Linking the heavens to your earth-bound life is beneficial. Your inner rhythms become more confident as you harmonize with the outer symphony and your life acquires a more beautiful soundtrack. The two sky events most worth paying attention to this cycle occur on June 21, when it’s solstice and Venus enters the shadow of her retrograde.
Solstice signals a change of seasons. In the weeks before and after a new season begins, our bodies are adjusting—and they’re quite vulnerable as they shift into new rhythms and temperatures. These are the weeks when people are most susceptible to overload, fatigue, and infection. Pay attention and support your body’s needs! If you’re in the northern hemisphere, shift your diet towards cooling foods like fruits and raw veggie salads. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, nourish yourself with foods that have cooked awhile (like hearty stews or soups) as this will bring supportive warmth into your body. Rest or exercise in the way that’s appropriate for you. You may have more energy: take advantage! Or you may want to pause. Whichever is true for you, your body will appreciate this loving attention. The solstice tells us that the length of the day is changing. This brings opportunities for new activity and routines. It’s an auspicious time to redesign your day. Whatever changes you make at the solstice tend to stick.
Venus will be going retrograde next month (on July 25). On June 21, she enters the “pre-shadow” of this backward (or “retrograde”) period. The pre-shadow weeks are sneaky and critical. This is when you plant the seeds for your future retrograde experience. If you’re not paying attention to Venus things (love, money, pleasure and/or creativity), the unconscious decisions you make now can cause you trouble during the retrograde weeks (from July 25 to September 6). You might change your mind about a current choice once the retrograde is underway. People from your past may suddenly show up and become major players in the drama of these weeks. But you don’t need to buy a ticket to that play again if you don’t want to. The planet Venus is slowing down as she readies for her retrograde station. Let yourself do likewise. If you’re in a hurry about anything Venus-themed, let that be a signal to examine your deeper motives. It’s smart to slow down.