Updated: Sep 21
The Summer Solstice, which marks the first day of Summer according to Western Astrology, falls on June 21, 2023 and is the longest day of the year.
When the energy of the solstices and equinoxes are available to us, these are very auspicious times of the year to go deeper into our spiritual growth and develop the parts of ourselves that may have been resistant to change in the past.
According to Vedic Astrology, the Moon will join the Sun in Gemini on the same day, making June 18th the day of the New Moon. The placement of the sign Gemini in your chart [i.e., 1st house, 4th house, etc.] during this transit will encourage you to turn your attention to that area of life. Also, any other planets within the same degrees will be activated by conjunction or aspect. The results can vary and will be based on the quality of the planets involved.
Gemini is the natural sign of the third house. The themes of the third house, in general, include communication, travel, and movement due to its air element. Being ruled by Mercury encourages individuals to express themselves and actively listen to others, leading to better understanding.
For example, over the past few months, we have dealt with the aftereffects of the lunar and solar eclipses that were probably full of blind spots and misunderstandings. In this cycle, we can do things differently by staying grounded, asking the right questions, and not being impulsive with our words and actions.
So, the trick is to ensure you have the correct information before responding.
Mercury can have a bit of a trickster energy since it can sometimes get the details mixed up when it is not strong in your chart. Of course, this is not always intentional. Also, Mercury moves fast and is "youthful," so when we slow down or take our time to process, it helps our communication and efforts to be heard and hear others.
But enough with all the grown-up talk... The weather is warmer, and outside is open, so it's time to go out.
Here are a few ways to get your thoughts and bodies moving throughout the season. Let's have some fun and channel the abundant creative energy that is available to us:
As often as you can get out of the house. Do something fun while you soak up the Sun. Go to the beach or ride your bike, get out your roller skates, jump rope with your children, get some chalk and draw on the sidewalk, go for a walk, or hike.. whatever you do, make sure you bring your whole self and have fun.
Do a home detox. Let go of unused things and broken things that are taking up space in your home
Do a seasonal detox and incorporate more seasonal foods like watery fruits with seeds, coconut water, and meals based on your Ayurvedic dosha
Add herbs to maintain your digestive fire throughout the day. Even during warmer weather, warm liquids or specific spices can be used at other times, such as early morning or evening. When experiencing Pitta times, opt for cooling herbs or drinks like cucumber, coconut, or fruit-infused water with mint.
Clean and rearrange your altar. And be sure to smudge yourselves and your home, including under the bed and in the closets often.
Please don't neglect your daily observances so you can stay centered. Whatever that practice looks like for you, be consistent with it.
"Anytime you feel good, you've found vibrational alignment with who you are."
What did I discover about myself last month that I wasn't aware of before?
What am I combining my energy with?
Am I showing up in ways that support my goals?
Give yourself grace.
You got this.