Astrology 6/20-6/26: Polarized Light

Astrology 6/20-6/26: Polarized Light

This week the skies above reflect the polarization below. The week begins with Monday morning’s potent Full Moon in Sagittarius, which opposes the Sun in Gemini mere hours before the solstice.  Here day and night reach the point of their greatest inequality, with day dominating in the north and night in the south.  Meanwhile, much of the week is pulled taut and then spun by June’s second mutable Grand Cross.

Yet no polarization so stark can endure.  Just as unity inevitably breaks up into strife, extremes are similarly fated to collapse back toward the center.  Day and night, after their moment of maximum polarity this week, will begin to move steadily back to equilibrium.  It is this process, the slow wobbling of the scales back toward balance, which defines the coming season, the third quarter of 2016.

Mutable Grand Cross:  Storms and Centrifuges

As the week begins, Mercury has already re-activated the Grand Cross which began the month, and will keep it spinning until the weekend.  Though there will certainly be a modicum of the usual argumentation, confusion and complication which attends Grand Crosses, for those willing to approach this solstitial cross as a process rather than a moment, it will serve as a centrifuge, separating muddied matters.

A centrifuge spins substances rapidly, using centrifugal force to separate the lighter components of a liquid from the heavier material.  In alchemical language, this is the separation of the gross from the subtle.  That which is allied to the gross will be flung to the periphery, while that which is of a subtler nature will stay closer to the center.

This centrifugal process of separation is particularly important in the context of the ongoing square of Saturn and Neptune, whose second exact aspect occurred last week, on the 17th.   Saturn and Neptune’s square has thus far highlighted a variety of hazardous mixtures.  Indeed, the stark realities and wild fantasies whose toxic intermingling has defined much of the last nine months are in dire need of separation.  Our dreams are irreplaceable, yet they should not be confused with the facts.  Yet our recognition of what-plainly-is should not keep our spirits from aspiring to something greater or even seeking respite in fantasy.  Their messy conflation, however, poisons us.  By separating them, we purify the waters of our mind, and give both the subtle and the gross their due.

So let the the whirling centrifuge separate the gross from the subtle.  When it stops, matters will be clarified considerably.

The Silver Arrowhead:  Full Moon in Sagittarius

While the centrifuge spins, the Full in Sagittarius arrives early on the morning of the 20th (3:59 AM PDT.)  Though any Full Moon is worth noting, this one is particularly interesting, as it is the second Full Moon in tropical  Sagittarius in a row, and occurs just hours shy of the solstice.  This relatively rare phenomenon places an unusual amount of emphasis on the Archer’s sign.   Given that a Full Moon’s primary power is to bring things to fruition, this second Full Moon suggests that things signified by Sagittarius will come to maturity much more quickly than expected.  As this is the second installment, it behooves us to look at the first for what will be fructified.  The last Full Moon in Sagittarius was on May 21st, and was tightly conjoined to retrograde Mars.  Storylines which began in the days surrounding that lunation are the ones likely to get a quickly produced sequel.

One example of this rapid fructification is the Iraqi campaign to retake the city of Falluja from Daesh/ISIL, which was made announced on the last Full Moon.  Already the offensive has moved with shocking speed, and been joined by several other fierce offensives against Daesh/ISIL by powers including the US and Russia.  With the arrival of the second Full Moon and Mars’ upcoming station, matters are likely to continue to develop rapidly over the coming fortnight.

It also is interesting to note that the Brexit vote is scheduled only a few days after the Full Moon, on June 23rd.   This Full Moon, at 29 Sagittarius, happens to fall directly on the natal placement of Uranus in the 1066 chart often used for England.  Uranus describes radical breaks and sudden ruptures, and it is thus quite appropriate that the vote on such a thing take place shortly after the Full Moon spotlights the topic in the country’s natal chart.

As it falls in the last degree of the sign, there is a finality about this Full Moon.  It is not the beginning or middle of processes which it testifies to, but their ultimate result.  Though the arrow may travel far, it is what lies at the end of its journey which is of greatest consequence.

Height and Depth: The Solstice

Only hours after the Full Moon on the 20th comes the solstice, the point of maximum inequality between day and night.  It marks the longest days of the northern hemisphere’s year and the longest nights of the south.

The solstice sees the Sun cross from tropical Gemini into Cancer.  While Gemini volatizes and divides, Cancer condenses and unifies.   Things slow, and attention drops from heads into hearts.  Words fall away to reveal the emotions propelling them.  Take the crab’s outstretched claw and walk the spiral path back to the origin of things.

This transition takes us from this season into the next.  The second quarter of 2016 saw a wide variety of new challenges emerge and conflicts open up, courtesy of Mars’ retrograde.  Though some of these fires have been put out, many of them will take much of the third quarter to run their course.  The season ahead is thus one of outcomes rather than beginnings.


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Aries: The Ram

The Full Moon in Sagittarius early on the morning of Monday the 20th begins the week. The Full Moon’s rays cut through the myriad of small concerns, illuminating the accomplishment of your true aims. You may find that this Full Moon and the ensuing week coincide with a surprising rapidity of progress toward those goals, while at the same time outlining just how much it will take to bring things to their conclusion.
Immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun crosses the solstice point and enters tropical Cancer. The Sun’s ingress, which takes place on Monday afternoon, will bring the bright orb’s light to bear on issues of home, family and property until it enters Leo on July 22nd.
Meanwhile, the Grand Cross configuration which began the month is active again, courtesy of Mercury, for the first half of the week. While you eye distant goals and far off objectives, remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and to do the work necessarily to keep yourself physically and mentally balanced while you do so. Find your way through the tangle so you can be on your way.

Taurus: The Bull

The Full Moon, which arrives early Monday morning, illuminates what you have and what you owe, what you give and what you have receive. The exchange of time, money and energy between yourself and others is a tangly, yet necessary, set of reckonings. Do the math the best you can, and then decide whether to bind yourself to partnerships or free yourself from their cycles of exchange.
Immediately following the Full Moon, on Monday afternoon, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer. The Sun’s time in the Crab’s sign, which extends until July 22nd, brings its beams to bear on your schedule. Make sure that you’re making enough time to care for yourself, as well as those close to you.
Meanwhile, the first half of the week is framed by Mercury’s reactivation of the Grand Cross configuration, which highlights, and may tax, the resources at your disposal. Tangled understandings are due to unknot during the second half of the week, though, providing clarity and perhaps freedom where previously stress and tension reigned.

Gemini: The Twins

The Full Moon in Sagittarius early Monday morning starts the week off with bang. The Full Moon, the second in the Archer’s sign, illuminates and emphasizes your closest relationships. Whatever’s been going on with your love life over the last month is likely to come to a quick climax. For some born to the Twins, this will coincide with an important scene in their respective love story, while for others it may, instead, be a drama which takes place solely within the private confines of the heart.
Following the solstice, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, pulling your eyes down to your garden, and how well the money-plants you’ve cultivated are fairing. The Sun’s rays fall on this financial territory for the next month. Make sure that you supplement that sunlight with regular watering and a bit of fertilizer.
Meanwhile, the reactivated Grand Cross provides a hectic ambient frame for the work of the Sun and the Moon. For the first half of the week, at least, it is likely to stir up action in variety of different life areas. You may find relationships, work and family competing for your attention. Yet the storm is due to die down by week’s end, allowing for a clear approach to next week’s direct station of Mars.

Cancer: The Crab

The Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs on Sunday night/Monday morning, providing a powerful beginning for the week. This Full Moon illuminates your habits. What is your daily practice, your constant alchemy? By what processes do you exalt the material of which your life is made, and with what habits do you continually debase the metals of which your soul is forged? Look to your life as workshop, yourself what is produced.
On Monday afternoon, immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer. The Sun’s time in your sign, from June 20th until July 22nd, will serve to illuminate who you are, where you’re at and how you’re feeling. Find the time to sit down and catch up with yourself.
Meanwhile, the Grand Cross configuration which began the month is once again a whirl of activity, courtesy of Mercury. In addition to the clear silver of the Moon’s spotlight, a plethora of other colored lights flit about, each illuminating one small task or another. The Grand Cross is thus likely to see you busy, attending to little things while attempting to stay focused on what is big.

Leo: The Lion

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius, shining brightly on your creations, both planned and finished. What’s more, this light reaches deeper, into the very well from which your creative energy is drawn. What have you dedicated your creative power to, and what has, as a result, been produced? For some born under the Lion’s banner, this lunation will coincide with projects hurtling toward completion, while for others it may mark a dramatic reallocation of energies.
Immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer. The Sun’s time in the Crab’s sign this year, which will extend till July 22nd, brings light to the hidden places within your life. Take the time over the next month to lift up the rug you swept things under, and examine what lies beneath.
While the Moon shines and the Sun clicks across the Solstice point, the Grand Cross configuration which began the month once again whirls to life, highlighting the many types of resources needed for a sustainable life- social, psychic and monetary. Do your best to conserve your power while the Grand Cross is active, as it will tend to lead you toward disipation.

Virgo: The Virgin

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius, the second in the Archer’s sign, which further emphasizes home and family. What does it mean to you to support others, and what manner of support do you require in turn? In addition to matters of emotional foundations, this lunation also emphasizes the more literal kind, as one might find in a house. Matters surrounding your living situation triggered by last month’s Full Moon in Sagittarius are likely to develop further under this one.
Immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, shifting the star’s bright beams toward your social life. During the Sun’s time in Cancer, spend time nurturing the bonds most important to you.
Haloing the actions of the Sun in Moon is another mutable Grand Cross. This configuration, which began the month and is now active again, may stretch your attention span a bit thin. Don’t try to do everything at once, but proceed with patience and dignity, attending to on matter at a time.

Libra: The Scales

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius early Monday morning. This second Full Moon in the Archer’s sign falls upon your calendar, highlighting the structure of your schedule, as well as the many activities it contains. You may want to consider all of this in light of your aims. Are you hitting your targets as you go about your days and weeks?
Shortly after the Full Moon, the Sun crosses the solstitial boundary, entering tropical Cancer. The Sun’s time in Cancer highlights your professional life. Use the next month to make sure that the career you’re tending to is properly fed and watered.
Framing the Sun’s ingress and the Moon’s fullness is another Grand Cross configuration, not unlike the one which June began with. This passing storm is likely to kick up a host of busy work as it highlights a number of peripheral issues. Though it may make the pace of the first half of the week a bit hectic, it will dissolve by week’s end, likely leaving an increase of clarity in its wake.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius. This Full Moon, the second in the Archer’s sign in a row, highlights financial matters. Yet it also speaks to what lies behind money- value. What do you value you enough to gather and hold on to? Is it freedom, love, or truth? Power? Or perhaps— collectible ceramic figurines.
Shortly after the Full Moon, the Sun slides into Cancer. The Sun’s time in Cancer, which lasts until July 22nd, may stimulate philosophical inquiry, the urge to travel, and may compel you to examine your progress relative to your long-term goals.
While the Sun and Moon go about their shiny affairs, Mercury will be busy stirring things up by re-activating the mutable Grand Cross configuration which June began with. This passing tangle of planets may tax you resources during the first half of the week. Though you may have to spend some time unknotting things, try not to get too frustrated by small problems. With Mars approaching his direct station in your sign, you may find your anger comes all-too-quickly over the next 2 weeks.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius, the second in a row. This silver spotlight falls directly on you, illuminating the condition of your life. This Full Moon serves to re-emphasize both who you are and what you are on your way to becoming, confirming both your identity and your path.
Less than half a day after the Full Moon, the Sun crosses the Solstice point, entering tropical Cancer. The Sun will be in the Crab’s sign until July 22nd, and for that time will shine upon the exchanges of time, money and energy between you and others. Tend to your transactions.
While Moon shines and the Sun shifts, Mercury presides over another mutable Grand Cross, much like the one that began the month. This configuration makes for several busy days, the likelihood being that multiple life areas will end up competing for your attentions.

Capricorn: The Goat

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius early Monday morning. This lunation bathes the deepest layer of your psyche in weird light, stirring up strange dreams, forgotten hopes and a variety of odd missives from the deeps.
Shortly thereafter, on Monday afternoon, the Sun crosses into tropical Cancer. While within the Crab’s sign, the Sun’s light is due to fall gently across the part of your life reserved for special someones. If that space is currently empty, consider how you might make it all the more inviting, and if it is filled, than consider how you might pamper the one you’ve chosen to reside there.
While the Sun and Moon both go about their business, the Grand Cross configuration pulls your attention to a number of peripheral issues, tugging at your sleeve relentlessly. Give small tasks and problems the attention they require, but don’t let them drag you off-balance.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius, which arrives in the wee hours of Monday night. The Full Moon’s radiance falls across your network of friends, acquaintances, and colleagues, re-emphasizing the power of the social. Double down on your commitment to the positive communities you’re a part of and extract yourself, post-haste, from those webs which house only spiders.
Immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun enters Cancer, shifting the focus to your habits for the next month. Consider the garden of patterns you’ve been tending, and figure what you’ll weed out and what you’ll water.
While the Sun and Moon go about their luminous business, the Grand Cross configuration which began the month comes back into effect, highlighting the social, psychic and monetary resources necessary to maintain your equilibrium. Do your best to conserve your power this week, as there will be plenty of opportunities to waste it.

Pisces: The Fish

The week begins with the Full Moon in Sagittarius early Monday morning. This Full Moon bathes your professional life in silver light, pointing both to what you have already accomplished, as well as what is still in the works.
On Monday, immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, shifting the Sun’s spotlight to your well of creative energy. While the Sun is in Cancer, spend a little time considering what you’re spending yourself on, and what you’re getting out of it. There are a lot of plants in your garden, but there’s only so much fertilizer to go around.
Finally, while the Moon glows full and the Sun crosses the solstice point, Mercury reactivates the Grand Cross configuration with which June began. This gives the first half of the week a relatively hectic ambiance, during which you feel drawn both outward and inward, toward introspection and frantic action. If you feel a little stretched, don’t worry, as the configuration will soon pass.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


  1. shari 3 years ago

    Thank you!

  2. Soulart Siren 3 years ago

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