Today is the longest day of the year, but this year, we get a special treat. This solstice coincides with the full moon (June Strawberry Moon). Not only should all that extra sunlight make for a very beautiful, deep amber colored full moon, but it also adds to the energetic potency of this celestial holiday.
This super-charged full moon takes place in Sagittarius, the sign of the archer. It invites us to set our sights on a target or goal (hopefully one of positive change and growth) and to let loose the arrow. To let the currents of energy from this solstice jettison us into a new way of being, a new truth to embody. Or it could just be an opportunity to check in with the path you are walking, and if satisfied, recharge and power forward. Become that comet, blazing across your own horizon.
I have been remiss at blogging lately. A lot of things have been shifting and realigning around me, and when that happens, I’ve learned to just let go of the reins and trust that balance will return. It makes sense that life would feel chaotic right now.
We are approaching a major astrological power-punch. This year, the new moon (time to set intentions, manifest, create) in March is not only a supermoon (one of 6 times this year where the moon is as close as it can get to earth), but it also falls on the Spring Equinox. This rare trifecta is also occurring just as the moon is completing its dance around the zodiac and leaves the last degree of Pisces. This has astrologers buzzing about BIG THINGS about to happen, on a global, community, and personal level. Continue reading
Planet, God, Element – Variations on a Theme
Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system, and the closest to the sun. Hermes to the Greeks, the Roman adaptation of the planet and the God was Mercury, the messenger God, due to the celestial body’s “quick-footedness” as it traverses across the sky. In the Western zodiac, Mercury is the planetary ruler of the signs Gemini – the twins/dual nature and Virgo – balance/scales; the element Mercury was likely so named because it exhibits both solid and liquid traits; and the word mercurial means volatile or subject to sudden and unpredictable changes.
In Western astrology, Mercury influences communication, higher thought, education, technology, transportation, and short-distance travel.
Back and Forth
Because of its proximity to the sun, Mercury has a short orbital cycle, less than 1/3 that of Earth’s. Due to the relative speeds that both planets move (and some geometry I’m not going to explain), there are times this planet literally appears to be moving backwards. These periods are called retrogrades. Several planets have retrograde periods, but Mercury’s is the most well-known and likely the most influential because it happens often – about three times a year.
Mercury retrograde dates for 2015 are:
January 21 – February 11 (in Aquarius)
May 18 – June 11 (in Gemini)
September 17 – October 9 (in Libra)
The Winter Solstice. The shortest day and longest night of the year. For me, this time of the year is not about busy-bustling, shopping, over-imbibing with loved ones, or even stuffing my face with chocolate (though most of those things inevitably happen). During this pivotal time when the sun – the source of our energy – is the farthest from us, we can cocoon ourselves in darkness and dive into the depths of the self. I use that energy for private reflection, and to set an intention for the solar year to come.