The practice of Yoga and Astrology (Jyotish) has been linked together for hundreds of years. In this newsletter, I look at the month ahead astrologically and see what we can learn about our yoga practices, life choices, and how to align and connect ourselves to the cosmic cycles.

THIS MONTH UPDATE:
Sun Enters Gemini June 14th
Summer Solstice
Mercury Retrograde

The Sun enters the Vedic sign of Gemini on June 14th.  This is a great month for reading and studying yogic texts, learning sacred languages and starting a mantra practice!

The Gemini Sun Person

If you were born between June 14 and July 14, you are a Gemini Sun according to Vedic Astrology. According to modern Vedic astrology texts, those born under a Gemini Sun are very intelligent people with capable abilities in many different areas, especially the sciences of life and are usually well educated. These are successful people who are skillful with money and do well in their careers. They are polite, kind to others and are extremely good communicators. Talented in many things, they tend to try to do too much at once and can become tired from the endeavor. These are social people who require variety in life, and dislike being bored.

The Gemini Yogi

June 14-July 14
The Gemini Sun Yogi likes a variety of yoga practices and can learn fast but he or she may try to do too many things at once and need to stay focused! If there is someone talking in yoga class, the odds are that it is the Gemini Yogi.  They love partner work, and can eventually excel at arm balances. Their attention wanders a lot and they like a class with lots of movement and often music or mantra. They need to learn to sit still so they can focus their mind, but even in relaxation their thoughts still race. They can become excellent practitioners of pranayama as well as students of the yogic texts.

Mercury Goes Backward

Just a reminder that on June 26th, Mercury begins its approximate 3 weeks of retrogression. Try to finish up any projects before then and not start anything major for the following three weeks. It is a great time to complete projects you have put aside or revisit previous plans and ideas. Do be prepared for misdirected or delayed communications, and check everything twice. If your phone or computer breaks during this period, which would not be surprising, it would be better to get it repaired than buy a new one. Wait until Mercury goes direct before making that purchase. Good time to clear out closets, reorganize files, and find misplaced objects.

Summer Solstice Arrives June 21st

Since the most ancient of times, in all cultures, and before all religions, the day of Summer Solstice was considered the turning point of the year, the time when the Sun “stood still” and the longest day of the year ensued.

Many communities centered their sacred buildings such as tombs and temples upon the direct alignment with the solstices. And there is speculation that the first science, astrology (which later transmuted into simple astronomy) was developed to observe these powerful days of the years.

On Summer Solstice, we celebrate the time when this solar energy is the highest, the soul’s light the brightest, and our ability to connect to this light during the longest day of the year the most opportune.

The Sun in both yoga and astrology represents the energy of the Soul. Many practices in yoga are based on working with the body’s internal solar energies, from sun salutations, to surya bheda (right nostril breathing), and to some of the oldest mantras, such as RAM or RAMA, or the ancient Sun mantra, OM SURAYA NAMAH.

This is the most powerful day of the year to connect to your soul’s inner sun and meditate, meditate, meditate.

Happy Solstice!

Mehtab

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