June 2020

June begins with our attention turned to our relationships, those people that add so much to our lives. Whether the transitions in relationships through social media to social distancing have created a personal divide, we may be more considerate of our friends and family, our neighbors and strangers.

The upsets of these times of intense disruptions, realignments and reset may have proven difficult for people and especially difficult for those people who have not developed the skill set of coping, much less adapting to changing circumstances and changes which have occurred without even a moment’s notice.

Our compassion for those people suffering from the weight of the alterations to our lives, the insecurities and the fears, could be engaged on the 2nd of June when Venus squares Mars. While we can make people aware of healing techniques and ways by which to learn how to cope with these changing times, we do have to watch that we do not become co-dependent, trying to fix things for people when they are being asked to fix things for themselves.

Misery may love company, but I suggest you not make it your company. Instead, maintaining an upbeat attitude, providing helpful hints and encouraging other people to find their way may prove far more effective in the long run.

Peter McWilliams and John-Roger wrote a book published in 1988 entitled You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought, a sentiment especially true during these times of reset.

When we are open to receive and embrace an attitude of gratitude, good things happen. When we allow fear to take hold, we draw to us negative consequences. Years ago when I was in my early twenties [yes, years ago], I was in a spiritual group, many of whose participants were living in an apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. While doing some of our spiritual work together in one of the apartments, one of the children of parents in the group became quite ill. This child’s parents were across the street in Central Park. I hurried to get them. I was agitated and fearful, and as I crossed the street a dog lunged at me. I realized my fear attracted the lunge, and it taught me that fear is a magnet for negative consequences.

Now more than ever, we cannot afford the luxury of negative thoughts.

Good times can be had on the 3rd of June when the Sun conjuncts Venus. Our relationships can be scintillating and comforting. Perhaps we can pull back the veil of Maya, see beyond the illusions and come to a realization that in truth everything does in deed work out.

This sense of good times may be enhanced thanks to the Mercury sextile Uranus on the 5th of June, a day with the Sagittarius Full Moon, a Lunar Eclipse [3:12 PM EDT]. Good aspects of Mercury Uranus provide us ‘ah-ha’ moments, those times of inspiration, and times when we receive surprising news that reaffirms the magic and mystery of these times. The Sagittarius Full Moon triggers a Mutable Sign T-Square with the liability of taking on too much, trying to do too many things, and filling our heads with too many possibilities. This is a time when it would be wise for us to get out of our own way, not try to force anything, and allow the universe to work its magic.

Change is hard, especially breaking free of our conditioned past of assuming that we need to be in control of situations, when in truth we hardly ever have been.

We could see this play out on the 6th of June when the Sun squares Mars. Whether it’s our own stuff or someone else’s agenda, we could run ourselves ragged on this Saturday trying to do too much. We might find ourselves running in circles without getting much done.

A sense of confusion with too many options of future prospects might flummox us on the 11th when the Sun squares Neptune. We might consider all sorts of possibilities, each one seeming wanting in some regard.

The early part of June may have us champing at the bit, wanting to get on with things but totally unclear as to what to get on with. It would be important for us to slow things down, engage due diligence, and consider the pros and cons of each situation one by one. We could be in such a state of excitement and agitation that all the individual possibilities meld into one kaleidoscopic mess with the outcome only being total confusion and lack of clarity.

The 13th of June ratchets up a sense of overwhelm with the liable consequence of doing something, anything, without taking into account the intention of our actions, much less its likely impacts. The Mars Neptune conjunction on the 13th can have us acting like Wrong Way Corrigan, more interested in heading out rather than having itinerary or direction in mind. This is a time that demands that we keep it real and not chase after illusions or phantoms.

The 18th of June begins the second of this year’s three Mercury retrogrades [12:59 AM EDT]. This Mercury retrograde transits back through Cancer and lasts until July 12th when Mercury turns direct. This Mercury retrograde asks us to review and rework matters associated with home and family. We may wax nostalgic about the ‘good old days’ that are better remembered than the way we actually experienced them.

We close out the Spring season with the Mars in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn on the 18th, and Mars sextile Jupiter on the 20th prior to the Summer Solstice.

Although our society conditions us to be assertive, aggressive and controlling, recent challenges provide us an indication that the bellicose and belligerent may not be truly effective. By being flexible and adaptable, we might discover that we truly are the co-creators of our destiny with the universal unfolding.

This end of the Spring season offers us to be softer rather than harder, receptive rather than aggressive, adaptable rather than stubborn, effective rather than stymied.

We are given a good reminder of true reality in nature by the Taoist sentiment expressed by Lao Tzu:

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”

The summer season begins on the 20th at the summer solstice [5:44 PM EDT] as the Sun exits Gemini to enter Cancer and imprint the season ahead. The true kickoff of a season occurs with the New Moon in that Cardinal Sign and with this summer we don’t have to wait too long as the Cancer New Moon, a Solar Eclipse, occurs on the 21st [2:41 AM EDT], late on the 20th out west.

This early summer could have us busying ourselves with home projects and family affairs. Although we have likely come out of our shell, our imposed lockdown, we may possibly do so tentatively, stepping slightly away from our home base but possibly not going too far nor being too expeditious in our movements. Caution may be the watchword for many people, even if summertime activities are beckoning us back into familiar summer routines.

On the 23rd, Neptune turns retrograde [12:31 AM EDT] for the next five months, retrograding back through Pisces, the Sign Neptune rules. Our imagination can be heightened with liabilities of anxieties and intense concerns. We might face the question as to whether the panic and fear instilled during the height of the pandemic back in February will rear its head with many of us waiting for the shoe to drop as news media and ‘experts’ warn of yet another wave of spiked infections for the autumn.

As I often suggest, it would be wise for us to ‘check the source and check their agenda’.

In our post-modern world of relativity where the objective becomes subjective, and facts are nuanced according to the personal bias, we need to keep our wits about us, draw upon our own intuitive sense and our empirical understanding, to determine for ourselves what we consider the ‘truth’ to be.

The 25th of June has Venus turning direct [2:48 AM EDT]. We might find ourselves connecting with any number of people. Our encounters may be brief, but we enjoy the broad spectrum of characters that we can engage. After months of being cooped up, self-isolating, we’re ready to meet anyone and everyone, fascinated by their stories and their personal journey down the rabbit hole.

The 27th of June has Mars exiting Pisces to enter its own Sign of Aries [9:45 PM EDT]. Except for the two and a half day transits of the Moon through a Fire Sign, we have been without Fire for the past two months. Now we have a huge infusion of fire with us ready to take machete in hand, carve our own path and in an adventurous, even at times reckless, manner. Our physical energy may be stronger as we slough off some of the lethargy to which we may have grown accustomed during the recent lockdown.

Mars sextiles Saturn on the 28th. We can implement some of our planned projects, reach for the stars, and put our personal mark on our future goals. We are looking to reach out for advice and wise counsel to those people who have the expertise, the experience and a grounded perspective that can hone our intentions and could help us devise a best practices strategy to successfully realize our future goals.

We end the month of June on the 30th with Jupiter conjunct Pluto, Mercury sextile Uranus, and the Sun conjunct Mercury. With greater confidence of our abilities, a focus on our truly meaningful projects, and a willingness to both think outside the box and implement innovative techniques; we can move forward assertively towards reaching for the stars and realizing our greatest dreams.

June 2020… Up and At ‘Em…