I felt a marked shift in energy a little over a week ago. It happened on June 22, the day after the Summer Solstice.
In the days leading up to the Solstice, I felt a mix of tension and enthusiasm. I wanted to do everything all at once, and had to push myself to focus on what was right in front of me.
But within 24 hours of the Sun hitting its peak, that tension drained from my mind and body. Finally, I could relax.
Except I missed the buzz, the fuel that was pushing me a little bit further than usual.
I have noticed, in following the energies of the seasonal changes over the years, that the creative, inspired mood I find myself in around the Summer Solstice always become a turning point.
Every year, I find myself making space for special projects, and re-shuffling my schedule in order to bring these ideas forward.
As I have reflected on the changing seasons and what I am bringing to fruition in the months to come, I couldn’t help but notice how much changed for me externally in the weeks leading up to the first day of summer, too.
I’ve been saying goodbye to friends who are making long-distance moves, but am also seeing new friendships grow.
My partner and I are making some exciting plans for our future.
I mourned the closing of a lovely shop here in Toronto, Rowan Homespun, where I taught and read tarot on occasion. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but also exciting to think about what could come next.
This is how the Earth moves through us sometimes. Ideas and opportunities, like seeds, get planted in spring, and begin to sprout and bloom in summer.
It is a time now for each of us to become aware of what is coming into bloom now. It doesn’t have to be a creative vision, or a major overhaul. It can take any form, really, from how you move your body to what kind of food you cook, or a new list of books you’d like to read.
We are constantly creating our reality, and shaping the future, through big and small changes.
But changes on a personal scale will continue to take priority this season. Especially when it comes to slowing down and finding ways to do less. To become aware of distractions and energy leaks (social media, anyone?), as well as emotional leaks.
We have many planets in retrograde this summer: Mars, Jupiter (which goes direct next week), Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are all retrograde right now. Uranus and Mercury will have retrograde periods later this season.
And this week, minor planet Chiron, the Wounded Healer, will begin a retrograde period starting July 5 until December 9.
It is said to be a place where we can understand our greatest wounds in life, and also our greatest potential to act as healers.
We can learn great compassion through Chiron by taking time to understand each other’s pain. Chiron’s energy makes me think of phrases like, “I’ve been there,” and “Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
Chiron is in Aries right now, highlighting the ways in which we feel we can’t be our true selves.
As this retrograde period gets underway, allow yourself to look at the times when you felt you had to change for someone else. Or when you were made to feel unwelcome, or discouraged to come as you are.
There are so many examples of this in the world. We see still it in outdated dress codes. We see it when people are treated with suspicion when they walk into a store.
We see it when we are asked to change our beliefs or passions for lovers who want to control instead of encourage.
There are so many ways this pain can manifest. The next six months offer a chance to look at any lingering wounds and honour who you are, to look at your past and present self and say, “I will make space for you.”
And if you are nurturing a creative project, or new path of some kind, channel any pain you can into it.
Allow it to become something new, something different, if it feels right to do so.
The card for this week was the Ace of Swords, which I think is very fitting for all of this retrograde energy we’re in. This card is one of focus, clarity, and identity.
It is a single sword – a single vision – that asks, “Who are you ready to be?”
Who am I ready to be?
I will leave that question with you as your mantra for the week ahead.
Until next time,