June 20th/21st (depending on time zone) brings us to the Summer Solstice once again. The Sun’s Cancer ingress includes a conjunction to Mercury on June 21st. This year, the longest day will include specific messages.
And the discussion should intensify with the June 23rd Cancer New Moon (conjunct Mercury). New beginnings will be saturated with thoughts and feelings about the past, family and primary security needs. The Solstice is the peak of light- a time to celebrate what’s ripened in your life. The New Moon is a new chapter, driven by what the light of the Solstice reveals. And Mercury is there to put it all into words.
Mercury can also bring up some questions. Do you need more? Do you have everything you need? Do you feel safe? Is there a family discussion that needs to happen? Notice the emphasis on the word "need." Cancer is about need versus want. What you absolutely must have in order to feel satisfied, secure and complete. Contrast that to what you want, but can do without.
Mars in Cancer squares Jupiter in Libra on June 25th, then goes on to trine Neptune Rx in Pisces on June 26th. Jupiter amplifies Mars’ actions, while Neptune releases restraint. The Solstice/New Moon events should progress quickly. Hope for the future will be high and emotions will be full-on - the entire range (tears, anger, exuberance, neediness, passion) may be felt. Anything you begin (a new job, relationship, lifestyle, family) will feel intensely personal and (perhaps) overwhelming. There's no way you'll be able to detach from what's happening. If you feel swamped, remember that Mercury has some facts for you. Focus on what you know, and go forward with that.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) hit your domestic sector. Thoughts will turn to the past - childhood and tradition will be topics of discussion. A new conversation will be suffused with nostalgia or family issues, so it won’t really be “new.” You may churn over a longstanding issue, although there will be some fresh information to consider. Perhaps a new addition to the family, or a new perspective on the past. A home business, relocation or issues with parents/children may be themes.
Aspects to Mars in your domestic sector can trigger rapid family expansion, big renovations, or enthusiastic efforts involving a domestic relationship. There is a risk of some discomfort/arguments if changes are implemented too quickly. There is potential to manifest a domestic/relationship ideal, if you balance your goals with another’s. Avoid steamrolling someone with your good intentions.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your communication sector suggest an increase in nostalgic or emotional conversations. A new meeting/piece of intel may resonate with you on a gut level - pay attention to how what you learn makes you feel. Too, you could gain clarity about an emotional issue. Or, you could launch a project/idea that has tremendous personal significance. Excellent if you’re trying to get your point across while impacting others on a personal level (people will relate to what you’re saying). Discussions with siblings may be hi-lighted.
Aspects to Mars in your communication sector can fire up your desire to argue and/or help. You may have some passionate ideals that you’re ready to implement - you just know you’re right. For the most part, you are on the correct path, but know that personal feelings will quickly override logic. This is not all about you. Too, the pace at work can increase as you’re overwhelmed with new contacts and responsibilities.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) activate your sector of personal resources. Discussions/information about earned money or basic security needs may be featured. It may be time to verbalize your bottom-line requirements (what you’re worth) on a material or emotional level. Excellent for starting a new chapter regarding money management, increasing your rates, or tuning into how certain situations make you feel safe or unsafe.
Aspects to Mars in your sector of personal resources can encourage emotional spending or indulgences. Expectations involving career, success or romance may push you to celebrate before you know the outcome. Or, you may gamble/overindulge to distract yourself from a disappointment. Keep your hopes in perspective, and if there is a victory, try to practice some moderation when celebrating. For some, these aspects can indicate a lucrative business opportunity that involves creativity and a bit of risk - go slow and keep your impulses in check.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your sign says this is your season to start fresh. New opportunities, or a desire to walk a different path/move forward/reboot will be supported with ideas and inspiration. Watch for messengers - people who trigger powerful insight or present valuable information. A turning-point discussion may be uncomfortably emotional and intimate. Too, this is prime time for you to start writing/speaking truths about what you really need. It might be time to go public. Also good for launching anything that involves communication, research, analysis or advertising.
Aspects to Mars in your sign can boost your energy and enthusiasm. Great for diving into a new domestic project (involving a home business, relocation, renovation) or starting a new exercise program/lifestyle change. Just be aware that this energy can push you to take on more than you can realistically handle - before you dive in, look at the long-term possibilities and consider the pace you can maintain.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your hidden sector can stir up dreams, suspicions, secrets or a gut feeling. Pay close attention to what’s being said quietly, or what’s left unsaid. The time between the Solstice and New Moon can be powerful for divination or tuning into issues that you’ve suppressed. Developments may be vague and shadowy at the moment, but there’s much more to come. On that note, it may be in your best interests to listen and think things over, rather than comment publicly.
Having said that, aspects to Mars in your hidden sector can urge you to speak out, argue, or take sudden action. There may be surge of optimism or impatience that pushes you to make a declaration. If you can, hold back and consider your options, before you act/speak. Your actions, or someone else’s, will be coming from your blindspot so you won’t be aware of the full impact.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your social sector can open a new chapter involving friends, groups or your relationship with the public. A new friendship with a nurturing, emotional quality could begin. Or, you could engage others with your heartfelt words. Excellent for touching others with your message - they’ll be able to relate to what you say, and you’ll move them with how you say it.
Aspects to Mars in your social sector suggests all relationships (group, one-on-one, platonic, romantic) can benefit from your increased energy and passion. Whether you’re fighting for a cause, promoting a business, or you simply feel like kicking back and enjoying yourself, you can connect with others on all levels, while boosting your self-esteem or finances. One note of caution - watch your spending. It will be easy to give/spend too generously, while trying to impress or help.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your career sector suggest a job opportunity, significant discussion with management, or moment to launch a business or job search. Facts will be mixed with feelings. You can make sense of rapidly shifting, emotional issues. Or, you can be swamped by emotional issues that undermine your professional reputation or focus. If things become overwhelming, step back and concentrate on what you know.
Aspects to Mars in your career sector (including the square from Jupiter in your sign) suggest a moment when you can grab positive attention from higher ups, or put yourself in the best possible light. An interview or new job could be full of promise. Your ambition will drive daily routines or solutions. Enthusiasm can take you far, but make sure your actions stay within the bounds of what’s professional. Also, make sure you can continue the pace you set for yourself. Others will be watching, and your reputation could be impacted.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your opportunities sector can open a doorto education, travel, legal matters or publishing. New information can lead to much more, as situations rapidly expand. Excellent for increasing your knowledge, teaching others or reaching a wide audience with your words.
Aspects to Mars in your opportunities sector will drive the above beginnings forward, as you’re encouraged to jump into something new. Lucky breaks or fated occurrences can put you in the right place - unexpected trips are a possibility. There’s a bit of risk associated with this influence, but for the most part, your actions should be well-timed. However, use some caution if you’re heading into unfamiliar territory.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) suggest a new chapter involving debts, taxes, loans, your partner’s finances or physical/emotional intimacy. A new discussion may uncover hidden information that makes you uncomfortable, but ultimately, you could feel closer to your partner (or closer to the truth). Issues around sharing, owing and boundaries will be important. Also good for solitary inner work, meditation or therapeutic discussions.
Aspects to Mars in your sector of shared resources can suggest an unexpected financial reprieve or gift. However, unexpected debts can also be featured. Much depends on previous spending habits, especially if a domestic partner is involved. To make the most of this, keep your eyes open for offers of help (especially from friends, groups or public connections) but also keep on eye on impulse buys and investments.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your partnership sector suggests a meeting or significant conversation that opens up a deeper emotional connection. A new or existing relationship will feature empathetic words, and perhaps a intuitive connection. Parental undertones may also be featured, as one partner takes on the role of caregiver/authority figure.
Aspects to Mars in your partnership sector can accelerate the above developments, as passion and excitement move things forward. There could be a “dream come true” feeling to this - a new relationship will progress quickly. On a professional level, a business partnership could be full of ambition and idealistic vision. In all cases (personal and professional) make sure that the visions of both partners are aligned, and realistic. By all means, enjoy the rush. But keep an eye on practicalities - in-the-moment enthusiasm may not translate into long-term staying power.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your sector of routine can indicate a new chapter regarding health or work issues. Clarification, improvements, solutions or diagnoses could come your way, opening the door to an upgrade or enhanced sense of wellbeing that integrates mind and body. Dietary changes are favoured. A new job is another possibility.
Aspects to Mars in your sector of routine will add fuel to the above, pumping up your energy, optimism and desire to make changes for the better. Work load can also increase, but this should benefit you, financially. Too, this influence could be about pursuing a new line of work that feels meaningful and enjoyable. Physical energy should be high, but watch that you don’t push yourself too hard.
The Solstice and New Moon (with Mercury) in your sector of self-expression can introduce a powerfully intimate new attraction, creative opportunity or issue involving children/pregnancy. Messages about what you want, or what’s most precious to you, will be powerful. An excellent opportunity to gain attention and appreciation for your words and needs.
Aspects to Mars in your sector of self-expression (including the trine to Neptune Rx in your sign) add passion, excitement and ambition to the above developments. A new attraction may quickly become intimate. A creative project or launch can progress smoothly, as your confidence and desire for recognition urges you to pull out all the stops. For the most part, this can be a fun, fruitful time, as long as you keep your expectations in check. If you’re getting close to someone, keep in mind that the powerful connection can blur your boundaries. You may want to give everything you have, but it will be easy to forget about self-preservation. Watch your money - celebrations and indulgences can result in large expenses.