As is often the case, there is a mix of mundane and original or less mundane developments in the skies this month. Here I am using the word mundane in the context of ordinary or what we would expect at this time of year. For example, the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of June in Gemini before returning to Cancer on 21st June. This is something that will happen on the June solstice each year, marking the point where in the southern hemisphere we move into astronomical winter and in the northern hemisphere, we move into astrological summer.
Also in that category are Venus and Mercury, who because they travel close to the Sun, moving into June with both in Gemini is not unusual.
However, here thing takes a less mundane turn for while Venus will leave Gemini on 3rd June, a retrograde turn late last month will keep Mercury here until 12th July. This is the second Mercury retrograde phase of 2021 and the timing couldn’t be better. Mercury turned retrograde on 30th May, seven days after Saturn turned retrograde in fellow Air sign Aquarius. While Mercury won’t retrograde back far enough to form an exact friendly trine, this puts them in lockstep, creating benefits on both fronts while guarding against some of the pitfalls.
A Mercury retrograde phase can create a heightened risk of mixed messages, misunderstandings and mistakes, mainly by rushing or failing to take the time to think that this requires. On the other hand, even in direct motion, Saturn is slow, pedantic and methodical but in retrograde motion almost becomes stuck. Saturn is too slow and Mercury too fast but together they can balance the other out and in mutually supportive parts of your chart this will be a real advantage. While the Horoscopes will detail where this will impact you, for example for Virgo Saturn is in your work and Mercury your career sector while for Sagittarius, Mercury is in your relationship and Saturn your communication sector.
Other planets that are working in harmony this month are those arriving or already in Cancer, returning to find Jupiter in his first full month in fellow Water sign Pisces and alongside dreamy Neptune here for the first time in over a decade.
By the time Jupiter returned last month Mars had been in Cancer for several weeks so they won’t form an exact friendly trine aspect. However, Mars formed a friendly aspect to Neptune late last month and when she returns to Cancer on 3rd June, Venus will move into a friendly aspect to Jupiter during her first 48 hours here. The Sun will do the same when he returns to Cancer on 21st June, as will Mercury when he returns next month.
From Venus’ return to Cancer on 3rd June to Mars’ departure on 12th June is a period of nine days, bringing the planets that rule the heart and your drive together here for the first time since 2009. With lucky Jupiter and dreamy Neptune drawn into the mix, this is an exciting month for the Water ruled signs and for the Water ruled areas of your chart.
Meanwhile, both Jupiter and Neptune will turn retrograde this month, Jupiter on 21st June and Neptune on 26th June. Neptune, in Pisces from 2012 to 2026 will always spend from June to November in retrograde motion while having just returned last month, this will see Jupiter retrograde back out at the end of July. In total, Jupiter will only spend two and a half months in Pisces but returning again in December, this is more a practice run or a chance to plant seeds that you can return to harvest later.
We also have some fresh blood this month, an area of your chart receiving its first planetary activity for the year and becoming active for the first time. What I am talking about is Mars’ return to Leo on 12th June, beginning his first visit in nearly two years and kicking off the first planetary activity here in eight months. Mars will be joined by Venus on 27th June and by both the Sun and Mercury next month, making this the start of a whole new wave of activity in this, until now, quiet area of the chart.
On 26th May the Moon put on a show stopping and headline grabbing display as a total lunar eclipse. This was not only one of just two Super Moons but the only total lunar eclipse of 2021 and it didn’t disappoint. Eclipses always happen in pairs and always two weeks apart and the partner to last month’s lunar eclipse is a solar eclipse in Gemini on 10th June.
Less attention grabbing, this eclipsing New Moon still has the power of an eclipse, which comes from their association with the lunar nodes. The lunar eclipse in Sagittarius late last month was just 05 degrees away from the South Node and it was that close proximity that made it such a powerful Full Moon and a total lunar eclipse. The South Node is associated with the past as is a Full Moon, so there was a lot of focus on drawing from the past or things coming to fruition or to a head.
The eclipsing New Moon on 10th June will be 10 degrees away from the North Node in Gemini. The North Node is associated with the future and a New Moon is all about new beginnings, making this a powerful launchpad for anything new.
Meanwhile, the Full Moon that will fall in Capricorn on 25th June (24th June in North America and Europe) is not an eclipse. It is having the South Node in Sagittarius and the North Node in Gemini that turns the New and Full Moons there into an eclipse. However, while this is an ordinary Full Moon it reinforces a balance issue that might come to a head earlier in the month.
On 5th/7th June Mars, in his final days in Cancer will move into opposition with Pluto in Capricorn. This is something that Venus will do on 24th/25th June, right in the lead up to the Full Moon that will see the Moon in Capricorn, clash with the Sun in Cancer. The Sun and Mercury will both go on to clash with Pluto next month.
Apart from Mars, who was last in Cancer in 2019, this is something that happens at this time every year or at least it will while Pluto is in Capricorn, from 2008 to 2024. Neither the Moon nor planets can move through Cancer without moving into an opposition with Pluto. While this can create pressure or tension it is more a chance to expose any balance issues and as Pluto is the planet of change and revolution but you can’t change what you can’t see, this is also a valuable reminder.
For Cancer and Capricorn, this will expose any balance issues between your personal and relationship needs, for Gemini and Sagittarius any balance issues between money coming in and money going out and for Aries and Libra, any balance issues between your home and professional lives.
Apart from Mercury, who will remain in retrograde motion until 23rd June, what we have this month is the faster planets speeding up and moving forward while the slower, outer planets are slowing down. By the end of the month Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Neptune will all be in retrograde motion and the faster planets will all be moving ahead and it will stay that way.
At this time last year, Venus was in retrograde motion and Mars spent much of the second half of 2020 in retrograde motion. That won’t happen this year, with the outer planets slowing down enough so that life is no longer happening at the breakneck speed that it had been over recent months but the faster planets allow day to day life to keep moving forward and progressing.
This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.
This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you personally, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you.
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