Summer officially begins on June 21, 2010 at 7:30 A.M. EDT. This is when the Sun reaches a declination of 23 degrees and 26 minutes north of the celestial equator (Earth's equator spread into infinite space), and reaches the Tropic of Cancer. Earth's axis is tilted at 23 degrees and 26 minutes of an angle. Therefore the sun's apparent path in our sky varies between 23 degrees and 26 minutes north and south of the Equator. This is also why the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are that same exact distance from the Equator on the globe.
For more detailed information on the mechanics of our seasons, please visit my website where I've posted an article Celestial Mechanics
Venus, Mars & Saturn are visible in the evening sky this month! Mercury comes into view on July 6th. Jupiter is visible in the morning sky.
Venus is the brightest planet and the furthest west. Venus will enter the constellation Leo on July 4th and move eastward through Leo until she enters the constellation Virgo at the end of July.
Mars is further east in the Leo and appears redish in color. Mars will enter the constellation Virgo on July 20th.
Saturn, the dimmest of the three, is even further east in the constellation Virgo where it will remain for months.
Mercury, though low to the western horizon at sunset and difficult to spot due to city lights, will be visible from July 6th - August 27th. The best times to try to locate Mercury is around the time of its greatest easten elongation (when it is furthest east from the sun and therefore the light of sunset's twilight) on August 7th.
Jupiter is visible in east in the morning, in the constellation Pisces.
Tip for knowing if you are in fact observing a planet:
stars twinkle & planets don't. Stars like our sun exhange gases at their cores in what is known as nuclear fusion. This process is much of what gives them their twinkle effect. Planets reflect the light of the sun. The higher reflectivity of gasses in the planet's astmosphere, the brighter the planet appears in our sky. Since Venus's atmosphere is mostly made of hightly reflective greenhouse gasses, Venus is the brightest planet.
Julene's Sky Watch Column appears as a regular feature in The Mountain Astrologer
. It is a guide to locating the planets in the night sky. The articles are fablous. Subscribe, you'll love it!
If you want to find all the visible planets in the sky this month, visit the IAA library
where I post sky maps of the planets in the section called Mountain Astrologer Sky Maps
Astrology Classes with Julene Packer-Louis
If you are new to astrology check out Jackie Goldstein's beginner classes. If you have been studying on your own for a while and want to fill in the gaps of self study, check out IAA's diploma classes. If you just want to take a class or two on your favorite astrological topic, then the elective department is for you.
As usual I will be teaching two classes in the diploma module:
DPL01-Forecasting: Pinpointing Major Themes
Timing & Rectification.
Local Classes in Lorain County, Ohio Beginning Soon!
I've had several requests for local classes. I am in the process of setting these up at Crystal Era in Elyria, Ohio. If you want me to let you know when classes are forming contact me
Upcoming Astrological Events in Northeast Ohio
LCAA Monthly Meeting: June 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm EDT
Library on Chardon Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH This is the Lake County Association of Astrology, featuring a new lecture each month. Afterwards, astrologers gather at a local restaurant for food and conversation.
Online Astrology Conference
November 20-22, 2010
60 Speakers from all over the world! Log in to the webinar from your home computer to see and hear the live lectures
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|Dear Friends, |
Last month I went to the Astrological Society of Princeton, New Jersey to give an workshop on The Art of Astrological Timing and a lecture on Chiron. I had a marvelous time and enjoyed the group very much.
I have a few more stops in this year's lecture circuit.
- I'll be heading to Cincinnati to present Chart Themes & the Soul's Calling at the Ohio Valley chapter of NCGR on August 26th.
- The following month, on September 27th, I'll be speaking at the Lake County Astrological Association on Signs of the Times & Humanities Evolutionary Path. The focus will be on the current Cardinal T-Square involving Pluto, Uranus, Saturn, s & Jupiter; Chiron's ingress into Pisces (its return to its position in the 1960's); how the current world events symbolized in the current astrology have correlations with key times in our history. We'll be looking at the chart of the United States and various other countries.
- On November 19th I'll be speaking at the first ever live & international online astrology conference Breaking Down the Borders put on by the International Academy of Astrology where I've been teaching for the past ten years. My lecture will be on the Saturn - Uranus cycle and the Real Estate Market. This lecture was inspired by a real estate continuing education class I took on the History of the Banking Industry. As I listened to the lecture writing down the dates of key changes in the industry, I noticed the dates were following a pattern. I went home to look in my ephemeris and it was the Saturn-Uranus cycle that was synchronous with the banking and real estate industry. Saturn and Uranus have been opposing each other since November 2008 and we all know what these last two years have been like in those markets! My lecture will point out how this cycle has worked historically, and what we can expect in the future with this cycle.
Have a wonderful summer everyone! Be sure to read my Sky Watch article on the left to locate the planets in the night sky.
|Astrology Consultations with Julene
Find out How the Current Cardinal T-Square Impacts you Personally
THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL CONSULT: What the Current Changes in Your Life Mean and Your Role in the Global Shift of Consciousness
Since the odds are that most of us have at least one planet in the degrees of the cardinal T-Square, many of us are experiencing some type of change or major shift in our lives. It's not surprising that I've had several requests lately from clients wanting to know what their larger purpose in life is to better understand the changes that are taking place in their life. Also many of my clients are beginning to awaken to the feeling that they have a larger purpose in life and/or something to offer the collective at this pivotal time in humanities evolution. Therefore, I am offering a special consultation: What the Current Changes in Your Life Mean and Your Role in the Global Shift of Consciousness. This session will take a look historically in your own life when these planets have been active before. This will weave together your personal story on how past events lead up to now, what they have prepared you for as you come into your calling now and in the future. The cost of this session will be $60/hour and I will need a few days before your appointment to research your past transits and weave together the tapestry of your personal journey to awakening to your calling.
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Horoscope for the Month of Cancer
June 21 - July 22, 2010
The sun entered Cancer on July 21st at 7:30 A.M. EDT. This marks the day of Summer Solstice where we experience the longest daylight hours in the northern hemisphere. (It is Winter Solstice and the shortest daylight hours in the southern hemisphere.) The sign of cancer is about the home, family, roots, heritage, emotions, nurturance, protection, and emotional security. The Crab is the symbol for Cancer with its protective outer shell and soft underbelly reminding us that while we may not always show our emotions on the outside, it is important to be in touch with them inwardly. The Crab walks in a sideways fashion symbolizing that sometimes we can't approach things head on. Sometimes we need to sidestep to take emotional considerations. Cancer is the natural ruler of the 4th house of home, family heritage, early childhood, and the home we make for ourselves in later life. The 4th house synthesizes the emotional experience of childhood and becomes our patterns for relating later in life as this house is also the depth of our psyche. It is also a very private house where we ground and center ourselves in a comfortable environment that nurtures our spirit. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, hence the correlation with emotions and protection but also with our natural biorhythms and intuition on a feeling gut level.
I've been talking about the current T-Square with Saturn opposing Uranus and Jupiter, all three in square to Pluto. Pluto in Capricorn is the "green movement" that has been emerging over the past couple years. The goal of Pluto in Capricorn is to get us to preserve our resources for future generations; it will do that by showing us where we are wasteful and where we have piled up too much garbage - literally and metaphorically. Pluto in Capricorn is calling upon us to transform the ways we currently use, misuse, and generate power. Pluto's square to Saturn on the cusp of Virgo and Libra is calling us to examine with scrutiny the use of energy and come up with something else that is just as practical yet more in harmonized with our great planet that gives us life. Uranus and Jupiter in Aries at the other leg of this T-Square is reminding us that we need to awaken and partake in this new quest of brining about a spiritual world view that unifies humanity on a global scale and can create balance with our lopsided material worldview of separateness and depleting resources. The more asleep we are collectively, the louder the collective messages become to awaken us. We see them trying to awaken us through the increase in natural disasters: more earthquakes, flooding, small pockets of power outages, and recent volcanoes. The oil disaster in the Gulf is also a wakeup call to be mindful of all the creatures on this planet and know that everything no matter how small plays a role in sustaining life.
Now the flooding is ruled by Neptune, who is Poseidon in the Greek pantheon, and Neptune has been in conjunction with Chiron. Chiron, the cometoid type body that orbits between Saturn and Uranus with other objects called Centaurs, is conjunct Neptune. Chiron is the wounded healer, teacher, mentor, guide; the only centaur spilt equally in half indicating the perfect balance between our primal, instinctual, animal nature and the learned, intellectual, human nature. Chiron has a cycle of 50 years. Chiron recently entered Pisces. Chiron was in Pisces in the 1960's when we had the movement against violence, war, separateness - and awakening to a peaceful existence on this planet with each other and Mother Nature herself by journeying inward to realize our connectedness to the same. We had some of these same planetary players in the 60's. Pluto and Uranus were conjunct in the mid-1960's with Saturn and Chiron opposing them. Certainly we can draw parallels between then and now and see that a new movement is currently upon us.
This month as the hot days of summer are upon many us, we can do our part in this energy preservation movement by being mindful of how we use our air conditioners and how much gas we are consuming in our vehicles. Can we darken our windows to keep the day time heat out of our homes, while letting the cool breeze in at night? Can we plan our week better to make shorter or more productive trips? Can we get some exercise and ride our bikes to the corner store for that mid-week trip for more milk and bread?
This month, besides considering our relationship with the Earth and her resources, we also need to consider the relationship to our inner emotional being. How secure do we feel in our lives? How can we better nurture ourselves and our family to foster emotional security within and with those closest to us? What fears do we find when we sit quietly and contemplate our security? Where do they come from - some old outworn program that we've been replaying for decades that is no longer relevant to our current situation, or some very real challenge we have to rise to? How is our balance between protecting our personal resources (physical and emotional) and sharing them with those in need? Perhaps the best questions is how well do we receive from others. Often it is easier to give than receive. If it is hard to receive we need to journey inward and find the program that is blocking us from receiving. We need to adopt a "feel good now" attitude to attract what we want into our lives. There is tremendous power around all of us just waiting to be tapped and unleashed to manifest our full potential. This is not all there is. We are being called to break our old paradigms and open our minds to new perceptions outside of the box we are currently looking out from. Watch for this in your inner dialogue and in your conversations. Help to awaken yourself and others who come to you for a shoulder to lean or cry on. Create a safe space for yourself and others to explore feelings without judgments of the mind. May the cardinal ingress of the Sun in Cancer begin your journey to awakening and rekindling your relationship with your soul, where your intuition and gut feelings will guide you and where synchronicities will occur before your eyes to take advantage of.
I too, will be taking advantage of the Cancer energy and spending most of this week with my family, and doing projects around the house. Therefore the week by week guide will be available at my website by Saturday. The first week of June 21 - June 27 is available now.
To read the rest of this article for the rest of the month of Cancer, please visit my website.
Computerized Reports & Monthly Aspect Calendars are Available through my Website
Personalized Monthly Aspect Calendars & Monthly Forecast Reports
I post monthly aspect calendars at my website for the current transiting aspects. If you haven't seen them, check out the one for July 2010
. I can individualize them for you. Instead of seeing the current planets aspecting each other, your calendar can have the current planet aspects to your natal chart each day. These will cost $3.
If you are unfamiliar with what your daily personal aspects might mean, you can order a Monthly Forecast from my website for $5. Discounts occur when your order three or more months at a time.
Natal Astrology & Compatibility Reports
If you want to know what insights your birth chart provides, I have a very detailed 20+ page Astro Insight natal report for $15. A shorter version is available for $10.
Compatibility reports also come in short and more detailed versions for $10 or $15. The longer Heaven Sent report has an option for friends as well as the typical lovers report.
Solar Return Report
If you or someone you know has a birthday coming up, order a Solar Return Report for $15. This report begins when the sun returns to the same degree of the zodiac it occupied when you were born and gives you the theme and trends for the upcomingn year.
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My gift to you this month is a Meditation for reconnecting with your inner self.
Turn off your phone and sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Drop your shoulders and relax you body. Take a moment to quiet as many of the thoughts in your head as you can by drawing your attention to your breath. Focus on making your inhale and exhale breaths equal in length. When you are relaxed, visualize your desire in full detail. As thoughts enter your mind, don't attach to them by actively engaging in the thinking. Simply observe them like passing clouds. Continue to quiet your mind and reflect with nostalgia on the times in your life when you felt really good, joyful and secure. These were the times when you were aligned with your soul, your inner being. As you reflect on these times, visualize the highlights as a beautiful woven tapestry of your life. Ask what does this story tell you? How do you connect the dots of the story to unfold the greater meaning of your purpose? Continue to visual your tapestry, smile, and feel as wonderful as you felt then. Sit with that feeling with a quiet mind, your eyes still shut as you turn your gaze inward and await the answer to emerge. Don't worry if you don't get an answer right away. It will come, keep trying. When you are ready to get up, focus on your breath again, wiggle your fingers and toes and bring your awareness back to your body. Carry this joyful feeling with you into your day.
Julene Packer-Louis, Dipl.OCA, ISAR-CAP
Your Certified Professional Astrologer for Life