June 21st, 2018 ~ Summer Solstice (in the Western Hemisphere.)
The change of seasons is like graduation from one impulse to another. Having journeyed through the initiation phase of Spring for the past three months, it’s been about the SPARK of Life introducing us to the impulse of birth and that which is wanting to come forth and be born of us.
Spring is the Season of Discovery where new life takes seed and comes out from the dark incubation period of Winter. Within our psyche, this can manifest itself as a time of rebirth or renewal where fresh new insights, ideas, or actions are taken to initiate our life plans or dreams.
Winter offers us an opportunity to release so that when in the Season of Spring we can have the gift of a fresh, clean slate to create upon.
Can you recognize how this period of gestation has played out in your own life? What was being released during the Winter months and what now is taking on new life?
The Seasons are not just events that occur outside of us. Just like the Animals and Plants live in synchronicity with the Cycles of Nature, so too do we.
Though this has been suppressed and denied for a couple millennia now in the human experience, the truth remains that we exist as one unified system – from the Cosmos to all life on Earth.
It’s when this Natural Rhythm is out of balance (or denied) that we begin to feel a disconnection from our very nature or our Humanity and the Earth we live upon.
To me, this explains clearly the current dire state of affairs by which we live in. Why else would people be polluting the very air they breathe, the land we live upon, and the waters we drink, if it were not for a complete disconnect from the Spirit of Nature herself that guides us?
Life is about cycles, within cycles, within cycles. Thus, is born the Art of Astrology ~ a focused attempt to tap into the messages therein, and to try to decipher meaning out of the Processes of Time.
From Youth to Adult, to Elder these Rites of Passage take us through the Ages and give meaning to our existence.
As I write now, we are on the Eve of the Summer Solstice (in the Western Hemisphere). She comes in like a Queen ushering in the Force of Expansion like a lush, abundant tree extending out its limbs full of juicy, ripened, fruit ready to be enjoyed.
Our desires yearn to come into their ripeness and to be experienced. Summer is the Season of Manifestation.
She beckons us, sets the stage in fact, to be lavishly productive in all our fertility and to thrive in it! Reminding us that the overflow holds the essence of our growth and the promise of all that can come from out of the seed impulses that inspire us forward in life.
Summer brings the Deep Waters of Cancer, the Flame of Leo, and the Medicine of the Wisdom of the Plant Kingdom in Virgo.
These three signs are profoundly focused on the personal feelings and needs, self-expression, and the desire or capacity to be of service.
There is an evolutionary process beginning in Cancer, with the impulse to know thine own self from deep within the waters of the inner center.
What do you need, want, feel, deep in the core of who you are? How can your Truth be Nurtured?
In Leo, how do you wish to express yourself and be received by others? Is your Inner Flame being stoked? You hold the power within to create your destiny. Make it happen!
In Virgo, we are asked to come into the maturity of the cycle of growth that has taken place within and to cultivate our skills in a way that is meaningful, not only for ourselves but for the whole. In essence, here, we are asked to learn to walk in integrity in a state of wholeness and wellbeing to in effect offer healing through our efforts. To be like the medicinal balm that the World so needs.
As a whole, the Season of Summer is about the Ripening and Flourishing of the Self and the Heart within us all.
It is a time of appreciation, acknowledgment, and celebration. With the powerful cosmic alignments coming up ahead, the Summer of 2018 promises to be indeed a “Summer of Love” like many have already begun to anticipate. And, for each of us, this will look a lot like whatever our own personal relationship with “Love” is.
We are currently experiencing a “tug of war” on the heart with Mars and Venus in opposition during the full week of the Summer Solstice, July 17th – 23rd.
Followed by the infamous Mars Retrograde cycle beginning June 26 (through October 10th) going from 9 Aquarius back to 28 Capricorn (for those of you who know your charts).
With Mars opposite Venus, we are asked – What is it in your most intimate relationships that need to be balanced or rebalanced?
It is a “peak” moment in the cycle of “our relationships and desires,” where duality and opposite motivations stand face to face (or possibly hand in hand) to be met with.
Polar opposites are being revealed, and imbalances are being exposed to gain perspective of all sides and to initiate us to take action to create the necessary harmony within and without.