June 2014

By Henry Seltzer


The astrology of June is quite interesting, and includes a potent Mercury retrograde period as well as a huge helping of Neptune. The May 28th New Moon in Gemini that began the current monthly cycle was exactly square to numinous Neptune, located in his own sign of Pisces. This aspect, exact to within a mere few arc-minutes of zodiacal longitude, implies a kind of dreamy world running alongside of more ordinary reality and intersecting with it in mystical ways. Synchronicity is on the rise once again, and a sense of foggy numinousity that brings out the otherworldly dimensions of our everyday experience. This month therefore invites interior investigations leading to a better understanding of ourselves at the deepest levels of our being.

The strange nature of this current symbolism is revealed by the contrast between Gemini and Pisces. We do well to note that Gemini is an airy sign, symbolizing logical analysis and mental curiosity, while Pisces is feeling-oriented and sponsors soul-level paradox, the right-brained opposite of mere logic. The current skies are further complexified by the station of Mercury to retrograde motion that takes place in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 7th. This is another symbol of interior process. With our mentality running backward there is a distinct turn to inner contemplation as opposed to outer thinking and doing. Mercury remains in retrograde throughout the remainder of the month, stationing to direct motion on July 1st, and only escaping its retrograde shadow on July 16th. During this entire period it is best to refine and restructure existing arrangements rather than launching unexpectedly into new ones.

Within this monthly cycle there are also important chimes to the major sky-connection of this entire decade, namely Uranus and Pluto in square. The New Moon precisely aspects Pluto, again to within just a few arc-minutes, of a degree, reminding us once more of this forceful push for evolutionary progress in our lives, as we further our discovery of what we need to leave behind and make our transition toward a better fit with what we, at the deepest level of our being, truly want and as we continue to create a better integration with Spirit. The square that Pluto makes to Uranus remains within close orb this month. When this alignment recently peaked, at the time of the cardinal cross event of late April, Mars in retrograde participated by opposition and square. Mars has now returned to direct motion, in the tenth degree of Libra and still roughly opposite Uranus in Aries, and closely trined by the New Moon. The energy is there for bringing our most cherished relationships, as symbolized by Libra, into better balance with our own push for autonomy and soul growth.

Finally, there also persists into June the grand trine in Water signs between expansive and positive Jupiter, cranky Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. These planets are now separating from their closest alignment by several degrees, but they remain within orb. The symbolism is indicative of bringing into concrete manifestation all our dreams, together with our fears also, and including the need to heal in the deeper places within us. As we attempt to integrate the pressure of outer events that are coming down in these transformational times, as a part of a climactic year of change, we are thus enjoined to look to the inside of ourselves for some of the answers that we cannot obtain anywhere else but there, at what seminal 20th century poet T.S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.”

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Welcome to the deceptively simple world of your inner process, Aries. After recent trials, everything that you encounter seems like a dream somehow. This month you have the chance to learn from the ethereal school of your own interior process, that, although a challenge to integrate with the ordinary outer world of daytime activity, can in some ways teach you truer than outer happenings ever could. This is another astrologically exciting month, when inner and outer events seem intermingled, and when relationship issues vibrate with new awareness that you have summoned through the intensity of your recent inner work. You are attempting to see yourself through to a new relationship beginning. The way that you handle the tricky issue of balancing self and other has everything to do with how gracefully you can accept paradox, and compromise as well.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a confusing time for you Taurus, with practically everything in your life in some sort of major flux. This month you are continuing to find a mystical correspondence between current events and how you see your future unfolding. Relationship issues are coming alive in a different dynamic that combines managing them in a more fruitful way with a sense of service to the universe at large. As you settle into a new groove with partners, and with your spiritual life, communication and edification are key. You are in the midst of an intense learning curve regarding life and love that at times leaves you breathless. The realization is beginning to dawn upon you that your most important relationships are there for you to grow on as well as for the creation of a mutually enhanced situation as you move forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an energetic and yet thoughtful month for you, Gemini. The recent sequence of transformative events has perhaps given you a new mandate on where your life could be heading, and this is a complex topic that needs thinking over. The career choices that interest you now are only those with plenty of room for heart. This month too, you are seeking a new way of conceptualizing your pathway forward, and entering into a deep meditation over your own self-concept, together with feelings regarding self-confidence, self-worth, and your values. By the second week of the month, and for its remainder, you are deeply introspective. It might seem as though everything right now were a part of a living dream, with numinous figures appearing and disappearing. It may be good to consider that a dream tells its own kind of truth.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a time to reflect, Cancer, and to meditate on where your angel guides are leading you. A mystical point of view prevails. You are reviewing and reviving your notion of the most creative way into life and love as you look ahead toward the remainder of the year. Relationship issues continue to predominate as you make your way forward. You are exploring a fortunate opening that can take you further along your path, once you more completely determine where it is that you want to go. You seek freedom from conditioned habitual responses and the pressures of consensus beliefs that no longer apply to your updated situation. Instead of more narrow approaches, what might prove to be the key is acceptance of a multiplicity of belief systems, and of seemingly contradictory versions of reality.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month represents another exciting and productive time for you, Leo, geared to accomplishments in inner as well as outer realms. The recent New Moon has gotten you thinking ahead; you are moving mentally toward a more vibrant and integrated future self that you can visualize for success and almost taste. An idealistic current within you pulls you onward, with perhaps the temptation to put intimate partners on a pedestal, while the thoughtful and introspective weeks of the Mercury Retrograde period, beginning next Saturday, incline toward self-examination. This lends a mystical attitude to friendships and group affiliations that reflect how you plug in to the social swim around you, and make your splash. An idealized vision of your pathway forward is one huge plus of this powerful cycle, as you redirect your goals to the highest.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You have before you yet another intense month, Virgo, as this powerful year continues. It features an extra-potent burst of energy for outer world accomplishment. There is as well an interesting pull to the inside since Mercury, your ruler, slips into retrograde motion after the first week of the month. The implication is that you are then taking a long hard look at where you are heading and why. You have been strongly feeling the ongoing transformation of your creative self-expression during the past six weeks or more, and this current cycle provides a thoughtful opportunity to settle into a new way of visioning your interactions with the world around you. As you put more energy into your career, it pays to consider precisely how your actions align with your deeper purpose.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another exciting month, Libra. You are still changing at deep levels of your being, all the way through to the end of this powerful year. The Mercury Retrograde period that commences on the first Saturday in June provides an opportunity to self-examine, as you discover further wrinkles in what might be termed your guiding worldview, and as you reconsider every aspect of what, for you, might accurately define career success. You are also giving energy to the evolving story of partnership in your life, which is volatile and yet also inspirational. You have loads of energy these days for travel plans, and for seeking to expand your mental horizons. You cannot refrain from exploration, even though in the end it all comes down to what you find within the depths of your own inner spaces.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month is another interesting one for you, Scorpio, allowing you scope for exploring greater intimacy with others and also for examining your own depths. In the midst of this present somewhat nebulous monthly cycle, philosophical diversions and permutations have important things to teach you, more than you would perhaps expect. You are going all out for your own development, with focused attention on factors of identity, while refining and redefining for yourself what close connection with others might truly imply. As you reach out for better and deeper bonding with important others in your life you could paradoxically feel a bit isolated. As you continue to get the basics together for your next major stage, you are thus looking more deeply into unconscious dream worlds within you as a necessary adjunct to your process.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of paradox and mystery, Sagittarius, which in the final analysis leads you to greater clarity of purpose. You have a newly felt certainty of life direction, which must be carefully nurtured. Although outer events play a huge role now, vitally numinous material provides you necessary aid, perhaps only discoverable by meditation. You are currently exploring facets of relationship that take you further down the rabbit hole of your own psyche, enabling you to apprehend a more detailed understanding of your own inner world. The tunnel of this current monthly cycle provides diverse experiences and encounters; the ground rules are that what doesn’t drive you crazy will ultimately make you saner than when first you entered. There is a wisdom contained within the psyche that, when unleashed, can bring forth wondrous insights.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You still find yourself in the very midst of transformation, Capricorn. Even though past the fires of April, and entering upon a newer phase of your voyage to wholeness, the beat goes on. You are reestablishing yourself along new lines. This is a time of great potential confusion, so that discernment must be applied. You are experiencing a surge of energy for outer achievement, while questioning nearly every aspect of what you are about, most notably your everyday practice in terms of health and habitual behavior, and as well your relationship to important others in your life. With Mercury retrograde, this is a significant month of refinement of inner insight, as you struggle to better define of what your ultimate purpose might consist, and how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are in for yet another month of interesting events and reactions, Aquarius. Although the intensity of recent weeks is winding down, inner realms as well as outer presentation remain an important focus for change, and are being brought into greater conscious awareness over the course of the present monthly cycle. Mercury retrogrades this month, implying increased introspection. You are looking more deeply into your creative process as a powerful factor for the transformation of the deepest and most hidden parts of yourself. As you descend into your depths, you are reestablishing at the surface layers a more integrated personality. Your relationship to the physical outer world is important now. You could find yourself in a process of the deconstruction of everything that you understand about materiality, in order to rebuild it again on a better foundation.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are participating in an interesting month, Pisces, as you make a quietly productive start on consolidating recent changes and advancing along the arc of your development. You are extremely energized now, both in the realm of personal interaction and for issues of home and family. With Mercury eventually retrograding though this same sector of your solar chart you are this month refining and redefining your understanding of how you relate in the family context, and how this activity impinges upon your sense of self. Your self-expression remains quite important to you, and is made more concrete as it evolves and your ability to articulate your vision grows. You are in motion toward a distant goal with only the outlines of your eventual future available to your inward turning eye, although it is also clear that your feet are upon the path.


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

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