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The Hot Zone: Summer Solstice 2012

by Jessica Murray on June 1, 2012

summer solstice 2012 grand cross

Has there ever been a Summer Solstice this intense? With the first exactitude (1) of the Uranus-Pluto square at the midpoint of the year flanked by a host of extraordinary supporting transits, we have entered the hot zone.

This is a cosmic heat wave that’s been rising since 1966, when Uranus and Pluto conjoined in the sky. We’re now at the first quarter of the cycle that began way back then. With this historic transit as the backdrop, on June 4 the dream-weaving planet, Neptune, stations retrograde  under a Full Moon… which happens to be an Eclipse. The next day is a rare occultation of Venus (there won’t be another until 2117) (2). Through June 8 the Sun-Venus conjunction will square volatile Mars.

Then, on June 24, five days after the New Moon and four days after the Sun crosses the Cancer threshold, Uranus and Pluto click into the first of their seven exact 90-degree angles: the first such spike in a long crescendo. At the same time, Jupiter, fresh from its ingress into Gemini, squares Neptune in Pisces. Four days after that, on June 29, the Sun reaches the degree of the Uranus-Pluto square (3), closing out the month with a bang.

Why do astrologers pay special attention to scenarios like these? In general, when transits come all stacked up this way they reinforce each other, creating a force field that squeezes events into being. But as sky watchers know, this is not just any old stack of pancakes. This is the longest arm of the Cardinal Cross, the series of world-altering formations that puts 2012 on the astrological map (4).

Observers of the global scene have been watching the approach of the Uranus-Pluto square very carefully, aware that certain hot spots on the world map will be hit hard.


Under the crosshairs are a number of European countries with January 1 birthdays (5), which put their Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn, two degrees shy of the June 24 exactitude. Capricorn is the sign most vulnerable of all to the Cardinal Cross. And as astrologer Adrian Duncan has pointed out, the chart of the Euro—the beleaguered currency itself —has the Sun placed here (6); as will come as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching the dramas taking place across the Atlantic. Pluto, the planet of death/rebirth, has been harrying that Sun for the past four years like dogs after the fox.

The economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal have been careening in breakdown mode, with unemployment and immense debt threatening every aspect of their national infrastructure (Capricorn). France and the Netherlands are the most recent examples of EU countries whose economic woes have spread to the governmental level.


The Euro is on life support

With the Euro on life support, some investors have fled to the US dollar. But no chart I have seen gets as potent a blow from current and upcoming transits as that of the USA (Sibly), whose own Sun-Saturn square joins with Uranus and Pluto to form a full Grand Cross, the most stressful configuration in astrology.

Uncle Sam is being hit right where it hurts. The aspect of its natal chart that receives the hit, Sun square Saturn, is associated by psychological astrologers with denial-buttressed self-doubt and inferiority complexes.


One sign of a major downgrade in America’s world status is the fevered rumor about the dollar being replaced by the yuan as the global standard (7). Obama’s discussions with the Chinese, intended to help Uncle Sam pay its out-of-control debt, may further strengthen the yuan’s primacy (8).

For its part, China, whose economy has quadrupled over the past ten years, is undergoing a global meaning shift that most Americans seem not to have integrated. (The China-bashing one hears in the mainstream media smacks of old-fashioned Cold War China-bashing; not yikes-we-could-actually-lose-the-superpower-crown China-bashing).

But geopolitical observers consider the rivalry between the USA and China to be one of the central dramas of our era. In breakneck industrialization mode, teeming with global consumers and possessed of virtually no debt, the immense Asian behemoth seems eager to accept the hyper-power baton from a beleaguered Uncle Sam.

Yuan v Dollar

Yuan vs. dollar - passing the baton?

Yet the transits suggest a more complicated picture. Under skies like these, the contest may have no winner. The chart for modern China (10-1-49, 3:15 pm Beijing) sustains a prolonged direct hit from the Uranus-Pluto square. The longest arm of the Cardinal Cross forms a T-square with China’s Libra cluster, with the Sun at the exact apex.

The economic model that China is following—which all modern civilizations have so far followed—presumes that growth is not merely part of the cycle, but its constant. In this view, growth is good, period, without qualification and without interruption. The USA, with Jupiter (increase, expansion) conjunct the Sun natally, epitomizes this philosophy. China is in fevered pursuit of the same brass ring.

Juncture Point

The summer solstice transits indicate an extraordinary juncture point in time; a moment in history when a glimpse of the future is available. It is not that the transits promise to turn us into fortune-tellers; this isn’t about predicting specific events. It’s about discerning the meaning behind them.


(1) The second exactitude is in September of this year, and the rest take place between then and 2015.

(2) Venus’ passes between the Earth and the Sun come in pairs. As Julija Imas has noted, the Wall Street meltdown took place at the midpoint between the last Venus occultation, in 2004, and this one.

(3) The Sun is 8º23 Cancer (Cardinal Water), Uranus is 8º23 Aries (Cardinal Fire) and Pluto 8º23 Capricorn (Cardinal Earth).

(4) My new book, At the Crossroads, is a collection of essays on the years 2008-2023. Its title refers to the fact that the world has reached a point of definitive decision about our collective future.

(5) Both the horoscope commonly used for England (i.e. for William the Conqueror’s coronation on Dec 25, 1066), and the one for the U.K. (for the establishment of the U. K. of Great Britain and Ireland Jan.1st,1801) have Capricorn birthdays.

(6) See The Mountain Astrologer Magazine, June-July 2012, p.26.

(7) At this writing Brazil, South Africa, India and France are in trade agreement talks with China, significantly boosting the yuan’s edge over the dollar.

(8) See Dambisa Moro’s How the West Was Lost, in which a former Goldman Sachs economist predicts when China will surpass the US in GDP, leading to the “redback” renminbi replacing the greenback dollar.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Pomeroy June 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

Hi Barbara, Jessica looked more deeply into this, and although she found anecdotal evidence, she restates her previous reply that she apparently confused her sources on this claim. She asked me to remove the claim from the article, and I have. I also researched the claim. From what I can tell, water from Michigan aquifers is indeed being sold … in bottles, via Nestle, which has a water-bottling plant in Michigan. Nestle bottled water is apparently sold in China, but whether it’s the same water that comes from the Michigan aquifers or not, I can’t determine. See more here:

Barbara Hamaker June 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hello Jessica,

I too was alarmed by your statement: “China is importing fresh water from the Great Lakes by the millions of gallons.” However, in attempting to find substantiation on the net, I found none at all, other than your own claim. You did not satisfactorily respond to Dr. Loftus’ query either: in fact you vaguely apologized that you couldn’t remember where you got the information. What you should have done is back-tracked and found where you DID get it, and then linked us to it. Otherwise, you should immediately remove the statement from your article. Altho I followed Maya’s work and now Daykeeper for years, I am extremely disturbed by your response and your lack of attention to this apparently false claim that has alarmed at least two of us for no apparent reason. There are plenty of other things to get alarmed about without being given an apparent fabrication, especially from someone and a site that I hold in high esteem. Please explain or delete your claim.

KC June 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

IMO the Chinese underestimate the USA. Red is dead. Green is green. Until the Chinese government institutes human rights, workers’ rights and ecologically sound business practices, they are dead in the water. Right will overcome wrong in the end. If it doesn’t the whole point of monetary systems will be moot as the planet will not survive.

jessica murray June 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

Dr Loftus,
Many thanks for writing in. I got the factoid about China importing Great Lakes water from two internet sites, can’t remember which (moreover I may have conflated them wrongly); this is a good reminder to link my sources. I am grateful to have your very interesting input.
Jessica M.

Tim Loftus June 5, 2012 at 7:51 am

Ms. Murray,

I enjoy your writing and insight into our collective affairs. Thank you. I was surprised at your claim, however, that China is importing millions of gallons of Great Lakes water. Given the nature of the Great Lakes Compact, such exports would have to be occurring via individual containers no larger than than 20 liters / 5.7 gallons. I suppose it is possible that shiploads of 5-gallon plastic bottles of potable water are being sold by Nestle, for example, to China, but it would seem cost prohibitive (or at least mind-boggling) to handle and transport water in this fashion. That said, money is likely no object with China and water is, of course, not optional. Since your claim was without attribution, I’m wondering if you will please describe your source(s)? If true, this warrants investigation.
Thank you,
Tim Loftus, Ph.D.
(water resource plannier for a large regional planning agency)

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