Once again we welcome the longest day, as the Sun enters Cancer and kicks off the Summer Solstice (June 21st, 6:07 AM EDT). This will be a bittersweet one. You may feel lonely or wistful.
The usual themes apply: home, family, mother/child, roots, nurturing, emotion. The Solstice is a time to celebrate what's bloomed in your life. But this year the Sun squares Chiron in Aries to June 23rd, so there's an additional layer of sensitivity as fresh discomforts are revealed. The peak of the Sun's light will expose family wounds, and even if the issue is new it will probably be based in the past.
Whether or not your family are still in your life, these energies can stir up something that reminds you of an old pain. You've already experienced this on May 20th (Venus in Cancer square Chiron) and June 13th (Mercury in Cancer square Chiron). The Solstice trigger will be the big one- things could come to a head.
Don't ignore it. Chiron in Aries is the Wounded Warrior, forging ahead in the face of doubt and weakness. You don't have to be strong or successful - Chiron in Aries only asks that you confront what hurts. You can cry while you do this (Cancer can't hold the feelings back). Maybe you end up feeling like a child again.
The courage lies in the fact that you are coming to terms with where you feel most vulnerable, and that's all you have to do. Maybe there's no specific incident, just a nostalgic ache or hard-to-define insecurity. The most important thing is that you are gentle with yourself. Give yourself space to breath and feel safe. And if you have something blooming in your life, even the smallest thing, celebrate it.
As an interesting side note, the Venus/Mars opposition (in Leo/Aquarius) will be exact on June 21st, so there will be a sub-theme of polarities - action versus attraction, motivation versus what you want. An opposition always signals a result or ending: this will be part of the Solstice peak.
Here are the aspects the Cancer Sun will make:
- June 23rd: sextile Uranus (1 deg Taurus)
- June 23rd: square Chiron (2 deg Aries)
- June 27th: opposite Saturn Rx (5 deg Capricorn)
- June 28th: Full Moon (6 deg Capricorn)
- June 30th: inconjunct Mars Rx (9 deg Aquarius)
- July 5th: trine Jupiter Rx (13 deg Scorpio)
- July 8th: trine Neptune Rx (16 deg Pisces)
- July 12th: opposite Pluto Rx (20 deg Capricorn)
- July 12th: New Moon eclipse (20 deg)
- July 15th: inconjunct Vesta (23 deg Sagittarius)
- July 20th: opposite Black Moon Lilith (28 deg Capricorn)
- July 22nd: Leo ingress
Most notable is the July 12th eclipse which will oppose Pluto Rx. I'll write a separate post on this, but consider this new beginning to be a permanent goodbye (a metaphorical death) and tender new beginning, all wrapped into one.
The Sun will also be part of a soothing Grand Water Trine with Jupiter and Neptune Rx from July 5th to 8th. This can help ease some of Chiron's discomfort. Whether you curl up and practice self-care, or open up and allow yourself to hope, Jupiter's expansion and Neptune's dreams can be just what the doctor ordered.
This trine has already been activated from June 1st-2nd (Venus in Cancer) and June 19th-20th (Mercury in Cancer) so themes from those dates will repeat. As always with a Grand Trine, watch for the temptation to slide into an easy but unhealthy groove.