Fireworks! A shower of glittering stars above and below as planets touch, separate and touch again.
In celestial square dance, graceful Venus and lusty Mars promenade through the early morning skies, marking a summer of Love and War. They are joined on stage by the more stately pas de deux of Jupiter and Neptune, who meet in the heavens for the second time this month. With all these actors on stage, expect high drama the first week of July.
The summertime music of the spheres climaxes with a threefold embrace of the Sun and Moon:
And the conjunction of our lips
Not kisses make, but an Eclipse.
–Henry King (1592-1669)
Eclipses — the alignment of Earth, Moon and Sun — portend the ending and beginning of cycles. Three eclipses loom on the horizon: a Full Moon eclipse on July 7, a Total Solar Eclipse on July 21, and another Full Moon Eclipse on August 5.
The Solar Eclipse falls in the last degree of watery, sentimental Cancer; this is the time to release old wounds to which we have clung. “It’s hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world that teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we’re left with a fistful of ashes,” writes Madeline L’Engle in A Ring of Endless Light. Hold that which you love with an open hand.
Eclipses usually occur in pairs. Three in a row heralds an especially sacred moment, a cosmic ceremony in which our personal healing is also planetary healing.