SOLSTICE GREETINGS!  With the Sun’s entry into CANCER on June 20, Summer has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere (along with Crab~ by TwilightHauntings on DeviantArtthe longest day of the year)!  Now’s the time to collect any scattered energies from the previous GEMINI month, shift gears and refocus on finances, fuel, food & feelings during the month ahead.  Are you getting your needs met (physically, emotionally, intellectually & spiritually)?  Is your lifestyle sustainable?  Make time for self-care, refill your cup and nurture yourself on all levels — you deserve it!

The survival instinct is alive & well right now — put your personal finances in order, uplift your prosperity consciousness and strive for self-sufficiency.  Stock up the frig and cupboards with the basic necessities of life.  Food, nutrition and diet will take on increased significance this month — CANCER (the Crab) is associated with the stomach, digestive system and breasts.  Re-evaluate your nutritional needs & dietary habits, provide your body with the nourishment it requires — and drink plenty of water!

With both Mercury and Venus also in CANCER as this solar month begins, there will be a strong emphasis on personal security needs, emotional sensitivities, patriotic sentiments — and women’s issues, in particular.  You’ll be in the mood to dine at your favorite restaurants or brush up on your culinary skills — picnics, barbecues and gourmet meals will be on the menu.  Pull out your cookbooks and experiment with a new recipe or two.

Following a week of Neptune squares (and possibly some confusion or chaos), you’re likely to experience increased clarity & focus with the mentally-stimulating Mercury-Mars sextile on June 21.  With the Full Moon (also known as the Strawberry Moon) in CANCER & CAPRICORN peaking the same day (at 6:08 pm PDT), some significant insights may come to the surface.  With this first full moon of summer, some emotional responses could be stirred up over joint finances, business partnerships, shared finances & possessions, parenting issues, taxes, insurance, debts or legal matters.  The challenge here is to meet your own needs, and at the same time, honor your agreements and responsibilities to others. Think twice before making emotional demands, impulsive purchases or dietary transgressions; avoid co-dependent interactions.

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You may feel a need for an attitude adjustment as the turbulent Sun-Pluto inconjunct emerges on June 22.  It could be a good weekend to purge & recycle outworn possessions or release any emotional attachments that are holding you back.  The Mercury-Lunar Node square, also on the 22nd, could stir up some irritability or miscommunication, so keep the focus on clearing the decks.

Social interactions may feel a bit off or out of balance as the inharmonious Venus-North Node square builds up on June 26.  Fortunately, the grounded Mercury Saturn trine takes over later that day, bringing a more settled, stable emotional state along with it.  The sparkling Venus-Mars sextile, on the 28th, could get the weekend off to a playful, even romantic, start.  Make plans with your favorite friends for a memorable evening.

Saturn begins its 4-1/2 month retrograde cycle on June 29.  The wheels of fortune tend to move slowly for a few days with this transition.  This particular retrograde involves a period of cementing your long-term intentions and solidifying your commitments.  Clear up any debts & obligations, recycle outworn possessions, scrutinize insurance, tax, government or legal matters, re-evaluate your habits, and put your back, knees and teeth in healthy condition.  On the same day, this heavy energy can be balanced out with inspiration from the enlightening Mercury-Uranus sextile.  Brilliant ideas and unique concepts may arise; expect the unexpected!

A second major planetary retrograde takes place on July 2 as Neptune turns retrograde — in the very last degree of PISCES. This can signify a chaotic, confusing or absentminded few days (especially with work, health or pets), so stay as focused as possible! This 5-1/2 month retrograde represents a time to deal with any unresolved health matters, get back to the gym and  make sure you’re getting enough sleep.  Pay special attention to your dreams.  Re-energize your spiritual practice, renew your connection to spirit and listen more closely to your inner voice.  This may also be a good time to re-evaluate your volunteer commitments & activities.

With 5 more planetary aspects happening as July begins, it’s going to feel like life in the fast lane!  Mercury trines Neptune (which tends to inspire compassion, psychic sensitivity and spiritual connections, especially with animals), then leaves introverted CANCER and moves on to extroverted LEO on the 2nd.  A spirit of joy, confidence and vitality will begin to infuse the energy field. Considering that LEO is a fire sign, the temperatures could rise even more and the wildfire danger is likely to increase.  Stay vigilant!

The edgy Sun-Lunar Node square (aka Moon Wobble) hits the peak of its 2-week period of instability at the same time.  This is always a period where things are a bit out-of-whack, so resist any tendencies to make rash decisions or rush in to new projects.  All the facts aren’t in yet, so just relax, do your research and attend to your plans for the July 4th holiday.  The sweet, stabilizing Venus-Saturn trine on this same day will gently help those plans along.  Just don’t allow the intense Mercury-Pluto opposition (at the very end of the day) to put too much pressure on you and don’t force any issues.  Let life merrily roll along, and enjoy a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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Count your blessings, tend to your personal needs, strengthen your inner resources and protect your assets with the New Moon in CANCER on July 5 at 3:57 pm PDT.  Accompanied by the productive Mars-Saturn sextile on the same day, this is the time to plant the seeds for increased emotional & financial security.  If you’re fortunate enough to have this day off (and to have a 4-day vacation!), you may feel like putting some serious energy into making your domestic scene more comfortable, safe & stable.

Ruled by the Moonplanetmoon, CANCER symbolizes the feminine principle and is associated with emotions, instincts, values, inner resources, survival/security needs, personal finances, food and nutrition.  It is associated with motherhood, nurturing, the ocean’s tides and the rhythms of the body.  The mood (public & personal) shifts as the Moon changes every few days from one lunar position to another, taking on the coloration of whatever sign it is in.  It transits through all 12 zodiacal signs every month, staying for 2 to 2½ days in each sign.  That’s why Cancer individuals are known for being changeable and moody!

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You’ll likely feel recharged and refreshed after the holiday weekend, ready to enjoy some delightful planetary aspects as the new week unfolds.  The scintillating Venus-Uranus sextile on July 8 can bring a social sparkle to your life, and the positive Mercury-Jupiter sextile and Mercury-North Node trine, on the same day, will likely inspire a positive uplift.  Opportunities to make significant connections or start a new project could arise with the expansive Jupiter-North Node sextile on July 9.  You could take care of some important business or make a significant commitment with the constructive Sun-Saturn trine on the 10th.

You may feel a healing, compassionate vibe on July 11 as Venus  trines Neptune while finishing up its journey through CANCER.   Then, Venus will join Mercury in sunny LEO later that morning, bringing with it a more outgoing, cheerful perspective.  Crawl out of your shell and celebrate life with your friends.  Social activities can stimulate lots of fun & joy for the next few weeks.  It’s the time to entertain, as well as to be entertained!  With the star-crossed Venus-Pluto opposition peaking the next day, however, you’ll want to allow things to come to you instead of forcing any issues.  Avoid pushiness & impatience, as it could damage a special relationship. BE the change you want to see happen.

Take it easy on July 15, as the Mercury-Saturn inconjunct will require you to pay attention and move beyond any limiting thoughts or beliefs.  And the explosive Mars-Uranus conjunction, on the same day, strongly suggests that you slow down, control your energy and find a healthy outlet for letting off some steam.  Use special care with mechanical & electrical objects.  There could be some extreme weather patterns or electrical storms, possibly causing power outages, accidents or computer glitches.   Forewarned is forearmed!

By July 18, there could be surprises and serendipity in the air with the unpredictable Sun-Uranus sextile.  Be on the alert for inventive ideas and unexpected connections.  The harmonious Venus-North Node trine follows on the 19th, possibly bringing some sweet social energy with it.  You could be at the right place and the right time to meet some very special, unique individuals.

The last weekend of this CANCER cycle (July 20-21) will be quite a vibrant one!  On the 20th, Mars sextiles Neptune right as it finishes up its 6-week transit of TAURUS, elevating our spirits and providing healing energy.  You may want to take in a concert, head to theFile:Twemoji2 264a.svg - Wikimedia Commons beach, get a massage, catch up on your sleep or spend quality time with family and pets.

Once Mars moves on to join Jupiter in GEMINI that afternoon, you’ll be feeling the urge to get out of the house and back into circulation.  A restless, inquisitive spirit will predominate during its upcoming 6-week cycle in this mentally-stimulating sign.  There will be places to go, people to meet and lots to talk about.  The media will be having a field day!  Speak your piece, and at the same time, make sure you’re not passing on gossip or unverified information.

The rare second Full Moon in this solar month falls in the final degrees of CANCER & CAPRICORN on Sunday, July 21 at 3:17 am PDT.  Whatever emotional or financial issues emerged with theFile:Full Moon 20-1-62 from Thailand Photographs by Peak Hora.jpg - Wikimedia Commons first Full Moon (June 21) can now be brought out into the open, resolved and released. This particular full moon is known by the native Americans as the buck moon (also the raspberry moon and the salmon moon).

And there are 4 more potent aspects peaking on this very day, all of which can support this process of letting go.  The optimistic Venus-Jupiter sextile will provide an opportunity for honest communication and loving friendship, and the unpredictable Mercury-Uranus square can help you see things from a different point of view and free up from any rigid, outgrown ideas or opinions.  The energizing Mars-Pluto trine later that evening could fire up some creative new projects, and last but not least, the compassionate Sun-Neptune trine could bring a true spiritual enhancement to your life.  What a weekend this will be!  Soak it all in and let your spirit soar!

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Utilize the energy of this CANCER month to absorb, digest, receive, collect, remember, preserve, defend and cherish those people and values that you care about the most.  Face up to your fears and insecurities and try not to be crabby, clingy, touchy or defensive.  Pay close attention to your gut-level reactions and follow your feelings — let your instincts be your guide!  Nurture yourself, stay hydrated and have a wonderful summer!

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