Blessings upon you, dear ones!
The Northern Hemisphere is celebrating Litha (aka Midsummer/Summer Solstice) and the rare occasion that the Full Moon falls upon it! The last time we experienced this alignment of Litha and the Full Moon was in June of 1967, and we won’t experience such a close alignment again until June, 2062.
Litha is official when the Sun enters Cancer tomorrow at 3:34 pm PDT. There is a going within as we turn from the external and inquisitive sign of Gemini into the very introverted sign of the Crab. Cancer energy can be hard to understand or connect to unless you yourself have a clear understanding of Cancer in your personal astrology. However, we can all relate to the pull to create a hard shell to protect the soft and succulent tenderness within us. While we have the Sun in Cancer for the next 4 ½ weeks (and Venus in Cancer until July 11th), there is a supportive influence to honor our inner world, our home, our family and loved ones. All water signs are direct channels for emotions, and Cancer sometimes has a reputation for passive aggressive behavior because of her need for safety and protection. If emotions are leaking out without clear communication, we can feel muddy and stuck. When we notice this in ourselves or others, we have the opportunity to remember how tender we all really are, back up, give space and honor the boundaries.
Along with the Solstice Full Moon, we are also experiencing the Mutable Grand Cross of Saturn in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces, Mercury in Gemini and Jupiter in Virgo. Mutable means change. The planets are reflecting the story of our human lives, both individual and collective. We exist within the pattern, just as the pattern exists within us. We are all formless, genderless, fearless souls – even as we walk in the body and identify ourselves and each other as this or that. It is by exquisite chance that we even exist. We are magical by very nature. And we are here to do specific work.
Both Saturn and Neptune are retrograde at this time (the Neptune retrograde began recently ~ last Monday 6/13 at 1:43pm PDT). Both Saturn and Neptune are going to stay in their respective signs (yay!). They are currently making a tight square at 12° of Sagittarius and Pisces, and this can feel discordant and conflicting, but it can also bring us into balance with the spectrum of our human needs.
Saturn is structure, definition, rules and boundaries. Saturn in your natal chart is where you might find yourself most challenged and where you have to work the hardest, but also where you experience the most growth and reward. Saturn has a much lighter vibration in Sagittarius than he did in Scorpio, and most people I know are delighted that we will not experience the Scorpionic Saturn return for another 28 years – that was some gritty territory! Neptune is dreams, creativity, fantasy and psychic awareness. Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces, and Pisces is all about feeling, loving, forgiving and merging. Saturn can appear to be raining on our party if we need a reality-check, if we need help with boundaries, or if we have been keeping our talents hidden from the world. Neptune might look like the jerk who is making a mess of things if we are too attached to a certain way of being. This can speak to releasing all pre-conditioned thinking as well as allowing movement to occur in our relationships, in our lifestyles and in our careers.
Neptune loves unconditionally. Neptune retrograde wants us to review and reckon with the creative space that is the open heart. Neptune is going to continue his backward motion until November 20th, so don’t be surprised if your heart feels like it’s being held open by external forces during this time. Saturn will station direct on August 13th, at which point a certain clarity around the structures of home/career/relationships will be encouraged.
La Luna reaches exact fullness at 4:02 am PDT tomorrow (Monday) morning in 29° Sagittarius. She swiftly moves into Capricorn at 4:55 am, where she will remain until early Wednesday afternoon. Sag is the adventurous archer, giving the moment of the Full Moon a magical and free-spirited flavor. But Luna in Capricorn takes a grounded approach to the larger magic of Litha and the Mutable Grand Cross. Capricorn wants to be on the ground, fixing what needs to be fixed and plowing forward. The Goat thrives off hard work, and she could care less about your fantasies unless they relate to a tangible, structural reward. As the cardinal earth sign, Capricorn initiates action, but she also brings us back into the body. Working out, sex, conscious eating and bodywork are always wonderful things to do, and even more so with Luna releasing her fullness in Capricorn.
The planetary energy is culminating in a very beautiful way at this time.
Now, beautiful does not necessarily mean easy – this is also a time of great upheaval and change, but those of us who are ready and willing to ride the waves of change will find that there is truly a power of goodness that is kneading us like dough, working out all our knots and stuck places. We see this on an individual scale and a collective scale. We are bumping right up against the structures that are no longer working, AND we are being called to let down our guard. Let your transformation occur. YOU hold the keys to universal change. There is no martyrdom in that – this is like the opposite of heavy. Despite how outrageous, gross, heavy, difficult and uncool things may seem – the solution is your freedom. The cornerstone of collective growth, collective healing and collective awakening is YOUR FREEDOM. I’m not talking 2nd Amendment freedom (haha, ugh) – I’m talking about your complete liberation from anything and everything that keeps you from seeing YOURSELF as wholly divine.
Michael Ludwig @ http://www.5edges.wordpress.com
Luna at 10 pm PDT on 6.18.16 near Seattle, WA USA
Michael shares images of Luna with me often and with such grace.