Astro Doings June 2011

Hi Everyone

Fasten your seat belt!  June is going to be a very, very busy month with 3 eclipses (the last on July 1) and two planets changing direction this month. This may be one of those months were everything and everyone seems either nuts or out of sorts — or both. There is a lot of intense energy going on — so be patient with it all, especially ourselves.  As Gabriel taught us — “It came to pass; it never came to stay.”  Also remember that these eclipses can effect countries and corporations (yes, they have charts too) as well as individuals.

Eclipses

Let’s start with these. There are two solar eclipses and one lunar. Eclipses are always about major shifts in awareness and/or focus. During a solar eclipse the Moon slips between the Sun and the Earth disrupting the flow of energy (ultraviolet, radio etc) to us.  It’s sort of like rebooting your computer — or your consciousness. The degree at which the eclipse occurs remains a sensitive spot for many months (1 month for each hour of the eclipse, some say) and becomes reactivated when other planets pass over it in their orbits, otherwise known as transits.  For more specifics on how that will impact your chart, you’d need to consult an astrologer!

Solar eclipse on June 1:  This first eclipse occurs at 5:30 p.m. at 11 degrees Gemini. So anyone with any planets from 8 to 14 degrees Gemini, Aquarius, Libra, Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces will be more affected by this eclipse.  (I’ve had several people ask me about how to find the degrees on their chart. If you look inside the circle, you’ll see symbols, such as a circle with a dot in the middle or a crescent.  Next to the symbol, there is a number with a degree sign, followed by a color squiggle (the sign). The number right after the symbol before the colored squiggle is the degree. How’s that for technical???)  Solar eclipses are generally about beginning new patterns and changing levels of consciousness — hopefully up.  Gemini is about communication, perspectives, and in its highest expression the reconciliation of opposites. We will not be able to see any of the eclipses, but we most certainly will feel their energy.

Lunar eclipse on June 15:  The only lunar eclipse of the trio occurs at 4:14 p.m. at 24 degrees Sagittarius. So, people with planets at 21 to 27 degrees Sagittarius, Leo, Aries, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces will be affected more than others.  By the way, this eclipse is very close to the Galactic Center of our galaxy — our energy source, so it could be very intense. This is most definitely a time to shift our focus out even beyond our solar system to think more galactic-ally — that our Milky Way is just one of untold number of galaxies in the heavens. This eclipse can allow buried emotions and attitudes to surface — those that hold us back from truly being the lights that we are.  It also allows us to better understand what truly motivates us — not what we think motivates us or what we would like other people to think motivates us. The planet Mercury, which rules communication and our thought process and is very close to the Sun at the time of this eclipse, can assist us in seeing things from a broader perspective.  We may also become more aware (or the media may point it out to us!) where we have been deceived by manipulation of information by corporations and/or the government. Remember, Pluto is still in Capricorn.

The Barn Burner, second solar eclipse on July 1:  This eclipse closes the Cardinal T-Square and makes it a Cardinal Grand Cross in the heavens. Sun and Moon are opposite Pluto in Capricorn, square Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries. Anyone with any planet(s) from 6 to 12 degrees in any sign will be impacted. I doubt there are too many people out there without some planet in that degree range.  OK. So what does this mean?   Hide under the bed?  Not really, because the effect eclipses last for a long time — at least many months. So, Saturn talks about taking responsibility; Uranus awakens and rebels, destroying that which is outmoded; Pluto helps us deal with our fears and insecurities and shines light in hidden places; and Sun/Moon in Cancer help us to get in tune with our nurturing, physic and feminine side. The last time Uranus and Pluto were in close aspect like they are now was in the 1960’s. Remember what a calm and relaxing period that was?  This eclipse represents the start of a long period of transformation and a gateway to higher consciousness for everyone. However, it may look like chaos for awhile and some aren’t big on this new gateway — they’re kinda into the status quo (think big business). But chaos and change are what Uranus rules. It’s a wonderful time to cut away what is no longer working for you — and in that change, you will indeed change the world.

Planetary Direction Changes — No, not Mercury!

Neptune:  So, you got through the eclipse on June 1, but we’re not quite done!  On June 3 Neptune changes direction and goes into retrograde motion at 3:28 a.m.  This means that during the eclipse (and actually right now) Neptune is moving VERY slowly.  When a planet changes direction it basically stops, in this case at 1 degree Pisces, and it just pulses there for a while until it starts moving again. This puts a lot of emphasis on this degree (plus or minus 5 degrees) in Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Gemini.  Neptune softens, provides a different perspective and heightens compassion and redemption.  It also rules fog and illusion — so if you’re not totally clear about where you’re going, it may be Neptune working in your chart.

Saturn: The planet of lack, limitation, fear, structure, delay — and the most spiritual planet of our solar system because he’s our ego’s good buddy — goes direct on June 12 (just in time for the eclipse) at 11:52 p.m. He’ll be at 10 degrees Libra, so anyone with from 7 – 13 degrees Aries, Capricorn, Cancer, Aquarius or Gemini will be more impacted by this change of direction.  Again, when a planet changes direct, it basically stops.  Libra is about fairness, peace at any price, partnerships, co-dependence, balance and Saturn points out where we are not using the sign in its highest expression, which is about relating correctly to ourselves, to each other and to our planet.

The Sun enters Cancer (the Summer Solstice) on June 21st at 1:17 p.m. and Mercury goes into Cancer on the 16th.  Venus and Mars move into Gemini and Jupiter moves into Taurus, increasing our focus on Mother Earth, if we choose to use the energies of the largest planet of our solar system that way.  We can also go on extravagant shopping sprees!

So, enjoy June and be good to yourself.  Remember the stars impel, they don’t compel.

Peace,

Margaret

“The sun shines not on us, but in us.”  — John Muir

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