TWO ECLIPSES AND A CARDINAL GRAND CROSS IN JUNE!
June wastes no time getting to important events in the first days of
the month. The Gemini New Moon arrives accompanied by a partial
Solar Eclipse at 2:02 PM PDT on June 1. This "darkening" of
the Sun is only visible on certain parts of the earth (according to
NASA, this eclipse is visible in e Asia, n N. America, and Iceland),
but its importance is for everyone. The term "Solar Eclipse" defines
an alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, such that the Moon
is located between the Sun and the Earth, causing the Sun to be
hidden from view on the Earth. Because it always occurs on a New
Moon a solar eclipse marks a time of new beginnings.
This particular eclipse, with both the Sun and Moon in Gemini, may
indicate the gathering of new information, news of a major life
event, or change of direction. I like to look at eclipses as
gateways, openings or opportunities to movement forward in our life
and evolution. Openings allow energy flow, energy flowing in, energy
flowing out. It happens that on this eclipse, Saturn is making a
lovely trine to the the Sun and Moon, encouraging us to use whatever
information comes to us in a disciplined, responsible way. As during
a regular New Moon, think about what you would like to see happen.
This is a time for visioning, imagining what you need to move ahead,
what needs to be released, what needs to be created.
Don't necessarily be too quick to take action on the new information
you receive. Keep an open mind, be patient, especially if at first
you feel uncomfortable. You may not have all of the information yet,
or you my need time for your consciousness to make adjustments to
the changes ahead.
Mercury darts into its own sign of Gemini on June 2. This is
quite a change, from slow moving, deliberate Taurus, to lively,
chatty Gemini. This move can be great for multi-tasking, but not so
hot for focused concentration. But not to worry, whatever comes, it
will be easier to cope with, adding a dash of Gemini humor!
On June 3, Neptune stations retrograde, from within its own
sign of Pisces, for a 5-month stint. Let this slow backward moving
phase open you to internally-initiated spiritual insights. Take time
to listen to your "inner voice." Expect, then honor, an increase in
your intuitive abilities. If there are issues, particularly
spiritual ones, that have confused you or solutions that have eluded
you in the last period of Neptune's direct motion, take special note
of insights that may come your way. Talk things out with someone you
trust, for illusion, delusion, and overwhelm can be common snags in
coming to resolution.
June 4 finds giant Jupiter easing its way out of Aries and into
earthy Taurus. From Aries to Taurus is a major slowdown for
the planet of spirit and philosophy. Jupiter will give us a year to
improve our connection with materiality, the substance of life. That
can mean a healthier, more refined relationship with your own
material substance—your body and monetary assets. Perhaps begin a
plan for better eating (see that it is healthier, not just more),
an exercise regimen, strategies for reducing stress, and creating
more pleasure in your daily life. And then work at improving
your monetary situation.
Because multiple planets in Gemini and Taurus give us somewhat of a
reprieve from the intensity we've experienced earlier in the spring,
it might be easy to just feel that there is little of importance
happening in the planetary sphere. You can indeed enjoy the longer
days, the easier social interaction with the Sun and Mercury in
Gemini, and then on June 9, adding Venus to the mix. But don't take
the "ease" for granted.
There are some configurations brewing that will likely shock our
world yet again. Uranus and Pluto are moving closer and closer,
preparing for a record-setting seven exact squares with each other
in the next few years, and if history is any indication, we're in
for a wild ride. The cry for freedom that we have been hearing in
many countries with stagnant dictatorships, the unrest in our own
country when basic rights are threatened, plus the natural disasters
creating intense suffering on various continents, gives you a bit of
a preview. It is important to remember, however, that those same
archetypes work at the individual level. Pay attention to where you
are experiencing stagnation, what is crying out in you for freedom
and change. Ask yourself for clues as to how you can step up your
Saturn, the planet of discipline, responsibility, and often
stagnation as it clings to the status quo, is once again
stationing direct on June 12. As it continues its way through
the sign of Libra, take note of an accent on partnerships and
balancing both sides of an issue. Look for a way to bring fairness
and/or compromise to negotiations. Stand by your convictions, but
try not letting your positions harden to the point of rigidity.
We have our second eclipse of the month, a lunar eclipse, on the Full Moon in Sagittarius, June 15 at 1:15 PM PDT. This
opposition conjuncts the lunar nodes, with the Moon on the North
Node in Sagittarius. With this conjunction, the Full Moon and
eclipse could bring out more fundamentalism in politics and
religion. As light is shed on old prejudices and beliefs, not based
on current realities, look for discordant acts by those unwilling to
respond to the profound need for change. Meanwhile, individuals can
take a look at their own outmoded beliefs, see what is holding you
back from a more all-encompassing philosophical position.
The days get increasingly longer in our Northern Hemisphere until the
Summer Solstice arrives at 10:20 AM PDT on June 21. As the Sun
joins Mercury in Cancer, a Cardinal Grand Cross is formed with
Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Aries and of course, Pluto in Capricorn.
It is a stunning, intense standoff, despite only one of the squares
(Saturn and Mercury) being exact. It is softened, however, by the
Sun and Neptune in trine, both of them also in sextile to Jupiter.
Our awareness of the need for radical change should be refined by a
spiritual quality in the atmosphere, heightening our sensitivity to
positive solutions rather than intractable problems.
The Grand Cross holds through the end of the month, and the pressure
builds toward the first Uranus/Pluto exact square. We may long for
cooler days and cooler heads as we hit July and yet another Solar
Eclipse on the New Moon July 1.