The Sun enters the water sign of Cancer on June 21. This marks Summer Solstice and the beginning of the summer season. The Sun now reaches its most northerly position in its annual journey, and the angle of its rays results in the greatest heat in the northern hemisphere.

The snow is melting, and the rivers and lakes are filling with the runoff. The rising temperatures draw the life force up from the ground, resulting in the trees and shrubs leafing out. Wildflowers and grasses burst forth in beautiful tapestries of color. The animal kingdom comes forth from hibernation in increased numbers and activity. The day lengthens into warm nights that invite us to explore in the evenings. Summer is finally here.

Cancer rules the principle of soul, and its primary expression is love. The love that is enhanced now is that of the Mother.

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Cancer is the cosmic Mother that creates, nurtures, and heals all life. The outer, objective expression of this is Mother Nature. That which has been given to us as nature is the basis of our whole existence. Without it we could not survive. As we have become an increasingly urbanized, technological society, we have tended to forget and abuse our intimate connection with nature.

For those of us who have chosen to live in and around Lake Tahoe, this is not the case. The thousands of tourists that come to visit also have not forgotten the precious chain of life that links us with nature. We live in a blessed paradise in the abundance and beauty of the outdoors.

There is nothing like summer in the Sierra to regenerate and rejuvenate body, soul, and spirit. If we engage nature correctly, it opens itself to us; within it are all the mysteries of life. The spiritual traditions of the world tell us that all wisdom is contained within the book of nature. It is a cosmic revelation that is omnipresent. All you have to do is sit down under a tree or next to a waterfall and just be. Look out over the mountain peaks and the meadows full of wildflowers and open yourself to receive. It will change your life forever.

There is an inherent mystical quality of consciousness to nature that is available to be experienced while the sun is in Cancer. This intimate encounter of inner and outer, of soul and nature, is here now. Get out and enjoy it!

Aries (March 21 – April 19): You can feel a renewed sense of vitality and energy now. There are expanded possibilities if you think outside the box. You need to explore new directions with a sense of adventure. Challenges and conflicts will be part of the experience, but there are rewards at the end of the journey. You can achieve great things now.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): There are some emotional conflicts concerning home and family that must be dealt with this month. Communication must be improved and your leadership abilities expressed if you are to achieve positive results. Use your wisdom and try a new tack when dealing with difficult situations.

Gemini (May 21 – June 21): Loyalty and faithfulness is a theme that needs to be honored this month. You must be true to yourself and be receptive to what life wants to give you. There can be some nice spiritual and material rewards for you now. Underlying fears need to be recognized and handled. Use your innate intelligence to determine the path of right action.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22): This is your month to shine. The emphasis now is on having fun. Get out in nature and connect with your soul. Recreation and travel are supported. If you can, do these activities with a partner and the joy will be multiplied. There are some beautiful spiritual experiences waiting for you now.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): It is time to focus on yourself and enhance your qualities of refinement and gracefulness. Your charm is magnetic and can attract new friends and benefactors into your life. You shine in social situations, so be sure to get out there. There can be some emotional drama, so be careful.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): There is a heavy sense of responsibility that is difficult to shake off. Fear can dominate your life now if you let it. Look intelligently at what you are faced with and deal with it. Avoidance will just make it worse. You have the strength and courage to overcome any obstacles once you get a clear sense of direction.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23): Overall, you feel good this month. Romance and love are supported. They should be situations that positively validate your sense of self. Your ability to speak your mind and communicate your feelings is enhanced. But the primary message is to play and follow your bliss.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21): Work and relationships are the focus of attention this month. You feel a strong drive to grow and actualize your latent potential. Family, partners, children, and coworkers will occupy most of your energy. You want to be of service and help others with their difficulties. You can make a positive difference in other people’s lives now.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): There are conflicts that arise now that need to be addressed. Friends, family, partners vs. paying attention to your own personal needs is creating chaos in your life. All of these situations have legitimate needs to be dealt with. The key is finding the correct balance to bring them into harmony. With your innate wisdom and generosity, you can do it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): It is time to take a serious look at family finances. If debt or taxes are an issue, they need to be taken care of now. A potential crisis is looming. If you have a mortgage, see if you can refinance. If you can’t and it’s more than you can afford, you may want to walk away. You need to take action now or it can get worse.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Your career and profession present new opportunities for you now. An ideal situation could open up that you will want to take advantage of. Your creative ability will find expanded venues for expression, and your self-esteem will be enhanced. There can be conflicts at home that you must deal with, so try to keep your balance.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): The spirituality and idealism that you embody want to find expression through your career. The world needs more of your wisdom and compassion. You can be an uplifting influence on others now. Social situations can also present you with opportunities to speak your truth and enlighten those around you.

~ Robert Ayres is a Truckee resident and internationally known astrologer with over 40 years of experience. This month’s horoscope is cast specifically for the Truckee/Tahoe area. Contact him for personal consultations at (530) 550-1118 or astrologicalalchemy.com.

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