(We're working our butts off to get the next issue of The Grind together! It'll be ready soon, but until then, here's a delightful sample of what's to come, thanks to the wise and helpful Kat Callen. This article will be in the upcoming issue, as well as another of her contributions. Happy Solstice!)
21st of June 2014 - Leisurely Litha to You
Litha, or the Summer Solstice, has arrived. The Sun has reached the peak of power. As our Earth Mother lounges lackadaisically in the heat, soaking up as much warmth as possible on this longest day of the year, She takes Her fill of the light. When She combines this with the frenzy of sacred play initiated at Beltane, She becomes sultry and swollen, increasing in lushness, moving towards the ripeness of Lammas and the abundance She provides.
Traditionally the young and young-at-heart leapt over the flames of the bonfire on Litha to ensure a plentiful harvest. The wise old womyn claimed “the higher the leaps, the taller the crops.” Naturally the leapers exerted themselves fully for the benefit of the crops and the village.
The Sun enters the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer today. But do not let the Water dampen the celebration for, being ruled by the Moon, it feeds our cultural roots. We can go with the flow as it nudges us to be receptive, increases our patience and intuitiveness, fosters our sensitivity and nurturing abilities, and frees our imaginations to soar to new heights.
As with last year’s Litha, we are being called home. To be with our families, both blood relations and the kindred spirits that we embrace as our tribe. To be with them, if not physically then in thought and spirit. Water can help us on this journey. We can water our gardens, our own ancestral roots, and our hopes and dreams. The nourishing water will hasten the growth and ripening of many things - feeding our heart, mind, body, and soul. While in the glow of the shimmering summer, we can dance and sing and laugh. We can make plans for actions that will allow us to create a vibrant and cooperative world where we can all be safe and happy and free. Then, come tomorrow, we will be prepared to leap into the waxing Dark as the Light is slowly overcome with the turning of the Great Wheel of Life.
The Moon sets the emotional tone as She transits through the zodiac signs, changing signs approximately every two and a half days. For Litha, the Moon is void-of-course most of the day until She moves into the Fixed Earth sign of Taurus at 22:03 CST. Void-of-course motion is when the Moon reaches near the end degrees of the zodiac sign that She has been traveling through. When the Moon makes Her last aspect, or energy connection, with another planet the void-of-course motion begins. This period of time is best for pondering and reflecting, for subjective avenues of involvement. It is best to avoid making major decisions, shopping, signing contracts and the like. Keeping this in mind you may be able to avoid difficult outcomes. Expect the unexpected.
The actual meaning of void-of-course is “nothing will come of it.” The Moon takes a break, allowing nourishment and revitalization to occur, before the energy changes and She moves along to the next zodiac sign. This can be likened to the actual shifting of gears in a vehicle. There is a period of time when the gears must move through neutral in the transition. The energy is not as grounded and centered at this time so those who are normally a bit on the spacey side may have a tendency to get ‘lost,’ and find themselves losing track of time and space.
As the Moon takes a break in her daily ruling of the planets, take a ‘time-out’ period for yourself. Just go with the flow to avoid frustrations, wasted time and effort, delays, and problems later on. You can certainly think things through and weigh your options on upcoming important tasks and events, just avoid making actual decisions or actively beginning projects. Relaxation and fun can be maximized. No doubt, you too will be rejuvenated to the point of exhilaration.
A mere two hours before midnight CST, the Moon enters the fixed Earth sign of Taurus. Then it is back to the senses as we are once again grounded. It is easier to sink into the moment, be in the body, and enjoy the delights of the five senses. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, which is the slow mover in the zodiac, allowing us the opportunity to savour everything thoroughly. Whatever you choose to do – whether that be dance and truly feel the groove of the music, languish in the Sun, run barefoot through the grass, practice a craft or hobby, share frolicsome intimacy in a cozy atmosphere, partake of a tasty meal, deal with practical matters, spend time in a studio with your musical instrument, or relax with an afternoon siesta – rest assured Taurus will insist that you draw out the enjoyment.
Since Taurus is a fixed sign, the grounding nature helps us to be focused. Our capacity to go at something fully, to really flesh it out, is heightened. Beginning a new project, experimenting with new ways of doing things, immersing yourself in learning, or stretching your body and your mind will all go favourably while the Moon is in Taurus.
As I bid you a Leisurely Litha, ponder this point on pronouncing the word leisure. Although it does not roll off the tongue quite as lusciously, try to pronounce it this way – lezh-er, rather than the more common lee-zher. Remember that lee-zher rhymes with seizure, but lezh-er rhymes with pleasure.
Go well as we move slowly into the Dark.