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Follow the Light of Your Path: A Guide to the Summer Solstice

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Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice marks the Sun’s fullest expression, the beginning of a new season, and the Sun’s movement into the 4th sign of the Zodiac – Cancer. The 4th House is the House of House, Home, Family, Ancestry and Roots. Cancer nurtures. Cancer feels. Cancer feels to the end, feels to the bottom. And then, she feels a little bit more. Cancer is primordial water, the womb. She hold us in her tides—at once, reliable and variable. She is the only sign ruled by the Moon herself. Given that she’s ruled by the Moon, she values security, she needs security, she gives security. As a water sign, she finds security in Earthly containers (after all, she exists on the same axis as Capricorn).

 

Today, as Summer arrived, Mercury caught up with the Sun just before the 1st degree of Cancer delivering messages about the season and about security in various aspects of life. Most likely, the messages you received and will continue to receive throughout the week correspond with the house of your own chart where Cancer resides. But there are certain themes that will probably emerge for many people. Cancer rules the 4th House. The 4th House is the House of House, Home, Family, Roots, and Ancestry. This season and the New Moon born at the end of the week have overtones of roots, family, and home.

Family doesn’t necessarily mean the people with whom you share genetics. Ancestry is not necessarily blood. Ancestry can be intellectual. Ancestry can be spiritual. Family is a network of support. Family is a network or group of people with common beliefs who are committed to supporting one another in maintaining those beliefs. Family is a group or network of people around whom you feel safe. Family is security. If the people with whom you share genetics do not fall in this category, there is a good chance that this season will shift the perceptions and people that shape and comprise your family.

Your family is home. Home is a place where you go to feel safe. If you don’t feel safe in the place where you live–physically, spiritually or emotionally–then, you aren’t living at home. If you don’t feel at home around the people with whom you live and associate daily, you aren’t surrounded by your family. Find your family. Share your story. Don’t choose a family that can’t handle hearing your story, that can’t respect your story and don’t choose a family that burdens you with or blames you for theirs. Right now, many people are shifting their paths–moving to new places, changing relationships and relationship structures, leaving familiar jobs and careers, branching out into the unknown and connecting with their tribes, their soul families. This Summer will solidify many of those moves.

 

At its best, the axis of Cancer/Capricorn presents, at one end, the flow of emotion, the flow of energy … just, the flow. At the other end, it presents the opportunity to block and/or open that flow—not to control it, but to contain it and direct it, to build channels and open pathways, to go further, to go deeper. The difference between a glass of water and a puddle has nothing to do with substance and everything to do with container. This Summer Solstice and the corresponding Moon ask us to be clear about the containers that facilitate our sense of flow. Perhaps paradoxically, Cancer wants to remind us that facilitating flow, that being open, that compassion, nurturing and love also require the security of containers.

Cancer the Crab needs boundaries between which to walk because it is a creature that walks sideways. These walls protect the crab from moving into unsafe spaces while allowing it to move in its own natural ways. It might have to change direction. It doesn’t change the way it walks. In the same way, in order to walk in our own natural ways, sometimes we are asked to shift directions and build boundaries that allow us to know when it’s time to do so. This Summer, we are all being called to move in our own natural ways so that we can learn how to love, so that we can come into our own understandings of what love is, of how we want to give it, and how we want to receive it—with friends, families, romantic partners, even complete strangers. Love requires the support of containers that we must build for ourselves based around our own natural movements.

 

This Summer marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, the revolution that initiated the massive counterculture of the 1960s and “The Movement.” Peace, love, revolution. Sex, drugs and Rock N Roll. This is it. “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Flower Power. The Commune Movement. The Diggers. The events and effects of the Summer of 1967 have influenced my life and my work profoundly (despite the fact that it took place long before I was born) and I will write more about those influences and effects throughout the Summer. But for now, let it suffice to say that I sense that this Summer will have undertones of that Summer. Can you dig it?

 

Summer is a time of work, but it’s also a time of fun. It’s a time of reaching beyond oneself. It is a time to enjoy life. Enjoy your life. Know and own what that means for you personally. The right work is still work but it isn’t hard. The right love is still work but it doesn’t have to be hard and it definitely isn’t meant to hurt if you’ve done your own work. Enjoy the Summer. Don’t think too much. Settle into it. Cancer feels into things. Cancer trusts her gut. Trust your gut. On paper, something might make sense. If it doesn’t make sense in your gut, it doesn’t make sense. Period.

Put one foot in front of the other (or next to the other if you’re walking sideways). Just walk your path. Focus on walking. Focus on the path. Go with your gut. Have fun–not at the expense of your responsibilities, but make sure that having fun and finding joy are included on your list of responsibilities. Respond to the calls that excite your soul. Breathe. Keep walking. Keep breathing. Breathe in. Breathe out. Let your love determine your definition of rationality. Love who you love. Do what you love. Remember why you do what you do. Let your love light the path. Let your love keep you walking it. No matter what.

 

Solstice Blessings

Soul Technology: A Guide to the Gemini New Moon

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Today, the Moon rebirths herself in Gemini. This year’s New Moons have felt intense … this one feels no different. Today’s New Moon feels strong on communication and information gathering—something that often comes up with Gemini and its ruler, Mercury—communication conduit and technological Trickster. Gemini, as the Third House of the Zodiac, represents both how we gather information in our everyday lives and how we communicate the information we gather. The house of your chart inhabited by Gemini represents where these activities tend to occur. This placement can offer insight into or reminders of how you learned as a child in your unstructured play time. With the Moon in this sign, returning to or recalling this aspect of your life might offer you comfort and help you to move through a block that you didn’t even know was there.

This New Moon is calling us to be practical. Cut the bullshit. Know what you want. Communicate what you want—to yourself, to the universe, and to another person if that’s something you feel comfortable doing and to which you have access. This isn’t a great week to make major decisions. And yet, it’s also a good weekend to avoid stagnation. Much like the week of the Scorpio Full Moon, you could experience some brain fog or just general confusion/indecision under the Mercurial influence. That is just Gemini being Gemini. The twins … they don’t have to be either/or. They can be in conversation with each other and when they are, they possess endless possibilities.

This is a great week to gather information. Note everything that comes your way. Write it down if you can. Know your options. As a researcher by trade, I can vouch for the fact that when data is collected well, it speaks for itself. Collect the data. Sit with it. Write it out. Draw it out. Dance it out. Play it out. Sing it out. However you want to communicate it, however you feel it being communicated to you, let it come. Read it, look at it, listen to it over and over again. At the end of the weekend, as the Moon starts to grow and reveal her light, let it speak for itself. And then, speak for yourself.

Mercury rules technology, but this new moon is calling us to take a break from digital technology and tune in to soul technology. Digital technology offers data to be collected. But my sense is that isn’t the kind of data wanting to be collected in this lunation cycle. I have heard people say that we have knowledge at the tips of our fingertips—referring to the internet and the devices with which we access it. That statement is true—but this lunation is calling us to a different kind of knowledge, one that can’t be accessed from our devices. This knowledge isn’t at our fingertips, it is in our fingertips, because we hold knowledge of the entire universe in our bodies. The knowledge of all times is available in our spirits and hearts—many of which have been present in all times. This is the knowledge this New Moon wants us to access—the truth of and in our spirits and hearts. It’s a bit risky for Gemini, I’d say, to go this deep. But, then again, Mercury is the Trickster, so you never know what you’re going to get. And he is communicating with Sagittarius, the hunter who sometimes hunts for the hearts and minds of those willing to surrender to something greater. At the same time, Pluto (in Capricorn) and Venus (in Aries) are in a challenging aspect, meaning that we will be given opportunities to plough the depths of our own sense of self-worth, abundance, and love. Reach for bodily knowledge this week and this weekend. Reach for the knowledge and information that can only be accessed by sitting with yourself. Gemini is communication, but also divination and divination is simply communication with the divine—the divine inside of each of us as well as the divine that is bigger than all of us.

Use forms of personal communication you need in order to access this divine data. Talk with a trusted friend—even if that friend is you. Sing. Write. Make music. Dance. Speak. Make art. As Gemini represents the Third House of the Zodiac, look to your Third House to provide keys to the forms of communication that will help you to receive the information you need to make the important decisions you face right now, because right now, there are important decisions to make. You probably know the decisions you’ll face over the next couple of weeks if you’re not already facing them. Even if you don’t have a firm grasp on the particulars, you probably know which areas of your life they’ll inhabit. As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t necessarily the best week to make decisions. But whether it’s this week or in the next couple of weeks, make the decisions you have to make quickly—that’s the Gemini way. Move quickly. You will soon have all of the information you need. This is not the time to meander into Ninth House tactics (one of my fortes). Let the data speak. Don’t spend too much time contemplating. If something triggers you, move away from it. Don’t ask why. Don’t figure out how to move through it. Just move away. You’re being triggered by the things that are triggering you right now for a reason. Don’t be guilted into taking a path that doesn’t feel right – not by anyone, especially not by yourself and the cacophonous chorus in your head.

The seeds you plant during this New Moon will come to fruition at the corresponding Gemini Full Moon six months from now. Yet, the seeds you plant at this New Moon will also affect strongly your experience with the upcoming Full Moon in Sagittarius. Gemini and Sagittarius exist on the same axis. Gemini wants to move broadly and collect data. Sagittarius goes the distance, weaving all that data tightly into a single thread, one straight arrow moving toward your target of choice. The two signs are opposed, but they can work together if we let them. Let them. New Moon blessings. 🙏🏼

If you would like further information about  how this lunation affects you personally according to your chart, please contact me about a personal reading at HilaryB130@gmail.com or via social media at @HilaryB130.