Summertime, Summertime

Summer, sometimes, feels like Hell on Earth.

Though the Sun is my namesake, the overt warmth, brightness and humidity (esp. in GA) tends to chase me indoors, dragging from the depths memories of lazy school-free summers, downright depressed. Perhaps it is the lack of energy, or lamenting productivity disrupted… but even at rest, uncomfortable and sweaty, the heat brings on what Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly referred to as the Mean Reds:

“Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of”.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
Lindsay Reyna from Symposium I

The Solar Eclipse during the New Moon in Gemini brought forth a further underlying intensity that humanity has felt for centuries when the great bodies cover one another for a short time. Emotionally, eclipses create a time to take a gander at where and who we’ve been, where we’re going, what we would like to be, who we’d like to do it with, and how. Opportunities for evaluation in the Eclipse Season, along with Mercury Retrograde, were radically ripe. Though both are now wrapped up, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn and Neptune will be retrograde through the rest of Summer 2021.

Darker forces are at work in these warm months, especially for those with underlying apocalyptic anxiety. Unsure if it perhaps is just created by the state of EVERYTHING in the U.S. or beyond. As bi-coastal heat waves, forest fires, the exposure of Christianity’s genocide, threat of eviction, tropical storms that soon will gather more and more strength, the part of the globe I’m most familiar with is in peril. Environmentally, on every level, humanity is facing the detriment of its place on Earth. And yet a good percent of the masses attempt to live as they always have, despite the virus, the climate and the needs of communities. Aiming for unnecessary riches and wealth, just like the evils of billionaires whose industry ravage the future of this planet, still clutter some of the magickal minded who want to manifest fame and fortune. Humans are heavily programmed to capitalism, the narratives they have lived before, and the individualism that often works against the greater good.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic

In the words of Nylon’s resident astrologer David Odyssey, “On June 10, the hellmouth opens as a solar eclipse in Gemini unleashes power, possibility, and rage long repressed. Over a three-minute crisis of transformation, the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, creating an Mordor-class ‘ring of fire’, which promises to sear away the stagnant facades of self to which you still cling.”

Medieval “Hellmouth” depiction

A fun read combining pop cult analysis matched with archetypal mythology is a savor we at The Femme Moon appreciate, especially with Buffy and Biblical crossovers. The Vampire Slayer has been our fantastical re-watch of the Summer as we await cooler months ahead. While we are no experts in astrology, astronomy and the like, a natural alignment with celestial cycles creates a yearn to learn more. Having your chart professional read is a blessing, as our placements in planets and houses can be very telling of how to navigate this life (and especially how to analyze certain feelings now that the Eclipse season has calmed). We particularly suggest booking with SYMPOSIUM II contributor Krystal Visions, available for chart and tarot readings, who recently released a beautiful single, “Deep Blue Star”, on Spotify.

The longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, arrived Sunday June 20th, coinciding with US Father’s Day, putting our little planet through a dual balance. As the Arctic Circle has a full 24 hours of daylight, while the Antarctic a full 24 of nighttime, it is believed that the Summer Solstice is when the Sun is at its most potent. Far too often coded as a Father force, the Sun and its rich history of solar deities, represents power. We are living in a time that our Earth and its eco-system is out of balance and the havoc that the Sun can do to this home of ours is being felt. Not long after the Solar Eclipse, an actual ring of fire is set alight in the ocean due to a fossil fuel nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve all been pushed for change since the pandemic hit U.S. shores in March of 2020 and every day we witness more and more social, economical and environmental distress. It seems the status quo is constantly to be on the edge of panic. Anxiety presents an opportunity towards choice, reaction, innovation, solution. With grace in acceptance and processing, we can move towards a better tomorrow.

Sending love to all you and yours during this ongoing crisis in our communities, countries and cosmos. Our second paper zine has SOLD OUT and we are gearing up for some major changes with multiple releases upcoming, but will be updating the blog regularly with moon musings and mixes as Summer simmers through to our favorite season of all, Autumn, falling in a couple short months.