Solar eclipse on the Solstice

Solar eclipse on the Solstice

Time for forgiveness and release

 

Solar Eclipse/New Moon in Cancer   Sun 21 June 2020, exact at 4.41pm Queensland time (AEST) at zero degrees Cancer

Second Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon in Capricorn   Sun 5 July 2020, exact at 2.44pm Queensland time (AEST) at 13 degrees Capricorn

Skywatching  Jupiter & Saturn rise in the east in the early evening, both very bright and can be seen higher in the sky as the night progresses.  Mars the red planet rises around midnight.  Venus shines brightly now as the Morning Star. 

 

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Things are more than a little intense at the moment.  We’re in the middle of an extended eclipse season, which amps up the intensity.  We’re also (as I write) in the lead-up to Mercury retro (starts 18 June) and which adds to miscommunications and misunderstandings.  Definitely a time to stay conscious, mindful of your actions and calm!   

The current astrology of the USA shows the huge significance of the Black Lives Matter protests, as the country begins a time of final reckoning around how power is used and abused in that country – in every sense, at every level, institutional and political.  The country is far more of a plutocracy than a democracy, however much it likes to call itself “Land of the Free”.  So what’s happening astrologically? The US is approaching its Pluto Return – it won’t be there till April-May 2021, with the period lasting till early 2023, but meanwhile we’re experiencing these harbingers of what is to come, as Saturn and Jupiter activate the country’s Pluto, awakening this sleeping giant of a nightmare, its history of trauma and slavery.  The invitation of Jupiter-Pluto is to transform our belief systems.  Throw in the eclipses for good measure (all three of them in this extended eclipse season are activating the US chart) which intensifies the energy further and you have quite a powder keg!

Remember eclipses bring sudden change into our lives, often from left field, so the more conscious you can be at this time, the better!  And don’t fry over the glitches and frustrations of Mercury retro – just take an extra breath and stay present!  Use the period constructively to sort out your files and paperwork (if anyone uses paper anymore?!!).

I’m working exclusively online now and available as usual, so if you feel in need of guidance in these challenging times, know that I’m here and available for sessions.  Just book online or contact me directly.

 

This month’s New Moon falls in Cancer on the day of the Solstice, Sun 21 June, and is an annular (total) solar eclipse, visible across Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, the border area of Northern India-Nepal-China-Tibet, Tibet, China and Taiwan.  Look for these countries featuring in the news around the time of this eclipse (in fact, just after I’d written this, a news item came in about soldiers being killed in a dispute on the India-China border in the Himalayas.)

I’ve written about the solstice in the previous post, as technically it falls at the very end of the previous lunar cycle, exact about 9 hours before this eclipsed New Moon and with the Moon still in Gemini.  The solstice marks the turning point of the seasons – so here, combined with this solar eclipse, it gives extra emphasis to the idea of this eclipsed New Moon representing a hugely significant turning point for us (see my intro above).

Eclipse annularAn annular solar eclipse is the ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse, in which the eclipsed Sun is surrounded by a fiery halo, or ring (‘annular’ comes from the Latin word meaning ‘ring’).  It has the full force astrologically of a total solar eclipse, an intensified beginning of a new cycle.

The totality of this solar eclipse will last for less than a minute (just 38 secs), intensifying the sense of endings and beginnings that always accompany a New Moon.  The new cycles starting now are likely to be especially significant because of the added impact of this solar eclipse.

Falling in Cancer, this eclipsed New Moon represents the opportunity for a significant new cycle to begin in our relationship to the Feminine.  Cancer is ruled by the Moon, symbolising women, mothering and the Sacred Feminine. This is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in the way we care for others, the way we nurture ourselves and our relationship with the Feminine in general.

Cancer is a water sign, sensitive and emotional, with a strong need for emotional security. This is the sign associated with home and family, so this eclipsed New Moon can mark an important shift in our sense of belonging, maybe a new phase in our home and family life, or our sense of belonging to a ‘tribe’.

Cancer has a tenacious connection to the past – Cancerians have strong emotional attachments and don’t like to let go of anything!  The eclipsed New Moon in Cancer signifies it is time for a significant break with the past, an opportunity to emotionally release whatever no longer serves us.  This is a great time for Forgiveness ceremonies, releasing you from the energetic attachments to your past.  Thyme essential oil and the Australian Bush Flower Essence Bottlebrush are particularly good for supporting you to let go – contact me if you’d like to order some.

If your birthday falls close to the date of this eclipsed New Moon, this marks a year of highly significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

If you have planets close to zero degrees Cancer (within one degree), this represents the beginning of a significant new cycle in whatever that planet symbolizes (eg relationships for Venus).

Remember to put out your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 4.41pm Queensland time (AEST).

Remember my usual eclipse season advice during this extended eclipse season, and take extra care at this time!

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June solstice 2020

EquinoxSolsticeThe June Solstice is when the Sun reaches its northernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Cancer (remember that from geography in primary school?). Guess what, the Tropic of Cancer takes its name from Astrology, from the fact that the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Cancer on this day.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from Latin meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. If you follow the position of sunrise along the horizon during the year, you’ll notice it moves with the seasons. At the solstices in June and December, the Sun reaches its furthest point in one direction before returning towards the centre point again. Many ancient sacred sites were aligned with the sun’s position at the solstice, creating a magical effect at the solstice sunrise, including standing stone circles such as Stonehenge in England and the Newgrange monument in Ireland.

In the southern hemisphere, the June Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night, traditional midwinter time. You’ll notice this more the further south you go, where the days will get very short indeed. After the solstice, the days start to lengthen again and the world returns from the darkness of winter, moving towards the rebirth of spring.

In the northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, and so the June Solstice is of course the Summer Solstice, the traditional midsummer time, the longest day and the shortest night, a time of magic when the veil between the worlds was very thin, as shown in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  Once past midsummer, the days start to shorten as the northern hemisphere moves towards autumn.

The solstice is the real turning point of the year.  Once past the solstice, we move towards the September Equinox where day and night are equal once more.  The solstice was always celebrated in ancient times, often with bonfires and dancing.  Plants especially respond to the change in the length of days, often only germinating either before or after the solstice.  If we were more in tune with Nature, ie without artificial light, we’d respond a lot more obviously too!

The solstice is exact on Sun 21 June 2020 at 7.43am Queensland time (AEST) (the previous day in Europe and the Americas).  The solstice falls just before the solar eclipse (see next post), which falls on the same day in Australia at 4.41pm AEST.  The solstice eclipse marks the beginning of our next lunar month.

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Happy Solstice celebrations 🌟🎄🌟🎄🌟

EquinoxSolsticeHappy Solstice celebrations for Sunday! 🌟🎄🌟🎄🌟
 
The December Solstice is when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (remember that from geography in primary school? 😀). Guess what, the Tropic of Capricorn takes its name from astrology, from the fact that the Sun moves into the tropical zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.
 
The word ‘solstice’ comes from Latin meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. If you follow the position of sunrise along the horizon during the year, you’ll notice it changes with the seasons. At the solstices in Dec and June, the Sun reaches its furthest point in one direction before returning towards the centre point again. Many ancient sacred sites were aligned with the sun’s position at the solstice, creating a magical effect at the solstice sunrise, including standing stone circles such as Stonehenge and the Newgrange monument in Ireland.
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In the southern hemisphere, the December Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night, traditional midsummer time. You’ll notice this more the further south you are, where the days will be very long. After this, days get shorter as we start to move towards autumn and eventually into winter.
In the northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, and so the December Solstice is of course the Winter Solstice, traditional midwinter time, the shortest day and the longest night, after which the days start to lengthen again and the world returns from the darkness of winter – quite literally in Northern Europe where the hours of daylight are very short indeed at midwinter! This was the origin of the Celtic festival of Yule, signifying the return of the light.
 
This year the Capricorn solstice falls on Sun 22 Dec 2019 at 2.19pm Queensland time (AEST).
 
Solstices have always been traditional mid-season times of celebration and feasting. Have a wonderful Solstice, whether you’re celebrating midsummer or midwinter! ❤️
 
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Full Moon on the Solstice!!!

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The Full Moon falls with the Solstice this year, and we enter the eclipse season for the upcoming eclipses in January.

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year (and the shortest night) in the southern hemisphere, when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, named after the Sun’s passage into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day.  This is the traditional mid-season time of celebration and feasting.  In the northern hemisphere it is of course the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night.  This year the solstice falls on Sat 22 Dec at 8.23am Queensland time AEST (Fri 21 Dec in Europe and the Americas). 

The Full Moon falls in Cancer in the early hours of Sun 23 Dec AEST (Sat 22 Dec in Europe and the Americas) just after the Solstice.  The Full Moon in Cancer invites us to find a balance between the deep emotional connection of family and the outer, worldly achievement that is found in our work life. This Full Moon also highlights our emotional attachment to the past, so don’t be surprised if strong feelings get stirred up again, giving us the opportunity to finally let go and release the past.  This is a good time for us to reassess our unconscious, “autopilot” responses, and to change any behaviour that is no longer appropriate.  The Full Moon is exact at 3.49am AEST, so Sat 22 Dec is the best night for Full Moon celebrations – as well as solstice celebrations!!!

The eclipse season starts now, after this month’s Full Moon.  The eclipses won’t be till January, but meanwhile take extra care from the Full Moon onwards as the energies start to build.  This means that Christmas time will be in the eclipse season, so please be extra careful on the roads and in your lives generally.  Remember eclipses demand respect, as they often bring unexpected change into our lives!  So take extra care this Christmas period!!

 

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Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere!!!

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The Solstice falls on Thurs 21 June 2018 as the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer at 8.07pm Queensland time (AEST). 

This is the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year (and longest night) as the Sun reaches its northernmost point – from here on, the days will lengthen again as we move towards Spring. 

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, reverse all that – it’s the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night, after which the days will shorten as you move towards Autumn. 

The word ‘Solstice’ means ‘the Sun stands still’, momentarily, in its annual path, before moving in the opposite direction.  In the Celtic calendar, these turning points in the seasons were very significant festivals – Midwinter and Midsummer respectively, timed by alignments in ancient stone circles and celebrated with bonfires (Midwinter), feasting, dancing and celebration.  It was said to be a time when magic was in the air, as shown in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

New Moon in Gemini 2017

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“Fake news” – sign of the times

Solstice celebrations!

 

New Moon in Gemini  Fri 26 May 2017, exact at 5.44am Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees of Gemini  (Thurs 25 May in Europe and the Americas)

Full Moon in Sagittarius  Fri 9 June 2017, exact at 11.10pm Queensland time (AEST) at 18 degrees of Sagittarius

Skywatching   Jupiter is visible as an evening star rising in the east, while Saturn rises later in the evening. For early risers, Venus can be seen as the twinkling Morning Star in the pre-dawn sky, now joined by Mercury, lower in the eastern sky.

 

The focus this month is on communications (New Moon in Gemini) and the balance between our belief systems and the objective facts (Full Moon in Sagittarius) – definitely an area where “fake news” comes into play.   We also take a quick look at how Donald Trump’s chart is being impacted by the upcoming astrological alignments.

The New Moon falls in Gemini in the early morning of Fri 26 May (AEST, Thurs 25 May in Europe and the Americas), signalling the beginning of a new cycle in the way we communicate, network and exchange ideas.

As an Air sign, Gemini is naturally objective and rational, so has a real talent for dealing with information.  Gemini has a combination of sociability and extreme curiosity – the answer to one question simply creates more questions!  Through its association with the media, this can be an ideal sign for investigative journalism, although a touch of Pluto/Scorpio would help with the depth of research often required.  Gemini is also associated with education – the natural curiosity of this sign often makes learning effortless.  A New Moon in the sign of Gemini can usher in a new cycle in any of these areas.

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, within a day either side, this marks a year of significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity and your sense of purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 4 degrees Gemini.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree) you can expect to begin a new cycle connected with that energy (eg relationships for Venus).

The New Moon is exact at 5.44am AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs.

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Solstice

Solstice!

Solstice tomorrow … either Midwinter or Midsummer depending on which hemisphere you’re in!

The Winter Solstice (in the southern hemisphere) falls on Sat 21 June, as the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer at 8.51pm AEST. This is the shortest day of the year (and longest night) in the southern hemisphere, as the Sun reaches its northernmost point – from here on, the days will lengthen again as we move towards spring.

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, reverse all that – it’s the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night, after which the days will shorten as you move towards autumn.

In the Celtic calendar, these were significant festivals – Midwinter and Midsummer respectively, celebrated with bonfires (Midwinter), feasting, dancing and celebration. It was said to be a time when magic was in the air, as shown in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. 

midwinter solstice bonfire

Midwinter solstice bonfire

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