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

March 2019 Forecast

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March is going to be weird this year. It’s one heady, cosmic ocean of feelings and psychedelic spiritual experiences, with some retrograde time travel thrown into the mix. Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Mad March hares. It’s like we’ve all been pushing ourselves so hard with our Saturn-in-Capricorn work ethic for the past two months that now we’re going way past taking a mental health day and disappearing into another universe for a tight three weeks. There are opportunities for the kind of awakening healing that takes ages of pain and releases it all at once. So leave the desk early; get some sleep. Listen to your dreams, schedule some reiki, read your rhymes at a poetry slam with accompaniment from a theremin ensemble–whatever it is that you do to vibe with the deeply sensitive energies of Pisces season. Just don’t get lost in the ether.

Venus starts the party on March 1st when she moves into Aquarius. In Aqua, she’s a lot less traditional than she is in Capricorn, but equally as distant. Venus here needs space from others to think, because this is the sign of genius flowing fresh inspiration to the masses. Venus in Aqua is out there: unconventional in love and creativity. In a recent email to subscribers, I referred to Aqua Venus as “a brilliant non-binary cyborg in an intergalactic polyamorous triad, getting direct downloads of creative genius from some future alien muse.” So that starts us off on an unusual month.

Then on March 5th, Mercury stations retrograde at 29 Pisces. He’ll be retro until he stations direct at on the 28th. As I said in February, Mercury in this sign is a poet, floating dreamily in the oceans of the unconscious, letting one word come through at a time. When he’s retrograde, he’s even deeper underwater, and the words take longer to float up to the surface. Good material for dancers, perhaps; not so great for tax appointments and conference calls. But we know this about Mercury retrograde. Leave extra time for anything to do with technology, and embrace the aspects of Mercury that are more available to you during this Pisces Rx. These are: spiritual communication, magic (especially for releasing and clearing blocks), liminality, artistic expression, dreams, and synchronicity. It’s an excellent time to detox from addictive tech anyway.

The biggest news (and #1 reason for March’s high weirdness) is Uranus moving into Taurus on March 6th. Uranus was in Taurus for a kind of trial period from May through November of 2018. Look back on that time for a clue about what’s awakening in your life. Now he’s moving in for a good, long time: this transit lasts through April 25, 2026. Uranus in Taurus will awaken innovations around the environment, food, bodies, sex, and money. On a wide scale, there are positive ways for us to use Uranus in Taurus to revolutionize pleasure, “innovate” our way back to older and better ways of living with the land, and rebel against Capitalist values. In the short term, Uranus is likely to disrupt the area of your life that is awakening, and it might not feel that pleasurable at first. You can read more about this major transit in my post here. Expect unexpected events in the first week of March

On the same day of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus (March 6th), we have a new moon at 16 Pisces. This lunation is conjunct Neptune, making it especially imaginative and sensitive. The moon is low-key squaring Pisces’ other ruler Jupiter, giving this one the flavor of the Jupiter-Neptune square that challenges us to go forth and attempt to create our big dreams. Sextiles to Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus give this lunation a much-needed gravitational pull down to earth. Vesta, goddess of the sacred fires, is conjunct this moon too, giving it an added sense of the sacred. A ritual would be highly appropriate.

Mid-March is busy with transits from the Pisces sun, retrograde Mercury, and Mars in Taurus. The sun and Mercury Rx square Jupiter on the 13th - 16th, while also making a sextile to Pluto. These combined transits speak of accessing your inner sunlight to remove blocks, some of which are probably mental and/or emotional. Mars makes a trine to Saturn on the 14th, supporting the slow, grounded process of achieving these goals.

Spring Equinox this year is March 20th. As soon as the sun moves from Pisces to Aries, he meets Chiron at the first degree (exact on the 22nd). It’s another awakening transit, this time from the wounded healer, who wants to suck some of the toxic poison out of our associations with masculinity and this Mars-ruled sign. Mars trine Pluto on the 20th makes the vibe that much more intense, with its power and passion. The full moon at 0 Libra on the night of the Equinox will necessarily be opposing Chiron. This lunation is about war and peace, love and loneliness, fitting in and standing out. The pain of being misunderstood is sharply felt at this time. You need somewhere safe to express your vulnerable side, so you can be your whole self. You can read more about Chiron in Aries in my post here.

On the 21st, Venus square Mars and sextile Jupiter re-emphasizes the full moon’s message about independent self-expression. Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces a week into Aries season, so between that and all of the outer-planetary Uranus/Chiron activity, it won’t feel like the straightforward green light that Aries can sometimes be. Especially with Mercury conjunct Neptune exactly on the 24th making the whole retrograde vibe even more surreal.

On the 26th, Venus enters Pisces, sign of her exaltation. Venus in Pisces is especially charming, tender, romantic, and unconditionally devoted. We all feel the love with her in this sign. Mercury stations direct at 16 Pisces on the 28th, releasing us from the extended sleep of surreal healing. It might be a rather rude awakening: with Pluto conjunct the south node on the same day, hungry power structures aim to maintain the status quo (which doesn’t mean that they’ll succeed). Bring your futuristic Uranus-in-Taurus brainstorms and all of your Piscean collective love to the earth, because it needs them.

We close the month with a breath of fresh air. Mars leaves Taurus for Gemini on the 31st, where he seeks constant stimulation. Mars here is passionate about learning, writing, words, wit, conversation, and information in any form. Awakened from our prolonged stay in dreamland, we return to the small solaces of the mundane world and its logic.

Image Credit: Vintage late 60s to early 70s Psychedelic Blacklight Poster marked as GALAXY 1600.