1:16:30 June 21st 2011 The Sun moved into the Cardinal Water Sign Cancer to initiate the “Longest Day” of the year; The Summer Solstice and 1st Day of Summer or popularly known as MIDSUMMER.
“The Sun has entered the “Eclipsing Ante-Chamber behind or before the Throne room. Why do I say this? Well think of the Sun in Leo as sitting on the Throne, the Moon room or ante-chamber in front or behind it. The Sun comes out of the ante-chamber or moon room to sit on its throne as ever king does . “Ante” means before…There is always a eclipse like moment before a King or Queen sits on their throne or comes out to the public. A moment of pause, shadow, doubt, wonder, auspicious times of omens and magic. With the Sun being in the sign of Cancer imagine it is being eclipsed before it shows its face (In Leo), in council with the Moon or Feminine energy. Being invigorated, or nurtured by it before it steps out to the world to show its true brilliance. Like a mother’s sweet counsel to her son before he embarks on a journey, or a wife’s kisses and assurances to her husband before he goes out to the world to do his duties, or perform some grand task”.
June 21st 2011 sparks the Summer Solstice which is the longest day of the year, opposite the Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year. The resurrected, re-invigorated, new born life, light, energy, ideas, endeavors, journeys and discoveries planted during the Winter Solstice is manifest in our lives and in the world.
Why does the summer solstice happen?
The seasons of the year are caused by the 23.5° tilt of the earth’s axis. Because the earth is rotating like a top or gyroscope, the North Pole points in a fixed direction continuously — towards a point in space near the North Star. But the earth is also revolving around the sun. During half of the year, the southern hemisphere is more exposed to the sun than is the northern hemisphere. During the rest of the year, the reverse is true. At noontime in the Northern Hemisphere the sun appears high in the sky during summertime, and low during winter. The time of the year when the sun reaches its maximum elevation occurs on the summer solstice — the day with the greatest number of daylight hours. It typically occurs on, or within a day or two of, JUN-21 — the first day of summer. The lowest elevation occurs about DEC-21 and is the winter solstice — the first day of winter, when the night time hours reach their maximum.
Significance of the summer solstice:
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from bee hives.
This time of year, between the planting and harvesting of the crops, was the traditional month for weddings. This is because many ancient peoples believed that the “grand [sexual] union” of the Goddess and God occurred in early May at Beltaine. Since it was bad mojo to compete with the deities, many couples delayed their weddings until June.
June remains a favorite month for marriage today. In some traditions, “newly wed couples were fed dishes and beverages that featured honey for the first month of their married life to encourage love and fertility. The surviving vestige of this tradition lives on in the name given to the holiday immediately after the ceremony: The Honeymoon.
Midsummer celebrations in ancient and modern times:
Most societies in the northern hemisphere, ancient and modern, have celebrated a festival on or close to Midsummer:
Ancient Kemet (what is today referred to as Egypt /Africa), the Summer Solstice was the most important day of the year! When the sun was at its highest, it meant that the Nile River was beginning to rise as well. The rising of the Nile River represented the soon to come floods which would feed and nourish the crops of the Nile Valley and feed a community. In this way, the Summer Solstice was a day of hope and gratitude for the rebirth of the community! It was a sign of fertility and abundance.
Ancient Celts: Druids, the priestly/professional/diplomatic corps in Celtic countries, celebrated Alban Heruin (“Light of the Shore“). It was midway between the spring Equinox (Alban Eiler; “Light of the Earth“) and the fall Equinox (Alban Elfed; “Light of the Water“). “This midsummer festival celebrates the apex of Light, sometimes symbolized in the crowning of the Oak King, God of the waxing year. At his crowning, the Oak King falls to his darker aspect, the Holly King, God of the waning year…” The days following Alban Heruin form the waning part of the year because the days become shorter.
Ancient China: Their summer solstice ceremony celebrated the earth, the feminine, and the yin forces. It complemented the winter solstice which celebrated the heavens, masculinity and yang forces.
Ancient Rome: The festival of Vestalia lasted from JUN-7 to JUN-15. It was held in honor of the Roman Goddess of the hearth, Vesta. Married women were able to enter the shrine of Vesta during the festival. At other times of the year, only the vestal virgins were permitted inside.
Christian countries: After the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the feast day of St. John the Baptist was set as JUN-24. It “is one of the oldest feasts, if not the oldest feast, introduced into both the Greek and Latin liturgies to honour a saint.” Curiously, the feast is held on the alleged date of his birth. Other Christian saints’ days are observed on the anniversary of their death. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains that St. John was “filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb…[thus his] birth…should be signalized as a day of triumph.” His feast day is offset a few days after the summer solstice, just as Christmas is fixed a few days after the winter solstice. “Just as John was the forerunner to Jesus, midsummer forecasts the eventual arrival of” the winter solstice circa DEC-21.
Essenes: This was a Jewish religious group active in Palestine during the 1st century CE. It was one of about 24 Jewish groups in the country — the only one that used a solar calendar. Other Jewish groups at the time included the Sadducees, Pharisees, Zealots, followers of John, and followers of Yeshua (Jesus). Archaeologists have found that the largest room of the ruins at Qumran (location of the Dead Sea Scrolls) appears to be a sun temple. The room had been considered a dining room by earlier investigators, in spite of the presence of two altars at its eastern end. At the time of the summer solstice, the rays of the setting sun shine at 286 degrees along the building’s longitudinal axis, and illuminate the eastern wall. The room is oriented at exactly the same angle as the Egyptian shrines dedicated to the sun. Two ancient authorities — the historian Josephus and the philosopher Filon of Alexandria — had written that the Essenes were sun worshipers. Until recently, their opinion had been rejected by modern historians.
The Natchez tribe in the southern U.S. “worshiped the sun and believed that their ruler was descended from him. Every summer they held a first fruits ceremony.” Nobody was allowed to harvest the corn until after the feast.
Males in the Hopi tribe dressed up as Kachinas – the dancing spirits of rain and fertility who were messengers between humanity and the Gods. At Midsummer, the Kachinas were believed to leave the villages to spend the next six months in the mountains, where they were believed to visit the dead underground and hold ceremonies on their behalf. Native Americans have created countless stone structures linked to equinoxes and solstices.
Many are still standing. One was called Calendar One by its modern-day discoverer. It is in a natural amphitheatre of about 20 acres in size in Vermont. From a stone enclosure in the center of the bowl, one can see a number of vertical rocks and other markers around the edge of the bowl “At the summer solstice, the sun rose at the southern peak of the east ridge and set at a notch at the southern end of the west ridge.” The winter solstice and the equinoxes were similarly marked.
The Bighorn Medicine Wheel west of Sheridan, WY is perhaps the most famous of the 40 or more similar “wheels” on the high plains area of the Rocky Mountains. Mostly are located in Canada. At Bighorn, the center of a small cairn, that is external to the main wheel, lines up with the center of the wheel and the sun rising at the summer equinox. Another similar sighting cairn provides a sighting for three dawn-rising stars: Aldebaran, Rigel and Sirius. A third cairn lines up with fourth star: Fomalhaut. The term “medicine wheel” was coined by Europeans; it was a term used to describe anything native that white people didn’t understand.
Neo-paganism: This is a group of religions which are attempted re-constructions of ancient Pagan religions. Of these, Wicca is the most common; it is loosely based partly on ancient Celtic beliefs and practices. Wicca recognize eight seasonal days of celebration. Four are minor sabbath and occur at the two solstices and the two equinoxes. The other are major sabbath which happen approximately halfway between an equinox and solstice. The summer solstice sabbatical is often called Midsummer or Litha. Wicca may celebrate the sabbath on the evening before, at sunrise on the morning of the solstice, or at the exact time of the astronomical event. “Midsummer is the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power, the earth is green and holds the promise of a bountiful harvest. The Mother Goddess is viewed as heavily pregnant, and the God is at the apex of his manhood and is honored in his guise as the supreme sun.” It is a time for divination and healing rituals. Divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time.
Summer Solstice has been celebrated within many cultures around the world, and is a time for celebrating the power of Life at its fullest. The Sun is at its fullest power at this marks the 1st DAY OF SUMMER!!! Life (represented by the Sun in Astrology) is at its fullest, happiest, most active and boldest. (Representing Leo, Sag, and Aries, the Fire Trines) the Heat of the Summer, the Joy of play, the Excitement of Adventure and New journeys, and the drive to travel long distance, to foreign lands, to explore, and of course we can’t forget ROMANCE. Let us now take a exciting journey and explore what the Sun in Cancer can bring for us in our natal charts!!! FUN FUN FUN FUN!!!
The Sun in Cancer has powerful significance with yourself, how you see yourself, how you express yourself and how the world sees you. With the Sun in Cancer in the 1st it is all about how you “FEEL”, your sensitivity, your emotions. Your domestic situation, your parenting skills, your family life.
If you have Cancer in the first house the Sun will magnify you quest and thirst for emotional and financial security. Your sensitivity and empathetic powers will be dramatically increased during the Suns visit to your “Face” (Sun in Cancer Conjunction in the 1st house of personality, immediate environment, motivation, drive, self). Try not to take things too personally that it upsets your balance and equilibrium and know that you will have a desire to be around family. This is a time to express you emotions with maturity and willfully (opposition to Pluto in Cap) with your spouse, close friends, business partnerships or serious or long term commitments. Perhaps there has been a lot of manipulation or abuse, well now is the time to rise up against and out of it via the power the Sun exhorts through the sign of protection and nurturing; Cancer. It is also try to handle the challenges with you may have with certain domestic issues of equality, balance or harmony going on in your home, or with your family or mother. Love and a sense of Service or favor can go along way with overcoming this challenge, as well as establishing some sort of fun routine with your mother, family, spouse, children, daughters or those you consider to be as close as family. This communication is well overdo and has restricted your inner self long enough. (Sun in Cancer Squaring Saturn in Libra) You may suddenly have opportunities to make career moves, or the back and forth tension between yourself and your boss or owning your own business is taking its toll, as well there are challenges to your personal ambitions or obstacle between your self and your personal achievements or success. Don’t panic and get all Emotional (Cancer ) on me! Just know that communication and steady persistence as well as making sure you can rely on yourself to be steadfast in your endeavors will allow you to hurdle or knock down those obstacles and move swiftly to your success. Beware of sudden hyper-emotional displays of anger, aggression and argumentation, especially with partners, spouses over money, romance , our personal freedom or space as well as what is said in this mode. Remember, you are extra sensitive right now and it is good to first internalize and process these feelings with sure rationale before acting on them (Sun in Cancer Square Uranus in Aries) *Of Course Planets in this house will also add to this delineation. Google the Planets of Astrology to see what Key words you can put together with the Key words for Cancer and the 1st House to get a more complete and detailed outlook or take a peek at this link http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=179313185412751*
This is a great time for family vacation, family reunions, family get together and barbecues, family picnics, family fun period. As well a great time for home decoration, home shopping, home buying, researching family roots, brushing up on mothering skills with some motherhood classes, or seminars, as well as picking up some books or seeing your spiritual, mental or emotional counselor about improvement on your nurturing, protective, emotional and sensitivity skills or issues. Balancing time for such family events and projects can be an extreme struggle, especially since such things may of course put family feuding, sibing rivalries and power struggles into play. Dont’ for get your mother or grand mother may be a bit sensitive at this time so make sure you apply some tender loving care…(Sun in Cancer) The key is to allow everyone to have a chance to express how they feel and utilize do what they do best in contribution to the family events and meetings. (The Sun in Cancer in the 4th Opposing Pluto in Cap in the 10th) Know also that old dad may have some say in all of this and please give the Patriarch and in some cases the Matriarch of the family you parents their proper say, opinions and respect and this years family reunion, celebration, cook out will be a blast. Your emotions being enhanced will find itself challenged in your emotional expression, especially when you find moments where sudden confrontation and challenge will make you want to just explode into action, and release all the emotions and thoughts you may have been keeping in. Especially when it comes to that annoying cousin, aunt, uncle or sibling (Gemini the 12th House of Cancer and especially with Mars there) Instead of exploding, arguing and competing of the sorts, try to be bold, passionate and take the initiative and leadership role via your knowledge and ability to work within a group to accomplish your goals and squash family beefs. This will help your environment to be more exciting, full of energy, motivation and drive and show your unique value and personality (Sun in Cancer in the 4th Squaring Uranus in Aries in the 1st ) As well, you will have to deal with the obstacles of managing this all around the time you have to dedicate to your marriage, spouse, partner, close friendships and business commitments. The key to this is making sure your marital duties are being performed with Vigor, Emotion and Nurturing. Allowing your mate or spouse to have an active part in the family vacation planning or in the duties to fulfill them will also be a great way to overcome any issues of neglect or opposition to their own idea of their authority or worth in the family. Your spouse or partner may have work commitments or no time to deal with the little ones while you go about your family work, so schedule and organize ahead of time with them so they can be aware, include and responsibilities are delegated fairly. As well look for some issues between the Family challenging the authority of the spouse (Sun in Cancer in the 4th Squares Saturn in Libra in the 7th)
Sun in Cancer in the 7th House puts a serious magnifying solar flare on the matters of marriage, responsibilities and duties in a partnership, and managing your close relationships seriously and responsibly. There is an increase in the hard work needed and having to be done for your personal relationships to continue to work and be successful. Issues of emotional depression or restriction and lace of nurturing and caring are paramount here as well as issues coming from the increased responsibilities of your partners career. The strain of success, and ambition due to a promotion can begin to take a toll on the relationship especially with the Sun bring out the sensitive issues that have been held back or suppressed because of responsibility taking a front seat. You may have some issues with your career ambitions and your marriage or your responsibilities and commitment to your boss which puts This is a serious time to consider the next move for your relationships, to build a blue print for success or separation, all for the good of your heart and emotions. Taking the time to balance the person you may or your partner may have evolved to because of the pressures of responsibilities, career, and success can be done by some time to your self, and a clear evaluation of your personal hopes and wishes you have for your family. This is a good time for those close to retirement to begin to initiate the plans they have had for this stage in life and to seek counsel with family members. (Sun in Cancer in the 7th Opposes Pluto in Capricorn in the 1st ) Another thought about this is with “today’s economy” Elderly folk and retiring people moving in with their children or allowing their children to move back in is not such a bad idea. The Sun in Cancer in the 7th House can give good energy towards this if the squaring aspects can be handled. This can be done by family seeing how their ideas of having their “own” in a economy better fit for sharing the household, work loads, and children duties with other family members especially those retired or out of work is indeed more productive and beneficial for them. For those with family already living with them sudden emotions about having space or some personal freedom or time to self or just with your kids and spouse can be of importance right now. The key to this issue is first and foremost nurturing and care, as well as perhaps a immediate family vacation allowing your other live in family members some time at home alone, or one where they go with your kids and leave you and your spouse some time alone is a good idea . Weddings during this time can suddenly explode from selfish concerns of family members vs what your partner may want. Mediation via a caring touch and loving enthusiasm for what all parties want can help in compromising. Weddings at family homes, estates, in backyards are good for this energy as well, as long as everyone contributes to the work load enthusiastically.Lastly you may find yourself the chosen comforter and mediator for family feuds especially when it comes to choosing whom’s events to attend, whom to help, your family or your spouses… Equal consideration and Equal time for both families is a definite winner and it all can be done over having a dinner at your house inviting both sides of the family..LOL (Sun in Cancer in the 7th Square Uranus in Aries in the 4th) Now strain on the marriage because of your career and your career responsibilities and commitments can also be a theme for you this much. Not a lot of time for the spouse, can’t commit to date night, or your spouses family events because of your spouses career commitments, ambitions and success. Have no fear! Attending the Company picnic as a family with the kids, or arranging to have lunch dates at the office can be just a few remedies. However having a serious discussion with your partner about their commitment to family and children is also a more direct route. Have care and compassion when having this discussion and make sure no matter what they know how serious the issue is. Choose nurturing and enthusiastic verbiage during the conversation and don’t feel bad about using your secret weapons, the KIDS! LOL (Sun in Cancer in the 7th Square Saturn in Libra in the 10th)
Sun in Cancer in the 10th is all about how you feel about your career, your ambitions and your success. As well about how you want people to view your reputation publicly. Emotional matters with the father, authority figures or your boss come to the fore. It also represents a time when you yourself, especially if a woman, are taking a position as head of your family affairs as the Matriarch or Patriarch of them. You may be the one chosen to head the Family Event Planning Committee this year, or your term at the helm of such family organizations has come to fruition, so a Big Family Reunion or Vacation is underway and still during such festivities you will still have to man the helm and be responsible for the children events, delegate family responsibilities. This may all have you feeling a little restricted in your own ability to relax and find pleasure during the jubilee, especially when it comes to managing time during such events with your own spouse or making time for Best Friends that attend or keeping your business commitments scheduled. The key to handling this balancing the command between yourself and responsible family members. Feel free to lean on your old moms and pops for some assistance. (Sun in Cancer in the 10th Opposing Pluto in Cap in the 4th)As well have your own spouse included in helping with your responsibilities and make sure that your sudden desire to get the cudos and laurels is squashed by sharing the reward with those responsible family members and team-mates that help you towards the success of the event. This will help ease any tension that may develop from any sense of you not sharing the workload, responsibility and command with others. Instead via enthusiastically going about the work and sharing it you can gain the personal recognition and satisfy your self-ambitions, and social achievements. (Sun in Cancer in the 10th Square Saturn in Libra in the first) Sudden debates with your best friends and spouse about spending time and attending their personal event can arise, try to slow down and be reliable and keep your word, and if this isn’t possible due to sudden arising issues with your own commitments then make sure you take the time to communicate this as quickly and as caring as possible to them and reassurance of your love is paramount to keep these confrontations at a minimum, especially in public . Now issues of children, family members or close personal friends eloping to get married also are illuminated here. Getting married and your spouses family and yours don’t get along, or they don’t like you…Well this placements shines a lot of light on that ( Sun in Cancer in the 10th Square Uranus in Aries in the 7th)
Now before I end this I would be remiss not to speak on the point that the Sun at 0 Degrees of Cancer ignites a GRAND CARDINAL CROSS aspect all over the world. The Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, and Squares Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Libra.
In short, be very AWARE, this Major Aspect sparks off some serious major oppositions and squares for us all . Now when it comes to relationships, you may feel as though you’re forced into taking action. A cosmic storm is what I call it, however some will not feel it as much as others, be thankful!!!
Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn: If these signs are your Sun, Ascendant or Moon Signs, YOU WILL BE IN THE THICK OF THIS COSMIC STORM. Sudden Surprises, Losses in Relationships, Massive Changes in your Career, Increased Sensitivity will whirl, shock, explode, and throw you into taking action whether you want to or not. It seems you will have no choice but to act. Some may want to use brash tactics during this time, being impulsive, quick, confrontational, and disagreeable, but this is definitely the time not to. Matters will only be worse. Practice patience, Leadership, Compromise, and Caring as tools to master this cosmic whirl wind. With Uranus in Aries (Self Knowledge), Sun in Cancer (Loving Emotion), Saturn in Libra ( Responsible Commitment ) and Pluto in Capricorn ( Steady Evolution) you can not only over come the definite hostilities that will come but achieve and experience the powerful reward from these challenges that will evolve your character and allow you to have harmony, balance, and love from your family and partnerships and for your self and ambitions. THIS IS YOUR TIME!! LET’s GET IT!!! 361
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius: Being a fixed sign Ascendant, Sun or Moon, you will be a bystander and witness to the power that is being unleashed in the Grand Cardinal Cross, However, if you do have any cardinal elements in your chart, it can be a very unpredictable and unstable time for you. Go with the flow and don’t fight something you can’t change because it will only hinder you.
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces: You may notice much disturbances in the FORCE (LOL)l especially around others. Thankfully for you, you’re a mutable sign, and thus your natural ability in life acrobatics and character gymnastics will get you past this great cosmic event. Even if you get caught up in a tricky or sticky situation your natural adaptability and adjust-ability will allow you to slide glibly through any incident, sparkling like brand new!
In the U.S. Gemini Rising Chart, this Cardinal Grand Cross is all about the Nation’s Economic situation (2nd House) and how it is tied to that of its Allies (GREAT BRITAIN, ISRAEL to name a few) prerogatives (11th House Square to 2nd house )which is putting a strain the U.S. economy as well, we see the economic crisis not only in the citizen’s daily lives but even with the nations favorite sports, past times and entrainment as we see government crack down on sports players and entertainers in general. (2nd to 5th House Square) and lastly issues with crime and public safe are being used by the government as scapegoats to initiate extreme penalties to keep public safety (2nd House to 8th House opposition) which leads to more unnecessary taxes dollars going into “tougher on crime” polices that have already in the past shown not productivity. Government “earmarks” for Homeland Security, the War on Terror and such are imposing a draconian atmosphere on the nation at large.
Ok, an Honorable Mentioning; Mercury is already in Cancer and thus Communicating one’s feelings or with one’s family, mother or siblings is PARAMOUNT. Especially since those feelings about them or your spouse or partner that have been suppressed suddenly want to explode out and be known. (The cardinal opposition and squares going on) And later on the Moon comes to sit on her Throne in Cancer beside her king the Sun on June 30th!!! July 1st we have a New Moon Eclispe in Cancer and later on that month on July 15th a Full Moon in Cancer!!! The Family Reunion has just begun and the party is getting started. Looking towards Cancer saying “PARTY OVER HERE” !!! SAY HOOOOOO!!!
Now lastly for my REAL DEPP ASTROLOGERS and COZMOPHYZXIANS out there remember by the Sun being at 0-3 (0-10 for some, especially mundane astrology) degrees it still is affecting the Aneretic Degree/27-29 Degrees of Gemini, the Anorectic Degree of Pisces, Sagittarius, and Virgo. So planets at these degrees in the natal chart and progress are being affected to and those signs are putting their two cents into the Grand Cardinal Cross!!!