Do you see Jupiter above and slightly to the right of the moon, our gorgeous Selene? In astrological terms, it’s conjunct. A few days ago we were graced with a glorious full moon in Libra and Jupiter rising close by, with focus on balance, passion, compassion, partnerships, and soul deep beauty. I drove all around town taking moon pictures with my phone. The fast moving moon is already on her way out of Scorpio and soon into Sagittarius, with ultra slow moving Jupiter, of course, still in Libra, and retrograde. Other longer term astrological aspects layer in tension, self worth, and nervous energy.
Look at the full moon picture and let your eyes relax. Do you see a face blowing fairy kisses to us? My friend Loretta saw it, too. The moon is the mouth, the clouds are the eyebrows and eyes. The trees look like hands curving around the moon lips while they blow.
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance
When a North Carolina friend glam camped with her sister in St. Augustine last week, the Snickerdoodle family went up too. Among other old favorite haunts, we visited the fort (oldest in America), the historical jail (we were thrown in the dark, dank pokey by Deputy Otis), and Potter’s Wax Museum (where I couldn’t resist posing with royals such as Richard the Lionhearted, King John, and Anne of a thousand days Boleyn). Not to mention the Mummy and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The first time I went to Potter’s was in grade school, and I never tire of it. Riding the trolley around town was awesome and saved having to park over and over. We relaxed in each other’s company, enjoyed visiting with our NC friend, and ate the heck out of several scrumptious Village Inn breakfasts. The highlight, of course, was the beach and particularly watching the simultaneous sunset and moonrise along the beach on Solstice Full Moon. It was incredibly elemental and moving.
And here’s a panoramic view of both.
Best wishes for you to have some relaxation and family fun!
Cheers & Happy Reading and Reveling!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance
By NASA/JPL (http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/Galileo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Why Should You Keep Your Eyes Peeled on Summer Solstice?
The moon turns full at 7:02 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on June 20, 2016.
Summer Solstice occurs at 6:34 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Monday, June 20, 2016.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, not since 1948 has Summer Solstice paired with a full moon.
The word solstice comes from sun and stand. On this day the sun stands still or stops, in that it rises at its northernmost point, while the North Pole tilts directly toward the sun.
Regions near the North Pole experience the Midnight Sun or continuous daylight for 24 hours.
On Summer Solstice the sun’s zenith is at its farthest from the equator.
In other words, the midday sun is at its highest.
Your shadow will be the shortest one you have all year.
The occasion marks the beginning of summer.
It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Southern Hemisphere it’s Winter Solstice or Polar Night.
Ironically, on Summer Solstice the earth is actually at Aphelion or its farthest point from the sun.
June’s moon is called a Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, or Flower Moon.
The moon will rise as the sun sets and will look low, close, and huge. Selene will be robed in all her golden glory.
Evelyn De Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In the night sky on June 20, the moon shines near Saturn.
Saturn in astrology governs form, the structure of things, life’s lessons, discipline, restrictions, institutions, reality, and long held traditions. Saturn is currently in Sagittarius.
Neptune is pretty much the opposite of Saturn, liking formlessness, liberation, inspiration, dreams, illusion, oneness, and universal agape. Neptune is currently in Pisces.
We are in a phase where Saturn is square Neptune, indicating friction between the two pathways. The period near Summer Solstice features an exact square.
We need a certain amount of both types of energy, but most people tend to have a preference for one over the other.
Whichever one of those is more your style, Saturn or Neptune, its opposite has been playing havoc with your status quo and the way you like things.
Neptune produces retrograde energy during this period as well, going retrograde starting on June 26 until mid-November. This portends greater clarity or a peeling away of illusion and the attractive images that hide deception. It’s a good time to make positive changes. Truth will stare you in the eyes, so keep those eyes peeled.