June 2016: Carousel

June 2016: Carousel

All Aboard

This June is a spinning carousel, whose revolutions will leave us alternately elated and nauseous.

The month’s first week contains a potent configuration of planets known as a Grand Cross. This Grand Cross is constituted by Neptune and the Dragon’s Tail in Pisces (Water), Saturn in Sagittarius (Fire), Jupiter and the Dragon’s Head in Virgo (Earth) and the Sun and Venus in Gemini (Air). While the Grand Cross is active the winds whip about, depositing and whisking things away with surprising rapidity. Matters shift very rapidly, but they do not necessarily do so in a clear, decisive manner. Situations may appear radically different from one day to another. Amidst these conditions, it is of great importance to hold one’s center and not chase the quickly shifting phenomena.

Grand Crosses are configurations of great tension, parallel to metereological storm systems. Discordant qualities- hot and cold, wet and dry, are joined together. These contrarities work themselves out through the drama of thunder, lightning, rain and wind. Yet the tempest’s strum und drang is merely nature’s method of resolving contradictions. Peace inevitably reigns after a storm, because storms are the very process by which conflicts are resolved.

Although storms are characterized by a violence of motion, they have the ironic effect of bringing human affairs to a stop. One cannot fly during a storm, and may, in fact, be stuck at home. Grand Crosses thus both bring excessive motion and excessive stillness. There is a parallel to hurricanes here, which have at their center an “eye” in which harmony reigns. This eye is the point of reconciliation, the literal and figurative center. Staying within the center, wherever it may roam, is thus highly advised.

Eye

The New Moon in Gemini occurs in the midst of the Grand Cross, on June 4th. This lunation gathers the complications of this period into itself, using the pattern of the planets as a template for the ensuing two weeks. If you find your mind chasing the storm’s periphery, draw it back to the quiet eye at its center.

Mirror, Mirror

This pull back toward the center is further reinforced by Venus’ superior conjunction with the Sun, which occurs only a few days later, on June 6th (2:50 PM PDT) This configuration sees Venus hidden on the far side of the Sun, as far from us as the bright planet gets. Venus’ superior conjunction with the Sun occurs once every year and a half, with the last instance having taken place in October of 2014, and the next waiting for us in January 2018.

Here the heart reaches out beyond the Sun, beyond the self, and opens to the world, to the people, which lie beyond the patterned light of our identity. There is inspiration to be found here, as well as humility. Our deepest longings always extend beyond the self, for they are the soul’s way of opening a hand to what is Other and unknown. Reserve some time on the 6th to tilt the mirror away from yourself. The beauty and mystery of the world waits to be seen— you just have to stop blocking the light.

Dire Weapon of the Tongue

On Thursday the 9th (10:00 AM PDT), just as the early month’s Grand Cross is starting to break up, Mercury in Taurus and a retrograde Mars in Scorpio come into perfect opposition with one another. This configuration, which colors the surrounding days, brings the conversation around to the heart of today’s conflicts. Under this configuration, it is easy to find the courage to speak up. It can, however, be difficult to locate the discipline needed to speak with compassion.

It is worth noting that this opposition occurs with Mercury tightly conjoined the Caput Algol, a fixed star of fearsome reputation. Imagined as the severed Head of Medusa, this star is correlated with a loss of rational control, figuratively “losing one’s head.”

Rising Winds

On June 12th (4:20 PM PDT), Mercury enters clever Gemini. The messenger is considered to be at home in the dual-bodied sign, and strengthens both cognition and communication while within it. Mercury’s time in Gemini is useful for a works of both transportation and communication. Mercury will be at top speed during his time in the Twin’s sign, covering nearly two degrees a day. Such velocity will see the swift planet all the way through Gemini by June 30th. From the 18th-22nd, Mercury will reactivate the Grand Cross configuration which began the month, setting things spinning again, though the second spin cycle will likely be more productive.

Tidal Motion

On the 13th, Neptune stations retrograde, beginning its annual five-month journey backward. The big blue planet’s retrograde phase pulls us back down to earth, helping to unravel us from dreams which we’ve become too wrapped up in.

Tender Places

Venus makes her way out of bifurcated Gemini and enters intimacy-seeking Cancer on the 17th (12:38 PM PDT). Venus’ shift into Cancer activates our sensitive side. Big groups and loud venues are less pleasing than the close circle while Venus is in the Crab’s sign. Feelings of vulnerability are heightened during Venus’s tie in Cancer, so take care not to take things to heart too quickly, or to accidentally wound someone more deeply than you intend.

Waves and Walls

Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces complete a square on June 17th. This is the second such angle that they have made since 2015, part of a series of three. The first of these squares occurred toward the end of last year’s November, and the last installment is due on September 10th.

Saturn advocates for strong walls and stern discipline while Neptune is content to let things flow as they will. The two powers of concretization and dissolution, of walls and waves, are quite clearly contrary and Saturn’s attempts to build firm boundaries is confused by Neptune’s insistence on seeping through every crack.

Though the friction between the two planets can be witnessed in a variety of places, it is perhaps most clear in the ongoing refugee crisis, which took shape on the same time line as the square between Saturn and Neptune. The current administrative structure of the EU is simply unequipped for the flood of refugees streaming out of the Middle East and North Africa. Responses to the crisis have tended to bifurcate into the Neptunian- limitless compassion, and the Saturnian- higher walls.

On a personal level, the friction between these planets corresponds to a confusion about when to be disciplined, and when to let things flow. Great benefit comes from separating what you’re trying to concretize from what you’re trying to dissolve, as both processes can occur, but not in the same place and at the same time.

Maximum Polarization

The days surrounding this year’s solstice are awhirl with activity. The day after Saturn and Neptune’s exact square, Mercury rekindles the Grand Cross formation that began the month. This second cross will highlight tangles which were not resolved early in the month, bringing the topics back up in order to shepherd them toward resolution. This additional intensity infuses the 18th – 22nd, enclosing both the dramatic Full Moon and the Solstice itself.

Double Dose

The Full Moon in Sagittarius arrives on June 20th (3:59 AM PDT), only hours before from the solstice. That fact alone would make this a noteworthy lunation, but it also happens to be the second Full Moon in Sagittarius in a row, the first having occurred on May 21st. This rare “blue moon” indicates a tremendous emphasis on the action of the Archer’s sign. This double-dose of lunar radiation is likely to brings matter to fruition more swiftly than usual, quickening events and ideas that might otherwise have taken months to brew.

Solstice

Immediately following the Full Moon, the Sun leaves the Twins behind, forsaking their binary for the Crab’s careful unity. The Sun’s time in Cancer illuminates our needs for comfort, security and intimacy. Its beams alight on family and old friends, and shine on our deepest emotional needs. The Sun will be Cancer until July 22nd.This transition marks the solstice, the point of maximum polarization between day and night. From this power point a new season is born.

Buried Treasure

Though it may well be overshadowed by Mars’ station on the 29th, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn make their third and final trine on June 25th. Jupiter and Pluto have swung in and out of a trine since the 4th quarter of 2015, and in that time have yielded benefits to those who bothered to dig for treasure, whether in volumes of forgotten lore, in the attics of great-grandparents now deceased, or in the darkened caverns of their souls. This third and final aspect between the two shines brightly on the fruit of such excavations.

Reflecting Pool

This is followed a few days hence by Mercury’s entrance into Cancer on the 29th. This shift pulls the mind away from rapid fire speculation and abstraction, and toward the tender truths at work in the human heart.

Forward March

The month comes to a close with Mars’ long awaited station direct on the 29th. After more than 10 weeks of contrary motion, the red planet comes to a rest at 23’03” Scorpio, and from there makes plans for a forward march. With the retreat over, we’ll emerge from our workshops, tools forge-fresh from the blast furnace of 2016’s second quarter.

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
Aries: The Ram

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights a tangle of different issues. While you try to define not only what your direction is, but how to make progress along it, take care to keep yourself as physical, fiscally and mentally balanced as possible. Though it might start to feel too complicated, set an intention during the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th to take it one step at a time, even if the steps available do not provide the most direct path.
Next along is Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio on the 9th. This one highlights questions of resources, both yours and others. There may be some tension surrounding time, money and energy loaned or owed here. Remember what’s fair, and don’t be more stubborn that you need to. After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into a speedy but less hectic pattern for a bit, blessed as they are by Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things get complicated again. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Full Moon’s rays cut through the myriad of small concerns, illuminating the accomplishment of your true aims. Let the long-game outlined in silver give you the patience to deal with all that lies between yourself and the accomplishment of your goals.
As the month winds to a close, the Sun and Venus enter Cancer, shifting the focus to home, family and foundations. While these influences take you inward, Mars comes to the end of his retrograde, stationing direct in Scorpio at month’s end. Both the power and cost of joining forces with others becomes clear here, giving you the clarity you need to plan your campaign for the months ahead.

Taurus: The Bull

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights the resources at your disposal. Not just monetary reserves, but also social and psychic ones. Questions of sustainability blow about in the swift winds of the early month. The New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th reinforce this theme, and ask you to look deeper into the question of value. What work and which people are worth the investment of your time, money and energy?
Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio arrives on the 9th, bringing relationship dynamics to the forefront. This is an ambivalent configuration, as on one hand it may help resolve interpersonal conflicts by giving voice to them, yet on the other, while words can bridge rifts, they can also widen them.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into a less chaotic pattern. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th sharpens your thinking about what to invest yourself within, helping to address those questions posed by the first week of the month.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things get complicated again. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 20th. The Full Moon illuminates what you have and what you owe, what you give and what you receive. The exchange of time, money and energy is a difficult calculus, as it is so easily corrupted by both fear and misunderstanding. Yet there are some things which can only be achieved by joining forces with others. The question is whether those things are important enough to you to bind yourself within the strictures of partnership.
As the month winds to a close, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, slowing things down enough for you to remember to take a little time out for self-care. Meanwhile, Mars comes to the end of his retrograde, stationing direct in Scorpio at month’s end. Here Mars asks you to consider the anger between yourself and those closest to you. How might you might salve those burns mutually endured, and how can that fire be confined to a lantern, so that it might provide illumination rather inflammation?

Gemini: The Twins

The Grand Cross which begins the month is likely to stir up action in variety of different life areas. You may find relationships, work and family competing for your ample, yet still limited, bandwidth. The New Moon in Gemini on the 4th highlights how you're carving up your attention-span. The answer to this question of self-allocation becomes more clear in the light of the Venus-Sun conjunction on the 6th, which illuminates that which your heart truly reaches for. Priorities arise from values, and values ultimately emerge from our deepest and truest longings.
Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio arrives on the 9th, highlighting your mental, physical and fiscal health. With the insight possible here, you may be able to make progress melting down some negative patterns or forging positive ones anew.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into a speedy but less chaotic pattern. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th is a turn in your favor, as it will put the swift planet’s quicksilver power at your disposal.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things may get complicated again. Mercury reactivates the Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 20th. The Full Moon, the second in the Archer’s sign, further emphasizes your closest relationships. This lunation’s radiance falls not only on the current state of these bonds, but also upon heartfelt wishes which have so far gone unsatisfied.
Following the solstice, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, slowing things down enough for you to look to the state of your finances and consider how you might better tend that garden.
Finally, at month’s end comes Mars’ station direct in Scorpio. Mars’ slow about-face will shine a clear red light on the work to be done, and the power needed to accomplish it.

Cancer: The Crab

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights a tangle of different issues, and will have problem-solving as a general theme. Yet don’t try to do everything at once. Unknot one little tangle at a time, and before long you’ll have achieved significant liberation. Though this configurations involves several different tropics, it’s heart is the manner in which overextend yourself and your energy. The New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th will both help clarify the limits of your attention, and aid you in disentangling yourself from unnecessary commitments.
Next along is Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio on the 9th, which stresses the relationship between what you’re doing with your energy and what people have to say about it. There is some indication of social friction here. You may want to choose your words more carefully than usual in the days surrounding the opposition.
On the 12th, Mercury moves into Gemini, which provides a variety of rapid-fire insights and solutions, speeding up the rate of problem-solving.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things get complicated as Mercury touches off another Grand Cross and the Full Moon in Sagittarius arrives. The Full Moon illuminates your habits, both fair and foul, asking you to examine the patterns you daily weave. It would not be inappropriate to treat this Full Moon as a point of re-commitment to your New Year’s resolutions, or a fine time to forge a fresh set of obligations.
After the Full Moon, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, slowing things down enough for a bit of emotional processing and self-care. Finally, at the end of the month, Mars stations direct in Scorpio, spotlighting the nature of your creative power and the choices you can make regarding its allocation.

Leo: The Lion

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights the resources at your disposal. Not just monetary reserves, but also social and psychic ones. Though you may find yourself calculating the cost vs. reward ratio in multiple areas during June's first week, the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th place a special emphasis on your social resources. You may want to spend a little extra time strengthening your alliances.
On the 9th, Mercury in Taurus’ opposes retrograde Mars in Scorpio, which highlights the changing relationship between work and home for you. Professional and personal matters intersect here, and you may need to work extra hard to properly mediate them.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into somewhat more stable pattern. Mercury enters Gemini on the 12th, with plans to treat you to a variety of interesting and potentially useful conversations.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things may get complicated again. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Full Moon, which arrives on the 20th, spotlights what you're doing with your energy, and asks what you're getting out of it. If you've been nurturing a project over the last month, this Full Moon may coincide with its unexpectedly swift flowering.
As the month winds to a close, the Sun and Venus enter Cancer, slowing things down and pulling your attention inward. Meanwhile, Mars comes to the end of his retrograde, stationing direct in Scorpio at month’s end. Here Mars asks you to consider your base of operations, and asks whether you should further fortify the ground you hold or go in search of a more defensible position.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Grand Cross which begins the month is likely to stir up action in variety of different life areas. You may find relationships, work and family competing for your attention. Though there may be a lot in play during the first week of June, take some time during the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th to center yourself. Despite the surfeit of activity, not everything is equally important. Venus' conjunction with the Sun on the 6th will serve to make that clear.
Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio arrives on the 9th, and there highlights the relationship between your short term duties and your long term goals. If the two are at odds, consider how you might stitch them back together.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into a more stable productive pattern. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th is particularly useful for you, as it will put the swift planet in your corner for the rest of the month. Look to professional situations to proceed with unusual alacrity.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things get complicated again. Mercury reactivates the Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 20th. The Full Moon, the second in the Archer’s sign, spotlights the importance of home and family. If you would aspire to the heights, you must sink deep roots.
Following the solstice, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, shifting the light toward your social life, and the importance of cultivating a nurturing network. Finally, at month’s end comes Mars’ long awaited station direct in Scorpio. Mars’ turnabout will reveal the power of regular effort and the art and science of proper pacing.

Libra: The Scales

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights a tangle of different issues. While you try to define not only what your direction is, but how to make progress along it, take care to keep yourself as physical, fiscally and mentally healthy as possible. Set an intention during the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th to remember your destination, even if circumstances mandate detours.
On the 9th, Mercury in Taurus’ opposes retrograde Mars in Scorpio, which highlights questions of resources, both yours and others. There may be some tension surrounding exchanges of time, money and energy here. After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things stabilize for a little bit,. Mercury enters Gemini during this period, further speeding you toward the realization of your goals.
The days surrounding the solstice, the 17th-22nd, may get a little hectic. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Full Moon highlights the connection between your long term goals and the path you'll need to take to achieve them. If you can connect your daily duties to your distant aspirations, progress will be inevitable.
As the month winds to a close, the Sun and Venus enter Cancer, bringing energy and attention to your professional situation. Mars' direct station at month's end reinforces this practical orientation with insights into your financial life.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights the resources at your disposal. Not just monetary reserves, but also social and psychic ones. Questions of time, money and energy borrowed and loaned blow about in the swift winds of the early month. The New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th both reinforce this theme, and ask you to look deeper into your exchanges. What work and which people are worth the investment of time, money and energy?
Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio arrives on the 9th, bringing relationship dynamics to the forefront. This is an ambivalent configuration, as one hand it may help resolve interpersonal conflicts by giving voice to them, but you may find yourself a bit over-heated when things actually come up. Keep a thermometer handy, as you may need to keep an eye on your temperature.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle a bit. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th sharpens your thinking and may make it easier to address the questions posed by the first week of the month.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things may get complicated again. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross during these days and the Full Moon in Sagittarius arrives on the 20th. The Full Moon illuminates what you have and what you owe, what you give and what you receive. The exchanges of time, money and energy spotlighted can be tricky to negotiate, so tread thoughtfully, and try not to assume the worst about people.
As the month winds to a close, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, and the two pull you to consider your long term goals and general life direction. A short week later, Mars comes to the end of his retrograde. Mars' direct station in your sign brings you back to the fundamental question of who you want to be, and what you're willing to do to become that.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The Grand Cross which begins the month is likely to get things moving in several major life areas. You may find relationships, work and family competing for your ample, yet still limited, bandwidth. Though there may be quite a bit going on, the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and Venus-Sun conjunction on the 6th place special emphasis on your closest relationships.
On the 9th, Mercury in Taurus’ opposes retrograde Mars in Scorpio. The opposition highlights your mental, physical and fiscal health. With patience, you may be able to make progress untangling negative patterns or forging positive ones.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into a speedy but less chaotic pattern. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th is a particularly helpful for facilitating communication within your relationships, helping you both to find the right words.
The days leading up to and following the solstice, the 17th-22nd, are complicated by another Grand Cross and the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 20th. The Full Moon in your sign, the second in a month, illuminates both who you are and what you are becoming. This year has been a crucible, but we are far enough into the process to glimpse the steel forged by that fire.
Following the solstice, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, which highlights the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and others.
Finally, at month's end comes Mars’ long awaited station direct in Scorpio. Here Mars' light will penetrate deeply, revealing a power within you'd previously only suspected.

Capricorn: The Goat

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month will see you awhirl with motion, as you hop from topic to topic and place to place, solving problems of spiritual, physical and fiscal varieties.
Though your attention may get frayed by the movement of the early month, a little quiet time on the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the Venus-Sun conjunction on the 6th will help sort your priorities. If you have a hard time simplifying things, focus on your physical and fiscal health.
Next along is Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio, which occurs on the 9th. Their opposition highlights the relationship between what you’re doing with your energy and what the people are around you think. Consider social factors, but don’t let them govern you.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle just the slightest bit, though Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th guarantees that things will keep moving at a good clip. If you can focus, you can get quite a bit done during this middle portion of the month.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things may get cluttered again. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross again, and the Full Moon in Sagittarius arrives on the 20th. The Full Moon’s rays shine right through practical problems of health and wealth, seeking instead the deep patterns which lie behind concrete concerns. The moon light glints off the water lying at the bottom of your soul’s well. What would you see reflected if you leaned in for a peek?
As the month winds to a close, the Sun and Venus enter Cancer, shifting the focus to those you hold close to you for the next several weeks. Make some time for the people important to you. Finally, at month’s end, Mars stations direct, highlighting what you’ve learned about social networks, and what can be gained by learning to navigate them.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The Grand Cross configuration which begins the month highlights the resources at your disposal. Not just monetary reserves, but also social and psychic ones. Yet is your reservoir of creative energy, your store of mojo, which is of greatest concern. On the New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the subsequent Sun-Venus conjunction on the 6th, consider how you can reign in the number of projects you’re committed to. Disentangle yourself from commitments which eat away at your ability to bring consistent focus to the matters that matter most.
Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio arrives on the 9th, highlighting tensions between your work and home life. You may need to rearrange things at home to accommodate the changes Mars’ retrograde has overseen in your professional life.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, the road smooths out a bit. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th is a boon, and will likely coincide with a boost of creative energy for the rest of the month, as well as more opportunities for leisure.
As the solstice approaches, things get a complicated again. Mercury touches off another Grand Cross from the 17th-22nd, and the Full Moon in Sagittarius arrives on the 20th. The Full Moon’s radiance falls across your network of friends, acquaintances, and colleagues, further highlighting the importance of a strong and healthy social sphere. Communities can accomplish what individuals cannot.
As the month winds to a close, the Sun and Venus enter Cancer, shifting the focus on to the habits you maintain, and the results, good and bad, of those patterns. Finally, Mars comes to the end of his retrograde, stationing direct in Scorpio at month’s end. The days surrounding Mars’ point of retreat are stocked with revelations about your professional life, all of them revolving around what you are really willing to give everything to accomplish.

Pisces: The Fish

The Grand Cross which begins the month is likely to stir up action in variety of different areas. You may find relationships, work and family all competing for your time and energy. The New Moon in Gemini on the 4th and the Venus-Sun conjunction on the 6th will, however help stabilize your priorities by differentiating the essential from the peripheral.
Mercury in Taurus’ opposition with retrograde Mars in Scorpio arrives on the 9th, which reveals the relationship between your long term goals and your daily business. If the two are not in harmony, consider what you must do to reconnect your regular labors to your furthest flung aspirations.
After the Mercury-Mars opposition, things settle into a speedy but less chaotic pattern. Mercury’s entrance into Gemini on the 12th should help you problem solve with greater speed, though it may see an unusual amount of people, and energy circulating through your home.
During the days around the solstice, the 17th-22nd, things get complicated again. Mercury reactivates the Grand Cross just in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 20th. The Full Moon, the second in the Archer’s sign, strongly emphasizes your professional life, pushing you to give your all.
Following the solstice, the Sun joins Venus in Cancer, shifting the solar spotlight toward leisurely and creative pursuits. Finally, at month’s end comes Mars’ long awaited station direct in Scorpio. Here the red planet stands still, it’s crimson glow a lighthouse shepherding you toward the accomplishment of your fiercest desires.

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.

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  1. John O. 3 years ago

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