June: A Month of Introspection and Soul Growth


June: A Month of Introspection and Soul Growth

by Henry Selzer


The astrology of June features Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto. With Mercury retrograde for the past two weeks, from the time of the recent mid-May New Moon, we are seeing the world around us through a lens of introspection and serious purpose. This is especially so, since Saturn is also prominent in this month’s astrology, being then opposed by the Sun and Moon, and by also Mars. The symbolism of Jupiter, bringing his positive and expansive vibration, is invoked in this cycle as well, because at that timing Jupiter closely aspected transformative Pluto and was in exact bi-quintile to Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This indicates that when we look inside, and sincerely try to understand our innermost motivation, the rewards are available in terms of discovering where we have suffered trauma in the past, and may yet heal. By removing obstacles to growth in this way we release stuck psychic energy and free ourselves up for moving ahead along the arc of development that we have always, at soul-level, intended. Thus we can finally accomplish getting to where we have always needed to go, if only our fears did not hold us back.

Mercury is still retrograde at the beginning of the month, in its own sign, stemming from just one day past the recent New Moon of two weeks past, so that this entire lunation cycle, culminating in the first two weeks of June, is characterized by the reflective nature of this time. During this period, we are not only more internal in our thoughts, and in the way that we communicate to our peers, but we are also concerned in a very fundamental way with addressing the issue of our values; we might want to reflect on the question of those aspects of our lives that we believe to be basic, and cherish most deeply. Mercury stations to direct motion on Thursday, June 11th, and does not escape its retrograde shadow until June 26th.

Because this month has so much emphasis on Neptune, there is a spiritual quality to these investigations, and also a feeling of oneness and compassion that is palpable. Everyone is also subject to some degree of confusion and illusion at this time, because Neptune’s etheric energy does not blend easily into the exigencies of earl-world activities. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, highlighted in this month’s configurations, is along with Neptune also located in mystical Pisces. This is an indication of the spiritual connection that we must now make to the cosmos above us, and to our own deeper nature that we can find deep within ourselves, if we want to make progress on our own healing and on that of the world.

The seriousness and slowing down of Saturn in the early degrees of Sagittarius that also strongly characterizes this timeframe implies that while you might encounter great difficulty in getting done what you want to accomplish, the lessons involved will be longer lasting. Saturn in early Sagittarius is about to cross backward, on the evening of June 14th, into Scorpio, indicating a distinct shift in the energy to be expansive and in touch with the desires of the cosmos for you to grow. This is followed by the dynamic late Gemini New Moon, leading to an exciting final two weeks of June, full of powerful positivity and soul growth, as well as new ideas for getting on with the arc of your individual development.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). The time has come for realistic resolutions, Aries. You have been, for many weeks now, swept up by the enthusiasm of your ideas and for a mandate that you feel deep within you for meaningful change in your life to more fully take place. You are thus coping with powerful implications for a long-term arc of increased awareness of who you are and how you function in connection to the world around you. This provides for alterations in worldview, and their flowering in shifts to your professional choices and outer world productions. There is the danger of feeling ungrounded, and yet you are dealing with flights of fancy that have as well a component that translates lofty ideas and imaginings into concrete feasibility. In the end you will wind up by seeing your changes through to an ultimately practical result.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your huge learning curve morphs and grows, Taurus, as you continue to be curious about where your life is taking you. As you explore your depths, and as you discover new facets of your identity, you are finding that partnership provides an avenue into an expanding worldview that takes as its starting point a big picture outlook on the world around you. Relationship provides mentoring, or it might feel like moving in slow motion to better absorb the implied lessons of your evolving partnership dynamic. As you go through these hoops, there is great idealism as well as hope for the future and a sense of inner joy that it is vital that you maintain, because it is the key to everything else. The issues that you are currently confronting seem like chance but actually possess features engendered by your own hidden soul intention.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You find yourself in the midst of an enlightening period of inner exploration, Gemini. Your concentrated learning curve from previous months continues in a more restrained way. You are likely to be intensely introspective at this time, because your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde in your sign nearly all month, changing to direct motion on the 11th and not escaping its retrograde shadow until June 26th. Meantime you are dealing with both the highs and lows of earthly existence. You could yet feel the need to escape into fanciful future visions, and also the urge to be fully present, responsible to the practical concerns of life, refraining from floating away and instead remaining grounded in the here-and-now. It could feel like a struggle to simultaneously inhabit both of these points of view and yet it is rewarding if you can do just that.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) Thought and love are merging within you, Cancer. You are finding what you need to be doing in this world, consistent with your higher vision for yourself and an emerging worldview that supports your inner values. This could also involve a journey to your interior depths, as has been subtly indicated over the course of the past few months, although perhaps not fully actualized. You are currently living out a very different form of mental creativity than is usual, one that is accompanied by a profound sense of intuitional understanding. This is allowing your logical rational side to take a much-needed break from entirely running the show. It is perhaps a relief, or it might take getting used to, this idea of letting go and allowing deep inner knowing to have its day

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an important monthly cycle for you, Leo. You are getting a better handle on who you are in relation to what you produce, and what you want to get out of life. These are difficult and life-long questions, lately an evolving landscape for you, with further layers to be revealed over time. It is undeniable that you are developing an enhanced and more detailed viewpoint on your own identity in interaction with the world around you, while simultaneously getting more serious about your commitment to the public good. With Mercury retrograding through your sector of societal involvement, you are also in the process of refining your notion of how you want to see your future unfolding, as a fit match for what you deeply recognize as what you are most called to.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an important month for you, Virgo. Your career and your creative output are in flux, and remain the focus of much earnest deliberation at subterranean levels. Relationship definition and concerns have been elusive and difficult to pin down, while your inner world has been expansive and full of hope, leading you toward a more graceful future. You are getting practical with your deeper needs. Mercury, your ruler, is retrograde now in your sector of professional endeavor, so that you are spending a great deal of time mulling over your possibilities there; perhaps seeking greater alignment with your own most profound purpose. An alchemical quickening is possible whereby your inner world assumes a more settled place at the table of your awareness while the darkness and pain within you yields to the cosmic light source of fuller consciousness.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are finding new facets of life and love, Libra, that filter into your professional choices. You have been transforming in the very depths of your being and are now gaining greater awareness of the actual nature of your changes. Partnership interaction is vital for your process during the course of another rather intense monthly cycle, and stimulates profound philosophical inquiry that leads you deep inside yourself. This in turn conducts you once more outward into the new levels of public commitment. Old behaviors that you have in essence outgrown could arise, guiding you into better understanding and healing of these issues. You are discovering a more appropriate basis to shine in the world of outer events, and are on your way to manufacturing your own future for yourself, independent of societal expectations or the remnants of previous stuck patterns.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a powerful month for you, Scorpio, continuing the beat of transformational rearrangements of your psyche. As these percolate through your awareness, they are illuminating the dark corners of your personality – providing you with plentiful food for thought and for soul growth. In keeping with the recent New Moon in your opposite sign, you have relationship issues on your mind, as you enter into a meditative month of introspection. The subject of your reflections is likely to be the meaning of intimate connection for your life, and for your connection to spiritual truth. For this you are diving deep into interior realms that have much to tell you about your own hanging patterns and your soul intention. This is especially so in the second half of the month. It is certainly true that you cannot form a relationship with another without first forming a relationship with yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your sense of identity is subtly shifting, Sagittarius, in part through trials and with a degree of suffering implied although not guaranteed. The reward that this testing time will ultimately grant is better understanding of your true situation and more complete control over your own life. As you continue to explore your pathway forward, you are feeling an increased sense of responsibility, which can seem burdensome unless and until you are able to admit that you are the actual author of your own experience. You are also including ramifications of relationship intention more completely into your picture, so that this increasingly becomes the subject of your meditation and your growth edge. Although it is essentially a solitary mission that you find yourself on, to improve your effective footprint in the arena of real-world involvement, you are discovering also that partnership has a vital place in what you are attempting.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are peaking, Capricorn. This month fits well the difficult time of change that you have been involved in for many months now, as you continue the transformation of your very identity. This goes at times quite rapidly and at times more slowly, with this particular month being one of the more profound periods. There is movement to the inside, providing an important key to unlocking old wounds and patterns of behavior that you are at long last ready to release. It is vital that you pay the closest possible attention to everything that is happening to you now; this is an excellent time for journaling your ideas and your feelings. You could be working with expressing yourself more deeply, and relating more closely, with those whom you truly trust. It’s all about what you feel inside, to the exclusion of more ordinary communication.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This month presents you with conundrums, Aquarius, although nothing that you cannot handle. As an Air sign, you are used to relying on your mental agility, and yet with Mercury retrograde nearly all month long, in the sector of your solar chart related to your creativity, logic flies out the window in favor of your interactions with the deep unknown center of your psyche, where paradox prevails. This is all happening in the context of a concerted effort to connect with social goals, both yours and others’. You are more interested than ever in saving the world, or at least your personal piece of it, working locally within a global perspective. You are giving up some of the rationality of your approach in search of the mystical and less well-understood, and do better the more you let go of any and all assumptions.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an interesting month for you, Pisces, with opportunities to shine – in terms of both your own inner universe and the less complex world of concrete manifestation. You have been slowed down lately in terms of outer matters, and also therefore more focalized in this way, attempting to improve the world around you and gaining recognition as you reap its justified rewards. It is yet an interior process in which you are now most greatly engaged. You are discovering additional facets of yourself that in turn affect your plans going forward. As you gain insight into these alterations to life direction, you prepare to move out into the world with uncertain steps, that are nonetheless more closely aligned with the direction that your own inner knowing – and your spirit guides – are urging you to pursue.



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 and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.

Henry 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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