When the Sun enters tropical Cancer at 6:51 am EDT Saturday, feel the water. Nearly everything else about the astrology of the Cancer solstice will be available to see. The emblematic water that distinguishes Cancer from the other three cardinal signs (Aries, Libra and Capricorn) will likely not be seen, however. You will need to feel its presence.
Any Cancer solstice is one of the four times during a year when the season changes. You can probably see the day marked by the publisher of your calendar.
You can also see the Cancer solstice in the world. Just as with the other season changes (the Aries equinox of March, the Libra equinox of September, and the Capricorn solstice of December), you can actually see what tropical astrologers express with words and represent with charts and symbols.
By and large, what you will be able to see Saturday has to do with the Sun. No matter where you are, if you are fortunate enough to see the dawn, you will see the Sun rise on the Eastern horizon as far North as it will ever appear. Depending on your longitude (or time zone), that will be about the same time the symbolic Sun crosses the line (or cusp) from Gemini into Cancer. That’s a pretty impressive connection between the literal and and figurative for you take in.
The Sun will also set as far North as it ever gets on the Western horizon Saturday. Next week, the sunrises and sunsets will gradually take place farther and farther South. You will literally see the Sun appear to stop and change direction in its risings and settings, and you will see a season turn with it. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
What you see between the Cancer solstice sunrise and sunset will depend on your latitude. Those living on Earth’s Northern Hemisphere will experience the longest day of the calendar year. The further North, the longer the day. For those residing above the Arctic Circle, the Sun will not set at all. South of the Equator the obverse will be true, and most of Antarctica will be experiencing a long, unrelieved night.
All of those correlations between the Sun moving into Cancer and appearing to move in the sky will be there for you to see, but the water will be something you must feel. Perhaps feeling is one of the most fundamental things a Cancer solstice means.
The astrological year started again almost exactly three months ago when the Sun was directly overhead at the equator. At the same time, the symbolic Sun crossed the line (or cusp) from Pisces into Aries.
Aries is a cardinal sign, hence the first day of Aries was the first day of a new season — the Vernal Equinox. You saw it happen through the Sun as equal day and night with the sunrise at true East, and the sunset at true West, no matter where you were in the world.
Aries is also a fire sign. Since then, as the sunrises and sunsets have progressed steadily North, the Sun has passed first through the fixed quality and earthen element of Taurus, and then entered the mutable air of Gemini (where it is today). Now the cycle of qualities (cardinal, fixed and mutable) is about to start over, but the cycle of elements is not yet complete.
So far in this astrological year, we have not yet experienced the consciousness (represented by the Sun) of a water sign.
Yes, expansive Jupiter has been in watery Cancer for nearly a year, participating in some historically significant aspects in the bargain. Of course, Mercury recently crossed the cusp from Gemini to Cancer, stationed retrograde, and retreated back again in the span of a few weeks. And every month the Moon returns for a few days in its home sign. There have been meaningful experiences of cardinal water so far this year, but nothing reveals reality like the light of the Sun.
Now the Sun’s light will soon clearly illuminate a new season for all as the cycle of sign qualities renews. But the Sun’s warmth (or lack of same) will also provide something for you to feel — something not part of the solar experience so far in this astrological year — the simple, essential, elemental nature of water.
Your part in the grand scheme of things will entail being present to the simple, essential and elemental parts of human nature that water represents through your feelings without being utterly swept away by them.
It will mean knowing passion but choosing to learn and practice compassion, perhaps as never before. Included will be the challenge of self-mastery combined with tolerance of others who are working to master themselves. Perhaps most vital will be the need to ask for and/or provide some help because you feel both the need and the necessity.
Solar Cancer 2014 may not be the easiest of times, but it has the potential to be among the most rewarding of times if you do your part. See what is to be seen with awe and appreciation, then feel what is to be felt as part your responsibility to who and what you are. If you can do simply that, your place under the Cancer Sun will have been faithfully discharged for all to see as well.
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