Forecast for June 2017

Long-Term Shifts in 2017

2017 kicks off with a set of planetary alignments that began in December 2016 and which guarantee this year will be a hot mess.

Jupiter’s move into Libra places him in square to Pluto, opposed Uranus and sextiled to Saturn. It seems Jupiter is busier than usual this year, blowing things out of proportion as he often does so well. Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus could lead to explosions—both figurative and literal. We’d best step away from any and all blast radiuses we may be near. And Jupiter square Pluto can run to extremes of hot and cold, up and down, positive and negative. It can also bring on a surge of power-hunger. Watch world leaders and other public figures to see how they wield this energy.

Saturn squares Chiron this year, which could feel downright oppressive to those receiving this transit directly. Such individuals are forced to re-experience old wounds and then take responsibility for them. Doesn’t sound easy, does it?

The only respite in all of this is Saturn’s harmonious connections to Jupiter and Uranus. Saturn’s trine to Uranus suggests that innovators will have to slow down to the pace of Luddites and the Old Guard may actually interest themselves in the cutting edge—as long as it’s not too edgy. This could mean changes that are slower, but more sustainable. And when Saturn sextiles Jupiter, wisdom can occur because growth and expansion, while limited, can translate into real, physical progress instead of just so much hot air.

All in all, it may be a noteworthy year. Guess we’ll all find out.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2017.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

Jupiter went retrograde on Feb 6 and goes direct this month, on June 9, in the sign of Libra. Because retrogrades ask us to backtrack a bit in order to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t, we just spent almost 4 months revisiting the themes of generosity, grace and truth (Jupiter) and how they show themselves in our relationships (Libra). While some retrograding planets can be exceptionally rough on us, Jupiter might have felt a little more gentle; more like introspection and growth opportunities, rather than a harsh pressure to change. This particularly applies to those born October 5-7, January 2-4, April 2-4 and July 4-6.

On June 16, dreamy and enchanting Neptune goes retrograde at 16 degrees Pisces. As I mentioned above, a retrograde period means we’re going to be re-visiting old patterns in hopes of shifting them for the better. Because we’re talking about Neptune in Pisces, the places where we tend to tune out or fall into habitual behaviors as a means to escape from reality may become glaringly obvious. Looking with honesty at the coping mechanisms we use to deflect discomfort can be challenging, but Neptune has a way of softening things which can make for a more easeful experience. You’ll feel the effects of this transit particularly strongly if you have planets in your natal chart at or near 16 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius. This includes those born March 5-7, June 6-8, September 7-9 and December 7-9.

We also have Chiron going retrograde on June 30th. Chiron represents both the wound and the healer. Because we do our deepest work by healing our personal wounds, a Chiron retrograde can hold up a mirror that enables us to see our core wounding and trauma with more clarity and also reveal the potential remedies for it. Chiron in Pisces forms a challenging aspect to Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius, so if you have any planet in 24 to 28 degrees of any of those signs, that planet is also having a Chiron transit and will feel this most keenly. This includes those born March 17-19, June 18-20, September 20-22 and December 19-21.

This Month’s Free Teleclass: The Moon in Gemini

(If you have already signed up for this teleclass, please note that its date has been changed.)

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

If you’ve got the moon in Gemini in your chart you’re probably a gifted communicator. You’re naturally articulate and intelligent, and people like to be around you because you’re stimulating and fun! Surrounding yourself with interesting conversation and sources of information is what soothes you the best. Your weakness is when that gift for communication turns toward chattiness, gossip or a bending of the truth in order to keep others happy.

The Moon represents your emotional nature and Gemini is a cerebral Air sign, so processing emotions through the lens of your intellect comes more naturally than truly feeling them does. This means you might come across as cool or distant, even when you’re not trying to. Your tendency to argue with feelings you have that seem irrational can mean that some days you just don’t know how you feel and the inner voice may sometimes be a help and sometimes a hindrance. The solution is an uncomfortable one: practice just feeling without putting words to it.

More about the Moon in Gemini here.

Register for a free teleclass all about YOUR Moon sign.

If you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out:  How to use Astro.com to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

Mercury is moving direct (i.e. forward and not retrograde, i.e. backward) faster than the Sun this month, which always makes us feel we can proceed with projects at speed. Enjoy the unimpeded progress in your work life and your home life. There will be a peak in efficiency on June 21, which I call Greater Epiphany Day—time your projects to complete around this deadline. If that’s your birthday, great insights should illuminate your whole year until your 2017 birthday. Read more about Greater Epiphany Day and the Mercury Retrograde cycle here.

Seasons

Spring comes to a close in the sign of Gemini (May 20-June 20).  Wish your Gemini friends a happy birthday in flowery terms:  words, language and communication are of utmost interest to a Gemini.  For some Geminis this takes the form of highly intellectual pursuits; for others it simply means they talk your ear off because they think with their mouths.  Mutable Gemini loves a change of pace—take a weekend trip while the sun is still in this sign.

Through the month of Gemini, the light will grow stronger until it peaks on the first day of summer, which marks the beginning of Cancer (June 20-July 22).  At summer solstice the warmth penetrates our bodies, heating and relaxing us.  From here until the winter solstice the days will grow shorter as Nature brings forth her fruits, reminding us of the abundance that is our birthright on this garden planet.  Slow down and relax into this delicious season.

Lunations

Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

Full Moon in 18º Sagittarius: Friday, June 9, 2017

The Full Moon in Sagittarius brings with it lighthearted fun, adventure and a little spontaneity too. Full Moons are a good time to wrap projects up and let go of what is no longer useful to us. This Moon squares Neptune which puts some tension in the air and a push for an emotional shift that feels less of a choice and more of a requirement. Sagittarius rules our belief systems and Neptune seeks to dissolve them. Use the presence of this transit to pinpoint any outdated morals, values and beliefs that are more than ready to be dismantled in order to make way for new ones that fit you better.

New Moon in 2º Cancer: Friday, June 23, 2017

June’s New Moon in Cancer at its best is nurturing and loving, and at its worst is hypersensitive and moody. Mercury conjuncts the Moon, bringing an ability to talk things through no matter the mood, and communication should be fluid. New Moons are an optimal time to sow seeds so you may want to use this time to sift through your current state of emotional affairs and evaluate whether you could integrate new ways of managing them. Hint—how can you communicate your feelings more cleanly and honestly?

June’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Strawberry Moon.

Fortune Cookies for May, 2017
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6/1/2017, Venus trines Saturn: Take responsibility for who you love and how you love. The universe will reward you for it today.

6/1/2017, Mars squares Chiron: How painful it is when your active body can’t move as it used to. What does this teach you about your health habits?

6/3/2017, Venus conjuncts Uranus: Were you suddenly struck by a lightning bolt at the sight of a recent crush? Have fun with it.

6/3/2017, Sun trines Jupiter: Which part of your life are you most confident about? Build on that today and believe in yourself!

6/4/2017, Sun squares Neptune: Feeling disenchanted? Find ways to give back to others through service, or engage in a spiritual practice.

6/4/2017, Mars enters Cancer: The planet of war enters the domestic sign of Cancer. This battle may be on the home front.

6/4/2017, Presidential Gemini JFK’s Libra Rising trine Venus in the 8th House was certain to create a charming, charismatic leader.

6/5/2017, Mercury sextiles Chiron: This is a good time for shared healing, because communicating with others can bring relief.

6/6/2017, Venus, planet of love, enters the sensual sign of Taurus. How do you enjoy the good life–do you prefer cuddles or shopping?

6/6/2017, Mercury enters Gemini: The planet of communication enters the gabby sign of Gemini! Your phone may be ringing off the hook this season.

6/9/2017, The usually light-hearted Full Moon in 18º Sagittarius is infused with a Neptune mood, bringing heightened emotional sensitivity.

6/9/2017, Jupiter stations direct early this morning: In a growth and expansion phase this year? It’s time for something pivotal to happen.

6/9/2017, Venus sextiles Mars: Can you feel the love tonight? Or maybe just the lust? Enjoy the sexy vibes with someone you think is cute.

6/13/2017, Mercury trines Jupiter: When thinking something through, it’s always good to remember the big picture. This is a good time for making plans.

6/13/2017, Mercury squares Neptune: When the planet of mentation encounters nebulous Neptune, you may notice yourself feeling more distracted!

6/15/2017, Sun opposes Saturn: No matter how confident we are, we all have that moment where they feel awkward and shy. We’re only human!

6/16/2017, Neptune stations retrograde: If your visionary nature has been awakened this year, it’s time for a change.

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