Overnight Monday/Tuesday we come to the SUMMER BLUE MOON of Antinous ... the second Sagittarius Full Moon in succession which coincides this year with the June Solstice.
This is the first time since 1967 that the Sagittarius Full Moon has coincided with the June Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere this is the Summer Solstice and the days start getting shorter.
For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere this is the Winter Solstice and spring will soon be on the way.
Regardless where you are on this blue marble we call Earth, Antinous the Moon God smiles down on your during this Solstice Full moon.
Normally, the Sagittarius Full Moon shines forth with riches and joy.
But this solstice is a bit more challenging because Mercury is in tense aspects to Saturn and Neptune, both of which are in a severe 90-degree right angle to each other and have been for much of this year.
These configurations cast a pall of sadness and frustration over this normally happy Solstice.
Remember that negative energies are just that — they are energies. And energies can be channeled and transformed.
You can turn these energies into more positive and constructive avenues.
Look up at the big and bright Full Moon and remember that ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is smiling down at you and all of us with boundless love.
Priest Martinus, our crystals meditation advisor, and his husband Soman will be celebrating the Summer Solstice Full Moon in Glastonbury England, where they live. This is their agenda for today:
1. Rise early in the morning and climb Glastonbury Tor to welcome sunrise with dozens of other Pagans, Druids and people of other philosophies and faith systems that see solstices as significant.
The dramatic tower on the top of the Tor (which can be seen from miles around) is the only standing part of a medieval church ruined by an earthquake. Its doorways align directly with the Solstice dawn.
Martin will meditate on the joy that Hadrian and Antinous would have experienced knowing two such alignments are still observed today.
2. Martin will be giving blessings to his altar to Antinous. This will firstly be to honour Antinous. Secondly, Martin will be offering a prayer for all LGBTU people at this sad period of time when our community is feeling so vulnerable.
Finally, Martin will be offering a prayer for the Pagan gathering of Gay Pagan men in the U.S. where his Facebook friend Ben Gill will having a thoughtful moot.
They have requested a prayer for them via Antinous.
3. It is Martin's partner Soman's birthday … a Solstice Baby! So they will be having a celebratory lunch with a Christopagan friend visiting from Brighton. He will climb the Tor for sunset.
In the lead up to the solstice Martin and Soman have been busy planting plants which will rise above the soil. It is important to plant them during a rising moon to give them the maximum advantage of a rising moon.
On behalf of all the modern-day priests of Antinous … in Britain … in Europe and in the Americas … we offer blessings of peace and love to you and your loved ones for this solstice season.