This is a month of wild and unexpected events, Leo, mostly fun, exciting and with spiritual proclivities abounding. It must also be recognized that transformation is a major factor for you, as well as the recognition of limitation. If you can get past this by making necessary course corrections, and provided you can stay open to possibility, you will have an amazing June. Your career is flourishing in many unusual ways, as your creativity blossoms also, including other-worldly directions that only peripherally touch on more practical considerations. Relationships simmer, and also contribute to this rather strange and wonderful flowering of your business-oriented persona. In the timing of the Summer Solstice of June 21st, while your level of excitement and set of surprising circumstances continues and even accelerates, you are likely to be slowing down in other areas, preparing to enter a more meditative period of time. Your intuition is greatly enhanced and can give you clues for navigating this almost surreal end-of-month period.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
As if last month wasn’t big enough with the entrance of Uranus into Taurus in your tenth house of career, allowing a plethora of options for you there to suddenly appear, this month features the start of a long Mars retrograde in your seventh house of love and relationships! But there is more, too, so let’s look at the big transits of the month one at a time.
Between June 5th and 6th, Venus in Cancer in your twelfth house will be moving through an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn in your sixth house. There is no axis of houses in the birth chart more familiar with suffering, healing, shadows, and service than the sixth and twelfth houses. During this brief transit you are likely to be doing some very deep healing work within your relationships. It’s also a great time to explore the difference between authentic beauty and superficiality or vanity. The Venus/Pluto opposition is expert at revealing the shadows behind the shine of Venus, as well as the hidden depths within whatever we are attracted to.
At nearly the same time, between June 6th and 7th, the Sun and Mercury will be conjunct in Gemini in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and wishes, while moving into a square with Neptune in Pisces in your eighth house of death and rebirth. Are your friendships and group affiliations helping you to face your fears and limitations, or are they perpetuating an unhealthy level of denial or avoidance' These and other serious questions might be coming up right now in relation to your social circles, the groups you belong to, and your long-term goals or ideals. It’s may be to be deceived or to lose track of the truth while communicating with others, so it’s a good time to double-down on some mindfulness or meditation practices.
On June 13th, the New Moon in Gemini will also land in your eleventh house of friends, groups and dreams. At the same time, Mars will also conjoin the South Node of the Moon in the seventh house of love and relationships. Right now, you are drawing on some very deep wisdom from your past, perhaps even from past lives, to make some important changes in your relationships and social circles. Our dreams and goals can only go as far as the health and spiritual wealth of our relationships. There isn’t much we do alone in this world, or the next, and so having the right associations in our life is deeply important. At the same time, if we become too exclusive, separatist or rigid, we miss out on opportunities for learning from those who are different from ourselves. This is the mood of the planets as they move through your seventh and eleventh houses.
Between June 14th and 15th, Venus in Leo in your first house of identity, vitality, and new beginnings will square Uranus in Taurus in your tenth house of career. You are looking for the right balance now between an appropriate, and even attractive, level of self-presentation, and a progressive, or revolutionary approach to career related matters. There is an opportunity here for your natural charm and warmth to persuade others to try something brand new, or to follow your lead in a new project at work. Remember that real progress in spiritual life sometimes demands that we set aside how we look to others. Don’t be afraid to take some healthy risks or to go out on a limb with how you are expressing yourself right now!
On June 15th, Mercury in Cancer in your twelfth house will also oppose Saturn in Capricorn in your sixth house, emphasizing a somewhat serious, constrained, focused, or disciplined quality of mind and speech, and communication. This transit will also provide you with an opportunity to do the hard, focused work of personal healing, introspection, and in-depth reflection. It’s a great moment to take some time to yourself, to do some journaling, meditation, or reading of sacred texts. Listen to the subtle messages from the heart that you are receiving right now because they will give you wise instructions for the road ahead.
On June 21st the Summer Solstice lands in your twelfth house, bringing attention to the unknown parts of yourself that lie below your conscious awareness. You might be tempted to explore new directions in your career at this time, ideas that have been brewing, perhaps, or that involve the personal depth researches that you are currently engaged in. That same day, Venus in Leo in your first house of self, health, and vitality, moves into an opposition with Mars in Aquarius in the seventh house of love and relationships (the nodal axis of the Moon will be included in this opposition, too!). Expect an intense wave of sexual or creative tension in your relationships right now. Remember that whatever we think will gratify us in the moment fades with time, and usually quicker than we would like, so be careful about what impulses you follow if you are interested in the long term. At the same time, there is also an opportunity for synthesis and resolution right now in your relationships, for real healing and real listening.
June 23rd Mercury in Cancer is opposing Pluto in Capricorn from your twelfth to sixth house, once again emphasizing the importance of deep introspection, reflection, time alone, listening, hearing, and moving through hidden layers of information or communication. The truth isn’t always easy to hear, but we stand no chance of hearing it if we don’t take time out to really and truly listen.
Then on June 25th, Venus in Leo in your first house will square Jupiter in Scorpio in your fourth house of home, family, and property. It’s a bright and abundant moment for you and for your home life. You might be considering making changes to your home, and the spirit of romance, growth, and happiness is in the air right now. However, you should also be careful of extravagance or overdoing things right now, this transit will likely elevate your mood and spirit, but it’s also an transit under which anyone may be distracted by the glitter and glam.
Finally, on June 27th, just as the Full Moon comes through, Mars turns retrograde just one day prior, in your seventh house of relationship. This is the start of a long summer of examining your relationships and potentially confronting some of the shadows or difficult patterns that exist there. A partner might also be experiencing challenges or major changes over the next few months, or, alternatively, you might be meeting someone new who challenges you in a profound way. The fact that Mars is turning retrograde near the South Node of the Moon points to a deep level of wisdom arising from your past to help you address the changes that need to happen in your relationships. Remember, as a Leo, you are at your best when others are not standing in the shadow of your shine but are instead brought right into its warmth. You can also do better than to spend your time with people who are envious of your happiness, so remember not to strive after approval from those who aren’t interested in giving and sharing the love and light of higher things.
With the massive changes that are happening now, I highly recommend that folks get a transit report tailored specifically to their chart for the most accurate description of what's in store for you in the months ahead.
Find out with this report that gives detailed descriptions of your transits for a three, six or twelve month period. This report was written by astrologer Henry Seltzer.
All transits are fully interpreted with insightful clues on how to navigate the challenges ahead and gives the date range for when each transit is in effect. Includes transits to planets Mars through Pluto. Also includes interpretations for Chiron - a unique feature of this report!Preview Your Report
The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.