
June 21st is a special date in the astrological calendar because it’s the day when the Sun enters Cancer, one of the four markers of the seasons. You either have the Sun at its peak – the longest day of the year – or the Sun ready to start shining bright – the shortest day of the year.
Ideally, you will be celebrating at Stonehenge as it is one of many ancient sites around the world built in alignment with the Sun’s peak at the Solstice.
Also, it looks as if the Sun is going to make an appearance after all the recent rain in the UK. n.b. Neptune stations during the Solstice, i.e. it turns retrograde on the same day. Neptune rules the sea and all things wet, including the rain. Perhaps, that’s why we haven’t yet experienced a summer heatwave!
Sun Enters The Moon’s Star Sign
I’m not feeling the Solstice this year. I was invited to Stonehenge but I turned it down. It’s obvious to me as an astrologer that we celebrate and honour the Sun on the day that the Sun enters Cancer, the Moon’s sign.
Yes, the Sun peaks today but why don’t we have a special day in the year when we honour the Moon? Is this another way we’ve allowed the Sun, symbolising the masculine, to dominate over the Moon, symbolising the feminine? Together, the Sun & Moon are a pair of equal dominance as they represent the King of the day (Sun) and Queen of the night (Moon).
In Honour of the Sun & Moon
In honour of this year’s Solstice I am sharing with you two poems which are beautiful and meaningful and important at this time of year. But, I will be counteracting them over the next few days and weeks with more thoughts on the Moon and the feminine, nurturing star sign Cancer.
Because… women rule equally to men and women leaders are going to bring a new wave of leadership now and over the next years. Or, I could rewrite that and say this means the kind of leadership that stems from compassion, inclusiveness and empathy for one’s people, one’s tribe. Any woman or man can lead in a way that encompasses values which respect other human beings, all of them, without discrimination.
You get my drift. This is the Moon’s month, when the Sun moves into Cancer. Ideally, we should celebrate the Sun when it moves into Leo, its sign of rulership late July/August! More on the Moon soon.
For now, I leave you with a couple of poems that are favourites of mine. I hope you will enjoy them whatever your own thoughts on the Solstice. Let’s embrace the feminine and the masculine equally at this magical and special time of year.
by Margaret Atwood
This is the solstice, the still point
of the sun, its cusp and midnight,
the year’s threshold
and unlocking, where the past
lets go of and becomes the future;
the place of caught breath, the door
of a vanished house left ajar.
The Sun Never Says
Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.