By Genie Parker
June 21 is the high holy time of the Summer Solstice. It is the longest day of the year, the first day of summer, the day the Sun moves into the Zodiac sign Cancer, and a time that has been worshiped and celebrated since the prehistoric era.
With the Sun moving into Cancer, we can be sure of a more mellow flow of energy after the whirlwind of Gemini. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and is symbolized by a crab: soft inside with a fairly hard outer shell; always reaching out to gather things together. Cancer is a time of growth and nourishment. It is a water sign and promotes deep thoughts and feelings. It is receptive, openly emotional. and concerned particularly with home life and surroundings.
Detroit is ready for the Sun in Cancer this year. We have a concerned black city administration trying to redevelop Detroit into a place that all its citizens can be proud of and feel comfortable in. This Bicentennial year especially finds people generally concerned and aware of our country, how it is developing, and the effects produced on our daily lives -- in our homes and working situations.
Astrologically, the relationships that have developed between the planets and the Zodiac constellations are all pointing to sensitive and highly conscious demands for massive change, leading to more social responsibility. People who are positive thinkers and are confident in their own possibilities will no doubt develop their own role in the scheme of things to help the situation progress.
But there is also a planetary configuration that allows for illusion and deception, particularly for power-hungry people out for their own individual promotion. We should all be aware of our own tendencies and the directions taken by those around us. We can then participate in creating a strong and positive force, one which can combat the negative and backward positions that some people have developed.
Aries (March 20-April 18) -- Be creative and let your imagination flow. If you are disciplined, the setbacks you may face will not put out your fire, but will only make you work harder to get ahead. Enjoy being calmer than usual.
Taurus (April 19-May 19) -- You can divert your irritability into concrete ideas for changing your situation, if you pay attention to other people's suggestions. A sensitive time for you -- and still good for making financial decisions.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) -- The world will calm down a bit for you now, and things will flow more easily. Keep your mind on immediate tasks, and you will be surprised at how clearly you can think. The more consistent you are, the more prosperous you will be.
Cancer (June 21-July 21) -- This is a very deep and thoughtful time for you. Your closest friends, lovers, and business associates are of utmost importance, and they are on your mind a lot. Create a wider perspective for your life, and watch the returns roll in.
Leo (July 22-August 21) -- Your imagination is vivid, and the urge to be creative is as strong as ever. Discipline your temper and self-centeredness into more thoughtful approaches, and don't be put down by the problems you face. Detour laziness by thinking ahead to the possibilities.
Virgo (August 22-September 21) -- A more mellow time for you now. Don't get stuck on the details in your plans and analysis of what's happening. Broaden your perspective on business manners in particular, and spend more time enjoying friends.
Libra (September 22-October 22) -- You are highly sensitive about those people closest to you and to your home surroundings. Communicate and pay attention to details -- don't jump to conclusions. Channel your energy into creative endeavors, and relax more often.
Scorpio (October 23-November 20) -- Only you know how you are really feeling. You are deep and contemplative on the one hand, and irritated and unable to move as fast as you would like to on the other. Try to be more receptive, especially in business. Your home and friends can bring much pleasure.
Sagittarius (November 21-December 20) -- You feel strong and capable of approaching your goals. Don't let the details get you down; make sure you get them right in whatever you are doing. False starts can happen, so pay attention to the possibilities as you plan.
Capricorn (December 21-January 20) -- A prosperous time tor you, as long as you concentrate on disciplined creativity. Your home and love life are foremost in your mind, and can be sources of tension or pleasure, depending on how far you set your sights. Aim for the best, and work at it.
Aquarius (January 21-February 18) -- Try not to be stubborn in your approach now, especially in business matters. You are extremely sensitive and can lose sight of what you are doing, unless you remember to take care of details. Keep your highest thoughts in mind.
Pisces (February 19-March 19) -- A nice flow of ideas and energy is possible now. You are more open to friendship and feel even closer to your loves. You can take best advantage of your good feelings by taking care of business and handling the fine points that have been difficult.