Guest article By Dorene Carrel
June is another powerful and action-packed month. The planet Venus takes center stage, bringing us into direct alignment with the feminine Goddess energy. There are two periods when this energy will be especially potent: on June 5 when a rare Venus/Sun transit will occur, and on June 27 when retrograde Venus makes a direct station.
This month also features a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 4, which is when Neptune turns retrograde. On June 11, Jupiter enters Gemini and Chiron turns retrograde. In addition, the first of seven Uranus/Pluto squares is exact on June 24, which is also when Saturn turns direct. Another energetic gateway is the Summer Solstice on June 20.
We begin this month under the influence of the May 20 New Moon in Gemini, with the themes of education, communication and flexibility. With the Gemini focus, we are looking at how we choose and process information and how this influences our beliefs, ideas and actions. It is favorable to open to new ideas, but to also be discerning about what resonates with one’s own authentic truth and values.
On June 4 a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs at 14 Sagittarius. Sagittarian themes include seeing things from a higher perspective, along with being idealistic, benevolent, truth-seeking and freedom-loving. A mutable grand cross is formed by the Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Gemini with the Moon in Sagittarius, Mars in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces. This mutable formation will greatly enhance the quickening effect for events. Since Venus is square Mars, relationships may undergo more changes at this time. The challenge will be to stay focused and grounded enough to integrate and respond effectively to all the information and events coming in at such a rapid pace. Neptune in Pisces also turns retrograde today (still aligned with Chiron), which reminds us to take time for self-care and spiritual/healing activities.
The Sabian symbols for these degrees are: “Two Dutch children talking to each other, exchanging their knowledge; the need to clarify one’s experience through actual contacts with like-minded individuals (Gemini),” and “The ground hog looking for its shadow; the value of anticipating new turns of events and ascertaining future prospects (Sagittarius).” These symbols speak to the value of community members coming together to teach and learn from each other.
A rare Venus/Sun transit/eclipse will occur on June 5 at 16 Gemini. This is the second of a pair of Venus/Sun transits, with the first one occurring on June 8, 2004. The next ones will be in 2117 and 2125. Venus is the esoteric ruler of Gemini, which symbolizes the principle of the unification of opposites. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A woman activist in an emotional speech dramatizing her cause; a passionate response to a deeply felt new experience,” suggests the trend towards more women reclaiming their power and men embracing their feminine side. Besides standing for love, harmony, beauty and relationship, Venus also represents coming together in collaboration and community. The visible conjunctions of Venus and Sun form a 5-pointed star (or pentagram) in the sky, which is also why the Mayans thought 2012 was so significant. This also coincides with 2012 being a 5 year, which represents embracing freedom, change and individual expression.
On June 11 Chiron turns retrograde and Jupiter enters Gemini. This combination reminds us of the potential power of our communications to either harm or heal. The Jupiter passage will open up new sources of higher information and perspective over the next year, while the Chiron retrograde through Pisces can result in the healing of older conditions with newer, more effective approaches.
The New Moon occurs on June 19 at 29 Gemini. This lunation is energized by being opposite the Galactic Center and near the Summer Solstice. The Gemini/mutable themes are extended over the next 1-2 months, giving us more opportunity to be focused and discriminating as we open to new information and experience. A square to Mars in Virgo can bring challenges to our adaptability, but can also be used to make constructive changes in work and health matters. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “The first mockingbird of spring; the creative exuberance of the human soul in response to basic life experiences,” suggests that important new beginnings in creative collaboration and learning can be made at this time.
The first of seven challenging squares between Uranus and Pluto occurs on June 24 at 8 Aries/Capricorn. This slowly moving aspect will bring revolutionary social, economic and technology changes to our world over the next several years. On a personal level, the areas where this aspect falls in one’s chart will likely undergo a fundamental change or upheaval. On this same day, Saturn turns stationary direct at 23 Libra, which brings opportunities to take direct action to accomplish our goals over the next several months.
On June 25 Jupiter forms a square to Neptune at 3 Gemini/Pisces. This aspect can help us connect to other dimensions of experience, although there is a possibility of confusion or deception. The idealism generated can be used in service to those who are less fortunate. The Saturn planetary station (around midnight) should help us to stay grounded during these few days.
Venus finally turns stationary direct on June 27 at 7 Gemini 29. At this time we can begin moving forward with personal activities related to finances, relationships and values. We may have gained some important insights during this retrograde period that can lead to constructive changes in these areas.
On June 29, the Sun opposes Pluto and squares Uranus. This can be a trigger for events related to the Uranus/Pluto square. Another similar time will be in mid-July when Mars transits will trigger this same degree area. These are good times to be prepared for Earth change events.
In July, Mercury and Uranus turn retrograde. Best wishes for a joyful and prosperous month!
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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paypal accepted.
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All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.