Humans have always celebrated the return of the light. On this day, June 21st, when the light lingers the longest, the Sun enters Cancer, marking the summer solstice. There has always been ceremony, honoring the light, contemplating its power, drinking in its radiance for renewal. During 2018 we engage with tumultuous times. Our shadow material and the collective shadow are up before us. We literally experience a battle between light and dark, consciousness and shadow. These times call for finding a way beyond polarity even as the face of it seems to grow. Now is a good time to be in ceremony.
The Sun opposes Saturn on the solstice. Obstacles become detour signs, a signal to go another direction. That direction is toward Uranus, trying something new and different, thinking outside our usual patterns, engaging our senses in more subtle perception, breaking free of the old. Uranus in Taurus calls for a deepening into stillness in order to gain broader consciousness. As we attune to the higher vibration of Uranus, we begin to hear inner direction from the intelligence that flows through all life. It becomes our guiding force. Synchronicities open up to us. We align to our center and find a stable yet flexible core, learning to trust what is unfolding and to recognize the opportunities before us.
Uranus in Taurus squares Mars in Aquarius through October. Get familiar with not knowing the exact answer. Expect sudden turns of events. Deepen your practice of listening. With Uranus in Taurus, revelation comes through spending time out in nature and in sacred places. This is the time to balance solitude and gathering with like minds, sharing vision, and insight. As we walk through these volatile times, practice detachment from taking things personally. There are eruptions from below (think of the Hawaiian volcano) and storms from above, and more to come! There are whirlwinds of change about us. To center and ground are the keys to stability. This is our mantra.
Mars in Aquarius is in its slowing process until it retrogrades on June 26th. Simplifying and letting go of over committing ourselves is essential. When Mars goes retrograde it is time to review what we have put in place, to review our intentions and reflect upon what we want to manifest in the future. It is advised not to begin big projects during the Mars retrograde, until August 27th. (For more info on these times and what we are moving through you can order a audio recording Susan’s June 1st talk https://susanheinz.com/purchase-astrololgy-talks-susan-heinz/ ).
Mars in its retrograde phase, especially squaring Uranus, can intensify impulsiveness, anger, reactionary behavior, impatience, and aggressiveness. Think of Mars retrograde as a time of testing our ability to remain calm, centered, and clear. I imagine the planets as master teachers offering opportunities for becoming skillful in moving through life, and instructing us in how to align with our creative powers most successfully. Humans are creators. We can use our creativity for positive or negative outcomes. Positive creativity nourishes the soul and builds love. Creativity can resolve polarity into integrated unity at higher levels of awareness. This is what is being called for now, in this great time of transition. Mars retrograde as master teacher, tests our ability to remain present and centered, while reviewing what we are putting in place for the future. Keep things simple in your schedule. All retrogrades bring what is unconscious up. We need space to honor this process, learn from it and reset ourselves.
The New Moon in Gemini takes place on June 13th. In this windy Gemini time of year we are busy, often mentally overwhelmed. The inner core of wisdom that Gemini possesses is we are of dual nature. Our task is to harmonize and balance our inner twins into wholeness, love, and integration. We are both spirit and material, male and female, emotional and mental. We can honor our dual nature at this new moon, setting intention for greater harmony within and throughout all mankind.
The Full Moon follows the summer solstice on June 27 in Capricorn. This axis of Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon highlights the feminine through the water sign, Cancer, and the earth sign, Capricorn; sensitivity and drive, imagination and practicality. On a personal level we seek ways to steady ourselves and recognize what profoundly unique and sensitive beings we are. We resonate with and are impacted by all the information surrounding us. We take time to appreciate ourselves, the journeys we travel, and the struggles to rebirth our humanity into a more inclusive and loving species. With Saturn next to with this Full Moon we are aware of the challenges we face collectively and invoke the wisdom to lead us forward.
These Hopi elder’s words give us the wisdom we need for these times,
“There is a river flowing now very fast…Know the river has its destination… Let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep your eyes open, and your heads above water… See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
“The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
The Twelve signs for June 2018: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, Uranus enters Taurus, activates phase 2! Whatever has begun within the last 7 years now goes to the next phase. Time to be bold with your endeavors. You discover or rediscover new talents. Your abilities and natural qualities grow as you engage them and move forward. With Mars in Aquarius you are supported with energy and desire to invent, and try new possibilities. You may feel the tension between Uranus and Mars as they align. So be flexible. New techniques, ways, or means may suddenly be shown to you; different than anything you have done before. Give it a try. With Mars going retrograde on June 26th, retreat, rest, review and rebuild your energy. Assess your goals.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Uranus into Taurus! I dreamt an eagle perched upon my left arm and showered me with golden water! (Uranus conjuncting my Mercury in Taurus). Wake up and pay attention; don’t miss the train, or rocket ship, I should say. Now is the time for the steady and constant Taurus to open to inner guidance and direction. Watch for what’s arising or showing up in the moment. Go with the flow in new ways. You will be receiving messages! With Mars in Aquarius slowing and going retrograde on the 26th, time to review and contemplate the direction of your career. Take time and listen before jumping into anything.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): The New Moon is in Gemini on the 13th. Here’s a way to attune to its energy as it aligns with the spiritual planet Neptune, the planet of empathy, poetry, music, and imagination. Go out at sundown on the 12th. To the West you will see Venus as she makes her descent to the horizon. To the East and rising, is bright Jupiter. Soon Saturn will also be rising in the East. Let yourself attune to the magic of the night sky, drinking in the mystery and love. With Mars in Aquarius stationing to retrograde, (rising in the East at 11:30 pm) the sign Gemini will be in harmonious alignment with Mars through the summer. This is the time to define and redefine, to clarify and fine-tune what you want and the path toward achieving it. Be flexible and open to new insights.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Mercury enters Cancer on the 12th and aligns with Uranus. New insights, revelations, and dreams stimulate your perceptions and understandings. With Saturn opposite Mercury, writing and communication can be grounded and practical. What a great combination!!! “Imagination is more important than Knowledge, so says Einstein! But now you can be focused enough to write it down, to learn new studies, and to allow the energy of Uranus to take you to new places! The summer solstice on the 21st is your time, full of light and staying outside to view starry night skies. Slowing down, healing and restoration is a great plan for you this month. Bring the light and love to yourself and fill your space with it. Happy Birthday!
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dearest Leo, your great heart awaits recognition. Venus enters Leo on the night of the New Moon. To receive the love you so deserve reach out with love to that partner or friend. Open your heart wide by really appreciating the good and the beautiful in your life. The energy is shifting and suddenly things seem easier. Venus brings a dose of pleasure and affection. Your patterns in relationship, friendship, or relationship with children may be changing. With Uranus in Taurus and Mars in Aquarius aspecting your sign, change is knocking on your door. (Read beginning of article to know more about Uranus and Mars). Let go of firmly held opinions and judgments to see the beautiful being who stands before you. Your love will be returned many folds.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, Uranus in Taurus, has and is encouraging you to travel, to try something out of the ordinary. Events this month (and last month) bring revelations, stimulate your mind, and offer new perspectives. Anything you take up now to learn becomes grounded and part of you. Perhaps, after a sudden surprise or disorientation, balance returns. This is an excellent time to put more attention to your health and work. In regards to work, with Mars retrograding, this is the time to ask, am I doing what I want to do? Am I speaking up when I need to? Am I getting enough movement in my life?
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This is a learning time for you, dear Libra, a time of expanding consciousness. Sometimes it may not look like it is a learning time, but it is, so keep that in mind. As the Uranus and Mars align in your chart there is a focus and awakening within partnership, particularly the quality of relatedness and intimacy. At the same time you are also aware of your own needs and actions toward a greater expression of yourself. You want to embody your desires and your individuality. It is recommended to separate the needs of relationship with your individual needs. In regards to relationship listen, be present, and somewhat detached from the emotional story line. In regards to your developing or expressing your individuality, define what you are wanting and take action outside of relationship toward your intentions.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): On the horizon is change. It is good and appropriate. It is as if you are trying to keep an even keel on the family and household, addressing many needs. You are seeking to keep things emotionally smooth. With Jupiter in Scorpio trining Neptune in Pisces, your solution is to be imaginative, empathic and playful in supporting change as it arrives. The way of stabilizing is to look to your overall values and create routines to support regularity while you move through new and exciting situations.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Time for routines to change! In what ways are you inviting that change into your daily life? A broader more inventive way of responding to work and your health is either already in place or needing to come into place. The planet Uranus is tracking you, sending you messages. Perhaps a vacation or getting away will allow you to capture those Uranian insights and inspiration. You always have strong passions and opinions. Now with Mars in Aquarius you benefit mostly from reviewing how and to whom you express them. Writing is helpful at this time for greater clarity. Some of these ideas become intentions and will lead you forward and some need to be released.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Take a risk! A new expression of yourself is being encouraged. You are already engaged with it. Playfulness in endeavors and a sense of detachment from past storylines brings success. You may try and hold on to a sense of security that was seen in the past as a reliable way to act, but you are learning that this can be revised. It’s not you versus them, it’s that change is afoot. Stay nimble in present time, observe, and create space for yourself. It is true that there is a reason you are here now living the very life you have. You are finding your unique path to accomplish your role in the world. Have faith.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, do you feel that Martian energy now in Aquarius? It wants to go someplace, accomplish things, and move! You may now be a force to reckon with! Or perhaps you feel this urge encouraging you from within, seeking to break free. There is a gathering of intent and desire to do, to enact, to express, to engage, to lead or instruct! At the same time you experience Uranus in Taurus calling you to attend to home and family. There can be change in your family or home, lots of unpredictable schedules and activity. You may feel restless. At the new moon on the 13th, retreat. Deeper listening brings clarity and wisdom.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, this month is an excellent time to go to the studio, your place of creativity, or the playroom, to dream, create, imagine. Time to imagine the next dream or vision you want to manifest. Brilliant ideas and imaginative thoughts will be lighting up your mind. There may be something you’re working on, trying to bring up to awareness. Perhaps it is a decision to make, a desire, or intention that is trying to surface. Give yourself space to hear what it is. Then make a road map and schedule your days ahead. Enjoy creating!
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 35 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.