June: Testing Our Spiritual Endurance

Posted Jun 18, 2018
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The month of June began with a Kite formation. A Kite pattern is created when a planet in a Grand Trine is opposed by another planet. The opposition planet then forms sextiles to the other two planets in the Grand Trine. If one were to draw lines between the planets, you would end up with the form of a kite. So what is the energy of a Kite formation and why might it be important, given it was in the birth chart of June? Both trines (120 degrees, or the circle divided by 3) and sextiles (60 degrees, or the circle divided by 6) are aspects between planets that have qualities in common or characteristics that easily relate to one another. Thus they are called “easy” or “soft” aspects, opportunities or talents. That does not mean that they are always “easy” to access or utilize. Sometimes they are just there, but a person does not sense their presence or opportunity, and neglects to use them.


A Grand Trine has three planets and three trine aspects, not only at similar degrees of their signs, but of the same element. Thus, when we find a Grand Trine, we look closely to see what benefit is to be gained due to three planets in the same element working together “easily.” The same holds true with single trine aspects and sextile aspects. However, just because there “could be” some benefit doesn’t mean it will be utilized positively, as previously stated. Sometimes too much of a good thing can lead to negative consequences, think addiction, or having so much given to you that you never learn to work for what you need or appreciate what you have. A  person may be given a great talent, but it will do them no good if they don’t recognize or manifest it.


In the June Kite formation, the Grand Trine in water was formed by Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces.  Wow! I was thinking Love (Venus), Faith (Jupiter) and Transcendence (Neptune)! That could be a real life changer for the earth and all of her inhabitants! And then I saw the conjunction in Capricorn between Saturn, the Moon and Pluto opposed Venus in Cancer, and formed sextiles with Jupiter and Neptune. Hmmm. Okay, wait a minute. The Capricorn grouping is opposed Venus. There could be some real benefit here, but with all that Capricorn, we’re going to have to work for it. We’re going to be faced with truths about love or finances (or whatever we value) that we don’t want to see. Then we’ll need to face the facts, be willing to let something go, and be prepared to change, if we truly want the benefit of what’s possible.


So, this could be really positive, as well as difficult. With all of the sensitivity accompanying the water Grand Trine and sextile aspects, we have the potential of awareness, direction and grounding through the opposition of planets in Capricorn. Can we do it? Will we do it? That’s the question for June!


The Sun was conjunct Mercury in Gemini, and the two were trine Mars in Aquarius, while Uranus, barely in Taurus, was square Mars. Mars is in the spotlight this month and throughout the summer, because it will go through a retrograde period. AND Mars will be in Aquarius which will challenge us to experience our true individuality, not the facade of personality, but the true inner reality that makes us unique.


The water Grand Trine remained in focus through the 6th of June, which meant we could all have made great gains by putting our faith and trust in our spiritual work and growth, as long as we were willing to pay attention and not get distracted by more mundane events. Many experienced a flow of dreams, and strong intuitive experiences that helped them move forward. The Venus/Pluto opposition lasted until June 11.


Mercury moved into Cancer at 1 PM PDT on June 12, developing an opposition to Saturn in Capricorn. The opposition was exact on June 15, and out of orb by June 18.


We got a New Moon in Gemini on June 13 at 12:42 PM PDT. There were no strong aspects that the duo themselves made other than a sextile to Eris in Aries. It was the beginning of a cycle where socializing was important, but staying true to oneself was even more important. There was a wide square to Neptune stimulating our intuition, and Neptune was still in a strong trine to Jupiter. Thus, conversation may have been deeper and more meaningful than usual.


Mercury in Cancer was out of bounds by declination, and therefore a bit wacky. It was square Chiron, and we could have gotten emotional when thoughts of old hurt feelings got stimulated, either by conversations or current events. The horrible treatment of children at our border has triggered many to old feelings of mistreatment, neglect, or loss of a loved one during childhood. Mercury, with its opposition to Saturn in Capricorn until the 18th, could have helped to ground those negative thoughts and brought us into present reality, or intensified them with fears of being hurt yet again. One way to work with Chiron is to remind ourselves that healing can occur, particularly when we are doing our inner work, facing the past, and being true to our own journey. The scars of old wounds will stay with us, but they need not be “lived in.” People can and do move forward, each in her/his own way.


Also at the New Moon, Saturn and Mars were both aspected to Uranus in Taurus, which could have stimulated new ideas for practical involvement in the world, and helped to bring our bodies into maximum alignment.


Just two hours after the New Moon, at 2:55 PM PDT, Venus shifted out of Cancer and into Leo, where she proceeded toward a conjunction with the Moon’s North Node and an opposition to Mars in Aquarius, sitting on the Moon’s South Node. While Venus is in Leo, her quality of attraction is strong, given that Leo does want to be seen. So Venus in Leo wants attention, and draws a lot, being in a T-square with Uranus in Taurus and Mars in Aquarius. But was it the kind of attention that we wanted swirling around inside of us? Maybe, maybe not. Did we want an unexpected urge for freedom or desire for doing things in an independent, unexpected way, either by ourself or with/by our friend or partner? Then add to that excitement  Mars wanting to compete with Venus for attention. Yes, that will be going on inside all of us, but may also manifest outside of us, in the world. We might be tempted to take action we will regret in relationships, or mess up our finances by spending money we don’t really have, all to get attention. It can be a challenge, an added stress, or an opportunity to rise above it and just do something new, interesting and fun that involves physical activity to release the energy! If you’re able to handle it positively, give yourself a pat on the back!


Venus is exactly conjunct the Moon’s North Node on June 19 and exactly opposite Mars on June 21. Venus gradually moves ahead, and by the time Mars stations on June 26, their opposition has ended. Venus, meanwhile, has been developing a strong square with Jupiter in Scorpio, another aspect which could urge us to overdo in an area of weakness, or, use our creativity to help others, so stay conscious and take the high road. The aspect is exact on June 25, then begins to wain, and is out of orb by the end of the month.


Neptune stations retrograde at 4:27 PM PDT on June 18 and will remain retrograde until late November. At the moment of station, it does form a water Grand Trine with Mercury in Cancer and Jupiter in Scorpio. Neptune retrograde periods happen every year and provide us times when it can be easier to be in touch with our intuition and our spiritual life. This year, as it starts out with a Grand Trine, it may also encourage us to be more self-nurturing of our inner life. Getting more in touch with our inner life can be truly inspirational and supportive overall. However, it can also bring up anxiety, fear or self-doubt when it comes to believing in our true capacity for spiritual growth. Growing means leaving behind some of who you were, or thought you were. It’s important this year to utilize the trine to Jupiter, and have faith in yourself, for it will be in effect until September. It will also involve a willingness to face the truth about, and release, things that are unhealthy for you and/or holding you back.


The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs at 3:08 AM PDT on June 21, when the Sun moves into Cancer, signifying the start of summer! As the Sun shifts into Cancer, it begins forming an opposition to Saturn in Capricorn, and forms a square to Chiron in Aries, the three then in a T-square. The Sun is also sextile Uranus in Taurus. At the time, there is also a T-square between Venus in Leo, Mars in Aquarius and Jupiter in Scorpio. Mercury is opposed Pluto. The Moon squares both Mercury and Saturn.  It is a significantly active chart, saying to me there’ll be little rest or respite from, unfortunately, much of what we are getting used to: unexplainably strange actions taken by our so-called leaders, concurrent crises globally and locally, as well as out-of-control environmental emergencies. We must look to ourselves and our communities to find both inner and outer peace, compassion for the downtrodden, and a feeling of safety and security. We must help out others whenever we can, we must be good listeners, to ourselves and others, and we must act—thoughtfully and powerfully, even in the smallest of ways.


On the evening of the Solstice, take some time to view the night sky. It may inspire you with its beauty! Mars will rise in the east while the Sun is setting and be the most visible and brightest star of the night while Venus will be a bright star setting in the West.


Mars stations retrograde at 9 degrees 13 minutes Aquarius on June 26 at 2:05 PM PDT. The retrograde lasts for two months, and it will retrograde back to 28 degrees Capricorn. At the time of station, Mars is conjunct the South Node of the Moon, square Jupiter in Scorpio, and opposed Venus in Leo. This is rare for Mars, a retrograde in Aquarius. The last time it occurred was in 1971. Such a retrograde is difficult to anticipate in its effect, but given the qualities of Mars and the qualities of Aquarius coming together, it seems that “unpredictability” would be a safe bet.


Mars, during this entire retrograde period, will be conjunct the South Node of the Moon. Thus, much of what will be emerging, whether it be personal or collective, will be a lesson on what we need to leave behind in order to move forward to a better future. Also during this entire retrograde period, Mars will be square Uranus, not super close, but within orb. This reinforces the Aquarius/Uranian vibe of individuation, finding our own light to shine, despite pressure to be in sync with conventional paradigms. There could be serious shake-ups, as individuals speak up and out for what they believe in. Chiron in Aries, sextile to the retrograde Mars, will lend support. We’ll need to do some soul searching, question authority, and find new priorities for our actions.


I’m reminded of the song Rise Up, lyrics by Andra Day. “And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day. I’ll rise up, I’ll rise unafraid. I’ll rise up. And I’ll do it a thousand times again….” You can look up the whole lyrics, or listen to youtube videos of the song. It’s inspiriing!


We have a Full Moon in Capricorn at 9:52 PM PDT on June 27. The Moon is tightly conjunct Saturn and the Sun/Moon opposition forms a t-square with Chiron in Aries. Emotions will be strong. The conjunction with Saturn and square to Chiron could bring up feelings of guilt, restriction, fear or shame in regards to family or other loved ones. But there’s also a trine to Uranus which could assist us in finding new ways to handle drama in responsible ways. The Jupiter/Neptune trine could help us to have enough faith in ourselves to bring about positive outcomes. Try to be easy on your structural system: spine, bones, joints, teeth, skin. The strong Capricorn energy could be stressful, especially with Mars (body) having just turned retrograde.



At 10:17 PM PDT on June 28, Mercury moves into Leo, joining Venus in that sign. It immediately begins to form a conjunction with the North Node of the Moon and a square with Uranus in Taurus. May these last days of the month give us opportunity to think innovatively about what we want to see in our future, and possible paths to get us there.


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