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Horoscopes: The summer solstice
Summer Solstice from Ryerson Park in 2019. (File/Richard Harley)

Bill Auchterlonie
Special to The Lake Report

For the week of June 17 to 23: Jupiter goes retrograde, Mercury goes direct and the summer solstice marks the start of summer 2021.

Thursday, June 17: Today is the first quarter moon in Virgo. It’s a challenging time as are all first-quarter moons. With the distractions around the new moon a week ago thanks to the solar eclipse, we likely forgot the ritual of setting new priorities for the lunar month. Make up for lost time and get back on track. One of Canada’s greatest boxers, Tommy Burns, was born June 17, 1881.

Friday, June 18: A mildly positive day as the sun is friends with the north node of the moon while Mars and the moon do a little dance tonight. It’s kinda sweet and sexy. On June 18, 1991, Bryan Adams’ song “Everything I Do” reached #1 on Billboard. It also won a Grammy award.

Saturday, June 19: A surprise expense won’t be so bad now that we’ve been forewarned. Fortunately, heart and mind are on the same page today. On June 19, 1846, the New York Nines defeated the Knickerbockers in the first recognized baseball game. The score was 23-1.

Sunday, June 20: Today Jupiter goes retrograde, so our belief system is up for a review. Most of our beliefs are borrowed from other people. When Jupiter goes retrograde it’s time to look at these borrowed beliefs and ask whether they really define us. Our natural state is to have faith in life. When we lose this faith, we know something needs to be addressed and reviewed. And today at 11:32 p.m. is the summer solstice, as the sun begins its journey south. Summer is here! Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman turns 54 today.

Monday, June 21: Happy birthday to all Cancers. Today is the first full day of the sun in Cancer. As with the sun’s ingress into any cardinal sign, this is an important turning point because the sun literally changes direction when it is at 0 degrees Cancer. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun starts moving south, and if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it starts moving north. This is when we reach a crossroad: do we continue on the same path or do we choose to start a new course? F.W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10 Cent store on June 21, 1879 in Lancaster, Penn.

Tuesday, June 22: Today, Mercury goes direct in Gemini, bringing back our focus, mental clarity and sense of direction. The good thing about this is that it occurs in Gemini, the sign of its domicile. When Mercury is in domicile, even the retrograde is not as tough as it is in other signs of the zodiac. And now that Mercury goes direct, not only is a weight suddenly lifted from our shoulders, but we also will also have a feeling of accomplishment and forward momentum. Widely considered the best actress of her generation, if not all time, Meryl Streep celebrates 72 years today.

Wednesday, June 23: Our highest mind and our deepest subconscious are both in play today. Our mind brings us earthly delights while our willpower pushes against something more spiritual. Be happy. Don’t give in to the bad stuff. On June 23, 2016, voters in the United Kingdom voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent per cent to leave the European Union. The Kingdom is no longer United.

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