This is a rather volatile month, Libra, when almost anything is possible on the relationship front, and when you will feel more poignantly into the deeper spaces within your psychic field. Intimacy with important partners is subject to a new degree of instability that can result in breakthrough, with plenty of insight into patterns of partnering that you are ready to let go of. This involves inner wounding, as potentially what holds you back from greater partnership commitment. Your intuition is incredible powerful now, when you can open to it. When you look directly into yourself regarding these issues, amazing progress can be made almost without trying, by the simple recognition of the hurt child that may lie within you. Following the Summer Solstice, your public performance gets a boost while your private self is also highlighted. Your priorities are up for studied introspection, which ultimately leads you greater relationship understanding, and a better balance of inner and outer.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
It’s a powerful month for everyone again, following on last month’s entrance of Uranus into Taurus, or your eighth house. This implies that your intuition is very powerful, and that your intimate connections might be a bit volatile right now. This month features the start of a summer-long Mars retrograde in Aquarius, corresponding to your fifth house of romance and creativity. We’ll look at this and other transits to come.
Between June 5th and 6th, Venus in Cancer in your tenth house of career will be moving through an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn in your fourth house of home, family, and property. Relationships in the work place or at home might be undergoing some big changes right now as the planet of death and rebirth and the planet of friendship and love are facing off. It’s important to look for the balance between your public image and your private or inner truth. As a Libra you are naturally good at creating harmony, but you must be sure that the goal of harmony doesn’t come at the cost of compromising the deeper truth or a more substantive level of reality that is demanding you pay attention to it right now.
At nearly the same time, between June 6th and 7th, the Sun and Mercury will be conjunct in Gemini in your ninth house of higher education, religion, and long journeys or foreign countries, while moving into a square with Neptune in Pisces in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service. You might be feeling inspired to put your knowledge and intelligence to practical use in the world right now, or you may be feeling the call to volunteer, travel abroad, or deepen your studies or pursue a new course of education. It’s also a good moment to check in and make sure that you have all the facts and details before committing yourself to anything too seriously; when Mercury and Neptune get together it’s also easy to suffer from miscommunication or fall into a web of confusion or deception.
On June 13th, the New Moon in Gemini will also land in your ninth house. At the same time, Mars will also conjoin the South Node of the Moon in the fifth house of children and pregnancy, creativity, and recreation. It’s a good time to critically evaluate your beliefs, to measure your talk by your walk, or to cut out whatever you feel is unnecessary, extravagant, or a waste of time and energy. The conjunction of Mars to your South Node, while fiercely creative, also emphasizes a deeper level of transformative wisdom, perhaps even stemming from past lives, but the message here isn’t an easy one for childish or irresponsible patterns.
Between June 14th and 15th, Venus in Leo in your eleventh house of friends, allies, and wishes, will square Uranus in Taurus in your eighth house of death and rebirth and other people’s resources. Friendships or group allegiances may be changing dramatically right now, or you may need to address a deeper level of honesty or authenticity within your social circles or with good friends or colleagues. This is also a great moment for finding an unexpected ally or for experiencing healing or creative breakthroughs due to sudden or unexpected changes in your relationships.
On June 15th, Mercury in Cancer in your tenth house of career will also oppose Saturn in Capricorn in your fourth house of home, family, and property, emphasizing a somewhat serious, constrained, focused, or disciplined quality of mind and speech, or communication, and creating tension between your public and private spheres of life. All month long you are looking for the balance in these two spheres of life, but this transit also demands that you find the right balance between a nurturing, caring, and sensitive approach on the one hand and a more serious, focused, or austere energy on the other. You may have to make a more subjective and personal or emotionally choice. Just remember, it’s okay for the scales to tip. Life is rarely perfectly balanced!
On June 21st the Summer Solstice in your tenth house signals an important moment for you, when you will more greatly focus on career and profession, with new ideas in abundance. You are also likely to be exploring issues of inner wounding that might be interfering with your easy flow in either work or relationship. That same day, Venus in Leo in your eleventh house moves into an opposition with Mars in Aquarius in your fifth house. Don’t be surprised if you’re experiencing creative, romantic, or sexual tension right now. It’s a wonderful moment for creative collaboration or partnering, or for significant creative breakthroughs or synthesis, though you should also be on the look out for impulsive or competitive elements in your relationships.
June 23rd Mercury in Cancer is opposing Pluto in Capricorn from your tenth house to your fourth house, once more highlighting work and your public sphere as opposed to home and your private sphere. With oppositions facing you all month long in these two houses, you are exploring the difference between the public mask or persona that you present to the world, versus the inner realities or struggles of your domestic or inner life. This transit demands authentic, non-contrived, communication. Strategies of communication or organization that are rooted in selfish ambition or the attempt to deny or avoid difficult truths will only lead you to more trouble later, so be as brave and emotionally honest as you can be. The rest will take care of itself.
Then on June 25th, Venus in Leo in your eleventh house will square Jupiter in Scorpio in your second house. There is abundance, growth, opportunity, and good luck in the air for you right now, possibly offering you opportunities for financial and/or social or professional growth at the same time. You may also be tempted into displays of extravagance, big spending, or by people who over-promise and under-deliver, so remember to use your best discernment before doing anything in a moment of great enthusiasm.
Finally, on June 27th, just as the Full Moon comes through, emphasizing this same contrast between public and private life, Mars turns retrograde just one day prior, in your fifth house of children, creativity, and joy. You are likely to feel restrictions or extra commitment in home and family concerns. Regarding the Mars retrograde, if you have children, then this summer’s retrograde will likely bring a deep level of growth, change, and healthy personal challenges for your kids or within your relationships with your children. On the other hand, you may find that you are revisiting lovers or pastimes from an earlier part of your life, or possibly cutting out things that you are recognizing as childish, immature, wasteful, or self-indulgent. This Mars retrograde may also inspire you to take a strong creative stand or to fight or advocate on behalf of children. This energy will be in effect all summer long, so we will be revisiting it together over the next few months. Though you aren’t a creature of conflict, when paired with the natural joy and creativity of the 5th house, this Mars retrograde may be incredibly invigorating for you. Remember that the great peace-loving activist, John Lennon, was born with Mars in the sign of Libra. Lennon reminds us all that there is always a creative way to fight for peace!
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.
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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.