* Summer SoUlstice 2016 on June 20, at 3:36 pm PDT: Sacred Stand-Still & Turning Point

20 Jun


We are celebrating the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (as the SUN has reached the Tropic of CANCER) – one of the four sacred turning points of the year (Summer and Winter Solstice, and Spring and Fall Equinox).

Solstice means literally ‘Standstill of the Sun’.



Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, LITHA / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.


Apparently, from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, the SUN has reached its maximum range of the Ecliptic, and is now overhead the Tropic of CANCER, ‘producing’ the longest day time hours, before ‘receding’.


And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘arch’ of the SUN is the smallest and lowest now, reaching Winter Solstice. (Your Summer Solstice is when, through the Earth tilt, the Sun is overhead the Tropic of Capricorn – longest days for you guys and gals).

Happy WINTER SOLSTICE, dear reader in the Southern Hemisphere, esp. Australia and South Africa!

Back to our ‘Northern turf’:

As you can see in http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/canada/victoria, we are actually 2 weeks in Solstice mode:

16 hrs and 06 – 07 min of day time this whole week in Victoria BC, culminating tomorrow June 20 / 21, with 16 hrs and 06 min. and 47 sec., the absolute maximum of the year. June 21 will be 7 hours and 48 minutes longer than the Winter Solstice (Dec 21)! And next week, the day time will recede very slowwwly.


* STANDSTILL & SPIRALING Vibes abound – not ‘just’ through the SoUlstice SUN



Chartres Labyrinth


A Turnaround Time it IS, in many ways.

Our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family’ mirrors that this month:


MARS, CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE are ALL in stationary mode, and SATURN retro is slowing down too!

Plus, the Square between SATURN in SAG (“Where are we / where is this going???”) and NEPTUNE in PI (“LET go.”), exact again (for the 2nd out of 3 times) on Fri (June 17) adds to the Spiraling Effect.


In other words, these planets have just recently, or are in the process of changing direction from direct (forward from Earth perspective) to retro (CHIRON – June 27, URANUSJuly 29, and NEPTUNE – June 13), or from retro to direct (MARS – June 29). They prompt us to turn soulward, and ‘thread ourselves’ with these archetypal human experiences through the ‘eye of the karmic needle’, while SATURN retro / soon stationary in SAG calls us to go into deep inner Heart Truth, and the transpersonal, collective energies of PLUTO are transforming us, through the ‘birth canal of consciousness’. MARS stationary in late SCO, the Zodiac energy related to PLUTO is a deep provocative catalyst to process what has been hidden and covered ‘in the dark’.

All these stationary / retro planets end of June / in July are focal points, and their archetypal energy naturally spirals inward / backward – soulward.


We are called go backwards / inwards, for REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to low and unconscious vibrations of…

MARS in SCO: Vengeance and self sabotaging ‘aggression’, ‘cold war’.

CHIRON in PI: Old shame, vulnerability, and wounds that turn into our ‘shamanic scars’.

URANUS in AR: Old RE-actionary, hectic, survival stress.

NEPTUNE in PI: Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.

And SATURN: Old REpetitive patterns, karma, obstacles, limitations, blocks, pain, ‘excess luggage’


…and find inside the more conscious vibrations of:

MARS in SCO-to-SAG (will go direct on June 29, and cross over the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Aug 3): Transformed, and naturally deeply empowered Masculine arising!

CHIRON in PI (will go retro on June 27): The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. Unity heals.

URANUS in AR (will go retro on July 29): Liberation into the vibrant NOW.

NEPTUNE in PI (went retro on June 13): Dropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.


Here is the SUMMER SO(U)LSTICE ‘Birth Chart’:


Summer Solstice 2016

Check out the Mutable Cross that’s forming again – active throughout June, now re-energized through MERCURY –  SO important to find stillness in the ‘hub of the wheel’ – given all the centrifugal mutable impulses…

A perfect time for inquiry, and to communicate from a place of perspective about what we have ‘conceived’ on a higher / deeper level of consciousness, even ‘just’ since the GEM New Moon on June 4.


The recent SQUARE from SATURN retro in SAG to NEPTUNE stationary / retro in PI asks us:

How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

If we identify with SATURN, and would rather have control and a clear orientation we might get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way we expected them to be. Disappointment can show up – reminding us that we had an attachment to the outcome. Going with the flow and adapting, surfing with the situation is rather the way to let-go.

What would the inner spiritual (NEPTUNE) teacher / guide / guru (SATURN) say to this situation that’s out of control?


Voyager V Hierophant Crystals & Ganesh

Voyager Tarot card V – Hierophant (the Spiritual Teacher). Activation with Crystals, Rock, and Ganesh, and Photo by Melanie


As those of you who have come to private sessions or group experiences know, the Voyager Tarot loves to be ‘married’ and synergized with Astrology…


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger




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