June 13th – 19th, 2011

This week can be very Dickensian as he wrote in A Tale of Two Cities:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us.”

And so it is for us, during these times, during this week — the best of times, the worst of times and with everything before us.

This week can be a real roller coaster, punctuated by the Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday. The week may begin with great intensity. We are raring to go and want to get as much done as possible. Where a problem arises could be in our braking mechanisms. If we get an idea in our head, we might feel that we have to get it done no matter the conditions, no matter the evidence to the contrary.

We want to expand our scope this week, broaden our realm. While intention is a great motivator, we have to be wary that our intentions don’t clash with the circumstances around us. We can be headstrong and determined and feel that nothing should stand in our way.

This is the first week of Saturn direct, after the retrograde cycle of Saturn that has gone on since the end of January. Many of the delays, some of the frustrations could drop away, and we might assume that there can be no stopping us now.

A tendency for overreach and stretching beyond our resources could be strong during our mid-week period. The actual implementation of our plans might be harder to execute. We might be either jumping the gun or distracted by unanticipated situations that come up and demand our attention.

The end of the week does allow us to be both enthusiastic and intuitive regarding the best ways to accomplish our goals. Our thoughts might turn to home projects and family matters as we prepare for get-togethers and social gatherings with family and friends.

The weekend could prove a little dicey. It’s Father’s Day weekend and we might encounter past connections or old memories that haunt us and even create anxiety or, at worst, heated discussions turning into arguments.

If we have to travel over the weekend, let’s be conscious and aware, with eyes in the back of our head and an ability to respond to events beyond our control that could impede our movement. Saturday is one of those days when I would choose not to fly. And Sunday could provoke long-forgotten expectations that pop up in memory and create a liability to discord.

All in all, this week provides a mirror of the volatility of these times — with possible extreme mood swings and actions that are impetuous rather than well-considered. This is a week for us to keep our wits about us, not rush to judgment and to avoid being over-reactive. Let’s allow the dust to settle before we opine or act upon what seems to be going on.

Monday, June 13th – Fast out of the Gate, Limping Along – Mars, Moon Void-of-Course. Monday begins the week with a great deal of intensity. The Scorpio Moon opposes Mars. It is also the first day of Saturn direct, having ended the four and a half month retrograde cycle where things may have been delayed or frustrated. We might feel as though the starting gate has opened for us. We could launch forward determined and quick. What we have to avoid is the likelihood of moving ahead without considering our resources. We might either spend too much today or we could find that the bills are coming due with a realization that our resources are being diminished. This is a day to rein in our passions but not to get discouraged by the contractive phase of these times. We are all being asked to be more resourceful and possibly with fewer resources at hand. While the day begins with a blast of energy, the energy dies down as the Moon goes Void-of-Course for almost nine hours, making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Scorpio and before entering Sagittarius later in the day. The past two days may have been a good time to clean up and clear out some of our clutter. The latter part of the day could have us feeling more optimistic, confident and looking to broaden our reach.

Tuesday, June 14th – Fever Pitch – Uranus, Saturn, Lunar T-Square, Neptune, Venus. This Tuesday asks us to think outside the box, consider alternatives and draw upon other people for wise counsel or as trusted sounding boards. Will we do so? Not necessarily so, especially if we get caught up in the whirlwind of caroms that can keep us bouncing off one thing, then another, all with an element of desires that could be delusional or just a waste of our time. The Moon is in Sagittarius and trines Uranus and sextiles Saturn. We may want to try out new things, investigate our options and emphasize a sense of change to old patterns and old habits. If we would draw upon other people to get their advice or their critique of our intentions, we could save ourselves a lot of time and a great deal of trouble. Such a disposition would be wise but unlikely to be unheeded. For the Moon also creates a Mutable Sign T-Square, with the Sagittarius Moon squaring Neptune and opposing Venus. We might easily get swept away by the energy of sampling this, trying that, without any forethought or due diligence regarding the situations, the circumstances or the conditions. If we rush ahead, we could carom from one bad decision / action to another. Our intention may be change, freedom and doing our own thing but it would be helpful for us to draw upon objective and detached perspectives to see whether we are chasing rainbows or following possibilities that could actually lead somewhere.

Wednesday, June 15th – Stretching Beyond Reality – Lunar Eclipse, Sagittarius Full Moon, Mercury, Sun. Talk about off the charts! This Wednesday could have us hopping. We might want what we want with our appetite far greater than our ability to ingest whatever catches our fancy. Today has the Sagittarius Full Moon, which is a Lunar Eclipse with the Moon opposed both Mercury and the Sun. This day could reflect back to us the fact that we may have taken on too much or tried too many things without dropping some of them along the way. We could be spreading ourselves too thin, wanting to stretch beyond our normal parameters but possibly glossing over issues and neglecting particular details along the way. We might have to rein ourselves in, concentrate on what is in front of us, all the while that we are contemplating possible projects for our future. On a geopolitical level, issues regarding foreign affairs could find some nations with egg on their face, having moved ahead without considering the consequences, both short-term and long-term. Change is in the air, but change can be either beneficial or detrimental. We have to be wary that in the quest for change we don’t negate the concept ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.’ Change also invokes the law of unintended consequences. If we enlist our changes, let’s at least do so in a tentative or probationary manner whereby we can always step back if we find the changes to be inimicable to our well-being.

Thursday, June 16th – Wrong Way Corrigan – Neptune, Jupiter, Lunar T-Square, Uranus, Pluto, Saturn, Mercury Cancer. Thursday starts off with a sense of enthusiasm and ‘get er done’ attitude. The Moon moves out of Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn where the Moon sextiles Neptune and trines Jupiter. We may feel inspired to put spirit into action, get our projects going and even go out and purchase necessary materials to move our interests ahead. We might feel that everything is going our way. Of course, such a feeling could occur before we step out the door, since the energy shifts rather dramatically. The Capricorn Moon then triggers the Cardinal Climax that we have been dealing with ever since last Summer, with a few brief reprieves in the interim. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares both Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Libra. No matter what our plans might be, things can come up that force us to change our plans and deal with unexpected situations that may not be so much of our making as much as other people’s issues. Our sense of obligation can impinge upon our spontaneity and our desire to do our own thing. Mercury today moves out of its own Sign of Gemini, thereby ending the Stellium of three planets in Gemini, and enters Cancer. We may become more focused on our living space, consider fix-ups around our home and pay greater attention to family matters. There is something warm and comforting about our home space and our loved ones.

Friday, June 17th – Close to the Ideal – Mercury, Neptune, Jupiter. Friday can be close to idyllic. Mercury trines Neptune and Mercury sextiles Jupiter. Our intuitive sense is heightened and we may feel optimistic and confident about how our lives are going. We might want to add a little flair to our living space, creating a greater sanctuary in our home base. If it feels right to us, we’ll go for it. We feel encouraged to listen to our inner voice and act on our sense of things rather than solely on empirical reasoning. We may want to buy things for our home, our wardrobe, any thing that could add a dash of style to our lives. We are more likely to see the half glass of water as half full rather than half empty. Although this can be a very upbeat day, it would be wise not to make long-term decisions or establish significant commitments today. We are only seeing the best of things today and may not only see things in their best light but even a brighter light than in reality.

Saturday, June 18th – The Law of Unintended Consequences – Venus, Saturn, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter. This weekend could prove difficult. Today, Venus trines Saturn but Mercury squares Uranus, one of my least favorite travel day configurations. Communications can be off, misunderstandings rampant and the ability to get from here to there disrupted. There can be reunions, reconnections that might seem pleasant, just as long as discussions are kept to the superficial and the non-invasive. If things get personal, or issues of the past dredged up, then some nasty things could be said. Today is a day to hold back from any impulsive reactions. Our thoughts might not be totally clear and our discussions perhaps not completely coherent. There can be a staccato quality to this day, a day of starts and stops, twists and turns. The day begins with the Moon in Capricorn trine Mars. We may have great intentions for this day, feel that we have scheduled ourselves effectively and that we are ready to carry out our plans expeditiously. That’s all well and good, but unexpected situations could arise that upset our plans, disrupt our schedule and could even throw us off center. The Moon goes into Aquarius where today it squares Jupiter and sextiles Uranus. Let’s avoid over-generosity or extravagance. We might have a tendency to showboat, wanting to shower on friends and strangers alike our largesse. Such behavior might only ratchet up our expenses and significantly increase our credit card balances. Let’s not go there. This is a day where bemusement regarding the weirdness of the world is called for. The more we can smile at the craziness of these times and the zaniness of people’s actions, the less upset we shall be at any interruptions to our intentions for the day.

Sunday, June 19th – Keeping it Light and Fluffy – Mercury, Pluto, Lunar Grand Trine, Saturn, Venus. This day could be incredibly paradoxical and much of it centers around our conversations. The Aquarius Moon creates a Grand Trine in the Air Element as the Moon trines Saturn in Libra and trines Venus in Gemini. Such a combination can be incredibly enjoyable in our get-togethers with other people. Reunions and reconnections can be fun interactions. We may take walks down Memory Lane with people from our past, discussing some of the great times we have had in earlier days. That’s the truly good part of this day. But like Cain and Abel, there is a less than pleasant aspect to this day and that aspect is the Mercury opposed Pluto. This day is Father’s Day and it could also bring up for us some of the downsides of our early rearing. Discussions could get heated, especially if long-held grievances are aired. It would be wise for us to keep in mind that each one of us sees reality based upon our own personal perspective. This weekend is one when we need to bite our tongue. While our feelings can be strong, we have to be aware that other people may not see things or have experienced them in the same way. This is not a time to try and convince people of our perspective. People could become righteous, and discussions might ratchet up into heated arguments. Even if today brings to consciousness past hurts or bad feelings of earlier experiences, it would be wise for us to keep in mind that those events are all water over the dam. This is not a day for therapeutic releases or intense psychological self-evaluations. This is a day to keep things light and fluffy, attend to any obligatory social occasions and recognize ‘that was then, this is now’. No crying over spilled milk today, no time for recriminations, no energy expended upon pay-backs; this day is far better served by keeping in mind that there are no mistakes in life, that everything serves a purpose, even if that purpose goes unrecognized and that even some of the slights and the hurts along the way have brought us to where we are today. This weekend is a time for us to exercise those muscles that allow us to: Smile! And in that regard of smile, if we are feeling bummed over the weekend, we might want hum or sing the Charlie Chaplin lilting song whose lyrics go:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by.

If you smile through your pain and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
For you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying.
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile-
If you just smile.