Friday, June 21, 2019
Happy Summer Solstice! Summer officially begins today at 11:54 AM ET when the Sun enters Cancer.
Living here in northern New England, I’m always amazed at the distance on the horizon between the Winter Solstice sunrise in the southeast and the Summer Solstice sunrise in the northeast.
In my tradition of Druidry, Summer Solstice is called Alban Hefin, which means “The Light of the Shore.” Alban Hefin is the time of greatest light, when the Solar God is crowned by the Goddess as the King of Summer. But this time brings some sadness too, because from now until Alban Arthan (Winter Solstice,) the Sun's strength declines with the waning year.
Druids hold great respect and reverence for “in-between” times and places, such as this liminal time of “Sun standing still.” The seashore is a liminal place, where the three realms of Earth, Sea, and Sky meet. Great power can be found at these times and places.
The waning Moon travels on through Aquarius today. She begins the day with a pleasant chat with jolly Jupiter, setting the tone for a light-hearted and expansive Midsummer Day. Otherwise, she is footloose and fancy-free as befits her time in Aquarius.
Neptune stations retrograde today, lending a somewhat diffuse and dreamy quality to the Solstice. You might want to take it easy with the celebratory drinks around the bonfire this evening as a little can go a long way under this influence. Neptune will remain in retrograde motion until November 27th.