June 16th – 22nd

Like life recently, this week has its ups and downs. We may feel constricted in moving fast forward ahead but we can also use the time to rid ourselves of the outworn, the outmoded and leave behind the past. We do have to be careful that we are not feeling too uncomfortable in our own skin, which could trigger knee-jerk reactions and extreme actions. If our actions are well-considered, then we could use the week to focus on what truly works for us and those people and situations that are merely hangers-on.

This may also be a time when we take a good hard look at our financial situation. We might take into account rising expenses especially those of basic necessities such as food and energy costs. Although we might feel as though the conditions are restricting us, we don’t have to feel victimized. Now is a time for us to work smarter rather than harder, a time for us to be creative regarding our living costs vis-à-vis our revenue stream.

We can consider our options, blueprint our strategy and focus on what we can do without. Living simply is not simply living. On the contrary, we could discover that some of our activities and involvements have merely been additional distractions that have kept us from the core of our life’s situations and prevented us from concentrating on the truly essential in our lives. Our past tendency to more, more, more can now be seen as an outgrowth of immediate gratification. Now we can get serious about what is essential in our lives and reinforce what we consider to be the quality of our lives. We may have to winnow down the quantity in our lives but we do not have to sacrifice the true quality of our lives.

This week is an active week for planetary configurations, punctuated by the Sagittarius Full Moon with Venus opposed Pluto and Venus entering Cancer ending the Gemini Stellium, Mercury ending its three week retrograde cycle by turning direct, the Sun ending the Spring Season with an opposition to Pluto and entering Cancer to begin Summer, and Venus sextile Saturn while Mars opposes Neptune. Here comes Summer, a summer when we might realize that our vacation and re-creational times confirm the old saying: ‘there’s no place like home.’

Monday, June 16th – Life in a Straitjacket – Saturn. Monday starts the week with the Moon moving into Sagittarius where it squares Saturn. We may feel as though we want to stretch our wings, broaden our horizons and fly beyond our normal parameters. Nice concept but we also have the Moon square Saturn. While we may feel expansive and want to widen our scope, we might also feel restricted by our conditions or our circumstances. Today could be one of those whipsaw days where we want to do certain things, make future plans and focus on the big picture but feel constricted or constrained by our responsibilities, our resources or our sense of limitations. Although we could carom back and forth between exuberance and depression, it is important that we don’t lose sight of the specifics or brush over the particulars of situations. We may feel our wings clipped or have the sense of living our life in a straitjacket. No reason for us to go there, since we could also see how we can expand our activities but in ways that don’t break the bank or by being more effective with less expenditure of energy. People could be carping today, playing the blame game and unwilling to accept responsibility for their actions and their consequences. Let’s keep in mind that we do not have to fall prey to things determining our lives but rather that we affirm that we are ‘victims no more’ and have the capability of directing our lives by our choices.

Tuesday, June 17th – Over There – Mercury. Tuesday has the Sagittarius Moon opposed to the retrograde Mercury in Gemini. We are likely to be far more interested in what is going on beyond our daily routine. We might be considering our Summer plans and thinking about where we want to go and what we want to do… out of Dodge, somewhere over there. We could easily let our mind wander and create all kinds of possibilities, some of which may have no basis in reality. Our conversations can be endless with people discussing all sorts of ideas, interests and beliefs. There could be so much talk today, idle chatter even, that we get exhausted by the volume and by the interminable nature of our discussions. Today is a day to take everything with a grain of salt, not believe everything that we hear and avoid making long-term and significant decisions. For on this day we may not have all the facts and figures at our disposal but could easily be swayed by a stunning and persuasive presentation. Let our minds wander, our thoughts consider all possibilities but maintain tight control on our commitments.

Wednesday, June 18th – Get off of my Cloud – Venus, Pluto, Mars, Neptune, Lunar T-Square, Uranus, Sagittarius Full Moon, Sun, Venus Cancer. Wednesday is often referred to as ‘hump day’ since it comes in the middle of the workweek. This hump could be Himalaya-like with all the energy jumping around today. And talk about extremes! This Wednesday could be an all or nothing sort of day. Just before Venus leaves Gemini to enter Cancer later in the day, Venus opposes Pluto in Sagittarius. The Sagittarius Moon trines Mars and sextiles Neptune. The Sagittarius Full Moon creates a Mutable Sign T-Square by Sign with the Moon conjunct Pluto and opposed the Sun and Venus and square Uranus in Pisces. Everyone may be a little edgy today, drawing lines in the sand, and powerplaying on each other. There may be a sense of frustration with the status quo and a willingness to make changes no matter how drastic the consequences might be. The energy today is such that we could unleash a fury of activity and yet at the same time cut people off at the knees. Relationships could be sorely tested today with standards being held so high as to be unattainable. People may be pontificating, feeling very self-righteous and wanting what they want without cutting anyone else slack. Unexpected situations could arise that demand our attention or merely add to our ‘to do’ list. We might get caught up in the frenzy and the frenetic today, so the more that we can keep a rein on our emotions, our actions and our finances, the less damage we are likely to incur.

Thursday, June 19th – Realignment – Saturn, Mercury direct. Thursday is wedged between Wednesday and Friday and this Thursday is wedged between two Pluto opposition aspects: yesterday’s Venus opposed Pluto and tomorrow’s Sun opposed Pluto. Things are likely to be intense these few days with a tendency towards extremes and an all or nothing attitude. Thursday could provide a balance point thanks to the Capricorn Moon trine Saturn. Our disposition is serious and we are interested in sorting out the important and the extraneous. Today is a good day to take account of our situation, refocus our energies on the significant and consider the best practices approach to accomplish our goals. This Thursday also brings an end to the three week Mercury retrograde. From my experience and what I have heard from people, this Mercury retrograde has been a beaut. Computer problems with communications being lost or transmissions going haywire seem to have been part of this process. As Mercury turns direct today, our thoughts, communications and even computer issues can start to straighten out. It is important to keep in mind that whenever Mercury changes direction — whether from direct to retrograde or from retrograde to direct — the shift in direction can often exaggerate Mercury problems. Therefore, we need to be careful today while driving, while conversing and while computerizing. We shall still be in the ‘shadow’ of the Mercury retrograde until July 4th, so let’s be mindful, clear-headed and thoughtful in our communications and our discussions. Making plans, considering the means of achieving our goals and taking care of outstanding matters can all be accomplished on this Thursday. Let’s remember that with the Pluto influences, we may be looking at winnowing down, cutting away the dross, and focusing on the core issues.

Friday, June 20th – Here Comes Summer – Sun, Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus, Summer Solstice, Sun Cancer. Friday ends Spring and begins the Summer with the Summer Solstice and the Sun entering the Cardinal Water Sign of Cancer. Before we get there, the Sun in Gemini opposes Pluto in Sagittarius. We may be giving thought to our future plans, considering what we want to do and how we want to do it. Whether pushed by world circumstance or by our own personal transformation, we are looking at how we can improve the quality of our lives and what it will take to create the best in our lives. We may consider those things we want to be over and done with, and those situations we want to nurture and develop. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are at the greatest light of the day and the longest day of daylight. With the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Jupiter and sextile Uranus, we may be reconfiguring our home, making plans for family get-togethers and considering our ‘staycations’ with the intention of using our summer time-off to enjoy the benefits around home and our local environment. This entry into Summer could find various significant people leaving the world stage over this season. We might also discover that the housing market has some upsides to the downside of the housing bubble burst. Today is a day to entertain possibilities and consider the changes we can make with the recognition that any healthy changes we begin might prove to be like the snowball going down a mountain, gathering momentum and eventually becoming an avalanche. Let’s focus on the changes inside ourselves, our change in attitude and disposition, and then begin the outreach of improving our living environment and connecting with family and friends in making plans for casual get-togethers over the summer months.

Saturday, June 21st – Good Friends, Extreme Actions – Venus, Saturn, Mars, Neptune. Saturday has the Moon moving out of Capricorn and entering Aquarius. This is the first day of Summer and we are likely to put a spin on our activities as a kick-off to summer fun. Venus sextiles Saturn today and Mars opposes Neptune. On the one hand, we could find ourselves reconnecting with people from our past. Celebrations might include family gatherings and reunions with old friends. We may also be doing some clean-up around the house, straightening things up, extending our living environment outdoors with additions of patio furniture, barbecue grills and outside games. On the other hand, we could also be looking at having fun with capital FUN. The potential for extreme sports and pushing the envelope could put us in harm’s way if we get overly caught up in competitive sports and proving ourselves. Although we could take a great deal of pleasure in our activities today, we have to be careful that people aren’t being a little too belligerent or wanting to one-up one another. Moderation in all things is something for us to keep in mind for the tendency otherwise could be to go to extremes and seek change solely for the sake of change.

Sunday, June 22nd – Back on Track – Mercury. With some real swings in energy this week, especially on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Sunday allows us to take things down a notch or two and reinsert brain rather than emphasizing brawn. This Sunday is the 22nd, a Master number in numerology representative of the Master Builder when we can formulate the ways to reach our goals and realize our dreams. The Aquarius Moon trines Mercury today. We could serve as great sounding boards for others, just as they could do for us. We can encourage our own and other people’s hopes and wishes. Our discussions may be scintillating and our thoughts might consider options and alternatives that are usually not within our scope. This is a day to take into account the possibilities of our future and the ways by which we can streamline operations in order to achieve best results. It’s as though a light bulb has gone off in our mind’s eye. We seem brighter and more clear-headed about where we want to go and how we want to get there.