The Solstice Sun rises this morning on a vastly different world than we knew last year at this time. Think of the unprecedented chain of events that have happened in the past year - economic and political upheaval, volcanoes, earthquakes, extreme weather and, of course, the devastating oil surge in the Gulf of Mexico. Changes are happening faster today than at any other time in human history, and the acceleration will continue.
In this season of celebration, our lives are filled with blessings and challenges, joy and sorrow, passion and pathos as we find ourselves hurtling headfirst into the next world age.
Transformational energies reach a peak through mid-August as planets in our solar system align with specific points in space in ways that spell ramped-up uncertainty and disorder.
A few days after the Solstice, a stormy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn/Cancer unleashes tides of emotion. At this Sun-Moon opposition, the Moon aligns with explosive Pluto while chatty Mercury aligns with the Sun. Eclipses involve the play of shadow and light, and this one promises to unveil some surprises from the individual and collective unconscious.
Two weeks later, a total Solar Eclipse on the Cancer New Moon opens our hearts to divine love as we begin a new lunar cycle. With the eclipses of 2010 falling in Cancer/Capricorn, we have an ongoing opportunity to embody the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine as we learn to weave the energies of earth and sky, matter and form, in a tantric dance of creation.
Eclipses are super-charged new and full moons that break up longstanding energy patterns. A power-packed t-square formed by Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn guarantees the changes will be inescapable.
Because eclipses happen in 19-year cycles, we're completing things now that we were dealing with back in 1991. We're likely to be enmeshed in issues around relationship, finances, families, commitment, career, businesses and real estate - the structures and forms of our lives.
Understanding what to hold onto and what to release in times like these involves a continuous process of discernment. Above all, love is the deciding factor.
On this day of greatest light in the northern hemisphere (deepest night south of the equator), take a moment to consider the infinite potential of the times we live in. Notice how grace accompanies chaos. Celebrate every joy and success. Cherish time spent with family, friends and community. Embrace and release every experience, allowing each to be replaced by the next. Take refuge in the natural world and the promise of a new day beyond this tumultuous transition.
The Solstice - June 21, 2010
Solstice arrives on June 21 as the Sun enters Cancer, sign of the Divine Mother. It's summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, winter and deepest night below the equator.
Sacred sites at Stonehenge in England, Chaco Canyon in North America, Machu Picchu in Peru and many others align with the Solstice Sun. The ancients knew. Solstice is stillpoint, a special moment when creational energies are especially potent. Earth and Sun align in a standstill that lasts several days.
Solstice is an ideal time for reflection, contemplation, prayer and meditation, ritual for the healing of Mother Earth and prayer for the enlightenment of all beings.
One of the cardinal points of the solar wheel, this special Sun-Earth alignment enhances our powers of manifestation. What we hold in our minds will be multiplied through this gateway. Prayer, ritual, feasts and celebration magnify healing vibrations around the planet.
This year, the Solstice alignment leads into a paradigm-shattering eclipse period that begins with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Friday night, June 25/26, and culminates in a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon in Cancer on July 11. This is one of the most intense periods in the highly charged months of June, July and August 2010.
Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse - June 25/26, 2010
The Full Moon rises Friday night, June 25, with the eclipse happening overnight Friday to Saturday for most of our readers. This partial lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the western Americas.
New Moon Total Solar Eclipse - July 11, 2010
The path of totality of the Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse will only be visible in the southern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island and parts of southern Chile and Argentina. A partial eclipse will be visible in many parts of southern South America.
Eclipse links with more details, timing and visuals follow this article.
What to Expect
Wherever we are on the planet, we'll feel the energetic shifts connected with these powerful alignments.
Throughout this period, we're likely to be feel extra sensitive, emotional and intuitive. Watch for flashes of inspiration and insight. Transformational energies are running sky-high, and there's an electrifying sense that something's about to happen.
Prayers and intent are amplified throughout this gateway, from the Solstice all the way through the July 11 Solar Eclipse and beyond. Eat root vegetables and dark, leafy greens. Practice nurturing self-care. Body and energy therapies are enhanced by homeopathy, esstential oils and flower essences. Notice messages in dreams and meditation. Journal thoughts, impressions and intuitive downloads. Stay positive, stay focused and stay grounded.
During the alignment portals, be still. Listen to the voice of the soul. Allow yourself to be guided lovingly on your journey as you attune to the Divine Essence that flows through all of Creation.
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Previous articles highlighting the significance of the astrology of 2010 are available in the archives of my Evolutions blog: http://www.starpriestess.blogspot.com and in past issues of Cosmic Time.
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StarTalk Astro Forecast
We highlighted the specifics of the astrology for the coming month in the StarTalk Astro Preview Teleconference held live on June 10. The forecast includes details of the Solstice alignment, the June/July eclipses, the potent outer-planet t-square and upcoming Grand Cardinal Crosses.
To order the mp3, please go to: http://www.StarPriestess.com/events.html#newmoon You'll receive the recording and a copy of my 18-page 2010-2012 Astro Preview as a study guide.