June 2012 Astrology

“In every block of marble I see a statue, see it as plainly as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls which imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to other eyes, as mine already see it.” Michelangelo

Venus continues her retrograde journey most of the month and in the first week transits across the face of the Sun forming an occultation (eclipse). This influence bodes very well for clarifying values and desires – particularly those related to love and abundance. It is a good time to empower relevant imaginings.

June is a very busy month with much activity in the excitable sign of Gemini.  Nourish the nervous system as overstimulation is likely.  Providing time to process and integrate the meaning of events will be time well spent as the pace of life can accelerate under these influences.

The Sun is now in Gemini until the Summer Solstice on the 20th when the Sun enters Cancer.

There is a Lunar eclipse June 4th on the Full Moon at 14 degrees of Sagittarius. Neptune the planet of dreams and visions will station retrograde on the day of the eclipse and Mars will be squaring Venus. It bodes well under this influence to heed inspirations or messages from dreams and intuitions but can make perception on the mundane level a tad blurry. There can be confusion surrounding relationship issues at this time.

On June 5 Venus in Gemini will occult (transit across the face of) the Sun. It bodes very well under this influence- (which is in effect for the first week of June – to empower positive desires related to bringing pleasure and abundance into our lives.  It is a time when you want to watch what you wish for because things can manifest more quickly under this influence.

From the 8th through the 16th Mercury the planet of communication will be squaring Uranus and Pluto. Under this influence communication can be testy, tempers can run high and behavior can be erratic. Best to take extra care when driving, moving around and communicating. Events and Information revealed at this time may foretell the larger significance of the Uranus/Pluto square which is exact at the end of the month.

The New Moon this month is on the 19th at 28 degrees of Gemini.

June 20th is the Summer Solstice.

June 24 the Uranus/Pluto square will be exact for the first time. There may be surprising events at this time which point the way to where transformation needs to occur – personally and globally. This effect has been widely in effect for some time and is known in Astrology as one of the 2012 aspects.

Saturn stations direct on June 25 lending a serious pragmatic tone to the end of the month.

June 29 the Sun in Cancer moves into the Pluto /Uranus square – Watch what information comes under this influence too. It is a good time to assess progress in personal transformation.

Quote from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra

The Sun Enters Gemini

The Sun entered Gemini today at 11:16 am EDT and will be shortly followed by a Solar eclipse at 7:47 pm tonight. The eclipse is about the evolution of consciousness and the ways we direct mental energy. It ushers in a time which bodes well for crystal clear thinking and intention setting – and a good time to examine and update unproductive customary thought patterns. The Sabian symbol associated with the eclipse is, “A Glass Bottomed Boat reveals Undersea Wonders,” meaning that we may gain extra clarity now about areas of our lives we bumble into  – as if sleepwalking. Seeing into the water through the glass bottomed boat symbolizes an opportunity to make unseen thoughts, patterns and drives visible from a safe and detached perspective.

Sabian symbol references from Lynda Hill’s 360 degrees of Wisdom

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Venus Stations retrograde

One of the Sabian symbols associated with the Venus station Tuesday May 15 at 23 degrees of Gemini  is ,”Three fledglings in a nest high up in a tree.”  Often there is a lofty feeling about our spiritual or philosophical beliefs and that somehow those belief systems are above or separate from our everyday lives. This retrograde period (through late June) bodes well for reviewing our personal values (what we believe to be true- spiritually or philosophically) and how closely those values are actualized in our everyday lives.  It is a good time to revisit core beliefs and whether they have been overly compromised due to events along the way and to move in a direction of more personal integrity and authenticity.

All times mentioned EDT, Sabian symbol references from 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill.

Sun/Jupiter Conjunction

“Now he walks in quiet solitude – the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…” John Denver

One of the Sabian symbols associated with Sunday’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction is “A white dove flying fearlessly over troubled waters” – a beautiful image for our times. Under this influence it bodes well to visit places in the natural world where we can appreciate the harmony, abundance and inspiration that nature offers us.  It is also a good time revisit the use of our personal resources and how they correlate to the well being of the planet and move in a wiser direction if necessary.

Sabian Symbol reference from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom

Full Moon Saturday

One of the Sabian symbols associated with Saturday’s Full Moon in Scorpio is, “An old man is attempting with a degree of success unsuspected by him, to reveal the Mysteries to a motley group.”   It is a time when mysteries can be revealed. Mars, Chiron and Neptune are all aspecting  the Lunar Nodes now – creating pressures about life purpose and direction.  A hidden wound – particularly one associated with creativity, or spirituality – may be revealed at this time which can shed considerable light on the path forward.

Sabian symbol reference from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom

May ’12 Astrology

“We cannot suspend our values during the workday and think we will have them when we get back home. We’re all interconnected. There is a spiritual dimension to business just as to individuals.” Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

 The month of May holds significant planetary activity. For the first two weeks Venus slows down in preparation for the retrograde station on the 16th. Venus retrograde periods are a good time to review and reflect on our values.

The effects of the upcoming Solar eclipse on the 20th can be felt in the early part of the month as well. Eclipses open evolutionary doorways and their influence can be felt before and after the actual event.May 1 – 5 The month starts off under a dynamic trine in earth signs. Use this energy of the Sun/ Mars/Pluto trine to make significant headway with goals. This group of planets is powerful and lends energy, drive and ambition.

May 5 – The Full Moon at 16 degrees of Scorpio. This is a good time to revisit what it is we feel passionate about and ascertain whether the time and attention we give it is appropriate. It is best to remember that passions do run high under the Scorpio Moon and to be aware when driving and elsewhere that there can be an uptick of reckless or irrational behavior under this influence.

 May 13- 16 The Sun joins Jupiter the planet of hope and optimism as Mercury moves up to a trine to Pluto and Mars. This is a pragmatic and expansive combination – a very good time for making progress with endeavors and for social interaction.

 May 16 – June 28 Venus retrograde. Venus stations retrograde at 23 degrees of Gemini on May 16. This retrograde period provides good timing to review issues related to self esteem and self image and how these beliefs correlate to the way we live and want to live. As Venus is in Gemini it is also a good time period to review how we use and direct mental energy – and whether customary thinking patterns facilitate growth in a positive direction or place obstacles in the path.

Venus will station retrograde while in aspect to Saturn and this brings up issues related to values and the appropriateness of commitments we are involved in. It is a good time to review how relationships influence our sense of self esteem and can influence our values.

Venus will station direct in late June. In general Venus retrograde periods are best used for rethinking and reviewing rather than initiating. Relationships – personal and professional born under this influence often do not last. Sometimes old lovers can resurface under this aspect as well.

 There is a solar eclipse on the New Moon May 20 at 0 degrees of Gemini.

May 23 – May 30 During this time frame the influence of Neptune the planet of dreams and visions is strong in the sky. This is best used for creative visualization spiritual growth. It can make things other than what they seem. If possible it is best to avoid making serious legal agreements or making major purchases under this influence.

Quote from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra  

All times mentioned EDT.


Pluto/Uranus Square

“Enchanted and spellbound,   in the silence they lingered

And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong

And the birds were silent as they listened for the heavenly music

And the river played the song…” Van Morrison, Piper at the Gates of Dawn

The influence of the Pluto/Uranus conjunction – one of the signatures of 2012 Astrology – is growing stronger and will be exact for the first time in June. This aspect has to do with the evolutionary changes occurring on the earth now, including the tsunamis, earthquakes and stronger than usual storms.  One of the questions symbolized by this aspect concerns how we inhabit the earth and whether there are more harmonious ways to do so. Throughout time people have found inspiration and healing by visiting hidden springs and mystical sites. It is a good time now to visit or find special places that have that kind of meaning and significance for you. It can be as small as a local fountain – a place that can restore peace and tranquility in trying times and allow for a more meaningful spiritual and personal connection to the earth.

New Moon in Taurus

Ancient texts refer to lightning as the “hand of God” and say that if a person survives a lightning strike they can experience instantaneous enlightenment. One of the Sabian symbols associated with the new Moon at 1 degree of Taurus April 21 is “An Electrical Storm Illuminates the Heavens and Forests.” Lightning needs a ground and through the 26th it bodes well to provide extra down time and expect the unexpected – as the electrical Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aries comes into play once again. The information coming through will likely not be easily integrated initially but will become clear over time.

Sabian Symbols from 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill

Mars moves direct, Saturn opposes the Sun

It is a good time to implement any lessons learned  or new initiatives born  under the recent Mars and Mercury retrograde periods (since late January)  –particularly those associated with creating better health by improving daily routine. The Sun’s current opposition to Saturn now indicates progress will be made through careful planning, discipline and perseverance.