Wednesday, June 21 at 7:58 a.m. PDT
(0° Cancer)

is derived from two Latin words:
Sol meaning Sun and sistere to cause to stand still.

Summer officially kicks off on June 21.(1) The Summer Solstice marks the Sun’s movement into the sign of Cancer as well as the longest day of the year.(2) Annually, on the Summer Solstice, the Sun appears to stand still as it reaches its furthest point in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the beginning of its southward journey, our days grow shorter. As the Sun enters 0° Capricorn on the Winter Solstice (December 21), it joins the Southern Cross for three days, where it is reborn, before once again beginning its journey back to the Northern Hemisphere.

Celebrated throughout the world, the changing of the seasons is a mystical astronomical occurrence. These solar celestial events have been recorded for millennium at countless ancient sacred sites. One such example is depicted in the above photo taken at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. In 1977 during the Summer Solstice, it was discovered that the Sun created a dagger-like illumination directly through the center of this spiral petroglyph, lasting 20 minutes in duration. It’s noted as a sacred pilgrimage site by the ancient Anastasi or “ancient ones” some thousand years ago to mark the Sun’s light at the height of summer.(3) 

Cancer, the watery sign of the crab, is ruled by the Moon and associated with the womb, security, family, and balancing our inner versus outer world. With the Sun’s entrance into Cancer, we naturally gravitate to playful activities outdoors with family and friends, often near or in water. Since the fiery Sun purifies and water cleanses, we can embrace these warm summer months as a time to purify and cleanse our spirit. Immersing ourselves in large bodies of water and letting the liquid light of the Sun wash away stagnant pent-up energy, caused by spending too much time indoors.

By honoring this season of light, we can embrace a renewed awakening of consciousness. Go outdoors and share, rejoice, and celebrate the Sun’s gifts of warmth, inspiration, and life. The changing of the seasons is also a wonderful time to honor our ancestors who left us sacred reminders of the greatness of our solar system and universe.

Key Cancer New Moon Themes: the womb, motherhood, women, feminine, emotional security, early conditioning, family and domestic priorities, inner vs. outer world, intuitive, nurturing, protection of others, feelings, moody (crabby), tenacious, enjoys the water

Important Skywatch News:
Look up and to the west 1-hour after sunset! On the morning of the Solstice, the Moon and the cosmic lovers — Venus and Mars — are joining in a triple conjunction in the sign of Leo and will each rise, respectively, three hours after the Sun. Unfortunately, they’ll not be visible due to the Sun’s brightness. However, later in the evening, without interference from the Sun’s rays, the trio will put on a spectacular show until approximately 10:30 p.m. The Moon will separate from Venus and Mars the next night, but these two cosmic lovers will continue their nightly dance until mid-July.

1. The Summer Solstice typically occurs on the 20th or 21st and occasionally (albeit rarely) on the 22nd.
2. In the Southern Hemisphere June 21 is the shortest day of the year and December 21 is the longest.
3. Aptly referred to as the Fajada Butte Sun Dagger, this beautiful spiral petroglyph is located near the entrance of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, behind three stone slabs. Photo Source: YouTube / Mystery History.

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