Where were you the last week of April? That is the question being asked of you this summer solstice, the longest day of the year. This inquiry is triggered by a concurring solar eclipse and celestially activates that point in the sky. In astrology, as in life, we can look back to points in space and time, and reevaluate them to see what was going on, for better or worse. Whatever was going on the last week of April, this summer solstice offers you a new start, as a solar eclipse is a new moon, and a new moon is a new start.
Solstice points are embodied in various myths across different cultures. The story that comes to mind that expresses the summer solstice is the Norse legend of Baldr, Frigga, and Loki. Frigga, the mother of Baldr, learned of a prophecy that her son would die. In order to combat this, she required everything, from rocks to weapons, to pledge never to hurt Baldr. However, the trickster Loki found a way to use Baldr’s brother, Hodr, to throw a mistletoe, which Frigga had ignored, thinking a mistletoe not a threat to Baldr. It does seem like a reasonable supposition, that a mistletoe couldn’t kill someone. This myth symbolizes the change of the seasons and the “destruction” of perfection, or the lack of change, chaos, and seasons.
Clearly, we are moving through such a time. But many of us resist change, instead attempting, like Frigga, to try and make things “perfect”. We never reach absolute zero, the physical definition of no movement, which Frigga was materialistically trying to achieve.
Astrologically, this solstice point and eclipse is sensitive and was also active, as I said, during the last week of April. So think back to where you were at that time. What was the change you couldn’t avoid? Even though that change caused some chaos, realize that the changing of the seasons is the law of earth and that true beauty, even in tragedy, is in the imperfection of change.
March 21 – April 19
Reviewing matters on the home front is of paramount importance. Whatever was going on at the end of April comes back on the summer solstice. If you accept this change, you can give yourself a new start. If not, your vision of a perfect home space will have you realizing perfection is the enemy of good.
April 20 – May 20
Since the end of March, your career has been upended, but you feel you have been given a glimpse into a future where you are recognized as a true visionary in your chosen profession. These insights need to be adjusted with those around you, namely your neighbors. Even if you stand to rise in your career, make sure to say “Hi” to your neighbors every once and awhile.
May 21 – June 20
There may have been some disruption around your finances at the end of April. You felt you had everything going perfectly, only to realize that your considerable efforts inadvertently created a problem. Revisit this, and realize you’re given the opportunity for a new financial start. How you feel about the situation on an emotional level is a clue to how you should proceed.
June 21 – July 22
The personal gains you’ve made over the past year and a half are reemphasized during the summer solstice. Even though you’re on a different karmic path now, you still can revisit what you’ve accomplished. There’s an old saying “don’t look back unless that’s where you want to go.” However, you’ve come really far, and you should carry your experiences with you into the future.
July 23 – August 22
Your spiritual world is emphasized mightily during the winter solstice. You’re being given an opportunity for a new spiritual start. This means retreating to an internal world, literal or figurative. This has been happening for the past year and a half but has had some acute activations of late. Focus on your emotional interior world and your self-expression will be all the more powerful.
August 23 – September 22
There’s no stopping the fact that you’re excelling in your career over the next year and a half. However, don’t forget your social networks, professional and personal, that have been part of your success. You’re going to want to concurrently succeed in your profession while making sure your friends and colleagues are also given your attention. You don’t have to nor want to be lonely on top.
September 23 – October 22
Think back to whatever was going on at the end of April. There is a reemergence of that theme, and it provides you with a chance to make a new start in your career. You’ll probably even experience a wild swing for the better, but make sure you negotiate fairly the good fortune that befalls you. This situation calls for a clear head as emotions will be running high.
October 23 – November 21
What did you believe at the end of April? That was the culmination of a year and a half of karmic gains re your world view. You now take that evolved perspective into the future. The summer solstice gives you a chance to shatter your old way of thinking and experience a new birth in your philosophical outlook.
November 22 – December 21
The psychological gains you’ve made over the last year and a half result in a rebirth this summer solstice. Specifically at the end of April, what was going on? That is a clue to how your psyche has changed, and will continue to evolve into your new self this winter solstice. Expect these effects through at least the fall.
December 22 – January 19
The relationship gains you’ve made over the past year and a half become distilled into a new start this summer solstice. Think back to what was happening for you at the end of April. This is a clue to where you will be going over the summer months. You make greater gains personally by focusing on relationships, especially from a practical, emotional standpoint.
January 20 – February 18
What were you needing on a daily, mundane level at the end of April? This summer solstice gives you a chance to take those insights and make a fresh start. The daily grind is not necessarily the most glamorous or exciting, but it is the place where you can make the most gains. If you get your routine in order, there’s no stopping you.
February 19 – March 20
You’ve made great gains over the past year and a half with regard to your romantic life. But what was happening for you at the end of April? Take that point as a springboard to reenact what was going on for you at that point. The effects last through the fall. You receive great emotional gifts.
Astrology was originally understood as omens, prophecies, and oracles. Whenever you go to a psychic, tarot reader, or astrologer like me, you’re engaging with the possibilities of the future. Modern astrology, however, is also the alignment of the heavens at your moment of birth that serves as the signature of your personality. This combination of your star chart and sun sign—Aries, Taurus, etc.—and the usage of that tool to divine the future is here for your taking.
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