Solstice Celebrations

As the Sun prepares to slip into Cancer, it marks the lowest point of ascension in the Southern Hemisphere and the highest in the North, also known as the Winter / Summer Solstice.

The term Solstice is Latin for ‘sun standing still’. These two major points of the Sun’s annual journey are our invitation to pause and reflect on the last 6 months, while casting our gaze on the next.

Personally, I’ve always loved the Solstices. My own solar return occurs just a few days after the June solstice. While December holds the childhood memories and traditions of the holidays that I now share with my own son.

Regardless of whether you’re celebrating Winter or Summer, you’ll notice that over the next few days and weeks, the Sun will seemingly “stand still”. Here in the South, we’ll gradually notice the season of Winter set in, especially once the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Leo around August 8. If you’re reading from the North, this will be the time where you’ll experience those long hot nights Neil Diamond once sang about.
As the Sun pauses and changes direction, you too may like to take time to pause and reflect on the past six months since the December solstice or, around the time Jupiter and Saturn moved into Aquarius and formed their Great Conjunction.
To personalise this, think about the House of your birth chart governed by Aquarius. As the Solstice occurs, Jupiter hits the breaks in Pisces and prepares to re-enter Aquarius by July 28, where it will remain until just after the December solstice. The next six months may be about expanding and amplifying what Aquarius means in your chart.

When you diffuse the techniques and layers of astrology and bring it down to its essence, you’re observing and analysing the changing levels of light. The Sun is one of the simplest ways to do this.

In the North, the Sun’s light is at its brightest, hottest and most vibrant. You may notice it’s a little easier to look ahead toward future possibilities as the center of our Solar System brings light, warmth and encouragement.

Here is Brisbane, we don’t get much of Winter, though so far, it’s been colder than usual. The days have been glorious as the Sun only suggests a fraction of the ferocity we’ll witness in the months to come. For now, it’s gentle light coaxes us to rest and plan under the darker days.

As you attune to the passage of the Sun and observe its rhythms, you’re naturally aligning with one of the core concepts of astrology. In fact, it was the ancient Egyptians who, through observing the motion of the Sun, made the earliest correlations to what we now know as the Houses.

So today and over the next few days, as you ponder the upcoming six months, I also encourage you to observe the daily motion of the Sun. As the Solar Systems’ centerpiece, the Sun can support you in finding your own center, sovereignty and authenticity.

To learn a little more about the Sun’s motion through the sky, check out my latest YouTube video.

If you’d like to learn more about the Houses in astrology, then join me on June 29 / 30 for a 5 – part series to begin developing your relationship with the sky.

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