On Thursday morning, about an hour before the first light breaks over the horizon, the Sun will enter the zodiac sign of Cancer. Known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer, Litha and a variety of other names, this day has held significance for astronomers, astrologers, farmers and pagans alike throughout the centuries. Perhaps that is one reason why it has always held a special place in my heart.
Here in San Antonio, the Sun will embrace its month-long sojourn through the sign of Cancer at 5:07 am. For astronomers, this signals the beginning of summer. After the Sun rises, we will experience the longest day of the year with nearly 15 hours of daylight. For pagans, it marks a time to revel in the fullness of the Sun’s power. For most of us though, June 21 is a time to begin visiting farmer’s markets, launch into summer picnics or take family vacations.
I invite you to consider that there is yet another wonderful thing we can do on the Sun’s special day. Each Summer Solstice, I look at how the Wheel of the Year is turning from an astrological point of view. Many of us are already oriented to doing annual planning and goal setting sometime close to New Year’s Eve. Just before that, on December 21, we would have experienced the Winter Solstice.
When the two solstices are combined with the two equinoxes, the calendar gets divided into four equal seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. By looking at the astrological chart for the moment a season begins in our city, we can gleam information on what the remainder of that season holds in store for us as well.
So, what does the 2018 Summer Solstice portend for those of us living in San Antonio you ask? Let’s take a quick look at that together! A review of the astrological chart for San Antonio’s Summer Solstice reveals a few themes that may predominate our lives during much of July, August and September.
Are you beginning to feel the need to speak out, defend or take a stand on something that ignites your inner passion? For some of us, identifying what it is that “I” am willing to protect or fight for is going to be where our energies are drawn, while for others the answer to that very question can create a clash with one’s sense of self-identity. Personal needs vs. family responsibility, career advancements interfering with the demands of home-life or desires to move in a new direction that challenges your established status-quo are just a few of the ways that equally passionate areas of our personalities can experience a temporary clash.
The solstice also appears to open up our need to speak out about home, family and children as well as on money matters and those things in life which we personally value. The words others use that make us feel devalued, taken for granted or unappreciated may fuel the fires of our actions as well. Similarly, any passive aggressive forms of communication, such as engaging in prolonged silence or avoiding specific topics, may fail to continue working for us too.
The universal push we all will be experiencing is to take responsibility for communicating the feelings we have at present about the people, things or ideas we value. This can range from the very personal, such as healing a family wound, to the broader impact of events like those being witnessed in the current discussions around the separation of immigrant children from their families. We will see over and over again this summer that there are some emotions which strike a chord too close to the heart for us to remain silent any longer.
Yet, fear not, for there are strong positive energies awaiting us this summer as well. Our calling in this life is about to sound out loudly. The confidence that “I” am a person who can make a difference will strengthen along with a belief in the power of the individual. Together, both can give us cause to rise up in a way that is transformative.
Some of us will answer the call by joining with like-minded souls to collectively exert our power on the institutions we want to reform while others will humbly make changes in their personal lives. Each of us will cast a stone of our own making into the pond of life and watch the ripples create rings of change. However, both the large changes of society and the intimate ones of daily life require action to get that proverbial ball rolling.
This summer the one single change we all can make that will have the greatest impact is the one we are able to maintain every day for the next three months. Daily actions, adjustments to our habits and routines or the baby steps we take towards that bigger dream are what is required now. Although it may not feel exciting to save $10 a day, carve out an hour for personal care and nurturance each week or even to write those letters to your congressman, these are the very keys to opening the door on a life filled with abundance, improved work/life balance or an established coalition.
To put it simply, whatever it is you are meant to create, now is the time to think large, big and bold. Expand your vision so that it is filled with what you need to transform the quality of life for you, your family or those you value. Then, back up for a moment and begin doing something which is planned out, practical and actionable. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with that first small, simple step. That is where we are at now, figuring out the next leg of our journey as well as what steps we need to take in order to arrive there by the Fall Equinox in September.
I look forward to hearing how you have navigated through this season and seeing what astrological indicators we will have for the autumn when we next look at how the Wheel of the Year is turning during the Fall Equinox. Until then….