The astrology for this week of June 15th through the 21st of 2020 has Mercury turning retrograde for its second of this year’s three retrograde cycles with the week also ending the spring season as we enter summer at the Summer Solstice followed shortly thereafter by the Solar Eclipse at the time of the New Moon.
The week begins with us far more interested in our future plans than our present responsibilities. But with Mercury turning retrograde early Thursday [12:59 AM EDT], it would be wise for us to deal with any significant matters, tying up loose ends, making definitive decisions before Mercury turns retrograde.
Monday through Wednesday would be suggested as days to put on our harness, focus on our tasks at hand, and not be diverted by distractions or aimless mental meanderings.
Nose to grindstone might not be our preference, but we could streamline operations and accomplish a great deal before Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’ takes effect early on Thursday.
It’s not my intention to be a Cassandra, but I should point out that the Mercury retrograde through Cancer and by Sign trine to Neptune in Pisces might revive some of the issues that arose with the last Mercury retrograde back in February – March. We might hear the warning calls from the experts that rang the death knell from the virus epidemic in the winter warning us of the liable spike again from the virus. There may be suggestions of reinstituting lockdown just as we have been trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy. If such a situation were to occur, one has to wonder what the reaction might be this time around or in the autumn, a time that seems more likely for a lesser wave of the virus return. For some people, their reaction might be to dismiss the warnings and refuse to go back into lockdown.
The spring season comes to closure on Saturday at the time of the Summer Solstice [5:44 PM EDT] as the Sun exits Gemini to enter Cancer. Some of the frantic energy we might have experienced over the past month plus can drop away, as we pay more attention to the sanctuary of our home and the deep connection of companionship with family and friends.
Sunday has the Solar Eclipse at the Cancer New Moon [2:41 AM EDT]. The comforts of home that we grew accustomed to during our lockdown may be enticing us to step away from the craziness out in the world-at-large and concentrate instead on creating our own personal perfect world. Much of our focus over the next two weeks and beyond will be the question of balance — balancing our desire for personal freedom and individual self-expression with the structures, even restrictions, imposed by the collective. Extremes in actions and reactions are liable, and it would seem essential for us to be adept at walking across a most narrow balance beam.
Monday, June 15th – Bucking Up Against – Pluto, Sun, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course. Monday starts the week with the Moon continuing its transit of Aries with the Aries Moon today trine the Sun, and the Moon square both Pluto and Jupiter both in Capricorn. Late in the day, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for almost nine hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Aries and before the Moon enters Taurus early Tuesday morning. We might prefer spreading our wings, being out and about, and engaging any number of activities today. Not to be a wing clipper, but I would suggest dealing with matters pending resolution. We are approaching the three-week Mercury retrograde cycle, and it is far better for us to prioritize significant matters and deal with them now prior to the Mercury retrograde or else wait until mid-July after Mercury turns direct to attend to them. There will be times for us to take off out of Dodge, explore new horizons, but this Monday through Wednesday is likely to be better served dealing with our tasks and our obligations.
Tuesday, June 16th – Rolling the Boulder – Saturn. The Moon enters Taurus early in the morning, and shortly thereafter the Moon squares Saturn. The sirens may be calling, and we might prefer to be anywhere other than where we are. Similar to yesterday, we may be champing at the bit to do our own things, explore far-off reaches, and do virtually anything other than our usual responsibilities. Even if we attend to our pressing demands, there is no whistling while we work. We are more likely to be grousing as we try to do things with our attitude complemented by delays and frustrations as we go along. This is a day for us to ‘grin and bear it’. No smart aleck moves today, for we might experience being a little too smart for ourselves. If we try to cut corners, gloss over specifics, and just tie up loose ends in a shoddy manner; it all could come back to vex us in the days ahead. We may not be able to complete everything that we set out to do, might feel easily overwhelmed, but let’s keep in mind that Mercury is about to turn retrograde. Attending to essential matters now are far better than letting them hang indefinitely or doing so under less effective conditions.
Wednesday, June 17th – Light Bulb – Uranus, Mercury, Neptune. Wednesday continues with the Taurus Moon with the Moon today conjunct Uranus, the Moon sextile Mercury in Cancer, and the Moon sextile Neptune in Pisces. If we were flummoxed yesterday or just overwhelmed by all that we are supposed to do, this Wednesday could allow us to operate on greased wheels, if we are willing to think outside the box, consider alternative means and utilize a streamlined approach. Like a light bulb going off in our head, we might arrive at answers to any perplexing problems. By focusing on what is really important to get done prior to tomorrow’s start of the three-week Mercury retrograde, we can draw upon our intuitive sense and those ‘ah-ha’ moments when everything makes sense, the pieces fall neatly into place, and we can accomplish a great deal. We have to avoid putting blinders on, drawing solely upon experience and the way things ‘should’ be. On the contrary, we might devise more effective ways of taking care of what needs to get done rather than relying upon past methodologies. The blend of insight and intuition today may have us operating at our optimum, and we are operating certainly far better than yesterday when we might have been feeling only the push pulls of trying to get somewhere but getting nowhere. What a difference a day makes.
Thursday, June 18th – Murphy’s in the House – Mars, Pluto, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course, Saturn, Mercury retrograde. Late Wednesday, early Thursday [12:59 AM EDT], Mercury turns retrograde and begins the second of this year’s three Mercury retrograde cycles, which last three weeks and embody Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’. Often, the turning points of Mercury’s direction are the most squirrely with confusion rampant and various screw-ups possible. It’s like stepping onto a boat during rough seas and trying to get one’s sea legs. Until we get used to it, the intensity seems ratcheted up. The Moon in Taurus sextiles Mars, and the Moon trines both Pluto and Jupiter both in Capricorn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for nine hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Taurus and before the Moon enters Gemini where today the Gemini Moon trines Saturn. Mars sextiles Pluto. This Thursday suggests we keep our head down and take things step-by-step with an appreciation that our movement forward might not be in a straight line but rather could have a zig or a zag now and then. If we would plan out our day, we are less liable to march off the cliff. But keep in mind that whatever we do, it is essential that we check and re-check as we proceed. It’s too easy for us to miss certain points or get off on the wrong track. Once in gear, we could plow forward with determination and a great expenditure of energy. It is most important that we have itinerary in hand and direction and destination clearly in mind. Once in motion, we might find it difficult to slow down. The evening hours can have us in fun conversation with someone as we play catch-up with everything that has been going on.
Friday, June 19th – Talking the Talk – Venus. Friday continues with the Gemini Moon with the Moon today conjunct Venus. This is also the last full day of the Spring season prior to tomorrow’s Summer Solstice. We may be chatting up any number of people today. Discussions and getting together with people, whether in person or by some technological means, can be enlivening and fun interactions. We are interested in throwing wide open our mind, our thoughts, and our conversations. Talk about the gift of gab. As if silenced too long, many people are likely to make their voices heard. Even if we have been in process of getting back on track with our regular routine, we might choose to use this day as a time to escort out the spring season with a bang. Our interests and indulgences could be vast. We are possibly more interested in sampling any number of things rather than a singular focus today. Let’s look to the distant horizon, consider what could be, and not get stuck in the fearmongering that has generated anxiety and panic. As the saying goes, and an affirmation that we can employ on this Friday, ‘Life is good’. Today is a day to be upbeat, take into account a myriad of possibilities, and fully embrace being a member of the Mutual Admiration Society.
Saturday, June 20th – Summer Sun – Neptune, Mars, Moon Void-of-Course, Jupiter, Summer Solstice, Sun Cancer. Saturday has the Moon completing its transit of Gemini with the Moon today square both Neptune and Mars both in Pisces. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for over eight hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes is transit of Gemini and before the Moon enters Cancer early Sunday morning. Mars sextiles Jupiter, and the Sun enters Cancer at the Summer Solstice [5:44 PM EDT]. We exit the spring season and enter the summer season today. With a vast array of possibilities before us, we can be going from one thing to another to another, and often without any clear intention. As if entangled on a carnival’s tilt-a-whirl, we might feel as though we are spinning around and around, and loving the spin we’re in. Although it is suggested to slow things down on this Saturday, the energy runs counter to the suggestion. We could be all over the place today with extreme action, even recklessness, a strong likelihood. Wherever we place our energy today, we are liable to go full bore. This day calls for due diligence and proper planning, neither of which may come easily on this Saturday. By prioritizing our activities and focusing on the most significant matters, we can channel our high intensity energy into productive areas.
Sunday, June 21st – Height of the Light – Cancer New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Sun, Uranus. Sunday is the first full day of the summer season and is accentuated by the Cancer New Moon [2:41 AM EDT], a Solar Eclipse, with the Sun Moon conjunction. Late in the day, the Cancer Moon sextiles Uranus. Although this Lunation opens the door to new beginnings, we may find our involvements limited by imposed restrictions or our own personal constraints. While we are looking to move forward, it is important that we see our movements like building a suspension bridge, one slat at a time, with the realization that there are times when we need to go back in order to move forward. We might be more interested in new trajectories or incorporating innovative methods into our regular matters, but it would be wise for us to also enlist our expertise from experience. As the philosopher George Santayana advised: ‘those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it’. Revisionism presently may be stylish, but if we forget our experience, then we negate our lessons, we discount what we have learned to develop and grow in character, and we are liable to see everything as a mediocre sameness. This day represents the greatest length of daylight in the northern latitudes, and like that day itself this is a day for us to stand in our light and affirm our own progress on our journey through this life experience.