Cosmic Weather Horoscope – June 2016
Written by Jane Lyle
Don’t look down! June 2016 is looking bendy and bonkers as we tumble down the rabbit hole into an Alice in Wonderland world. Or maybe some of us push through the musty winter coats hanging in the wardrobe and find ourselves in Narnia.
Fantastical children’s stories, science fiction, and imaginary worlds draw close as we question reality – we wonder how many dimensions there might be going on simultaneously. But it will be hard to find reliable information. Everything is shifting around, yet sure and certain progress is a real challenge. Push too hard, and you may find yourself going in entirely the wrong direction.
A planetary pattern called a mutable grand cross flavours the whole of June. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. As a group, these psychologically acrobatic signs represent excellent qualities of flexibility, changeability, and adaptability. At their absolute worst these signs can be flaky, vague, fickle and superficial.
Currently, Jupiter is in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces, and Saturn in Sagittarius, while the Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Gemini activate them, producing much talk of one sort or another. The result is confusing, giving an illusion of things being stuck while underneath they are actually in transition – 2016’s big theme. What’s really going on might not be clear until the autumn. Meanwhile, keeping a wide-open mind is vital.
It’s easy to get terribly preachy and self-righteous with planets in these signs – particularly Sagittarius. But the opinions we so eagerly express may not truly reflect what we really believe. And, honestly, we may not even know what that is just yet. Perhaps not the best time for the UK referendum on Europe, for opinions on this and much else will change, and change again, all summer long. Yes, it’s all a bit sticky.
Fortunately, there’s some powerful, earthy energy around too. We can use it to help ourselves achieve practical dreams. King Jupiter in Virgo is flowing with the Lord of the Underworld, Pluto, in dynamic Capricorn during June, exact on the 26th. Make the most of this beautiful pattern – the next time Jupiter and Pluto meet, in November, it’s much more challenging.
In another corner of the cosmos, Mars backtracking in Scorpio continues to peer under stones and rummage through forgotten archives in search of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Information emerges that changes our attitudes or conclusions – particular areas in focus during June and July include sex, money, taxes, violent crimes, and death.
On a personal level, painful, damaging past relationships or financial dealings come up for review. Eventually, healing these wounds, or releasing buried anger, opens up the possibility of rebirth and regeneration. It’s also a very useful time to come up with plans and strategies for later on in the summer, and on into the autumn.
Mars, planet of action, desire, war and combat is in special focus this summer.
Moments to watch are:
19th July – Mars in Scorpio connects with July’s full Moon in Capricorn inciting passionate, brooding feelings. Sex, money, and security are on our minds more than usual.
23rd – 24th August – there’s a rare, significant meeting of Mars, Saturn, and the bright fixed star Antares in Sagittarius. It’s a potent time, for Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, is one of the four Royal Stars of ancient Persia, Watcher of the West, symbolically marking the entrance to the underworld – or the unconscious mind. Mars and Saturn align every couple of years, but the last time they both met up with Antares was in February, 1986.
Antares’ meaning combines success and power with obsessive thinking and notable creativity. There can be a deep need for intense experiences. Caution and objectivity are advisable, but it will take great effort to find them.
Traditionally, this star also signifies sedition, and the death of famous men. This Mars, Saturn, and Antares line-up highlights religious intensity, extreme patriotism, and considerable tension between impulsive actions and holding back.
A wide range of national horoscopes are activated by Mars, Saturn and Antares. These include:
Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Spain, and Syria.
Friday 3rd June – Saturday 4th June:
Can you feel the approach of a vibrant new Moon in Gemini? It’s a time of great mental activity, information, and ideas pinging back and forth. Mind games proliferate too, so we must all be as flexible as possible. If there are things you’d like to let go or put to one side, now’s the time to tiptoe away. It’s all about the mutable signs at the moment – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, so adaptability is the key.
The aspects are: Venus in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces. Sun in Gemini opposite Saturn in Sagittarius, exact on 3rd June. On 4th June, the Sun squares Jupiter in Virgo, and Venus opposes Saturn in Sagittarius. The stage is set. The new Moon rises at 14 degrees of Gemini on Sunday, 5th June.
Sunday 5th June:
New Moon rises at 14 degrees of Gemini, the Twins
Image: ‘Twins’, Qajar art, courtesy of the Art Museum of Georgia, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Our charming Gemini new Moon shines on all the multiple twists and turns that lie ahead during the whole month of June. There are codes to be cracked. But pieces of this particularly fiendish jigsaw puzzle are missing.
It’s a very significant Moon for both the UK, and the European Union – bringing up issues around transport, travel, migration, education, and media.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
The aspects are: New Moon is conjunct both Sun and Venus, opposite Saturn 13 Sagittarius, square Jupiter 14 Virgo, square Neptune 12 Pisces.
Monday 6th June:
Art, love, beauty, peace, and culture are our resources, and just as valuable as cold, hard cash.
Venus and the Sun make their exact connection today in media-friendly Gemini, and this is their summer message to us all.
Venus will be an evening star this summer, having reached that part of her journey where she changes from morning star to evening beauty.
Tuesday 7th June:
Prince Rogers Nelson, musician, star: 7th June 1958 – 21st April 2016
A hugely talented artist, Prince was a versatile, mischievous Gemini with mercurial Mercury itself also in the sign of the Twins. But underneath the witty, elusive mask and playful whimsicality planets in the fixed signs reveal a more relentless, and determined core.
Venus, in sensual, musical Taurus, is keeping company with experimental Uranus in dramatic Leo, mystical Neptune in sexy, intuitive Scorpio. Sexy, androgynous, flamboyant yet very private – this planetary pattern was projected in all its Dionysian glory through costume, dance, and mesmerising performance.
His Moon, in musical, spiritual Pisces, also connects with Neptune and Venus – signifying a triple dose of musicality, plus a natural-born ability to create mystery and glamour. Intense Pluto and the Moon’s nodes, also in show-business Leo, align with the blazing fixed ‘royal’ star Regulus – a star associated with outstanding success. Potent.
Prince died too soon for those he leaves behind. He said:
‘A strong spirit transcends rules’
Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th June:
Talking about a revolution? It’s possible.
There’s much communication, as Mercury in Taurus is fired up by Mars in Scorpio. I’m afraid some of it will be intense and angry, although there’s the possibility of fierce, passionate creativity too. In Taurus and Scorpio, sex, money, crime and vengeance are likely to be high on the agenda – although they’re the usual suspects much of the time…..
The aspects are: Mercury in Taurus opposes Mars in Scorpio. Mercury is aligned with the intense fixed star, Algol.
This fixed star, the Medusa’s Head, does have a particularly baleful, murderous and death-dealing reputation. Yet there are many layers of meaning, and the obsessive nature of this star can fuel great creativity and energy too.
Friday 10th June:
If you’re not a sports fan, look away now. A whole month (and more) of sporting madness is about to begin. It culminates in an intensely sporting weekend, with the Wimbledon Tennis Ladies Singles Final on Saturday, 9th July, and the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday, 10th July at 2pm. Followed, in the evening, by the Euro 2016 Final match. Phew! And then, the Olympic Games are scheduled begin in Brazil on 5th August, but that’s another story entirely.
The UEFA European Championship 2016 kicks off today in France
With twenty-four teams competing in ten host cities, it’s the biggest European football championship so far. It reaches what promises to be an emotional climax on 10th July. Sporty Mars will be backtracking in relentless Scorpio during June, finally turning direct on the 29th. Watch out for more angry, volatile outbursts than usual in June. It could be a real mission to get things moving as well, particularly for France and defending champions, Spain, whose national horoscopes are activated by Mars.
Countries with a challenging path to walk between big dreams and structure, rules, and reality are Iceland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Poland. These nations will be feeling the effects of that confusing square off between Saturn and nebulous Neptune. It’s exact on the 18th June, but its flavour infuses the whole month. At it’s best, this combination means hard work makes dreams come true. At it’s worst, it denotes disappointment, depression, delusions and restrictions.
And what about England? It’s hard for me to be objective about that! But, looking at the chart for the Coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day, 1066, there’s a powerful boost from Jupiter, Pluto, and the mysterious Moon’s nodes – suggesting confidence, energy, and determination. This team could go further than we might imagine.
What’s encouraging, too, are some positive planetary patterns that link 1066, 2016, and 1966 – the never-to-be-forgotten (and so far never-to-be-repeated) World Cup when England won against West Germany.
Back in July 1966, Uranus – planet of surprises and upsets, and potent Pluto (both at 16 degrees Virgo) were energising fleet-footed Mercury in Capricorn (16 degrees) and sensible, hard-working Saturn in Virgo (16 degrees) in the English 1066 horoscope.
In June 2016 Pluto is crossing 16 degrees of Capricorn, Jupiter is at 16 degrees Virgo. There’s some strong, positive, earthy energy activating our 1066 English chart, just as it did in 1966. The Moon’s nodes (15 Virgo) plug into this pattern, emphasising team spirit, loyalty, and the fortunate ability to support each other. Uranian magic of the ‘anything can happen’ variety is the crucial difference between 1966 and today.
Only remember, there are no cast-iron guarantees of stellar success. When helpful patterns come along, we must choose to channel them, and decide to seize the moment. Otherwise, we simply feel better than usual and nothing much happens. Having said that, it’s clear that the planets support cautious optimism, although maybe not delirious July joy.
Manager Roy Hodgson, born on 9th August 1947, also has some uplifting planetary transits, particularly towards the end of June and beginning of July too with expansiveness, courtesy of Jupiter, energy from powerful Pluto, and some (hopefully pleasing, but you never know) surprises courtesy of unpredictable Uranus. Saturn is doggedly supporting his stoic side and his optimistic planets in Leo – whatever happens, he’ll remain true to himself and his beliefs. We wish them all the very best of luck.
Saturday 11th June – Tuesday 14th June:
Fresh thoughts, exciting encounters, and eccentric styles entertain us as Venus and Uranus stir up some fizzy bubbles of fun in Gemini and Aries.
Unusual and spontaneous moments sparkle, lighting up planets in Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, plus Aries, Leo and Sagittarius around 22 – 24 degrees.
On Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th the Gemini Sun boosts moods, impulses, and light-bulb moments by making the same connection with fiery, unpredictable Uranus. It’s electrifying.
Sunday 12th June:
Mercury enters one of his two home signs, airy Gemini, the sign of the Twins, today.
Levels of chatter and communication increase after Mercury’s lengthy, cautious, and serious-minded residency in Taurus. Mercury whizzes through Gemini, leaving for Cancer on 29th June. During these lively weeks, Mercury favours talking about the numerous weird confusions generated by the ongoing tension between fear versus ideals, practicality versus fantasy and all the other opaque situations described by Saturn square Neptune.
You may have Mercury in Gemini if you’re a Sun sign Taurus, Gemini, or Cancer – depending on your year of birth.
Monday 13th June:
Neptune turns retrograde at 12 Pisces. It turns direct on 20th November.
Neptune in its watery home sign of Pisces is always going to be idealistic, musical, artistic, spiritual, and somewhat away with the fairies.
In apparent reverse, Neptune’s cosmic hall of mirrors becomes ever more mind-bending. Dream-catchers at the ready then.
Friday 17th June:
Venus enters water-sign Cancer, the Crab. Venus in Cancer is a silvery Moon goddess, a bewitching mistress of dreams.
Venus in Cancer can be seductive yet self-protective, sensitive, and most intuitive about others’ emotions, sexuality, and motivations. Generally, loyalty is prized highly – this Venus likes to create a stable, loving partnership, even though fluctuating emotions, moodiness, and powerful possessiveness can cause tension in relationships.
Financially, Venus in Cancer is astute. It favours collecting art and antique silver, property investments, and earning cash from vintage items. Good food, fine wine, and the sight of the sea bring great pleasure.
Who Has Venus in Cancer?
You may have Venus in sensitive – yet shrewd – Cancer if your Sun sign is Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, or Virgo – depending on the year you were born.
Some famous people with Venus in Cancer are:
Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer: Rafael Nadal (3rd June, 1986); Angelina Jolie (4th June, 1975); Donald Trump (14th June, 1946)
Sun in Cancer, Venus in Cancer: Meryl Streep (22nd June, 1949); Khloe Kardashian (27th June, 1984)
Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer: Barack Obama (4th August, 1961); Kate Bush (30th July, 1958); Robert Plant (20th August, 1948)
Saturday 18th June:
One of 2016’s main signatures is exact again today. This is the second of three meetings between structured Saturn and slippery Neptune. Its themes surfaced late last year, and continue on into autumn 2016.
Here’s what I wrote back at the start of this big, transitional pattern in 2015:
‘The endless layers of Saturn’s dance with Neptune are in focus now, and on into 2016. Saturn is structured, risk-averse, and often realistic to the point of pessimism. Neptune dissolves boundaries and rigid structures like the sea eroding the coast. Neptune is misty and idealistic, Saturn is all about the rules, the bones, the clock and the calendar.
Dreams, beliefs, and hallucinogenic or mind-altering drugs of every kind will be tested rigorously between now and November 2016 both in our own lives, and in the world around us. This includes legal highs, anti-depressants, sleeping pills and medical marijuana. Financially, Saturn/Neptune links do not favour unrealistic credit and tend to mark periods of deflation and financial limitations. The discouraging manifestation of Saturn/Neptune means hopes are dashed, dreams squashed, and disappointments have long-lasting effects.
Saturn and Neptune’s current square-off happens in the philosophical signs of fiery Sagittarius (Saturn) and watery Pisces (Neptune). Both signs are optimistic and flexible, yet both signs are capable of religious fanaticism, financial deception, and political delusions. Who’s fooling who? Over the next twelve months it could be impossible to answer this question with any certainty. Some of our longstanding heroes will topple over Saturn’s rocks headfirst into Neptune’s salty oceans.
And yet when Saturn and Neptune work well together it’s possible to make dreams come true. It’s no easy task. Saturn is firmly grounded, bringing wisdom, patience, and a strong work ethic, while Neptune’s spiritual vibrations emphasise universal love, inspiration, and surrender to something bigger and finer than me, my selfie, and I.’
Positive Saturn/Neptune themes include:
*Practical inspiration – free spirits come down to earth, but get results
*Freeing ourselves from limited thinking
*Dissolving outmoded routines, unhelpful structures, and exhausting relationship patterns
*Finding new creative routines – each baby step leads towards our finished creations
*Making proper, regular time for sleep and meditation
*Creating uplifting rituals – a daily walk, a journal, a seasonal celebration, a spot of hocus-pocus in your voodoo kitchen…..
*Establishing vital emotional and spiritual boundaries
*Learning to sing or play a musical instrument – or just singing in the shower
In the world around us:
*Appreciating and discovering the spiritual wisdom of other cultures, and other times
*Working tirelessly to clean our oceans, rivers and lakes, and prioritising sustainable fishing
*Discovering the wonders of ancient art and ancient ruins – particularly those under the sea, or beside water
This Saturn/Neptune cycle began in 1989 with a conjunction in Capricorn, with the first square in 1998-99. The two planets opposed one another in 2006-2007. What’s happening now could bring up or test themes and events from those years. The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, for example – and now Germany’s commitment to the ideal of a Europe without boundaries is being tested by the migration and refugee crisis. Saturn and Neptune are all set to preside over much confusion in the oil and gas industries, spark off debate and new legislation in medicine and alternative treatments, and encourage new initiatives and legislation to crack down on internet scams and the elusive labyrinths of the dark web. A new Saturn/Neptune cycle begins in 2025.
This current Saturn/Neptune meeting colours the whole year ahead. The exact squares between Old Father Time and Water World are:
November 26th 2015 – 7 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces
June 18th 2016 – 12 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces
September 10th 2016 – 10 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces
If you’re a Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarian or Piscean then you’re likely to notice the effects more than most. Anyone with planets in those mutable signs in their birth chart will also be dealing with these themes during the coming year.’
Saturn square Neptune is exact at 12 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces. Both planets are retrograde.
Monday 20th June:
Summer Solstice, Sun enters Cancer the Crab.
It’s the longest day here in the northern hemisphere. The seasons turn for everyone here on Earth today as a new phase begins with the Sun in the dynamic cardinal sign of Cancer, the Crab.
Let’s not forget to say happy birthday month to all those enigmatic, complex Cancerians out there. You are creative, intuitive, ambitious and infinitely tenacious. Ruled by the Moon, your inner seas ebb and flow with mysterious tides of emotion that you prefer to conceal from others, or even from yourself. You hate change, unless it was your idea. However, you are often successful in life since you don’t give up on anything (or anyone) easily.
The Solstice Full Moon rises in Sagittarius at 29 degrees
Image: Vintage optical illusion disc via Wikimediacommons.org
This is the second full Moon in the sign of the centaur this season. It completes a cycle linked with education, travel, religion or idealistic aims and beliefs.
Aligned with fixed star Acumen, in the constellation of Scorpio, it shines on sharp minds, and stinging words of criticism too. There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Thursday 23rd June:
Today Britain votes on whether to stay in Europe, or say farewell to the European Union. The Moon, signifying the public, is in intellectual, humanitarian, yet detached Aquarius all day. Mercury is in changeable Gemini, opposing the UK’s Mercury in Sagittarius – clearly suggesting divided opinions, perhaps an almost-perfect neat line down the middle? Jupiter expands everything from Virgo, squaring up to Mercury to denote a feeling of too much information and spin, or the possibility of a large turn-out to vote.
Today is also Midsummer Eve. Ancient traditions tell us that this is one of the witchiest, most haunted nights of the year. Fires were lit at sunset on this day, to celebrate this magical night, and to fend off any spiteful ghosts and mischievous spirits.
You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy queen.
Philomel, with melody
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:
Nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.
Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg’d spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offence.
– ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare
Sunday 26th June:
Amidst all the slippery shenanigans of June 2016, we’ve had the deep, fertile power of Jupiter and Pluto, encouraging us to make things real.
This aspect is exact today – there’s still time to get going with something that needs optimism and drive.
The aspect is: Jupiter in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn, 16 degrees
Wednesday 29th June:
Change of pace
Mercury enters Cancer today. Here, the planet of communication and movement expresses itself in an imaginative, intuitive, and tenacious way. A good memory is one of Mercury in Cancer’s most helpful manifestations. It’s shrewd and canny too. Mercury in Cancer loves history too – whether on film, in novels, or as a subject to study. Mercury in Cancer can worry way too much about everything, as emotions and thoughts attempt a complex balancing act.
You may have Mercury in Cancer if your Sun sign is Gemini, Cancer, or Leo. This depends on the year when you were born.
Wednesday 29th June’s other shift is:
Mars turns direct at 23 degrees of Scorpio
Mars is moving slowly, remaining at 23 degrees of Scorpio until 11th July. It’s effect is a powerful one for Taurus and Scorpio, and to a lesser extent Leo and Aquarius.
Special birthdays energised by assertive Mars this summer are:
Taurus: 12th – 14th May
Leo: 14th – 16th August
Scorpio: 14th – 16th November
Aquarius: 10th – 12th February
If you have planets around 23 degrees of these signs in your natal horoscope they are activated now. If this is you, then what’s been held back or stuck should now begin to gradually edge forward as we move into July. Simple solutions and uncomplicated plans promise to be the most successful.
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