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Monday, June 1, 2020

June 2020: The eclipse season!

Our minds and thoughts will flow more freely during June as we are in the mutable astrological cycle of spring when the weather changes into summer and new ideas and ways of looking at things can become the norm as we are now in the season of Gemini. During June the Sun transits through Gemini, and Venus remains retrograde in Gemini most of the month. The North and South Nodes have moved from Cancer-Capricorn into Gemini-Sagittarius signaling a shift in the karmic fate of the collective, moving toward the ideals and reason of Gemini. We will experience two of the three summer eclipses in during June, Mercury enters Cancer and retrogrades, Mars enters Aries, the Sun enters Cancer and Neptune will retrograde. Jupiter, the planet of expansion will conjunct Pluto once again, the 2nd of three conjunctions this year bringing significant changes.

 Lunar eclipse in Sagittarius
June 5, the full moon falls at 15 degrees of Sagittarius and this is a lunar eclipse. This eclipse opposes Venus and squares Mars as well as Neptune creating an angry and impulsive energy, prone to acting on false or incomplete information. Moon opposing Venus (retrograde) is not particularly positive for relationships, but solid relationships will withstand the eclipse and weak ones may end. This is compounded by Venus’s square to Mars June 2, which can create friction between the sexes, jealousy, and in some cases a new interest in terms of relationships.  The key to handling this energy lies in control of the emotions as opposed to random outbursts of anger, frustration and caution and awareness must be observed. As Venus becomes the morning star rising before the Sun, and retrograde it becomes more of a ‘warring’ Venus as opposed to the gentle loving planet most are accustomed to associating with Venus.
The moons square to Mars creates impatience and for some a lack of self control. There may be a great deal of negative energy focused toward women, and family relationships. The moons square to Neptune create confusion, delusion and are prone to deception, self-deception and lies. We could see adverse weather conditions involving water, and this eclipse can bring a danger of war or threats of war, skirmishes at sea, and accidents. Typically the side that starts a potential war with Mars in Pisces ends up the loser. This is not positive overall for women and women’s issues. Conspiracy theories will be rampant at this time, as will propaganda and we could hear news of an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The Sun opposes the Moon as it does on any full moon and brings home, family and emotional relationships into sharper focus. The can lead to conflict and a draining of energy. It can however, lead to a resetting of your emotions and releasing of negative energy that has built up over the past six months.
Moon-Neptune aspects can lead to creative inspiration along with compassion and humanity if you control the energy of its square to Mars which can be channeled into work. It is likely we will also hear of news concerning religious based groups, faith organizations and extreme behavior.

North and South Nodes are in Gemini-Sagittarius for the next 18 months
The North and South nodes are mathematical points used in astrology as opposed to planets but nevertheless play a large part in our karmic destiny. The North node is considered to be what we are moving toward, while the South Node shows us what we must release and do to awaken the higher energies of the North Node.
As the North Node is now in Gemini we will need to focus on new ideas, concepts and patterns of thinking. Gemini-Sagittarius rule the 3rd-9th house axis which relates to thinking, education, world view, foreign lands and people as well as travel and we will be globally connected to these issues.  Mercury is Gemini’s ruling planet and concerns information and reason as opposed to overblown distractions and conspiracy theories. Mercury represents learning, information, the written word, and the distribution of information, animals, young people and children as well as education.  A balance must however, be reached between the North node in Gemini and the South node in Sagittarius. We could be held back from our goals by demanding others conform to our ideas, restlessness, over-optimism, over expansion, blowing things out of proportion, lack of ability to commit, impatience, strict dogma, radical ideologies and beliefs and self-righteousness and self-importance. These are the qualities we will have to guard against over the next year and eight months to find a balance within ourselves and as a collective.  We will be learning to embody the positive qualities of Sagittarius: optimism and true wisdom with the positive qualities of Gemini: reason knowledge and communication. 

The Sun moves from Gemini to Cancer
Happy birthday Gemini as the Sun remains in your sign until June 20, when it enters Cancer. The Sun represents our basic drive and ego. While in Gemini, the energy is lighthearted, talkative and social. As the Sun moves into Cancer where it will remain until July 22, we will become more focused on home and family. Cancer is the most sensitive and emotional sign of the zodiac, so energy will shift again. The United States is a Cancer nation born on July 4, 1776.

Mercury turns retrograde
Mercury turns stationary retrograde on June 18, at 14 degrees of Cancer joining Venus, Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter in their respective retrogrades. Mercury is the most well known of the retrogrades because it moves so quickly and its affect is so obvious. It will not turn direct until July 12.
Mercury in Cancer will be very sensitive and emotional energy which will be amplified when it retrogrades. We may be faced with issues regarding home, family members and our general level of personal happiness as Cancer is ruled by the Moon.
The most important periods of the retrograde are the stationary retrograde period June 18-22, and the stationary retrograde direct period when it turns direct and energy and options can change again, July 12-15. It is during this time we can typically see and feel the obvious changes retrograde Mercury brings.
Mercury (retrograde) is the planet that causes delays, glitches, breakdowns in computers and equipment, relationships, slowdowns and brings hidden factors to the surface. Plans can be put on hold, miscommunication can occur, relationships can end or change, and cars, computers and other machinery can break down at the most inopportune moment. None of this will be helped by the fact Venus (another fast moving planet) is also retrograde.
 In the strictest sense of the word, the planet of communication does not actually go backward, it only appears to.  When planets retrograde, their effects on humans are different than when in direct motion. Thinking is deeper, situations often appear to go underground for a time, or change altogether, and sometimes our focus shifts.
 Mercury retrograde is a wild card. Sometimes, relationships can be fixed and problems brought out into the open if things worth saving. Prepare to be flexible.  Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job. That does not mean however you should not take a job if you need one, but things could change on down the road.
This is not the time to get married, start a new business, start new projects or begin anything you hope will become permanent during these three weeks. Don’t purchase high ticket items, important gifts, paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time if you can avoid it. Retrograde Mercury is not the time to start new projects, but rather finishes up the old, and redo, re-organize or re-work. Go against this advice and you may wish you hadn’t as something will not be satisfactory in the long run.
Retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life and it is not anything out of the ordinary as it happens 3 or 4 times a year. Retrograde Mercury is a time to slow down a bit, reflect, rethink, re-do, re-plan and reorganize and reconsider. It is a period of correction. Sometimes secrets are revealed, and a new truth comes out into the open.   Retrograde Mercury is a time to plan, work on you, and delve into the spiritual side of life. Sometimes important contacts with people from our past can be initiated, and there is generally a focus on the past or past situations that can come back up to be resolved.  All in all, retrograde Mercury is a period where we should reflect on our current state, and plan rather than initiate new ventures.

June’s solar eclipse in Cancer
The second of the summer eclipses falls on June 21, and is a new moon or solar eclipse at 0 degrees of Cancer. Solar eclipses are indicative of new beginnings and lunar eclipses are sometimes about endings. This eclipse is in a Cardinal sign which pushes things forward and hits the world point which is associated with situations that affect us collectively. Solar eclipses re-occur in the same sign and degree every 19 years and the last time an eclipse at this degree occurred was June 21, 2001.
Eclipses are like wildcards that frequently reveal previously unknown information. Almost always something new is revealed and it can be a turning point in many ways. Eclipses can bring positive as well as negative events to the forefront.
Cancer is about home, family and the emotions. Cancer rules the 4th/10th house axis which deals with our basic foundation, business, the family and home It is in these areas most of us will be focused.
The upside of the eclipse is it can be a positive time for change and to let go of things that have outlived their usefulness. You can let go of bad habits and make a change in your life at this time or you could transform something completely.
Cancer is a patriotic sign and associated with home, the homeland and is clannish in nature. Some families and groups may be pulled together to accomplish something they consider significant.
This Moon makes only one aspect and this is a quincunx to Saturn along with the Sun. This means our personal freedom will need to be balanced with our responsibility and restrictions.
Mars sextiles Jupiter at this time which is generally a positive and freedom seeking aspect.

Neptune retrogrades
Neptune turns stationary retrograde at 20 degrees of Pisces June 23, and will remain retrograde until November 29. With Neptune’s retrograde we now have a total of 6 (out of 10) planets retrograde. Things may seem slow at this time, and especially with Neptune’s retrograde now is the time to do any inner work on yourself that is needed.
Neptune is the planet of dreams, creativity, spirituality, illusion, drugs and alcohol, psychics and dreams to name a few. Neptune’s retrograde will bring about more acute sensitivity on an inner level and we may be able to pick up on those things we don't perceive when Neptune is direct. We are more likely to be listening to our own inner voice during this time and creativity and psychic or intuitive abilities may be increased.
If transiting Neptune aspects a personal planet in your chart, it is during this period we tend to become self deluding, depressed, or overly idealistic. Others may deceive us as well. It is important to be as grounded as possible during these times if you are experiencing a Neptune transit, especially a harsh one. If this is the case your feet need to be planted on firm soil.
Hard Neptune transits often coincide with over idealized relationships, or relationships with those who are really not available for a variety of reasons. We may feel we have met our soul mate or the most perfect partner in the world to wake up and find things were not as we had believed, or been led to believe which leads to discouragement, depression and disenchantment. Often when Neptune retrogrades we find out that our dreams are not based on reality and this generally occurs during the retrograde of a harsh transit in our charts. This can not only affect relationships but many other areas of our lives depending on what area of the chart Neptune is transiting. Neptune is generally retrograde six months out of every year.

Venus turns direct
June 25, the planet ruling love, beauty and money turns direct after a 6 week retrograde. Have your enjoyed your trip down memory lane? Retrograde Venus is particularly associated with the past and those from the past. If you have been experiencing concerns about your relationship, this retrograde should have been a time of getting to the bottom of issues and making a decision as to where you go from here. Unfortunately, Mercury’s retrograde may confuse issues a little longer, but you should have a great deal of clarity after July 12, when Mercury also turns direct. If Venus turns direct in your personal chart while making a positive aspect you can expect some type of good news or positivity to come to light at this time, or you could meet a significant other.

Jupiter conjuncts Pluto
Jupiter conjuncts Pluto for the second time this year, and the transit is exact June 30, but the affects will be felt as we approach this transit and in the weeks afterward. The first Jupiter-Pluto conjunction was late March into early May and we will experience a third such transit in November. This affects us on a collective level and at this time it is likely we will see an increase in the spread of Covid-19 and death rates increase again. At the time of this post the numbers in 17 states are trending upward based on published reports. Pluto rules death and regeneration and Jupiter expands whatever it touches.  We can also see an increase in conspiracy theories, fanatical thinking (and acting), and issues concerning politics and finances, or exploitive financial practices.
On a personal level this aspect can be used for efforts at moral self improvement, personal rejuvenation and spiritual insights as well as leadership abilities. You may be dealing with corporate or joint finances, tax or legal affairs and have a desire to reform something to fit your needs.

The planet of action enters Aries
The planet of ego and action leaves Pisces and enters Aries June 27, where it will remain for the rest of the year. Mars typically spends about a month and a half in each sign but this year Mars retrogrades September 8, and will remain retrograde until November 14, when it turns direct half way through the sign or at 14 degrees of Aries.
Mars in Aries is very powerful as this is its natural placement. During this time we are prone more toward anger and aggressive behavior, especially after it’s retrograde. Mars rules men, desire, sex, action and ego, guns, police and bad behavior in general. Many will feel little need for patience during these months, even though patience and consideration of others will be a much needed commodity and exactly what we do need.
Our actions will become more straightforward and direct, and many may want to make up for lost time.
Over the next six months, Mars will clash with all of the Cardinal planets especially Saturn and Pluto and we will experience some frustrating times when this happens later in the year.
Use the powerful energy of Mars in Aries to accomplish your goals between late June and the end of July when Mars enters its retrograde shadow period. After Mars retrogrades in September, energy will become more difficult to handle and you could experience some type of slowdown.
Mars in Aries works best for fire signs along with Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius.  If you are an Aries, prepare to become very busy over the next few months. This energy will be more difficult for the other Cardinal signs; Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Other transits of interest in June:
June 3, the Sun conjuncts Venus. This is typically positive, upbeat and a great time for meetings and social contacts.
June 6, the Sun squares Mars. This is prone to irritation, arguments and accidents. Engage your energy in a positive way and exercise is positive use of the energy.
June 11, the Sun squares Neptune. Things may seem to drag and this is a transit of confusion and low energy. Neptune can represent lies and illusions so check over all important documents carefully or better yet, wait for another day to commit to important matters. Dreams and intuition may be vivid.
June 13, Mars conjuncts Neptune. The energies of Mars and Neptune do not blend well together. This can be a day prone to disappointment, disillusionment, low energy, misunderstandings or lies. Proceed with caution and awareness. You could have an interest in a religious or spiritual matter.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius June 5: Obscuring the truth

A powerful lunar eclipse falls at 15 degrees of Sagittarius June 5. Sagittarius is a mutable (changeable) fire sign ruled by the planet Jupiter associated with expanding whatever it touches.

In this case the Moon squares Mars and Neptune and opposes Venus forming a t-square which involves the energies of all three planets.

Moon square Mars will represent issues concerning women, the emotional life or home, anger or frustration, and explosive tempers. It is also accident prone. It squares Neptune creating confusion, delusion, and the potential of lies and deception. This Moon also opposes Venus which can shake things up in terms of love and money.

We can expect to see a variety of things happening which can include:
-Issues concerning women, anger toward women
-Severe water related weather conditions
-Issues concerning religion or spirituality that could take many different forms or avenues including mass manipulation with an agenda.
-Issues concerning the law, judges, courts, medicine and Dr.’s.
-Propaganda, lies and deception as well as conspiracy theories
-Total confusion
-New information revealed about the increase of Covid-19
-Obscuring the truth by presenting certain facts and not others
-Breakups, lies concerning relationships, deception. Love can disappear or change dramatically. Confusion over love
-Issues surrounding money and finances
-Major revelations
-Revelations concerning those who have lied, and the uncovering of lies
-Compassion, forgiveness and changes of heart
-Confused communication
-Creative genius
-Drug/alcohol addictions and problems
-Dealing with the seamy side of life

This is a great deal to consider, but this is a convoluted and powerful full moon (eclipse). These energies become more powerful as we approach June 5, particularly the 24 hours before.

Note to Virgos: This full moon forms a grand square with your Sun, especially if you were born September 4-10. A grand square looks like a cross and is a powerful force for significant change.  This Moon will affect your 1st house-(you), 7th house of (partnerships and marriage), 4th house (home and foundation) and 10th house of (business and matters of priority).

Mercury enters Cancer: Prepare for the retrograde!

May 28, Mercury enters the most emotional sign of the zodiac: Cancer. It will remain in this sign until August 5th due to its retrograde June 18-July 12.

Mercury is the planet that rules our speech and communication, and mercurial energy will change from fact oriented Gemini to becoming more emotional and sensitive in our communication.  The emotionalism of Mercury in Cancer will be something we will need to watch given the amount of propaganda and conspiracy theories that plague social media and other platforms in abundance these days.

When Mercury is in Cancer we often intuit our feelings and conversation more than during other times. The keyword for Mercury in Cancer is “I feel” as opposed to “I think.” Mercury in Gemini is intellectual, Mercury in Cancer is emotional. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the luminary that governs our inner emotions so while Mercury is in Cancer, it is in the Moon’s natural sign. During this time we will be more concerned with our emotional life, the emotions and feelings of family members and those closest to us.

On the downside, this can lead to overly emotional displays as well as overly sensitive feeling that can be hurt. Some people who have a hard time containing their feelings will be prone to lashing out when emotional subjects come up, as well as digging up the past. With Mercury in this most emotional of signs there will be times we must learn to not react so emotionally, as though our total well being depended on it.

Mercury turns stationary retrograde on June 18, at 14 degrees of Cancer joining Venus, Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter in their respective retrogrades. During this time we will delve deeply into what is working and what is not in our emotional lives. The ‘shadow period’ of this retrograde begins on June 2, and at this juncture you may start to feel the shifting of energies.

As Mercury stations to go retrograde we can expect to encounter confusion, delays, missed meetings and equipment breakdowns.

 In the strictest sense of the word, the planet of communication does not actually go backward, it only appears to.   Thinking can become deeper, situations often change altogether, and sometimes our focus shifts.

Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job. That does not mean you should not take a job if you need one, but be aware things could change on down the road.

This is not the time to get married, start a new business, new projects, purchase high ticket items, important gifts, paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time if you can avoid it. Retrograde Mercury is a time to finish up the old, and redo, re-organize or re-work. Retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life and it is not anything out of the ordinary as it happens 3 or 4 times a year. This is a time to slow down a bit, reflect, rethink, re-do, re-plan and reorganize and reconsider, and another way of looking at it is a period of correction. Important contacts with people from our past can sometimes be initiated, and there is generally a focus on the past or past situations that can come back up to be resolved. 

Mercury turns direct again July 12. This is called the retrograde direct station, and at this time we may feel the energy shift once again, and it is possible our direction and thoughts could change once more before Mercury resumes its normal speed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Moon in Gemini: confusion over love and money

May’s New Moon falls at 2 degrees of Gemini May 22. Gemini is the natural ruler of the third house of speech communication, and immediate family. Its planetary ruler is Mercury, the planet of communication, and one way or another we will be focused on communicating.
This moon makes a positive trine to Saturn the planet of structure making this a time for building things, or re-building, and a positive time for getting things done.
It also squares Mars creating the possibility of agitation and arguments. As Mars is in Pisces the harsher energy of this moon will not be as difficult.
A new moon is representative of the end of one cycle and beginning of a new cycle that will last two weeks until we will experience the companion June 5, lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. This moon is an excellent time for many types of new starts, or question behavior patterns you may want to let go of old habits.
New Moon confusion
Venus is conjunct Mercury and these two planets square Neptune bringing a lack of clarity, misinformation and confusion especially in the area of relationships, money and communication. Make sure you fully understand and trust any financial opportunities or transactions you are involved in.
Venus square Neptune can lead to insecurity and revelations in relationships, and at this time we could hear of scandals in terms of relationships or financial matters. Venus squared Neptune May 4th-6th for the first time before its retrograde. This will be the second pass of this transit and will personally affect those with mutable planets at 20 degrees.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Jupiter turns retrograde May 14

May 14, the planet that rules finance, growth, expansion and optimism turns retrograde until September 12th. Jupiter retrogrades every year for about four months and this is part of the natural cycle. During this time we often have to look inward to find our growth and create our own enthusiasm. We often undergo a period of philosophic or spiritual reflection rather than focusing our efforts on the outside world.

Jupiter is in Capricorn this year which concerns itself with work, business and taking care of practical matters. Jupiter represents our luck which comes from building practical and workable foundations this year. Jupiter is considered at its fall in Capricorn which means the energy can be more difficult to work with and it is in a position of weakness concerning its basic function which is expansion. Jupiter and Venus are the two financial planets and both will be retrograde until June 25.

You may have been working at accomplishing something big, or better at what you do with no real structure or plan for getting there. Jupiter retrograde will be the time to step back and look at the bigger picture and how you will approach things. It does not necessarily mean loss, but is more akin to working smartly and directing your actions along the most profitable and fortuitous lines.

Many things can be affected by a Jupiter retrograde. In addition to money and finances Jupiter rules courts/judiciaries lawyers, foreigners, and foreign places, education, religion, medicine, and younger men. All of these things can shift in some way as the planet of expansion retrogrades, and we will see these matters play out in the world and our personal lives. Jupiter’s retrograde period would be the time the cracks in the economy will make themselves known, and business often slows down. This will pick back up after Jupiter turns direct again in September.

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Lord of Karma retrogrades

Saturn turns retrograde at 1 degree of Aquarius May 11. This is a regular cycle that occurs every year and lasts about four and a half months or until September 29. This will be a period of deep personal and collective re-thinking of many important matters.
Saturn is referred to as “The Lord of Karma,’ and during its retrograde there can be changes, twists and turns, and unknown information can come to light. Saturn rules our foundation and structure, as well as our collective structure, banks, governments and real estate. Significant events on the world stage and our personal lives often occur at this juncture.

During Saturn’s retrograde we often become more concerned with issues concerning basic personal security, business and work, and things of this nature may move more slowly than we would like. This however, gives us a four month window of time to access whether or not our activities are working out as planned or if we should change direction.

Transiting Saturn retrograde can seem like a time of anxiety and limitation for some, but it important to remember its purpose is to take stock of important matters.

At times Saturn’s retrograde can manifest as sadness, depression or negativity. If so, it is important to recognize and deal with these issues on the retrograde. By the time Saturn turns direct you should have come to terms with any relevant issues, and be ready for productiveness and achievement.

If you are currently experiencing a Saturn transit you would have a fixed sign-Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius at 0-2 degrees. Significant change can occur as Saturn retrogrades and the retrograde period of Saturn is always the most challenging.

This year Saturn’s retrograde includes through two signs: Aquarius and Capricorn.  While in Aquarius, Saturn will deal with finding our place in the collective and social isolation.  Saturn will move into Aquarius again December 18, where it will remain for the next two and a half years.

July 2, Saturn retrogrades into Capricorn for its final six months. While in Capricorn, Saturn will deal with basic security issues, business, money and work. As Saturn and Jupiter move into Aquarius at the end of the year we will enter a new era in our lives and in terms of world events that will be focused far more on the collective and what works for the collective.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Full moon in Scorpio: Love, compassion and revelations

May’s full moon falls on May 7, at 17 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto and Mars and is connected to the 8th house of transformation, other people’s money, sex and death.

Scorpio is the most intense of signs and demands deep thinking about issues, and it is likely at this time anything deeply rooted your subconscious mind will come to the surface-good or bad.

The New moon 2 weeks ago fell in Taurus, the second house ruling income and the full moon falls in the companion eighth house, opposite the second and this refers to joint finances we share with others and the collective, so we could hear news concerning finance, debt, mortgages, insurance and the like.

This Moon will make a trine to Neptune which can be creative, dreamy and compassionate. It also opposes Mercury stirring up egos, and Mercury is connected with travel, young people and communication of all types. Communication will be a focus at this time. Misunderstandings can occur but the moon’s trine to Neptune can minimize this, at least to a degree.

Mercury sextile Neptune  can inspire healing, creativity, and  compassionate conversation or thinking. As this moon opposes Mercury a major theme will be communication, perhaps of a Scorpionic nature: out of the deep.
Venus has reached the 21st degree of Gemini by the full moon and this is where it will remain as it turns retrograde on May 13thVenus rules love and money and Neptune rules illusion, delusion and confusion.  As Venus is square Neptune scandals can arise, questions about love, relationships and money. This transit along with the Scorpio moon is indicative of high drama in some relationships that are not stable. Confusion, suspicion and mistrust can occur, and new information can be revealed. We may see scandals occur under this transit in our personal lives or on the world stage.

For some however, this can manifest as dreamy and creative, especially if the relationship is stable. Dreams and psychic experiences may be at an all time high at this time.

Lastly, Mercury is approaching its square to Mars which will peak on Monday and this also becomes part of the full moon energy. Be careful driving and of minor accidents. Mercury-Mars is prone to irritation and arguments so we must make an effort not to go in this direction.