Cosmic Weather Horoscope: June 2017 by Jane Lyle
Thought for June
‘Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time.’
– John Lubbock, “Recreation”, The Use of Life, 1894
Image: Russian girls with summer berries, rare 1900’s colour photograph from the Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii collection via Library of Congress. PD
Thursday 1st June – Monday 31st July:
Pearls and Pitfalls – Jupiter, Neptune, and the art of compromise
The sometimes-uneasy connection between Jupiter and Neptune continues to flavour summer 2017. Jupiter travels through airy Libra, a dynamic sign that rules partnerships, diplomacy, and co-operation. Neptune is powerfully placed in its home of watery Pisces, a sign that can be compassionate, intuitive, and creative.
Of course, all the signs and planets have a dark side too – Libra can be indecisive, manipulative, and cold. Pisces can also be cold, chaotic, and adept at misleading others. We’ve got a link between intellectual air and emotional water. Somehow, between now and the end of July, these two must find a way to work together by compromising and making the adjustments signified by their aspect, the quincunx.
In some ways Jupiter and Neptune are very sympathetic to one another. They both rule Pisces, both are concerned with ideals, and both have a spiritual or religious domain too. In Greek and Roman myth, they were brothers – Jupiter (Zeus) as king of the gods, ruling the realms of the sky while Neptune (Poseidon) ruled the oceans.
This summer’s challenging trick is to learn how to blend emotion, intuition, and compassion (Neptune in Pisces) with reason, strategy, and useful, even lucky, alliances (Jupiter in Libra). Bear in mind that Jupiter expands and inflates, while Neptune dissolves boundaries of any and every kind – into those salty oceans they go.
A string of planetary contacts with the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars shine a light on Jupiter and Neptune’s alchemical laboratory throughout June. I suspect we’ll be hearing about many peculiar experiments and mysterious experiences during June, and July.
Everyone with planets and points at 13-14 degrees of any sign can find their natal chart is energised in subtle ways by this odd couple.
Some luminous pearls to look for are:
*Idealistic visions for a better future
*Ways to care for those who are sick, or desperately in need
*Learning how to sympathise with, and understand, others – interesting new friendships can begin now
*Love and imagination
*Powerful phase for intuitive and psychic development
Some pitfalls to watch out for include:
*Confusion about others’ beliefs or values – fake news, social media rumours, and conspiracy theories multiply at this time…..
*Huge, over-inflated optimism leading to disastrous investments, gambles, or decisions
*Deception and scandals in health care practices, religious institutions, prisons, large organisations, educational establishments, travel organisations…Neptune really loves a juicy scandal
*Disappointing or delusional unions and partnerships in love, friendship, business and politics – who’s fooling who?
*Issues and upsets caused by addiction, drugs both legal and illegal, and drugs or alcohol legislation, including medical marijuana.
Out in the world
Jupiter and Neptune are activating many national horoscopes.
The USA’s founding horoscope, for instance, has its Sun (leadership and leaders) at 13 degrees of self-protective Cancer, and Saturn (government, law, justice) at 14 degrees of Libra. Neptune flows with the Cancer Sun – potentially a glamorous and idealistic, if confusing, vibe. Jupiter aligns with the US Saturn, expanding ideas and discussions around justice, diplomacy, and the law.
All the positive potential of Jupiter and Neptune is available to channel, if adjustments and compromises are made. And, of course, all the pitfalls have the potential to manifest before our very eyes as well. It looks like yet another very tense and eventful month in the USA – adjustments, checks and balances will be needed, but will they be made?
It’s intriguing, I think, that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Sun in Libra is at 13 degrees (7th October 1952). Assuming his date of birth is correct, he’ll have Jupiter boosting his confidence this summer, and Neptune swirling around signifying some hidden or concealed thoughts and motivations. Religious, spiritual, or drugs and alcohol related concerns could preoccupy him from time to time as well.
When warrior Mars appears in homeland security Cancer, great care should be taken, for the temptation to over-react and make mistakes could be strong. Mars is vitalising this link between expansive Jupiter and slippery Neptune between the Solstice (21st) and the end of June. It’s a tricky, dynamic phase when individuals, organisations, and nations would benefit from exercising calm caution.
There’s a darker intensity looming at the end of June and beginning of July. At this time Mercury and Mars go on to challenge Pluto – so striving for balance before this dramatic moment would be wise. We can always hope.
Here are some bubbling Jupiter-Neptune dates to be aware of this month:
Sun in Gemini trine Jupiter in Libra 1st – 4th June
Sun in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces 1st – 5th June
Mercury in Gemini trine Jupiter in Libra 12th – 14th June
Mercury in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces 13th – 15th June
Venus in Taurus quincunx Jupiter in Libra 17th – 20th June
Venus in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces 17th June – 21st June
Mars in Cancer square Jupiter in Libra 22nd June – 25th June
Mars in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces 22nd June – 27th June
And for anyone who’s curious about the fixed stars, as I am, Jupiter is currently aligned with Algorab, in the agitated and tricksterish constellation of Corvus, the Crow. The crow or raven is a strange, magical bird with links to many myths around the world. It’s another symbolic warning to tread lightly and be cautious and wary in all our dealings around the end of June and beginning of July.
Image: Sea nymph costume, Krewe of Proteus, New Orleans Mardi Gras, by Carlotta Bonnecaze, 1889. Via Wikimedia Commons. PD. Carlotta Bonnecaze was the first woman, and the first Creole, to design for the spectacular Mardi Gras parades of 19th century New Orleans.
Friday 2nd June:
Our astrological atmosphere is complex for sure. Yet it offers some fabulous glowing fires during the whole of June. This comes courtesy of the positive and potentially uplifting flow between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, boosted by the portal that is represented by the Moon’s nodes in Leo. It can be a pivotal time for space travel and research, science in general, and legal or political reforms.
All three fire signs working together can warm our hearts, our imaginations, and our ability to bring all manner of creative, inventive projects into practical reality. At its best, this trine says ‘express yourself’. Edgy new ways meet tried-and-tested old ways, and attract others who want to join us in exploring sparky, innovative projects.
Keep an open mind, and we can make changes that have a solid base in reality. Practical magic indeed.
Fiery degrees to look out for range between 23 – 27 of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius:
Moon’s North node: 27 Leo – 25 Leo by the end of June
Saturn: 27 Sagittarius – 23 Sagittarius by the end of June
Uranus: 25 Aries – 26 Aries by the end of June
And here are a few diary dates that might just light your fire:
Sun in Gemini opposite Saturn in Sagittarius 13th June – 15th June
Sun in Gemini sextile Uranus in Aries 16th – 19th June
Mercury in Gemini opposition Saturn in Sagittarius 18th – 19th June
Mercury in Gemini sextile Uranus in Aries 20th - 21st June
This really is a special time. Although Saturn trines Uranus exactly once more, in November, the Moon’s nodes won’t be joining them then.
Sunday 4th June – Tuesday 6th June:
A Little Change in the Weather
Mars, Mercury and Venus change signs over the next two days. We can look forward to a shift in our social, romantic, and day-to-day personal lives. Hopefully, this offers some sort of counter-balance to what’s going on in the world around us.
Venus is gorgeous, indulgent, fertile and artistic in her home sign of earthy Taurus. Venus is finally released from her long stay in impulsive Aries (since February), where the gentler and sexier side of Venus tends to have a hard time. Venus in Taurus smiles, stretches out on the grass, and eats another ice cream.
Mercury, meanwhile, is uber-chatty in his home sign of gregarious, versatile Gemini. Mars in Cancer is more self-protective, emotional and less direct – moving sideways towards goals. Yet it’s more dynamic than Mars in Gemini, and tends to get things done slowly but surely.
Overall, this line-up looks good for our five senses, for romance, and taking real pleasure in food and nature. Mercury in Gemini until 21st June signals lively times, and is good for socialising, networking, and publicity ventures.
The combination of Mars in maternal Cancer and Venus in foodie Taurus sends a gentle symbolic message about the essential role of food and nurturing in life too. Food waste is happening all around us, with perfectly edible fresh produce binned because it’s the wrong shape or close to its ‘sell-by’ date. Some charities are aiming to do something creative and positive about this depressing, soulless state of affairs. If you’re interested, please do find out more here:
Or discover chef Massimo Bottura’s inspiring Food for Soul project here:
The astrology dates are:
Sunday 4th June - Mars enters Cancer. Mars travels through Cancer until 20th July.
Tuesday 6th June - Mercury enters Gemini; Venus enters Taurus
Image: ‘Piknik am Sommemachmittag’ by Albert Weisgerber (1910) via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Friday 9th June:
Full Moon rises at 18 degrees of Sagittarius, the Centaur
A rather unstable full Moon rises in restless, excitable Sagittarius. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, is turning forwards again today too. All in all, expect culminations and turnarounds – but nothing is yet fixed, and much will fluctuate over the next two weeks. Beware illusions and delusions, and reserve judgment for now.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Jupiter turns direct at 13 degrees of Libra today too.
Jupiter now has a clear run through Libra until 10th October, when the gas giant enters Scorpio and a very different, and more intense, Jupiter phase begins.
Jupiter’s work in the area of relationships, diplomacy, and balance becomes clearer as the weeks pass. Partnership and open enemy issues we’d shelved or sidelined since March – or even last winter - will catch our attention in August when Jupiter squares Pluto. More opportunities to deal with our connections crop up as Jupiter sextiles Saturn, and opposes disruptive Uranus for the last time this year, in September.
Image: illustration from ‘Undine’ by F. De la Motte Fouque, artist Arthur Rackham (1909) PD
Friday 16th June:
Neptune turns retrograde at 14 degrees Pisces today.
Neptune turns direct again on 22nd November. Mostly, I don’t think we really notice Neptune retrograde. When we do realise we’re walking through fog, we may glimpse a phase of slippery, seductive confusion.
Wednesday 21st June:
It’s the Summer Solstice here in the Northern hemisphere, and Winter Solstice down in the South.
The Sun enters Cancer the Crab, a dynamic Cardinal water sign, on the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere.
The Solstice moment is a vital point in our solar year, and has been observed and celebrated for millennia in numerous regions here on Earth. If you want to find out much more about the many incredibly ancient places where the Solstice was celebrated:
There are more turning points for us as Mercury enters Cancer today as well.
Mercury in Cancer thinks intuitively, and is defensive, possessive, and strategic. Also, Mercury in Cancer can be very funny, if just a little bit crabby from time to time.
Today’s beautiful summer dance between lovely Venus and mystical Neptune adds to the magical, musical, and romantic possibilities of the season.
Image: Costume for the Sun King, Louis XIV, ‘Ballet de la Nuit’, 1653, via Wikimedia Commons PD
Saturday 24th June:
The Feast of St. John the Baptist, Old Midsummer Day
New Moon rises at 2 degrees of Cancer
‘Anyone who doesn’t believe in fairies had better shut these pages here and now and throw them into the wastepaper basket, or cut them up to line his bookshelves, and very expensive that will be. Not only will he be rejecting the world, but, in his antiquated Victorian scepticism…he will miss some extremely interesting things, and I am sorry for him. Of the many ways of being poor in spirit, and dismissing the earth as a dull sort of place, perhaps the stupidest is to say no to the hidden relish that gives this life its touch of magic.’
- Manuel Mujica Lainez, ‘The Wandering Unicorn’(1965)
Yes, now’s the time for bonfires on the beach, naked swimming, fortune-telling and a heady cocktail of both earthly, and unearthly, delights.
Venus in pleasure-loving Taurus trines intense Pluto, signifying earthy passion in all things. Mars in Cancer dives into Neptune’s boundless oceans, bringing some fantasy, imagination, music and mystery to the atmosphere.
Our new Moon in Cancer aligns with messenger Mercury, bringing high tides of emotional news, and encouraging us to talk about our feelings and intuitive visions. There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: 'St. Hansblus pa Skagens strand' by P. S. Kroyer (1903) via www.mynewsdesk.com