Transformational Astrology – June 2013

by Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of June features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Neptune. Mercury resides in the sign of Cancer for the entire month of June – and also throughout July – because of its upcoming retrograde on June 26th, a week after the Summer Solstice of June 20th when the Sun itself enters Cancer. Thus, in the last week of June and for the first two thirds of July, and potentially into August, we will likely suffer the usual Mercury retrograde symptoms of mechanical breakdowns and mismatched communications, while our interior dialogue looms large and feels more profound.

 

This is the second such period in 2013. You might reflect back on whatever happened for you in late February. All three Mercury Retrograde periods this year, including the one coming up next October, are in fact in Water. Since Mercury symbolizes a mental energy, and the astrological element of Water represents the emotions, these times are edgy, as Mercury is not entirely at home there. You could look at this in two ways. On the one hand, everyone’s thoughts are confused and “at sea” so to speak; and on the other our emotional detectors are on alert and are more directly stimulated, improving the connections within ourselves between mind and heart.

Venus, too, is emphasized in June’s configurations. At the time of the June 8th New Moon and slightly before, Venus aligns into a very close Grand Trine with Saturn and Neptune. All through the first week of the month, in fact, either Mercury or Venus participates in combination with these outer planet energies, which are in and of themselves antithetical to one another. Saturn and Neptune’s close trine, lasting through to mid-August, does allow them to have a constructive dialogue with each other, and with these two inner planets that represent factors of mentality, communication, and relationship connection.

 

Each of us is therefore pulled in two very different directions all through the month, and especially in the early going. Saturn has the symbolism of restriction and limitation, serious purpose. Relationships partake of that energy, meaning that you could encounter obstacles, forcing you to evaluate the degree of serious purpose that you bring to each partnership encounter. Can you go the distance, make things work out in spite of everything?

 

Meanwhile, with Neptune in the mix, fantasy and idealization have their full sway, a feeling that no obstacles, or boundaries, even exist. We can dream, and perhaps deceptively imagine, all kinds of ideal circumstances that fly in the face of reality, or perhaps – by taking the other side into account of what we can visualize and plan for – we can come to ground our vision more concretely. I like Richard Wilbur’s poem, called Mind, which has the opening lines

 

Mind in its purest play is like some bat
That beats about in caverns all alone,
Contriving by a kind of senseless wit
Not to conclude against a wall of stone.

 

We might think of this as the corrective influence of Saturn upon mental function. There are limits to thought, such as the paradigms of science, that constrain it: not everything is possible.  On the other hand, just as the paradigm of Newtonian physics had to yield to the more complex vision of Einstein, and just as the current materialistic world view must eventually yield to a more spiritually inclusive one, there are those moments which could be characterized as Neptunian – escaping the boundaries of time and space.

His poem concludes

And has this simile a like perfection?

The mind is like a bat. Precisely. Save
 That in the very happiest intellection
A graceful error may correct the cave.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are tumbling into excitement these days, Aries, so that you don’t always know which end is truly up. Your inner world is calling out to you from a subtle otherworldly dimension, and you ignore it to your peril, even as you also continue to pay important attention to the normal run of day-to-day commerce and connection. Communication is a big part of what you do right now, and of how you make sense of what you do. You are enjoying the recent steep learning curve, even as you sometimes feel confused by it. You do better when you can throw away any and all preconceptions and simply accept the various happenings, however strange, as the universe speaking to you in all its multiplicity of colorations.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is an interesting month of contrasts for you, Taurus. You are learning as you go, and the lessons are all-consuming and profound. Partners seem like mentors and also magicians. You feel as though you are plugged into a kind of cosmic network that downloads a high-volume set of glimpses of the very architecture of the universe to your almost unbelieving eye and then vanishes when you blink, leaving only a puff of smoke. Your idealism and faith in your potential only fails when you happen to look down. This is a heady ride that leaves you with more questions than answers; you are however grounded in a sense of relationship to the surrounding cosmos, and, through faith, riding the wave of your future expectations toward a completely unknown destination.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month of discovery for you, Gemini, beyond your usual curiosity-seeking mental apparatus, a time when both your head and your heart are fully engaged in wrestling with false gods and looking inside yourself for the answers that conventional thinking has denied you. With this month’s New Moon in your sign, you are making a fresh start. Your financial and other resources are very present for you now, and are equally in transformation. A fresh breeze is blowing through, allowing grace to enter. You are stepping into a uniquely different future plan with new possibilities opening up, so that you do not necessarily have to be continually re-running the same old script. It’s all up to you, which can be both scary and exhilarating.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an intense period of time for you, Cancer, and one in which you must be prepared for a series of significant ongoing inner realizations that will take you far beyond where you thought you were. You have a sense of vital internal responsibility that seems to steer you to what is totally right, or considered in some way wrong, but such judgments could also prove illusory. You are full of the surface qualities of life, so that it is difficult to discern which, inner or outer, is the most attractive. Each is a telling path for you right now, in your journey toward wholeness. Your mystical self-expression and your feelings in general, as always, play an all-important role as you come more fully into yourself; as you are and as you will become.

 

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The world is opening up to you, Leo, at times rather suddenly. This is by means of inner rather than of outer exploration, and results in some measure of misstep or perhaps confusion aboveground. Like the observer in a glass-bottomed boat, you can marvel but you cannot enter into the interior realms you silently witness, and yet the glimpse that is afforded you influences all your future activities. As you continue radically transforming in your conception of your path forward, you are steadily becoming more consistent with soul purpose. Further, your process of discovery jumps ahead in its acceleration over the course of this month and an active summer. Although many weeks and even months have gone into this exploration, and many more might be required before it is anything like complete, you are on your way.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You shine in accomplishment right now, Virgo, as career and professional objectives prove expansive, although with a strange twist to the inside. The complete picture for you right now must involve the dark and somewhat confusing spaces hidden deep within your psyche. At the same time, the link in your mind’s eye between values, concept and execution has never been stronger. As much as you are summoned to outer world activities, you are equally brought back for a meditative take on what is perhaps the real story. Opportunities are huge, and speak to you powerfully, and yet your future direction seems incomplete unless you take into account this dark and unknown part of yourself that is crying out for attention in such a way that you are actually beginning to hear its call.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month, Libra, filled with contemplation, daydreaming, and with concrete action in your very best interest. You are taking your enlightenment straight up these days, no longer on the rocks, and you win when you make the most out of this new-found sense of grace unfolding. You are dwelling in the arms of the universe, resting within a sacred circle of perfection, with the only rule that you need to obey being that you recognize radical life change as the only constant. Unexpected enlightenment from many sources school you to no longer ignore this potential for transformation. Your changes are far from the superficial layers of your personality and instead run quite deep. Your continued success in the outer planes depends upon your adherence to an internal mandate that your first priority is to grow in your understanding.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a time of enormous transformation, Scorpio, for everyone around you and for you in particular. Even for someone who makes a habit out of constantly changing and evolving through many worlds, this month could represent something of a special stretch. You have been frustrated lately, perhaps, with the presence of Saturn in your sign, slowing down the rhythm to a snail’s pace. The energy has been building for quite some time and now evolutionary forces are conspiring to allow you an outlet in terms of creative visualization and by means of a hole punched through into a completely different dimension. It is your imagination that provides the key. And it is the honesty of the cosmos, rather than the mere reality mode of consensus thinking, that, in providing your own specific kind of truth, will indeed set you free.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are opening up to the universe within yourself, Sagittarius. This is a summer season of in-depth spiritual bonding with others and, through inner work, for establishing a better connection also with yourself. New relationship energy is coming in, and as always when the cosmos washes over you, some parts of yourself must be let go as other parts are strengthened. Such profound change has been prepared for by a process of depth exploration of your relative unconscious places that has taken place over the past few weeks and months. This process will eventually lead you to a more integrated approach; a marriage of right action and intelligent goal formation that will lead you, not into the promised land, but rather into the places that your soul journey has prompted you toward.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The time could be right for an enormous shift, Capricorn. You have likely known for many weeks now that big changes were in store for you. The pressure of these transformational alterations has been building. Intuitive information from deep inside, plus recent partnership perspectives, and the unexpected enlightenment provided by members of your family, household or tribe, together are facilitating a radical departure from your the outmoded norms of the past. You could find yourself mulling over where exactly your personal evolution might be taking you these days, perhaps toward a destination more in line with deep soul purpose as you are coming to know it. As you re-think the details of your relationship connection and focus to an even greater measure on inner understanding, you are getting closer and closer to making your move.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are full to the brim with accomplishment in the eyes of the world, Aquarius, although lately it all seems a bit hollow. The responsibility that results is definitely a two-edged sword that has the illusion of great success, while also some unexpected drawbacks, limiting you from being all that you can be. You are reinventing yourself in some important fashion, and, as you do, finding that it might be inner rather than outer priorities that hold the most sway. A process of spontaneous internal combustion has given you a very different idea of your future than you had previously entertained, and it involves getting to know yourself better at the deeper levels of your psyche. You might just need to abandon ship on everything that stands in the way of achieving these softer and more mysterious aims.

 

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are slowing down in order to gather to your fullest momentum, Pisces. This is a powerful month for you, consisting of both contemplation and purposeful action. With all the multiplicity of possibility that you feel, you might have to make a pause to more closely examine what you actually want, as you enter your next stage. Perhaps this space of quiet time will allow you to get the greatest benefit from consulting what deep intuition is trying to tell you. Home in all its symbolic meaning is an important focus as you begin to narrow down and close in on what you truly desire. You may find that, indeed, your connections with your own roots and with inner promptings grow stronger, with the unexpected result that you find yourself planning for a future more consistent with soul purpose.

 

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. 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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