For the June 2017 astrology forecast, what if I wrote:
Big picture: It’s a bit like boiling a frog slowly. The month begins quietly, but by the last week, some of the most fractious and challenging aspects of the year dominate the sky.
But, thanks to Venus in Taurus for most of the month, your best chance for centering yourself (instead of living in fear of what might be) is to find pleasure in what you are doing right now. For in the end, this moment – this Now – is all we really have.
Could you actually do that? Or would your mind endlessly spin frightful tales of what-might-be?
If you’re being honest with yourself you already know: being present isn’t easy – it’s hard.
There are myriad distractions in the external world. But even more challenging, we are all constantly bombarded by our own inner sensations, thoughts, projections and memories.
Finding stillness within the cacophony is the hardest work you’ll ever do. But it’s also the MOST important. Because it’s the beginning of a life of wonder.
Every moment, even the hard ones (especially the hard ones), is a chance to be more aware.
“Awakened” is not some prize you claim in self-congratulations when you pass a finish line. It’s how you choose to experience every day. Every hour. Every breath.
(A hint: When you allow yourself to feel the deep pleasure flowing through each moment, mindfulness becomes something you cherish.)
June certainly brings plenty of opportunities to practice “waking up.” Here’s the week-by-week forecast.
Week 22: May 28-June 3
Tenacity in the face of obstacles is the message of June’s first quarter Moon in Virgo. Make your to-do list, and grind through the details. Pleasure goddess Venus harmonizes with self-restrained Saturn the same day; if you need a lift to keep moving forward, plan a “reward” for your if you manage to stay on task.
A few sweet surprises may be in store for the weekend, as Venus makes her annual conjunction with unpredictable Uranus. Keep your eyes, and your options, open.
Week 23: June 4-10
Energy shifts this week. Mercury comes home to Gemini (June 6) and Venus returns to her abode in Taurus (June 6). Both are in an excellent position to deliver the goods, if you’re planet-savvy. Mercury’s eager to explore all the options; Venus wants to slow down and savor the good things in life. Find ways to honor both, and you’ve got the secret to a successful month.
Meanwhile, Mars wades into Cancer (June 6). Emotional, moody Cancer leaves Mars with surly, passive-aggressive edge (exacerbated by Mars sojourn out-of-bounds between May 14 and June 28). Remember, almost everyone is trying their best; give them the benefit of the doubt before you overreact.
Summer wanderlust is usually the hallmark the Sagittarius Full Moon (June 9), but not so this year. Luna is conjunct Saturn, and Sagittarius’ ruler Jupiter is stationing (i.e. not moving at all), suggesting you might be more in the mood for a “stay-cation.” Keep it simple, take some time to read a book, or do something around the house you’ve been putting off.
Week 24: June 11-17
Beware brain fog this week. Intellectual Mercury squares off with dreamy Neptune (June 13), while Neptune is slowing to retrograde (June 16). Neptune stations are notorious for fuzzy minds and confused conversations. Be careful on the road, and especially in the bars, on Friday night.
There’s a break in the clouds on Tuesday (June 13), as a grand air trine forms between Moon in Aquarius, Mercury and the Sun in Gemini, and Jupiter in Libra. It’s your best day of the week to sneak in some clear thinking. Plus, Mercury joins Mars out-of-bounds this week, making it a great moment for some innovative brainstorming. If you can manage to stay focused on the topic that is.
You may need to buckle down and catch up on your work on Thursday (June 15) during the annual Saturn opposition. It’s the Earth’s closest pass to self-disciplined Saturn, making him big, bright and looming.
Don’t expect much from Saturday morning (June 17); the last quarter Moon’s in Pisces, after which the Moon turns void for a few hour. Sleep in, so you’ll be well rested for the evening hours as the Moon in Aries fires.
Week 25: June 18-24
Summer solstice on June 20 heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern hemisphere. It also marks the moment of greatest light; from this day through Dec. 21 darkness deepens.
A complex Cancer New Moon (June 23) follows soon after, foreshadowing the tense alignments of the upcoming week. Wrap up the month’s business by this lunation, so you have a clean slate to work with.
Ending the week, sweet Venus embraces intense Pluto on Saturday (June 24), which may make for some deep conversations. But, as the potent-though-waxing New Moon meets feisty Mars, squares Jupiter and opposes Pluto, remind yourself that all-or-nothing thinking rarely helps satiate desires. Obsess less and enjoy more.
Week 26: June 25-July 1
A fractious T-square between Mercury and Mars in Cancer, Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Libra dominates June’s final week. Mercury moves through the T-square quickly between June 27-29; Mars takes his time between June 25-July 2. The climax may be the meeting of the Moon and Jupiter (July 1).
Power struggles, violence, and other nastiness are some of the most negative manifestations of Mars opposite Pluto. Mercury and Mars are also both still out-of-bounds, which just adds a tendency to irrationally over-react.
Seeking a silver lining, the week may bring the energy you need to spark you out of your lethargy. Jupiter in Libra provides a middle path, if you’re willing to respect others and actively seek the win-win scenarios.
Plus, the love goddess Venus still holds her ground in Taurus, lending Jupiter in Libra some very deep roots. If the week’s energies prove too intense, don’t hesitate to take a time out. Get out in nature, hug a tree, and get some perspective. Life does go on.