Having hit the halfway mark of 2024, we now have six more months to squeeze the most out of everything the remainder of this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it year has to offer.

As calendars fill up with weddings, birthdays and those increasingly bank-breaking hen parties, it can be hard to find time to take stock and focus on your hopes, dreams and aspirations for your life.

That’s precisely where it can help to mark in your chockablock calendar the astrological dates that might be worth knowing this year. Whether it’s to make sure there’s magic in the air for when you’re manifesting your wildest dreams or to ensure that you know when the planets will stop shaking everything up, these are the other-worldly dates to know for this year.

The astrological dates to know for 2024

June 20 — Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer, one and all! The longest day of the year, otherwise referred to in cosmic circles as the summer solstice, marks the point at which the sun enters Cancer, which means that we can all expect feelings of contentment and imagination as we enjoy one of the most magical days of the year. Ensure to surround yourself with people you feel comfortable and safe with.

June 21 — Full Moon in Capricorn

What is extra special about this full moon is that it’s the first of two in the sign of Capricorn, the second of which will occur at the end of July and will raise more questions than it will answer them. June 21, however, marks the first of the two back-to-back full moons, which is rare in astrology. Astrologically the moon represents our emotions, which means when the moon is full our deepest and darkest emotions rise to the surface. Prepare yourselves, Capricorns, for what is about to be a revealing, soul-baring couple of months.

August 4 — Mercury Retrograde in Virgo and Leo

The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms — listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts, so the key to making it work for you is to remain patient and aware as you move through the period of retrograde.

September 2 — New Moon

The new Moon marks the beginning of a lunar cycle, making it the perfect time to take the plunge into a new experience or open a new chapter of your life. If there’s something you’ve been ambivalent about or have been deferring from taking action on, a new moon marks your time to bet on yourself.

October 2 — Solar South Node Eclipse

This solar eclipse in Libra is the perfect time to evaluate whether your personal and professional relationships are serving you. If ever there was a time to collaborate and compromise, this is it. This is a time to prioritise cooperation, and just watch how you reap the rewards in the not-so-distant future…

November 25 — Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius

The last Mercury retrograde of the year falls under the influence of the final fire sign, Sagittarius. It will begin on November 25 and will come to a close on December 15, 2024, making this the perfect time to take stock of how far you’ve come this year. It’s also a wonderful time to plan, pause, prepare (as well as take a big sigh of relief that you made it through the last retrograde of 2024).

This article originally appeared in ELLE UK.