It figures that ‘National Daylight Appreciation Day’ would fall on the same day as the Summer Solstice, the one day of the year when the sun is at its zenith. This is also considered a magical night when maintaining your own blaze can bring plenty of blessings to your household. Many years ago, huge communal solstice fires were lit to celebrate the lingering light of the day. On this night you can light up your own life by literally burning the midnight oil or an orange or yellow candle. Burn until the clock strikes twelve in order to get the most of the magic. This is also considered a fine night for mining mystical messages in your dreams. One way to do that is to pick nine flowers and place them under your pillow. Ancient lore also says that you can sleep with mistletoe under your head if you want your sweet dreams come true. You will still be able to receive important messages on this night even without flowers or herbs, so keep a pad and pen handy and then sleep perchance to dream on this midsummer night!
General Meaning: A state of standstill is a state of decline. Confusion and disorder prevail. Inferior elements are on the rise, while the powers of clarity and creativity are waning. In such times, the wise take shelter in their own integrity and quietly remain faithful to their highest selves. Retreat from public activities and common exchanges until the time once again favors assertive action.
During periods of stagnation, inferior elements can rise to power. When the inmates are overrunning the asylum, summon up your fortitude, hide your worth and withdraw. Concentrate on your personal affairs with a quiet dignity, even if that means giving up short-term rewards.
Desiring to change a situation too quickly often creates extra conflict. By accepting hardship, while striving to maintain integrity, you are preparing for future growth. A seed of prosperity is often hidden inside the husk of misfortune.
Stone Runes are most commonly used for questions about the natural world and things beyond human control. Ken is the rune of light and knowledge, driving away darkness and ignorance and revealing hidden truth. This rune also brings forth images of friendship and comfort. Ken is the light of inspiration, the light of imagination, and a beacon in the darkest hours.
This Tarot Deck: Morgan-Greer
Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.
Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.
Your chores have piled up, especially if you’ve been procrastinating lately. In fact, the stack may be so high that it could topple over. Carefully considered preventive measures can help save the day, but you must act with restraint. If you try to fix everything all at once by impulsively jumping in with both feet, your intervention might start an avalanche that brings it all down on top of you. A shortcut is certainly tempting, but a conservative approach works best now if you want to make real progress.
Intense interactions between you and your friends may pull you away from your regular routine as a minor disagreement turns into a serious conflict. You can smooth over the rough spots by choosing the right words to express your feelings. However, you don’t have to go to extremes while sharing your emotions. Handling the basics of practical living always makes sense, but today you must also honor what’s in your heart.
You may feel a bit relieved and also a little let down today as the Sun leaves flighty Gemini for the watery realms of Cancer. Allowing the energy to shift out of your head and lower into your body might increase your vulnerability. Thankfully, no one expects you to have all the answers now. Instead, just listen to your intuition; it will steer you in the right direction.
The Sun’s return to the sign of Cancer marks the beginning of your astrological birthday month, bringing increased vitality your way. You are reconnecting with your personal power now, but could have moments of self-doubt when you realize how much work is still ahead. Thankfully, you’re up for the challenge. Acknowledging whatever’s been holding you back enables you to change your assumptions and step into a more meaningful future.
You may be drawn into your own inner drama now as the Sun slips into your 12th House of Secrets. Memories of the past, your family or your childhood give rise to powerful feelings that flood into your imagination. Fortunately, having more options available gives you the chance to eliminate a repetitive pattern that’s no longer working for you. Although you might be all over the emotional map today, seeing things from multiple points of view inspires you to elevate your awareness to a higher level.
Your vision of the future shifts today like the winds before a storm, making it difficult to know which way to go. However, you’re so perceptive now that you can discern the most significant thoughts from the background noise. Hold tight to your most valuable ideas, for they will guide you over the weeks ahead as the Sun travels through your 11th House of Hopes and Wishes. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams, for they are the primary way to nurture your soul at this time.
You’re eager to participate in activities that involve people who can further your goals today. Naturally, doing what’s best for everyone is your preference, but it may not be so easy now that you’re being pulled in several directions. One part of you understands the sacrifice you’re ready to make, but another part resents what you are about to do. Remember, no one will be satisfied with the outcome if you aren’t happy with your choices, so reconsider your plans before initiating action.
You’re able to emotionally connect with others while also staying in touch with your own feelings now that the Sun is visiting the watery realms of Cancer. However, don’t expect the current intensity to dissipate. Instead, your passions may actually deepen. But it will become easier to manage your emotions over the next few weeks as long as you don’t bury them with nervous chatter or constant activity. Creating time for contemplation makes room for new insights to pop into awareness and inspire your dreams.
Relationships remain a top priority with loving Venus still retrograde in your 7th House of Partnerships, but the emphasis is changing from casual interactions to deeper and more powerful issues. This is the stuff that intimacy is made of, yet you may be resistant to the feelings of vulnerability that accompany this dance. Nevertheless, it’s time to go beyond words and sink into the mystery. Even if you long for the safety of logic, this emotional exploration could reveal previously buried treasure if you’re willing to take the plunge.
You’re often focused on your work and how you can get ahead in the world, but now there is also a light shining on your interpersonal relationships as the Sun visits your 7th House of Companions. Give yourself permission to honor your feelings and try not to be overly concerned if you temporarily forget about your career ambitions. Putting extra time toward nurturing a partnership just might bring emotional rewards far richer than professional recognition.
Today it might seem as if the fun and games are over, but, happily, they’re not. It’s just that it’s time to complete unfinished chores, and playtime may get pushed down toward the bottom of your priorities. Although summer is officially here (in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s difficult to enjoy yourself now while still acting in a responsible manner. You’ll relax even more once you feel the satisfaction from a job well done.
You Fish can swim a bit easier for the next month now that the Sun is journeying through your 5th House of Fun and Games. Although your feelings have been running deep lately, you grow more lighthearted today. You might appear more spontaneous and playful, yet you’re also quite serious about what you want. Trust your instincts and follow the currents wherever they take you.
Wednesday, June 20, 4:09 pm PDT, 7:09 pm EDT
The Sun sidles into sensitive Cancer where it spurs a strong desire for security. This solar event is the Summer Solstice (Winter Solstice below the equator), marking a change of seasons as well as signs. There is a sentimental side to Cancer with a hunger for safety and an inclination to seek familiar people, places and experiences. This deep yearning to reconnect with roots is meant to provide emotional fuel to nourish us now and supply sustenance for the future. However, stressful solar aspects to disruptive Pluto and Uranus on June 29 require us to tear down old structures. Eliminating unsupportive habits is required before we can think about settling into a comfort zone.
the daily humorscope
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
(March 21 – April 19)
Would you just Stop? Nobody else feels the need to dance around like that…
(April 20 – May 20)
In a surprising twist, the failure of another large London-based bank will be blamed on you, today. C’est la vie, non?
(May 21 – June 20)
Today is the second-to-last day, of the 19th segment of your life. Time to learn to appreciate tofu (bean curd).
(June 21 – July 22)
Resist temptation, today. You might have to get rough with it, or even wrestle it to the ground.
(July 23 – August 22)
If you’re not already a vegetarian, you will be. Someone with the initial “E.” will make sure of that. Ed? Ernest? Dunno. Someone like that. E. Coli, is what I see. Odd name, huh? Sounds Italian.
(August 23 – September 22)
You will be forced to re-evaluate your boss’ IQ, when you discover that he is looking forward to the release of “Titanic II.”
(September 23 – October 22)
Something is about to become overly intimate with you. Intimacy can be good. Just not with fungus.
(October 23 – November 21)
You may have to share a hotel room with a business colleague, to save travel expenses. Here’s a tip to keep them from talking all night: bring along a teddy bear, and punch it really hard in the head a few times at bedtime, screaming “Shut up, Mr. Teddy! Shut up!.”
(November 22 – December 21)
A moth the size of a Boeing 747 will erupt from a nearby hillside today, and go off to help a huge semi-aquatic rubbery dinosaur fight off an alien attack. So what are you doing to help?
(December 22 – January 20)
A new love affair will have you all misty-eyed. Either that, or it’s the onset of glaucoma, in which case you should seek immediate medical attention.
(January 21 – February 18)
You will be buffeted by hordes of people, who will all simultaneously show up in your office “just to chat”. Eventually, you will make your escape by locking yourself in the bathroom.
(February 19 – March 20)
You will have a trifle too much punch at a party this week, and will amuse the other guests by flopping around on the floor an making “Ark! Ark!” sounds. But who cares? If they want to be stuffy, let ’em, I say.
Yesterday’s second Gemini New Moon of 2012 should have provided you with a strong forward momentum. However, Venus now makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link to distant Pluto (4:19AM PDT) while Mercury squares Saturn (9:06AM PDT). With friends like these, who needs enemies? The Venus-Pluto and Mercury-Saturn clashes are warning signals to be extra careful if you are a wheeler-dealer in stocks, bonds and delicate business matters. Romantic ties and relationships in general may also be rattled by these two planetary conflicts. Mercury forming a flowing trine with Juno in water signs (3:35PM PDT) represents one saving grace and extra support system across the board. Another major event is the Sun switching its zodiacal allegiance from airy Gemini to watery Cancer (4:10PM PDT) at the sacred turning point known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. With the Sun and Moon now in Cancer, find more time to rejoice in nature’s gardens, forests, parks, seaside resorts, and hiking trails. Romantic longings make a comeback since Venus makes a supportive, 60-degree liaison with revelatory Uranus (5:56PM PDT) while the Moon parallels Venus (9:11PM PDT). Even a seemingly frictional 45-degree link from Mercury to Venus (6:20PM PDT) might be tweaked to help give comfort and nurturance to your love life and family ties. Get set for another rollicking 24-hour, carnival-like psychic atmosphere tomorrow when several challenging and favorable aspects vie for supremacy.