June 2019 Forecast

When I look at the aspects for June of this year, I see two overarching themes playing out. One is shown through the mutable energy of Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces: gathering knowledge and remaining open to change, and therefore resilient. The second theme is a reason to cultivate resilience: the lead-up to our especially hard-hitting Cancer-Capricorn eclipse season in July.

June, then, is a time to stay flexible and shift course a bit if necessary, in the spirit of resilience. What challenges you in these next two months will be similar to the challenges you faced in January of this year, when we had our first round of 2019 eclipses. Trust your intuition to tell you whether it’s better to move to high ground or stay and ride out the storm.

If you follow other astrologers and people who occasionally reference astrology in their writings, you will hear them talking about the challenges of this cycle. Be aware that June and July will probably be hard, for some more than others. If you have seen me for a personal consultation this year, you will remember that we talked about this! But also be aware that active cycles are not always “bad,” and tranquil cycles are not always “good.” For example, I have some exciting personal commitments scheduled for this month. Self-development like this always requires effort. My hope is that my endeavors will change my life in positive ways, but I also know that inner work is challenging. A lot of productive change happens in the grind of active astrological conditions. This is an active cycle. Consider that for a moment in a neutral light, and decide what sort of action you need to take. Stay agile. Cultivate resilience.

On June 2, Venus in Taurus is trine Pluto in Capricorn. Take stock of the resources at your disposal. Trust in your ability to change the status quo and overcome your obstacles. Early in the morning on June 3 (at sunrise in Brooklyn), we have our astrological new moon at 12.34 Gemini. This moon is ruled by Mercury, also in Gemini, so it’s all about gathering information, questioning what we know, and communicating ideas. With the moon square Neptune in Pisces, we do have to take care with the information we receive, asking ourselves: is it accurate? Does it come from a reliable source? Is there self-delusion here? However, with our critical faculties in use, this can be an excellent new moon for imagining original, dream-worthy intentions to act on throughout the lunar cycle.

Get ready to say goodbye to that brief period when we had Mercury in his home sign of Gemini AND Venus in her home sign of Taurus. On June 4, Mercury leaves Gemini for Cancer. Mercury in Cancer is empathetic and emotional, able to speak the languages of poetry and feeling. Mercury will also be involved in this strong series of Cancer-Capricorn oppositions, so sometimes those feelings are going to be intense. On June 8, Venus leaves Taurus for Gemini. Venus in Gemini is attracted to variety and inspired by good conversations. She’s here to show you all of the many attractive options that will help you stay agile and resilient.

Both the sun and Venus in Gemini are involved in a series of mutable T-squares, squaring Neptune in Pisces while opposing Jupiter in Sagittarius. The sun makes this T-square first, on June 9 and 10. Venus follows on June 23 and 24. This series of aspects bookends our second exact Jupiter-Neptune square of this year, on June 16. So all throughout this month, you are being asked: is your optimism helping you to manifest a dream or are you engaged in self-delusion? Use the information you gather to make thoughtful choices that help you to actualize your dreams...not just dream them. Regarding the first Jupiter-Neptune square on January 13th, I wrote: In its most positive form, Jupiter square Neptune will spur us to seek out our dreams. This can actually be a wonderful transit to pair with all of Capricorn’s structure. Anchor yourself with a plan that keeps you from floating too far out to sea.

Speaking of anchoring yourself with Capricorn’s structure, we get a whole lot of Cancer-Capricorn opposition mid-month. Mars meets the north node in Cancer and makes an opposition to Saturn in Capricorn, as well as a trine to Neptune, on the 14th. Then Mercury follows suit on the 16th. This is all happening at the same time as the Jupiter-Neptune square, so mark mid-June for “hot” spaceweather. Anything involving Saturn in Capricorn is going to be a reality check. Delusion is not an option in 2019; we are dealing with reality like true adults. Remember that as I have said before, “The north node points the wise way forward. It is a council of wise elders convening; the matriarchs speaking up to remind us what we care about.” Orient yourself in the direction of practical wisdom.

Early in the morning (EST) on June 17, we have our full moon at 25.53 Sagittarius. This lunation is conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius for some excellent luck, and still involved in that dream-seeking Jupiter-Neptune square. While you’re orienting yourself in the direction of wisdom and making all those thoughtful choices to realize your dreams, why not do a little magic for some good luck to help you out? Seeking knowledge, understanding, abundance, good fortune, and glamour are all options for this lunation.

It doesn’t stop there. Mercury and Mars form an exact conjunction in Cancer on June 18 and make an exact opposition to Pluto on the 19th. Pluto in Capricorn is all about old-fashioned power. With the planet of communication and the planet of action in a sign that deals with emotions, we have some potentially powerful, emotional talk happening on these days. It could also be a struggle to communicate. There could be barriers to action, since Mars in Cancer is less potent than Mars in other signs. For mastery of this transit, look to empower yourself and protect those who are vulnerable.

On June 21st, we have the summer solstice, when the sun enters the sign of Cancer. Neptune also stations retrograde on this day. Neptune will appear to travel back over the degrees from 19 to 16 Pisces before stationing direct on November 27th. As with all outer-planet retrogrades, this happens once a year and is unlikely to feel personal unless you have personal planets or points between 19-16 degrees of mutable signs, in which case you may encounter some additional “fog” on your course.

Saturn makes another exact conjunction to the south node on June 23rd. This happened on May 20th. Look to that day for an indication of what might be coming. The cycles repeat, but always in a spiral, so that you receive the lesson in different variations as you learn. Saturn with the south node in Capricorn is about dealing with the shadow-side of tradition. We haven’t finished yet, and we’ll still be doing it in July. So continue to ask yourself, which traditions must be protected, and which ones need to evolve? What’s lurking in the shadows of our traditions? And again, listen to wise elders who can show you the way forward.

Lastly, Mercury enters Leo on June 26th. Mercury here is a creative communicator: loud, performative, and fun. Yay for some fun! In the last week of June, use what you’ve learned to prepare for our upcoming eclipses on July 2 and 16, as well as the next Mercury retrograde in Leo-Cancer, from July 7th through the 31st. The biggest challenge comes in July. Use June for preparation, agility, and resilience.

April 2019 Forecast

 
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April is the month of Fools, and with Mercury conjunct Neptune this April Fool’s Day (technically exact on the 2nd), that’s especially true this year. The origins of this odd Western holiday are unclear. Nevertheless, it evokes the archetype of the Fool: clown, comedian, innocent, and wise man. This is a card of starting off on new adventures, of the sacred naivete of someone who knows that they know nothing, and of the willingness to take a risk. The Fool speaks in riddles, especially when Mercury in Pisces meets Neptune. As we make our way through the month, consider the wisdom of childlike play.

We have a dark moon at 15 Aries on April 5th. This moon squares Saturn in Capricorn, indicating that making a brave new beginning with this lunar cycle will require us to overcome challenges. Saturn is the set of weights you have to lift to build muscle or the schedule to which you stay accountable when you want to accomplish an important project. His influence is not inherently bad; it just always spells hard work. Only (non-sacred) fools think they can get everything they want without working for it. Set the intention to overcome a challenge with this new moon. Then, do the work throughout this lunar cycle.

We still have Venus in Pisces for most of this month, giving us more fantastical, musical mermaid vibes. Mercury is still in Pisces for most of April too, and though this sign is not an easy fit for this planet, the placement does speak of unusual creativity. Muting Mercury’s “normal” logic and speed results in slow, unexpected poetry. Both Mercury and Venus take turns sextiling Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn (from the 7th through the 14th). These Pisces-Capricorn sextiles are somewhat friendly offerings to take what we learned during the weird Piscean March of 2019, take responsibility for what we can control, and use our imaginations to transform circumstances.

Jupiter stations retrograde at 24 Sagittarius on April 10th. We have a lot of hype about retrogrades right now, so relax, because Jupiter is retrograde for about five months every year. If you have natal Jupiter retrograde, you’re in good company. Jupiter Rx is still jovial. You can still be ambitious and test your luck. This retrograde period will take Jupiter from 24 to 15 degrees of Sagittarius, stationing direct on August 11th. You can time positive shifts with the retrograde and direct stations of this maximalist planet. Use this retrograde to review what you learned from mid-January through April, to revisit past adventures, and to prepare for future opportunities. If you fall off your horse, just get right back on.

At the same time, the sun in Aries begins squaring everything in Capricorn, starting with Saturn on April 10th. Aries season is all about new adventures, beginnings, and winning. Aries likes to be first. So in between the dark moon in Aries and our upcoming full moon in Libra, we must meet yet another set of challenges. Play to win. When the sun squares the moon’s nodes on the 12th and Pluto on the 13th, make sure that you’re playing the game for the right reasons. What are you nurturing? Why do you care?

As we make our way to the full moon mid-month, Mercury and Venus square Jupiter from Pisces (on the 12th and 15th). This set of squares has us looking at our dreams again—are we dreaming big enough? Too big? Envision what you might dare to do with the rest of the time that Jupiter is in Sagittarius. Start making your biggest plans for the final push when Jupiter is direct (August 11th through December 2nd). The sun makes a trine to Jupiter from Aries on the 15th, an aspect that speaks of energy, adventure, luck, and fun.

On the 17th, Mercury finally leaves Pisces and moves into Aries. Mercury here is original, opinionated, direct, and quick to make a decision. So if you’ve been mulling over something while Mercury floated through Pisces, you may figure it out fast once he gets into Aries. Mercury meets Chiron immediately (exact on the 19th), so prepare to think and maybe even talk about healing your personal wound of authenticity, rage, or masculinity.

Our full moon this month is at the last degree of Libra, on April 19th. This one squares Pluto in Capricorn, indicating a transformative transition. The moon also opposes Uranus in Taurus, which combined with the Pluto square, takes the late-Libra placements in the room right back to the change-making earthquakes of 2012 - 2015. During that time, all of the Cardinal signs were engaged in major life changes. This is now, not then, so the key difference is that Uranus is in Taurus instead of Aries. We’re growing something sustainably innovative now.

The next day, April 20th, the sun enters Taurus and meets Uranus (exact conjunction on the 22nd). All of the Uranian Bull themes—rewilding ourselves and our world, hedonistic innovations, and pleasure revolutions—are highlighted with the sun here. When the sun is in Taurus, we begin to feel the real warmth of spring. Things will heat up fast with Uranus involved.

Also on the 20th, Venus moves into Aries and meets Chiron (exact conjunction on the 23rd). Venus in Aries is independent. Though Venus is a planet of relationship, Aries is the sign of self, so here she is more focused on herself and has difficulty sometimes relating to others. However, Venus here is fun, adventurous, and passionate. When she is with Chiron, we feel that wound of identity healing. Do your best to relate to others who may struggle with similar wounds at this time.

We have two more outer planets station retrograde at the end of the month. Pluto stations retrograde at 23 degrees of Capricorn on the 24th. This is another one that happens for five months every year, and it’s nothing to worry about. Pluto’s retrograde period is a time to reflect on power—how you’re empowering or disempowering yourself and/or others—and the various death-rebirth cycles we all go through as we change in life. Pluto will station direct at 21 degrees of Capricorn on October 3rd.

On the 29th, Saturn stations retrograde at 21 degrees of Capricorn. Again, this is a planet that stations retrograde every year for about 4 ½ months. It’s normal to have outer planet retrogrades, and it’s also normal to have them retrograde at the same time, so this is all business as usual. When Saturn stations retrograde, we become more aware of our limitations and responsibilities. Saturn will station direct at 14 degrees of Capricorn on September 18th. While Saturn backtracks over the middle degrees of his home sign, we can review what we’ve accomplished, address setbacks, and plan the next leg of our climb up this mountain. You want to be making uphill progress, not leaping off mountain cliffs without a parachute. Carry with you the sacred innocence of a fool beginning new adventures this month—along with the wisdom you’ve accumulated so far.

Image Credit: The Fool, The Magician Longs to See Tarot by Benjamin Mackey

Jupiter in Sagittarius: A Year of Expansion

Jupiter is in Sagittarius from November 8, 2018 - December 2, 2019

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Jupiter, King of the Gods, is returning to his throne in Sagittarius, one of the two signs he rules. Where Jupiter is in your chart, you are blessed. Where Jupiter transits, you have protection for one year in that area of life, and the lessons will mirror the qualities of that sign.

Sagittarius, sign of the archer, is represented by a kaleidoscope of archetypes. One isn’t enough; after all, this sign likes to do things big! Sagittarius is the archer, but also the centaur, the wanderer or nomad, the student, the professor, the philosopher, and the sage. Sagittarius is the sign most interested in Truth with a capital T. Fiery, freedom-loving Sag is searching for the answers to the biggest questions, like Who is God? And what is the meaning of life? Sagittarius explores far and wide in search of ideals to live by and new ways of thinking about the world. No place is too extreme for the Explorer to see; no amount of information is ever going to be enough. There is always an exciting, new frontier for Sag to explore! This is a sign ruled by Jupiter, planet of optimism, expansion, and learning.

Last time Jupiter was in Sagittarius, from November 25, 2006 to December 19, 2007, we began the fourth International Polar Year (IPY). This continued an international initiative set forth in 1882 to study the Earth’s polar regions. The fourth IPY was the largest, most comprehensive campaign of its kind ever mounted. Jupiter here loves to explore to the ends of the earth. Last time Jupiter was in this sign, the advent of the iPhone changed the world. The United States got our first female Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi), international events ruled the news, and the U.N. adopted the Declaration of Indigenous Peoples. We also saw a major heatwave in Europe (Jupiter overdoing things in a fire sign!) and the growth of an overly optimistic bubble, right before the economic crash of 2008.

This year, with Jupiter in Sagittarius, global politics and indigenous peoples will get more attention. The migrant crisis, spiritual ideals, and isolationism vs. globalism are all sure to stay center stage. The danger with the philosopher in the sign of Truth is that some will become overzealous, forgetting to stay open-minded and believing that they have a claim on Truth itself. However, when used well, Jupiter in Sagittarius can open minds and spark generosity. Optimistic ideas for helping the world are always welcome while Jupiter is here. For many, this could still be a lucky year, one where we are so protected from bad fortune that we may not even realize how lucky we are.

One thing is for certain: when Jupiter moves into Sag, life expands. The planet of luck is free to hand out gifts and opportunities, and expand all good things. The key with Jupiter is looking for the luck, and then taking advantage of it! Believing in the possibility of abundance is crucial to receiving abundance. If we envision what we want and believe we can have it, we are much more likely to attain our desires.

Think back to what you were doing in 2007. Those themes are coming around again. Your teacher, Jupiter, will build on the old lessons with some new knowledge. He'll protect you while you explore new places or ideas, expand an area of your life, or take a risk to get what you want. How you use this transit depends on your chart. I only have one word of warning: be careful that optimism doesn’t tip over into delusion. You're protected to a point, but you can also overdo it. With Jupiter squaring Neptune in Pisces this year, it’s possible to get lost in the dream and forget to take action. It’s also possible to be so unrealistic that you become excessive and start having a little too much fun, or take way too big a risk. Aim the arrow at your dream and then figure out how you can hit your target this year (without shooting yourself in the foot!)

Here's what’s coming up for you with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Aries: You’re starting a year-long cycle of exploring possibility. You might be learning, teaching, developing a spiritual practice, traveling the world, publishing, or performing. The sky’s the limit! Dream of expanding your life in the next year. Welcome the inevitable changes.

Taurus: You’re starting a year-long cycle of mysterious luck. You may encounter opportunities to increase your wealth, develop a closer relationship with someone special, let go of hidden blocks, or transform a part of your life. Envision transformation for the year to come.

Gemini: You’re starting a year-long cycle of luck in love. Jupiter brings opportunities to meet new people if you’re single, and good luck that comes through a partner if you’re already matched. Your good fortune can also manifest in a close friendship, or even a business partnership that brings happiness to both of you. Envision the kind of partnership you want to have. Imagine how your life will look with this other person, and dream big!

Cancer: You’re starting a year-long cycle of protecting your health and receiving opportunities for more joy in your life. You may have opportunities at work, create luck for yourself through ritual or magic, develop a spiritual practice that supports your health, and/or find more freedom by creating your own daily schedule. However you want this to manifest, Jupiter promises to keep you busy!

Leo: You’re starting a year-long cycle of increased joy, romance, and pleasure. You may be offered opportunities to play with creative projects, meet fun people, travel for pleasure, have a child, or spend time with children. Envision what would make your life more fun as you begin this cycle. Practice gratitude for the happiness you already have, and imagine the possibilities for an even more joyful future.

Virgo: You’re starting a year-long cycle of expanding your home and perhaps growing your family. Jupiter could bring opportunities to move, good luck with buying a home, or happiness and joy in family life. Such luck could extend to life with a significant partner, too. Visualize the home you want to have.

Libra: You’re starting a year-long cycle of opportunities for learning, writing, and speaking. Imagine how you will use your voice when given a platform on which to speak. Imagine what it is you would like to learn, or what you would like to say. You may even envision how your communication could become a part of your daily life and work. Think big! Jupiter likes a large project.

Scorpio: When Jupiter moves from your sign into Sagittarius, your good luck is not gone. Your newfound confidence will help you see opportunities to increase your income and acquire things of value. You are interested in power, and money is one of the forms that power takes. This year, empower yourself financially, with skills, knowledge, and magic that bring you money. Consider ways of stepping into your own abilities that will empower others in turn.

Sagittarius: When Jupiter enters your sign, it is the beginning of a truly lucky year. After some difficult times, now you will receive a boost in confidence, and the chance to make some deeply rooted dreams come true. Envision the possibilities for your future. Think big; be adventurous. And take heart—you are on the threshold of joy!

Capricorn: You’re starting a year-long cycle of private, inner contemplation. The adventures of your imagination will take precedence over the external, career-focused activities in your life. Your dreams are about to become much more lively! Begin a spiritual, dream-centered, or imaginative practice to expand your inner life in the coming year.

Aquarius: You’re starting a year-long cycle of expanding your community. Opportunities will come through social networks, and you will feel optimistic, even joyful, about your sense of belonging with these groups. Set intentions to seek out other people who share your ideals this year. True fortune lies in friendship.

Pisces: You’re starting a year-long cycle of big opportunities in your career. Envision the best possible scenario for your vocation. Even dreams of fame and fortune could be within reach, if you hold true to your vision and take advantage of the luck that comes your way. The hardest part may be finding clarity about what you want. Take some time to choose a target for the arrows of your desire, and aim high.