June astrology column by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

June 2011

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of June focuses on the powerful summer eclipses plus once again the important T-square of outer planets Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, along with a stationing Neptune in the first degree of its sign.

These next three months will see the closest square yet between Uranus and Pluto. Beginning with the Solar Eclipse of June 1st and through to the very end of August, the pressures of the times that we are already seeing will build dramatically. As Uranus and Pluto, and Saturn also, continue to form the arms of a vice or the pot and lid of a giant pressure cooker they enable us to squeeze through the narrow passage of a birth canal that we would otherwise be unable to pass. In another way of looking at it, there are necessary changes that we must make in our own lives and in the life of the society around us that will not be made without the dire extremity that renders them if not palatable at least possible to digest. The radical transformative pressure of Pluto in combination with Saturn and Uranus are catalyzing changes that we all know are needed but which we might have trouble springing for if times were flowing more easily.

The presence of Neptune in Pisces, stationing early this month and aspected by Uranus and by Jupiter as well, lends a spiritual quality to the proceedings and also makes for a large degree of confusion surrounding what exactly is happening. The June 1st and July 1st Solar Eclipses aspect Saturn as well as Pluto, so that the conservative backlash to revolutionary change that we have been seeing from the public squares of the Middle East to the halls of congress will also continue in intensified form over a politically heated summer.

The Solar Eclipse of June 1st closely trines Saturn and forms an inconjunct to Pluto, bringing their square into far greater prominence. We are likely to see conservative elements greatly intensified. Since Saturn is at this moment in a biquintile yod with Mars and Chiron, the difficulties and painful qualities of this situation are also likely to become apparent. Meanwhile Uranus lurks only a few degrees away from its forming square with Pluto, so that the motivation for necessary revolutionary change becomes more intensified over the course of June and then on into July.

The Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse of Wednesday, June 15th, might make for a more peaceful resting place between the Solar Eclipses, since Neptune in Pisces, now retrograde, is triggered by Jupiter and Uranus. This goes for the Summer Solstice of June 21st as well, which will be a particularly spiritually enlivened moment in time. There is a joyful quality to the middle of the month as we concentrate on positive solutions rather than the obvious problems that plague us.

Then the last week of the month, culminating in the Solar Eclipse and New Moon of Friday, July 1st, once again brings the Uranus-Pluto square into sharp prominence. The long hot summer that follows, the first of several more still to come, might have similarities to that of the Watts riots of 1965 which was the kick-off to the revolutionary ardor of the late sixties. In all this we must remember that the chaos that we are seeing in the society at large, and potentially in our own lives as well, is but the prelude to an unknown birth. We have the opportunity now to move in either direction, to a higher or to a lower state of consciousness and choice. With the grace of Spirit and with our own best efforts we can try to make this special time that we are living through count for the highest.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). The beat of massive change continues, Aries.  As the pressure for total transformation grows, so too does your understanding of what you are up to, from the largest possible perspective. You are gathering the resources that you will need for your next stage of personal evolution, not least of which is the willingness to go there. You are both inspired and forward-looking at this time, discovering surprising enlightenment around each corner, and yet holding back somewhat. Communication is key. You are encountering a conservative trend within you perhaps enacted by significant partners in your life, and secretly embodying your own balancing tendencies. By see-sawing in this way you are nevertheless steadily moving onward, integrating boundless enthusiasm with a more practical and grounded sense of both forward momentum and the limitations to your progress.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a powerful time for you, Taurus, one filled with numinous grace and yet practical concerns as well that can come to dominate your thinking if you let them. What currently focalizes your attention is your concept of available resources. You are successfully fighting off perceived lack with the help of the inspiration of angel guidance from the depths of your psyche, slowly transforming your perspective as you prepare to more fully enter a major new phase. Service to others around you is an important touchstone. You have reached a plateau of relative comfort in the midst of change. It’s been a long road to where you have currently aligned yourself and it is a longer one still to go, but the truest joy is not with the arrival but the journeying.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Spring is popping for you Gemini, both physically and metaphorically. Yet even as you reach for adventurous exploration, you are solidifying a more conservatively centered sense of yourself. New beginnings are powerfully constellated at this juncture. You will find that the cosmically illuminated component of your existence is calling you forward even more poignantly then the merely physical side that is occupied with the routine details of life and living. Although you are also fraught with second guessing, so that with another part of yourself you are holding back, there can be great satisfaction in your drift toward the mystical and the numinous. The tension of these opposite tendencies is creative, and leads you forward, by fits and starts, to precisely the place that you have needed all this time to go.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is your season, Cancer, and it is up to you to make the most of it. The eclipses of June provide seismic shocks that lead you to inner realizations that are startling and also life-changing. You are being called upon to exercise worldly activities in a new way that takes Spirit more fully into account. You could be rocking your existence after the June 21st Summer Solstice, although leading up to that time you are far more internally centered. This has been an interesting spring for you, as you weather the storms of major shake-ups and gather your energies to expand your capabilities in a truly mystical fashion. You wind up by assuming all the consensus thinking that has lead you to this point and then going beyond it.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Leo, when you will have flashes of new insights and get a better handle on future direction. Your wishes are powerful now so you must choose wisely. As you feel the future moving toward you at express-train speed, new perspectives abound, including negative imaginings. The glass feels at times half-empty, at times half-full, and mostly overflowing. This is wonderfully exciting from the standpoint of revolutionary ardor and ultimately of spiritual development. Your task is to sort out, as carefully as you are able, the wheat of true evolutionary experience from the chaff of spinning your wheels, which includes illusion and even delusion. If you can achieve that you will be sitting pretty, or at least as pretty as you can, in this challenging and stimulating new world.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an excellent month for you, Virgo, especially if you enjoy being shot out of a cannon. After a period of relative stagnation, there are changes that you are now ready to make and multifaceted talents to dive into. A fundamental instability at the very core of your being is scary but productive. Even though the outcome is uncertain, there is no time like the present for exploiting your opportunities and moving forward. You are still held back by perhaps too great a reliance on the solid ground of what you already know, so that the progress that you seek must stitch together all your assets, including past beliefs and impossible dreams and longings. Once you get over your natural hesitation, it is a vibrant and exciting future that awaits you.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Libra. Transformation is coming, sometimes fast and sometimes more slowly, as you prepare to enter into a brave new world of your own devising. You are moving with quiet deliberation now, placing each foot ahead of the other with carefully thought out intention, and yet each step hopefully aligning in a generally forward direction. Intimacy with others around you and especially with yourself is a rapidly moving target but one well worth pursuing as you feel your way forward. You are seeing the world in an entirely different fashion these days, and that changed vision paves the road ahead of you as you slide along into more rapid movement over the course of an intense summer still to come.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are in this world but not of it right now, Scorpio, feeling your way forward in a dreamy period of time where nothing is entirely what it seems. You are engaged in real-world activities it’s true, especially those concerned with significant partnership connections in your life, but one part of your mind is elsewhere. You recognize that you are on the road to important life development and that it takes a fully integrated self to achieve it. You might be missing that boat when you feel yourself slipping into old tapes of conditioning or automatic responses corresponding to consensus thinking or to the lack of creative thought. You do better by making your own headway, in your own fashion, and you help the world to transform around you when you do.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Welcome to the patterns that connect, Sagittarius. There are moments in your awareness when others in your universe become quite important almost in spite of yourself, and this is one of them. Relationship is a big item for you this month but the truly startling news is the way that helpful partners and the input from your surroundings filter in to enhance your own ongoing set of realizations and transformations. These in the end involve nothing less than a wholesale revisioning and revitalizing of your entire basis for self-knowledge and for finding emotional security in this world. You are moving slowly in the direction of greater reliance on Spirit inside you for providing the answers and although you can momentarily dam it up there is nothing that can ultimately stop this flow.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are both outer and inner oriented right now, Capricorn. The information comes over you in waves and can be entirely confusing, or else ignored, and then seems to recede once again into non-awareness. While you are firmly in the saddle you are out there rising so successfully and so far ahead of the pack that it might tend to get a little lonely. But inside you feel stirrings of a vastly different nature that can alert you to more radical changes still to come. This year and next represent a huge changing of the guard that ultimately serves your own best interest although it might not seem that way in the turbulence of going over the waterfall. These next few weeks of summer are the doorway into a new world.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a huge month for progress, Aquarius, but it is progress of an unusual kind. Your creativity is on fire with loads of artistic production going on and also realizations regarding how the world around you ticks. Your energy is focused more than usual on home and family and the exploration of your inner world. Past patterns of behavior could come to light as a result and be up for review and revision. This all serves to further an incipient transformation of ideals and values that has been ongoing but underground and now burgeoning to the surface of your awareness. You are fully present to the world of events and circumstances but it is your own changing internal compass to which you are ultimately attuned.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an unusual month for you at the beginning of an unusual summer, Pisces. You are paradoxically making rapid progress and yet remaining somewhat stuck in the mud, doing well and enjoying life and yet conflicted. You are comfortable in your own skin and reaching out to others around you in new ways. You are also conscious of the places of insufficiency that you can discover at the deepest layers of your being when you take the trouble to look closely. Home and family concerns are key for you right now, and the information that you get from others helps you find your own way. You win when you accept everything and take it all extremely seriously and also lightly, trusting in the ultimate beneficence of the surrounding cosmos to take you home.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

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