June Solstice will be on June 21, 2017 at 12:24 AM Eastern Time (EDT). The Sun will enter the sign of Cancer at that time.
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Question: How does the June Solstice support the Heart?
Summary of Interpretation: The Sun as the Great Giver in our solar system teams up with long-term companions Pluto and Mars to move us forward through transformation that has been ongoing, and into a free and strangely energized, Eagle-like state. With the Sun’s help, it becomes very timely to “step up” to shifts that have been masterfully orchestrated and to allow Solar explosions and blasting winds to fuel the motion.
Explanation: In celebrating a Solstice, we honor the Sun’s shifting light pattern, and renew the Heart’s connection to it. The images in the Tarot spread serve as messengers from the Great Giver to the Heart. This spread additionally features a cooperative connection between Mars and Pluto, giving the Heart the experience of “rising from the ashes” and “stepping it up” on an emotional level and in the area of risk-taking.
Atu XIII is the central card, with its Scorpionic images of death and rebirth (scorpion, snake, eagle, fish, skeleton). The skeleton is actually stirring up the bottom of the ocean, where decaying matter is going to bubble up to new life. This activity more closely resembles the activity of Pluto/Hades in the underworld than the Grim Reaper/Saturn announcing that time is up. The skeleton wears an eagle crown, for the way his consciousness takes flight. Utilizing the rotten fish and decaying matter is crucial to the experience of ascension, because the real-life decomposition that it represents was willfully chosen (the scorpion commits suicide in grave situations), with the eventual liberation in mind as the light at the end of the tunnel (eagle in flight). This Solstice period is supporting that dawn of light. Sometimes, Pluto, as one of the transpersonal, outer planets creates experiences for people that they only partially feel in a personal way. They may be shocked, stunned, surprised, or “spaced out,” but the majority of the processing of the experience happens beyond the ego’s radar. However, Mars as one of the personal planets collaborates with Pluto in Atu XIII, and brings the experiences to a level where they are felt closely. What previously putrefied in life was probably painful, but now there is a viscerally triumphant feeling of passionately moving on to new horizons.
The cards to the left and right of the center contribute a few variations on the mobilizing ability of Mars. The 4 of Cups shows four very expensive golden cups being filled unequally. The red of Mars particularly colors the cups which are not being generously filled. This is a signal to appeal to Mars as an ally to move one’s focus from the splendor of the cups to the quality of the wine. In other words, allow the Sun and Mars to support the Heart in moving to a higher, more consistent level of joy.
The Knight of Wands on the right similarly sports a lot of Mars-like swirling red together with swirling gold, attributed to the Sun. The Knight’s horse is rearing up as if to reach a higher level. His torch is ablaze with the potential to burn down obstacles. The Knight is also blown forward by an explosion. As a Solstice message to the Heart, this speaks of taking bigger risks, allowing the winds of change to carry one forward, and being more concerned with the learning gathered in the moments of truth than the concern to map out the whole journey all the way to the horizon. The new life bubbling up in Atu XIII can be created step by step, with the help of time and energy released from the past now available.
A death and rebirth activity (Tibetan death ritual): Lie on your back, outdoors if possible. Ground into Mother Earth. Imagine the wind blowing away your skin, then flesh, then muscles, then arteries and tendons, then organs, then anything remaining besides the bones. Imagine an ancestor ally coming to rebuild you. Imagine the ancestor ally re-creating the physiological matter of your body, in the way that is perfectly structured to accomplish your new life. Every cell is programed to live the new life successfully. Imagine the ancestor ally endowing your new body with many gifts. Thank the ancestor and give him/her a gift. Meditate and breathe a while to integrate the experience. Record images and dreams that occur to you over the next 1-2 days. Meditate on the image of this Tarot spread throughout the Solstice period to solidify the intention to claim its gifts.