|Dear friends,Mercury turns retrograde this month, but that’s not all – by the end of June we will have five planets in retrograde motion. I wrote a special article just to help you to understand what this means, and you can find it here.
Essentially, this is a time to look back into the past and reflect on where you have been and what that means for where you are in your life now.
The present moment is the only moment that is real, and we can change our experience in an instant by adjusting our thoughts and attitudes. Mercury is the planet of thought and communication and teaches us this lesson in June.
Retrogrades serve an important purpose – they encourage us, sometimes force us! to learn from the past. These periods of slow progress and inner contemplation offer us an opportunity to learn more about the present and create a more satisfying future.
News from me:
I am back to a regular reading schedule, but I do have a number of trips planned this summer so there is still about a two-week wait for appointments. I can usually fit in a shorter session with less notice, so don’t hesitate to ask if you don’t see a time that works for you.
Now on to the Planetary Illuminations report:
The complete article can be found on my website here. This email contains an abridged simplification that is easier to understand and read, but you will find the complete details, along with the list of planetary events for the month, in the online version.
Usual housekeeping stuff:
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Summary for June 2014
Mercury will turn retrograde on June 7th. Mercury is in Cancer at the point where it retrogrades but will move into mutable Gemini, Mercury’s own sign, by the 17th and remain there until after it turns direct again on July 1. In Gemini Mercury can easily adapt to changes of direction which will help to lubricate any changes required as we turn to the past to revisit old decisions that may need to be revised, or to remodel our house or reassess our future plans.
Most of the planetary interactions in June are smaller and faster moving, so we will be seeing less of the dramatic shifts and strange patterns of the past few months. The only exception is the conclusion of the harmonious grand trine in water which ends this month (read more about that supportive process here).
Expect to be more interested in food and nutrition-related matters this month as Ceres turns retrograde. Care for the body is the domain of Ceres, and any places where this care is deficient will be noted now!
June 4th is a wonderful day to spend with loved ones or in creative pursuits. The urge for creative expression is heightened and the desire for inner peace becomes stronger.
On June 6th we are inspired to make a change – we are filled with new ideas and ways of looking at our world.
Mercury turns retrograde June 7th. Over the next few weeks try to pay more attention to the words you use, and be cautious when making purchases or signing contracts. It is very easy to overlook the details during Mercury retrograde periods.
The 8th is a day for healing – areas of our psyche or physical body which need healing may be illuminated now, and relationships are intensified. Everything may seem more urgent and important today.
On the 9th we will want to pay attention to the foods we eat and the ways in which the physical body is nourished. Neptune begins its six months in retrograde that day too, encouraging us to slow down our external awareness and turn within for spiritual sustenance and nurture.
The Sagittarius Full Moon takes place on June 13th. As with all Full Moons, the Moon in Sagittarius opposing the Gemini Sun. The Gemini/Sagittarius polarity encourages us to balance our curiosity about the world (Gemini) with the need to look for the essence of truth in the world around us (Sagittarius).
Healing and wisdom in our relationships is facilitated during this Full Moon, but a Saturn aspect emphasizes our obligations and responsibilities to the people around us. We may feel under this combination of influences that our duties to others interfere with our soul’s need to be free to seek experiences that teach us and some adjustment will need to be made in order to find balance betwen the two.
A challenging Mars aspect during the Full Moon could energize us to creatively transform our lives through the sheer force of our will. This aspect can also bring up repressed anger ( and rage. Fortunately a larger harmonious cycle of healing and building good structures will help to ensure that we are able to move through challenges to the healing process.
June 16th is generally favorable and could bring a significant event that helps us to stay on our correct path.
On the 17th Mercury retrogrades back into Gemini where it will remain until after it turns direct and moves back into Cancer. For the rest of the month communication matters will be a little easier despite the retrograde, since Mercury in Gemini is very adaptable to changing situations.
The 17th and 18th brings a couple of days of lovely interpersonal harmony. This is a beautiful time for planning difficult conversations, or for bringing people together for any purpose. Between the 16th and 23rd we may find ourselves coming face to face with an uncomfortable situation which we have avoided in the past so that we can work it out this time around, so these two days of harmony will help to soften any difficulties.
The mind is awakened on the 19th and mental efforts are facilitated. This is an excellent time for business efforts.
On the 21st the Sun enters Cancer, marking the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and the turning of the seasons.
Venus moves into Gemini on the 23rd, and for the next few weeks communication will be the key to unlocking our interpersonal relationships. We may find ourselves meeting new people and desiring to expand our circle of acquaintances.
Between the 23rd and 26th or so we will feel a strong urge to break free of restriction and rebel against the status quo. During this time our behavior can become more reckless and we can be more accident prone. Watch for arguments and accidents under this influence.
This dynamic is embedded in the chart for the New Moon in Cancer, suggesting that the desire to find a place of emotional safety that Cancer inspires will be somewhat minimized by the need to find an independent expression of one’s ‘life now. However, another more supportive aspect will help to foster a deeper understanding of where our life is really headed and facilitate the integration of these conflicting influences.
The New Moon in Cancer seeks to find a place of solace and comfort, either in the personal family, the community, the “tribe,” the nation. There is a desire to connect and to nurture, and to find nurturing as well. The disruptive dynamic mentioned above calls on us to break out of our established ideas of what gives us that solace and comfort, to find a new way of nurturing our loved ones and ourselves that goes beyond the traditions of our communities.
A harmonious Neptune event in the New Moon chart will help to unlock the mysteries, and open up our hearts so that wisdom can make a home there. New Moons are time to forge new beginnings, and this New Moon inspires us to forge new pathways in our connections with our loved ones. Patterns that provided comfort in the past no longer work in the same way, and new patterns must be created in order to find increased compassion and connection.
Mercury will be slowing down at the end of the month in preparation for its direct turn on July 1st. The end of the month is a great time to look back and assess anything that has not yet been completed. Once Mercury turns direct our attention will be redirected into the future where we will have an opportunity for a fresh start.
Peace and best wishes,