Last week brought us to the second pass of the square between Saturn and Neptune. I need to touch on this a little bit more today as my life, on a personal level, has put me face-to-face with this troubling aspect
Saturn represents where we are solid, where we think we know reality, and how we try to structure and control our lives. With Neptune forming a challenging square aspect to Saturn, our illusions of stability and safety can be clouded in confusion and simply dissolved. What fantasy (imagined as reality) must you face head-on and finally see as the illusion it has always been?
With this square between these powerful forces (Saturn = structure, stability, and hard work; Neptune = fantasy, mysticism, and dissolution), we must learn to acknowledge and work with our imagination and our dreams while clearly understanding the reality and firm patterns we have set-up in our lives. Where in your life is reality and fantasy in conflict? What hard, cold reality would you rather not look at? Where do you resist putting structure to the task of supporting your imagination, dreams and spiritual life? Equally, where do you put your spirituality or your imagination to the task of supporting the solid structures of your life?
Is this the time to put words on paper and in doing so bring your imagination into form? Is this the time to get serious about releasing an addictive behavior? Is this the time to see the ‘truth’ beneath the illusory patterns you have set up in your life to keep you safe? Where do you resist looking at reality? Or where have you restricted yourself by not allowing yourself to dream? Please remember that both reality and magic have a place in our lives and now is the time to teach them to work together.
Looking internally at the places we have hidden our more sensitive side is not easy. Seeing clearly the places that we have allowed ourselves to be confused and lost in fantasy requires the courage of Mars and the reality check of Saturn.
Let’s show each other as much love and kindness as we can muster.
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FULL MOON & SUMMER SOLSTICE
Monday, June 20, 2016:
Astrologically, Monday is a day to remember. The Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 6:02 AM EDT. This is the second Sagittarius Full Moon of the season. The first occurred on May 21 at 1° Sagittarius.
Monday’s Full Moon occurs at the final degree of Sagittarius. It is relatively uncommon to have two consecutive Full Moons occurring in one sign, this simply brings more attention to issues of Sagittarius. We must explore how we hold our opinions and keep our minds open to new concepts, ideas, and ways of viewing the world.
Following the Full Moon, the Moon enters Capricorn at 6:55 AM EDT and the Sun enters Cancer at 5:34 PM EDT bringing us to the moment of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
With the Solstice occurring less than 12 hours after the Full Moon, this is a powerful moment in time. The Solstice opens gateways of energy, suggesting unpredictable and potentially polarizing situations and circumstances. Keep your eyes open and remember that love is clearly what we need, what everyone we encounter needs, and what the world needs. Keeping your heart open in difficult circumstances is the practice.
Mercury, the planet that represents how we think and communicate, comes into a difficult aspect with Saturn at 9:55 AM EDT and Neptune at 12:11 PM EDT. I can imagine difficult conversations both internal and external on issues that impact your self-worth and how you view reality. I further imagine this being followed the possibility of slipping into confusion or escapism. Find a softer approach, try work with intuition and imagination. This approach will likely be more productive than trying to stay on the line of hard cold logic.
Work on finding your own philosophical rudder to guide you through unpredictable waters. Remember love and kindness to self and others.
WHAT HAVE YOU HIDDEN FROM YOURSELF?
Tuesday, June 21, 2016:
Activity in the heavens slows down on Tuesday giving us an opportunity to review where we now stand. The Capricorn Moon offers a steady hand as we assimilate and work with the changing thoughts and ideals the past days have brought to light.
The day begins with cold logic being mitigated by our ability to utilize intuition and compassion for others (Moon sextile Neptune).
As the day progresses, we enter briefly an expansive clarity of understanding (Moon trine Jupiter) and then by mid afternoon, we encounter (within ourselves or from an external source) mistrust or power struggles as the Moon conjunct Pluto at 2:17 PM EDT.
Keep in mind the importance and necessity of your willingness to face the reality of your old internal struggles. Determine for yourself to not sweep anything under the rug. You know it never stays there!
Look deeply and realistically at your own dark shadow side; those things you have worked so hard to keep hidden from others and often from yourself. What ever you are able to uncover this afternoon and evening will enable those hard pieces to break up into shards of metaphorical glass as you sleep early Wednesday morning (Moon square Uranus).
Difficult internal work is required of all of us. The path may not be as easy as we would like but don’t ever discount the joys and pleasures along the way or the importance of allowing ourselves to experience deep pleasure and profound joy! Yes, even in the worst of times.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016:
With Mercury squaring the nodes at 10:14 AM EDT, you may notice a difficulty in making decisions. Do you have all the information you need in order to make any decisions that are being asked of you? Perhaps, the difficulty is simply a lack of information.
When the Moon enters Aquarius at 3:09 PM EDT, watch as your perspective changes considerably. On an emotional level, you are ready to see a less constricted view than you were capable of seeing just several hours before. You should be able to detach yourself from the emotional outcome of the information you gather and the decisions you must make.
At 5:58 PM EDT, Mercury squares Jupiter encouraging us to consider and work with big ideas. Whenever Jupiter is involved, we must be realistic about those big ideas no matter how ideal them may seem. Enjoy them for what they are but don’t get too comfortable thinking that you are able to follow through to the full extent of your overblown thinking.
Don’t say yes to every request made of you. You may not want to be realistic but Mercury squaring Jupiter is well known for its over idealism and lack of reality. Enjoy the pleasure but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!
Thursday, June 23, 2016:
Thursday is a day with very little planetary activity. Let’s enjoy the sense of rest and recuperation.
At 12:29 PM EDT, the Aquarius Moon forms a sextile aspect to Saturn. This supports us with opportunities to stabilize our own emotions and help others to not get carried away with they are own. Thinking only about yourself on a day like this would be a mistaken use of the energies available.
Look outside yourself to find where you have the opportunity to support the larger community. What have you done to contribute to or help those suffering in the wake of the Orlando disaster? If you are not a part of the LGBT community yourself, I’m sure you have friends, family, or loved ones who are.
How have you offered support? How are you helping others to deal with the fear and sorrow that has been activated in this terrible tragedy? Every act of kindness is of high-value. Hold out your hand, your heart, and your wallet to support those suffering. Our hearts are full of love for the greater good and for all humankind. Don’t hold it inside; pass it on.
CALL OUT SICK OR LEAVE WORK EARLY
Friday, June 24, 2016:
We may begin Friday morning with a sense of aggravation, impatience, and crankiness. Watch what you say. Stay out of the way of others and let that energy pass. It will not last long and will only cause concern if you hold onto it or escalate it with aggression.
This would be a good morning to head to the gym in order to release physically energy. You could also call out sick from your job and move some sexual energy… on your own or with a partner. The Moon is in Aquarius for the vast majority of the day keeping our emotions light and somewhat uninvolved.
At 10:48 AM EDT, the Aquarius Moon forms a sextile aspect to Uranus encouraging us to activate something new and unexpected in the day. If you went to work early, you may want to consider leaving early to enjoy a sense of freedom and irresponsibility. Go to the beach, meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time, find a way to express unusual fun.
At 9:31 PM EDT, the Moon enters Pisces setting us up for a weekend of escapism, inner spiritual seeking, or simply rest after this long, somewhat edgy week.
Saturday, June 25, 2016:
Saturday begins on a highly positive and downright sweet note. With the Pisces Moon forming a free-flowing trine aspect to both the Sun and Venus (both in Cancer), we feel open hearted, forgiving, and fully in touch with generosity and love.
It would be a good idea, however, to take several hours alone between approximately 5:00 and 7:00 PM EDT.
Due to the Moon square Saturn, we could be giving and receiving difficult restrictive messages from others. Time alone spent in inner contemplation is the best way to spend this time. If you want to extend that time, you would continue to benefit from time alone into the late evening.. Spend time in nature, listen to music, watch films, meditate, or explore your deepest, most mystical side.
This will be a great night for release and escape into sleep. Be aware of your relationship with alcohol and drug consumption. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPLORATION
Sunday, June 26, 2016:
We have saved the best day for last this week. The Moon remains in Pisces throughout the day giving us an overlay of mystery while allowing a sense of connection and compassion in our interactions with others.
At 7:30 AM EDT, we come to the last of three trine aspects (the first in October of 2015 and the second in March of 2016) between Jupiter and Pluto. This could bring a feeling of optimism, empowerment, and may even indicate material rewards. Go ahead and buy a lottery ticket. If you have planets between 15 – 17 degrees of the Earth signs, (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) go ahead and buy a few (if you win anything, you can share the proceeds with me)! ☺
At 9:31 PM EDT, Mercury sextile Uranus; this is not a great aspect to come just before bedtime as our minds may be far too stimulated for sleep. Work with this energy this evening and into tomorrow morning. This is powerful stimulation of the mind.
What new unusual thought patterns are bubbling up in your mind? Pay attention to the movement of mind. Any unusual thoughts and ideas that pop into your head at this time need to be thought about, contemplated, and absorbed. Those unexpected light bulbs in our heads can change our lives (and the lives of others) in powerful ways. The sextile aspect is one of positive regard suggesting an opportunity and exploration.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit 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, textiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.