The meaning behind the Solstice
By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of a Pisces Moon. At 10:38 p.m. on Monday, June 24, the moon shifted into Aries and the week kicked off with a series of changes that stand a good chance of rocking our personal and collective boats.
I say this because there are aspects that came into play on the Summer Solstice that are too intense to overlook. Because the Solstice horoscope is akin to the writing on the wall for the next three months, it might do us good to review those aspects, in a little more depth. Why? Because whatever is written in the stars will come to pass or not, depending on the extent to which the free will of the populace is conscious enough to take the high road between now and the Fall equinox.
The North and South nodes of the moon represent the spindle around which the evolutionary path of human consciousness spins. They connect the past to the future. At the moment the nodes rest on the Cancer/Capricorn axis, at the 18th degree. This axis governs a lot of things. At rock bottom it defines the connection between Mother Earth and Father Sky and the balance between the male and the female. Saturn is sitting smack dab on the South node in Capricorn; Pluto is there too. Positioned on the point that symbolizes the weight of the past, and the power of the patriarchy, the two planets are screaming at us to embrace a totally new way of being, one which brings the male polarity into harmony with the female polarity.
With Mars, Mercury, Niobe, and Nemesis on the North node, opposing Saturn and Pluto on the South node, it’s clear that this transition will be fraught with tension, fanaticism, control issues and insurmountable difficulties. The asteroid Atlantis squares this collection of opposing forces from the 22nd degree of Aries. This implies that these conditions hark back to the Atlantean cataclysm, and whether we redeem ourselves or not depends entirely upon whether the heart of humanity is conscious enough to transcend the patterns of the past.
All of the above could be translated in a number of different ways. Whenever it feels like I am too subjective to read things accurately, I use the Sabian Symbols to help me beam in on how things will pan out. This time I decided to use Atlantis, and the Sabian Symbol of the Solstice Moon for my astrological litmus test. Atlantis is the root point for everything that’s going on right now. The Sabian Symbol for Atlantis at the 22nd degree of Aries is called “The gate to the garden of fulfilled desires: Abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation.”
The moon is the weathervane that reads the pulse of the moment in any question, or situation. It happened to be at the 20th degree of Aquarius on the Summer Solstice. The Sabian Symbol for that degree of the zodiac is called “A large white dove bearing a message:The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained, and victorious individual efforts.” The imagery gives us plenty of room to look on the bright side. What will play out over the next few months will meet a tipping point at the Fall Equinox of 2019. By that time we will face a new set of conditions and what got set in motion at the Midsummer Cross Quarter will continue to unravel from January 2020, right through until November 2020. In other words, it will take that long for us to know for sure where we are heading.
Nothing is written in stone: Astrology is a mixture of fate and free will. At this point what needs to be kept in mind is that our personal choices, along with the ability to face our demons and walk our talk through “sustained and victorious individual efforts,” hold the key that will open “the gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires.” Let me leave you with that, beg you to recognize what is sacred in your lives, and invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.