to June, Star Watchers, the point of balance between the rush
of growth that is spring and the hazy lazy days of summer. The urgency of
spring with its renewal of life and purpose reaches its apex in Gemini, which
is where we find the Sun at the beginning of the month.
Gemini, symbolized by the Twins,
is a mutable air sign. The glyph for Gemini
clearly demonstrates its duality, both by its resemblance to the Roman numeral
for two and in the way it appears to be two individuals, standing side-by-side,
simultaneously united, yet apart. The Zend Avesta, the sacred book of
Zoroastrianism, reveals a deeper purpose for the duality of the Twins, Now
the two primal spirits, who reveal themselves in visions as Twins, are the
Better and Bad in thought, word and action. And between the two, the wise
ones choose aright, the foolish not so.
The dual nature of Gemini carries
with it a connotation of higher and lower abilities. That is, when working
from the highest level of potential, a Gemini is easily able to grasp many
of lifes complexities and then, using his gift of communication, explain
these mysteries to his fellow man. Many talented and influential authors,
playwrights and composers have a strong Gemini influence in their charts.
A Gemini who has not yet learned to tap into his higher range of abilities
can instead find himself scattered, dependent on logic, fact and rhetoric,
lost in his own chatter and using his powerful oratory skills for petty gossip,
rather than as a channel for the inventive genius that is his birthright.
Ruled by Mercury, Gemini is associated with the third house of the natural
horoscope and all things that lie therein - short-distance travel, publishing,
friends, siblings and school-aged children. There is an appealing childishness
apparent in Gemini. Their curiosity and sociable manners make them popular
and entertaining friends.
The Sun finishes its turn in
Gemini this month on June 21, which is also the Summer Solstice, the longest
day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. From ancient times, people throughout
the world have observed this day with sacred rituals and ceremonies. Derived
from Latin, the word solstice can be roughly translated as the
sun stood still, which is what it seems to do on this day, rising to
its highest point in the sky, and then appearing to pause there. The ancients
called this point, the Gate of the Northern Sun, and its place
in the sky corresponds to 0 degrees Cancer, the sign after Gemini on the
cosmic wheel. It is fitting, then, that the celebrations to honor this special
time are largely based on ceremonies that honor motherhood and strong female
energy, as is associated with the sign of Cancer. The goddesses honored at
the Solstice are not the svelte, virginal brides of spring, but rather are
abundant, heavy and full of life, the culmination of promises whispered on
the first wisps of the spring breezes we felt at the vernal equinox, when
the Sun rose over the horizon into Aries.
Aries is the first sign of
the zodiac, and its properties are masculine, cardinal and fire. In nature,
Aries fills animals with the strong urge to procreate; trees and flowers
begin their yearly cycle of growth, and all around us we see creation burgeoning
with new life. This process continues though the spring, with the earthy
energy of Taurus stabilizing and nurturing this growth and the airy energy
of Gemini disseminating the seeds and pollens throughout the air. Cancer
is the next cardinal sign on the wheel, which means that we again find ourselves
in a period of action and growth. This time though, its a watery and
feminine sort of creativity we feel. On the surface less urgent than Arian
energy, Cancer instead brings us fulfillment and maturation. We begin to
see the first fruits of summer ready for harvest, the first young born ready
to leave the protection of nests and dens. Many marriages are consecrated
under Cancers skies, when spring-fever has run its course
and the couple is ready to mature into a deeper commitment to the family
life that is ruled by the Crab.
Family is certainly the domain
of Cancer. Often represented as a mother figure, and ruled by the womanly
energy of the Moon, Cancer is concerned with all aspects of domestic life.
The crab that symbolizes Cancer is so attached to his home that he carries
it on his back! Often considered materialistic, Cancers are not so much
interested in things for their material value or status, but rather for the
security they provide.
The focus on family is intensified
this June, as Saturn, the planet that asks us to acknowledge our debts and
responsibilities, enters Cancer for a two-year tour on the 4th, encouraging
all of us to look at our relationships with family and our responsibilities
to them. Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries will have the most asked of them
during this time, as Saturn forms hard aspects to these signs. Causing more
fear and trepidation than perhaps any other transit, an encounter with Saturn
does not automatically ensure dire tragedies or painful lessons - providing
you are willing to buckle down and do some hard work.
Saturn respects hard workers.
After all, hes the ruler of Capricorn, and for those willing to do
their homework, a transit from Saturn, Lord of Karma, can actually be a rewarding
time. Saturns duty is to remind each of us of the sacred contracts
we made with our higher selves before incarnating into this present life.
Its these Saturnine lessons that keep us from falling too far off our
personal life path. The more out of touch we are with our own sense of Higher
Self and the goals of our own spirit, the harder Saturn needs to nudge to
get us back in line.
For people about to have a
visit from transiting Saturn, its worth investing some time in
self-examination. One trick would be to think back seven years, which would
be the last time Saturn made a hard aspect to the same planet it is about
to transit now in your chart. Consider situations that troubled you then
and remember what you did to handle them. If you were having difficulties
in your marriage for example, but have spent time in relationship counseling,
working hard to improve things with your mate, then the current transit can
be a rewarding time, allowing the work you have invested into your relationship
to pay off. If however, you hid from any problems, or handled the situation
in a way that compromised your values or caused hurt to another, then you
can expect a less-than-pleasant visit from Saturn, as these old ghosts will
come back to haunt you until you find a positive resolution. If difficult
situations persistently arise during your encounter with Saturn, then comfort
yourself by knowing that regardless of how you managed your affairs in the
past, if you can face the challenges presented to you in this round with
an open heart, a spirit of forgiveness, and the willingness to make things
right, then your next visit from Saturn will be a much more rewarding time.
The old adage, You reap what you sow is definitely the case when
Saturn is involved.
Besides the movement of Saturn
into Cancer, June also brings us a number of interesting aspects and unique
configurations. The month opens with Jupiter and Neptune opposing each other
along the Leo / Aquarius axis. A relatively long-lasting transit owing to
the slow movement of these giant outer planets, this influence will remain
with us for most of the month. Oppositions are considered stress aspects,
that is, they are aspects that create tension. In this case the tensions
are lessened by the basic good nature of both these planets; Jupiter has
been considered a lucky force since ancient times and Neptunes mystic
haze of spirituality may be difficult to fathom but is rarely considered
to be malefic. The two entwine this month, as the retrograde motion of Neptune
pulls them together to work out the basic polarity between Leo and Aquarius.
Oppositions compel signs that are often considered to be uncomplimentary
to combine their energy in a forceful way. In this case, we see the tug-of-war
played out in the realm of the ego vs. the spirit. Leo, the personification
of ego, is emboldened by expansive Jupiter, while Aquarius is complemented
in his search to serve mankind through his placement in Neptune, ruler of
self-sacrificing Pisces. Like all oppositions, this one will be best resolved
by finding a point of balance between the two rival entities.
Mercury and Venus in Taurus
suggest an answer to this conundrum in the early days of June by forming
a square to both Neptune and Jupiter, a configuration known as a T-square.
It suggests that one way to resolve the tension between the opposed planets
is through love and communication, which when combined with the magnanimous
spirituality created through Jupiter and Neptune is a powerful mixture indeed!
The added tension created by the square aspects can be challenging, as it
creates situations that force one to address the issues highlighted by the
aspects. However, in a certain respect T-squares can be positive configurations,
despite the harsh aspects that create them, since they generate the action
needed to resolve difficult situations.
Not every planetary configuration
is as forceful in its nature. Soft aspects, like trines and sextiles, bring
together planetary energies that are essentially complimentary. June 10 gives
us an example of one of the freest flowing of the softer aspects in the shape
of a Grand Trine formed by the planets in the air signs. The Moon in Libra,
Sun in Gemini and Neptune in Aquarius come together this day, softening the
energy of the Neptune / Jupiter opposition and giving us a day that is creative
and inspiring, but in a soothingly gentle sort of way. Not the type of aspect
ever complimented for its get up and go, a Grand Trine is considered
a blessing when it appears in a natal chart, as it is thought to promise
a life of ease. It also strongly influences the native with the quality of
energy expressed in the trine, be it air, water, fire or earth. While at
first glance, flowing aspects like trines seem preferable to stressful ones
like squares and oppositions, there can be too much of a good thing. A Grand
Trine offers creative promise, but bestows little in the way of the impetus
to get there. To truly fulfill all the potential of the Grand Trine, some
of those harder aspects are a must, as they provide force and focus.
10 does give us an example of a more integrated type of planetary configuration,
the Mystic Rectangle. A Mystic Rectangle is formed when two pairs of oppositions
are sextile to each other. The result is an aspect pattern that includes
two sextiles, two trines and two oppositions. Like the Grand Trine, this
is another soft aspect pattern that does not generate friction,
discomfort or a need to take action. What a Mystic Rectangle does offer,
however, is an extremely strong sense of balance and structure, and harmony
between the four planets involved. The forces of the oppositions continually
stimulate the lazy ease of the trines and sextiles - in this case, Pluto
and Jupiter in fire signs, and Neptune and the Sun in air signs. The challenge
of a Mystic Rectangle is in integrating all four planets, so that each is
supported and honored within the structure. It is common for individuals
with Mystic Rectangles in their natal charts to struggle with the two
oppositions, see-sawing back and forth between the opposing planets. Once
the point of balance has been found, however, it becomes increasingly easy
to maintain, and a well-integrated Mystic Rectangle can be the most unflappable
of aspect patterns. Once an individual has integrated a Mystic Rectangle,
it represents a core of strength for them, and a solid foundation that can
be a great gift in handling whatever else life throws at them. The Mystic
Rectangle will be in force for much of the latter half of the month, as
slower-moving Pluto, Jupiter, and Neptune are first transited by the Sun
and then by Mercury and Venus.
The month winds
up as it began, featuring another T-square that calls into focus the slowly
waning Jupiter / Neptune opposition. This time it is the Taurus Moon seeking
to add balance to the celestial tug-of-war. What could be better at grounding
an opposition than a Taurus Moon, perhaps the most grounded sign of all?
For a detailed
listing of this months transits, see
the June Interactive