Today marks a particularly ominous solstice.
In and of itself, of course, a solstice isn’t especially threatening. It’s not even very rare.
The summer solstice is one of two dates in the annual solar cycle when the Sun seems to stand still.
In the Northern Hemisphere it marks the first day of Summer.
As the “longest day of the year” it provides the greatest amount of daylight compared to the hours of darkness in this 24-hour period.
It’s a time for ritual and celebration, including a gathering at Stonehenge.
But in the Southern Hemisphere it’s the beginning of Winter.
Gann Watched The Solstice Carefully
For traders, especially for those who follow in the footsteps of W. D. Gann, the solstice marks a critical turning point in the annual progress of the markets.
It’s a time when there’s a high likelihood of trend reversals.
That means it can bring big trading opportunities.
And, as I’ve noted in a previous blog post, W. D. Gann gave it special attention each year.
An Ominous Solstice Event
From an astrological perspective, however, not all solstices are created equal.
They are all important turning points, of course. But in each case, we can examine the planetary impact of the solar alignment at the time of the solstice.
And that’s where we start to find challenges associated with this current solstice.
It does appear to be an ominous solstice, indeed.
Consider the position of the solstice itself.
By definition, it’s on the cardinal axis, at 0 degrees Aries and its fourth-harmonic equivalents.
But today’s solstice does more than that.
It also activates Venus in the eighth harmonic.
And even more importantly, it’s exactly aligned with the transiting Saturn/Hades midpoint.
That alignment alone is enough to make this an ominous solstice.
Just note what Alfred Witte had to say about the Saturn/Hades combination in his classic book on Rules for Planetary Pictures. He said it indicated:
“Poverty. Hard luck. To be separated through accidents, or unemployment. Melancholy. Trouble. Sadness. The alien. Refugees. Serious obstacles. Severe sickness or unemployment of long duration. Enemies. Enmity. Serious loss. Prison. Epidemics. Illness restrictions. Ugly habits. Matters that are either put off or never finished. To be impoverished by sickness. Isolation through sickness. Damages to the crops.”
There’s certainly not much cause for optimism in that description!
But we can refine our understanding of what we can expect in the aftermath of this ominous solstice if we consider each of the activations of that Saturn/Hades midpoint.
The eighth-harmonic Venus trigger of the Saturn/Hades midpoint at the time of the solstice is an indication of poverty, filth, illicit unions, and dirty alliances. It’s associated with premature births, miscarriages, and serious abdominal diseases. Personal interactions connected with this planetary picture can range from ineffective service to extremely unpleasant associations with vulgar or unscrupulous people.
The Aries Point Trigger
With the alignment of the Saturn/Hades midpoint along the cardinal axis of the zodiac, there’s an emphasis on the likelihood of plagues, epidemics and famine in the months following the solstice. The resulting loss of life can be so devastating that it could become difficult to identify the dead. Strangers, fugitives and refugees are in the spotlight. There’s a big potential for massive job layoffs and an increase in unemployment.
The Role of the Sun
The solar activation of the Saturn/Hades midpoint signals the potential for physical frailty and illness for prominent men in key positions. There’s also the possibility for grief and losses through rejection, a sudden loss of position, or arrest and imprisonment.
In the aggregate, then, this ominous solstice represents the potential for a major challenge to established political structures, to community consciousness, and to the general welfare of the world’s populations.
If we want to cling to high-minded ideas and lofty ideals in an effort to articulate a new state of consciousness in social structures and geopolitical opportunities, we need to prepare ourselves.
This ominous solstice is stern reminder of the serious work that lies ahead.