Published by WallStreetWeather.net
Summer officially begins in the northern hemisphere when the Sun enters Cancer June 21 at 1:16:30 PM EDT. At the Summer Solstice, the Sun (Sol) reaches its maximum northern position in the sky and appears to stand still (from the Latin “sistere”). It’s time to be outdoors savoring the sunlight! Many crops are planted at Midsummer for harvesting around the time of the September 23 Autumnal Equinox. After the Summer Solstice the hours of daylight will gradually decline until the Sun enters Cancer’s opposite sign Capricorn at the December 22 Winter Solstice, the time to celebrate the birth of the light returning to the northern hemisphere.
The Sun is our life force and our self-identity. The Sun entering one of the four initiating (cardinal) signs not only starts a new season, but represents the key turning points of the year. The planetary energies at this time influence conditions over the next three months. The solar year began at the Vernal Equinox March 20 when the Sun entered Aries, the first sign of the zodiac which corresponds to new beginnings and sets the tone until the next Vernal Equinox on March 20, 2012 . Issues and situations that began or entered a new phase of development during the three month period since the Vernal Equinox have now reached a critical juncture requiring action be taken between now and the Autumnal Equinox.
The Sun in Cancer (June 21 – July 23) initiates action and dynamic changes connected to creating greater physical and emotional security. Cancer represents the primal need to nurture and be nurtured. Water/liquids, food, family, home, domestic security, and the general public (especially women/mothers) are represented by this sign ruled by the Moon.
Cancer is the first sign of the zodiac in the water element. The Sun in Cancer and Mercury (communication/movement/commerce) in Cancer (June 16 – July 2) at the Summer Solstice indicates people identify more with how they feel. Since Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the Moon is the planetary ruler of the Summer Solstice. (1)
The Moon reflects the emotional outlook which like the ebb and flow of the lunar cycle is constantly changing. Sentiment shifts when the Moon moves into a new zodiac sign every 2.5 days. Using our intuition and getting in touch with how we feel is a priority with the Moon in Pisces at the Summer Solstice. Focusing on what’s going on within can bring clarity to help sort through the external noise and chaos. Ruled by idealistic and visionary Neptune, the Moon in Pisces brings greater awareness and understanding of how everyone and everything are interconnected.
Harmonious alignments between the Moon in Pisces and Mercury and the Sun and Neptune in its home sign Pisces can help release outmoded beliefs, addictive behavioral patterns and self-imposed barriers, filling their void with creative pursuits that nourish the mind and offer an opportunity for greater security. Dreams that occur during sleep can seem more active and easier to recall. These energies help us to attune to signs and symbols in our lives that are more than coincidental.
Mars in Gemini challenging Neptune in Pisces can provide the motivation to stop fantasizing and start to take action to turn cherished dreams into reality. The Sun favorably aspecting Jupiter in Taurus makes it easier now to develop the means to ground dreams and visions in ways that are pragmatic and potentially profitable. Any time you feel confused or unsure about the next step to take indicates a time out for reflection to clear the mind. The Mars/Neptune alignment indicates this works best through movement. Stretching, walking, swimming, yoga, and moving to your favorite music are good vehicles to keep the creative juices flowing and moving forward. Four planets in the water element at the Summer Solstice emphasize the importance of going with the flow and acting on intuition. Drinking plenty of water, spending time by the water and soaking your feet or body in water can be particularly restorative this summer.
The Moon represents our roots and is close to reaching the Last Quarter phase of its monthly cycle. The Moon in the waning half of the lunar cycle at the Summer Solstice reflects a conscious understanding about the issues affecting our lives; now is the time to act on this awareness. Establishing a secure foundation now and for the future begins by taking action to clean up the toxic remnants of the past.
As the planetary timekeeper, Saturn rules the past which cannot be changed but how we handle the past in the present affects our future. The Solstice Sun, Moon, and Mercury are engaged in challenging alignments to Saturn in Libra. Regardless of the economic and political events happening in the world, it is up to us as individuals to secure our own foundation and enhance our reputation by treating others the way we want to be treated ourselves.
Saturn’s energies move slowly to begin with and have been particularly pronounced over the last several weeks as Saturn turned direct June 12 after being retrograde since January 26. Caution, fears of limited options and contracting conditions tend to dominate when Saturn’s energies are strong. As Saturn starts moving forward this summer it gradually pulls away from its square to Pluto. This influence has been in effect since the autumn of 2009 and has been particularly intense with Pluto being in Saturn-ruled Capricorn.
Saturn in Libra can be too good at delaying making important decisions because doing so necessitates structural transformation. And what is uncovered in the process is not going to be pretty. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planetary ruler of money. Saturn in Libra indicates that cold hard cash on Libra’s scales is totally insufficient to counterbalance the mountain of debt built up during the boom years of Pluto in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius (1995-2008) that has busted Libra’s scales out of balance.
History tends to repeat itself, and this is the second year that the Summer Solstice Sun interacts with all the outer planet alignments that have been in play since the financial crisis erupted in 2008. The Sun in Cancer squares Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries and opposes Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn and Uranus have been in opposition since fall 2008. The call for structural reforms has gradually transformed into calls to delay, restrict, or rescind the reforms enacted to transform the financial structure by the companies and plutocrats who profited the most from the massive fiscal and monetary stimulus as Saturn began to square Pluto in 2009. As the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto came into influence last summer, the most extreme individuals and groups have been feverishly active at reducing the rest of the population’s prosperity, restricting their rights to enrich their own. These actions are taken under the guise that reducing/eliminating “burdensome” regulations and making harsh budgetary cuts removes economic uncertainty and generates jobs.
The Sun rules leaders and as the Sun made challenging alignments to these planets last year, world leaders decided to do a Saturn cop out by delaying any major structural reforms to transform the global financial system and deal with deficits. The Moon and Mercury engaged in challenging alignments to Saturn reflect the public’s frustration and cautious outlook since the reality of the economic recovery is not as strong as the price of stocks and commodities would lead one to believe. These energies reflect that higher costs for consumer staples, stagnant wages/high unemployment, and receiving little to zero interest income, are crimping discretionary spending.
As summer progresses and turns to Fall, the intensity of the Saturn/Pluto influence will come to an end and the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto will command center stage over the next five years. The current Uranus/Pluto cycle began with their conjunction in Pisces’ opposite sign Virgo in the mid-1960s, and this is the first time Uranus in Aries has squared Pluto (then in Capricorn’s opposite sign Cancer) since 1930-1935. Both periods were times of massive upheaval that in the U.S. brought revolutionary economic and societal reforms intended for the benefit of the nation’s general welfare. The last cycle of Neptune in Pisces during the mid 1800s experienced revolts and revolutions demanding greater rights for workers, women, and the push to abolish slavery. All the efforts to maintain the economic and financial structures built up since the early 1980s are unsustainable because they’re too dependent on a consumer economy that is no longer propped up by the illusion of financial alchemy.
Last year’s Summer Solstice preceded a Lunar and Solar eclipse. Eclipses are harbingers of major change, and this year’s Solstice occurs in between the June 15 Lunar Eclipse and the July 1 Cancer Solar Eclipse that were both preceded by the June 1 Gemini Solar Eclipse. The period between eclipses tends to be the most uncertain as the incoming energies will not be fully processed in the collective consciousness until the weeks following the July 1 Solar Eclipse.
Mars entering Cancer August 3 until September 18 conjoins the Summer Solstice Sun and reactivates the energies of Neptune (August 3), Uranus (August 9), Pluto (August 11), Saturn (August 25). Mars reactivates the July 1 Solar Eclipse August 16, anchoring the energies of Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in a cross formation for the final time. The public has been largely passive about the massive power grab by the corporations and special interests that used their money and influence to help ensure the most extreme candidates came to power in last year’s midterm elections. Mars in Cancer could motivate the general public to start becoming more actively engaged in protecting their fundamental safety net from further erosion.
In the Summer Solstice chart set for Washington DC, the Sun is in the sector representing foreign relations and conjoins the sector ruling the Administration. As the planetary ruler of Aries, Mars is always the major focal point after the Sun at the Vernal Equinox. Mars was in Pisces then and was the only planet in the water element amongst many planets in fiery Aries. The U.S. became entangled in yet another military endeavor in Libya through NATO on the day of the 8th anniversary of the Iraq War and the eve of the March 20 Vernal Equinox. Mars in Pisces activated the USA’s natal Mars in Gemini which squares Neptune in Pisces’ opposite sign Virgo. Mars in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces at the Summer Solstice reinforces these energies that describe military endeavors that lack a clear objective because they are started over nebulous ideals that seek to camouflage their real purpose which revolves around oil or whatever is deemed to be in the national interest. (Which usually has very little to do with national security).
As this alignment becomes exact June 22, President Obama (whose natal Mars in Virgo exactly
conjoins the USA Neptune), is scheduled to announce how fast he plans to withdrawal the 33,000 surge troops out of Afghanistan. Mars squaring Neptune reflects the death of Osama bin Laden has eliminated the need to continue the twin wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Whatever is announced now could become clearer around July 21-22 when Mars in Gemini returns to its natal position in the USA chart and squares the USA Neptune. Mars in Cancer squaring Saturn in Libra around the time of the USA’s Saturn return August 28, together with Saturn conjoining the USA’s progressed Mars in Libra September 30 reflects a far more scaled back military presence in the world.(3) There’s nothing like a record deficit to help wean the nation of its addiction to idealizing war.
Venus is the planetary ruler of the Summer Solstice chart set for Washington DC, as Libra is the sign on the Ascendant in the same beginning degree of Libra as it was in the Vernal Equinox chart.(2) Money matters and reaching agreement on fiscal issues are at the forefront just as they were in the Vernal Equinox chart. Libra on the cusp of the second sector of the chart ruling net worth squares the USA’s natal Pluto in Capricorn (debt) and conjoins the April 17 Libra Full Moon. This was when S&P downgraded the long term credit rating of the U.S. to negative from stable. Other than the planets being in different signs and degree areas of the zodiac, the layout of the Summer Solstice chart is virtually identical to the Vernal Equinox chart. Decisions on domestic and international financial issues and regulations were largely delayed in the Spring which helped maintain the market’s euphoria (Venus conjunct Neptune in Aquarius in the sector ruling speculation).
Venus in Gemini in the Summer Solstice Chart is located in the sector representing foreign relations. Along with Mars in Gemini it represents rising import prices. Mercury co-ruling the sector of foreign relations exactly squaring Saturn indicates the outlook is becoming far more cautious as emerging market economies contract from their rapid rate of expansion. At the same time, additional regulations will go into effect that dampen speculation. Mars ruling the sector representing debt squaring Neptune indicates the market continues to react to news about domestic and foreign sovereign debt.
Once the market gets over the illusion the Federal Reserve will engage in additional policy easing, stocks and commodity prices are likely to deteriorate. The highs reached in late April/early May are not likely to be surpassed this year. Jupiter in the sector ruling debt and interest rates favorably aspecting the Sun, Neptune, and Pluto can begin to gradually raise bond yields and loan rates. Mars square Neptune is likely to bring a continuous stream of more lawsuits and court cases involving financial fraud. Markets have a greater potential to make more pronounced moves on the following dates:
June: 21, 22, 28-29
July: 1, 6-8, 11-12, 15, 19, 21, 25, 27, 29
August: 1-3, 5, 8-9, 11, 16, 22-23, 25, 29-30
September: 6, 8-9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 23
(To be continued at the Autumnal Equinox which will cover the time period September 23 – December 22, 2011.)
The Moon in Pisces in the sector representing the work force can describe fluctuating employment conditions as employers use more temporary workers. The number of people employed in more than one job could increase. The Moon rules the Administration and its location here can indicate the public is more in sync with the Administration’s policies on healthcare and employment than with the GOP’s.
Capricorn rules the sector representing real estate and the weather in general. Home prices will continue to decline as the number of foreclosures rise and the number of qualified buyers declines. Pluto was here in the Vernal Equinox chart and its presence at the Summer Solstice again squaring Saturn, Uranus and opposing the Sun indicates more extreme weather conditions with high winds and severe storms that cause power outages and extensive property damage. There is also increased potential for stronger earthquakes in the U.S., particularly in parts of the country not normally considered earthquaked prone. Although the combination of the Sun and Mercury to Saturn/Uranus/Pluto can bring extremes in temperature and conditions that swing from severe drought to flooding, the emphasis on the water element at the Summer Solstice can bring an increase in moisture and precipitation. The eastern seaboard especially the Northeast and New England states such as New York City/Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont appears to be more vulnerable to storms and hurricanes than the southern states. Beyond the wildfires, Arizona could face more escalation of drug violence at the border.
Foreign Hot Spots with the potential for elevated geophysical and/or geopolitical activity: northwestern Mexico and Baja CA, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Cuba, western South America (especially Colombia). Ireland, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland and eastern Europe, Turkey, Algeria, Libya (Gaddafi gets defeated), Egypt, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, and nations in southwestern Africa, Afghanistan (Kabul), Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, central China, northeastern Japan, western Australia, and New Zealand.
(1)The Moon is not a planet but the term is used for simplicity.
(2) The Ascendant is the sign rising over the eastern horizon at the time of the Sun entered Cancer and Aries.
(3) Progressed: A mathematical calculation that progresses the natal planets forward in time as a means of prediction.