We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Carlos Castaneda
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
Well, June rushed up on us while we were trying to catch up and decided that it was eclipse season already. But this time it’s a triple dose of eclipses from June 1st straight to July 1st, summoning even more karmic lessons to the classroom. It’s an ongoing balancing act: paying close attention to what life is teaching us, which requires personal identification, while still not taking anything too personally. It is all about us, but only to us. On the other hand, it is a group project, but only in so far as people work through their own issues: Paradox.
The Sun trines Saturn on the 1st, supporting some balancing of our long-term goals. We don’t have to make all the choices now, but it is a good time to trim down the extremism from whence we view things.
There’s a partial Solar Eclipse in Gemini at 2:03pm (Pacific) on the 1st, plopping us into a month-long triple-eclipse cycle until July 1st. This is good for continuing May’s regrouping process: re-collecting ourselves and dealing with fairly practical issues. Organize and streamline your resources and take good care of the body. Get out of fear and discouragement issues.
Mercury moves into Gemini on the 2nd, where he will stay until the 16th. This period is ideal for thinking through our choices and course-correcting our perspectives. It’s time for our choices to better actualize the positive changes of the last couple of months. Better to give the mind more info than to over-work older territory.
Mercury squares Neptune on the 3rd, blurring the lines. We are being pushed away from what we are focused on, but we still have to choose to zoom out and remove pixilation and shakiness or we may end up without any picture at all.
Neptune goes retrograde on the 3rd, where he will continue until November 9th. Initially this will make things easier as it stops stirring up more and more new remnants to process. But then we’re going to have to go back over all the fresh confusion and inspiration and rework it into something we can’t yet imagine. Stop trying to figure it out; just flow.
Jupiter moves into Taurus at 6:56 am (Pacific) on the 4th, ending the early-spring Aries party by leaving only slow-going Uranus stoking that fire. The pace should really cool off and the sense of urgency should relax. Financial concerns and planning will be emphasized, especially long-term practicality. Also, take a good look at what we really value and what we truly need to feel content. Simple is sweet; learn to love it and hopefully live it.
Mercury sextiles Uranus, also on the 4th, frothing up some shaky impatience or anxiousness. Keep the mind calm and don’t indulge in fantasizing about the unknown with either good or bad stories. Life is mostly mundane anyways, so don’t fret.
Mercury trines Saturn on the 7th, making for a little more smoothness of mind, or possibly swinging it to the doubtful side. Prepare for the predictable and don’t be too concerned about the rest. Do a little bit to work through issues every day: It’s good to continually choose consistency; keep it moving down the road.
Jupiter sextiles Neptune on the 8th, calling us to take a dip in more mystic waters and to refresh our faith. Believing that everything is working out how it’s supposed to is, at the least, psychologically comforting and physiologically beneficial. We shouldn’t start transposing this into blind faith in people or life. Let us be more open to goodness without attaching expectation.
Venus moves into Gemini on the 9th, where she will be until July 3rd. This supports being more social and lightening the general mood. Talk to friends and process life’s meanderings. Get out and do something fun; see some shows, take some long walks.
Venus squares Neptune on the 10th, frothing up a yearning for some romantic activities or inspirational meditations, but potentially stirring discontent and retroactive critiques as well. Be present with the love you have and make sure to find it inside first.
Mercury conjoins the Sun on the 12th, giving us another chance to realign our awareness with the better selves within. A clear distinction between mind and self is important because the inner monologue fills so much of the time. Don’t run around the perimeter of self with one facet chasing another. Stand in the middle.
Venus sextiles Uranus on the 12th, bringing some more financial anxiety to the fore. Don’t run with it. Find something new and out of the comfort zone to experience or study. Be free.
Saturn stations direct, also on the 12th, ending a ruthless relationship-testing crunch that started in late January. Relations shift quickly without the ease of fair weather and now the integration period begins. Don’t fight it; it just is.
There’s a total Lunar Eclipse at 1:14 pm (Pacific) in late Sagittarius on the 15th. It’s fairly intense, primarily on the mental/emotional planes. It seems to be about questions and how closely we hang on to the need to find answers. For the best in life there are no direct answers, just echoes. And for the worst in life, there are no satisfying answers, only ones centered on human frailty, difference or ignorance. A better question is: What are you supposed to learn from it?
Mercury moves into Cancer on the 16th, where he will stay until July 1st. It’s good for exploring our emotional hang-ups and reactions and working on the clarity of emotional expression. Dive into those waters, but make sure to stay aware of others’ feelings in the process.
Mercury trines Neptune on the 16th, facilitating greater mental surrender to the flow of the emotions. Sometimes we have to feel our way through the passageways before visibility is restored.
Mercury sextiles Jupiter on the 17th, modifying yesterday’s action with an urge for long-range vision. But it still has to be done through a more ancient part of the mind, so it’s not terribly straight-forward. A very different way of looking at things would help, but it would be better if we could find that way from within rather than seek it from outside counsel.
Venus trines Saturn on the 17th, hopefully aiding moderation in all its forms. This time around it focuses more on moderation in relationships—keeping things on an even and steady keel. This requires taking responsibility for our reactions and accounting for differences in communication styles.
Mercury squares Uranus on the 18th, trying to jolt the mind into greater awareness and flexibility. If we can’t get over the commitment to our viewpoints, the world will find a way to upset our position. This can create drama and restlessness if not received with consciousness.
Mercury opposes Pluto on the 19th, dredging more mental resistance out for some kind of internal tug-of-war. Realize that the war is really with yourself and that if you don’t stop hanging onto to that well constructed learning tether, rope, one side of you will end up in the mud. Make room for more constructive pursuits.
Mars ingresses into Gemini on the 20th, where he will stay until August 3rd. This is challenging, because we should be able to see where we want to go but are yet to fully establish how to get there. Either way, the idea is to stay present with each step. Avoid undue hesitation; keep your head down and go.
The Sun moves into Cancer on the 21st, marking the longest day of the year. The emphasis here is to be adequately detached, like an observer of your own existence, while somehow being utterly present, even Zorba-like, by relishing life’s beauty and bounty.
Mercury squares Saturn on the 21st, bringing tough choices to the fore and demanding that we dig up and out of our mental ruts. Doubt and fear are just not optimal uses of our energies. Also, internal issues can’t really be solved, but progress can be made.
Mars squares Neptune, also on the 21st, diffusing our energies into more subtle layers of our beings. Partially, it’s simply asking us to slow down and avoid burn out. But it’s also requiring us to cut ourselves free of unrealistic attachments and fantasies. Find a knife.
The Sun trines Neptune on the 22nd, giving us a chance to relax a bit and unwind. This is good for taking space for ourselves to just stew in our own juices a bit while we can.
The Sun sextiles Jupiter on the 25th, allowing us to step out of ourselves and more fully back in at the same time. It’s kind of about getting more established in a new skin, after a shedding; it needs to be tested out and allowed to strengthen.
The Sun squares Uranus on the 26th, tossing it all back up into the air. There are still stubborn ego issues that need to be melted down into something awesome. But keep that torch pointed at your own stuff.
Mars sextiles Uranus on the 27th, adding more heat to this self-regeneration tempering process. This brings out egoic rebellion, either at others, or at our own attempts to melt down the immaturities within. They served a purpose for our survival at a time, but they’ve really got to go.
The Sun opposes Pluto, also on the 27th, dragging yet more ego compulsions and strangeness out into the air (the truly anaerobic and putrescent junk). This is not the time to dissect it; just put it out to dry and come back later. Be extra cautious not to project issues onto the outside or to take anything personally.
Yeah, June. It looks like it could be an especially productive grind for those who are eager and willing to get over themselves and climb into a more autonomous vision of being. This kind of work is eternally tough, convoluted, and extra layered with mental constructs that only we can choose to undo from within. It could be a great comfort to accept that the World doesn’t really care about us all that much; then we are freer to care for ourselves and to find even greater comfort in the idea that the Universe does love us.