Lord, it is time. The summer was very big.
Lay thy shadow on the sundials,
and on the meadows let the winds go loose.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
This is a bit unusual. After a very thorough shuffling (and, of course, many shufflings in all my last uses of the deck), I pulled the same card again for this week: the Two of Pentacles.
Two things jump out at me about this. First, last week I had noticed (although I didn’t write about it) that after the previous weeks’ “big” cards (The World and Death), the Two of Pentacles had felt like a return to simplicity. But now, having it turn up again, it feels fraught with much more importance than I would normally expect.
The other aspect of this, I believe, is the timing. This week is just overflowing with momentous energy. There is a very important Full Moon in Sagittarius on Wednesday. One of my favorite astrologers, Dan Furst, has listed it in his top pivotal events leading from now up to Winter Solstice, 2012. This Full Moon, he writes, “is complex and highly charged, with the Sun and Moon aspected by a total of six other planets.” Other astrologers describe it as part of a mystic rectangle that is conjunct Pluto, square Uranus, trine Saturn in Virgo, Mars/South Node in Leo, opposing Venus in Cancer, Sun in Gemini and sextile Neptune in Aquarius.
The very next morning, as we are still buzzing from this, Mercury, which has been in retrograde since May 26, stations direct. The feeling of this is very like, having been in reverse gear in a car, you suddenly shift into drive and go forward. Depending on your speed, the feeling can range from a gentle switch, all the way to whiplash.
Then, the very next day, Summer Solstice arrives! The Solstice is the seeming standing still of the Sun, the pause at the top (or bottom, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) of the Wheel of Fortune. From here, the tide will have turned.
According to Karen Bishop, who keeps track of What’s Up on Planet Earth, this Summer Solstice of June, 2008 brings an opening of ancient energy that comes to us, not as much from the sun’s direct strike upon the Tropic of Cancer, but “from within the earth herself… And even before the [Solstice], we will experience a window of energy beginning around mid-June which will continue until a day or two after the solstice itself.”
This week, there continues to be a lot on our plate. Many balls are in the air, changes that we are dancing with. Learn how to be playful and focused at the same time. Keep your balance.
As last week, my suggestion is to prioritize wisely. Choose to focus on those things that, although they will possibly remain in flux, still leave you energized and challenged in positive ways. Avoid taking on more than you can handle. Most of all, be willing to “let the winds go loose,” and release that which does not nurture you.
Mind your time, health, and your money with unusual attention. Go with the flow of the transitions that will be creating shifts in and around us, and stay as grounded as possible. Know that, for those who can be open to it, the Earth Herself has wisdom to reveal.