The Solstice this week is a profound expression of the times we live in, the path we have chosen.
Solstice occurs when the Sun enters Cancer, this year at 8:26 AM EDT, 12:26 PM GMT on June 21. There are layers upon layers of significance in this moment. Our level of consciousness as we pass through the Solstice gateway will be imprinted into future generations. The implications are limitless.
Energetically, the Solstice chart for June 21, 2006, resembles the Grand Fixed Cross Solar Eclipse of August 11, 1999, and the Harmonic Concordance of November 8-9, 2003, two pivotal moments in the transformation of consciousness leading to and through 2012. Both accompanied mass spiritual awakenings.
And now we have the June Solstice 2006. This Grand Cross initiation portal is a unique event of infinite potential amplified by the Solstice gateway and Pluto's conjunction with the Galactic Heart.
Solstices and equinoxes are cardinal points of the solar year, marking special alignments of Sun, Earth and Moon as the Sun makes his annual journey through the zodiac. On the Solstices, we have the longest and shortest days of the year; at equinoxes, day and night are of equal length.
These, along with the cross-quarter Sabbats, are highly charged energetic portals when the veils between worlds thin and our intent radiates throughout the galaxy.
In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re approaching Midsummer, the apex of the Solar Year. In the pagan calendar, Litha is a time to pause and celebrate between the agricultural seasons of planting and harvesting. In the Southern Hemisphere, we honor the Return of Light, the promise of new life during the longest night of the year.
While the Equinoxes are a point of balance, the Solstices are a point of extremes. We're certainly seeing extremes played out in our world today, as well as in our personal lives.
Much of the power behind this Solstice erupts from a Grand Cross in fixed signs. Mars and Saturn in Leo oppose Chiron in Aquarius; Jupiter in Scorpio opposes the Moon in Taurus. The zodiacal symbols of these signs (the bull, the lion, the eagle and man) synch up with the imagery of the "four beasts of the apocalypse" described in Bible prophecy. The arrival of these energetic messengers tells us the end of the world (as we know it) is here.
A new consciousness is being born.
Divine consciousness is encoded in the symbol formed by the planets in the Grand Cross. The equal-armed cross is the symbol of the Cosmic Christ, Quetzalcoatl, Melchizedek, Padmasambhava and other enlightened masters. The cross symbolizes the union of opposites, the resolution of duality...unity consciousness.
A Grand Fixed Cross, formed by different planets, was in place at the Total Solar Eclipse on August 11, 1999, a moment of inflooding divine cosmic intelligence, a mass spiritual awakening.
This cross reminds us the old is passing away. A new paradigm is being born. The cross represents a turning point, a new beginning.
Through the Grand Cross/Solstice portal, we have a special opportunity to:
- Redirect the focus of the self in relation to the collective- Reach beyond our individual lives, beyond our communities and nations to connect with the Cosmos- Heal personal wounds so we may walk fully in our power and serve at a higher level- Merge the spiritual and material planes
Within the tense squares and oppositions of this cross, there's tremendous energy for change. In an instant, we could release the past and emerge as bold, courageous, creative, empowered individuals expressing a specific destiny and purpose.
Or we could lock ourselves down in old, comfortable, outdated patterns, allowing the emotions of past hurts to control us or diminish our highest expression. Is this your cross to bear, or a cross of purification and initiation? It's your choice.
Energies are running high as the Solstice alignment heats up. The Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus are all in emotional-water signs, while Mars, Saturn and Pluto transit creative-fire signs. Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius fan the flames. The lunar node at 0 degrees of Aries sets off this astro-pressure cooker.
The Sun's entry into Cancer, the sign of nurturing and home, is a heart-warming event celebrated with dance, song and feasting in the northern latitudes. This year's Solstice is complicated by hard aspects to the Sun from the Moon's nodes and transiting Pluto out there in the fringes of our solar system, aligned with the Galactic Center.
Pluto opposes the Sun, purging the Self of emotional and karmic debris to prepare our hearts for the infusion of Divine Love coming our way when he crosses the exact degree of the Galactic Center later this year. The north node at 0 Aries emphasizes the initiation aspect of the Solstice gateway. The first degree of the first sign of the zodiac represents a new beginning at a higher level of consciousness. The Aries Point could bring integration, balance and wholeness upon completion of a cycle. Aries is also the headstrong, impetuous warrior, eager to set free the energies of initiation.
The efficiency of this chart is astounding. This is a flashpoint, a moment of cosmic potential.
The June Solstice alignment creates an extraordinary opportunity for higher, expanded awareness to infuse a new reality on planet Earth. Your participation is requested.
What you are holding in your consciousness at this special alignment will be magnified throughout the cosmos and all dimensions. How will you focus the energies in this moment?
To find the time of the Solstice alignment in your area, check the World Time Clock:
Whether you're at work, in school, at home, in temple or at an ancient stone circle, you could hold an intention of peace and empowerment in the moment when the planets align in their sacred dance.
As you focus, you are simultaneously receiving the initiatory frequencies and transmitting them with your personal energy signature into the Earth grid and throughout the Cosmos. Bring this energy, especially, to the hot spots on our planet - Indonesia, the Middle East, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and others you know about.
Critical mass is forming now, today, to facilitate a shift of consciousness unprecedented on planet Earth. How will you spend this moment of extreme opportunity?
It's your choice.
Solstice Soul Attunement
If you've been sleeping or weeping a lot the past week, you're not alone. Emotional clearing is intensified as we make our way through the Solstice alignment. We're recalibrating to a higher frequency.
The Grand Cross formed by two pairs of opposing planets all square to each other is a symbol rich in metaphysical meaning. This equal-armed cross represents the union of seeming opposites. Darkness and light. Masculine and feminine. Heaven and Earth. Spirit and matter.
To help bring our experience of masculine energies into balance, we have the two male powerhouses in this cross - Mars and Saturn - together in Leo both opposing the tiny planetoid Chiron. The conjunction of Mars and Saturn was exact on June 17. Their opposition to Chiron continues through the Solstice.
Personal and social change is on the horizon.
Saturn represents father, karma, control, responsibility, law, structure, the status quo. Chiron, his son, chose a different path. He is the holistic practitioner, the metaphysician, the visionary, artist and wounded healer. They have been locked in opposition for the past 19 years, and we've been dealing with issues of authority, conditioning, limitation, personal and cultural wounding throughout this time. We're facing up to our choices, paying off karmic debt, healing the wounds of childhood.
That pattern is about to change.
This is the final direct opposition in this cycle. After the Solstice, Saturn and Chiron will go their separate ways. If we're willing to take responsibility for our choices, freedom from the past is imminent in this release.
On the collective level, the Saturn-Chiron cycle helps raise human consciousness from the level of personal, self-interest to a state of broader, social action infused by an awareness of the indwelling spirit of all creation.
The current cycle began in 1966 and lasts until 2028. Think of the changes in social awareness that happened throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and you'll get a picture of the potential in this passage. Saturn-Chiron deals with important changes in the mentality of the individual in relation to the collective. Social movements arise. Often these shifts are not easy, and occur only after a series of dramatic changes.
The Mars-Chiron opposition is the mid-point of a two-year cycle that began in March 2005. Mars-Chiron offers the opportunity to heal the martyr complex, the clinging to woundedness so common among holistic, metaphysical students and practitioners.
In healing deep wounds today, we need to move beyond embracing the pain and forgiving others. Forgiveness implies someone has wronged us. From the perspective of the soul, there is no right or wrong, only experiences that contribute to our evolution.
We've felt our pain, experienced the illusion of separation. Now it's time to move on.
Together, Saturn, Mars and Chiron encourage us to walk the edge between authority and autonomy, to stand in our wholeness and reclaim our power as defined by Self, not by Other.
With this Solstice passage, everything you've ever dreamed of is yours, in an instant, if you'll let go of the past, the beliefs and wounding, the illusion of limitation that have held you back. Allow the Solstice fires to purify your being. Come home to your soul.
In letting go of the past, the promise of an enlightened, empowered life is fulfilled. We are free to create joyfully, to live from the heart, to see through the eyes of a child. This is a gift of higher consciousness.
Enjoy the journey!
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