Happy Birthday, Cancer! #astrology #SummerSolstice

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, as well as the day the sun enters Cancer, the fourth sign of the Zodiac. The summer solstice was known as Litha or Midsummer Night and was a prominent pagan holiday, still celebrated long after the Christianization of Europe. If you’re interested in how pagans celebrate nowadays, check out this Huffington Post article. I know it’s a very big deal at Stonehenge.

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The zodiacal sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so sometimes people born under this sign are referred to as Moon Children.

Cancer as girl

Cancer zodiac sign as a beautiful girl. @ vgorbash

Like their symbol, the crab, Cancerians can have a hard shell, but underneath you’ll usually find a softy. Cancer is a cardinal water sign and Cancerians can be very emotional, even moody, but don’t be fooled by the unassuming manner. Moon children enjoy being the center of attention as much as any Leo, and they can be quite determined when they’ve got a head of steam up about something. They’re also fiercely protective of family and friends, and will stick with them to the end.

Cancer constellationIn the horoscope, the fourth house represents home, and Cancerians are known for being homebodies. Their homes are very important to them, and some display real nesting qualities. This sign also rules the stomach and Moon Children will often have sensitive digestive systems.

For more information, click here: http://www.astrologycom.com/cancer.html

Famous people born under this sign include Presidents John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge and George W. Bush, also Julius Caesar, James Cagney, George M. Cohan, Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Phyllis Diller, Will Ferrell, astronaut John Glenn, Oscar Hammerstein, King Henry VIII (I’d have put money on him being a Leo), Helen Keller, the Dalai Lama, Ann Landers, Lindsey Lohan, Nancy Reagan, Rembrand, John D. and Nelson Rockefeller, Barbara Stanwyck, Ringo Starr, Thoreau, Liv Tyler, Abigail Van Buren and Robin Williams..

Cancer is considered to be most compatible with the other water signs, Scorpio and Pisces, and the earth signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. As always, much depends on the individual’s chart.

Is there a Moon Child in your life? And are you doing anything special to celebrate Midsummer





Summer Lovin’ at the Solstice

Summer Lovin' Blog Hop buttonThe Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop, sponsored by Jane Wakely runs from June 20-23 and winners will be announced by Wednesday, June 25! Join 60+ romance authors as we celebrate summer romance.

The Grand Prizes will be:

One $75 Amazon Gift Card
One $25 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Sue Lyndon)
One $25 Amazon (or Barnes and Noble) Gift Card (Donated by Denisea Kampe)

Read below for the rules.

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, the first official day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It has been the occasion of celebrations for millennia with bonfires burning during the night. And of course, there was a lot of hanky-panky going on in the shadows. Though originally a pagan holiday, midsummer’s night was continued by the Christians as St. Johns Eve. Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Eve, is one of my favorite plays.
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Pagan traditions fascinate me, so I adopted some for the Medieval-style fantasy setting I created for my shapeshifter romances, Ilona’s Wolf and Tova’s Dragon. In the kingdom called Velosia, magic is openly practiced, the old Roman gods and goddesses are still worshipped, dragonshifters have been hunted to near extinction, and werewolves struggle to conceal their existence. I hope you’ll check out the book pages if you have time.

But now back to the hop. Here are the rules for the grand prizes:

1. Enter the Rafflecopter once for a chance to win the Grand Prize! (Winner will be chosen at random by Random.org and everyone who enters once is eligible!)

2. Visit all the stops on the hop and enter each stop’s personal giveaway—of course this step isn’t mandatory, but it’s fun! LOL! (The winner of each blog stop is decided by the author at their discretion—all decisions are final!)

3. Have fun!

My gift is a $15.00 Starbucks e-gift card, because there’s nothing like an ice cold drink on a summer day. What’s your preferred summer beverage? Mine is iced coffee.

Leave a comment to enter my drawing. Subscribe to the receive the blog for another chance to win (let me know in your comment) and then click on the names in the list below to keep hopping.

I hope you’ll stop back to see what else the blog has to offer. Have a good summer!

Linda / Lyndi