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SUMMER SOLSTICE UPDATE
The Summer Solstice arrives on Sunday, June 21, and coincides with Father’s Day, a celebration of the protective, benevolent virtues of fatherhood, in the United States, India, England and many other nations. Coincidentally, the planetary alignments of the summer season also open the way for us to take greater initiative and leadership in our own lives, a reflection of the positive qualities we attribute to fathers.
The Summer Solstice also marks the zenith of the Sun’s light, which corresponds with the longest period of daylight in the entire year. Use the growing light of the Sun in the days leading up to the Summer Solstice to focus your energy on your positive visualizations for the next season of your life. The Solstice is an auspicious time for meditation, contemplation, affirmation and prayer. It is a law of physics that light is strongest when it bends, as it does at the change of seasons. Harness the power of the Sun in days leading up to the Summer Solstice to energize your own positive thoughts and affirmations.
A number of active planetary alignments this summer will make this a good time to rearrange your life and establish fresh foundations. Please note that there are an exceptional number of important planetary alignments this summer, which will continue to reverberate into the fall season, when there will be relatively fewer planetary influences to disrupt the energies set in motion this summer.
You may feel as if the summer season is a whirlwind of activity, giving way to a period of relative calm in the fall season so you can put your house in order. If the days ahead feel overwhelming, stop for a moment, take a deep breath, focus your eyes upward to the spot between your eyebrows (the spiritual eye and center of higher consciousness) and connect with the wisdom of your Higher Self. This will help inform you of the highest path for yourself and for the purpose of your life.
Read on for significant dates in the summer and beyond:
• An alignment of lucky Jupiter with innovative Uranus on June 22, 2015 will help you reimagine your life goals and direction. Allow your mind to wander, and be creative.
• Another alignment of lucky Jupiter with structured Saturn on August 3, 2015 will give you an opportunity to create new structure, patterns and foundations for new projects.
• Expansive and expressive Jupiter enters Virgo for the first time since September 2004 on August 11, 2015. Jupiter, which enters Virgo for one year every twelve years, will remain in Virgo until September 9, 2016. Jupiter in Virgo will help you work hard—and experience pleasure from a job well-done. It will help you concentrate on improving the status quo. You will benefit from a focus on a healthy diet, cultivating a garden, growing your own food, helping others and healing your own body and mind.
• Venus, planet of love, will be retrograde in Leo and Virgo from July 25 to September 6, 2015. This will give you an opportunity to revisit and heal relationships from the past and clear up unresolved issues.
• A Partial Eclipse of the Sun on September 13, 2015, visible from southern Africa only, will temporarily disrupt organizations and weather systems.
• A Total Eclipse of the Moon on September 27-28, 2015, visible from North and South America, Europe, India, western Asia and Africa, will help to bring greater agreement between opposing parties.
• Jupiter will oppose dreamy Neptune on September 17, 2015. While your intuition will be heightened under this influence, you also will be subject to being manipulated by fantasies and dreams of others—or even of your own. Try to stay in reality, check with others to see if your perceptions are realistic and avoid grandiose schemes.
• Mercury will be retrograde in Libra from September 17 to October 9, 2015. This is a time to relax, rest, renew, and reevaluate the past. It also is a good time to revisit unresolved issues from the past and bring matters to a successful conclusion. It is not a good time to initiate new ventures, unless you were born under a Mercury Retrograde, which an astrologer can ascertain for you.
• Jupiter will align with Pluto on October 11, 2015, which will give you a chance to look deeper into the plans you implemented during the summer. You will benefit from making rectifications and course corrections at this time.
• The North Node of the Moon enters Virgo on November 12, 2015 and remains in the Sign of the Virgin until May 9, 2017. This will heighten the global focus on supplies of food, sustainable agriculture and healthy sources of water and food. The North Node of the Moon was last in Virgo from 1997 to 1998.
• Disciplined Saturn aligns with spiritual Neptune on November 26, 2015. This is a positive opportunity for spiritual growth, especially if you engage in a spiritual practice. Otherwise, it is a time in which deceptions and disappointments can be widespread. So, it is best to spend time doing yoga, sitting on your meditation cushion, or communing with nature. Anything you can do to help connect with your Higher Self and your soul will help you feel more peace and harmony amidst the whirl of change.
Good wishes for the summer season!
With Love and Light,
YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL STRATEGIES
FOR THE SPRING SEASON
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter in fiery Leo and change-oriented Uranus in fiery Aries on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you to enthusiastically pursue outstanding goals during the summer season. The final shape of your new life many not be obvious until April 2016, but it is important to make plans now. Life is a process rather than a sudden event. So enjoy the process of creatively re-imagining your life. Methodically put the new pieces together in creative and interesting ways. You are a leader who has much to teach others about the process of change. This includes setting high-minded goals, having faith in the wisdom and timing of the universe, and ultimately being non-attached to the fruits of your labors, knowing the universe is evolving in an upward spiral to bring you to your highest fulfillment. Later in the summer, your creativity will be at a peak under the influence of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter in the compatible fire sign of Leo from late July to early October. You have a message to deliver and this is the time to deliver it. A Solar Eclipse on September 13, 2015 will help you design a new daily routine that will enhance your enjoyment of daily life. A positive alignment between lucky Jupiter in Virgo and spiritual Neptune in Pisces on September 16, 2015 will heighten your intuition and help you refine your strategy so you conserve your resources and move efficiently in a new direction. Save your energy and intensity for building for the long-term rather than squandering precious resources in the short-term. A Lunar Eclipse on September 27, 2015 will dissipate a long-held feeling. You will find a more practical approach that will serve you better.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you resolve a family issue. The retrograde motion of Venus, your planetary ruler, from July 25 to September 6, 2015, will help you re-connect with family members. You may “bump heads” with some of the stronger members of your family clan. But the confrontation will be a healthy exchange that allows all family members to air their true sentiments. Accept differing views with calmness and poise. There is something to learn from an opposing point of view. An alignment of Jupiter with disciplined Saturn on August 3, 2015 will help you get your work done. A collection of planets in the fire sign of Leo from late July to early October will re-focus your energy on home and family. You will benefit when you consider the creative ideas of others. Lucky Jupiter in the compatible earth sign of Virgo from August 11, 2015 to September 8, 2016 will support you to accomplish your goals. Practice visualization, affirmation, and prayer to focus positive energy on what you want to achieve. Under the influence of a positive planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and spiritual Neptune on September 16., 2015, will help you project your positive thoughts. Visualize the path you would like to pursue. You will attract everything you need. A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 13, 2015 will prompt you to experiment with a new idea. A Lunar Eclipse on September 27, 2015 will bring a new person into your life. The person will seem very familiar to you because you likely have known this individual in a previous incarnation.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
Mercury, the communications planet, travels quickly through the sky from June 11 to September 17, 2015. Mercury is your planetary ruler, so this will be a time of increased productivity and greater depth of understanding. Mercury will be in the mentally agile sign of Gemini from June 11 to July 8, 2015, so try to accomplish high-priority tasks during this period. Mars in Gemini until June 24, 2015, will strengthen your will and resolve to accomplish your worthy goals. Mercury in the precise sign of Virgo from August 7 to August 27, 2015 will give you another auspicious opportunity to make your voice heard. Focus now on what you would like to achieve during the summer season. A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you express an innovative idea. Mercury retrograde in the balanced sign of Libra from September 17 to October 9, 2015 will give you a chance to restore equilibrium to an out-of-balance situation in your finances, relationships, and or health. Try to see where you have either been doing too much—or too little—and opt for a more balanced approach. See if there is any area of your life where you have been pushing too hard—or not hard enough—to find a new equilibrium. Finally, see if you can combine wide-ranging conceptual thinking with a focus on practical details to create the greatest stability in your life. Lucky Jupiter in Virgo from August 11, 2015 to September 9, 2016 will help you organize your daily routines so you can navigate most efficiently. An alignment between lucky Jupiter and karmic Saturn on August 3, 2015 will give a positive boost to your work. A spiritual approach will assist you during an alignment of Jupiter and Neptune on September 16, 2015. Envision light around any discordant situations and pray for peace and harmony. Your thoughts are powerful, especially now, and they will sculpt your life.
CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you to confidently move forward into the next chapter of your life. Pray for assistance—both human and divine—to experience greatest success. The Full Moon on July 2, 2015 will strengthen your resolve to accomplish a goal you have been hoping to achieve for as long as 7 years. Use the week leading up to the Full Moon to focus your thoughts, feelings, and affirmations on positive ideas and worthwhile goals. The strength of the Full Moon will help you magnetize forces that will assist your forward movement. Change is difficult. But in this case, it is well worth it. The movement of lucky Jupiter into Virgo from August 11, 2015 to September 9, 2016, will help you reconnect with family members, especially cousins and siblings, with whom you have fallen out of touch. A Solar Eclipse, on September 13, 2015, will bring a visit or phone call from a special person from your past. A Lunar Eclipse, on September 27, 2015, will help you get the ball rolling on a project in your home. An alignment of lucky Jupiter and karmic Saturn on August 3, 2015 will bring material gains through hard work. A positive alignment between lucky Jupiter and spiritual Neptune on September 16, 2015 will clear your mind of useless distractions so you can focus on your true purpose.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter in Leo and change-oriented Uranus in Aries on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you move out of a period of stagnation so you may realize a dream. This may involve travel, learning a new skill, or embarking upon an adventure that will bring greater freedom and richness to your life. The texture and quality of your day-to-day existence is about to be amped up during the summer season. Prepare the way by remaining calm and centered as you process the new, heightened energy of the summer season in a balanced, judicious, and discerning way. Your magnetism is strong under the influence of expansive Jupiter in Leo until August 8, 2015, along with the Sun in Leo from July 22 to August 23, 2015. Loving Venus will be in Leo from June 5 to July 18, and again from July 31 to October 8, 2015, making this an excellent time for harmonious relationships. The convergence of Leo energy will encourage your creativity and spark romance. Energetic Mars in Leo from August 8 to September 24, 2015 will also give you the energy to carry out your plans. The intense collection of planets in Leo also may lead everyone to a bit of self-absorption. Whether or not you are a Leo, this is a time to consider the needs and viewpoints of others. Other people will be able to contribute a great deal to you in the form of perspective and balance even they seem to have nothing to offer. Receive all assistance with your characteristic grace and charm.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will bring you good luck when you introspect about what may not be working smoothly in your daily life. This self-awareness will help you function more efficiently while your planetary ruler, Mercury, moves swiftly forward from June 11 to September 17, 2015. This will be a time of greater accomplishment and engagement in outer activity. Mercury, the communications planet, will be in the mentally agile sign of Gemini from June 11 to July 8, 2015, making this an especially good time for you to gather information and discern what you need for an upcoming project. When Mercury is in the precise sign of Virgo from August 7 to August 27, 2015, you will be able to bring an outstanding project to a swift conclusion. Events will fall into place easily under this celestial influence. Lucky Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11, 2015, and remains in the Sign of the Virgin until September 9, 2016. Use this fortunate time to bring greater peace and harmony to your life. The organized energy of Virgo will help you bring clarity and order to disorganized situations. Your gifts of precision and exactitude will be valued at this time. Set a good example and allow others to follow you. The Sun in Virgo from August 23 to September 23, 2015, will strengthen your stamina when you face challenging situations. A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 13, 2015, will bring a new person with new ideas into your life. A beneficial alignment between Jupiter and Neptune on September 16, 2015, will heighten your intuition. Prepare to relax under the retrograde of Mercury from September 17 to October 9, 2015. You will feel fortified by planetary energies at this time.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will make social contacts exciting, if not fleeting. All influences will be important. Sit back and wait to discern what is permanent versus what is transitory. The retrograde motion of your planetary ruler, Venus, from July 25 to September 6, 2015, will help you reconnect with old friends. One of these friends will hold the key to an important career or business opportunity. Wait until early fall, near the time of your birthday, to make a final decision about whether to go ahead with an opportunity that may be presented to you. You have a good sense of perspective. But you will have the greatest amount of needed information several months after the opportunity is shown to you. Your planetary ruler, Venus, will be in the proud and fiery sign of Leo from June 5 to July 18, and from July 31 to October 8, 2015. Lucky Jupiter will also be in Leo until August 8, 2015, along with energetic Mars in Leo from August 8 to September 24, 2015. These planetary placements will encourage others around you to assert themselves in a forthright manner. Take the opportunity to be straightforward in return. As you know, the healthiest relationships involve a meeting of equals. Even though you do not share the proud and forthright nature of Leo natives, given that you prize the virtue of balance, you will feel happiest when you meet others in a straightforward manner between June and October. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! An alignment between lucky Jupiter and spiritual Neptune on September 16, 2015, will help others join you in seeing the value of balance. A Lunar Eclipse in your opposing sign of Aries on September 27, 2015, will also help others be more diplomatic with you. Be patient, but in the meantime, make sure to stand your ground!
SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
A planetary alignment of lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will improve your reputation and enable people to feel trust and confidence in your work when your motives are pure. Be honest with yourself and others about your gifts and talents—as well as your limitations. You have much to offer. The depth of your feelings and thoughts may sometimes make it difficult for others to fully comprehend you. Take time to sort out your deeper motives and think about ways you can communicate your true self to others. The introspection will bring many supportive people into your sphere of influence. It is worth the effort. Karmic Saturn is in Scorpio until September 17, 2015. This planetary placement will enable you to rectify any non-working situations in your life. Pay special attention to finances, including taxes, debts, and insurance. Try to be as forthcoming as possible in your relationships. Honesty and clarity will bring the greatest psychological health. Try to eat well during the summer season and consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Your bodily energy will be cleansed and purified as you enter the autumn season. A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 13, 2015, will enable you to make a new friend in a work situation. An alignment between lucky Jupiter and spiritual Neptune on September 16, 2015, will heighten your sensitivity, making your more receptive to intuitive impulses and spiritual renewal.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
An alignment of lucky Jupiter, your planetary ruler, and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help open the way for a fulfilling adventure during the summer season. Seize the opportunity to travel or engage in a sport that you enjoy. There are exciting opportunities for expansion during the summer months. You will not only enjoy repeating exhilarating experiences from the past, but you also will learn and grow from entering new situations that you had not anticipated. Pray for spiritual protection and stay open to taking reasonable risks. There are rewards for breaking away from old patterns. Lucky Jupiter will enter the precise sign of Virgo on August 11, 2015. Jupiter was last in Virgo in 2004. Jupiter will remain in the sign of the Virgin until September 9, 2016. Use this time to focus on critical details of your life. Clear away excess paperwork, resolve to eat healthy food, and re-prioritize those issues to which you devote your greatest attention. You will find that you will get more things done at this time if you concentrate deeply on one thing at a time rather than scatter your energies. You normally can juggle many objects at one time. But this is a year in which your ability to thoroughly handle one subject at a time will help you get where you would like to go. An alignment between Jupiter in Virgo and spiritual Neptune in Pisces on September 16, 2015, will ignite your spiritual desires. Practice faith and devotion to a higher cause to experience inner peace and harmony.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Your planetary ruler, Saturn, passes through the intense sign of Scorpio from June 14 to September 17, 2015. Saturn will not be in Scorpio again until 2041. So, this is an opportunity to cleanse and purify the deepest strata of your life—from your career to your home, to your inner personality to your outer relationships. This involves being authentic, doing what you love, and expressing your love and heartfelt feelings to the people you care about. A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you to root out elements of your life that are distracting your from your true purpose. An alignment between lucky Jupiter and Saturn, on August 3, 2015, will help you reorganize your life in a way that is beneficial to you. Lucky Jupiter in the compatible earth sign of Virgo from August 11, 2015 to September 8, 2016 will open your mind to new ideas about travel and adventure. You also will meet new people who can accompany you on a new experience. A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 13, 2015 will remove the feeling of constraint imposed by a limiting idea. Your new sense of freedom will help you relax your body so you may feel a sense of grace and ease. A positive alignment between lucky Jupiter and Saturn on August 3, 2015 will help you create a new structure in your daily routines. Another alignment between Jupiter in Virgo and spiritual Neptune in Pisces on September 16, 2015 will help you understand an underlying motive that may no longer be serving you. Hold on only to your most charitable and altruistic goals—and let go of the rest.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you make positive changes in your relationships. You see the best in everyone and accept them as they are. You are a friend to all. During the summer season, you will have an opportunity to cultivate friendships that are most supportive of your growth and evolution. If you feel a relationship is stagnating, it may be time to experiment with alternatives. An alignment between lucky Jupiter and Saturn on August 3, 2015, will help you re-prioritize your activities so you will be most clear about who and what to concentrate on. A collection of planets in your opposing sign of Leo from late July to early October will bring compelling, energetic, and creative people into your life. As long as you provide a listening ear and a sympathetic audience, all will go smoothly. Practice diplomacy if you feel you must swim against the tide. A positive celestial alignment between lucky Jupiter in Virgo and spiritual Neptune in Pisces on September 16, 2015 will help you to see the humor in a challenging situation and will give you the perspective to maintain a positive attitude.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
A planetary alignment between lucky Jupiter and change-oriented Uranus on June 22, 2015, a day after the Summer Solstice, will help you to get in touch with an idea that will bring more financial abundance to you. Lucky Jupiter in your opposing sign of Virgo, beginning on August 11, 2015, will attract people to you who will assist you to go to a higher level of awareness. Communications-oriented Mercury in Virgo from August 7 to August 27, 2015 will help you to see alternative perspectives. The secret of your success is your ability to use your intuition and synthesize many different perspectives to manifest an idea that is far ahead of its time. Believe in your gifts. Many others will follow you. An auspicious alignment between lucky Jupiter and your planetary ruler, Neptune, on September 16, 2015, will heighten your intuition and your receptivity to the thoughts and feelings of others. Surround yourself with positive people in a positive environment. If this is not possible, envision a supportive, relaxing environment in which you may immerse yourself—even if it’s only in your mind. Your visualization will do a lot to calm your mind and soothe your soul. If you are feeling centered and aligned with Spirit, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. You derive your strength from the heavenly realms rather than from human sources. A Solar Eclipse on September 13, 2015 will challenge a relationship about which you already had questions. A Lunar Eclipse on September 27, 2015 will bring you the answer you have been seeking.
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