JUNE TO SOLSTICE
The energy is building
up as it reaches out towards the Solstice point.
ANNUAL SOLAR DAYS:1st
- 10th June
& 3rd - 12th July
Equivalent to 10º 17'
Gemini- 19º 03' Gemini & 10º 57' Cancer - 19º 43' Cancer
There is a great storm. The crocodile's mouth is open wide,
his jaws waiting.
The elephant stamps
his giant feet, crushing all before him. Now is the time.
The oceans swirl
and the crocodile swallows the world.
The weight flips
him over so we can only see his underbelly; inside it is black,
there is no light.
Holes are made in the crocodile's belly so light can come
through like stars.
It is a time of
waiting, a time of blackness, silence.
There is birdsong,
light creeps in, the crocodile gives birth to the world as
a round egg. It is
transparent and we are waiting for it to hatch.
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Look at issues of self -trust. Are you listening to the roaring around
you and not hearing the more subtle sounds within? Trust in your inner
voice. Self-doubt creates blockages Through trust you may journey to the
place of limitless light. Find the specks of light breaking through the
darkness. Watch them grow. Then step into the unknown. You are in the
midst of a clearing of old patterns, memories and expectations. If you
feel that your life is not working as it used to, remember that this is
the storm that cleanses everything. Nothing will remain, except for the
truth of whom you are and what you are about to give birth to. Only
your true self can survive this storm. This however is not a breakdown,
but a breakthrough. You can move through the seemingly impenetrable, as
you enter new dimensions. Life holds limitless possibilities
The peak of the Sun’s summer journey is to reach the lofty mountain top
while the peak of its winter journey is to enter an underwater egg.
These ‘peaks’ of the Sun are its solstices, standing at approximately
21st June and 20th December each year. They are the Sun’s highest
degrees of Declination North and South (24th degrees) and are
represented by the Jacks of Diamonds and Clubs in our system.
The shamanic imagery obtained for these two solstice degrees differs in
both cases in that one is very short (just one sentence) and the other
is very long (several paragraphs).
The summer solstice, the Jack of Diamonds, is full of noise and action
and movement. There are gateways and doorways and a definite sense of
having reached a goal after much effort and conscious realisations.
Unlike the floating self-less midwinter symbol, here all the physical
senses are sharply experienced and the ultimate realisation is that we
have reached the Source of the Sun (“the light sears through us”) and
that it will always be there at the place where the elements meet. It is
more of a joyful initiation or baptism by fire as we “become one with
the Source”. This is without doubt one of the most powerfully felt
shamanic images of the entire range and rightly so as this describes the
Sun at its midsummer height, the Earth’s power source at its golden
Although the moment of solstice is the absolute peak, the Sun resides in
this degree (24th North) for a period of approximately 23 days from 10th
June to 3rd July annually. This is the longest stay that it makes in one
place and, just as in the winter solstice, it is an unbroken run - the
only degree symbol in the half-year that is not met twice on the
In a general sense all North Declination degrees, all Hearts and
Diamonds, are ‘Eagle’ degrees. Each step in the Sun’s summer journey is
taken with a more outgoing dynamic-with obvious effects on its immediate
surroundings and the people encountered. Even though some of its images
are quieter or describe brief periods of waiting, it is all part of the
Sun’s active phase. By comparison the South Declination degrees, the
Spades and Clubs, are the ‘Fish’ degrees. They describe incoming
movements in the more passive journey of the winter sun that will
experience its effects inwardly. Although some of these have active
images they are still experienced as growth through allowing and
accepting rather than forcing.
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ANNUAL SOLAR DAYS: 10th - 21st June
June - 3rd July. 23 days continuous
Equivalent to 19º 04' Gemini - 29º 59' Gemini & 0º 00' Cancer
- 10º 56' Cancer
There is a gateway
full of strange patterns;
a black giant bird
guarding it, although it too is part of the gateway.
Saying the mantra,
the gateway opens for me to enter and join a thronging mass,
moving forward, all chanting.
I join them, yet my
physical body is left behind.
A priest ahead
carries an emblem the same as the door.
We chant, the sound
becoming one note of exquisite beauty, lifting all upwards,
A vibration joining all of us as one.
The procession from afar looks like a black empty space.
Ahead is an arched doorway, yet it is made of nothing, just hovering
We are allowed through into this most sacred of sacred
Here is a maze working beneath the earth.
There is the sound of dripping water; the scent of earth is
in my nostrils,
I can taste it in my mouth. A deep rich mineral taste, a
taste of energy.
My body and face become numbed, my tongue unable to move and
yet the humming goes on, echoing beneath and above us.
The maze is the pattern on the doorway and we follow it
deeper and deeper.
At the end a doorway vanishes and we are inside facing
We throw ourselves on the floor covering our eyes.
The light is searing through us. You can hear its sound as
it cleanses and purifies. We are in the presence of the Sun God.
I realise that the Sun is below the earth, beneath our
consciousness; this is a place where the elements meet and become one.
All air is drawn into one vessel, which spirals around.
The dripping water becomes one stream; the earth begins to
crumble as the fire sears through all.
It is a holy, joyful moment.
The body releases all in offering to the god.
The bodies become dry and chalklike, crumbling, releasing,
finding a freedom as they become one with the Source.
Simplicity Healing Transformation
You are challenged to work with your
thought forms and see in which way they limit you. The release from this
rigidity of thought will come about through simplicity of expression.
You will hear banging on the fortress door that you have shut behind
you. Is this to keep the old belief systems in or the new belief systems
out? Soon the banging will become unbearable and you will be compelled
to push open that door. The light will astound you as it floods within.
You will wonder why you have locked it out for so long. That which
seemed complicated and impossible will become amazing in its simplicity.
As each of us lets in the light there will be a transformation of global
consciousness. As you connect with and release your personal experience
of pain, limitation, despair and denial you bring healing on a much
larger scale than the personal.
Everything you believe in will be turned on its head. You
will see that all your beliefs have been a shadow, and in your despair
you have forgotten that the shadow cannot exist without light. As you
heal yourself you bring healing to a larger reality.
Note: This is the highest degree of declination North,
incorporating the Summer Solstice. The Queen and King of Diamonds are
"Out-of-bounds" degrees and found at the end of the lists.