In just a few weeks’ time, these glorious warm-weather days will start getting shorter once again. The Summer Solstice—June 21 here in the Northern Hemisphere— derives its name from the Latin sistere, which means “to stand still.” For a brief moment on the longest day of the year, the sun stops and lingers in the sky, bathing us in its life-giving rays before starting its half-year journey back in the opposite direction.
Until then, there is no rest for the weary. The Gemini New Moon at the end of May kicked off two weeks of curiosity-driven action. The inner child in all of us is out to play, turning stones, asking questions, and experimenting with no fixed ideas or outcomes in mind. We are called to start making sense of a world in flux, where the old rules no longer apply and new ones have yet to be written. Future possibilities seem endless and we now must busy ourselves with identifying which ones will actually work.
On June 14, a Full Moon in the wisdom-filled sign of Sagittarius heralds the arrival of big-picture understanding. At that time, we will have formulated stronger convictions and, if we have done our jobs right, more optimism. The month winds down to a New Moon on June 29 in the yin sign of Cancer. At this point, our energies turn to the home, family, and self. Holding space for feelings and emotions in certain areas of life can be a pressing matter that demands action.
This inward turn dovetails nicely with Saturn and Neptune entering their own retrograde periods in June. The Saturn retrograde, which lasts for about a third of each year, is a time for grappling with limitations, real or imagined. Neptune’s retrograde, which lasts for nearly half the year, begins a process of transmuting unrealistic fantasies or illusions of perfection into something more real and perhaps no less magical. June’s explorations set the stage for intuition to play a bigger role later.