When attempting to interpret any particular alignment, taking note of other significant aspects that are occurring simultaneously is essential. For the aspects color one another. The Summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Winter solstice in the Southern will take place on June 21st. Solstices take place in six month intervals. Astrology watchers recognize this time as the start of the Cancer Sun cycle. In 2022, a weighty earth trine between Venus and Pluto, and an Aries Moon conjunction to expansive Jupiter and sextile to clear-thinking Mercury, in Gemini, will also take place on the 21st.
Sun in Cancer
A Leo Moon fires up the week on Monday with conjunctions to Venus and Mars, who themselves link up on Tuesday. For sunny, determined Leo, these get-togethers bolster confidence and resolve. Of course, this position also places the Moon, Venus and Mars opposite Saturn and square to Uranus. That said, Mars and Venus moved through the crunch points of those challenges during the past two weeks. So lions are likely feeling much more playful than ferocious, as long as no one pulls any tails. Monday sets the stage for more conviviality when an early Cancer degree Mercury trines altruistic Jupiter in Pisces.
This week’s edgy tone is set from the start. But some refreshment will arrive on Friday night, courtesy of the new Cancer Moon, and more will come on Sunday when Mercury moves into Cancer. Until then, we’re in for a contentious ride.
If you’ve ever considered unplugging all of your devices, retreating to some secluded corner of the world and returning only when the coast is clear, then the next few weeks are an ideal time to set those plans into motion. A combination of outer planet quincunx placements, inner planet conflicts with Pluto and heightened fixed sign friction is inbound. Astrology’s quincunx is not one of its harsh angles per se. Planets are simply 150 degrees apart, which places them in signs with varying elements and modalities.
That old saying about coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb might be altered to “going out like a dolphin” this week. It begins with a ferocious fixed sign t-square and ends with a rejuvenating water trine. Leading the way, Monday’s Leo Moon will be superimposed onto the year’s second, and most intense, Saturn Uranus square. The strenuous aspects created by this Mars-infused t-square will impact fixed sign folks the most. But there will be plenty of frustration to go around. Saturn is the planet of rules, authority and limitations, Uranus is the cosmic rule breaker and proud Leo is accustomed to running the show.