JUNE 2012 ASTROLOGY – Henry Seltzer

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June 2012

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of June features Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and as well Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is another extremely intense month, with Uranus square to Pluto, exact for the first time, and with Neptune strong in Pisces, being squared by last month’s New Moon eclipse. Venus, newly retrograde, has its helical rise on June 12th, when it becomes the Morning Star. The Mayans thought of the time of Venus’ transition from the Evening Star as a symbolic journey through the underworld, a time of lawlessness and disintegration in earthly affairs. On the political scene, it has in fact been a time of great ferment and continues to be so, with the Occupy Movement gearing up world-wide. Our political connections with each other, and indeed our relationships in general, are subject to revision and deeper thinking, as President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage also shows.

The current monthly cycle began with the powerful Solar Eclipse and New Moon of Sunday, May 20th. Mercury, the ruler, conjuncted Jupiter within 2 degrees while their midpoint was exactly quincunx, to the minute, with Saturn. Coupled with the eclipse energy, and noting that the Sun and Moon at the eclipse degree were closely bi-quintile to Saturn, while Chiron also aspected it, we therefore this month have a very potent hit of Saturn as well as of Gemini. The Gemini energy of open-minded curiosity, enhanced by Jupiter conjunct Mercury, is starkly contrasted by dour and grim-faced Saturn, enforcer of narrowness and of limitations. Meanwhile the paradoxical and out-of-focus energies of Neptune remain high-lighted as well for this cycle, providing a dreamy and idealized antithetical conception to Saturn’s hard-nosed reality orientation.

With the Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon of June 4th, Venus is nearly at her conjunction point with the Sun, while Mars is in square with Venus, the Sun and Moon, making a Grand Cross in mutable signs when you include the fading opposition between Mars and Chiron. The Transit of Venus the very next day is another dramatic indication of the profound nature of these times. We are being stretched nearly to the limit, but we are not pointlessly on a torture rack but instead must choose how best to move beyond the limitations of our current situation in a way that is consistent with our own higher purpose. We do this not only for ourselves but in order that we may take part in revitalizing our failing society.

Jupiter enters Gemini, touching off the eclipse degree, just at the moment of the Last Quarter Moon, on the 11th, so that the days surrounding this event will be a special time of increasing awareness, and the chance for important positive actions. After symbolically passing through the underworld, Venus makes her Helical Rise to become the Morning Star on the morning of June 12th. The Summer Solstice comes along in a New Moon phase, just one day after the late-Gemini New Moon of Tuesday, June 19th, providing fresh energy for our process. This late June period is also the time when the Uranus-Pluto square – which astrologers have been speaking of for several years now – perfects, on the 24th. The energy has been increasing for months and even years and this first moment of exact provides one peak of that building energy, touched off by the First Quarter Moon of Tuesday, June 26th – at which time the Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto and squares Uranus, forming a Grand Cross with the Moon in Libra. Jupiter squares Neptune almost exactly. This Cardinal Grand Cross will bring out the inherent tensions and contradictions of our challenging times, with also the spiritual opportunity, and even perhaps the necessity, to rise above.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are finding your footing, Aries. Service is your mantra. The world is changing and you along with it and though a breathing space would be helpful, there is little letup. With the Lunar Eclipse that takes place in the first week of June in your sector of higher mind, you are given to understand that everything is shifting, including the energy that you have for important relationships. The best that you can do is to roll with it, accepting that you must continue to yield to cosmic pressures to evolve. Communication is key. Inquiry helps, and discussion, as well as getting your thoughts down on paper as your ideas grow and expand. It is in some ways a difficult road but it is nevertheless the road that you find yourself on.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a joyous coming-out party for you, Taurus, at least partly. The world is changing rapidly and you along with it. It also feels as though your feet were being held to the fire, with no escape possible. You still find yourself in the midst of change, which could be adventuresome or difficult, your choice. It certainly is true that your life can seem like unavoidable suffering until and unless you can wrap your head around it in a different way. You are looking to the future now, sizing up the difficulty of the climb, and taking the information from deep inside yourself as one potential key for necessary adjustments. Your inner warrior is standing firm even if your outer one might quail at times before the magnitude of what you are attempting.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a marvelous and socially active month for you, Gemini, and a time for you to be exploring your depths as well as your glittery surface. It is a multiple and variegated experience that you face as you complete a powerful cycle of unfolding, with surprises and challenges, and a sense of serious purpose going forward that includes remarkable forays into your inner world. You are cautious as well as optimistic, pulling back at the same time that you push ahead. Your expanding and contracting has a rhythm to it, like the beating of your heart. As much as you might try to resist, you could find that life will split you open to love, even though, as the poet says, your mind might be as stubborn as a mule.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) You are on a roll, Cancer, although you might not know it yet with every part of your being. Significant partners in your life are contributing, in their own difficult way, and surprises abound, and although you feel like hibernating you see that it is vitally important that you voyage onward. This is indeed a time of unconscious intuition as well as conscious choice, and allowing these two to work together might be just the ticket for you as you chart your progress. This is an important period of loss as well as triumph and scary until you recognize that you can count on the universe to hold you up, in spite of everything. You are revisioning your world and your way through it, and this becomes a freely joyous experience the more you can let go of any definite expectations.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You are in your element now, Leo. The time has come to shine, where you excel, and also though to mature and prosper slowly like aged wine, part of a natural continuation of what has gone before. As you size things up, the funk and flash are no longer enough; the breadth and the depth of your changes now is huge and eclipses these more superficial strains. You are in love with all your productions, and with the joys of potential as well as actual achievement. Although progress equals confusion at times, you eventually find amazingly clear ideals coming through and are being guided to meet vision with promise. You are committed to what matters not in the eyes of the world but, more important, for your own internal version of what counts as truth.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is in many ways the first month of the rest of your life, Virgo. You are reaching for a blend of wild-eyed optimism and practicality and somehow nearly succeeding. As you push forward you are inhabiting a higher mind ideal conception of what life could hold for you, and actualizing that vision. Although there are many turns and twists in the road ahead of you, persevere and you will eventually get there. The spiral of your progress leads you back to the place from which you started, but nevertheless a little further along, and a whole lot better informed. The limitations that you encounter along the way are meant to be surmounted, and as that victory becomes meaningful compromise, could turn out to be the most important part of your journey.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Life is a little strange and wild for you now, Libra, and full of lessons. The cosmos is pulling you in several directions at once as you reach out to others in a truly cosmic way from a place deep inside yourself. A powerful resolution for getting right to the heart of the matter overtakes your soul. You are seeking what can only be found within, and blessedly losing sight of any false dependency on the superficial meanderings of the opinions of others. Understanding is your goal now, and coming to better terms with the natural order of things. It is important to remember: as well as being saddened by dire experience you are strengthened, and you are sobered up as well as made joyous by the high spots.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are reaching out for others now, Scorpio, but finding there a complex interaction that leads you back to yourself. You are moving through loss to acceptance, and through abundance of connection into solitary contemplation. It was a wise person who said that “life and death, though stemming from each other, seem to conflict as stages of change,” and the same applies to your current ups and downs. You win when you can take both sides in without blinking or being swayed too violently from one end of the scale to the other. Over the course of this climactic monthly period, old patterns of dysfunctional behavior might very well come up for acknowledgment and recognition, but if so, the very depth of your experience will lead you powerfully forward into wholeness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are changing at the core, Sagittarius, and discovering psychological security for yourself in some very different ways than you have in the past, as you redefine yourself and your sense of individual contribution. Right now this most particularly applies to the important relationships in your life. There is an aspect of certain relationships – even the way that you proceed to do the very act of relationship with others – that is on a novel path of renewal in this current monthly cycle. This also ties in with future plans, which are both more optimistic and more definite as a result of limiting your options. You find yourself rearranging and cleaning house in many areas of your life and it helps to recognize that your process is simple and distressing and yet somehow ultimately healing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an intense time for you, Capricorn. You are intent on forging a different life path, and making great progress, as you find surprising resilience within yourself and begin to take intuition more seriously as a simple fact of life. What stops you might be only that you are afraid of losing what you already have. The caterpillar knows loss but it also eventually knows gain; and yet what comes as gain is of a very different kind. The strange thing is that you fear the surprise enhancement even more than the disappearance of your current possessions. New information comes your way this month that will make it easier to accept both the gains and the losses that are inherent factors of living in a changing world.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of creativity and romantic idealism, Aquarius, and yet somehow a time of great practicality as well when it comes down to making your choices. Your viewpoint on life and love is shifting rapidly. It’s true that you can get carried away these days with the beauty of your conception, but you find that everything goes better with a touch of caution added into the mix. The contrast might be one to drive you crazy if you weren’t in some sense there already. There is a complex lesson here – and it might morph into the very one that you master – that by staying in touch with paradox you actually do yourself a good turn,  putting the little mind to rest in favor of the largest possible perspective on your situation.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a powerful month for you, Pisces, in the midst of a powerful year and decade. You are no longer satisfied with less than everything and no longer complacent with sitting back, although in part you might need to. There is actually a mix that suits you now between activity and allowing; and that paves the way to a very different future for yourself than what you might have previously envisioned. The indicator is that deep within you a longing has begun to make itself felt – and it becomes more obvious with each passing week – that your life really count for what you truly believe. The road is harder than you can imagine, but you have had a glimpse of the true contentment that comes from acting out life’s purpose, and it will not be put aside.

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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