June is filled with so much powerful astrology, it's hard to believe there are only 30 days in the month! There's of course the first (of seven between 2012 and 2015) exact waxing squares of Uranus and Pluto, which we've been anxiously awaiting! We have Neptune stationing retrograde, and Saturn stationing direct. There's a Full Moon in Sagittarius with a lunar eclipse, followed by the final Venus transit of the Sun until the next century! Venus will rise a week later as the Morning Star, and late in the month station direct. By the third week we have a late Gemini New Moon followed by the Summer Solstice! Whew! Just try to catch your breath folks, for most of these transits require us to do some deep soul searching!
We enter June in an excited state, with Sun, Mercury, and Venus Retrograde all in Gemini, and all three square to Mars in Virgo. The Sun is also square to Chiron, and widely square to Neptune. The Uranus/Pluto waxing square is getting closer and closer. Squares denote tension, and for most of us tension can, at least at times, feel like a threat. With what are we threatened? With our resistance, our need to cling to what is familiar. It's a combination, of big things and small things, but all roads lead to the need for change.
For many people it can feel these days like their whole world is turned upside down (and it may very well be, especially if you live in Syria, or Greece, or you're a polar bear looking for some solid ice...). For others, it may be some annoying blips they cannot ignore, and that seem to jeopardize their job status or finances, health or relationships. Each of us feels it, individually and collectively. The challenge is to utilize this time productively—be honest with ourselves—change the things we can, and accept the things we cannot.
The entire month of June will have us on high alert! Just the first week provides us with not only a Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 4 at 4:11 AM PDT, and lunar eclipse shortly after, but a truly historical event the following day! Yes, one of the rarest of planetary alignments—the transit of Venus across the face of the sun—is happening!
Just to complicate matters, Neptune stations retrograde at 2:05 PM PDT June 4th, putting an emphasis on its energy in Pisces, and the potential for increasing consciousness. On June 5, during the Venus transit, Venus retrograde is conjunct the Sun and both are exactly square Mars. The Moon, meanwhile, is conjunct Pluto, and thus both of them are square Uranus. Sound like a party? Despite the wealth of mutable energy, I don't think so. Oh, those Mercury-ruled planets may try and talk you into denying what you feel, but suffice it to say, you'll fare better doing some in-depth introspection.
Venus retrograde (as well as the Moon/Pluto combo) will have us accelerating the energy of the more introverted side of the Venus archetype. Therefore, we're looking at our own inner values, whether we are individuals, communities or nations, and seeing what of our value system needs to change. With Venus in Gemini, what part of the staus quo of our communicating and truth-speaking needs to be released? In order to do a better job of the outer work of Venus, I.e., relating, what of the inner work of self-acceptance, self-understanding, truly listening to myself or another, do I need to improve? With Venus squaring Mars (and Mars opposing Chiron), take care that you don't waste energy blaming or sparring when your time could be better spent looking inward and finding your authentic voice. This is truly a time to evolve and grow, not default to an old victim identity.
On June 5, 2012, the second and final transit of Venus in this century will inspire much public fascination. In the 18th and 19th centuries, according to Dr Sten Odenwald of the Goddard Spaceflight Center at NASA, this rare alignment provided astronomers the occasions of very important scientific discoveries. Scientists measure the size of our solar system during a Venus transit, specifically the distance between the Earth and the Sun, which is not identified as the "astronomical unit." And during the 1761 transit, observers concluded that Venus must have an atmosphere. Later, scientists confirmed that it does indeed: a dense atmosphere of mainly carbon dioxide with clouds of sulfuric acid. With modern advances in measuring techniques, however, scientists in the 21st century will more than likely be viewing Venus' transit primarily for the rare and striking visual event that it is.
Just as with the annular solar eclipse of last month, the transit of Venus is a "must see" event, even if you watch it streaming live online from Hawaii on the NASA website, which might well be a healthy option. The transit begins at 3:06 PM PDT and lasts for over 6 hours. Whatever you do, avoid observing without proper eyegear. If you miss this event, the next one is in December of 2117! No, that wasn't a typo. It really will be in the next century! Transits of Venus occur in pairs, eight years apart, but over a century in between the pairs. Our first one in this century was in 2004.
We'll have time for a few deep breaths the second week of June, while Venus continues to move backward toward a square to Chiron, an inconjunct with Pluto, and a sextile with Uranus. This provides us more opportunity for inner analysis, for making adjustments in our relationships with ourselves and others, for coming to a deeper understanding of how to self-value, and perhaps make atonement for criticism of self or others.
By June 19, at 8:01 AM PDT, we have a New Moon in Gemini. Mercury, having sped partway through Cancer, now squares Saturn Retrograde in Libra. Don't let the airy Saturn try to limit your communication of feelings. It may be the perfect time to get real and verbalize what is coming through.
New Moon, the emphasis is on New, change, and being willing to see, listen to, and communicate things from a different perspective! Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn are within minutes of exact square. Speaking of exciting? This buildup to the exact square may be deafening! Our very Earth is amped for storm and earthquake activity, perhaps quite literally, in an attempt to break free of an old version of herself. Watch world events to see what happens around the globe!
The very next day, at 4:09 PM PDT on June 20th, the Sun enters the sign of Cancer for the Summer Solstice! With the Sun in Cardinal Cancer, the final week of the month emlphasizes the Cardinal intensity of the Uranus/Pluto square, which is exact at 8:19 PM PDT on June 23rd with Uranus at 8 degrees 24 minutes Aries and Pluto at 8 degrees 24 minutes Capricorn.
Very early on June 25th, Saturn stations direct, giving the ol' rulemaker and status quo preserver a bit more say in all this chaos. Nevertheless, while the Uranus/Pluto square is still very tight on June 26th at 8:30 PM PDT, we have the 1st quarter Moon (Sun at 5 degrees Cancer, Moon at 5 degrees Libra) forming a Cardinal Cross with Uranus and Pluto. The Moon soon moves, on, but the Sun sticks around to form a perfect T-Square with Uranus and Pluto at 8 degrees on June 29th. These formations will make the Uranus/Pluto square personal. If you want to get more specific, look to see where these transiting planets fall in your own chart. Uranus is where you're wanting to break free, Pluto is where things may be falling apart. Look to the meanings of the houses where these are transiting.
We are presented with enormous opportunity in June, not only for letting go of the old and no longer useful, but for visioning what we now want to co-create in the world. Our best bet for dates? June 4th during the eclipse period and Neptune station, June 5th during the Venus transit, June 19-20 during the New Moon/Summer Solstice period, and of course the whole last week, between the exact Uranus/Pluto square on June 23rd and the Cardinal T-Square with the Sun on June 29th.
To quote Sheri Robin Hartstein at the end of her Letter from the Editor in the Sprin/Summer 2012 Issue of the NCGR Geocosmic Journall, "Let's muster the courage, as Gandhi once said, to become the change we wish to see in the world." YES, and let us do so "with humility rather than arrogance," as Rachel Carson put it in 1958.
I wish you all the best for June 2012. What an exciting time to be alive!