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Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, June 5, 2020

Chart for the Full Moon in Sagittarius
Chart for the Full Moon in Sagittarius

Lunar Eclipse
Full Moon in Sagittarius

Rage and Outrage

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
~ Frederick Douglass

Jun.05 – LUNAR ECLIPSE ~ FULL MOON in SAGITTARIUS (15:34 of Sagittarius)

Mars is not the first thing you might expect to pop out in a chart about the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, but in this case Mars is probably the loudest player in the chart. To get the most out of this eclipse, it will help to get a solid understanding of Mars energy and how to work with it constructively.

In general, Mars is about taking action, stepping up, acting out/on your passions and desires, and expressing our more volatile emotions. Its energy is based on impulse, spontaneity and ultimately our very life force. It is about willpower, drive, and movement on a physical, emotional, motivational and instinctual level.

Mars is connected to anger in all its forms, from annoyance to frustration to resentment to rage. When these emotional currents get combined with hopelessness, fear, desperation or powerlessness, the result can go in all kinds of directions, from deep depression to passive aggression to smoldering hostility to explosive fury.

Mars isn't exactly your cuddly lap dog. And yet, for all the negative reputation Mars carries, we literally couldn't live without it.

Mars is what gets you up off the couch to actually do something rather than just thinking about it. It's the force in us that can say Yes when we want to say yes, and No when we need to say no. It leads us to declare a boundary when someone violates our space, our safety, our dignity or our autonomy—and to enforce that, if necessary.

That's especially where our anger can become a force for good, because it supports and defends our self-preservation, our will to live, and our right to life. This is the dog that barks to warn off what it sees as danger, or it may even bite to protect against an imminent threat.

When we see someone exhibiting anger, hostility or aggression that we feel is unjustified, menacing, or excessive, behind that is almost always a belief that their own well-being—or that of someone they care about—is threatened in some way. From their perspective, they're defending what they see as their turf, their rights or their safety.

Understanding what drives their resulting behaviour is the first step in minimizing the backlash syndrome that we so often see in high-adrenaline situations. Identifying what's driving someone's behaviour from their perspective goes a long way to avoid polarizing to it, which so often just perpetuates the problem.

We still may or may not agree with another person's interpretation of the situation or their way of dealing with it, but trying to see life through their eyes can go a long way to avoid jumping to extreme judgments that merely disparage, dismiss or dehumanize the other person. And those kinds of judgments ultimately only serve to prolong the vicious circle of action > reaction > retaliation > retribution, and on and on.

So to do that, we need step outside of our own instinctive reaction of indignation and anger for a moment, so that we can perceive the person and the situation through a lens other than our own anger or fear. It involves putting ourselves in their shoes to see what life looks like from there. The problem is that this is not foremost in Mars' skill set, so it requires us to use a planet/energy that's more tender or objective than Mars.

For example, this could be the Moon (empathy, caring, sensitivity) or Mercury (observation, curiosity, awareness). Or it might be Venus (diplomacy, kindness, balance), or even Saturn (rationality, logic, objectivity).

At a higher, more abstract vibration, the Moon's empathy can be helped by Neptune (compassion, the ideal of oneness), Mercury's understanding can be expanded by Jupiter (insight and understanding through context, principled knowledge). Even Uranus can potentially help us break out of old habitual reaction patterns.

So: back to Mars – what exactly is he up to now that makes him so important in the Lunar Eclipse chart?

As more and more anger is repressed, it grows more and more. Virginia Satir once compared this to keeping hungry dogs in the basement. The hungrier they get, the more they try to get out. The more they try to escape, the more we must guard them. The repressed energy grows and grows and finally it has a life of its own. One day there is just no more room to stuff the energy. One day the anger energy erupts.
~ John Bradshaw, Healing the Shame that Binds You

When the Sun and Mars interact through a major hard aspect (0°, 180° or 90°), fireworks tend to light up the skies—certainly metaphorically, and sometimes even literally.

When Mars interacts with a New or Full Moon through one of these aspects, the pyrotechnics can be especially colourful.

When this kind of transit takes place in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), the resulting events may be hard to predict and even trickier to navigate. The energy flow may fluctuate, twist, turn and double-back around without much to stabilize or steer it, unless there's something else in the chart that could contain or manage it to some degree.

When you throw slippery Neptune into the mix, especially through hard aspects, it can amplify the already-ambiguous energy, so that it's hard to tell what is actually happening or what is really driving that energy flow.

T-Square to Mars and Neptune

And when Mars ignites Neptune, the Sun and Moon during an eclipse, as is the case with the current Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, it wouldn't be surprising to see an explosive release of tension from unresolved conflicts and misunderstandings, flaring passion and vision, or painful longing and angst.

And so, as I write this, the world is exploding over the appalling, unbearable death of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25. That event has galvanized the long-time, smoldering anguish of racism, sparking day upon day of fiery protests throughout the US and around the world. Floyd's murder has ripped open old wounds of past injustices as well as fresh ones; for example, the recent controversial and tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet on May 27 here in Canada. My deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of all those people whose deaths are bringing up such painful grief during this time.

This upcoming eclipse season is a long one: Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5, Solar Eclipse in Cancer on June 21, and the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 5. This all happens against the backdrop of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunctions throughout this year. It seems we are in a time that calls for some unusually hard work that's necessary for both personal and collective transformation. And transformation is essential work in order to heal and move beyond the damage of past and present events, and to avoid further devastation in the future, if we can.

Therefore, the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius is the first in a 3-step process that challenges us to channel all that energy into a more hopeful, healing and uplifting direction. We have an opportunity to learn how to transform hate into acceptance, blame into insight, and fear into hope.

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone,
they will be forced to deal with pain.
~ James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

The Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius is also a Full Moon where the Sun, Moon and Earth are so precisely aligned that the Moon passes through Earth's shadow cast by the Sun. This lunar eclipse is just a partial/penumbral eclipse, and in this case the Earth's shadow barely covers only half of the Moon, so you're not likely to see much of a light show in the night sky, I'm afraid.

It's easy to assume that the effects of a partial eclipse will be weaker than a full one, but judging by the volatile events leading up to this one, it seems that this eclipse never got the memo. There are various factors that have made this eclipse surprisingly intense. For example (pointed out by astrologer Naomi Bennett on Facebook), the Sun and Moon are aligned with the planetary nodes of chaotic Uranus.

T-Square to Mars and Neptune

At the heart of this eclipse energy is an intense T-square aspect pattern (within a scant 0:18 orb). The Sun and Moon oppose each other at 15° of Gemini and Sagittarius, respectively, and our old friend Mars squares them both from Pisces, also at 15°. Mars and the Sun have been scrutinizing each other across this square aspect since May 16, remaining within a 6° orb for 6 weeks until June 25.

This particular T-square has more layers than just the Sun, Moon and Mars. Mars is also conjunct Neptune, lingering within an 8½° orb from May 31 to Jun.26. On one hand, Mars brings a volatile, chaotic energy to the mix, and Neptune is likely to obscure or blur the edges of perceptions and emotions that would work better if they were clear and concise. Neptune's sense of Universal Truth can also turn Mars' rage into outrage, if we see something happening that violates or offends our sense of what is right. This kind of emotional heat must be handled with care or we could wind up with an out-of-control bonfire.

At its worst, this could bring escalating confusion and complications, as we try to sort out fact from fiction regarding racial issues, as well as how the protests are likely to impact the COVID-19 numbers. However, on their best behaviour, Mars and Neptune can also be a call to noble action based on higher principles and ideals. It requires Mars to put down the sword and fight in a way that is less damaging and more constructive.

Sadly, in the days leading up to the eclipse we have seen a lot of destructive rioting and vengeance alongside the peaceful protests. However, Mars and Neptune have also shown their honourable sides through some very moving gestures of solidarity by police in several US cities which seemed downright miraculous. These responses to the protesters spoke from compassion and understanding: "We hear you. We feel your pain. We understand." Simply hearing and witnessing someone's sorrow is powerful magic, and healing the wound of racism can't be done without it.

All the energy of their frustration and fear
going into their laughter.
~ Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

Another layer of the eclipse T-square is Venus retrograde which is conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon, and also square to Mars. You might remember that Venus and Mars were in a long trine aspect from Mar.22 to May.10. Venus was also Out of Bounds by declination for most of that time ( Apr.02 to Jun.01). She just recently came back In-Bounds on Jun.01, and 3 days earlier began a tense square to Mars ( Jun.02, in orb from May.29 to Jun.07).

I think that Venus-Mars trine and Venus OOB probably sustained us somewhat through the early days of adjusting to social distancing by energizing our creative response to the struggle. But now the novelty has worn off and most of us are just weary of the isolation and want to get back to some semblance of a normal life again. Unfortunately, social distancing continues to be essential to avoid rising infection rates again.

T-Square - Venus square Mars

So, now that Venus in In-Bounds and square to Mars, we are feeling the irritating side of the COVID restrictions more. This might also be bringing out the volatility of Mars more bluntly now, rather than sublimating it through a more playful, creative outlet. This probably doesn't bode well for the COVID-19 efforts with masses of people protesting, although it's good to see so many protesters wearing masks. Hopefully this will help to minimize new infections. I guess we'll see...

The good news is that Venus and Mars are able to reconcile for a few weeks after Venus goes direct on Jun.25. Venus and Mars then stroll hand-in-hand in a sextile relationship (60°) until Jul.31, which can encourage a more creative, lighter expression of their energies again.

As with their long trine earlier this year, the sextile does not perfect (become exact) and they only get as close as just under 2° (July 13). So, although the Venus-Mars sextile might bring another time of amiable resourcefulness – and possibly some easing of social distancing struggles – the promise of happier times might bring more inspiration than satisfaction. Therefore, make the most of the Venus-Mars sextile while you can during July, and use its rejuvenation to sustain you through their final (and mercifully short) square aspect in late-August and early September.

For now, at the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, Venus may be mirroring some prickly discomfort, frustration and irritation many of us are feeling, be it from too many months of having our lives disrupted by the pandemic, or from watching the world explode in reaction to the inflamed social inequities and imbalances.

On the plus side, Venus is feeling some warm, healing, sextile love from Chiron (exact on Jun.11), so it's a good time to take extra-tender care of yourself and your loved ones. Venus and Chiron remain within a 5° orb from Jun.03 until Jul.19, so this energy can potentially soothe, encourage and support you through the discomfort you might be feeling during this extended time of social distancing.

My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one's purpose,
how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one's self.
~ Coretta Scott King

Jupiter aspects

With so much energy buzzing elsewhere through the eclipse chart, it almost seems like Jupiter, planetary ruler of the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, is little more than an afterthought! He's still there, though, determined to somehow be his expansive self under the weight of his Capricorn shell.

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Jupiter is tightly sesqui-quadrate to Venus (135°), which is yet another annoying interaction that Venus must contend with. This could suggest that after many places started to open up again, COVID numbers start to rise again meaning the expansion of our social lives is thwarted again. Or perhaps that the process of opening up might feel disappointingly slow, eroding the relief we hoped to get from it.

It also indicates that we need to reach farther than ever to find an uplifting, gratifying or rewarding sense of purpose to sustain us through another phase of the COVID blues. Venus and Jupiter suggest that renewed sense of purpose can be found if we don't give up hope, but it might not come easily or quickly.

Faith, patience and pragmatic hope will be good to keep handy in your emotional tool-box. Thankfully, Jupiter's sextile to Neptune can help with this (exact on Feb.20, Jul.27, Oct.12). Remember that this is a journey to a more distant horizon. If the light beacon seems to go out, it means you're in a valley where the next hill is blocking your view – it doesn't mean the light has gone out. So keep your inner focus on the farther destination, while you step through the rocky terrain between here and there.

Certainly, Jupiter and Sagittarius are about pursuing and establishing justice. They aspire to a higher vision of righting the wrongs of the world. So again, it's not surprising that the upheavals and conflicts that are spiking right now have a demand for social justice at their core.

What would justice look like to you? If Mars wants to instigate a call to action, to pursue that justice, you'd better have a fairly clear idea of what that would look like when it happens. Otherwise, the Mars in you won't know when to stop fighting, when to breathe a sigh of relief, and how to know it's time to make peace.

Call on whatever Higher Power speaks to your best qualities to help you live up to them during this time. If you don't relate to the idea of a Higher Power, then connect with something or someone who can remind you who you are at your best – a friend or family member, a mentor, a book, a poem, a quote, a movie, a song, a dance, a work of art. Keep those qualities shining like a beacon inside you, and focus on them when you start to feel worn out, hopeless, or lost in the negative. Don't give up.

Rebuild your world, rebuild your race, rebuild your empire. Rebuild it all.
But make sure you rebuild your ideals too. Rebuild the principles that made you
a great and honorable galactic power in the first place. Don't prey on the weak.
Don't steal from the helpless. Don't murder the innocent.
Be a force for good, not a force for yourself.
~ Dan Abnett, Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Jun.06 – Moon goes Out of Bounds (29:01 Sagittarius to 24:37 Capricorn; OOB until Jun.08)  (Jun.07 in AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

The Moon goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by Declination, during which time your feelings and emotions may be a bit stronger than usual. You might feel a little separated from the world around you, and as a result you might feel a bit lonely or in need of some reassuring human contact. On the other hand, this detachment might be a welcome change if you're feeling a bit stressed or overwhelmed by the energy around you and need some time out. Or, you may find it's time to go your own way a bit more, to seek your own company or search for a more supportive environment. Your creativity and imagination might be more willing to follow unusual ideas, whims and impulses.

A planet goes OOB when its declination is greater than 23:26 (23 degrees and 26 minutes), which is the maximum declination of the Sun, and the Sun defines the Bounds. In 2020, the Moon's maximum declination finally goes beyond the Bounds in March, for the first time since 2011, and will continue to go OOB until January 2030.

For now, the Moon's maximum declination increases very gradually each month, and only gets to 24:52 by December 2020 (compared to her maximum declination of 28:34, which she'll reach in 2025). So, in 2020 the Moon is only a little OOB and this energy might not be very noticeable until around September. On the other hand, the OOB periods can be a time when your emotional reactions may be somewhat more amplified than usual. In any case, if you have the Moon or other planets OOB in your natal chart, you might be more sensitive to this energy.

Jun.06 – Sun square Mars (16:31 of Gemini/Pisces)  (Jun.07 in AU)

Assertiveness, aggression and intense energy burst out under this transit. This can be a time of being pushed into taking action...or it can erupt in anger, irritation and hostility (in yourself or others). It may seem like everything pushes your buttons and rubs you the wrong way, creating conflict and putting you on edge. You may feel the impulse to burn off this excess energy through sexual activity. If you look beneath the irritation you may see a frustrated part of you that wants change, yet you have held back for some reason. Being pro-active and initiating steps for voluntary change is preferable, since you will have far more control over the process than if you get pushed into a corner and forced to act. The more preplanning you've done for this moment, the more successful you're likely to be. But if you get caught in a whirlwind of change, connect yourself to the part of you that wants change and let that ground and guide you.

Jun.10 – Mercury returns In-Bounds (OOB since May.16; 08:47 Gemini to 12:21 Cancer; next OOB is Dec.12)  (Jun.09 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Mercury has been Out of Bounds (OOB) by declination, and now returns within the bounds of the Sun's declination. An in-bounds Mercury is generally easier to work with, where your thoughts, ideas and awareness works more constructively with the world around you. You might find you have new ideas picked up while Mercury was OOB that you now are able to put into practice. If you've felt somewhat liberated by the OOB period, it might be a bit uncomfortable to feel simply "normal" again. On the other hand, if you were feeling a bit ungrounded or out of focus during Mercury's OOB period, coming back in-bounds could feel somewhat reassuring as your brain may find it easier to grapple with ideas and process experiences. Words and thoughts might fit more comfortably into what society regards as "normal" and as such, life may start to feel a bit easier to navigate.

Coming back in bounds can also be a bit of a bumpy landing as that unrestricted energy becomes squeezed back into its usual potency. This is a good time to observe your thoughts, ideas, communication and how you process information, as well as changes in Mercury themes in society around you. For several days before and after this date, pay attention to the things that amplify or cool down your awareness, perceptions and your need to express what you're thinking. Realize that this is an adjustment period, and having some patience with yourself and others can help to smooth and soothe this time.

Alternatively, the re-entry can also be an eventful time when changes in Mercury-related areas can occur. For example, you might feel this is the right time to start—or end—a conversation about things that inspire or aggravate you, or make changes to how and why you express yourself. A shift in how you experience or handle the exchange of ideas and information with others could inspire you to make positive changes in those areas. This might be due to a change in perspective as a result of your experiences while Mercury was OOB.


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Jun.11 – Sun square Neptune (20:55 of Gemini/Pisces)

Your ideals, hopes and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment and disillusionment. You might want a fantasy or dream to come true so much that you disconnect from the reality that seems to be in the way – only to find that the obstacle was serving a positive purpose after all. Your imagination may be very active now, but not easy to control or balance with reality. However, it can be a very creative time if you're able to harness that imagination for productive use. Unconscious urges and longings may be especially close to the surface, so you have an opportunity to learn more about the hidden forces that drive you (and perhaps distort your view of the world around you). Spiritually, you might discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but it can be just as valuable (although disappointing) to discover what is *not* your best path. Emotionally you may feel a bit overwhelmed, discouraged or confused. On the plus side, you have an opportunity to observe a deeper part of you, which is usually camouflaged against the distracting background of day-to-day life. There is tremendous creative, spiritual and healing potential to be found by listening to and working with the inner voices from those depths.

Jun.11 – Venus Retrograde sextile Chiron (09:02 of Gemini/Aries)

Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with – peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.

Jun.13 – Mars conjunct Neptune (20:56 of Pisces)  (Jun.14 in AU)

This can be a strange time of lethargic confusion or uplifting inspiration or both! On one hand, you might feel very motivated by creative and spiritual inspiration, as new possibilities seem to appear magically in your imagination. On the other hand, you may feel a bit like you've lost your "edge," where your focused energy feels blunted or blurred. Direct action may not be possible, easy or effective, and as a result it could be easy to lapse into feeling a bit powerless, lethargic or discouraged. You may have to act on faith instead of fact; and whether this is a "good" or "bad" experience will largely depend on how comfortable you are with ambiguity. This transit initiates a new cycle of working with these themes that lasts about 2 years. The events and issues that come up now likely have more to them than you see on the surface, and the deeper levels will unfold and develop throughout the coming cycle.

Jun.18 – Mercury Stationary Retrograde (14:45 of Cancer; Rx until Jul.12)  (Jun.7 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Yes, it's that time again! Mercury goes retrograde for the next 3+ weeks. For up to a week before and after today, Mercury is moving very slowly or stopped (hence "stationary" or "making a station"). During this time, you may experience intensity, frustration, confusion, miscommunications, or feel like you're getting bogging down in your progress.

Mercury retrograde is usually a time when it is a good time to rethink, rehash, reflect, and tie up old loose ends, rather than begin new ventures. It is typical for new insights and information to emerge later in the retrograde cycle that you didn't anticipate, which can change the whole picture. Because of this, it is usually advised to avoid making final or permanent decisions (e.g., signing contracts or putting new projects into action), during the retrograde and even up to 2 weeks after Mercury goes direct. However, it is an excellent time to do fact-finding, research and investigation to prepare for major decisions, which are usually best put off until well after Mercury goes direct.

In the meantime, while Mercury is retrograde, expect the unexpected, and leave lots of extra time when planning your schedule (to minimize any disruptions from delays and complications). Stay flexible and learn to roll with the weirdness. It's common to have to reschedule appointments or redo things because the instructions or information got messed up the first time. Do some things that use your intuitive, creative, non-rational mind for a while until Mercury goes direct again.

If you absolutely must do something important during this time that can't be postponed, don't be surprised if you wind up having to redo things. It can help to be especially vigilant about triple-checking what you do, but some of these mishaps can't always be predicted or prevented, so don't be hard on yourself (nor on others).

Remember: Mercury energy loves to play practical jokes. This is his playtime. ;-) It helps to learn to laugh with him.

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Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Jun.18 – Mars sextile Pluto (24:21 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Jun.19 in UK, AU)

This can be a time of intense and powerful energy. It can be especially so if you focus your intention to tap into and use this energy deliberately, although if you are triggered into a reaction you might find it is more forceful than you intended. This can be a good time to make changes that have far-reaching, transformative effects. Your powers of persuasion can be stronger now, so be careful you don't try to force things to the point of making something happen that perhaps should be left alone or treated with a gentler touch. Sex and other passionate urges may rise more easily now, although obsession and the need to control your surroundings might come up with them. This transit is perhaps best used to refresh your sense of passion and transform your sense of purpose and direction.

Jun.19 – Sun conjunct North Lunar Node (29:07 of Gemini)  (Jun.20 in UK, AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

For a few days before and after this date, your sense of self and purpose are in sharper focus. You might encounter people who understand you more than usual, or you could find the courage to shine a little brighter than you normally do. However, this also brings a challenge to find and fulfil your potential within a broader context of life, friends, associates, groups and the world. It is a good time to look at your vision of the future—on a personal level but especially the wider vision you have for the world around you. What is your greatest potential over the coming year? Ten years? The New and Full Moons just before and after this transit are usually Eclipses. Check to see if those Eclipses form major aspects to your natal chart, since these will show a future direction for you over the coming months. The Sun-Node transit happening right now will help to focus those changes.

Jun.20 – Mars sextile Jupiter (25:13 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Jun.19 in HAST, AKDT)

There is potential for optimism, cheerfulness and increased energy during this transit. You will probably have to go after it (rather than it just falling into your lap), but you can probably increase your mood and energy level by applying a bit of effort. Your self-confidence and general attitude can improve, although be careful you don't become so caught up in feeling good that you ignore common sense, caution or realism. This is a good time to consider the moral, philosophical or greater implications of your actions, and then make adjustments to bring your behaviour into alignment with your beliefs, aspirations and ideals.

Jun.20 – HAPPY SOLSTICE! Sun enters Cancer (until Jul.22)


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Washington DC, USA:

Jun.20, 2020, 5:34 pM EDT

London, UK:

Jun.20, 2020, 10:34 pM BST

Sydney, AU:

Jun.21, 2020, 7:34 AM AEST

Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of Cancer! When the Sun enters Cancer, it also marks the Summer Solstice (in North America, the UK, Europe and other places in the northern hemisphere; or the Winter Solstice in Australia and other places in the southern hemisphere). This is the time when we all get to cultivate and nurture the Cancer side of our nature. This includes feelings, needs and nurturing instincts, as well as your connection to home and family, and your most primal sense of belonging. To explore this area of your life, think about your family – are you closely connected to your family-of-origin (the one you grew up with), or do you also have a "chosen family" in adulthood? Who is part of your support system (the people you know you can turn to when you need them)? What people, groups, places or experiences satisfy your need for belonging, which everyone has inside them? Cancer is about our distant past (childhood, ancestry, memories) that influences our current behaviour, motives and methods of getting our emotional needs met. Take this time to find new ways to nurture yourself, to share that nurturing with others, and to ensure that you don't give to others at the expense of not getting what you need.


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