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The Summer Solstice 2024

On June 20th at 1:50 PM PDT Summer officially begins with the Sun moving into the sign of Cancer! It is stationed at 0 degrees 0 minutes, and like every year this moment is called The

Summer Solstice. It is the longest day and shortest night of the year. The Sun rises and sets that day when the sun is farthest north in our sky. After this solstice, the sun will begin moving southward in our sky again. Today, we know that the solstice is caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and by its orbital motion around the Sun. The Earth's North Pole is at maximum tilt toward the Sun.


People all over the world celebrate this moment, as it is time to recognize the light. Monuments have been erected all over the world to align with this moment. For instance, If you stand at the Sphinx on the summer solstice and gaze toward the two pyramids, you’d see the Sun set exactly between them. Cultures who live their lives by the seasons and what they represent are joyous to know the seeds they’ve planted have sprouted and sustenance is on its way, thanks to the Sun and the season. It has been universal among humans to treasure this time of warmth and light.


This Summer Solstice occurs at its earliest moment, regarding the date andtime, since 1796: when George Washington was President of the USA. The Solstice, on average, will continue getting earlier and earlier every 4 years until 2096, which will be the earliest solstice of the century. Then, that pattern will end.


The Sun will enter the first Water Sign of the Solar year; Cancer. This Cardinal sign is the sign of the Mother that gives birth and sustenance to the creation, whether it be human, animal, plant, or otherwise. This is nurturing energy, an energy governed by feelings and instincts, or body knowledge. Cancer senses what is necessary; they read between the lines and hear the message from within it. Cancer is a feminine/passive energy; receptive, yet with the Cardinal energy, it leads. Like the Mother in a family, she is a different leader than the Father, yet she leads.


There are two planets escorting the Sun this year; Venus at 4 degrees Cancer, and Mercury at 7 degrees Cancer. These are all conjoined, meaning they are close in degrees in the same sign. Together they mean more than just the Sun in this sign. Venus in Cancer is naturally sensitive and sentimental, deeply attached to family, old friends, familiar places, and the past.


When it conjoins the Sun it makes one loving and well-loved by others, and having a strong need for kindness, friendship, and affection. Your artistic and creative powers are also able to be developed and you’ll do everything in a harmonious, gracious, pleasing manner. Aesthetics are very important to you now. Your personal appearance and attractiveness are also very important to you today.


Mercury in Cancer inspires you to be highly interested in inner, subjective, and personal issues, and your thinking is based more on feelings, intuition, personal experiences, and prejudices rather than reason or logic. When it conjoins the Sun, you tend to see things from your perspective only and to be rather subjective. You will enjoy talking and expressing your views with a clear mind, have a love of learning and new experiences, and will desire constant mental stimulation and activity.


This collection of the Sun, Venus and Mercury will best be celebrated with loved ones, special friends, and those you really care about. Open up to them, tell your stories of the past to the younger among you, sharing special moments to be remembered long after you depart. This special day is going to be an emotional one, so being among those who really know you makes for comfort and fun. Enjoy the moment, the day, and have some Summer merriment!


Always a gift to read your wisdom Judy Crescenzo


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judy@skypatterns, and skypatterns on YouTube and Patreon



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