Summer Solstice 2012 Update From Astrologer Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

If you enjoy astrology, you will like this Summer Solstice update written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California.

Laurie writes a free astrological newsletter about how planetary alignments affect our lives on earth. Click here to e-mail Laurie to subscribe at no cost, or visit Laurie’s website and click on “Free Email Newsletter.”

Laurie is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America. She is the author of five books:

A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name

Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign

Whispers from the Cosmos

Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium

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The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, arrives on Wednesday, June 20th. This is a time to take advantage of the power imparted by the changing angle of the Sun to energize your positive thoughts, affirmations, intentions, prayers, hopes and dreams. Use the days leading up to the summer solstice to focus your mind on one important prayer or intention that you would like to carry out during the summer season. Every small step toward self-healing and self-improvement will bring you that much closer to the divinity you seek to express. Remember, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.

I feel quite inspired as I write this newsletter to you, having just returned from viewing Venus, planet of love, through a telescope at a local observatory, as it crossed the path of the sun. This remarkable astronomical phenomenon, which occurs in pairs only once a century, follows closely on the heels of an eclipse of the Moon just the day before, and an impressive eclipse of the sun just two weeks ago. What a brilliant heavenly show for those of us on earth to enjoy!

The eclipses also portend changes in consciousness here on Earth. I feel particularly hopeful about the passage of Venus over the sun as a harbinger of the love planet’s balancing and harmonizing influence on our world. Venus radiates love, balance, peace and harmony. By crossing in front of the fiery, male-oriented sun, the powerful life-giving planet that also expresses ego and pride, we are learning that feminine energy is ready to move into the foreground in a new way. Nature also is showing us the unity of male and female, revealing their interdependent quality at this time in our evolution.

The eclipses also are a backdrop for the beginning of a rare alignment on Sunday, June 24th of revolutionary Uranus in Aries and explosive Pluto in Capricorn. These two consciousness-raising planets last aligned in a similar configuration from 1932 to 1934 and again from 1965 to 1966. Through upheaval, both alignments lead to lasting societal changes that open the way for a more enlightened way of thinking.

The Uranus-Pluto opening square on June 24th is the first in a series of 7 alignments between the sky god Uranus and the god of the underworld, Pluto, between 2012 and 2015. At the end of 2015, we will be living in a very different world, one that has changed relatively rapidly compared to the prior pace of events. Uranus and Pluto are both change-oriented planets. Uranus moves quickly. In nature, Uranus is associated with lightening. And Pluto effects change from a deep level, from the substrata of our awareness. Pluto is associated with volcanoes – the sudden release of smoldering pressure that has been building over a long period of time. Both Uranus and Pluto are related to earthquakes – the shifting of the ground beneath us to accommodate new stresses.

We will see the radical changes played out on the world stage and in our own lives during the next 3 years.

Pluto in Capricorn will deconstruct governments, corporations and financial systems that are no longer honest, efficient, or serving the public good. Uranus in Aries will give voice to those whose anger with societal institutions has not been heeded. Uranian protests may seem disorganized or chaotic at first, but the energy expressed will give birth to new ideas to base our lives upon. Protests from without (Uranus) will meet the building pressure from within (Pluto) to radically and alchemically change the structure of the environment, social organization, even our bodies.

Just as the Depression Years gave rise to a reconstructed banking system because the previous one did not work, so too will we have an opportunity – for the next 3 years – to deconstruct and reconstruct those areas of our lives that are backward and do not function efficiently.

Ultimately, the changes will necessitate the break-up of rigid, unworkable patterns, to make way for a more enlightened way of living, for sharing with others and for living harmoniously on the planet. But before that can happen, what has been repressed has to be expressed. Then, a new and higher age can ascend.

We will be like trapeze artists who experience a moment of emptiness after we let go of one bar to take hold of another. We may experience a moment of not knowing, but it’s the only way forward. And without taking the risk, the show can’t go on.

The rare alignment between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn begins on June 24th, and continues on September 18th, 2012, May 20th, 2013, November 1st, 2013, April 21st, 2014, December 15th, 2014, and March 17th, 2015.


* SUMMER SOLSTICE * June 20, 2012 – Longest day of the year.
* Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn * June 24, 2012 – Change is in the air – radical, revolutionary change.
*Jupiter in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces * June 25, 2012 – Intuition is heightened. Listen to your premonitions. Engage in spiritual practice.
* Saturn direct in Libra * June 25, 2012 – Best time to negotiate agreements.
* Venus direct in Gemini * June 27, 2012 – Peace and harmony restored.
* Mars enters Libra for 7 weeks after 8 months in Virgo * July 3, 2012 – Negotiations succeed.
* Uranus retrograde * July13, 2012 – Wheels of change grind to a halt.
* Mercury retrograde in Leo * July 14, 2012 – Look at situations from other people’s points of view to gain greater clarity.
* Mercury direct in Leo * August 7, 2012 – It’s okay to advocate for your own point of view.
* Mars enters Scorpio * August 23, 2012 – Take productive steps. Positive actions produce desired results.
* Pluto direct in Capricorn * September 17, 2012 – Revelations about government, politicians and business exposed.
* Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn * September 18, 2012 – Energy for change intensifies.


The Mayan Calendar characterizes the period we are living through as “Ik Manik,” which means winds of change, moving toward self-realization through self-knowledge. As predicted in Mayan prophecy, the winds of change are continuing to blow strongly in 2012. This heralds not only a purification so we may move to a higher dimension of consciousness, but the winds are being generated by a shift in the earth’s magnetic poles, as well as a reversal of the earth’s axis. These rare phenomena are expected to last for at least two to five years. Continue to pray and send positive energy to Mother Nature so the shift can be accomplished in the most supportive way possible for all life forms on Mother Earth.


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ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You will feel a shift in your awareness and in the nature of the events in your life as Mars, your planetary ruler, completes its 8-month journey through Virgo on July 3 to continue on a 2-month journey through Libra, the sign of the scales. You will see the big picture in areas where you have become overly-focused upon details. You will shift your focus from health and the cleanliness of your environment to your personal relationships by July. If people have been neglecting you or if you have been neglecting others, you will pay more attention to each other during the summer season. If you feel yourself about to express negative feelings, try to see a situation from an other person’s point of view. A rare line-up of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn will transform your work life and you will create an opportunity for you to do what you really want to do from the level of your soul.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Venus, your planetary ruler, will be in the flexible sign of Gemini until August 7th. Under this pleasant celestial influence, you will experience multiple options for creating financial abundance. You also will think of just as many ways to dispense of the wealth that comes to you. So, create a special place where you can save some of the resources that come your way during the summer season. You will need these resources throughout the fall and winter. The passage of the Sun through the compatible sign of Cancer at the Summer Solstice will bring people into your life with whom you feel comfortable and harmonious. A rare alignment of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on June 24th will initiate a period in which you will get everything you have dreamed of – but in unusual and unexpected ways.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
With loving Venus and lucky Jupiter in Gemini, you will find people to support your socially viable ventures. Many people will be attracted to you under the magnetic influence of these two beneficial planets in Gemini. The love planet, Venus, will be in Gemini for an uncharacteristically long period of time, from April 3rd to August 7th, due to its retrograde motion. And lucky Jupiter will be in Gemini until June 25, 2013. Under this positive influence, you may suffer from an embarrassment of riches – too many friends, too many places to go, too much information, too many ideas, and too many people to share them with. All are positive, but you may want to develop a system for categorizing or sifting through all of the energetic influences that will come your way during the summer season. Periods of solitude or meditation will help you become centered within yourself to regain your perspective. Sometimes less is more. A rare alignment of changeable Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on June 24th will make you aware of the level of transformational change going on around you.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Loving Venus in Cancer from August 7th to September 6th will spice up your romantic life and enable you to beautify your home to reflect an idea you’ve been dreaming of. Beauty and harmony will easily come your way under this positive celestial influence. The moon in Cancer from June 19th – 21st, July 16th – 18th, August 13th –15th, and September 9th – 11th, will help you accomplish your aims. These are positive days on which to move forward on projects and possibilities that are important to you. An unusual alignment of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn will help you reorganize your work life so you will have more time for relationships with the people you care about.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Mercury, the communications planet, in Leo from June 25 to August 31, will enable you to create positive outcomes through carefully-chosen words. Think about the goal you’d like to achieve or the effect you’d like to have with your words, and use your magnetic personality to radiate your message. When Mercury is retrograde in Leo from July 14th to August 7th, you will encounter people from your past and situations created in an earlier period of your life. The Sun in Leo from July 22 to August 22 will magnify your creative and romantic flair. A rare alignment of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on June 24th will spice up your life with a new idea you had never considered before. Don’t resist. It will lead you to a more conscious way of being.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
You will breathe a sigh of relief when energetic Mars leaves Virgo on July 3rd. The fiery planet, which has been visible in the sky throughout the year, has brought a fiery, sometimes overwrought, quality to your personal and professional affairs. You have been alternately energized and industrious, or at times, overly critical. Try to step back and see the big picture under this energizing influence. With loving Venus and lucky Jupiter in the mental sign of Gemini this summer, you will benefit from exercising your powers of perception and precision to make accurate decisions in challenging or confusing situations. It is likely that there has been a maelstrom of activity around you since Mars entered Virgo in late 2011. Try to sort out what is important to take forward into the next chapter of your life – and let go of the rest. A rare alignment of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on June 24th will unearth latent talents and creative gifts.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
Mars in Libra from July 3rd to August 23rd will energize projects you have been avoiding for as long as two years, when the fiery planet Mars was last in Libra (from July 29th to September 14th, 2010). Mars in Libra will energize your forward progress where advancement has been delayed. While diplomacy is always a key to your success, it will be important to be forthright too under this celestial influence. An unusual alignment between change-oriented Uranus and depth-seeking Pluto on June 24th will start the process of changing the way you relate to others. There is something important deeply held within yourself that needs to be expressed to someone you are in a close relationship with.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
The summer season will bring you a respite from the financial ups and downs that visited you during the spring. This is a time to embrace a more conservative financial strategy that will give you the peace of mind to pursue your true passions. You are motivated by psychological exploration, emotional sharing, and deep caring relationships. Establish a firm foundation for yourself so you feel the security you need to open your big, loving heart. You have much to share, and only need to feel safe to share your beautiful soul with others. When you have found someone with whom you can share your deepest secrets, you will know you have found the person you have been seeking. On June 24th, a rare alignment between erratic Uranus in Aries and your planetary ruler, Pluto, in Capricorn, will bring repressed feelings or a health issue to the surface so they can be healed. Patiently allow the disharmonious energy to release so you can resume your normal routines.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
With loving Venus and lucky Jupiter in Gemini this summer, you will learn from people who are different or even opposite from yourself. Gemini is the sign opposite Sagittarius in the sky, so when planets are in Gemini, where they will be this summer, you will be attracted to a diverse group of souls. Gemini natives also will be electromagnetically attracted to you during the summer season. It is a law of nature that opposites attract. To create balance between the extremes of Sagittarian focus and Gemini dispersion, seek compromise wherever possible so you will find a comfortable middle ground. The love planet, Venus, has been in Gemini for an uncharacteristically long period of four months, from April 3rd to August 7th, due to its retrograde motion. And lucky Jupiter, your planetary ruler, will be in Gemini until June 25th, 2013. It will be a busy time for you, but gratifying when you stay open to a new way of being. There is a lot to learn in practicing the art of negotiation, cooperation, concession and compromise. An unusual alignment of Uranus in fiery Aries and Pluto in earthy Capricorn will bring out the creativity in you.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
The summer season will give you an opportunity to bring projects to completion that have been outstanding since 2010. Saturn, your planetary ruler, is transitioning from Libra to Scorpio in October 2012. This transition in the heavens will cause you to experience a similar transition in your feelings in a relationship. You are moving into a time when you will put a greater focus on self-healing and inner reflection. Saturn moves into a new sign every 2 1/2 years, changing the nature and quality of your life every time it changes sign. You are about to undergo another important change. The alignment of unusual Uranus in Aries with transformative Pluto in Capricorn on June 24th will cause a change in the way you express yourself. This change will change the dynamics in a relationship with someone you are close to, enabling you to express something you have hidden deep inside yourself.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
You are a mentally strong and capable air sign influenced by the enlightening planet Uranus. Beginning on July 3rd, loving Venus and lucky Jupiter will be in the compatible air sign of Gemini and energetic Mars will be in the compatible air sign of Libra. This celestial line-up will give you the sense of stability you need to establish a strong foundation to launch a new idea, project or relationship. This is the time to get your ducks in a row so you will be prepared for the wave of positive energy that flows into your life during the active summer season. Mercury in your opposing sign of Leo from June 25th to August 31st and the Sun in your opposing sign of Leo from July 22nd to August 22nd will attract important relationships to you. Mercury retrograde from July 14th to August 7th will help you decide whether people from your past are journeying along with you into the next stage of your growth. A rare alignment of your planetary ruler, Uranus, and depth-seeking Pluto will help you originate creative ways of dealing with a confining structure or system.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
The summer season will give you a pleasant opportunity to reminisce about the past as your planetary ruler, Neptune, retrogrades through Pisces until November 10th. Combined with Mercury retrograde from July 14th to August 7th, you will have ample opportunity to reflect upon the currents flowing through your life. Think about the direction you have taken – and the direction you would like to take. This is a time to imagine what is possible. Through the power of thought, you will be able to re-sculpt the quality of your every day reality. Imagine what you’d like to create, and begin the process of serious manifesting with the positive support of Saturn and Mercury in the compatible water sign of Scorpio, beginning October 5th. An unusual alignment of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on June 24th will bring people into your life who will alter your financial picture.


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