art by Laurel Burch

It’s been a quiet week astrologically, but this weekend we are making up for it.  Technically Jupiter has been stationary for the past week but it actually is at a standstill this weekend as it prepares to turn retrograde on Sunday.  You can catch up here for more on what that means, but with Jupiter’s influence extra strong right now everything may seem larger than life.

That also means that stationary Jupiter is a big presence in the chart of the Summer Solstice (or June Solstice for my friends down under).  The astrological Solstice occurs at the moment that the Sun enters the sign of Cancer, the cardinal sign of June. Each of the cardinal signs marks the turning of the seasons: from the Summer in Cancer we move into the Autumn of Libra, followed by the Winter of Capricorn and the Spring in Aries.

During the solstice the Sun appears to stand still as it beams its nourishing light across the northern Hemisphere.  The energy of the Sun feeds us and is crucial for our vitality, and the Summer Solstice offers a peak of creative potential.  The Sun is in Cancer, the sign of the Moon, and lunar feeds the soul and opens the heart.  That makes the June Solstice particularly potent and fertile.  This is the perfect time to nurture the seeds of our dreams and our sweetest imaginings.

The Solstice chart is a powerful one, with the Moon, the Solstice ruler, in intense Scorpio and squared by Mars, planet of aggressive energies.  Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio, so this linkage is even more profound and indicates a strong drive towards Truth and the satisfaction of our pure desires.  The Moon/Mars square is also connected to the square from Saturn to Uranus that is the story of 2021: the pressure to break up established ways of living (Saturn) in order to effect change (Uranus).  Square aspects (90 degree angles) between planets are difficult and can create conflict but the resolution of these conflicts promotes real growth and evolution.

Fortunately a harmonious trine from the Solstice Sun to buoyant Jupiter, stationary in the sky and at its most potent in effect, suggests that the Jupiterian gifts of great possibilities and unlimited confidence are within reach.  This bounty virtually ensures that seeds of hope and possibility will blossom in the months to come. It’s important to remember with Jupiter that these blessings do not always come in the form that we expect, and keep our eyes open for the positive influences that come our way. ❤️

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