Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac
Spring fever calls us out to frolic while the virus keeps close to home; the planets and politics now expose tension between our restlessness and need for safety. We’re heading into the depth of retrograde season, when delays crop up and ask us to reminisce, process the past few months, and see if we can improve the situation.
As June begins Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograde; Mercury retrogrades June 17 -July 12 and Neptune joins them June 22. As planets back over the territory they covered in the last few months, we get a chance to learn from our actions, if we choose that path. If there isn’t enough emotional stimulation coming in during quarantine, we could go back to past emotionally painful moments, reigniting old emotional scripts just for that interpersonal charge. Let’s not. It’s not time to push forward, nor to lean on old scars, but to review, rebuild, reassess, reorganize and complete.
A lunar eclipse in Sagittarius punctuates the need for freedom on June 5. Summer begins on June 20 at 4:43 pm CDT, followed by a solar eclipse just after midnight. Choose away from drama and towards healthy shifts.
Jupiter and Pluto conjunct three times this year, once this June 29. Together they ask us how we define freedom (Jupiter) and assess our priorities (Pluto). In this hopefully unique time, it’s painfully clear what we don’t have, and essential to notice what we do have, where we are unusually free, and make the most of it.
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Work on your relationships, communication, go over agreements and meetings, clear up any tension from the past. Mars enters Aries on June 27 and for the next six months, which can either power you forward or cause storms, depending on how you work with it.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…To feel more in control, deal with worries about the material world by taking care of what you can; repair, plant, build, take care of your first resource — your body and health. Take every opportunity to heal, rather than reinscribe, past problems.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Enjoy the buzz as June begins. Further the conversation, but keep heart and mouth connected. Slow down while Mercury retrogrades after June 17; introspect and tend to unfinished business. Think before speaking or taking a risk.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Support your long-term health, but keep your focus on what brings you joy and creativity in early June. Encourage calm around an unsettling lunar eclipse June 5. Old connections reawaken after June 17. Lead by example after June 22.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Even in quarantine you can help create community by connecting people and weaving the web. Your mood can set the tone for the house, so notice what energy you put out. Turn a challenge into positive change around eclipses June 5 and June 21.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Tend your work this month, and make progress on projects already started. Stir the pot, reconnect with old contacts, ask how you can be helpful and, therefore, stay in their line of sight. Around June 17, as Mercury retrogrades, move with careful grace.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Take the opportunity to learn anything possible as the month begins. Whether online or through your metaphysics, connect to a larger web of information. Heal the past if memories arise, but don’t get stuck there; instead, warm hearts in the present moment. Diffuse drama around June 25.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…As you come to understand what’s going on behind-the-scenes, in the depths of people’s feelings and fears, just keep people focused on truth rather than mere suspicion. Instead of railing against stupidity, help calm the waters June 2 and 6 as Mars squares Venus and the sun.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Be thoughtfully cautious June 5. It’s so important for you not to feel hemmed in, even under quarantine; get really creative. Don’t get sloppy with health, but do explore when you can, and let your mind travel to faraway places. Bring back fresh ideas to share with beloveds.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Check your health regime and build up lungs and breath; consider tai chi or qigong as the month begins. Major plans may be on hold, but this allows for a deep, personal agenda in the year ahead. Check in on and be there for others June 20-22.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…You’re good at entertaining yourself, and you can stay busy when others spin their wheels. Work may not be going as expected, but engage opportunities for unusual projects. Look for an opportunity, because someone else couldn’t make it around the last week of June.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Empath, strengthen your psychic boundaries; know what is your pain and joy, and what belongs to others. Diagnose problems, rather than suffer. Roll with experiences, and be ready to let go of old resentments or outdated ambition June 11-17 as Mars conjuncts Neptune.