by Nina Bouska
Nina Bouska and Maya del Mar became dedicated astrology students together about 40 years ago, and have met regularly with others from their first class ever since. While Maya went on to pursue astrology as a career, Nina still calls herself "an avid student" who does readings only for friends and family. We think she is far too modest. We are delighted to welcome Nina Bouska to the Daykeeper family.
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June is always a pivotal month, the equivalent of a full-moon phase in our annual cycle. The Summer Solstice June 21 marks the changing of the seasons, the height of our lightevery day becomes a little bit shorter from now until the Winter Solstice December 21.
This June will see two important planetary events.
Uranus will reverse its motion June 23 and remain retrograde until late November. Retrograde motion is actually an optical illusion. You can illustrate the phenomenon for yourself by drawing a dot to represent Earth, then drawing a good-size ellipse around it to represent Uranus, or another planet. Notice that as you draw one side of the ellipse your hand is moving right to left, and as you draw the other side your hand is moving in the other directionleft to right!
While we know the planet is continuously moving forward in its orbit, its apparent backwards motion appears to have astrological significance. All retrograde periods are generally thought to be best suited to activities whose names begin with rereview,
rework, reconsider, reconstruct, retrain, rejuvenate.... When Uranus
goes retrograde, as it does at least once a year, it moderates the drives
toward independence, innovation, individualization, insurgency and rebellion.
Butthe stationary periods on and around the day a planet changes direction can heighten the tendency to exert the plants typical manifestations. In the case of Uranus, this can call for caution. One can be overly uninhibited, impulsive, idiocentric. Or rebel without reason. Surprises may come at you, or from you. So think before you speak, or act.
Then, the third and final exact opposition of Saturn to Neptune will occur June 25, which should mean that the events symbolized by this rather rare pairing will start to recede. This outer planet pairing is considered particularly important, partly because it occurs only about three times a centuryroughly every 35-36 years, and partly because strong aspects between these two far-away bodies seem so often to coincide with changes in ruling regimes and other dramatic events on Earth that have long-lasting impact.
This is certainly not the end of our ongoing battle to build a rapport between common sense and ideal goals, pragmatic limitations and heartfelt aspirations. But the probable results should start becoming apparent very soon, making continuing efforts less onerous.
Additionally, the ongoing square between Jupiter and Uranus is emphasized several times this month. A potent kite pattern with Pluto in the king seat persists for days on either side of the New Moon. Were already into the lead-up to Mercurys retrograde period and need to be careful about communication, transportation and contracts.
(Except as otherwise noted, all interpretations here are based on a natural chart, using the beginning of Aries as the ascendant, and times listed are Pacific Daylight Time.
A Void of Course Moon makes no significant aspects until it enters the next sign. Its void period is thought to be a poor time for starting new projects or making concerted effort toward existing plans.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 1. The patterns of yesterdays Full Moon still hold sway. The sober realistic point of view used with patience, persistence and foresight mentioned then is the important keynote for today. Moon is exactly conjunct Jupiter early this morning and the two remain in opposition to Sun, squared by Uranusso beware an impulse toward rash behavior. Saturnian will-power continues to work comfortably with optimism and intuitive understanding, as well as with a good burst of energy, well into next week. Any obsessive-compulsive notes underlying your determination the past few days begin to give way in favor of more conscientious effort.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2. In the early hours of the morning, Moons connection to Venus brings an urge to make things nice in our lives, especially in our home and leisure settings but also in our places of work or study. You may want to grab a paintbrush or shove the furniture around. Shortly thereafter she pulls in the influences of Pluto and Ceres, prompting us to go below the surfacedeep clean, on whatever levelphysical, mental or emotionalto increase our comfort level with our own space. It may be a good day for gardening or otherwise nurturing seeds, literal or figurative, that we have planted in the past few weeks. Moon is Void of Course from 4:29 am until it enters Capricorn at 8:09 am. By evening, the possibility of important dialogue with family members may present itself.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3. Probing intellect is a good use for todays energies, so long as the questions are directed at understanding your own actions and motivations rather than those of others. Attempts to dig into the behavior of others could become all too volatile. Moon in Capricorn can be intuitive without being overly emotional and her recent encounter with Pluto plus her opposition to Mercury can make for rich mining. As always with Lunas sojourn through Saturns holdings, the material gleaned can be, although valuable, briefly demoralizing. But Venus is still hooked to Uranus, so some of the stuff dragged out of the closet can feel pretty good tooand quite possibly offer new insights about fortifying, or getting more mileage out of, your income.
MONDAY, JUNE 4. This could be a rewardingly productive day, on a stage set by Mars exactly trine to Jupitergood energy, good confidence, good luck with Saturn still holding things in equilibrium. That big guy also directs the feel-good desires of Venus and the nurturing nature of the Moon toward making the most of a forming liaison between hopeful Neptune and healing Chiron. Positive strides toward preserving our environment come immediately to mind. Or perhaps a breakthrough on the path to more equitable health care. We can use these influences to redouble our own efforts to live green, learn more about alternative medicine and join the growing movement toward becoming anti-consumerist the best way to fight the iniquitous forces that are currently running our country and our lives. (Every time you choose not to buy the best-known most expensive brands, elect not to keep up with fashions and fads, decide to simply do without and make better use of your money you are fighting Big Brother.)
Moon goes void at 2:43 and enters Aquarius at 4:15 pm.
JUNE 5. The helpful Grand Trine
between Mars, Jupiter
and Saturn that has brightened the past couple of weeks
becomes a kite pattern today as Sun moves into opposition
to Jupiter (adding punch to the Olympian gods capricious
square with Uranus). Here we see the easy-flowing alliance
of self-discipline, self-confidence and physical energy
activated by a new challenge. A kite pattern has been likened
to a bow and arrow, and in this case the Sunones
personal ego becomes
the target of
the other energies. Its time to do
for yourself, probably something youve
to do for some
This could be a
significant day politically too, as the alliance and agreement
appears to be among such powerful forces as Congress, the
judiciary and the military. The targeted Sun represents the
leader of a country, who may have to concede some points
to long-standing efforts in opposition. In Washington, there
could be definitive news about the Attorney General. The
dominant power comes from Jupiter and Pluto in Sagittarius,
the sign placement that has brought immigration into the
Venus moved into
Leo this morning, still picking up the light of the Moon,
to initiate a month of lusting for center stage, or at least
a round of applause, on the part of almost everybody. She
is comfortably allied with Ceres, and both are aspecting
Pluto; a recipe for influence by the female gender and those
who espouse peace and the arts. Will Cindy Sheehan confirm
rumors that she will run for Congress?
Ceres, now known
as a dwarf planet
rather than an
Taurus todaythe sign many astrologers claim she rules although
almost as many would give her rulership of Virgo. Either
way, earth signs are the most comfortable territory for this
goddess of agriculture, grain and the Earth itself, as well
as the welfare of children. This may portend good news for
growers whove suffered heavy losses through unseasonable
weather. Hers is
also a boost for environmentalists and a helpful influence
in dealing with the kids now that summer vacation is here.
As the only planet in a practical earth sign, the tangible
results we see over the next several weeks may fall under
her sphere of influence.
6. Yet another kite, this one aiming the synergistic
potency of the
aforementioned trio at the conjunction of Moon and Neptune. Put Moon and Neptune
together and youve
sympathy and sensitivity to accomplish the impossibleor escapist tendencies
nearly impossible to squelch. The strongmen will throw their muscle into
try to do, so choose your goal or goals carefully. Among the more positive
directions are spiritual, charitable and creative work all of the arts
should benefit from this pass; more ordinary workaday projects can gain
by the increased
understanding made possible today. If your personal sphere is troubled by the
escapist vibes, recognize that these sympathetic aspects are in everyones
chart, and there
are people nearby whod be happy
to help if you
Moon goes Void
of Course at 6:46 pm and enters Pisces at 10:24.
7. Both of the kite patterns remain in effect,
and therefore so do the readings of the two previous days,
although Moon has moved out of the signature. Sun is still
accentuating the Jupiter-Uranus square, which now includes
Pallas only one degree ahead of Uranus. The unisex queen
of rational thinking makes the exact meeting with the rash
playboy on June 18, then goes retrograde
early in July
to maintain the
most exciting potential of this pairing is its insistence
on making the search for solutions take precedence over
the search for blamewhat
amount of time
and energy we waste, as individuals, in groups and as a
nation, in trying to assign fault when we could be making
things better! Moon trines Neptune to help round up
JUNE 8. The
Last Quarter Moon at
17°19 Pisces, exact
at 7:43 am in
Washington DC, finds
the provocative Sun-opposition-Jupiter
in t-square with
Uranus-Pallas its primary
focus. In a natural
chart, which theoretically
applies to everyone
in the twelfth house
of influences that
are not overtly apparent.
Sun is in the third,
immersed in things
we take for granted;
Jupiter in the ninth,
It looks like
fertile ground for
info and applying it
to our daily lives
to achieve a better
balance between our
habitual behavior and
our own personal ethics
Grand Trine has
yet again become
a kite, this
time with Neptune
as the key point.
will be potent
for a couple
of weeks and offers
and as a nation)
energythe ability to visualize finer possibilities
and devote energy, time, and control to make them become
realities. Any follies and fancies, illusions and delusions
we have clung to for much too long have to go now, so the
energies used in maintaining them can be redirected toward
practicable inspiration. Neptunes ability to envision
is invaluable when appropriately used, and all the other
planets now seem supportively inclined. Whatever self-improvement
modes youve been toying with have the green light to
Setting the Last
Quarter chart in
its ascendant exactly
on the Sun of the
most commonly used
chart for the United
affairs of state
are critical now.
Saturn is in the
of resources, pulling
the kites bowstring to jolt Neptunian delusions about
our abilities to use (and/or assess) others resources.
Mars calls the strengths of Jupiter and Saturn into the tenth
house of our nations status in the worldif we
can use our assertiveness
in ways other than
could be a worthwhile
The Suns activation of the Jupiter-Uranus square is
as tantalizing in the national chart as in individual charts.
It could bring to light information that would prove pivotal;
it could out even further undercover secret operations;
it could signal impetuous decisions by the Decider.
ego needs as it
crossed the ascendant
of the U.S. chart
in January (and
George W. Bushs Sun) and immediately thereafter
squared I gotta be me Uranus, certainly reflecting
Bushs pompous call for a troop surge in
Iraq. The second
exact square on May
10 saw the House of Representatives passing a bill to
limit funding for the war and then backtracking. As I write
this, the Senate is moving in a similar direction. Finally,
with Pallas in the act we can hope for more. Eleanor Bach,
a pioneer of asteroid interpretation, called Pallas the key
to inventive thinking. An astrologer known as Sherpa says
Pallas represents the wisdom to know what is worth fighting
for and never fights merely for the thrill of battle. Perhaps
clever congressional leaders will find a way to write in
face-saving measures that will allow the administration to
opt for withdrawal. We should know soon after the third exact
square October 9.
Sadly, we can expect
no letup in bizarre weather patterns until after that contact,
even though the Saturn-Neptune opposition begins to fade
by the end of this month. Both of these aspects are known
to coincide with exceptional weather cycles.
The Sabian symbol
for the Suns degree, 18° Gemini: Two Chinese
men converse in their native tongue in an American city.
The need for the mind to retain its independence from its
physical environment in order to concentrate on special problems. Rudhyar interprets
this as what may occur when the individual has developed
that may enable
him to tap the
vast reservoir of the planetary mind.
The Moons degree, 18° Pisces: In a gigantic
tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance. The collective
appeal of a well-staged and exciting display of skill and/or
oratory. The time has come, says Rudhyar, for the individual
to dare to present himself and his works to his community
for applause, or for the purpose of attracting a following.
Or, I would amend, merely to garner support.
Moon goes Void
of Course at 10:52 pm, carrying the emotional intensity of
a square to Pluto into the wee hours of the morning.
9. At 2.32 am, Moon goes into action-oriented
Aries. The beat
goes on, with the patterns much the same as yesterdays, but now we want to get things moving,
get something done. Her trine to Venus puts renewed emphasis
on resources, both their availability and their conservation.
Before you turn in tonight, make a conscious assessment
of what you have to work with in pursuing your goals, and
what you need to figure out how to obtain. Mercury is slowing,
preparing for its retrograde period, so its already
time to put the
emphasis on reviewing,
than aiming for
immediate concrete results.
JUNE 10. Prepare
for dealing with new
or renewed demands
from those who have
power over you in some
way, whether in your
personal sphere or
from governmental and
authorities: the kite
doubles its potency
as Moon slides
in to join Mars on
one of the anchor points.
A backup kite
is forming, pulling
Mars and Saturn into
trines with Pluto.
In both cases, the
targeted planet is
Sun, the symbol of
and self-esteem. The
pattern lasts more
than a week, peaking
next Friday. Moons
trine to Saturn admonishes
to be careful about
JUNE 11. This
week starts with Moon
going void after a
trine to Pluto three
minutes before 1 am.
By 4:29 she saunters
into Taurus and joins
Ceres in Earth Mother
efforts to promote
green and caring among
incorporating the good
vibes of Venus to further
the warm-hearted ambiance
of the day. Its
a good day for
with co-workers, friends
and family, although
in your negotiations
you may have to override
the recalcitrant Mine! attitude
so typical of
In the background,
all the while, all
the previously described
assemblages of slower
moving planets are
busily working on other
and projects. Perhaps
this period of knowing
powerful forces are
at work with little
awareness of the specifics
is preparing us for
the series of significant
outer planet alignments
that will dominate
our lives in the next
couple of decades.
JUNE 12. A day scarcely distinguishable from
yesterday. Something a bit surprising may mark midday.
The need for discipline may be apparent late afternoon
or early evening. Moon goes void at 4:18.
JUNE 13. Moon
enters Gemini at 5:24
am. The weeks
patterns are still
quietly working or
developing viable solutions
or at least new approaches
to persistent problems.
More overtly, things
can seem a bit spacey
today, or you may have
a bit of a problem
keeping your mind where
you are as Sun
trines Neptune while
still square to Uranus.
really rather be somewhere
shores seem especially
appealing, or maybe
just the prospect of
JUNE 14. Moon
stirs up a handful
of exact aspects before
making her New Moon
conjunction with the
Sun at 8:13 pm PDT. An
opposition to Jupiter
sets the tenor
of the day, and there
may be problems around
yours or someone
may see tensions
worsen as individual
way out of bounds in
relation to the need
for cooperation. Late
afternoon and evening
are more easy-going.
Sun and Moon
join up more
of the way
a time for researching
Using the natural everymans
chart, they are in the third house of everyday
activities, siblings, neighbors and habituated behavior.
The duo is midway between their oppositions to Jupiter,
who urges giant steps without hesitation, and Pluto,
who always and forever promulgates changebig,
important, immutable change. Its a very positive
setup for going forward with any kind of personal change
youve been contemplating, a great time for laying
plans for future progress. Its still a rather
stagnant chart, with mutable, transitional signs emphasized
and only Ceres in an earth sign, so we cant expect
results. But readying
the field is definitely
in order. Mars takes on a personal pride and determination
to achieve effective gains. Saturn is set to promote
practical, functional usage of creative abilities.
Setting the New
Moon chart for Washington DC shows Aquarius, reflecting
social consciousness and political alliances, on the
ascendant. Neptune is rising, gathering strength for
its third and final exact opposition from Saturn. Duplicity
in our government is no longer news, but it may rear
into prominence again in coming weeks.
sits in the fifth
the light of the
Lights on the nations self-expression, and all
the potent patterns weve been talking about are
focused on them. This traditionally would highlight
developments in sports and the arts, speculation, gambling
and the stock marketthe bust in the housing market
may be undeniably
obvious by now.
We may see all
of the above, but this year this position also denotes
the mood of the people, which is growing more and more
irascible about the unending war, the state of the
economy, the bickering and dickering of legislators,
too much talk and not enough sensible action.
The New Moon falls
on the position of Saturn in the March
20, 2003 chart for the start of the war in Iraq,
which may afford
into the reasoning
behind that precipitous move and may even add luster
to the drive to rescind the authorization for war by
Congress. Again, the proof may not come soon; a persistent
pride that will accept no hint of loss or failure is
retained by Saturns current tenure in Leo, which
should begin to lose strength with the stern planets
passage into Virgo
of all things Sagittarian
came into view
entrance into the ninth sign in 1995 and has been amplified
more recently by Jupiters visit to its home sign.
It is gaining force as Pluto retreats to gather more
of the energy of the Galactic Center before leaving
Sagittarius in December. A few examples: The courts
and our legal system raced into public consciousness
early on with the O.J. Simpson case and have maintained
their high visibility both in real life and TV dramas;
Education, with no child left behind, has
suffered plenty of public debate and many changes.
Travel has been transformed by a host of security measures,
escalating fuel costs and carrier competition and consolidation.
The foreign-born have gained power and prestige, numerically
and individually, which has created an escalating controversy
that is currently occupying center stage. Religion
has assumed a truly remarkable prominence in overall
consciousness, legal consideration and public policy
makingnot to mention escalating warfare in its
name. The related issues of ethics and morals took
a leading role with the trials of corrupt government
and corporate officials and ongoing arguments about
issues of life, death and personal commitmenteven
of cowboys came
to the fore to deal with issues of sexual persuasion.
And now those Sagittarian
the drawn bow aimed
at the Sun, our
leaders, and Moon,
our people, buttressed
by Saturnian traditions
and the aggressive
impulses of Mars.
All of those issues
will dominate the
news for the remainder
of the year, and
then some. It will
be years before
any of them are
settled, just as
it took years for
the ubiquitous destruction derbies that
in Scorpio to fade
events to video games.
The bright spot
is the waning square
and Uranus, a seize-the-moment
renew our ability
to exercise our
think for ourselves
rather than blindly
following the blandishments
of the spinmasters
and the publicity-conscious
of political leaders.
We all know our
our lives are run
by big business. We
the hard fact that
big business is
we give it that
power. We strengthen
its influence every
day by following
the dictates of
our tastes and
money to those
concepts of value.
The Sabian symbol
for 24° Gemini: Children skating over a frozen
village pond; The use of inhibiting circumstances for
the development of character and a transcendent approach
to the environment. Paraphrasing Rudhyar,
we can read this as a call for learning from our own
experience; finding the ingenuity to surpass or sidestep
roadblocks to the path we wish to take; never settling
for inertia because of frustrations or setbacks.
15. Moon is Void of Course from 2:59 until
6:45 am when
she enters Cancer carrying the intensity of an opposition to volatile Pluto
into her own sensitive and emotional home sign. She makes no further classical
today, at 4:43
pm, and remains
so until July
its shadow degrees until July 24. As usual,
this period is
a poor time for
making important commitments because information can
be incomplete, attention fuzzy, communication faulty.
Travel and transportation can likewise suffer unforeseen setbacks.
Glitches with computers and phones, hurtful gossip
and misunderstandings are frequently reported during
Mercurys station at 12° Cancer suggests that
home, family and security issues will be the most common
range of such problems this time around. And of course
those whose charts have important planets or points
in this area will be most broadly affected. The Sun
in both the July 4, 1776 chart of the U.S. and George
Bushs birth chart is at 13° Cancer. Australian
astrologer Rob Tillett says, problems usually
arise because some crucial piece of information, or
component, has gone astray, or awry
reveal flaws in our internal organization as well as
our external planning and point up the need to
heartened by Mercury retrograde and can be delightfully
16. Moon joins Mercury today, continuing
the need to rethink
matters pertaining to the well-being of ones foundations and security
near-quincunx Mercury has been forming with Jupiter, a hint that our reassessments
need to include appraisal of when and where big
is better and when it is not. Some obvious
to mind: In some states more than 25% of all adults
are obese; in an age of spiraling gas prices and
diminishing oil reserves, we cling to hunky fuel-guzzling
vehicles; mergers by big business increasingly limit
our choices, most pointedly in controlling the information
we receivebe thankful
for the availability
of diverse reporting
on the Internet.
Moon trines Uranus,
to once again
encourage us to throw our support behind our own
JUNE 17. Its
and overall a rather
quiet day. The long-lasting
patterns are still
with us, but only Moons
fleeting quincunx to
oriented Neptune is
set to make them noticeably
active today, really
quite appropriate for
a Sunday. Moon starts
the day Void of Course,
from just after midnight
on the west coast (12:39
am) until she goes
into Leo at 10:25 a
for letting Dad
or a father figure
play king for a day.
JUNE 18. Rather
wide sextiles between
Sun and Saturn and
between Neptune and
Pluto have added a
rectangle to the mix
of aspects again, creating
a cosmic full house
that looks good but
merely serves to reinforce
the drive toward changes
that has been brewing
for weeks. Moon and
Venus join briefly
in friendly aspect
to Jupiter, furthering
benefic influence on
behalf of children
and creative endeavors,
though the efforts
may be short-lived.
Near midnight, Sun
opposite Pluto sets
the stage for a restless
TUESDAY, JUNE 19. Well before dawn, Moon again occults Saturn and then opposes Neptune, adding fuel to the stern taskmasters tightening opposition to the god in rose-colored glasses. It could be a bit depressing. More likely, we will awaken groggy, ill-tempered, conflicted or merely confused and find it hard to get up and get going until midday. You may sense power struggles or fight a nagging itch to just get away from it all. Then, with Moons trines to Mars and Pluto, we manage to round up our resources and pick up the plow. Things are looking up again by evening, although Moon is void from 2:22 until she enters Virgo at 5:46 pm.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20. We can shine on today, basking in compliments, and pay attention to all those nit-picking details. Craftsmanship, artisanship, problem-solving are front and center so long as we dont let a momentary frustration lead to flaring temper or give in to transient whims.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21. Spring is gone, and summers here, officially checking in at 11:07 am PDT, 2:07 eastern time. Most of us have become familiar with the ancient traditions marking the longest day/shortest night of the year, largely through Shakespeares Midsummer Nights Dream. In communities here and abroad, the occasion is still marked by celebrations and festivals with parades, games, bonfires, art, music and dancing, lots of food, and spirit-oriented rituals. Rarely, however, are lovers still invited to leap through luck-bringing flames as they were in early Germanic tribes.
The chart for the solstice is believed to govern general conditions for the coming three months, until the Autumn Equinox. Along with all the long-lived transits weve been discussing, it predominantly features Moon opposing Uranus, a clear call for each of us to exercise our individual minds and hearts, with the most clear-eyed honesty and all-encompassing compassion possible, to find proactive ways of dealing with the world todaywhich obviously needs all the help it can get. While it may make us feel better, simply turning off the news us playing ostrich. Myth*ing Links blogger Kathleen Jenks puts out a plea that we each find our own inner feather, which is to say, our deepest source of compassionate, sacred language. If we can all access such feathers and live within the connectedness they nurture, it'll make a difference, somehow. I second the motion. If its no more than a commitment to do most of your shopping in thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets, its a finger in the face of the ruling consortiums. Its even better to educate yourself about current issues and then call and write your representatives in Congress. Small steps by many people can create real momentum.
Moon is exactly quincunx Neptune, mirroring Saturns long-lived quincunx to Uranus. Every quincunx denotes adjustment and adaptation. Revealing insights, possibly gained during a meditational pause, may spur the release of long repressed nonconformist behavior; you may find yourself doing something you never envisioned doing although the idea has been tantalizing.
In the chart set for Washington DC, the asteroid Juno is on the 11°31 Aquarius ascendant. Juno was the angry wife of self-indulgent Jupitermad as hell and unwilling to take it any more. She let him have holy whatfor, again and again. Juno makes a fitting symbol for the populace as a whole in the U.S. today, especially in combo with the Moon signifying public opinionoperating in tandem with Uranus, the rebel. Both are tied by square the Pluto, the fountain of power, and Jupiter, who tries to make everything bigger and better. Its time. Time to do everything in our power to take back our country, to enforce the concept that it is governance of the people, by the people, for the people. It may mean giving up some degree of comfort in the doing, but the long-range gains are well worth it.
The Sabian symbol for this solstice point, 1° Cancer: On a ship, the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one; a radical change of allegiance exteriorized in a symbolical act: a point of no return. Rudhyar says, the ship symbolizes ego-consciousness . . . the individualized will makes a basic decision . . . the Yin force begins its six-month-long rise to power . . . the collective will gradually overcome.
Moon goes void on its square to Pluto at 11:50 PDT, after midnight EDT.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22. Moon slides into Libra at 4:43 am, and makes its exact First Quarter square to the Sun at 6:15. It appears to herald a bright and pleasant day, with most of the aspects agreeably benign. Except, of course, for those slow babies weve been talking about.
Overall, the chart offers strong support for the goals weve set with the New Moon, but encourages forming liaisons with friends, family members or outside sources such as counselors or group therapy to further our efforts.
Setting the chart for Washington, as we always do with major Moon Phases, puts both the Sun and Moon in critical positions on the action-oriented cardinal axis, on the cusps of Cancer and Librathe same points that mark the change of seasons each Summer and Autumn. Venus, landlord for the Moon, is on the Leo ascendant trying to keep up appearances and brandishing charm as a weapon. Chiron is exactly opposite, on the descendant, the point denoting our interactions with othersfriends, allies or enemieswhere we seem to have accumulated a storehouse of insecurity, guilt and lack of self-respect. Its strong backup for the solstice chart, urging Yin forces to stand up and be counted rather than merely being responsive. Moon is still quincunx to Mars, questioning the cost and value of military measures.
The point (not planet nor asteroid) known as the Black Moon Lilith, which is said to show where we question ourselves, our lives, our jobs, and our beliefs, and to give us the opportunity to "let go" of something, is within one degree of opposition to the warlord now even the most patriotic and compliant parents have had enough of sending their children to battle. Mercury square Juno suggests that their protests will be long and loud.
Mars, Saturn and Plutothe ruling conjuntaare still a trio, still holding the reins, but their approval rating is suffering lots of counterpoint; Neptune still signals artifice, dishonesty and disarray in their dealings.
The Sabian symbol for the first degree of Cancer is the same as that given above for the beginning of summer.
The Sabian symbol for 1° Libra, which coincidentally is the degree that marks the end of summer: In a collection of perfect specimens of many biological forms, a butterfly displays the beauty of its wings, its body impaled by a fine dart; the immortal archetypal reality that a perfect and dedicated life reveals. Rudhyars interpretation, synopsized, suggests, At this autumnal point, the drive toward individuation has lost momentum, while a new trend challenges toward collectivities of individuals, not merely as gatherings but for inner power. At the Libra stage, he says, these are forms, that will grow into power in their Scorpio stage. He quotes Marc Jones in denoting the dart of wisdom as a process of perfecting.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23. Were eager to test newfound knowledge or share our insights with people who are important to us. Dont be surprised if the conversation leads to a bit of a change in your own point of view. At least be open to allowing that to happen. It could make you feel even more optimistic about your prospects.
Uranus goes retrograde today, at 7:43 am PDT. This backward, reflective period will modify the nagging annoyance of its not-yet-perfected quincunx to Saturn, which has pointed up our own internal conflicts between maintaining the responsibilities we have willingly undertaken and making the changes that will make daily routine seem more fulfilling. Over the next several months, we can devote serious thought toward how to meld the twointuitive, inventive, creative analysis and consideration can most often come up with a workable compromise. This change of direction can call in the helpful vibes of its trine to Mercury to sharpen your wits, and help you recall childhood aspirations and lessons to help in your decision-making. It will tighten its square to Jupiter, so giving close consideration to what Dad always said may be rewarding.
On a national level, Uranus at the first moment of its retrograde station sits in the seventh house of face-to-face dealings with otherswe need to reconsider policies and procedures in dealing with both allies and enemies. Pallaswise, efficient, shrewdis conjunct Uranus to help structure solution; the North Node is nearby, calling it a karmic duty.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24. Its a foggy morning, literally or figurativelya good day for recognizing all the things we have to be grateful for, even in the face of disruptions and disappointments. Moon goes Void of Course just after noon, at 12:22 pm and lingers lazily until going into Scorpio at 5:26. As usual, void periods are not a time to try accomplishing much, just tidying up and creating order. But notice that at 2:26, Mars moves on into Taurus, giving the ambience a solid note of practical earthiness for the first time since Sun left Taurus May 21. Moon connects with him first thing off to speed him on with his appointed tasks. We can hope to see more tangible results from our efforts over the next six weeks.
MONDAY, JUNE 25. Theres renewed drive and intensity in our efforts today, particularly those related to our need to reconcile our private and public lives, our need for rest and rejuvenation as opposed to our need to achieve. Moon is exactly trine Mercury, so we feel confident in expressing our thoughts and our emotions honestly and directly, without hostility. She modulates the interaction between Mars and Pluto so we feel in control of our temperament and keen on our ability to exercise our muscles, physically and intellectually.
Today is the day that marks the beginning of the end of the long (since the end of August last year) opposition of Saturn and Neptune, although it remains in effective orb for several months (so dont expect immediate relief from the itch it has engendered). But our dreams of accomplishment should be becoming more realistic, and our fortitude in aiming toward their realization more substantial. This configuration has been said to accompany a psychology of despairnow, at the very least, there should now be a lessening of the widespread depressiveness and negativism that has been so prevalent
The chart for the moment of the exact opposition, set in Washington DC, has 0° Libra rising. Its heartening to think of Libra as the sign of peace, justice, balance and meaningful negotiation. On the other hand, as Richard Idemon said, Libra is the sign that will kill to keep the peace and is known as the most devious of the signs, willing to go to almost any length, sweep anything under the rug to maintain the appearance it thinks desirable at any given moment. (By progression, George W. Bush has four planets and Chiron in Libra.)
Both Saturn, as the planet of governing and control, and Neptune. representing both social ideals and behind-the-scenes manipulation, play significant roles in the charts of political leaders. In the past 18 months we have seen innumerable changes in the leadership of countries around the worldnot counting the shift in control of our own congress, and more are scheduled. Tony Blair, now leaving his post as Prime Minister after 10 years, has a close Saturn-Neptune conjunction, as does Bill Frist, who was displaced only recently as Senate Majority Leader. But then again, so have John Edwards, Vladimir Putin and Jeb Bush.
The Sabian symbols for the opposition 22° Leo and 22° Aquarius are encouraging: A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission; spirituality, in terms of training for service to mankind, which Rudhyar relates to the ideal of the serving the world, and A rug is placed on the floor of a nursery to allow children to play in comfort and warmth; the warmth of understanding which comes to those who, early in life, are open to new possibilities, of which Rudhyar says, Man is never left without assistance when eagerly seeking to grow emotionally and spiritually . . . Through warm appreciation of basic opportunities and small comforts, we can safely and happily grow into maturity.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26. Overall its a pretty pleasant day, with just a hint of early morning self-importance to mar easy-going cooperative ventures. Moon sets up a t-square to seal the deal between Saturn and Neptune, and goes void of course at 1:43 pm, so if some of your coworkers efforts (or your own?) seem laggardly, its to be expected.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27. Theres not much thats new today. Moon went into Sagittarius at 5:24 am Pacific time, so a dont fence me in attitude may show up here and there. She makes no exact aspects all day, although she meets up with Vesta to reaffirm our assessments of whats most important now. Were on cruise control.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28. Optimism reigns as Moon conjuncts Jupiter and takes on an overlay of Ceres motherly glances. Sun joins Mercury to keep the intellect and the communication going well. A bit of a fillip, an out-of-the-ordinary off-the-wall encounter enlivens the evening.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29. Facing the workload seems burdensome today, in strong contrast to yesterday were acutely aware of how much there is to do. But we do get into it and by 10:07 am, when Moon conjuncts Pluto and goes void, weve got it under control. The void period lasts until 3:05 pm PDT, thats after the close of the workday for many of us, so devote the day to finishing whatever you can and making a tidy schedule for progress Monday morning. Moon trines Mars late tonight, promising a pleasant weekend of enjoying our domestic setup and time with friends or family. It could be pretty romantic.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30. Full Moon in Capricornproductive, responsible, serious, emotionally controlled. But that does not imply joyless. Its more a matter of winnowing out the chaff and focusing on what we really cherish. It shores up our pursuit of balance including both our personal lives and our drive toward worldly success and status; and bolsters cooperative use of both objectivity and intuitive perception. Its a mighty good influence for the time of Venus annual meeting with Neptune, when kiting fanciful dreams can get out of hand.
In the nations chart for the exact opposition, 9:49 am EDT, Moon again inhabits the fifth house, just as it did for the most recent New Moon. This time, Moon faces Sun and Mercury across the chart, in the eleventh house of ultimate outcomes, the results of fifth house activitiesand the results are not yet that satisfying. The mood of the people may be more subdued now, or more somber in the face of escalating death tolls in the Middle East, but its still a force for accountability. Its not that the public has acquiesced, it has merely become more determined to find a way out of the mess.
The Saturn/Neptune opposition dominates the chart, spanning the Ascendant/Descendant axis. It is interesting to note the prominence of those planets in the charts of virtually all of the leading candidates in the 2008 presidential race.
The range of events related to this planetary configuration is too complex to analyze in less than many thousand words. The dichotomy is summed up by British astrologer Penny Thornton: Saturn and Neptune can blend their principles in a positive way or bring out the worst in each other. The dreams of Neptune can be made real; Saturns hard line can be softened. Neptune can erode Saturnian structures that give substance, form and security; Saturn can crush our Neptunian spirit, our hopes and dreams, and ride roughshod over the weak, the poor and the underprivileged. The outcomes will probably encompass all of the above.
The Sabian symbol for the Moons position at 9° Capricorn: An angel carrying a harp; The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation. For 9° Cancer: A small naked girl bends over a pond trying to catch a fish; The first naïve quest for knowledge and for an ever-elusive understanding of life. Both encourage the use of the innocent and spontaneous mind, with eager curiosity, reaching for answers without preconceived notions of the end results.
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