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Summer Solstice 2016

Summer Solstice Greetings

Warm wishes for a happy Summer Solstice!
The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, arrives on Monday, June 20, 2016. When the Sun reaches its zenith on the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere), you will have an opportunity to shine the light of awareness on issues that have been outstanding since the Winter Solstice almost six months ago. The increasing light of the sun in the days leading up to the Summer Solstice intensifies the power of your prayers, meditations, positive thoughts, and visualizations.  The power of the changing angle of the Sun also enables you to make great spiritual, mental, emotional, and material progress at this time. It is a law of physics that light is most powerful when it bends, as it does at every Solstice and Equinox. Use this time to accelerate your evolution and support the growth of the people around you. Pray for positive outcomes for all. 

The most important celestial influence you will feel this summer is the reversal of the retrograde motion of Mars, planet of ambition and energy, on June 29, 2016. If you have been feeling sluggish or spacey since Mars went in reverse on April 17, 2016, or if you have been focusing on the past more than usual during the last few months, you will feel reinvigorated and ready to tackle new projects and ideas after the end of June, when Mars resumes its normal forward motion.

Until June 29, 2016, you will have your final opportunity to clear up issues hanging on from the past. It is a good time to take care of old matters by clearing off your desktop (physical or virtual), cleaning out your closets,  making amends to rectify existing relationships, and by fulfilling commitments you have previously made. Once you have caught up to the best of your ability, it will be time to plant new seeds, start new projects, and initiate new ideas. You will feel an increasing ability to visualize the future and manifest new ideas throughout the rest of the summer. 

potent line-up of expansive Jupiter, karmic Saturn, and spiritual Neptune also has strongly influenced the year of 2016. Celestial influences will culminate with an alignment of Jupiter, transformative Pluto, and revolutionary Uranus at the end of this year. Expect more people to embrace spirituality as a way to cope with chaotic or unpredictable events. Simultaneously, as some look more deeply within themselves for answers, others will continue to demand answers from the outside world. Therefore, social unrest with regard to governmental action or inaction and political candidates will escalate. 

Collective choices in the coming U.S. election will favor the untraditional over the traditional. The ultimate result will be the breaking down of unworkable aspects of the existing system to move toward higher consciousness: brotherly love, unselfishness, mutual respect, acceptance and tolerance. These qualities eventually will lead us toward a more peaceful, harmonious global community. In one sense, the U.S. presidential candidates are serving a unifying purpose, although in a negative way, by uniting groups who were previously in dispute, so they may lament the absurdity of the situation. Still, both candidates are un-traditional in their own unique ways--Donald Trump, a businessman with no governmental experience vying for one of the most prominent government jobs in the world; and Hillary Clinton, a former first lady, senator, and secretary of state, vying to be the first female president in U.S. history.

While the current political candidates are a focal point of our awareness, they are not good representatives of the direction the world must go. This can only mean that the greater power will now flow to those who do represent the values that can guide us to the higher age into which we are all growing. This could mean the evolution of a just and equitable global government, as national boundaries dissolve due to greater ease of communications, travel, trade, and exchange of ideas, foods, cultures and customs. Or, humanitarian power could flow to smaller groups doing altruistic work, or even individuals engaging in meaningful, positive and powerful spiritual practice. This could be a Himalayan yogi sitting in prayer in a distant corner of the world or your own fervent prayers in the meditation corner of your home. So, keep praying for the highest good of all to empower those who would do the greatest good. 

While those who represent negative virtues may currently seem to hold the upper hand, eventually, they will be disempowered by the force of  those who project positive energy and actions into this world. So keep praying and sending positive thoughts and prayers to each other and to the planet. Change is inevitable. And we have the power to make the transition more peaceful and harmonious through our own state of mind, through our positive thoughts, prayers, and affirmations! 

Many blessings for love & light in the Summer Solstice season!

Laurie

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Please Read on for Personalized Predictions for Every Zodiac Sign!

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
The summer season will help you rectify a situation that has been out of balance for as long as two years. This is a time to act with integrity and patience as others follow your noble example. Mars, your planetary ruler, will conclude its retrograde on
 June 29, 2016. Your energy levels will increase and you will get to the root of a problem and find workable solutions once Mars resumes its normal cadence in late June and early July. The kindness you have shown to others will come back to you at this time. A lunar eclipse on  August 18, 2016, will help you see a friendship in a new light. Your friend either has made a positive contribution that you have not acknowledged. Or your friend may have expressed a negative quality that is detracting from your personal peace and harmony. Look at both sides of the situation to attain clarity. Mars in the compatible fire sign of Sagittarius from August 2 to September 27, 2016 will produce great benefits when you implement spiritual solutions, including contemplation, prayer, visualization, and positive affirmations. A solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 may bring a slight disruption to your health that will be quickly remedied. Follow your intuition on your road to healing. Another lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016 will help restore your good health. Pursue tried-and-true, risk-free strategies for greatest success. Lucky Jupiter enters your opposing sign of Libra on September 9, 2016, followed by the Sun in Libra on September 22, 2016.  These planetary energies will bring new and beneficial relationships into your life!

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Loving Venus, your planetary ruler, aligns with spiritual Neptune on
 June 27, 2016, and with depth-seeking Pluto on June 30, 2016. These celestial energies will give you an opportunity to deepen a relationship with someone you care about. Energetic Mars in Scorpio, the constellation opposite your own, also will fuel your positive endeavors as it resumes direct motion on June 29, 2016. Mars in Scorpio until August 2, 2016 will bring people from your past back into your sphere of influence and enable you to resolve issues that have remained unresolved from 2014. This is a time to speak your truth in a diplomatic way. A lunar eclipse on August 18, 2016 will raise a question about your life direction. A solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 will help you connect with a new friends. And a lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016 will help you make a firm decision about how to express your creativity and with whom to share your abundant talents. Lucky Jupiter in the loving sign of Libra from September 9, 2016, to October 10, 2017 will bring you the blessings of peace and harmony. As a Taurus, you are especially sensitive to the harmonious feeling that comes from calm surroundings, trips into nature, peaceful relationships, delicious foods, and physical comfort. Surround yourself with those people and objects that bring you pleasure during the coming year. This will be very healing to your outlook on life and enable you to make greater positive contributions!

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
Communicative Mercury, your planetary ruler, travels through Gemini from June 12 to
 June 29, 2016. This is a peak period of productivity for you! Combined with the energy of lucky Jupiter in the Mercury-related sign of Virgo until September 9, 2016, you will have many opportunities to express what’s on your mind during the summer season. Think carefully about what you would like to achieve with your personal expressions, and deploy your natural charm, wit, and diplomacy. The passage of dynamic Mars through Sagittarius from August 2 to September 27, 2016 will attract high-energy people to you. Think strategically about the direction you would like to go. And prepare to move forward during the summer months. The next Mercury retrograde lasts from August 30, 2016 until September 21, 2016. Accomplish as much as you can before this period of relaxation and renewal. With the support of lucky Jupiter in Libra from September 9, 2016 until October 10, 2017, you will have especially good fortune in relationships, negotiations, and creative endeavors. If you are making new plans, you will be able to assume slightly more risk than usual with great success. Assess your pluses-and-minuses carefully before preparing to embark on new ventures. This is especially the case while Mercury, the communications planet, is retrograde from August 30, 2016 until September 21, 2016. You will be ready to move forward on plans you have been considering for as long as 3 months when Mercury resumes its forward motion on September 21, 2016. It will be smooth sailing again until the next Mercury retrograde from December 19, 2016 to January 9, 2017.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Your birthday arrives just after the Summer Solstice and initiates a positive period of good fortune for you. The 7 weeks following your birthday will be a time to express your thoughts and feelings to the people you care about. The new moon in Cancer on
 July 4, 2016, also will begin a new annual cycle of renewal for you. This is a good time to take an inventory of your life. Once you decide what you would like to do in your new birthday year, take the initiative and plant new seeds. This can be in the form of a new friendship, a new work project, or a resolution to adopt a new attitude. Your feel most closely aligned with your soul when you are caring for others, either through food, emotional support, or your nurturing presence. Honor the gifts you possess, and choose carefully the people (or pets or plants) upon whom you bestow your kind and loving energies. The full moon on July 19, 2016 will help you bring a project to completion. A lunar eclipse on August 18, 2016  will strengthen your financial position. A solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 will help you see a sibling or neighbor in a new light. And another lunar eclipse onSeptember 16, 2016 will awaken a practical side to your creativity. Lucky Jupiter in Libra fromSeptember 9, 2016 to October 10, 2017 will help you gather friends and family members around you for uplifting celebrations during the coming year. Prepare for greater social activity by clearing extra space in your home and by letting go of worn-out objects you no longer need. You may receive more gifts than usual during this period, of the things you really need. These could be in the form of emotional support, financial assistance, material or logistical help, or the listening ear of someone who really understands you and cares about your welfare, in addition to physical gifts or tools that will make your life easier. To make space for the new gifts and qualities you will receive, think carefully about what you actually do need and let go of the rest. Be prepared meet the needs of others in return. This is a time to balance the scales where any relationships have gone out of balance.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)
The summer solstice on June 20, 2016 marks a high point of your year and a peak in your energy levels. Think about what you would like to accomplish in the summer season and assemble the tools you will need, including material objects and people to support your new goals. You thrive at the height of the sun’s light shining during the summer season. So, do what you can to remove obstacles, for your greatest forward movement. This is the time to let your personal light shine! Your peak of power comes when the Sun travels through the Sign of Leo from
 July 22 to August 22, 2016. Loving Venus in Leo from July 11 to August 5, 2016 will attract nurturing and helpful people to you. Mercury, the communications planet, in Leo from July 13 to July 30, 2016, will help you speak your truth. Your birthday initiates a positive 52-day period of good fortune. The 7 weeks after your birthday will be a time to manifest your ideas! When lucky Jupiter travels through Libra from September 9, 2016 to October 10, 2017, you will experience enhanced communications with others who will understand you and support you. This will be especially true of siblings and neighbors. Short trips through your local area also will introduce you to positive aspects of your local surroundings that you may not have appreciated before. This also is a wonderful time to check in with loved ones to see if there are ways you may improve the relationships you value so much! 

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Your luck is running high throughout the summer season with the assistance of exuberant Jupiter in Virgo until
 September 9, 2016. You will accomplish many of your outstanding goals with the additional help of Mercury, your planetary ruler, in Virgo from July 30 to October 7, 2016, An alignment of communicative Mercury and expansive Jupiter on August 22, 2016 also will mark an especially prolific period for you. Think about the direction you would like to go, and about the assistance you will need, either in material goods or personnel, and prepare for the next chapter of your life.  Just be ready to refine your vision from August 30 to September 21, 2016, when Mercury enters its retrograde period. A series of eclipses from mid-August to mid-September will expose you to unexpected new influences. These will help you to express some of your latent qualities. The Harvest Moon on September 16, 2016, coinciding with a penumbral full moon eclipse, will be especially powerful for you. Your birthday in late summer initiates a positive 52-day period of good fortune. The 7 weeks after your birthday will be a time to take steps to manifest new ideas that you have been nursing in the back of your mind. It also is a good time to get together with loved ones or to take a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit. With lucky Jupiter in Libra from September 9, 2016 to October 10, 2017, you will have especially good luck with re-organizing your finances in a way that will provide the greatest benefit for you. You also are about to meet new people who you will appreciate. Treat them with dignity and respect so you may count on having their positive influence in your life for a long time. 

LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
Loving Venus in Cancer from
 June 17 to July 11, 2016 will focus your energy and attention on home and family. You will have more time to devote to yourself and your own creativity as Venus travels through Leo from July 11 to August 5, 2016. Thereafter, you will be asked to attend to details of actions you have taken in the past, under the influence of Venus in Virgo, from August 5 to August 29, 2016. Venus, your planetary ruler, in Libra from August 29 to September 23, 2016will be a high point in your year. This is the time when others will share your utopian vision of peace, harmony, and balance. Others will strive to pay you back for your kindness and they will make things right where relationships have gone out of balance. Lucky Jupiter in Libra fromSeptember 9, 2016 to October 10, 2016 also will energize your efforts to spread peace and harmony to the environment around you. This is a time to think about your values and ideals and to write them down so you may clearly articulate your thoughts to others.  Use your time for personal reflection and introspection. Then, record your thoughts in a journal, in digital or hand-written format, in a recording or video format, to attain greatest clarity. You have something important to say, and people will be ready to receive your message. This is an especially good time to connect with a larger audience so your positive thoughts may have the greatest impact.   

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
Energizing Mars in Scorpio from May 27 to
 August 2, 2016, will give you an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of a subject that interests you. When you are curious about someone or something, you feel most comfortable when you know everything there is to know, from A to Z.  This is a good time to research, investigate, and explore. Something that has been hidden will come to light. This new information will help guide the next 2 years of your life. An opposition between the Sun and Pluto on July 7, 2016, will energize your quest for greater understanding. An alignment of communicative Mercury and expansive Jupiter on August 22, 2016 will enable you to honestly express what you feel to someone you care about. A conjunction of Mars and Saturn onAugust 24, 2016 will temporarily constrain your actions to essentials.  A full moon lunar eclipse on on August 18, 2016, will help you confront a family situation that has been holding you back. Consequently, you will experience avenues opening that had previously been closed. A new moon solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 will help you feel compassion for someone you had criticized in the past. You will gain new energy and opportunities from new-found openness. Assess your options carefully and prepare to take action after the eclipse cycle concludes on September 16, 2016

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
The passage of energizing Mars through Sagittarius from
 August 2 to September 27, 2016 will help you finish projects that have been in the works for as long as 2 years. In conjunction with karmic Saturn in Sagittarius, you will feel best when you follow a straight and narrow (conservative) path during the summer season. This is a good time to narrow your focus and concentrate on your most high-minded and principled goals. A more risk-oriented path may make you feel too scattered and diffused to manifest your ideas. The universe is supporting you now to pursue a righteous path to accomplish your aspirations. Energetic Mars conjoins karmic Saturn in Sagittarius on August 24, 2016, making this an important day to work toward getting good karma rather than taking risks or short-cuts. A full moon lunar eclipse on August 18, 2016, will help you clarify a concept that previously had been murky. Your new understanding will help you grasp a larger picture than you previously perceived. You will be able to chart a new course with additional insights. A new moon solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 will give you the inspiration to take concrete action on your new ideas. The following full moon lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016will catapult you into a leadership role. Make sure to have all of your ducks in a row so your spontaneous reactions will be informed by facts. Your planetary ruler, lucky Jupiter, travels through the loving sign of Libra from September 9, 2016 to October 10, 2017. This will enhance your relationships and help you manifest the highest goals of your soul. 

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
A potent alignment between Saturn, your planetary ruler, and dreamy Neptune, on June 17, 2016, will strengthen your creativity and heighten your intuition. Spiritual guidance from angelic sources is abundantly available to you at this time. Watch for signs that will lead you to your highest good. The Summer Solstice Sun enters Cancer on June 20, 2016, bringing you an abundance of new people to relate to. Notice who brings the most light and enjoyment into your life and pursue these relationships. This is a good time to make a commitment to someone who uplifts you and brings you greater joy and enthusiasm for life. The passage of lucky Jupiter through the loving sign of Libra from
 September 9, 2016 to October 10, 2017 will open the way for greater peace and harmony in your professional and personal relationships. When karmic Saturn in Sagittarius realigns with spiritual  Neptune in Pisces on September 10, 2016, you will feel as if there is a choice to make between worldly and spiritual activities. You can’t lose, because your wellbeing will be enhanced through either mundane or spiritual activities. Just make sure that your choice aligns with the greater vision of your soul. 

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
Uranus, planet of sudden awakening, aligns with Mercury (communications planet), Venus (love planet), and the Sun (self-discovery) in July and August, making this a good time to meet new people and awaken various latent facets of your personality. Even though you are content when you are on your own, you also thrive when you are in relationships with others. People  help you feel your connection with the greater human family. The summer season will be an excellent time to connect with others, share aspects of yourself, and learn new things about yourself and others. The Sun in your opposing sign of Leo from
 July 22 to August 22, 2016 will bring radiant people into your life who can bring new energy and insights to you. A full moon lunar eclipse on onAugust 18, 2016, will help you see life from an alternative point of view. Your widened perspective will help you find a creative solution to a long-standing problem. A new moon solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 will help you get in touch with deep feelings that have been influencing you without your conscious awareness. It is a good time to practice introspection, journal-writing, meditation and contemplation. Lucky Jupiter in the compatible air sign of Libra from September 9, 2016 to October 10, 2017 will enhance your relationships with people you respect. A full moon lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016 will bring you further insights.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Lucky Jupiter in your opposing sign of Virgo until
 September 9, 2016 will bring positive people into the realm of your activities during the summer season. You will be especially fortunate in your contacts with others when loving Venus transits through your opposing sign of Virgo from August 5 to August 29, 2016. Communicative Mercury in Virgo from July 30 to October 7, 2016 also will attract you to people who have information that can illuminate your path. Alignments of karmic Saturn with your planetary ruler, ethereal Neptune, on June 17, 2016, and September 10, 2016, will bring positive results to your spiritual endeavors, including contemplation, positive affirmations, meditation, and prayer. Your ability to transmit and receive thoughts of others is at a peak. Stay tuned in, and trust your intuition! You may be taking life rather seriously right now, as you feel the karmic imperative to do the work your soul is trying to do. Use this celestial influence to bring positive results to your spiritual endeavors and soul-guided ideas. A full moon lunar eclipse on on August 18, 2016, will bring a subliminal message to your awareness. A new moon solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 will leave you feeling differently about a long-term relationship. A full moon lunar eclipse on September 16, 2016 will help you see an old relationship in a new light.

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