Cancer caring … week of 23rd June 2013

winter solstice image

At the winter solstice yesterday the Sun moved into Cancer (yep, the two events are linked, it’s the same as how the Sun moves into Capricorn at the summer solstice … and I’m talking about the Southern Hemisphere here), and with Venus and Mercury already in Cancer and Jupiter about to join them next week (on Tuesday), we are indeed in the midst of the sensitive and nurturing energy of the crab … a gentler time than the fervour and frivolity of these past few Gemini weeks.  Venus and Mercury are still hanging out together, so this weekend is a great time for communications that require empathy and sensitivity.  Mercury has slowed down, preparing for its (apparent) retrograde period that starts on the 27th June.  This will be a time when thoughts turn inwards, when it is best to focus on internal processing rather than overt projections … more on Mercury retrograde in next post … Over the next few days the Sun connects into the Grand Water Trine with Saturn and Neptune.  While this won’t be as dreamy as when Venus got mixed up in this trine last week, it should be a time of heightened insight and intuition … this coming week is more of a romantic tear-jerker than an action thriller!!!

winter solstice

Week of 17th June 2013

By my read, this should be a fun week, a time to enjoy and play … a few days of light in between all the madness of late and the challenges of Mercury retrograde coming in a couple of weeks.  The Sun catches up with Jupiter on Thursday, think of this as a time of playfulness and growth, the mood will be energetic and optimistic … the only risk is over-indulgence!  About the same time Venus and Mercury get together, which suggests harmonious and gentle communications, a great time for conversations that require empathy and awareness.  And in the middle there’s a little aspect between Mars and Uranus that should be rather energetic and enthusiastic … and definitely not mundane!  I I reckon the people who organised the Happiness Conference (http://www.happinessanditscauses.com.au/) in Melbourne this week must have consulted with an astrologer to work out the date.  Nice timing.

Neptune dreaming

What I want to know is … is anyone else having weird and intense dreams at the moment?

I’m putting it down to all the Neptunian energy that is going on.  Neptune turned retrograde last week, and when a planet is retrograde it’s nature is exacerbated.  Neptune rules our imagination, and so plays a big role in dreams.  It has also been trined with Saturn, as well as creating grand Trines with Mercury and Venus last weekend.

The thing about this Neptune period is that it provides massive opportunities for insights into our psyches, and Saturn helps to keep it all at least a bit grounded.  Neptune usually plays in the realm of fantasy, and so it is as likely to give us confusion as illumination.  But with Saturn there, there will be some element of reality.  So, take note of those dreams, or the imagery that comes to you when you’re in any other state of openness … they might just be telling you something.  You’ve just got to sort out the reality from the delusion!

And let me know if Neptune is weaving its way into your dream world …