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"...the New Moons are in perigee (closest to the Earth) on May 5, June 3, July 2, November 12, and December 12. This means there is greater tectonic stress and unusual weather patterns, which was the case during May. The tidal flows in the Pacific were very extreme in May, which intensified human emotions as well as water flow.
During the June 18 Full Moon, Mars in Leo is on the lunar South Node in close opposition to Chiron on the lunar North Node. This suggests violence, pain, and wounding, but it also suggests a great heart opening. I hope these energies can be worked out through love and compassion.
Jupiter sextiling Uranus still forms a Yod to the South Node, but this time Mars is also on the South Node. This is a very interesting configuration that could result in a significant peace somewhere on the planet....perhaps countries will just lay down their arms, which is more likely than usual with Chiron right on the lunar North Node for months. We shall see. Be sure to watch what is going on during this fiery Full Moon in Sagittarius with Pluto on the Galactic Center! And remember to check Astroflash for the Summer Solstice reading around June 18."
Mercury goes direct (Rx since May 26)
Whew! The time for re-examining old commitments and previous projects is at an end. Move forward with new plans, new projects.
In the northern hemisphere, where the sun is at its most potent today, the longest day of the year is celebrated; in the southern hemisphere, the sun is at its weakest point, and it is the shortest day and longest night of the year which is celebrated, when the pendulum turns and the days start getting longer from that moment on (the return of the light).
"The Sphinx at Giza faces due east and is referred to in some Egyptian hieroglyphics as Hamachis, the god of the rising Sun. Later, Hamachis evolved into the name Hor-em-Akhet. The akhet is an Egyptian hieroglyph in the image of two triangles, both open at the base, connected by a line, which represents where the sun rises and sets—an image that comes to life when looking out from the Sphinx to the pyramids of Cheops and Cephren at sunset on the summer solstice. As the Sun sets between the pyramids, it highlights the image of two triangles (the pyramids) connected by a line (the earth)."
Prehistoric Europe: Many remains of ancient stone structures can be found throughout Europe. Some date back many millennia BCE. Many appear to have religious/astronomical purposes; others are burial tombs. These structures were built before writing was developed, and one can only speculate on the significance of the summer solstice to the builders. Perhaps the most famous of these structures is Stonehenge, a megalith monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. It was built in three stages, between circa 3000 and 1500 BCE. "... the main axis is aligned on the midsummer sunrise--an orientation that was probably for ritual rather than scientific purposes. Four "station stones" within the monument form a rectangle whose shorter side also points in the direction of the midsummer sunrise.
The ancient Germanic, Slav and Celtic tribes in Europe celebrated with dancing and bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. "It was the night of fire festivals and of love magic, of love oracles and divination. It had to do with lovers and predictions, when pairs of lovers would jump through the luck-bringing flames..." It was believed that the crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump. Through the fire's power, "...maidens would find out about their future husband, and spirits and demons were banished." Another function of bonfires was to generate sympathetic magic: giving a boost to the sun's energy so that it would remain potent throughout the rest of the growing season and guarantee a plentiful harvest.
The Druids: Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June. Known as Alban Heruin, it was midway between the spring Equinox (Alban Eiler; "Light of the Earth") and the fall Equinox (Alban Elfed; "Light of the Water"). "This midsummer festival celebrates the apex of Light, sometimes symbolized in the crowning of the Oak King, God of the waxing year. At his crowning, the Oak King falls to his darker aspect, the Holly King, God of the waning year..." The days following Alban Heruin form the waning part of the year because the days become shorter.
In ancient Rome, the festival of Vestalia lasted from June 7 - 15, and was held in honor of the Roman Goddess of the hearth, Vesta. Married women were able to enter the shrine of Vesta during the festival. At other times of the year, only the vestal virgins were permitted inside.
The Essenes: This was a Jewish religious group active in Palestine during the 1st century CE. Archaeologists have found that the largest room of the ruins at Qumran (location of the Dead Sea Scrolls) appears to be a sun temple. At the time of the summer solstice, the rays of the setting sun shine at 286 degrees along the building's longitudinal axis, and illuminate the eastern wall. The room is oriented at exactly the same angle as the Egyptian shrines dedicated to the sun. Two ancient authorities -- the historian Josephus and the philosopher Filon of Alexandria -- had written that the Essenes were sun worshippers. Until recently, their opinion had been rejected by modern historians.
In Ancient Gaul, the Midsummer celebration was called Feast of Epona, named after a mare goddess who personified fertility, sovereignty and agriculture. She was portrayed as a woman riding a mare.
In ancient Sweden, a Midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town. The villagers danced around it. Women and girls would customarily bathed in the local river. This was a magical ritual, intended to bring rain for the crops.
In Ancient China, their summer solstice ceremony celebrated the earth, the feminine, and the yin forces. It complemented the winter solstice which celebrated the heavens, masculinity and yang forces. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.
Catholic and Nordic Protestant cultures still celebrate the feast of St. John from June 23 to June 24 (see St. John's Eve, Ivan Kupala Day (celebrated in Russia) and Midsummer). In Brazil, he is called Sao Joao, and there are plenty of festivities, with a focus on the harvesting of the corn, which is one of the staples of this region, and dancing the "quadrille".
Neopaganism: This is a group of religions which honour ancient Pagan religions. Of these, Wicca is the most common; it is loosely based partly on ancient Celtic beliefs and practices. Wiccans recognize eight seasonal days of celebration. Four are minor sabbats and occur at the two solstices and the two equinoxes. The other are major sabbats which happen approximately halfway between an equinox and solstice. The summer solstice sabbat is often called Midsummer or Litha. Wiccans may celebrate the sabbat on the evening before, at sunrise on the morning of the solstice, or at the exact time of the astronomical event. "Midsummer is the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power, the earth is green and holds the promise of a bountiful harvest. The Mother Goddess is viewed as heavily pregnant, and the God is at the apex of his manhood and is honored in his guise as the supreme sun." It is a time for divination and healing rituals. Divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time.
The Natchez tribe in the southern U.S. "worshiped the sun and believed that their ruler was descended from him. Every summer they held a first fruits ceremony." Nobody was allowed to harvest the corn until after the feast.
Males in the Hopi tribe dressed up as Kachinas - the dancing spirits of rain and fertility who were messengers between humanity and the Gods. At Midsummer, the Kachinas were believed to leave the villages to spend the next six months in the mountains, where they were believed to visit the dead underground and hold ceremonies on their behalf.
Native Americans have created countless stone structures linked to equinoxes and solstices. Many are still standing. One was called Calendar One by its modern-day discoverer. It is in a natural amphitheatre of about 20 acres in size in Vermont. From a stone enclosure in the center of the bowl, one can see a number of vertical rocks and other markers around the edge of the bowl "At the summer solstice, the sun rose at the southern peak of the east ridge and set at a notch at the southern end of the west ridge." The winter solstice and the equinoxes were similarly marked. The Bighorn Medicine Wheel west of Sheridan, WY is perhaps the most famous of the 40 or more similar "wheels" on the high plains area of the Rocky Mountains. Most are located in Canada. At Bighorn, the center of a small cairn, that is external to the main wheel, lines up with the center of the wheel and the sun rising at the summer solstice.
Today, the day is still celebrated around the world, most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands still gather towelcome the sunrise on the June Solstice. Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups gather to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.
General info about the distant healing event
During the treatment process, each participant will be worked on individually and as part of the group, and will assist the planetary healing by anchoring the healing energy in their part of the world, and releasing disharmonic energies no longer needed, on an individual and collective level.
For those who have never before experienced vibrational healing work, this is the ideal opportunity. We use a cutting-edge approach known as Synchronization Harmonics, and participation is open on a donation basis to anyone, anywhere in the world.
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