Jun 13, 2011

Astrological Trends for June 13-19

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

A perplexing start to the week begins on Monday, June 13th, as the moon in the fixed water sign of mysterious Scorpio is opposing Mars in the fixed earth sign of willful Taurus. The moon is also forming an unstable quincunx to the sun conjunct Mercury in the mutable air sign of Gemini. With a full moon in the truth-seeking sign of Sagittarius approaching on Wednesday, I think Monday's lunar aspects are showing you what you must dig into or remove in order to see the truth clearly. If there is an area of your life that feels blocked or is giving you frustration, persist in seeking more information or communicating until your curiosity is satisfied or you achieve the end result you expect. As the full moon energy builds, it is time to push and bring things to a head or a completion. Venus, the planet of pleasure and affection, in flirty Gemini is still quincunx to potent Pluto in reserved Capricorn. This quincunx aspect can have dual and disconcerting effects. People who are austere and uptight by nature will lose some of their starch and may become spontaneous and carefree. People who are just in it for fun will have to assume responsibility for any thoughtless or frivolous behavior. How you experience this aspect depends a great deal on where the planets involved are transiting in your own birth chart. Venus is also square to Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, but this aspect finally loses its grip on Wednesday. As it fades, your heart will feel lighter and any confusion or unrealistic expectations in relationship will lift. A supportive sextile between friendly Venus in Gemini and Uranus in "me-first" Aries can help create healthy space and independence within your relationships. All relationships benefit from sharing ideas, exploring new places, and adding an element of adventure or competition. Two other aspect patterns carry over from last week. The blessings and grace of expansive Jupiter in material Taurus sextile fruitful Neptune in spiritual Pisces will continue to add optimism and ease to your life. If you have been manifesting things just when you need them or noticing how things just seem to work out, you are experiencing the gift of Jupiter sextile Neptune. The square between Uranus in the cardinal fire sign of Aries and Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn will continue to cause friction between old and new in your personal life. Uranus/Pluto may also continue to bring us shocking news, unveiling of political corruption, and disturbed weather patterns. Later this evening, the moon leaves the sign of Scorpio and enters the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius. A quincunx forms between the happy-go-lucky moon and expansive Jupiter in the earth sign of Taurus. The moon also forms a problematic square to Neptune in the mutable water sign of Pisces. It will be all too easy to get caught up in the pleasures of earthly delights. The effect of alcohol or other mind-altering substances is enhanced under these energies and you may find your tolerance to be low. Please don't drink and drive. Use the laid-back, indulgent energy of the evening to appreciate pleasure at home.

An enthusiastic and energized start is possible on Tuesday, June 14th, as the moon in the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius forms a favorable trine to genius Uranus in the pioneering cardinal fire sign of impatient Aries. When air meets fire, energy runs high. Even though a trine is considered an easy aspect, because of the volatile and easily-excitable nature of these signs and the planets involved, expect some people to be highly irrational, egotistical, or temperamental now, especially if they get pushed too hard or ignored. If any tempers flare, they should calm down quickly. Sagittarius is the one sign of the zodiac that loves to be laughed at and will go to great lengths to make others laugh. The humor built into the Sagittarius moon cycle can turn any drama today into a comedy if you let it. There may be some drama with the moon being in opposition to Venus in Gemini until mid-afternoon and the moon square to Neptune in Pisces. Some people (I hope not you) will want to cling to their story of misery or negativity. Maybe they are afraid no one will give them attention if they let go of the drama. Mars in Taurus semi-sextile the sun conjunct Mercury in Gemini helps you stay proactive and positive. It is an aspect that also gives you patience and strength to deal with the weaknesses of others. At lunchtime, the moon in companionable Sagittarius enters a supportive sextile with Saturn in Libra. This aspect makes people play and work well together, especially if they have a worthy cause to pursue. Despite the mounting pressure of the approaching full moon and eclipse, there is good-natured tolerance and an eager anticipation for a new cycle of energy. Full moon is always about some kind of ending or completion, but this month's full moon in Sagittarius is not hung up on the past or filled with any regrets - it is already looking to the future with optimism.

On Wednesday, June 15th, there is a full moon and total eclipse in the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a highly intelligent, social, charming, active sign that is always seeking truth, the common ground among diverse people and cultures, and loves to laugh, learn, grow, and explore. There is always something to discover around the next corner or behind the next smiling face. Look to your own natal chart to determine what area of life this full moon and eclipse will affect. The full moon is usually an emotionally-intense time, but the mutable energy of Gemini and Sagittarius means that there is less attachment to things and it gives the ability to adapt to new situations. The conjunction of the sun and Mercury, the planet of thought, also dilutes some of the emotional intensity of the full moon. You will be more circumspect and intellectual in your approach to things. You can decide which ways seem best and then direct your attention to them without too much fuss or effort. In the afternoon, the Sagittarius moon forms a quincunx to Mars, the planet of action, in the fixed earth sign of Taurus. You may find that working on a project or doing something physical, such as sports, helps you release the energy of the full moon and eclipse quickly and constructively. This quincunx indicates that energy must be moved on the material plane. If you resist this and do not move the energy, it may manifest negatively as irritation or physical bumps, bruises, or minor mishaps. As the day progresses, the sun and Mercury in the mutable air sign of Gemini enter a favorable trine with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. This energy can help you with creative endeavors that require imagination, spirituality, or beauty. Venus also develops a trine to Saturn in the relationship-minded cardinal air sign of Libra. Proper methods in work, striving for perfection, social skills and proper conversation, and behavior in relationships are important now. Both trines will enhance romantic relationships or influence you to be more consciously loving.

Powerful emotions and directed force of will are operative on Thursday, June 16th, thanks to the moon in the cardinal earth sign of taskmaster Capricorn conjunct controlling Pluto in Capricorn. Together, the moon and Pluto form a challenging square to Uranus in the cardinal fire sign of Aries, but also exchange very supportive energy with a trine to Jupiter in Taurus. I believe the best way to interpret this mix of energy would be that any knee-jerk resistance to change will be overridden by the promise of practical profit that growth or expansion of energy always brings. Clinging too closely to old ways, even if they are proven or established, will eventually lead to entropy and the planetary aspects are informing you of the end that is built into everything. New energy must move. In the early afternoon, Mercury, the planet of communication and transportation, shifts from the mutable air sign of Gemini to the cardinal water sign of Cancer. As Mercury enters Cancer, it moves into a flowing trine with Neptune in Pisces. People will move from the mental detachment of curious Mercury in Gemini to the caring concern of Mercury in emotional Cancer. Next, the moon/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn enters a problematic square to Saturn in Libra, activating reserve and control, strongly suppressed emotion, or projection of a very serious personal presence. The moon also activates the square that has been in place all week between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. Additionally, Venus in Gemini forms a quincunx to the moon and Pluto in Capricorn. Sometimes I wish you could feel the energy I feel when I look at complex aspect patterns in a chart. The mixed bag of signs and elements forms a painting or song in my head that I have no perfect words for. Today, as you energetically slide down the slope of the full moon peak, you will change mind and heart subtly but irrevocably. You may decide something deep inside that stays inside. No one will know, not even you, about the true potency of the change until you see the effects manifesting over weeks, months, and years of your life.

People may be quick to take offense and turn frigid or disapproving on Friday, June 17th. The moon in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn is a bit standoffish and isolated today. Emotionally, you and everyone else will be processing full moon revelations and adjusting to a shift from a cool, bubbly, intellectual Mercury in Gemini to a warm but whiny, emotional Mercury in Cancer. Mercury in Cancer happens to be square to Uranus in Aries now. Freedom-loving, independent Uranus in Aries may not be pleased with Mercury going soft and sentimental. This aspect will be most difficult for anyone who does things without a conscience or puts up with unethical situations for self-serving reasons. Later this evening, the moon in Capricorn makes a quincunx to the sun in Gemini, further stirring up petty irritations or mental annoyances. I have an image in my mind of a giant swatting at mosquitoes buzzing around his ears. Little things may become very big in your mind and you may allow them to overwhelm you. Concentrate on maintaining proper emotional and mental perspective.

Get your thinking cap out on Saturday, June 18th, and pack some extra patience when you leave to go anywhere. The blending of aspects today looks a bit like a Mercury retrograde with some craziness and the need for ingenuity and stubborn coercion in order to get where you want to be. The moon is in the fixed intellectual air sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is the most future-oriented of all the signs and can anticipate trends, find new solutions to old problems, and see the point long before anyone else. The moon is square to Jupiter in the stubborn earth sign of Taurus and the moon is quincunx to Mercury in the water sign of Cancer. That earth and water are bogging down Aquarius air and I see this aspect pattern as foaming water racing over rocks in a river. It is important to use the best qualities of Aquarian energy and take nothing personally if you intend to ride these planetary rapids today. Looking at Mars in Taurus square Neptune in Pisces immediately made me think of the song, "MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb. The lyrics, "Someone left the cake out in the rain. I don't think that I can take it. 'Cause it took so long to bake it. And I'll never have that recipe again," perfectly describe Mars in Taurus square Neptune in Pisces. Take care of material things that have meaning for you or avoid being too attached to, or emotionally influenced by, the material world. This evening, the Aquarius moon becomes extra charming thanks to a trine between the moon and Saturn in Libra. Smart wins over pretty, form follows function, and the many matter more than the one, but romance can be enhanced by intellectual stimulation. Guys, if you want to impress a lady tonight, ask to hear what she thinks - she will be flattered and you will gain points. Unfortunately, Mercury in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, creating a potential for a male/female power struggle. If you want to keep your points with women now, allow that the woman is always right.

Nothing but communication, travel, and happy social scenes is in the forecast for Sunday, June 19th. Today bodes well for parties and celebrations where all kinds of people gather. The moon in the fixed air sign of Aquarius, the humanitarian, is trine to playful Venus in brotherly Gemini. The sun in Gemini forms a friendly trine to Neptune in nostalgic Pisces. Even if there is no summer celebration on your calendar, get outside and socialize today. Any event you attend now will be remembered with fondness in the years to come.

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