If you have ever wondered why all the days of the month are not represented in this column here is a short explanation: On the days that are missing there are no mutual aspects between the planets and the Sun. The wanderers (planets) give those days to the ‘wayfaring moon’ and the aspects she makes. The Moon by sign and phase always carries the underlying mood of the moment, the fluctuating of emotion. If you would like to know my thoughts about that you can follow me on twitter. And if what you really hanker for is Sun Sign astrology you can read my sun sign writings in Vitality Magazine.
Sun enters Cancer: 06:07 AM EDT Summer Solstice
Get over it. Cancer is not the sign of apple pie and motherhood as conceived and maintained by patriarchy. And it is not the Queen who derives her powers from the King. A perfect symbol for this sign is the beehive. That’s the kind of queen to consider when contemplating Cancer. She doesn’t so much rule the hive as keep the hive together and make sure it’s making lots of honey. She is not separate from the hive, simply an integral part of the whole. Of course, bees, like humans cannot be stereotyped. Among the bees are the hivers and even loner bees. Cancer is the sign of extended family or tribe. If mom is a matriarch that would qualify. Just remember that it’s not the same as a patriarch in drag nor is it some kind of soppy, introvert. And if it is then I would say there is deep distress. That person needs a purpose.
Over the next astrological month the Sun in Cancer will meet up with Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus. There is a story here. How we pull together (or not) under adversity, to celebrate the myriad manifestations of life and for the children and the children’s children.
If you have a deep desire for something, today is a good one to figure out what the challenges might be to having it and who you need to wrangle with to get it.
Sun sextile Uranus
Mercury opposite Pluto
There is a kind of magic in the way things grow: We are grateful for growth that feeds us, that turns love into families, we are horrified by the growth of abnormal cells or the kind that turns depression into hatred which can wound the innocent. Nurture and support the kind of growth that feeds and sustains your life. Challenge yourself to look honestly at how you might discourage the other kinds of growth.
Venus square Jupiter
Celebrity and the obsession with it, is bad for the mind. It creates an intense focus that feels like love, but isn’t. Spend your time, effort, money and love on what matters in an up close and personal way. h
Mars stationery retrograde
Who scares you? What frightens you? How can you turn toward it? Open yourself to it? Not to hurt yourself but to engage the energy: To understand. In Aquarius Mars Retrograde suggests that the scary people are the policy makers, the politicians, the ones who say they are for the people, even as they make it harder for most, the people we seem to elect to run our world. And then, of course, there are the inner policy makers. The ones who say ‘this is the plan and you have to stick to it with it’. Mars in Aquarius run amok is like the Matrix; we think we are living our own life but in truth we are working for the machine. Spend the next four weeks facing you own personal ideologies with the radical thought that maybe they aren’t what they seem.
Sun opposite Saturn
The Sun is the main force, the heart of our solar system. Saturn is it’s polar opposite. One brings light and life. The other reminds us of time and limits. When planets oppose the Sun they are challenged in the service of life. At the opposition we see Saturn move from shining (dimly) in the morning sky to evening sky. At the opposition Saturn is at its brightest (although still dimmer than the rest), basking or burning in the Sun’s light. We interpret this to mean that it is time to consider how well or ill we have managed and what paths open or close based on that. Consequence is at hand. Which isn’t to say we blew it or aced it. Simply that it’s time to deal with circumstance rather than to create or direct it.
Full Moon: 6 degrees of Capricorn: 00:53 AM EDT
We are here, embodied and more or less aware of our surroundings. There are lots of things we feel. It’s most definitely a strange party but we might as well celebrate! The question, if you want one, is something akin to, “What does it mean to live a useful life?”
Mercury enters Leo
The mind, the monkey of thought, communication. The trickster enters the realm of heart. Where the truth lies. We get to consider if our thoughts arise from love (the heart’s great gift) or the twisted knot of power which the ego loves with its agenda to ‘make us great, again’.
Mercury square Uranus
What is love anyway? Is it the feeling in our heart or the way we tend our resources? The mind cannot understand the world in its madness. It can only build one thought upon another except for those rare exhilarating and terrifying moments when it knows that it knows nothing.
Sun trine Jupiter
Mercury opposite Mars
Take on the outpouring of feeling. Don’t stuff or suppress it. Dive in and do what you can to feel what is to be felt. But don’t translate feeling into action. Don’t pick up your gun or your opinions. Don’t assume you know what it’s like for others to feel what they feel. We are connected in that we feel but we are unique in how we respond to those feelings. On the other hand… It is always important so speak out against injustice. Especially the bureaucratic kind. A good time to challenge the ‘policy makers’ inner and outer.
Sun trine Neptune
Waves of feelings continue to crash on the shore of human consciousness. You are one significant wave in an ocean of crest and trough. When the soul is truly filled it overflows with compassion.
Mercury square Jupiter
Venus enters Virgo
There is a moment after the question and before the answer. Anything and everything exists in that moment: Also nothing. Just like between inhaling and exhaling. Relax into it. Revel in it. A moment of eternity in a world of largely unacceptable choices.
As Venus steps into Virgo she encounters Regulus. In Virgo the connection between them is mighty. Fierce. Concerned. Put on your Pussy Hat and see what you can do.
Jupiter stationery direct
The way leads on. Not always because we want to follow it, either. It takes a lot to live simply in the way things are rather than being obsessed with the way they could be, if only… Jupiter is about vision. It wants (us) to take the journey but on this day, the journey is within no matter where you are or what you’re doing. The eternal moment between breathing in and breathing out remains a threshold of mystery.
Venus trine Uranus
In a world of trade wars and serious manipulation of resources, today could be a moment of real and effective intent toward solutions that benefit the rest of us. Stand your ground with awareness that you are at one with nature, not two.
New Moon: 20 degrees of Cancer: 10:48 PM EDT Partial Eclipse
Sun opposite Pluto
New Moons inevitably encourage us to begin again with intention. Yesterday was about casting the line. The new moon is about firming the commitment to the process. What are you fishing for? What are you willing to have and let go? How is it even possible to have abundance without detracting from someone else’s need?
Venus trine Saturn
On the move, Venus shakes her fist, reminding us that what matters is worth taking time and making effort toward. We have been asleep, not at the wheel, but inside our devices. Let the world, the manifest, immanent world be real to you. This is hard for the mind but natural to the body.