The Astrology of June features Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and as well Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is another extremely intense month, with Uranussquare to Pluto, exact for the first time, and with Neptune strong in Pisces, being squared by last month’s New Moon eclipse. Venus, newly retrograde, has its helical rise on June 12th, when it becomes the Morning Star. The Mayans thought of the time of Venus’ transition from the Evening Star as a symbolic journey through the underworld, a time of lawlessness and disintegration in earthly affairs. On the political scene, it has in fact been a time of great ferment and continues to be so, with the Occupy Movement gearing up world-wide. Our political connections with each other, and indeed our relationships in general, are subject to revision and deeper thinking, as President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage also shows.
The current monthly cycle began with the powerful Solar Eclipse and New Moon of Sunday, May 20th. Mercury, the ruler, conjunctedJupiter within 2 degrees while their midpoint was exactly quincunx, to the minute, with Saturn. Coupled with the eclipse energy, and noting that the Sun and Moon at the eclipse degree were closely bi-quintile to Saturn, while Chiron also aspected it, we therefore this month have a very potent hit of Saturn as well as of Gemini. The Gemini energy of open-minded curiosity, enhanced by JupiterconjunctMercury, is starkly contrasted by dour and grim-faced Saturn, enforcer of narrowness and of limitations. Meanwhile the paradoxical and out-of-focus energies of Neptune remain high-lighted as well for this cycle, providing a dreamy and idealized antithetical conception to Saturn’s hard-nosed reality orientation.
With the Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon of June 4th, Venus is nearly at her conjunction point with the Sun, while Mars is in square with Venus, the Sun and Moon, making a Grand Cross in Mutable signs when you include the fading opposition between Mars and Chiron. The Transit of Venus the very next day is another dramatic indication of the profound nature of these times. We are being stretched nearly to the limit, but we are not pointlessly on a torture rack but instead must choose how best to move beyond the limitations of our current situation in a way that is consistent with our own higher purpose. We do this not only for ourselves but in order that we may take part in revitalizing our failing society.
Jupiter enters Gemini, touching off the eclipse degree, just at the moment of the Last Quarter Moon, on the 11th, so that the days surrounding this event will be a special time of increasing awareness, and the chance for important positive actions. After symbolically passing through the underworld, Venus makes her Helical Rise to become the Morning Star on the morning of June 12th. The Summer Solstice comes along in a New Moon phase, just one day after the late-GeminiNew Moon of Tuesday, June 19th, providing fresh energy for our process. This late June period is also the time when the Uranus-Plutosquare – which astrologers have been speaking of for several years now – perfects, on the 24th. The energy has been increasing for months and even years and this first moment of exact provides one peak of that building energy, touched off by the First Quarter Moon of Tuesday, June 26th – at which time the Sun in CanceropposesPluto and squaresUranus, forming a Grand Cross with the Moon in Libra. JupitersquaresNeptune almost exactly. This Cardinal Grand Cross will bring out the inherent tensions and contradictions of our challenging times, with also the spiritual opportunity, and even perhaps the necessity, to rise above.