Happy Summer Solstice!
The sensitive season of Cancer is here! By the time you wake up Wednesday morning, the inquisitive, restless energy of Gemini will have been left behind as our attention turns to the domestic, nurturing sensitivity of Cancer.
On Friday, the Sun and Moon join together at 2° Cancer, for the New Moon at 10:30 PM EDT. Prepare to settle into a slower pace with a focus on loving, affectionate connections.
You may find that you and others around you are responding with moodiness and defensiveness. Use this as an excuse to express more tender understanding and love.

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Monday, June 19, 2017:
Monday morning, you awake with plenty of ‘get-up and go’! You will want to move forward and get things done without wasting time.
The Aries Moon is highly energized, particularly in the mid-afternoon hours, when she connects with unsettling, unconventional Uranus.
However, the most significant astrological event on Monday is a square aspect being formed from the Gemini Sun to Chiron. Think back to mid-March, do you remember an experience of having an extremely tender and vulnerable part of yourself exposed in some way? That was the beginning of the cycle that now asks you to pay attention to that vulnerability. There is healing work to be done.
Look clearly and fully accept the soft spot behind the vulnerability of Chiron. Seek out those friends and loved ones who truly understand and support your deepest personal burdens. Don’t shy away from your most tender spots and be a safe person for others to explore theirs. This is an opportunity for healing.
At 5:53 PM EDT, the Moon enters Taurus, offering an evening of indulging your senses. Spend the evening in nature; enjoy good food and loving touch.
The Aries Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 3:43 PM EDT until she enters Taurus at 5:53 PM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017:
Tuesday’s Taurus Moon would love nothing more than a laid-back day of indulging the senses. However, that is not what the day is going to call fourth.
At 4:25 AM EDT, Venus, the planet of love, forms a sextile to Neptune, the planet of elusive dreaminess. This suggests the possibility of soft, romantic connections. Don’t go all in or fall head over heels, as whenever Neptune is involved, things may be other than they seem.
Just when you think you can enjoy that softness and the Taurus Moon would love to join you there, Mercury, the planet of our thinking, gets into the fray with a sextile aspect to unconventional Uranus. This may create agitation or inspiration.
Keep your eyes open on Tuesday for unusual thoughts and ideas. Perhaps, you will meet someone or encounter a new idea that threatens to upset the conventional structure of your thinking. Go ahead and jump at the opportunity to expand the directions of your mind.
Remember, this is the last day with the Sun in versatile Gemini, enjoy the chatter and the quickly moving mind. The Summer Solstice is upon us and will bring us to a more settled place!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017:
June’s Solstice is exact at 12:24 AM EDT. The June solstice is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, in the Southern Hemisphere. The date varies between June 20th and June 22nd, depending on the year and the local time zone.
As the wheel of the seasons turns, our attention follows and our thoughts turn toward family, sentiment, security, home, and the past. Here, we nurture what is closest to our hearts; our family and closest loved ones.
At 5:57 AM EDT, Mercury also enters Cancer. Don’t be surprised when your thinking aligns with your feelings and your feelings take over your thoughts. This is a good time to articulate your emotions.
At 10:14 AM EDT, Mercury catches up with the Sun, allowing powerful conversations to emerge; go ahead and express your emotions freely.
The Taurus Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from shortly after midnight (12:26 AM EDT) until she enters Gemini at 6:44 PM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.
Thursday, June 22, 2017:
Thursday should be an active day of optimistic conversations and busy interactions. You and those you encounter are likely feeling optimistic and inquisitive.
When the Gemini Moon forms a lovely, flowing trine aspect to idealistic Jupiter at 4:05 PM EDT, your conversations will take on an expansive, philosophical tone. With lucky Jupiter in relationship-oriented Libra, these interactions will naturally drift toward cooperation, kindness, and talk of intimate relationships.
When the Moon forms a challenging square to elusive Neptune at 5:18 PM EDT, you may notice a lack of clarity or confusion clouding your understanding of the situation. As this is a quickly moving Moon transit, allow it to pass, it will not last long.
Your best bet is to open yourself to a softer way of viewing the connection, reach for compassion, and allow any stress to simply dissolve into dreamy sensitivity.
Friday, June 23, 2017:
Friday starts off a bit cranky as the restless Gemini Moon opposes serious, restrictive Saturn at 8:30 AM EDT. Focus on dealing with practical work related issues. If possible, avoid difficult conversations or interactions with people who have authority over you. If you must engage on that level, open to the learning without resistance; a bit of humility in dealing with others may be helpful.
At 2:46 PM EDT, when the Moon forms a lovely sextile aspect to Uranus, a lighter, more exciting afternoon can be anticipated.
At 6:06 PM EDT, the Moon enters emotionally intuitive Cancer and prepares for the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The Cancer New Moon is exact at 10:30 PM EDT at 2° Cancer. Now, you will want to plant a seed of maternal, tender, family- oriented love.
Wait and perform your New Moon ritual on Saturday or Sunday.
For your Cancer New Moon ritual, set an intention regarding family, nurturing, and emotional sensitivity. This is the perfect time to start a conversation about the family you want to create, an ideal vision of your domestic life, and how you show love to others. Perhaps, you can arrange the time and space to begin to more deeply understand your needs to give and receive tenderness and caring.
If you know what house in your birth chart holds 2° Cancer, it will help you clarify where to direct your emotions and protective instincts. If you don’t have that information, simply go with your intuition regarding the area of life that is calling for inward, soft attention.
Please don’t neglect this New Moon ritual. Keep it simple, take a moment to write down what loving, domestic changes you wish to begin, create, or increase in this upcoming cycle.
Have two candles available for the ritual; light the first candle to represent yourself, just as you are in this moment. Light the second candle as an aspiration of what you intend to create. Each day, take a moment to focus on yourself as you light the first candle, when you light the second candle, focus on drawing to you what you are choosing to create as you bring the two candles closer together. Do this each day and at the Full Moon in two weeks, you will bring them fully together and acknowledge the result of what you have created.
The Cancer New Moon suggests that you plant a seed of kind sensitivity, sympathy, warmth, and family connections. Share this ritual with your friends and loved ones.
The Gemini Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 2:46 PM EDT until she enters Cancer at 6:06 PM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017:
Saturday brings with it the potential to truly transform LOVE as it is experienced in your life. Empowerment flows to you through personal values, your resources, and those for whom you hold profound love. This cycle of deepening and transforming love began in late November of 2016 with the start of this Venus and Pluto cycle. Consider the seed you planted for relationship and connection at that time; feel the direct experience as it has unfolded and the impact it has upon your life now.
With the Moon in protective, caring Cancer throughout the day, the love that is impacted will likely be of the familial type. Are you ready to acknowledge that the love you are creating is domestically inclined? Do you feel the need to nurture and care for another? Do you need to give yourself that type of tender care or allow yourself to receive it from others? This is not the love of passionate new lovers but the love of family and life-long connection.
If you are alone on Saturday, take this energy and create something beautiful; any expressions of beauty will be empowered!
Sunday, June 25, 2017:
Sleep late on Sunday morning, if possible, and as you begin the day, breathe steadily and carefully observe your reactions.
In the early morning hours, aggressive Mars formed a challenging square aspect to philosophical Jupiter. You know that you cannot expect others to have the same beliefs that you hold. Therefore, there is no need for an overblown reaction when they do not. If everyone involved can maintain respect for each other, this can be a great morning for debate and heated yet friendly discussion. Pay attention, and shift the direction or get out of the way if it gets too heated.
With the emotional Moon still in sensitive Cancer (for most of the day), these issues will likely play out in family dynamics. When the moody Cancer Moon forms a challenging square aspect to unconventional Uranus at 2:44 PM EDT, we may feel somewhat unsettled and defiant towards certain family members. Don’t play into this agitation; pay attention to your level of understanding and release expectations.
At 6:07 PM EDT, the Moon dances into playful Leo where she will uplift our mood for the next few days. Enjoy the evening with dance, play, and creativity.
The Cancer Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 2:44 PM EDT until she enters Leo at 6:07 PM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits between the planets.  I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods.  I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.