Saturn, now also in direct motion, begins this month to make its next pass toward its opposition to iconoclastic Uranus. We are reminded of limitation and at the same time encouraged to move forward into a more vibrant future for ourselves and our world. Last November, Uranus was opposite status quo, stay-the-course Saturn – exact on Election Day – entirely appropriate for where the country as a whole was headed at that important juncture. We are all challenged as we try to hold onto the past while remaining exquisitely poised on the edge of an unimaginable future. This future is currently making itself more consciously felt, representing a departure from all that we have previously known.
When the Full Moon of June 7th comes along, in the middle degrees of Gemini, it squares both Saturn and Uranus, bringing consciousness to bear on their now re-forming opposition. This configuration represents the pull of the unknown versus trying to hold on, all beset by the mystery of on-going societal transformation. This next pass, the third of five exact hits, will transpire on September 15th, just a few days after Pluto turns direct in square with both Saturn and Uranus. This season is therefore proving itself to be very pivotal as we head into the amazing configurations of the years leading up to 2012.
We can expect the two weeks following June 7th to provide feelings of limitation and possibly of perfectionism, a sense of struggle with the fates that ultimately leads to learning opportunities. In the week that follows, with Uranus in the picture as well, contrasting feelings of freedom will also surface, culminating with the Last Quarter Moon of June 15th.
The Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron triple conjunction in Aquarius will fade after this summer, but it is currently still quite active and aspects Uranus one sign away in Pisces. These planets have just stationed, making them even more potent. The New Moon from the last week in May squared them as they draw to their closest point, a position of stronger influence that returns at the end of the year. The symbolism of this configuration reflects our total and unquestioned reliance on Spirit on the one hand, and on the other our fear of failing to meet our highest expectations for ourselves plus the doubt that arises naturally in the human mind when confronted by something so simple and so huge. It could be summed up by saying that we keenly feel the tragedy of our sense of separation from the godhead, even though mystics say that this sense of separation is only an illusion.
For the first week of June, Venus and Mars are in a rare mutual reception to each other, bringing them into close association for the entire month. At the time of the June 7th Full Moon, Venus enters her own sign of Taurus and remains in conjunction with Mars, meaning that the concept of right relationship with ourselves and with each other will continue to play a major role in our thought process and in our actions for this entire monthly period. The conjunction perfects with the June 20th Summer Solstice and the powerful New Moon two days later, when the Sun and MoonopposePluto exactly. Pluto in the early degrees of Capricorn reminds us that these climactic times are coming to us for the specific purpose of clearing away the accumulated debris of the last century, just as the snake sheds his skin, in preparation for the next level of maturation to come.
Transits to the U.S. Chart
Last month I indicated that there would be more hard times to come for the U.S. economy, based largely on Pluto's transit to the U.S. Midheaven. Of course there have been many somewhat negative indicators, including the pending bankruptcy of General Motors which was announced in the middle of last month. Another scandal that spells trouble for the image of the United States, especially abroad, is the revelation that photos exist of rape and sexual abuse. This is the material that president Obama has chosen not to release fearing retaliations to American service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is of course a very Plutonian matter, and affects the image of specifically the U.S. military. Not surprisingly, Venus was conjunct Eris in sextile to U.S. Mars on May 27th, when some of the worst allegations were made. For this entire time frame, including the current month, transiting Chiron is also very close to the U.S. Moon degree, representing the public. Chiron in this case would symbolize the psychic pain of the American people in reaction to the news that we routinely tortured and abused prisoners during the Iraqi invasion. There is also the potential for healing as this information begins to get out, so that responsible actions can potentially be taken.
This month, once again the transit of Pluto to the U.S. Midheaven is featured, and even closer in degree than earlier. This aspect is greatly emphasized by the June 22nd New Moon, which opposesPluto almost exactly. The Sun and Moon also conjunct U.S. Venus on this day, while Venus aspects the Midheaven. There undoubtedly remain further stages of unraveling still to come over the next thirty days, and particularly at the time of this quite powerful New Moon.