The Astrology of June features Jupiter and Saturn, along with Chiron, and with a touch of transformative Pluto getting into the act at the time of the June 11th Full Moon (see chart ). This is a time when we must face self and find the spiritual opening that permits greater integration and freedom in our lives. The basic conflict this month is between optimistic and expansionist Jupiter, who helps us to rise above and to have faith in our process, versus the very different and difficult energy of Saturn that represents a super-realistic orientation and maintaining the status quo. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, also prominent, symbolizes the difficult places inside us that we need to accept in order for healing to take place, and where we then have the empathy to be able to reach out toward others.
The Sunday, June 11th, Full Moon () and subsequent Last Quarter Moon of Sunday, June 18th (), emphasize Pluto by direct aspect (opposition by the Sun and then squared by the Last Quarter Moon) and bring personal transformation into the picture (the big picture). In Sagittarius, and nearly conjunct the Galactic Center, Pluto now represents the transformation of our basic belief structures. We might want to ask ourselves where we are overly caught up in beliefs that no longer serve us, or that serve, like blinders, to block an essential part of our vision for us and our world. Pluto at this time is asking us to rise to the challenge of inclusiveness, seeing beyond the current limitations on our thinking to take in a wider perspective. Pluto's mission on a personal level may be summed up in the words "to understand all is to forgive all." Since Pluto is linked to numinous Neptune at this time, this phrase is entirely appropriate and speaks as well to the concept of right relationship with each other and with the hidden parts of ourselves, symbolized by Chiron, that do not receive the benefit of our conscious awareness. Relationship with others, symbolized by Venus, is also emphasized in June as Venus moves into her own sign of Taurus, representing the pleasures as well as the lessons of the body and of the material world. Since Venussquares both Mars and Saturn in the early days of the month, leading up to the Full Moon, while opposingJupiter, these are important lessons for our times indeed.
The Summer Solstice taking place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 21st (), is accompanied by a double Yod to Pluto, a Mars–Saturnconjunction and a Grand Cross in fixed signs formed by the Moon, Mars/Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron. This dicey configuration represents another culmination of the powerful energy of this cycle, stressing personal transformation (Pluto) and a strong hit of the Saturn-Chironopposition that has been building all month.
Saturn and Chiron are opposite throughout June, bringing back once more the wound of misplaced authority, or where we give over to an authority that is untrustworthy, as strongly reflected in our nation's current leadership. Since Jupitersquares both Saturn and Chiron at this time, in a so-called T-square formation, this Saturn-Chironopposition is even more powerful than we have seen in recent weeks. We might be prompted in the course of this month's journey to reflect on where and why we have given our power away to others, and how we can take it back. As astrologer Carolyn Casey declares, we must own our power, or there will be outside agencies that will emerge to take it from us. The conflicts inherent in these current configurations are difficult, but character building, as throughout the month we feel the limitations of Saturn, stern taskmaster that enforces discipline and gives us the determination to achieve our goals in spite of everything.
Transits to the U.S. Chart
Last month we mentioned that "since Neptune is nearing an aspect with U.S. Mars and is emphasized by the mid-May Full Moon, there is also a further possibility for deceit at this time, with fresh lies being practiced or else the past coming to awareness, especially with regard to the military," and this has unfortunately been the case, as the allegations involved in the horrifying Haditha massacre came to light over the last week of May. Looking back, the New Moon of May 25th aspected both U.S. Chiron and U.S. Uranus, and one indication would be the sudden release of painful information.
In this month's transits, the T-Square accompanying the powerful Last Quarter Moon of June 18th again triggers U.S. Uranus, and at the same time aspects U.S. Pluto and U.S. Moon, symbolizing the public. There could be further and perhaps startling revelations at this time strongly affecting public opinion, especially in this country.