You are entering into a productive time, Virgo, with a twist. You have a terrific professional focus, and are likely to accomplish much, although you will have to allow for new insights of a mystical variety. There is a glorious enthusiasm and also unfamiliar uncertainty in your connections with others, including your financial dealings. A brand new worldview and set of values is emerging, perhaps slowly, or at times with unexpected rapidity. One secret to navigating this somewhat chaotic period is that you stay open to possibility. The Gemini New Moon of June 13th provides fresh energy for pursuing career objectives, in a way that is informed by your unusual growth experiences of the prior thirty-day lunar cycle. You also might experience renewed understanding of inner wounding and its effect on interpersonal relations as well as to the free flow within you of creative or artistic self-expression. Your goals are vibrantly alive to you now, and all you need is the courage to fulfill them.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
It’s been a busy Spring season for everybody since last month’s entrance of Uranus into Taurus, which corresponds to your ninth house of higher mind, so that you have been in quite a philosophical place lately, with unexpected journeys perhaps on the horizon. This month the planet Mars will be starting a long retrograde in the sign of Aquarius, in your sixth house of service. Let’s dive in and look at what’s happening, one transit at a time.
Between June 5th and 6th, Venus in Cancer in your eleventh house will be moving through an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn in your fifth house. This transit will place the spotlight on friendships, groups of people, colleagues, or social circles that you belong to, illuminating the need for greater depth, honesty, or even healing between yourself and others. As a Virgo you are naturally a caring, thoughtful, and effective personality, however you may sometimes shy away from greater depth and intensity. Remember, whatever we repress tends to grow stronger. Addressing the darker side of your relationships right now might not be easy, but it’s better than avoidance.
At nearly the same time, between June 6th and 7th, the Sun and Mercury will be conjunct in Gemini in your tenth house of career while moving into a square with Neptune in Pisces in your seventh house of love and relationships. You might be facing the temptation to present things to others in the work place as better than they are, or with some level of exaggeration to make a good appearance. On the other hand, be careful that you have all the facts straight and you aren’t being deceived by superiors or colleagues, either. It’s an easy moment to get lost in the clouds, to be subject to miscommunication, or to over-promise and under-deliver. On the other hand, it’s also a good moment for communicating things that are intangible or difficult to understand with unusual ease or creativity.
On June 13th, the New Moon in Gemini will also land in your tenth house of career. At the same time, Mars will conjoin the South Node of the Moon in your sixth house of work, sickness, and service. Right now, you are drawing on some very deep wisdom from your past, perhaps even from past lives, to make important changes in your work life, or perhaps in relation to your health and work life at the same time. You may also notice that you are feeling particularly fired up about a cause or mission in your professional life, as Mars in the house of service activates the advocate or guardian spirit within you.
Between June 14th and 15th, Venus in Leo in your twelfth house of isolation, suffering, and great contemplation, will square Uranus in Taurus in your ninth house of higher education, religion, and long journeys. With Venus making several intense aspects in your chart this month you are likely examining some deeper issues in your relationships with others. This one likely involves worldview in combination with an exploration of sexuality, art and faith, loneliness and the search for a higher state of bliss. Remember that while you are naturally effective and wholesome at everything you do, you may sometimes care too much about others’ values or judgments. This is an especially good time to find your own inner sense of beauty and happiness. To do this you may also need to break the mold or do something that is unusually rebellious for you.
On June 15th, Mercury in Cancer in your eleventh house will also oppose Saturn in Capricorn in your fifth house, emphasizing a somewhat serious, constrained, focused, or disciplined quality of mind and speech, and communication. This transit will encourage you to further define and refine your ideals or values and the role they play in your friendships or in the groups or social circles you belong to. Remember, that real compromise requires real intelligence, listening, and love for one another.
On June 21st the Summer Solstice lands in your eleventh house of friendships, goals and group activities, re-emphasizing the Mercury-Saturn opposition from a week of so back, and bringing a quality of deep intuition and true learning potential to bear. Idealism flares up, and partners may be put on a pedestal. That same day, Venus in Leo in your twelfth house moves into an opposition with Mars in Aquarius in the sixth house of labor, sickness, and service. This transit provides an opportunity for sexual healing and wisdom, and for exploring the hidden motivations underlying your partnership activities, but you should also be careful of the temptation to make an impulsive or bad decision about relationships or romance. There is also an opportunity for the synthesis of the masculine and feminine energies in general. Don’t be afraid to explore creative ways of being of service to others right now; this is an excellent transit for finding union and common ground with others around shared struggles and challenges.
June 23rd Mercury in Cancer is opposing Pluto in Capricorn from your eleventh to fifth house, once again emphasizing the importance of transformation, depth, healing, and deeper or more shadowy encounters in your social circles. Where there are creative differences, if everyone can set their egos aside, there is always an opportunity for amazing creativity and wisdom. Speak the truth right now but let go of your stake in the matter and let things unfold without being too forceful or insistent upon your point of view. This month is going to be a workshop in honesty, integrity, and compromise, and it won’t help anything if you are holding back the truth or avoiding the deeper implications of what is being said and done around you.
Then on June 25th, Venus in Leo in your twelfth house will square Jupiter in Scorpio in your third house. The transit of Venus and Jupiter together are like summer rains and summer sunshine, combined. However, with a twelfth house emphasis you might be exploring the joy of quiet or solitude, or the kind of happiness that exists in the vastness of nature or even the secrecy of shadows or dream images. This transit may also tempt you into extravagance, pride, or grandiosity. Remember to remain humble. All month long, you are exploring what it means to be both happy and virtuous at the same time. Just remember to be easy on yourself and others as you go; it’s not easy to walk a spiritual path, and nobody is perfect.
Finally, on June 27th, just as the Full Moon comes through, Mars turns retrograde just one day prior, in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service. This is the beginning of a very long summer of looking at your health, either mentally, emotionally, or physically, with an emphasis on confronting whatever most needs healing. Or, this transit may play out in terms of work, labor, and service. Mars retrograde in the sixth house may emphasize themes of power and powerlessness, missions or crusades, especially in relation to perceived injustices, as well as periods of intense labor or hard work, and the general desire or calling to be of service to others. You may also come to realize that it’s time to finally surrender. As Mars turns retrograde it may be the perfect time to give up some form of struggle, fight, or labor that you are finally realizing to be pointless or without spiritual value. If that’s the case, then congratulations! Who knows how many lifetimes it may have taken you to arrive at this moment.
We’ll continue to look at this Mars retrograde over the next two months, so stay tuned!
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.
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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.