The Sun crosses into Cancer, heralding the start of summer with an abundance of solstice light. It’s a time of rooting, nurturing, and feeling … quite a change from Gemini’s heady wanderlust. Cancer’s motto, “I feel,” calls for us to live fully, emotionally embodied, and nurtured by the season’s gifts as well as our own internal ones. This solstice is brought to you by an annular Solar Eclipse — when the Moon covers only the Sun’s center, forming a “ring of fire” at the edges. With the Sun and Moon aligned thus in Cancer, the Moon’s zodiacal home, this period of time is ripe with possibility for fresh starts — a welcome sign, indeed, in these challenging collective circumstances.
As the seasons change, consider shedding old skin for new. You can call it your summer look … just don’t look away from the process, no matter how ugly the transition seems.
March 21 – April 19
With ruler Mars idling in Pisces, you may be at your wits’ end with this whole “go with the flow” nonsense. Find a creative outlet for any pent-up aggression. Play the game … but don’t play games.
April 20 – May 20
Ruler Venus lingers in Gemini, where your curiosity is piqued. Take pleasure in variety and satiate your social self. If you’re feeling distant emotionally, go with it, but let your lovers know it isn’t personal.
May 21 – June 20
With ruler Mercury in Cancer, you may be taking in information on a deeper, more intuitive level. This brings your focus closer to home, as you tune into what affects you as well as the people around you.
June 21 – July 22
Ruler Moon comes home to Cancer, seeking peace and quiet. Put your domestic affairs in order, so you can spend time getting in touch with what really motivates you. Your motto this week is “Know Thyself.”
July 23 – Aug. 22
With ruler Sun crossing into Cancer, you may be seeking ways to settle down and heal after a turbulent spring. Emotions also run deep with the Moon nearby. Tears of sadness give way to tears of joy.
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Ruler Mercury in Cancer brings you insight regarding your needs and the needs of those around you. Lean into that intuition to guide you. Find a quiet place so you can listen deeply.
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
With ruler Venus in Gemini, you’re busy on several fronts. Being a natural jack-of-all-trades, this is familiar territory. That said, give in sometimes to that need for creature comforts. Break your “no sweatpants” rule.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Ruler Pluto in earthy Capricorn for the long haul has you in the throes of a personal transformation. Patience and diligent effort will bring about the greatest rewards … just don’t ask when they’ll arrive.
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
With ruler Jupiter in Capricorn, expansion and growth occur only after developing discipline. It might feel like running through waist-high water. Nothing worth having ever came easy.
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Ruler Saturn is sitting on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius, longing for freedom from its home. Being grounded has its perks, despite Capricorn’s restraining nature. Strong foundations make for high towers.
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
With ruler Uranus lingering in Taurus, revolutions of both a personal and societal nature take hold. Be sure to mark what changes are progress and what changes are chaos in disguise.
Feb. 19 – March 20
Ruler Neptune is home in Pisces, bringing vivid dreams and a soaring imagination. It’s in these subconscious realms where we define and meet our Higher Power. Decide for yourself whether it’s horned or winged.