The Bigger View
Astrology gives us that larger view so needed at this time. It helps us understand the meaning and purpose of the times in which we live. It is good to remember then, that we are collectively in an initiatory process, going through a profound right of passage. As we think about the Saturn Pluto Jupiter conjunction that define the archetypal qualities of the year, we bring our attention to the explosive power of Pluto to bring out that which has been repressed, the anguish and the pain, for we are in transformative times. We are in that liminal space of uncertainty and disruption, bringing to the surface the trauma, violence, and repression of the past. Saturn and Pluto define what is before us, a process of confronting extremes and walking through challenging times. The planetary pair also initiates us into our capacity for perseverance, endurance, and strength, in this labor of rebirthing. Saturn and Pluto call us to reconnect with soul, our own soul, and the soul of the country. We are taken back to the roots of our foundation and there we encounter the wound that calls for healing.
Mars in Pisces with Neptune
Mars entered Pisces May 12th, moving steadily to conjunct Neptune in Pisces and we collectively enter the sea of deep collective feeling (Pisces). Boundaries become diaphanous. The way we move (Mars) enters the feeling realms, and the themes of victim, martyr, savior, (Pisces). We struggle in the tumultuous sea (Pisces) of our now. The stress, tension and uncertainty of these last months have become a way of being, and now we feel the anguish, we see the images and a deep cry rises up. Suddenly the whole country is feeling the pain, the despair, the anger, the anguish and the fears for our future and country’s direction. This movement of Mars toward Neptune in Pisces happens within the outer planets tense and explosive alignments. Let us engage with the Piscean gift of imagination and empathy for the rebirthing before us, and take action (Mars) on a collective level (Pisces).
We are also engaged in the Venus retrograde transformative process. The planet Venus has disappeared from view, entering the deep and unseen, while it works the end of one cycle and rebirth of another. This process always initiates a time of collective review. We are vividly shown what is necessary in our relations (Venus) for healing, wholeness, and a sense of integrity. What is revealed are the dominant values threaded through our society. Here the awareness and transformation must occur. Deeper truer values must be engaged. The degree of discord now arising illustrates the distance from our core values. It is now our task, during the Venus retrograde period (until June 24th), to deepen our awareness into the very heart of our humanity, drawing out values that honors each life, that values the need for healing the very foundations upon which this country built itself.
Power packed with cosmic events at this time, the cosmic story brings our attention to realignment this month, for that is the nature of eclipses, when the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon come into perfect alignment. We are shown the ‘shadow’ and once again we are being asked to attune to greater awareness, through the 3 upcoming eclipses.
1) First, the Lunar Eclipse takes place on June 5th, at 15 degrees Sagittarius, falling on the USA’s Ascendant. This activates our axis of consciousness from self to other (literally the ascendant and descendant of the USA chart). The eclipse squares Mars, as did the Gemini new moon on May 22nd, describing the violence and challenge taking place. Contemplate the belief systems that form our realities. Where do we want to transform?
2) On the Summer Solstice, June 20th, a pivotal initiatory point of the year, the Solar Eclipse takes place. This celestial message grabs our attention with the need to wake up to a greater sense of who we are and where we live, which collectively has been narrowed and flattened into unimaginative profit and loss. Meditate upon the nature of our belonging. What is our larger belonging and how can we redefine our belonging, giving it larger scope and purpose?
3) The third eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse, takes place on July 4th, our country’s birthday. This eclipse aligns with the Sun in the chart of the USA. During a lunar eclipse, (a Full Moon), the shadow of the Earth falls on the Moon as it perfectly aligns with the Sun. This story from the cosmos calls out to us, shaking us into realizing something extraordinary is happening. It is time to face the shadows the eclipsed views provide us. We are at a threshold of the old and the new. How will we align with and hear the needs of the soul of our country? Contemplate on how you nurture, embrace, and express your unique soul’s gifts and purpose.
Celestial events for June
May 12th – June 24 – Venus retrograde until June 24th The review deepens. We are now engaged in a powerful turning point as Venus disappears from the evening sky and enacts the descent into the deep to be born a new, appearing once again, on June 9th as the morning star.
The retrograde phase brings to our attention neglected areas or situations of conflict in order to understand the underlying motives and needs that are being ignored. What arises during this time then becomes the teaching.
June 3 – The Sun conjuncts Venus retrograde, called inferior conjunction, at 13 Gemini, a seeding of new values takes place
June 5 – Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) at 15 Sagittarius/Gemini squaring Mars in Pisces, (see above)
June 13 – Mars conjuncts Neptune at 21 Pisces, (Neptune at station point, retrograde on the 22nd), (see above)
June 17 – Mercury goes retrograde at 14 Cancer (on USA Sun), direct on July 12th
June 20 – Summer Solstice, Sun enters Cancer, and Solar Eclipse at 1 Cancer! (see above)
June 24 – Venus goes direct at 5 Gemini, take your values into action
June 27 – Mars enters Aries, courage and action heats up, new beginnings possible
June 29 – Jupiter conjuncts Pluto, 24 Capricorn (2nd conjunction this year), Jupiter enlarges the transformative processes we are in.
July 1 – Saturn returns to Capricorn
July 4 – Lunar Eclipse, full Moon, 13 Capricorn, Sun at 13 Cancer on the USA Sun, (see above)
The Twelve signs for June 2020: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): During June, dear Aries, you find yourself reviewing your beliefs. It is especially valuable to do so now. Like updating your file system. You may find that some beliefs, lodged into your behaviors, no longer serve you, in fact are even causing hardship. This eclipse cycle shows you what is no longer relevant or true for healing and greater integration. As you reassess your beliefs, you are stabilizing and renewing your inner foundations, aligning your actions with greater awareness by which to live and thrive.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Before you are transformative possibilities. You may feel quick starkly your own vulnerabilities, your subjective reactions, that stir your emotions while in relationship. These roots may be deep. This is the time for healing, a time for surrendering old issues and allowing a shift in perception. From this awareness, a sense of self worth and a firmer inner strength develops.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, you are the twins, and the twins imply relatedness and relationship. This month helps you understand your self /other orientation. How can you cultivate your communication so that your speaking isn’t about what you know but rather feels into the quality of a resonance with another? Ask yourself, “What do I most value in relationship?” The eclipses may show you your shadow side that is so difficult to perceive. As you readjust your consciousness you come to a new level of understanding of your own tenderness and worth.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This month you feel the call to be of service. You might take the time to retreat and deepen into contemplation, reflecting upon the qualities of heart and spirit that you want to bring out into your everyday life and work. You could think of this as being called to ‘yoga’, cultivating awareness and wisdom, bringing body, mind, and spirit together. Take the time to care for yourself, your health and well-being. As you do this, you embody more confidence and openheartedness in your participation with all that you do.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, this month highlights your creative expression, and your connection with friends and community. It is a beneficial time to consider and feel the qualities of the core values and intentions that bring you to groups and community. Pausing to experience how your heart is engaged with what you love and how you are able to share that heart supports the gifts you offer. Your radiant nature is a blessing that enjoys experiencing your connection with others, those that understand and appreciate who you are. It feeds you and allows you to more fully embody your gifts. Now you balance outer relationships with the relationship you have with yourself. Appreciate yourself for yourself.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): This lunar eclipse, dear Virgo, gives you the opportunity to find a balance between being out in the world and being home. Now you may focus on your profession or what truly brings meaning and purpose to your life. The eclipse heightens attention to your outer and inner lives. There is a need to re-gather yourself as you reflect on home, family, and particularly, your own deeper needs, desires, and quality of living. This opens a pathway for bringing what is truly potent and meaningful out to share. There may be helpers now that support your work and help to clarify direction.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Take a moment to pause and reflect on the broader view, your own understanding and beliefs that allow you to grow and continually unfold more of who you are. This month highlights how you activate your understanding and philosophies into your day-to-day life. You may find yourself writing more often, and in that reflection, gaining a greater appreciation of yourself. Be alert to any challenges that develop from others and understand it’s an opportunity to do what you, Libra, do so well, deliberate, and thoughtfully consider how to best communicate.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, as you bring forth your talents, you activate the dynamics between yourself and others. Within you is a power and a natural ability to affect change and transformation. This month brings out those qualities, and helps you to refine yourself as you create outreach and intimate connections with others. Your imagination and expression are strong now. The key is ‘clarity and patience’ while you engage in your creations and your interactions with others.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, that wonderful fiery spirit within you goes directly toward your goals. Your passion carries you. This month highlights your self-directedness, your self-reliance and capabilities, but also asks you to be just as fully present with others. You may feel the need to hurry, or go straight to that goal, but the universe now calls you into experiencing the quality of your relationships. Here you draw insights, and share intimately, enabling you to remember those core values of our interconnectedness.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, this month brings you the opportunity for assessment and realignment with yourself. It initiates a process of awareness for deepening your relationships and partnerships. You may experience a greater devote to your work, your health, and an inner awareness of refinement and growth. The lunar eclipse, as well, highlights your deeper self, the way you tap into your imagination, find alone time, and navigate those inner realms, all in service to new levels of integration in those areas of life. These actions support your clarity in communicating, expressing, and creating from the heart.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, with Saturn now in your sign, there may be a new responsibility, a new and deeper deliberation in your way of being, perhaps a stronger focus on completing and manifesting a project, an idea, a task. This month touches your creative spark and your vision. For you, it’s about community, or the greater vision that can lead us into the future. This month brings a focus to these thoughts. It highlights your leadership as well as how you nurture others. You might ask yourself to clearly define those values you hold precious in your life, because now you refine your expression with the capacity to share your insight and gifts.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, with Mars now traveling through Pisces, be aware of your sensitivity to the impact of events in the world and the emotions around you. Your empathetic self is open wide, so to bring ease, refocus into your imagination, your deeper poetic and creative self. Let it nurture your heart. Your home, family, and your inner life have held your focus. We might look at this time as a time to contemplate your beliefs and inner foundations, allowing yourself to settle in a new way. There is a call to share your insights, wisdom, and your unique creativity. This is certainly a time of seeing and gaining clarity for your purpose and pathway forward. Let the natural world speak to you with synchronicity and messages.
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.