The Solstice Portal
The Solstice horoscope features four prominent and tightly related features…
- Juno Square to the Nodes – Huge changes in our Unconscious Identity. Old news, we been doing it for a while – except that now Juno has gone Retro.
- Mercury Conjunct Venus and Venus Conjunct Vesta – Potential for serious personal Integration.
- A wide Septile “Yod” – Lots of Magic afoot.
- Several days without a Grand Trine! – We’ve been Grand Trined for most of 2013, and we’ll continue to be through October. But here we have a few days without.
The Solstice horoscope to some extent describes the year to follow, but most immediately, we’ve got a 3-day Portal defined by these four basically-simultaneous features.
Turns out Juno went Retrograde when I wasn’t looking, on June 14. We’ve been talking about Juno (Unconscious Identity) for a while now, since it’s been T-Squaring (Mastery through Challenge) the Nodes (our Karma and Mission) since early May. Because the timing was so close to Chiron’s June 16 Station, and since it’s oxymoronic to name what’s Unconscious, we’ll consider Juno’s Backwardation as an embellishment to the Chiron Retrogradation.
One way to get a handle on the Unconscious is to Pay Attention. Those Hidden Patterns are identifiable if you’re willing to look for them, or ask your friends to help. One warning – don’t accept the temptation to richochet! When you see a self-sabotaging Pattern, don’t suddenly try to switch to its opposite or avoid repeating it – by avoiding it you never leave the Coin. Shift it by 10% – watch it while it repeats, but chop 10% out of the middle. Repeat the Pattern but leave out a step. Repeat the Pattern with a different Attitude. Play with it – it has a great deal to teach you!
Every once in a while Mercury (Ideals) and Venus (Values) Conjoin, giving us an opportunity to align our Thoughts with our Emotions. The two aren’t independent, but they sure can get out of whack with one another. This one occurs just two hours prior to the Solstice, which more or less makes the whole next year such an opportunity. Be kind to yourself when you notice what an idiot you seem to have been as you discover the places where your Head and Heart misalign. Well, a lot of folks put Thought into the Third Chakra (which makes more sense) rather than the Sixth, so that would be where your Solar Plexus and Heart misalign. That has a lot of implications for Power.
Mercury turns Retrograde (on June 26) before it gets to Vesta, but Venus goes on to get Initiated by Vesta on June 22 – close enough that it’ll stretch this Portal into a three-day window. Venus-Vesta is about aligning the Fourth and Seventh Chakras – the Heart and the Crown, pretty bottom-line spiritually – and that makes the Solstice and year about aligning all three Chakras. The Initiation occurs at 24 Cancer, “A woman and two men castaways on a small island in the South Seas.” Doesn’t that sound like trouble! On the other hand, we’re likely to find out who’s really in charge, eh?
Plus, we’ll have five or six weeks to think it over, as Mercury reviews much of the second half of Cancer. That’s basically about how we Nurture our Community, and fine-tuning our Attitude so the Energy Exchange is Equal, and we’re neither giving ourselves away, nor holding back. Both Mercury and Venus have come back In Bounds, so they aren’t as Strong as they were for much of the prior month.
The Wide Septile Yod
It’s actually closer to a T-Square or a Grand Trine in appearance, as this Triangle is made up of two Biseptiles and one Triseptile. Septiles and other Seventh Harmonic Angles like these are about Occult Power. The players are quite fascinating – Juno, Mercury-Venus-Vesta, and Saturn. Well, didn’t we say that one of the best ways to grow Consciousness (Juno) is to Pay Attention! (Saturn), and of course our Unconscious Identity is going to be transformed bigtime when we align Head and Heart and Hearth! What might that look like, this Occult Power?
As a tyke I drove my father crazy with my constant questions, and one of his habitual answers to my “How do you do that?” was “You have to hold your mouth right.” And yes, he did occasionally play the harmonica. But the subtler message is that everything depends on your attitude. You can repeat one of those newly-recognized Unconscious Patterns using your habitual attitude (what, Anger? Fear? Expectation of Rejection?), or you can walk through it with a different Heartset – maybe Love, or Excitement, or No Expectations). That’ll certainly inject some Chironian Magic into the situation – Occult just means “hidden” after all.
It’s only for a few days, but this’ll give us a chance to appreciate how the Grand Trines we’ve been living under are a great Gift, rather than taking them for granted as we’d be otherwise wont to do. By the time Venus crosses Vesta, the Sun and Lilith will have moved into a new Grand Trine with Saturn and Neptune, and we’ll be back under Grace. But for these few days we’re on our own. The Grand Trines went away around June 17 – what in your Life has changed for the worse since then? Not to worry, they’ll be back by June 23, until October.
You’ve probably noticed that the World has changed. Sure, Syria is smelling more and more like the Spanish Civil War, but don’t bet on it. A lot of people haven’t noticed, and they’re going to keep on with the Same Old Same Old, till the Shift hits their fan and they find that their old Power-Over games don’t work any more.
Nothing like the Feldspars, Laboradorite in particular, to illustrate how what you perceive depends on the Angle you’re looking from. In this Feldspar, the Crystalline units (they aren’t Molecules, but they’re sort of like Molecules in that they’re ordered configurations of Atoms – but rather than being a coherent chemical actor like a Molecule, they’re building blocks, like Legos, that knit together to make Crystals) don’t quite get enough heat and pressure to mix fully, so there are microscopic layers in the Stone, like a Mica (which it’s not). From some Angles you can see through the top layers into the layers below, which can appear as iridescence.
As the Buddhists would say, Change Your Mind – but in this case we’re Changing our Mind to align with our Heart, and Changing both to align with our individual Sense of the Sacrosanct.