Artwork: Jofra Boschart
This reality twists and weaves reflecting the infinite expressions of the Divine, in Soul Expression as experienced through material form. As we honor this passage of time at the height of Solar presence in the Northern Hemisphere, may we embrace the Solar consciousness of All-One, in the sign of the Soulful Feminine sign of Cancer reflected by an Aquarian Moon- reminding us of our unique brilliance and expression of our Soli-Lunar beings for the greatest good for all. From their Sacred marriage is born the Sacred child- us.
The Sun enters Cancer marking the Summer Solstice on June 21st at 8:54am PT/ 11:54am ET within hours of Neptune stationing retrograde taking us deep into our subconscious to experience the mystical and ephemeral nature of reality. This marks the longest days and shortest nights of the year as represented by the grand cross of cardinal signs in the zodiac. These signs want to initiate, strive, catalyze and push towards what is rising in the collective.
Cancer, the water bearer of the cardinal signs brings this initiative to the element that morphs its shape to fit any vessel, can exist in various states of matter and can bring both life and destruction. Interestingly, this is the day that the Sun is said to stand still, offering a deep presence to stand with Spirit, to receive the vision of what we wish to initiate in our own lives with consciousness of its effect on all of creation. Coupled with Neptune in Pisces turning retrograde, it asks us to take a deeper look into the nature of the All.
Ruled by the Moon which is currently in Aquarius and whose next aspect will be a trine the Sun, we have the harmonious flow of the masculine principle, Solar, ascending, the blade; and the feminine principle, Lunar chalice, Soul, descending consciousness into matter. With a series of intense and oppositional aspect for the past few days we have arrived at the shore. Where the Sun draws us into the stillness of consciousness, which, embodied in water can be still as ice, or rushing like the sea.
I am reminded of a poem that I wrote a few years ago around this time of the year:
Longing for Spirit
Like Ocean seethes and swells
Longing for the Moon
Perhaps the other half was waiting to be written
Longing for Soul
Like fire burns and blinds
Longing for the Sun
While we peak of Sun as masculine and Moon as feminine you may know that someone can have the Sun in a feminine (Water/Earth) sign, and the Sun in a masculine or fire or air sign. We call these, “Lunar Masculine” and “Solar feminine.” I love how astrology illuminates the complexity of human experience in this way- allowing for a myriad of unique and differing expression of Spirit and Soul. If Spirit is that which unites everything from one source, Soul is that which differentiates into the unique expression of Spirit through personal experience. Earth gives us bodies, and so we have the sacred trinity which makes up this reality. For from the two, comes the three, and from Sun and Moon come Earth children.
This teaching keeps swirling in my head, seeking to drive deeper into all three aspects of my own being. For we all experience the embodying of our inner Mother, Father and Child from time to time. Though society may wish to push us into only one or the other expression, the wholeness of our being wishes to reach a fullness of expression.
This can be reflected in Astrology in a number of ways- it is often said the birth chart represents the Soul of the being, which is a specific channeling of Spirit into form. The person in question is the child, the chart is the Soul and the source is Sprit. More simply we can look to the Sun as our expression of Solar consciousness, the Moon as our feminine soulfulness, and our Mercury as the Sacred Child. I am curious as well about the Ascendant being a representation of the body, or perhaps the child embodied. For we are the marriage of heaven and Earth, the sacred children who are the Union of Soul and Spirit.
The archetype of Cancer is considered a culture-bearing sign in the Shamanic Astrology paradigm- the keeper of the culture and traditions from within the home, tribe and family that nourish and sustain in this ever-changing Earth-walk. The Sun’s next aspects after entering Cancer will be a sextile to Uranus in Taurus and trine to Chiron in Aries.
The Sun electrifies, illuminates, makes visible the brilliance of the Tuarean mysteries. Breaking apart the rigid structures that have become the bedrocks of embodiment, resources and security. This is long overdue, as we must now confront the reality that said structures are failing and outdated. Be present to any new awareness wishing to rise now around how you need to nourish your body, shifting your attachment to that which gives you a sense of security, finding deep connection in tribe that offers emotional security and tapping the deep well of resources both within and without. It takes work to cultivate emotionally safe and secure relationships with ourselves and others, it takes wise discernment, understanding and courage to allow new consciousness in. Protect that which is sacred to you.
Trining Chiron in Aries, the Sun illuminates the medicine of Selfness. Venus completed an Aries cycle last year, activating the Warriess of the feminine spirit. Now, Chiron brings in the subtle wisdom of the mentor, who, lovingly yet sternly nudges us towards the initiations into our own medicine bags- our Soul united with Spirit. The centaur, representing the marriage of heaven and Earth through the merging of human and animal speaks of the unified being- whole unto themselves, the Unity of the Sacred Trinity.
The greatest teachers carry that sense of wholeness within them, able to flow effortlessly between their sacred feminine, masculine and child. The teacher is ready when they have studied, explored and become one with the medicine they came to express- both in their unique essence, and the Universal Oneness of all. The greatest teachers emulate their sacred inner child- ever curious and playful, gifted with innocence, unassuming and ever open the possibilities of creation.
May we remember that we are the medicine,