Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights for June 2014, by Susan Heinz
High in the Northern skies, the Big Dipper pours itself over the horizon, as the night reveals the sparkling cosmos. Turning to the south Mars is a red lantern, revealing its fiery nature. The bright star calling us to the West at twilight is Jupiter. Such a drama is being played out! Now with Mars direct, we are freed into forward movement, obstacles ease up. A rush of movement and events take place. We gallop into June, once again picking up our original intentions, after having been tested, forced to deal with strategies of living that now longer serve us. In this Year of the Horse, in the month of airy Gemini, we are eager to encounter the next possibility.
June continues to carry the intensity of this rare planetary “Cardinal Cross”, the alignment of Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars. (see www.susanheinz.com for detailed descriptions of the planetary alignments for 2014). We hang suspended between the old and the new, and feel the tension of these polarities battling it out globally, politically, economically, and personally within our psyches. Pluto, along with Saturn in Scorpio, brings up what we have kept hidden, or aspects of what has formed our societies that we prefer not to see, exposing the underbellies of our policies. We feel the chaos of this time. Many of us experience vulnerability as we navigate through the tension, holding opposing forces within our own lives and not knowing what the outcome will be. Like the caterpillar, we have woven and entered a cocoon of metamorphosis. We are experiencing the dissolving of what we have been accustomed to. An alignment of a Grand Water Trine, emphasizing Neptune in Pisces, the Great Dissolver, churns this process while containing the imaginative possibilities of new birth.
Mercury goes retrograde on the 7th, (direct July 1st), notoriously known as a problem causer, a trickster complicating our lives! If we look at the heavens as an instructional map of how to move with the flow of life, we than see Mercury retrograde differently. Mercury teaches us that its retrograde period is a “yin” time of the year, time for reflection, review, and correction. When Mercury turns direct, we move into a “yang” time, ready to move forward with plans, schedules, and outgoing situations. During this retrograde cycle, reflection on the quality of our relationships, and what we would like to cultivate anew in our lives, benefits us.
The full Moon in Sagittarius takes place on June 12. This is a playful and adventurous moon that loves learning and travel. The summer Solstice, on June 21st, brings the longest day of the year. The sun stands still (solstice) for three days at dawn on the Southeastern horizon, before reversing its direction toward the Northeast. The Solstice brings the Sun into Cancer, sign of home and family, and the sign of stabilizing ourselves through a strong inner connection with trust in ourselves and our journey! The New Moon in Cancer takes place on June 27. Here it harmoniously aligns with compassionate and imaginative Neptune. Start a new artistic project!
Twelve opportunities for June: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): You can now move forward with plans that have been set aside. You feel better and see things more clearly. You want to be freed up of any complicated entanglements. Be patient as you navigate through various relationships that call for clear concise communications. Cultivate a loving relationship with yourself. June calls for enjoying your home and family.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): This month relationship is on your mind. You find yourself bringing more beauty into your life, whether it is through how you take care of yourself, or immersing yourself in artistic pursuits. Changes taking place in your relations with people support you to deepen your connections. Midmonth, step back from situations, detach from outcome, and allow yourself to reflect on what is developing, whether artistic or relational. Communication and writing highlight the end of the month.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): With Mercury going retrograde this month is a good time to slow your involvements and commitments. Though this is especially challenging at the beginning of the month, to do so will guide you more productively through the rest of the year. Unexpected situations arise with children in which you want to be especially present and alert to the situation at hand.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Something from the past is up for review. You now have access within yourself for more compassion, both for yourself and others. Changes continue to take place within your family and home though you have now navigated through the most challenging aspects of it. This month acknowledge what it is that you would really like to have in your life. Feel it in your bones. Your self identity is transforming!
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This month express yourself! Get out and engage that wonderful Leo wit and creativity with friends and/or the public in general. You will be well received and appreciated! Then take time to regroup. Find time to contemplate, and gestate a new idea because doors will soon open for you. You will feel trust and confidence filling your day.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): June asks you to trust your own intuition and counsel. There is a gathering going on for you, pulling together ideas, insights, various possibilities. An artistic projects calls to you and asks you to pursue your goals. Saying no to others and carving out time in your calendar will serve you well otherwise tension in relationships build. Seed your dreams this month by surrendering to a deep desire that you have carried for a long time!
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): You have come up to your edge of what is workable in terms of your time. In the first part of June, say no. Let something go. This is the time to get a clearer view of what the next several months can offer you, but only if you slow down and review your intentions, goals, and how you want to create your life. Situations in relationships carry unexpected turns. Be patient and flexible when possible, but don’t sacrifice yourself for others right now. Take the initiative to create something new.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): You notice yourself responding with more intensity. There may be something you want or something that is motivating you that you are not fully conscious of. Take the time to investigate what that is, then take more responsibility for implementing it yourself. You have a lot of power and ability, yet great sensitivity. Reflect on what you want to create next in your life. July will bring you more vitality, motivation, and movement.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Group and family dynamics carry a lot of energy and attention for you this month. You know what direction you want to lead or direct the flow of events. This may be a challenging time for those you are involved with, so be flexible with your timeline. There is support from a partner or friend toward your intentions. It is a good time to review with others the strategy or vision of the future again.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): June feels like a balancing act for you. Steady pursuit of your goals, with initiative on your part toward those goals, still greatly benefits you. Thoughtful communication with the one you love is called for. This is a good time to review situations you share together, what is working or not, and then map out future plan. Success comes with focus and discipline around your creative expression. Because of this you break though to new levels that support ease and enjoyment.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): You feel excitement. Something new is developing in your life. Travel, learning teaching, and creative expression are highlighted. With the excitement there is an understanding that your life is changing and you are letting go. The structure of your habits, orientation, and role in the community are changing. July will bring growth and enjoyment in partnership or with someone you love.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): There is busyness for you this month. As Mercury goes retrograde on the 7th, retreat and regroup. Your imagination is active and your desire to be of help or service is prominent. As you regroup reflect on your next project. This is an excellent time to gain more clarity on exactly what it is and how to guide it. With group endeavors be clear, patient, and flexible.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, Astrology or Painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com