As the sliver of the waning moon pierced the eastern sky before dawn this morning, I was immediately struck by how much power a thin curve of light can hold.
My new moon muse typically visits me in her dark balsamic phase – the silent, pregnant space of potential. This month’s new moon cycle seems to require the alchemy of that silver slice of luminescence, so I find myself sitting with the Summer Solstice/New Moon/Solar Eclipse chart as a steady rain pulses outside. It drives the abundant pine pollen of the mountains to the earth in rivulets of gold and green so that new life may emerge.
For me, each Equinox and Solstice brings its own magic. They are turning points in time where we welcome and celebrate the seasons that shape our lives.
This Summer Solstice brings three potent celestial events together to support our continued, much-needed growth and expansion. Summer Solstice, marked by the moment when the Sun moves into Cancer, will occur at 3:44 pm MDT on June 20, 2020. Then New Moon, Summer Solstice and an annular, “ring of fire” Solar Eclipse will converge during the midnight hour, MDT, on June 21, 2020 in the northern and western hemispheres, at zero degrees of Cancer.
Five planets, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, are retrograde during this time, drawing us deeper into the realms that they govern: communication, love, beliefs, limits, and power, respectively. Neptune will soon join them, taking us deeper into the realm of spiritual unity.
If we need more impetus to make the sweeping changes that are upon us, it can be helpful to understand that eclipses in general provide thresholds. Solar ones, which occur only when the moon is in its new phase, intensify the call to step out of what is known into uncharted territory.
While the Solar/Lunar activity is centered in the cardinal sign of Cancer, it makes an exact inconjunction to Saturn in Aquarius. This aspect indicates a need for bringing incongruent ideas to the table and giving them each a voice.
Cancer is a cardinal modality and intent on reaching out to express its feelings and primal need for security. The Sun and Moon in this sign have everything to do with living in a safe, secure way that nourishes the heart and the child within.
Aquarius is fixed, and more interested in attracting what it needs, convinced that it will be provided for as it exists in the realm of possibility. It also has an abiding awareness of the interconnection and interdependence of the family of sentient beings in this and other realms. Saturn in this sign has galactic limits and knows without a doubt that what is old and outworn has no place in the brave new world of opportunity, where all beings can flourish.
These are the seemingly incongruent energies that are calling to us now.
~ Are we willing to trust what we feel in our hearts and then to take action born out of compassion?
~ Can we meet our own needs while supporting the needs of others?
~ Will we be courageous enough to offer everyone a seat at the table?
~ Are we ready to cultivate love, the most potent and abundant healing power on our planet?
Here’s to affirming, on this Summer Solstice of 2020, that the answer at the forefront of our collective mind is yes. Unconditionally yes.
We will embrace this turning point whose time has come.
With great love, blessings and prayers for fresh, brighter new beginnings, like those that follow a night of rain, for all relations.