Astrology and Tarot

Shine On, Summer Solstice

The word “solstice” is from the Latin word Sol for ‘Sun’ and Sistere ‘to stand still’. June 21st is not only a new moon (learn more about the Buck Moon), but it’s also the summer solstice, the mid point of the year. It’s the longest day of the year; the latest sunset before the days start getting shorter again.

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, our land is bathed in light and warmth. It’s a time of joy and celebration. Yet, within this climax of the season, there’s a whisper that the darkness will return once again. So live it up! Enjoy it now.

Litha

In neo-pagan related traditions, this day is called Litha. God, as the Oak King, is bathed in abundance, as he surrenders his reign to his twin brother, the Holly King. So, before we welcome the return to the dark time of the year, we celebrate. Traditionally, people stayed up all night on Midsummer’s Eve to hail the sunrise. Bonfires were light on hill tops and at sacred places to honor the fullness of the sun all night. Trees near wells and fountains, where people would gather, were decorated with colored cloth.

Herbs, flowers and honey are flowing in abundance during this time of year. Any sort of tonics, new recipes or natural remedies you want to make will be potent. Summer Solstice is a time to fully open your heart. Experiment with nature by gardening, cooking, exploring. You can make a dandelion flower crown (directions here on Pinterest). I just invested in a new mortar and pestle and I am excited to break it in!

Litha blessings to you and yours. May your heart shine as bright as the sun.

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September 6 – 12, 2018: The King of Wands

The King of Wands is methodical and successful. A natural born leader, he has a strong influence on others. Even though he is very creative, he is not the type to sit around dreaming up new ideas. Instead he makes plans, and once he sets a goal he will not quit until it is accomplished.

The lions, salamanders and warm color palette make this a firey card, which is a good way to describe the planetary energy of this week. On the 6th, Saturn returns to direct motion in Capricorn. Your focus will shift to your career and your social status. It will be easier to practice self discipline because your efforts will pay off quickly.

On the 9th there is a new moon in Virgo, which will heighten your analytical skills. The same day, Venus enters Scorpio. Many people will have an, “all or nothing” sort of attitude during this time. If you are feeling that way, check to make sure you aren’t acting out from a place of jealousy or defensiveness. The King of Wands has a tendency to overbearing and bossy at times, but it’s always with good intentions.