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Friday, June 18, 2021

2021 Summer Solstice or Cancer Ingress

2021 Summer Solstice
Cancer Ingress

Timing the Sun's entry to 00° Cancer

The Summer Solstice marks the most prolonged period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. From that point, days become shorter until day and night are equal at the Autumn Equinox. Then it is on to the longest night of the Winter Solstice.

21 Jun 2021
3:32:02 AM, UTC +00:00:00

London, England
4:32:02 AM GMD -01:00:00

20 Jun 2021
Boston, Massachusetts USA
11:32:02 PM EDT +04:00:00

New Orleans, Louisiana USA
10:32:02 PM CDT +05:00:00

Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
9:32:02 PM MDT +06:00:00

Reno, Nevada USA
8:32:02 PM PDT +07:00:00

Kahului, Hawaii USA
5:32:02 PM AHST +10:00:00

The summer solstice, also known as the estival solstice or midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the most extended period of daylight. On the summer solstice, Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. Likewise, the Sun's declination from the celestial equator (Earth's equator extended as a plane into space) is 23.44°.
Wikipedia · Huffingtonpost
Dictionary dot com gives the origin of estival
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin, aestīvālis, equivalent to Latin aestīv(us) "of or relating to summer" + -ālis -al1 
 June 20-21 are the dates when the Summer Solstice may occur.
It is sometimes regarded as the Triumph of the Light, of Sol. Daylight reaches the peak of its reach through time. We celebrate the exuberance with pool parties, picnics, and barbecues. At the same time, we realize this is the beginning of an increase in darkness. From this point, daytime will wane in comparison with night. The night gains but remains secondary to the more extended day until equality at the Autumn Equinox.

June 20-22 The 2nd Quarter Day of the year's four (2 solstice, 2 equinox) - Summer Solstice
June 21 - Litha (Norse/Anglo-Saxon for "longest day")
June 23 - St. John's Eve - European Midsummer celebration
Blessed Solstice & Merry Litha! – Author Lesli Richardson / Tymber Dalton 
 At many places on the planet, maybe on every continent, there are monuments, standing stones, or geological realities used for tracking the course of the Sun through the seasons. If you pay attention and live at the same location for some years, you will be able to mark and track the Sun's seasonal course from its rise and set points at the solstices. Make a point of noting the day of the solstice and the location of sunrise and sunset. In the northern hemisphere, the sunrise point will be as far south as it will get (Winter Solstice) and will proceed through the year to rise further and further north until the summer solstice when it reaches the point as far north as it will get. From then, the Sun's rise will proceed to occur a tich more southerly, back to the winter solstice. At the equinoxes, the sunrise will be precisely due east and the sunset due west. That's what the whoop-ti-do at Stonehenge is about; marking and measurement. Where you are on the planet makes a difference, but not to the timing of the solstices and equinoxes other than in the southern hemisphere, the winter solstice is the summer solstice in the north, etc.

The idea that the Sun does not move for three days is an observational one, not a physical reality. The precise moment of standstill can be calculated to the second, although visually, the Sun may seem to rise in the same place for a few days in a row. Since computer programs can give precise timing, I use them. Astrologers have used the timing of solstices and equinoxes for mundane appraisal of the period to follow. I use the precision personally and privately to honor the moments.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021 Beltane

Sun 15° Taurus

5 May 2021
6:47:03 AM UT +00:00:00
7:47:03 AM GMD London, England
2:47:03 AM EDT Washington DC
1:47:03 AM CDT Minneapolis, Minnesota
12:47:03 AM MDT Boulder, Colorado
4 May 2021
11:47:03 PM PDT San Francisco, California
8:47:03 PM AHST Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

Climate and weather have altered the patterns of life on our blue marble. Earth’s orbit around the Sun is still pretty much as it has been for millennia. Solstices and Equinoxes still mark the seasons even as those seasons deviate from ancient patterns.

Beltane marks the middle time between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, a time long associated with the growth and rhythm of plant and animal life. It is about Earth’s orientation with the Sun even if snow falls on flowering trees and meadows.                         

The Tropical Zodiac relies upon the Solstices and Equinoxes to mark the Cardinal points of the Zodiac. The Winter Solstice marks Capricorn, the Spring Equinox, Aries, the Summer Solstice, Cancer, and the Fall Equinox, Libra. The quarters are divided by three into equal segments that hold the rest of the Signs in order from Aries; Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, etc. The middle sign of each quarter marks the peak part of that season. In the Spring season that begins with Aries and ends at 30° Gemini, Taurus is the peak. So, the middle of Taurus is the “cross quarter” day for the Spring Season. The vital point of a given season is the middle of the Fixed Sign in the center of that season. Mid-Taurus for Spring, Mid-Leo, Summer, Mid-Scorpio, Fall, and Mid-Aquarius for Winter. All eight of those Sun to Earth-defined periods are marked with celebrations. Euro-pagan and some other cultures and religions celebrate the times with gatherings and often with bonfires on high places. The mid-Taurus (15°) time is called Beltane by Euro-pagans like Celts and Wiccans.


While many will celebrate May Day in unacknowledged alignment with mid-Taurus, for interest’s sake and perhaps for timing rituals, listed above is the precise timing of when the Sun reaches 15° Taurus.

Blessed be.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021


The 2021 Vernal (Northward) Equinox, Start of Spring, Aries Ingress

For the ritually oriented and the curious, here are 2020 Spring Equinox times for Greenwich and the USA.

March 20, 2021
9:37:21 AM UTC (GMT/Zulu) +00:00:00
London, England (not yet on Summer Time)

Saturday, March 20

5:37 am EDT

New Orleans
4:37 am CDT

Salt Lake City
3:37 am MDT

2:37 am PDT

Friday, March 19
11:37 pm AHST

Eostre by AngiandSilas

March 19-20 brings the Vernal Equinox, also known as Ostara, or Eostre, or Eastre, named for the Germanic Goddess of spring and dawn. When the Sun's path along the Ecliptic crosses the Celestial Equator from the South to the North we have the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, zero degrees of Aries. The longer nights of the winter season are now in equal balance with daylight. From this point, the length of daylight increases. It is the beginning point of the Zodiac that astrologers use for measure.

All points in the eight-fold year (defined by the astronomical measure of solstices, equinoxes, and the midpoints between those) are marked by human celebrations, holidays, and holy days. Those coincidental celebrations are not accidental but knowingly or circumstantially correspond to the astronomical. There are holy days with the Jewish and Christian calendars (also with Chinese, Hindu, and other systems of reckoning) that combine New and Full Moons with solstices and equinoxes. For example, the Full Moon after the Spring (Vernal) Equinox is Passover. The Sunday following that Full Moon is Easter (the preceding Friday is Good).

Some astrologers chart the Vernal Equinox (Aries Ingress) and derive information about at least three and at most twelve months following. Other astrologers favor the Winter Solstice (Capricorn Ingress) for the twelve months following that event. Many mundane astrologers will chart all four, Solstices and Equinoxes, and utilize those charts for a sense of the three months that follow each. The chart for the first day of Spring is said to be in effect, for the year until next Spring. It is considered especially strong until the Summer Solstice chart "comes in" in June. Tropical zodiac positions are always measured from the Vernal Equinox.

Happy Spring!

“The Mummers' Dance” is a single by Canadian Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt from the 1997 album “The Book of Secrets.” The song refers to the seasonal Mummers Play performed by groups of actors, often as house-to-house visits.

[Verse 1]

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light


We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

[Verse 2]

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood
That when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
Long past their woodland days


We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

[Verse 3]

And so they linked their hands and danced
Round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
When all the shades are gone

A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
It is a sprout well budded out
The work of our Lord's hand


We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay