Esoteric Astrology as News

 June 22-29, 2016


Signs of Summer

The UK Makes a Choice

Midsummer Festival

St. John the Baptist

Water, Music, Fires & Flowers

Midsummer Night’s Dream


Chiron Retrograde




summer solstice, soderbergBeginning at summer solstice, and for 72 hours after, the Sun remains still in its northern position at the Tropic of Cancer. After three days the pole of the Earth slowly begins to tilt in the opposite direction, sunlight begins to decrease, the days grow shorter, the nights longer. An imperceptible change (of light) overtakes the architecture and atmosphere of our Earth at the solstices.

Summers here (in the northern hemisphere). The life force, rushing into spring and creating tall leggy green growth in the plant kingdom, settles down in summer into an unhurried, lazy, dreamy subdued heat. The human kingdom, expressing heavenly energies, seeks, instead of long overheated laborious work, more mellow activities – leisure, rest, relaxation, vacations. Summer, we hope, will be easy, sunny and fun. If we watch carefully, we notice the plants begin to grow differently as they prepare for harvest. Newborns in the animal kingdom become teenagers.

The astrological signs of summer are Cancer (Gate where Spirit enters matter), Leo (the Heart of Love is all that Matters) and Virgo (pregnant Madonna preparing for birth at Winter Solstice). In the Catholic Church’s liturgy, after Pentecost & Holy Trinity, we begin preparing for Advent (1st Sunday in December, preparing winter solstice). Under heaven’s influences Earth’s kingdoms are always in flux. The light of the stars, planets, suns and moon chart daily rhythms. The wise ones knew this. We are to be the “wise ones” now.

Thursday, the UK chooses to stay in the European Union (or not). It’s called the Brezit. “Brexit” is shorthand for British exit from the European Union, a possibility, and on June 23rd a decision must be made. See –

Thursday night is St. John’s Eve. For Friday is Midsummer, and in Christian churches and in Masonry midsummer became the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Traditionally St John’s Eve (like the eve of many festivals) was considered a time when the veil between this world and the next (spirit world) was thin, when powerful unknown forces were abroad. Vigils were often held during the night with great bonfires. It was thought to spend a night at a sacred site during Midsummer Eve, one would gain the powers of a bard (teacher, singing traveler), one might end up mad, dead, or be spirited away by the woodland and forest fairies.

fairies in the grass

St. John & Midsummer

Friday is Midsummer (a Celtic Fire Festival). We are still in the time of the solstice, celebrated in the northern hemisphere between June 19 – 25th. In ancient times, on this day & night, bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the Sun turned southward again. In many countries bonfires are still lit. The practice of bonfires for Christians symbolized the “burning & bright Light of Spirit held within the darkness of matter.” The solstice fires had been pagan, but now they were blessed by the Church in John’s honor. Midsummer is also called Summer Christmas.

St. John the Baptist is the patron of shepherds & beekeepers. The hives are filled with honey for the newly baked bread made from the recent grain harvest.


In the summer, under the Cancer Sun, the theme is always water. Water for the plants, for the sheep and cattle, water to cool off and bathe with in the summer heat. Water for the lemonade sweetened with honey.

St. John the Baptist always stood in the waters of River Jordon, and baptized with water, preparing for his cousin, Jesus (who became the Christ), who later would baptize humanity with fire. St. John the Baptist thus protects all waters, wells, rivers, ponds lakes and fountains.


At midsummer fresh fruits are picked & baked in pancakes and scones and flowers are gathered, especially “St. John’s Wort“, golden yellow & imbued with the power of the Sun. Since medieval times, the herb has been hung over doors, windows and icons to keep evil spirits away. It is also used medicinally (for depression). The flowers are dipped in a vessel or pure water and left outside exposed to the dew of night. The following morning the flower water is used to wash the face and anoint the body.

Other special flowers thought to be potent at this time (calendula, marigolds, vervain, trefoil, rue and roses, the fragrant June flower), were placed under pillows in the hope of having dreams, especially dreams about future lovers.


Modest Mussorgsky‘s (Russian composer, b 3/21/1839 – d. 3/28/1881) composition Night on Bald Mountain (1867 & 1972) was originally titled St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain. In his last version (1880) Mussorgsky added a hauntingly beautiful quiet ending; a church bell announces the dawn, and daybreak chasing away the evil spirit. Night on Bald Mountain made its appearance in Walt Disney’s movie, Fantasia. (see & listen below)



William Shakespeare wrote a comedy called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s about a wedding and fairies in the forests with color beauty, mystery and enchantment of summer. Concealed in his play are occult truths. His lovely fantasy of fairies conceals the mysteries of Initiation celebrated at summer solstice (see my FB page for Summer Solstice) as the Sun enters the watery realms of, Cancer (water, cardinal), the 4th sign of the zodiac

Four night after the actual solstice is a wedding between Duke Theseus (a Sun god) & his queen, Hippolyta (Temple vestal virgin). There is a 4-fold wedding on the 4th night. In the play Shakespeare reveals the world of the fairies (the Devas in Sanskrit – which mean the “shining ones” –who create the world of form & matter as we see it, especially the plant/nature kingdom).

Shakespeare describes the work of the devas/fairies who build the world of form with light and color. The devas manipulate the light ethers, the result of which is chlorophyll, the green grasses, leaves of trees & flowers in the fields.

On midsummer’s eve, the creation and building of the world of form, all that we see in nature, built by the devas all year long, is finally complete. The solar year is complete. And so among the fairies/devas, there is a great feast, wedding and festival –the devas celebrating their hidden work in our world. In the light of the Moon (Cancer’s ruler), the work of the fairies, each year at the solstice, comes to fruition. Let us note that the full moon this year occurred on the same day as the summer solstice began. Is was an unusual and very “solemn” day.

“And then the Moon, like a silver bow

New bent in heaven, shall behold the night.

Of our solemnities.” (Shakespeare)


Monday, Chiron (the wound that is also the healing, restoring us to wholeness) retrogrades at 25 degrees Pisces. Chiron was in this sign and degree during the 1960s. President Obama has Chiron in Pisces.


During the summer months, In fields & flowering meadows, Uriel, the Archangel of Beauty & Light, teaches his students & from their studies they are imbued with spiritual vision. Uriel stands at the Star Gate of Cancer. His robes are silvery blue, like the robe of Mary. Uriel guards us during the months of summer and invites us into his Garden Temple.


Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing circa 1786 William Blake 1757-1827 Presented by Alfred A. de Pass in memory of his wife Ethel 1910

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing circa 1786 William Blake 1757-1827 Presented by Alfred A. de Pass in memory of his wife Ethel 1910



I Build a Lighted House

And Therein Dwell

(Cancer Seed Thought)




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March 21 – April 19: Something new concerning family, property, real estate, home materializes in the coming year. You may buy or sell, create family property, move, form community, create a collective. It is good to look forward to various and different ways of living. Something about family develops, increases, expands. You find yourself at times staying closer to home after traveling here and there. Family becomes everything (again).


April 20 – May 20:  In the coming year, you must begin to travel, enter school, study, publish or begin a long adventure. Everything faraway is interesting, even destinations others would never contemplate. At times you’ll consider lands different, far away and foreign. Bear in mind this needs deep reflection. The exotic is not always comfortable. However, a new journey of the mind is what you need. Call forth daily, for liberation’s sake, new archetypes of thoughts and thinking.


May 21 – June 20:  Do you feel in conflict? There are so many avenues calling your attention. First is the idea of remaining behind the scenes in a state of retreat. Then there’s the demand facing you concerning work. Then there are all the people seeking your advice, inviting you here and there to be part of their vision. I need to ask, what is your vision of success? Because success calls to you in many guises.


June 21 – July 22:  It’s time to reflect upon the past year in preparation for your new birthday year. Review all actions, choices made, things produced, brought to flower, people spoken with, promises made, dreams that did (or did not) come true. Consider what was happy then and what would be joyful in the coming year. Notice the different words – happy and joyful. A new year brings new endeavors. What would you like to happen?


July 23 – August 22: New people, new confidence, new groups eventually beckon to you, extending invitations. Friendships blossom and you find yourself mingling and networking, interacting and sharing. Are you avoiding anyone? Step into their world, learn who they are, what they like and need. Hopes, wishes and dreams fill your mind and heart. Create a Hope, Wishes and Dreams journal. Don’t lose it!


August 23 – September 22:  The area of life called relationships becomes full of opportunities, personal and worldly. Something deep and profound occurs with someone close. It’s important to consider creating or expanding your professional work. Ask loved ones for help. They can be of great benefit if you are kind and grateful. Be focused, determined and analytical with finances.


September 23 – October 22: The most realistic time is our lives is each moment. Most moments quietly slip by as we seek what we don’t have, wonder when vicissitudes will end or when the rainbow will appear. However, should we be aware of each moment, they begin to feel like blessings. This conscious perception of time allows us to be more authentic, spontaneous and free. For the next year, careful with diet, eating only what vitalizes and touched by the Sun.


October 23 – November 21:  The surprise is a new creative talent comes forth from within, a creativity greater than previously experienced. It will make you explore all areas of the arts. This builds a new sense of identity. Careful of illusion if entering a new love affair. You might find yourself with many tasks to perform this summer. Protect your hands and arms with gloves. Check the car, too.


November 22 – December 21:  New ideas, thoughts and thinking accelerate, life moves into the fast lane, new people enter your life, and you seek the world of art, music and culture. People notice you’ve become more optimistic. That dark night of the soul approach is exhausting. Certain situations at home seek detailed attention, tending and organizing. Give away everything not used in the past months. Someone else needs them.


December 22 – January 19:   Perhaps in the past you felt the need for more self-confidence. In the coming year, self-confidence, self-reliance, and the ability to know more of yourself and your abilities will emerge, expand, and fill you with self-assurance, poise, dignity and grace. Wherever you find yourself, that’s where you’re to be. Whatever you’re called to do, act with the highest intentions. Then the world around you becomes a blessing.


January 20 – February 18: New archetypes (patterns) concerning money and values appear for the rest of the year. Afterward, looking back on how you made, used and worked with money and what your values were, you see the changes made. It’s most important to create strategic plans for budgeting, accounts, savings, tracking all finances in detail. Should you consider investing, land is a lasting and true resource.


February 19 – March 20:  For a long time you’ve adhered to one particular path, following those you love with heart-felt fervor. Love came first, always. A good ethic and value. Now, however, something’s changing. Too much is uncomfortable. You seek to realize what makes you happy and joyful. You’ll need courage to face the truth, courage to set yourself on the path (a journey) toward happiness. A mantram for you. “May reality govern my every thought and truth be the master of my life.”


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