Aries (March 21–April 19)
Rawpixel.com/ShutterstockIn the Northern Hemisphere, June 21 will be the longest day of the year—the summer solstice. (It's the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere.) The zodiac signs in Western astrology are determined by the position of the sun on the day of your birth, which means the solstice is an important event. According to astrologer and Tao master Sharon Smith, the day will be quiet for Aries. "The summer solstice hits your solar fourth house," Smith says, "so it's a good time for a family reunion or that home improvement project you've been thinking about." Check out these surprising facts about the winter solstice.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
sergey causelove/ShutterstockFor Taurus, it's not just the summer solstice that's significant this year, but the position of the planet Uranus, explains Smith: "Uranus, the planet of sudden change and excitement, moved into Taurus on May 15 after seven years in Aries. If your birthday falls from April 20 to 23, you have an electrical aura around you and excitement and change is in the air." This event is rare, and it should rev up your engine and amplify your productivity.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
TierneyMJ/ShutterstockGemini will be highly practical during the summer solstice. "Your mind will be on your bank account and the bottom line," Smith says. "If you are waking up to new financial needs, get moving on creating more resources." This will be a time for you to buckle down and realize what is the most beneficial for you. "Watch your tendency to scatter your energy and spread yourself too thin." Learn about the luckiest birthdates for each Chinese zodiac sign.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Olga Danylenko/ShutterstockTiming is everything: Cancer will clearly be in the spotlight during the summer solstice. It is a time for people of this sign to show the world what they're really made of. "It's a great moment to make a career move or circulate to meet new contacts, including romantic ones," Smith advises. "Financial opportunities are there for the taking." You will feel quite powerful this summer—just keep your ego in check.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
fizkes/ShutterstockExpect to feel spiritually renewed during this time if you're a Leo. "The summer solstice occurs in your solar twelfth house," Smith says, "and gives you the energy to connect with yourself spiritually through meditation and self-reflection." Because people with this sign tend to be gregarious, this spiritual rejuvenation will also enhance your ability to connect well with others. Figure out what kind of parent you'll be based on your zodiac sign.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
MIND AND I/ShutterstockThe fastidious Virgo goes into overdrive during this time of year. "Virgos will find themselves thinking about all the problems that need solutions," says Smith. The summer solstice will make a Virgo feel like they can take on any challenge. However, it's definitely not all business, Smith adds: "The fireworks in your love life awaken your deepest desires for intimacy."
Libra (September 23–October 22)
fizkes/Shutterstock"Career issues will come to a head," Smith warns, "particularly for early Libras born before September 25. There are challenges on the home front...a new structure wants to emerge." For Libra, this will be a time of hard work—but if anyone can handle it, it is the even-tempered Libra. The actions you take and how you respond will pay dividends down the road, explains Smith. This is your biggest career strength, according to your zodiac sign.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
9dream studio/ShutterstockScorpios will be on fire this summer. There is no better time to create new goals and try new things. "The summer solstice falls in your solar ninth house," Smith states. "Take advantage of this energy to expand your horizons. Learn the Japanese tea ceremony. Sign up for an African dance class. Go on a pilgrimage. Take a trip into the wilderness." The world is yours, Scorpio.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
LightField Studios/ShutterstockLike Libra, Sagittarius will find the summer solstice to be a time of self-improvement. "Whatever you are doing now is preparation for a kind of debut you will make at the end of the year," Smith says. "Take one step at a time and be patient while waiting for your ship to come in." While most people see the summer as a time to kick back, your relaxing time will be delayed by a few months.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
De Repente/ShutterstockThe summer solstice brings about an unusual turn of events for the typically no-nonsense Capricorn. Instead of being ruled by pragmatism, your emotions will surge. "The accent is on your partnerships now," says Smith. Whether the relationship is romantic or professional, this is the time to explore your feelings and the feelings of others. (Pssst... these are the zodiac signs that should never date each other.)