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The Solstice and the New Moon

Posted by Lauren on June 23, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

June 23rd ~ 30th

The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you are enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. ~ Brene Brown

In the tropical zodiac, the 4 seasonal corners of the year hold great significance. Each of these seasonal markers, such as the Solstice, mark the advent of the solar Cardinal signs. This year the Sun was escorted by Mercury who both entered Cancer in tandem, forming the superior conjunction of Mercury at the powerful 0º point of Cancer. This is similar to a Full Moon phase for Mercury: a time of fruition of thoughts, ideas and decisions. This is a time when we become aware of the consequences and ramifications of decisions we have made in the past, and whether we should proceed as planned, or change course. Five days after the superior conjunction, Mercury will appear once again in the sky as an evening star in the Western horizon.

The Solstice is considered to be one of those mystical, magical, pregnant times of year, when the veil between the worlds is thinned, and the fairies come out to play and whisper their incantations. Magic is strong. Likewise hearts and minds. It is a time of year filled with power and initiation. Cancer is a sign having to do with the foundations of our lives: this things that support our most basic needs: hearth and home, nourishment, caring, community and sharing. Celebrations of home, family, country, festivals, picnics, heritage, culture and roots… all are Cancer themes surrounding home, food and family. The sign Cancer, ruled by the Moon, is also associated with the Sea, with emotions, empathy, sentiment and a sense of belonging. It is the time of year to tend to these essential foundations of our lives.

The New Moon in Cancer arrives late Friday night (early Saturday) and is the last of the three Super New Moons this year. And although it is not visible, its influence is stronger than usual, lifting the tides as well as emotions. It is not just the Sun, Moon and Mercury in Cancer this day, but Mars has been traveling here as well, stirring up the pot and putting people on edge.

Mars in Cancer is the red hot stomach, with strong defensive and protective instincts for home, family, community and country. Mars can bring indomitable strength and courage, the sort that a Mother Bear extends to her young. But it can also be quite sensitive, defensive and reactive, sometimes manifesting as seething resentment and frustration, especially if people feel cornered. It is not for nothing that we have been seeing a spate of violence since Mars entered this sign in early June. Over the next week, both Mercury and Mars in Cancer are going to be moving through some potentially treacherous territory laced with self-righteousness and anger. It requires a little caution.

The best way to navigate the weather this week is very carefully:

-Think before you speak, and ask yourself whether what you are about to say is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind. There may be instances in which it is best to keep certain things close to the chest, rather than blurting them out, no matter how vindicated and righteous you may feel.

-Breathe. Things could move pretty quickly this week, and it will be easy to make mistakes or jump in without looking first. Take that breath, then look before you leap.

-People who are sensitive to this weather could be quick to anger, be argumentative, defensive, or take things personally. It is best if we don’t take things too personally this week, and choose battles wisely. Most arguments are usually not worth their time and space.

-Issues abut speech, freedom of speech, and whether or not language should or should not be controlled could arise. At these times we are led to consider how we use our own voices to make a difference in the world, while also realizing that not everyone is going to agree with our point of view. Try to avoid being drawn into unwinnable arguments. At these times it is wise to agree to disagree and move on.

-What this weather is good for is running, and hiking, and adventures in nature; strength training, marathons and challenges that test endurance and strength. Just be mindful, for this weather is also conducive to muscle strains and injuries if you overdo it.

Nonetheless, New Moons are times of initiation and New Beginnings. A time to set intentions, and commit to new endeavors. To see how this New Moon works best for each of the signs, check out the horoscopes below. If you wish to set intentions with this Moon, the best time to do so would be after the New Moon (Friday thru Saturday," target="_blank">depending on where you are on the globe) and up until the Crescent Moon (Monday night thru Tuesday). Here are some affirmations that the Cancer Moon is good for:

  • If you want to buy or sell a house or property: Set the intention to find the best buyer (or seller) for your home or property at the best price possible.
  • Nesting: May I create a sanctuary of peace and security within my home.
  • Family: May I find more time to reacquaint myself with family, family members, my roots, heredity and/or homeland… I want to reacquaint myself with family and/or traditions.
  • I want to see myself caring for and being surrounded by supportive and loving people.
  • I want to better appreciate the patterns and events in my life that have led me to where I am now.
  • I want to make more time to nurture my imagination and capacity to wonder.

The above image of a “Water Baby” is from the painting by Herbert James Draper (1863)


Horoscopes: June 23rd thru 30th

Posted by Lauren on June 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

For the week of June 23rd thru the 30th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:


This week it would be wise to pay attention to what you say, who you say it to, and how you say it. The impulse to just blurt out what is on your mind, is not likely to go over very well. A lot of people are on their last nerve, and easily offended these days. Sometimes silence and discretion are the better part of valor. Pause and think before speaking, and when in doubt change the subject. For Aries, this New Moon is good for all things connected to home, to family, and becoming attuned to your own inner emotional needs. This is a powerful nesting Moon: think of ways that you can make your home into more of a personal place of safety, in whatever way that is most meaningful to you.


Taurus is never so alive as when they find that thing, that person, that experience that they can be passionate about. This is a good weekend to feed your soulful and passionate nature. While later in the week unexpected encounters could stir your soul. For Taurus, this New Moon is about feeling like you have something really important to say, or to understand. Just be cautious, for words have a way of just tumbling out of our mouths these days, and you won’t want to say anything that will later be regrettable. However, there are just some times when things need to be said, information needs to be shared, and it cannot be helped. One of the gifts that Taurus has, is the ability to speak from the heart, sometimes without even having to say a word.


Things could be moving pretty quickly this week. Even for Gemini. It may be all you can do to keep up, and avoid getting swamped or overwhelmed. Take each chore or obligation one at a time, one day at a time, and before you know it, you will have made it through the week perhaps only mildly bruised. This New Moon is good for sorting out those things that you deem to be most valuable, as well as paying attention to how you value what you do, and what you have to offer to others. You may even wish to prioritize those things which are most meaningful to you in your life, while also thinking about how you may want to increase or at least stabilize financial and personal property.


This is the Moon of all Moons for Cancer. Your ruling orb has come home, and it is time to pay attention to the intentions that you would like to set, not only for the month ahead, but for the year as well. With both Mercury and Mars in Cancer as well on the day of the New Moon, you are being encouraged to voice your needs, and courageously let others know when your needs are not being met. This is a Moon of New Beginnings, and the best place to start is with yourself: reacquaint yourself with your truest feelings, your interests and sense of identity. Decide which seeds your wish to plant, by envisioning what you would like to see brought to fruition this year. This Moon is about focusing on yourself: your needs; what would make you happy; and what would bring you a sense of belonging.


The fiery feline is in reflective mode with the Cancer New Moon. For the sign just behind your own, this is a prime time to think back over the year, and explore what you have or have not accomplished. Did you achieve what you set out to do last Summer? And if so, where would you want to go from here? Take some time out in stillness to reminisce and remember, releasing any unwanted anger, resentment or frustration you may be carrying. What is past is past, what you have now, is the present. This is a Moon ideal for letting go and releasing. At the same time, reflect on those things which you are most thankful for, and how you can have more of that in your life. And lastly, ask yourself what it would mean for you to cultivate peace, contentment and security within your soul.


It is not always helpful to say out loud what you are thinking inside. Keep this in mind when in the company of others. Some thoughts are just better kept to oneself. In order to avoid any faux pas, pause before speaking, take a breath. Remember the T.H.I.N.K. acronym before proceeding: Is it true, helpful, insightful, necessary or kind? The Cancer New Moon is considered the “wishing” moon for Virgo. It is that time of year to expand your vision for the future, and re-set the direction of your life, exploring whatever options may be awaiting you. It is a time of possibility. Pause and reflect on those hopes and wishes that you might like to see realized this year.


This is an important New Moon for Libra, for it is that time of year in which you are best situated to reset your goals for the future. Consider what sorts of initiatives you might want to make in terms of your career, your job, your reputation or your position in your community. If you’ve been wanting to make any changes in these areas, this would be a good Moon to launch those changes. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. This is a good time to launch a marketing campaign: either promote yourself, or promote what you do. Begin with yourself, recognizing the value of what you have to offer, and the roles you play in your family, your job, and your community.


We all have certain convictions about what we do or do not believe. And sometimes it becomes evident that not everyone agrees. It would probably be wise to avoid speaking about touchy subjects such as religion and politics: those things that people are especially passionate about. You may notice that people are particularly sensitive this week. However, it is often through conflict that we are thrown back on our own core beliefs and understanding of how we perceive the world; and if a position is sound, it will be able to stand up to even the most formidable of arguments. The Cancer New Moon is a good moon to expand your knowledge, either generally or on a specific subject; it is that time of year to expand your horizons, as well as your possibilities. Therefore be open to seeing the world from a different perspective this week. It could be illuminating.


At this time of year it can feel as if Sagittarius is standing on the edge of some sort of threshold. There is a temptation to just dive in, but there are also a few warnings here to test the waters first and make sure you look before you leap. It’s just too tempting right now to throw caution to the wind. With that being said, there is something brewing here that could bring the fruition of a hope or a dream. Just don’t rush things before they are ready. What this New Moon is good for sowing: deepening commitments; going one step further; ending a chapter that is long overdue. It is also traditionally a good time for business negotiations and deals, but this week it is wise to make sure that you dot all of your i’s and cross your t’s, making sure that you’ve got all the details covered first.


As we begin this week, ask yourself what are those things or people that you feel most passionate about? And how can you make them more of a priority in your life? In order to get there, you are being asked to get down to the inner layers of your being and the very core of your principle values and beliefs, and how these impact on others and your relationship to them. At this New Moon think about your relationships, and which are those that share in and support those values. Perhaps you might want to further commit, or recognize your mutual benefit to one another? There is something wonderful about our interdependence with and reliance upon one another that keeps this cosmic world ever turning and evolving.


With the South Node moving through Aquarius, it might appear that ghosts and wraiths from the past are winding their way through your life. Try not to make too much of them. There may be a few surprises and distractions along the way. Just don’t take them too seriously or allow them to get you off course. Some of the things this New Moon is good for, for Aquarius, are things that have to do with food, nutrition, well-being, improving conditions at work and with co-workers, and paying attention to how you use your daily routine. Some intentions that could be helpful are such things as making a commitment to eating healthier and more local; or getting enough sleep; being a little more organized; making the connections between emotional well-being and physical health; and creating more structure in your daily routine.


This New Moon is encouraging you to feed and nurture your imagination. There is something playful and childlike about this Moon, that is also asking you to rediscover the world, remembering what it feels like to see with the eyes of a child. Some things you might want to focus on: making more time for fun and pleasure; focusing on a creative outlet through which you can express your heart’s longings and joys; feeling comfortable with yourself and your own style; and connecting with those people and things that bring you joy. This week feed your imagination, be inspired, find your muse, and allow yourself to dream. These are good days to go to your sacred space, or somewhere in nature that inspires you.

Neptune Stations Retrograde

Posted by Lauren on June 15, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

June 16th ~ 23rd

Hidden by diaphanous clouds of mist and fog floating gracefully over vales of heather and flowing runnels, she began to dance. ~ Lawren Leo

We have reached that time of year when Neptune slows for its retrograde station. Neptune is retrograde for about 5 months of the year, every year. Therefore this is not a momentous occasion. But what it does do, is shift the emphasis from external application to internal development of all things Neptune. Planets are also stronger when retrograde, and especially so at the stations, when they appear to stand still. So it makes sense to pay attention to what we are being called to embrace, at this liminal phase of Neptune’s journey.

In 2016, Saturn was exactly square Neptune when it stationed, limiting and qualifying its highest expression. It was harsh, murky and painful. This is certainly not so this year where the closest aspects are a conjunction to the Moon and an approaching sextile to Venus, with whom Neptune has filial ties. There is also a very close quincunx to Jupiter which has been lounging on the back burner for some time. This is weather much more attuned to Neptune’s “diaphanous clouds of mist and fog floating gracefully over vales of heather and flowing runnels”. Weather that both deceptively hides and furtively shields against prying eyes, but also affords opportunities to develop Neptune's more ideal qualities.

He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself. ~ Lois Lowry

It can sometimes feel as if some of the more insidious aspects of Neptune arise when it stations retrograde: helplessness, loss, surrender, floods, despair, and dissolving into the watery depths. But there is another aspect to Neptune, and this is about the willing sacrifice of our own self-centered material gratification, for that which is Divine or the Ideal. It is about making something sacred. We all have inner ideals, something that we consider to be pure, even spiritual and transcendent in some glorious way. Neptune is calling us to reacquaint ourselves with those ideals that we may have put aside, and/or ignored in the commotion of our busy lives.

With Neptune stations come an increased sensitivity to our feelings, our senses, and our intuition. It dissolves boundaries, and blurs edges. We become more aware of the suffering in the world and in our own lives. We weep. We can also fall in thrall of his desire to disappear and or escape, or drown our sorrows. Especially if we do not have a positive outlet, or some kind of inner relationship with those things which bring meaning into our lives; which connect us to Spirit, Soul, Higher Self, our Ideals. Not having these outlets could feel like something very important is missing from our lives. Whatever it is that draws you to pay attention to that inner divine, sensitive nature is calling you, whether that be through a spiritual practice, or the arts, or compassionate service.

For those who are so inclined, it is also a good time to work on our inner Neptune: the intuition, our psychic senses, that inner voice, conscience, that which tunes you in to see or sense what is going on around you. Use this time of year to pay special attention to dreams, as these are more likely to speak to you now. Keep a dream diary. Create a positive environment in which to cultivate positive dreams. Seek inspiration, both from within and without.

Do also realize that for those who are particularly sensitive and vulnerable, this increase in Neptunian psychic energy could feel overwhelming or draining. Therefore do not overload it even further. Avoid disturbing, depressing, poisonous and draining individuals and circumstances, as we will all be a little more impressionable. Also minimize mind altering substances and alcohol that can increase vulnerability and susceptibility to negative influences. The key is to feed your psychic and spiritual nature during this critical part of the year, not drain, mask, or poison it in any way.

Positively Neptune softens boundaries in order for us to be able to realize our connection with others, with all of humanity, with all other beings, as well as our Mother Earth. Neptune rules the oceans and the waters, and it should become more apparent that we are all swimming in this same Ocean of Life together, dependent upon one another for our existence and experience.

Neptune will be retrograde from June 16th thru November 22nd. What the retrograde phase of Neptune is good for are:

  • Paying attention to your dreams: keep a dream diary or a notepad by your bed; and take steps to cultivate positive dreams
  • Spiritual retreats or practices: whether a yoga class or other mind/body practices; going to places of worship, spirituality or meditation.
  • Meditation: this is your chance to take your meditations even deeper.
  • Visiting art museums: or any museums for that matter!
  • Going to concerts: reinvigorating a musical interest; dance recitals; and poetry jams.
  • Finding practical ways to put your compassion into actions. Volunteer. Donate. Or pay it forward. Sometimes it is as simple as noticing when a neighbor needs an extra hand.
  • Taking an art, music or poetry class.
  • Enjoying movies, the theater or photography.
  • Getting in touch with your highest ideals and honoring these, even if you cannot fulfill them right away.
  • Swimming, boating, or anything to do with or in or surrounding the water.
  • Being immersed in the beauty and profundity of nature.
  • Dancing in the mist.

For next week’s horoscopes, click below: