21st June 2017 / 8 comments
At 5.24 today, Wednesday 21st June 2017, the June Solstice occurs. The word ‘Solstice’ means ‘Stationary Sun’. At this moment, the Sun in its apparent path around the Earth, reaches its highest or northernmost point in the sky and appears to stand still before declining south again. This Solstice marks the entry of the Sun into Cancer. It also marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The chart for this moment, known as the Cancer Ingress, is thought to give a general picture what we can all expect over the next 3 months.
As the Solstice occurs at around Sunrise, the Ascendant is also in Cancer and is, therefore, ruled by The Moon. The Moon represents our emotional reactions and what we need to feel secure and emotionally nourished. The Moon, which represents the people of a country, or the world is in the 11th House, which is associated with friends and allies. The Moon is conjunct Venus, which suggests that the common people in different nations of the world may be relatively unified and in a state of co-operation and harmony. This is perhaps surprising, but nice to see at a time when there seems to be so much division and with the UK facing leaving the European Union. This chart is cast for London, the capital city of the U.K. So hopefully we will be able to remain on good terms with other countries as we negotiate our leaving the EU. Or could it even possibly mean that the UK will not leave the EU in the next 3 months? Whatever happens, it would be pleasing to see the world become more united.
The Sun, which in individuals, represents our sense of identity, is in the 12th House, which is associated with things that are hidden, secret or what goes on behind the scenes. It is also traditionally the house of secret enemies. The 12th house is also linked with uncertainty, confusion and loss or sacrifice. Recently, we have seen that the country seems split over who we want to govern it, whether or not we want to leave the European Union, or how to leave and over the question of Scotland thinking again about becoming independent from the UK. As a country, it may seem that we may have lost our collective sense of identity and are not really sure who we are.
In the astrology of the collective, the Sun represents a country’s leader. Our Prime Minister’s actual position and authority as leader seems uncertain at this time. The placement of the Sun in 12th House seems to suggest that there could be further uncertainty over who will be our leader over the next 3 months. This could also be a testing time for any leader of the UK. The Sun’s opposition to Saturn shows that we as a nation and our politicians themselves are currently still uncertain about this and may face more obstacles and delays before finding a solution.
Saturn is placed in the 6th House, which represents a country’s workers and those who serve it. The 6th house also represents to the health service of a country and those who help in times of crisis. Recently, we have seen, through terrorist attacks and a terrible fire tragedy that our hospitals and emergency services have been under extra pressure. Saturn’s opposition to the Sun also shows that this has also been put pressure on the Prime minister and the government. We can only hope that this is not a sign of more of the same over the next 3 months. Hopefully the Moon-Venus conjunction in the 11th house shows we may have some harmony and perhaps even make some progress in sorting out our differences during the next quarter.
The Sun rules the 2nd House which is the house of the economy, trade, currency and consumer spending. The Sun’s opposition to Saturn, the planet of blocks and limitation, suggests that, our leader may struggle over the issue of trade, perhaps in Brexit negotiations. It also seems to suggest that the next 3 months may not the most positive time for the economy, government spending, the value of pound and the wealth of the nation. The conjunction of the Sun with Mercury the planet of communication in the 12th house, also opposite Saturn, suggest that discussions will mainly take place in secret or behind closed doors.
The other main feature which stand out in this chart is the square between Pluto and Mars. Pluto, the planet of transformation, the power of the masses, upheavals and destructive forces, is in the 7th House, which is the house of foreign relations and the public attitude to relationships, marriage and divorce. Mars, the planet of strength, power, a country’s military force and potential for fights and quarrels, is in the tenacious and defensive sign of Cancer in the First House (the outlook of a nation and its strength and vitality) This suggests that the next 3 months may see its share of power struggles and battles and we may need to defend our outlook and national identity powerfully and forcefully. This could be a sign of transformation in power structures or power struggle over differences between ourselves and other nations. There can be no denying that this is a potentially violent planetary combination. The square between Pluto and Mars suggests that conflicting factions may fight vigorously and that much may be torn down in the name of transformation.
The Moon, as Ruler of the chart, conjunct Venus in Taurus suggests that we may need all our diplomatic skill to try to resolve our differences and to establish the kind of common ground with each other that we can build as a foundation for better relations.