June 21st: Summer Solstice, Sun in Cancer, and Saturn Sextile Neptune

IMG_9937Friday, June 21st marks the beginning of the Summer season in the Northern Hemisphere with the Solstice taking place this day; and atrologically speaking, it’s also an important day, with the Sun transitioning from Gemini into Cancer, and Saturn is sextile Neptune this day as well. Read on to learn more about this significant date marking the start of a new season…

Summer Solstice

This day will give us the longest period of daylight all year…and this is also the day of the year the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. This special day invites us to appreciate the beauty all around us that has come to fruition during this recent Spring season, with the most daylight of any other day of the year to really assist us to take it all in and enjoy it! 

Sun in Cancer

The Sun also transitions into the sign of Cancer on this special Solstice day…and we are now heading into eclipse season, with a solar eclipse taking place during the New Moon on July 2nd and a lunar eclipse taking place during the Full Moon on July 16th. There will be more information about these eclipses coming soon with New and Full Moon posts I will publish in the coming weeks, but for now, Cancer season, apart from the eclipses, ushers in a period of emotional connection with others, heightened intuition, an emphasis on home life, and also a period for nurturing and supporting others, but even more so ourselves. 

This is an ideal time to really tune in to the abundance that has come in to our experience during this recent Spring season and enjoy it and allow it to nourish and nurture us as we now move into the Summer months. It’s important to allow ourselves to feel, to tune in, and to connect, bringing presence and awareness into our environment and also interactions and encounters with others. Cancer is a water sign, and we are now invited to experience more fluidity, letting go of rigid thoughts, patterns, and routines, placing more importance on “going with the flow” and really being with life and the parts of it that truly matter most!

Saturn Sextile Neptune 

Astrologically speaking, Neptune rules that which lies below the surface and is associated with the watery flow of creativity, and relates to dreams, fantasies, and delusions. On the flip side, Saturn is closely associated with structure, hard work, and discipline. And in astrology, a sextile is an aspect that forms when planets are two signs apart or separated by approximately 60 degrees – this creates something referred to a “sixth harmonic aspect”, which is a positive harmony between planets that brings in new pathways for growth and expansion. So this period brings in a lot of potential for Saturn’s discipline to give significance and structure to our dreams and for Neptune to give new meaning to our work and traditions – a time when both our spiritual and material pursuits harmonize and come into balance. This helps us feel that our dreams can and will come to fruition, material gains coming about from spiritual pursuits – an ideal time for self-reflection, meditation, and opening up to creative desires. A very appropriate sextile to occur on the same day the Sun moves into watery Cancer, as the Cancerian energy allows for a bit of slowing down, reflecting, and nurturing so that we are able to continue moving forward with action and presence with that which matters to us most.

These energies come together on a very special day, marking the start of the Solstice, setting the tone for the eclipses that will soon take place in July, and for that of the entire Summer season ahead. Let’s give ourselves permission to slow down, to feel, and to direct the energy that flows from doing so toward waking the dreams into reality! 

Wishing you a happy and abundant Summer Solstice!


“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” -Lao Tzu

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