Summer Solstice and the Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 20th 2016 by Margaret Gray

‘Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise’ – Maya Angelou[i]


The Key Planetary Energies today:

This is the second of two Full Moons in Sagittarius – the first one was in May 2016. The last one was on June 22nd 1967 at 0’ Capricorn 06. The next one won’t be until June 21st, 2062. Hence for some this may well be the only experience of Summer Solstice combined with a Full Moon!

This Full Moon is opposite Venus in Cancer, trine Uranus in Aries (5’) and square Chiron in Pisces (4’) Meanwhile the tight Mutable Grand Cross continues in the sky with Mercury in Gemini square Jupiter exactly conjunct the North Node in Virgo square Neptune conjunct South Node in Pisces and exactly opposite Saturn in Sagittarius!fullmoonsag

The Full Moon is at 11.03 Irish/UK time and the Summer Solstice is at 23.34 Irish/UK time on the 20th/21st By this time the Sun will have moved into 0’ Cancer 02 and the Moon will be at 6’ Capricorn 07.solstic

So how is this likely to affect us? 

This full moon at the Anaretic 29th degree has an urgency about it, due to its placement. Hence we are invited to integrate and complete something important, before we embrace the new nurturing and fertile energy of the Solstice. Key areas that are illuminated which may seek integration and completion are related to our thoughts and beliefs. It’s well worth exploring the emotional patterns that lie at the core of our beliefs and how they impact our communication within ourself and with others. How is this linked to our self-value? The trine to Uranus is urging us to release old emotional patterns and the square to Chiron reminds us that this release will help to bring about understanding and healing both for ourselves and those around us.

Later in the day Solstice, which is one of the four cardinal turning points in the solar calendar, welcomes a new season – Summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The word Solstice derives from the Latin word: Solstitium which is made up of ‘Sol’ – the Sun & the past participle of ‘sistere’ which means ‘to stand still’. Hence our focus today is on the Solar Archetype. This includes: the principle of self and individuation, illumination within and outside of ourselves, the father archetype within, action, vocation, expansion, our identity, shining our truth, our roots, inner strength…solstice

Throughout the centuries Sun gods were worshipped across the globe throughout almost every culture. With patriarchy, many of them were identified as male. However, in Irish mythology, Áine who was the daughter of Eogabail of the Tuatha Dé Danann, “was originally worshipped as a Sun Goddess. She was also seen as a Moon Goddess, a Goddess of Love, a Fertility Goddess, a Healing Goddess, and a Sovereignty Goddess. Áine is also known as a Faery Queen. Her name means “brightness, glow, joy, radiance; splendour, glory, fame” and she is associated with the abundance of summer. Áine walked among Her people, offering aide where needed. She was invoked for “abundance, prosperity, punishing love crimes, keeping magical vows, revealing faeries, bearing magical children, and leaving unsuitable mate. South West is her direction, and Air is her element. The red mare, rabbit, and swan are her sacred animals.” [ii]airmid

Hence today we are invited to invoke Áine, to assist us in whatever area of our life we would like the Sun to shine brightly and bring abundance and new joyful beginnings. Notice in particular which area of your chart the Sun at 0’ Cancer and the Moon at 6’ Capricorn land in. Time in nature is likely to be particularly beneficial today.

In our Relationships:
The June Full Moon is known as the ‘Honey Moon” – hence the term ‘honeymoon’ for new ‘in love’ couples and why June is one of the most popular months to get married! For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year is connected to abundance and light as we experience the most hours of sunlight in the year. “As the goddess of love, Áine was invoked for love spells and fertility with the Sun and Moon being her planets. She was known for teaching her human children about love” [iii]– (both human and spiritual love). Aine, with long red hair held by a headband of fallen stars, was always seen wearing yellow, attire fitting for a Goddess associated with the sun and the moon.”

Abundance in the arena of love is more likely if we release old concepts of what ‘love’ is supposed to be and embrace a more expansive concept based on ‘unconditionality’ as well as on ‘service’. With Mercury in Gemini opposing Saturn, writing may feel easier than speaking to our loved ones today. As the Full Moon wanes and the Solstice takes over, the light of the Sun will join Venus in Cancer, softening the urgency of the 29’ and inviting compassion and tenderness for ourselves and others. This is an ideal time to consider making changes and new starts in all relationships but particularly within families, especially if boundaries have become a little blurred.

Full Moons offer the potential to let go of something that is no longer serving us well. This is particularly emphasised with the Grand Cross today, as well as the Full Moon at 29’! Sadly the key planetary energies in the Grand Cross seem to have been expressed at their most limited over the past week in many parts of the world. Mental and emotional chaos and confusion (Neptune/Sth node in Pisces) based on a limited sense of meaning (opposite Jupiter/North Node in Virgo) versus a sense of meaning and service fuelled by unconditional love and recognition of our sameness. This erupted in a violent attempt to annihilate the shadow within oneself and others, (Mars in Scorpio quincunx Uranus in Aries as well as the trine from Jupiter/Nth Node to Pluto in Capricorn), rather than self-empowered actions leading to a new way of being.maxresdefault

Solstice offers us a new turning point as a collective – the question for each of us is: how are we going to move forward? Are we willing to do the work required by the Jupiter/North Node in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn – learn, consciously analyse, evaluate, be of service, reach out, let go of addictions, make changes to create new structures in ourselves and in society…? With Mars Rx in Scorpio, quincunx Uranus in Aries – are we willing to evaluate ourselves and our past actions in a conscious manner so that we can move forward in a new way? The potential is there but as the Dalai Lama recently pointed out: ‘It requires action on our part’.

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray June 2016

[i] May thanks to Kelsey Avalon for playing this beautiful poem ‘Still I’ll Rise’ by Maya Angelou at her presentation on Asteroids at the Astrology Ireland Meetup.

[ii] Many thanks to Judith Shaw to Voices from the Dawn for the quotes about Áine. It well worth looking at both these websites:

[iii] See above!

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