The Summer Solstice

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On June 21st, the Sun enters Cancer, marking the Summer Solstice (and longest day of the year). Fresh off the heels of the Gemini New Moon, you can now look to 0º Cancer in your chart for a new beginning.

Cancer is a Cardinal sign, and it likes to initiate nurturing. It is domestically oriented, and connected with the past: Cancer remembers and cherishes history, ancestry, and roots. With the Sun shining bright at this point in your chart, it’s a good idea to look at what you have created over the last year, what roots you have watered and nurtured, and take a moment to appreciate them. Cancer doesn’t shy from labor pains, so this birth may not have been easy.

Just before the Cancer Sun ingress, the Gemini Sun inconjuncts Saturn at 29º Scorpio. This is an uncomfortable aspect at an urgent degree; a hurry-up feeling that requires compromise between two signs that don’t have anything in common. Gemini Sun is superficial, it dances on the surface, like light shimmering on water. At 29º it’s even more A.D.D. than usual. Saturn Rx in Scorpio is a different animal: the severe taskmaster, plunging into the depths of the ocean. At 29º, this excavation project is desperate to reach the bottom. The key is adjustment and compromise; you don’t have to sink to the ocean floor, but meet somewhere in the middle.

The inconjunct is fleeting, and once the Sun moves into Cancer there is a sense of relief, as Cancer understands Scorpio’s needs much better than Gemini does. Remember the past (Saturn Rx in Scorpio), but nurture the future.


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