The Santa Cruz Cosmic Weather Report
By Catie Cadge, PhD
At the start of June, Venus enters Cancer, joining Mars in the watery and emotional sign of the crab. On June 3rd, Venus makes a lovely trine to Jupiter at 1˚ 45’ Pisces. Meanwhile, Sun and Mercury retrograde are in Gemini. The beginning of the month is a pleasant time for social gatherings — now that so many of us are double vaccinated! — and the nurturing and caring energy of Cancer will encourage us to hug one another again and rekindle a sense of family and tribe. Share the love!!
Mercury retrograde provides a time for self-reflection. Try to consider problems and situations from many perspectives. Both sides of the toss of a coin can be good! Gemini is about varying points of view, bringing data in and putting data out. Mercury in its backward dance wants us to cultivate an open mind. When the planet makes a square to Neptune in dreamy, visionary Pisces, June 5th, pay attention to omens and messages that can help stir us to think in fresh new ways. On the same day, Mars in Cancer, planet of action, opposes lord of the underworld, Pluto, who has been moving retrograde at 26˚ Capricorn since late April. If you know your birthchart, it is worth taking a look to see where late Capricorn falls in your chart. Pluto will be impacting this area of the zodiac for several years, but the Mars opposition now may trigger some developments for you in the area of life Pluto touches by transit. Especially because the Moon in Aries on June 5th squares both Mars and Pluto.
Two big astrological events occur mid-June. First, a New Moon at 19˚47’ Gemini features an annular solar eclipse at 3:52 am, June 10th. It is conjunct Mercury. A solar eclipse is like thinking about the spirit of a New Moon, such as seeking a new beginning or planting an intention, but the eclipse gives it an extra thrust of juju, tapping us into the lunar, emotive side of our desires, helping us make heart-centered decisions and choices. The Sun, the more rational solar self, is temporarily hidden. Mercury awakens perception. The next day, Mars enters the sign of Leo, where the fiery planet remains until the end of July. Venus joins Mars in Leo later in the month. Time to roar and let your heart speak! Put into action what dreams fill you with passion!
The second huge event is the square happening between Uranus in Taurus and Saturn, retrograde, in Aquarius at 13˚07’ on June 14th. The Moon in Leo that day will also trigger this major planetary square. The first hit of this square occurred back in mid-February, this is the second one, the last one will be on December 24th. There is tension in the air around the “changing of the guard.” There may be power struggles and sudden upset concerning who is in charge, how should our culture, society, change, what revolution is most viable for our planet and what old, conservative roadblocks still exist?
Sun enters Cancer on summer solstice June 20th! Jupiter stations retrograde at 2˚ 11’ Pisces too. The big gaseous giant won’t move back into Aquarius until late July. Folks with planets or critical degrees in their birthchart in early Pisces may especially enjoy a month of fun and opportunity for growth and expansion, depending upon the house location of Pisces in your chart. This is a beautiful time to dream big and let your imagination soar in new directions. Venus in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces the 21st, while Mercury stations direct at 16˚ Gemini the 22nd, making for a wonderful week to lovingly nurture each other, listen to our hopes and dreams, and to discuss our ideas for how we see our lives together changing in a post-pandemic world. Venus opposes Pluto in Capricorn on the 23rd followed by the Full Moon at 3˚28’ Capricorn, 11:39 am, the morning of the 24th. Moon in the sign of the seagoat makes things real.
Welcome to Cancer season and happy summer solstice everyone!
Catie Cadge is a master-certified Evolutionary Astrologer and is the Dean of Instruction for the Forrest Center for Evolutionary Astrology. Read about Catie and her work at caraevolutionaryastrology.com
Photo by Catie Cadge