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June 2017


Astrological highlights by Danielle Blackwood

June 2017

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The Sun makes a very favorable aspect to Jupiter on June 3rd, beginning this month with optimism, blessings and abundance. Plan something fun in the first week of June. It’s also a good time to ask for a favor, a loan, or a raise. People will be feeling magnanimous, broad minded and generous.

Mars enters Cancer, where he will stay from June 4th until July 20th. We may be more sensitive than usual, and easily triggered emotionally. Old stuff may surface, and while this may be uncomfortable, it also gives us a chance to heal those old wounds and finally move on. Watch for the tendency to become defensive or reactionary, and ask yourself where whatever’s coming up is coming from. I love the saying, ‘Where it’s hysterical, it’s historical’, as so much of what triggers us has much deeper roots than what’s on the surface. Mars is the Warrior, upfront and assertive, helping us fight for what we believe in, but in the sign of Cancer, he is considered in his fall, and some may resort to more covert ways of dealing with going after what they want, or expressing anger through tears, irritability, frustration or manipulation. Passive aggression and withholding are also classic Mars in Cancer responses to anger or displeasure. It’s as though our Mars function is temporarily underwater when Mars tenants the water sign Cancer. Have you ever tried running through waist high water at the beach?  However, despite this temporary curbing of Mars energy, Mars in Cancer is tenaciously protective of home and family, and will fight like a mama bear if either of these areas feels threatened. Security is another Cancerian theme, and the next six weeks would be a great time to fortify both home and financial security. It’s also a wonderful time to nest and enjoy your surroundings. Make your home comfortable and pleasing. Invite friends and family over, and entertain at home.

Venus moves into one of her two home signs –Taurus – from June 6th until July 5th. This is a comfortable, sensual placement for the Goddess of Love. After the bombast of Venus in Aries, the pace becomes more gentle and unhurried. Now’s the time to indulge in the pleasures of the senses: massage, dance, sex, good food and wine, digging in the garden. It’s a time to exhale, and count one’s blessings. Mars and Venus run closely together until around the 17th, in a productive, easy going sextile (this aspect perfects on June 9th, the full Moon). Mercury also enters one of its home signs on June 6th, as it flits into Gemini until the 23rd. This opens us to new conversations, socializing, short trips and learning something new. Take a workshop, go for that coffee you keep promising a friend, read a new book.

June 9th brings us the only full Moon of the year in Sagittarius. The mood is optimistic, buoyant and joyful. Our sights are set on distant horizons and new quests: education and travel plans unfold. Adventure calls: we may be craving more freedom in a certain area of our lives, and we’re in just the frame of mind to take a leap of faith. We’re drawn to philosophical fireside conversations and spending time outside. Something may come to fruition or to a culmination. An answer, a word, a message you’ve been waiting for decides the next leg of your journey. Sagittarius’ ruling planet Jupiter goes direct on the day of this full Moon, underlining the Sagittarian theme. It may be a turn the corner moment, a sudden revelation, or like you finally have the map you’ve been wishing for.

Between June 14th-15th Saturn in Sagittarius opposes the Sun in Gemini. You might feel over extended financially, or commit to spending on what is important. There may be a temporary mood of seriousness that pervades now. You may face an obstacle or reality check. It’s not the best time to ask for a loan, an extension or a favor. If you’re planning on doing this, do it in the in the first week of June while the aspects are much more easy going. Just remember that this aspect will pass quickly.

Neptune stations retrograde on June 16th, saturating the collective in Neptunian energy for a few days. On one hand this can be spiritually uplifting, numinous, and creatively inspiring. On the other, the murky waters of Neptune can also dazzle and deceive. It all depends on what you do with it. Things and people are not always what they seem, and it’s easy to get swept away by a person, an ideal or an idea. Remain mindful.

On June 20th, at 9:24 pm PDT (June 21st at 12:24 am EDT) the Sun enters Cancer, which heralds the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. For Sun sign Cancers, happy birthday! Cancer is a cardinal water sign, meaning it is a sign that begins a new season, and relates to the flowing, compassionate element of water.  The Cancer archetype is intimately connected to the emotional, nurturing, intuitive realm of feelings. During Cancer season, we are more tuned in to subjective internal currents. Themes center around home, security, feelings, family and emotional connections with those close to us. Mercury also enters Cancer on June 21st, and we might be feeling nostalgic, reflective and wanting to stay close to home or travel to spend time with family.

The new Moon this month occurs on June 23rd, in the sign of Cancer. As always, new Moons are a time to hit the reset button in some area of our lives. A time to start fresh, plant seeds and cast our new intentions out into the universe.

Solstice blessings!

Planetary Ingresses and Lunations June 2017 (all times PDT)

June 4th    9:16 am Mars enters Cancer

June 6th    12:27 am Venus enters Taurus

June 6th    3:15 pm Mercury enters Gemini

June 9th    6:10 am Full Moon 18° Sagittarius 53’

June 9th    7:04 am Jupiter stations direct 13° Libra 13’ D

June 16th  4:10 am Neptune stations retrograde 14° Pisces 16’ Rx

June 20th  9:24 pm Sun enters Cancer/Summer Solstice

June 21st   2:58 am Mercury enters Cancer

June 23rd  7:31 pm New Moon 2° Cancer 47’

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