June 2014 sees both Mercury and Neptune turn retrograde, which could result in a bit of a slow-down in communications and the turnaround of official paperwork. It is also the month of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. To find out more about this could mean for us earthlings, read on.
Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1
During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.
Following on from the solar eclipse in Taurus, this New Moon in Gemini begins a fresh month-long cycle in affairs related to communication, travel, the media, education, politics and of course, all forms of transport. If you are thinking of purchasing any new household gadgets or family computers, just bear in mind that Mercury, ruler of Gemini, is due to retrograde this month, so you are best off doing so either before June the 8th, or after July the 2nd when Mercury stations in Gemini, having retraced its steps all the way back through Cancer and into its own sign.
As we head towards World Cup madness, it seems rather apt that the day after the official start of this global sporting event, we have a Full Moon in sporty Sagittarius. Symbolising the culmination of several years of organising on behalf of the Brazilian hosts; and training, on the part of the teams involved, this Full Moon is likely to see everyone in high spirits, feeling optimistic about their country’s prospects and still pretty tolerant of fans from other parts of the world. For those not interested in sport, this is likely to mean a time of finishing off higher education projects, writing exams or preparing to go on/come back from a foreign trip. In comparison to last month’s Scorpio Full Moon, this one should be fairly plainsailing, if a little emotional.
Once again, the Sun’s ingress into caring and nurturing Cancer at 11h51 BST marks the summer solstice, meaning that we have reached the halfway point of the year. Cancer is a water sign, making it very relationship-oriented, especially when it comes to to close family members and those who feature strongly in an individual’s domestic environment or daily life. It is therefore a time when home, security and a sense of belonging become very important issues. Lucky and expansive Jupiter, currently in this sign, is nearing the end of its stay in Cancer, so if you still want to make use of its benefic influence to extend your home, enlarge your family, enhance your sense of financial security or improve relations with an estranged relative, then this is the month to do so.
Mercury & Neptune Retrograde: 8/10 June 2014
In keeping with their annual cyclical movements, both Mercury and Neptune are both due to turn retrograde this month – Neptune, on the 10th until mid-November 2014; and Mercury, from the 8th of June until the 2nd of July.
Given that both planets are currently located in zodiac signs that they traditionally rule, this could be an especially significant retrograde period when we really notice a slow-down or need for review in the areas that these signs rule, notably travel, politics, communication, drugs/pharmaceuticals and large bodies of water.
Wherever possible, plan holiday trips carefully, allow plenty of time to get visas or legal documents approved, and watch out for misunderstandings and deception. You may also want to be especially careful of taking a new drug or type of medicine – it’s possible you could have a reaction of sorts, especially if Neptune is at all connected to your natal sixth house.
On the plus side, it is an excellent time to get plans concerning a swimming pool, pond or lake on your property reviewed, reminisce through all family photographs, go over media or political strategies or get a gadget fixed.
Venus into Taurus: 29 May – 23 June 2014
Towards the end of May, the planet of love, sensuality and creativity ingressed into earthy Taurus where she will remain for most of June. Being one of the signs that she traditionally rules, this is likely to be an especially pleasant time during which you may feel drawn to indulgence and physical enjoyment on a pretty basic level, from savouring a decadent dessert at home on the couch, to a fragrant oil massage at the spa, to the way a luxurious fabric feels against your skin. This is a great time to revel in the beauty of the natural world, do what you can to enhance your appearance naturally, or simply become more aware of the pleasure you get through your five senses. Creatively, your aesthetic sense of what works and what doesn’t will be almost instinctive, so don’t over-think things: allow yourself to be led by your first reaction to something because it will probably be pretty spot-on. Romance-wise, you’re likely to be drawn to someone who excites you on a very basic/primitive level, perhaps due to a gravelly voice, definite physical presence or warm sense of touch. Let your body’s reaction be your guide right now, and you won’t go far wrong.
Mercury into Cancer: 29 May – 17 June 2014
For the first half of June, don’t be surprised if you feel a little shy and retiring about expressing yourself or your ideas than usual. With Mercury in the sensitive sign of Cancer, your communicative and intellectual urges will be less extrovert than usual and more inward- and backward-looking. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re overcome with a touch of nostalgia – during this period, memories from your childhood could well prove to be a rich source of inspiration for you, so dig in and use what you can to bring a speech, lesson or piece of written work alive. Your mother, or a maternal figure, could also influence the way you think about a particular issue right now. Although not in itself a bad thing, it may help you to be aware that right now, you may be thinking more subjectively, and making decisions from a much more emotive place than usual. Mercury’s ingress into nurturing but secretive Cancer will be cut a little short as a result of its change in direction mid-month, though not for long – it will re-enter Cancer in July, so don’t worry if you get caught short – there’ll plenty of time for another trip down memory lane next month.
RELATIONSHIP SHIFTS: Venus trine Pluto (9 June), opposition Saturn (13 June), sextile Jupiter (18 June)
Major creative and relationship shifts are in the air this June as Venus makes a dramatic trine to Pluto on June the 9th, followed swiftly by an opposition to Saturn on the 13th. The theme during June therefore seems to be very much ‘out with the old or outdated’ and ‘in with a new and healthier’ variety of interaction or way of being creative.
If you have been stuck in a relationship rut, or have been harbouring a gnawing feeling that a current family dynamic, working partnership, creative direction or romantic relationship is not healthy or constructive, then the Venus-Pluto trine on the 9th this is the perfect time to suggest changes, issue ultimatums or perhaps even cut your losses.
Given that this is a trine, it seems unlikely that maters will come to this – you’re more likely to have a massive spring clean than break up with someone – but if they do, then just remeber that as one door closes, another is bound to open. And this month, that door may open sooner than you think. In fact, thanks to a Venus-Jupiter sextile on the 18th, you can expect some really caring and nurturing people or situations to enter your life quite soon, so you need to make sure that you are ready for them.
This could mean being a little ruthless, or just not settling for second best on the 13th when Venus opposes Saturn. This aspect is asking you to set better personal boundaries and learn when to compromise and when to say no unequivocally. Striking a balance between keeping things as they are for the sake of it, and reducing your commitments fairly drastically if they are non-essential or don’t bring you any joy or satisfaction is the way to deal with this type of astrological influence most effectively. Given the Venus-Pluto trine on the 9th, it’s possible that you may break up with someone, or give them an ultimatum; only to have them beg you to take them back, or act as though nothing has changed, on the 13th. If you know that someone is bad for you (perhaps they are abusive or dishonest) or has no intention of committing to you, then you may just need to be strong and use Saturn to keep them from trying to weasel their way back into your life (think Binky & Alex in ‘Made in Chelsea’). Aesthetically, less is more, so when in doubt, it’s probably best to pare things down to their bare essence.
If you’re single, it’s entirely possible that you might meet someone new during the Venus-Neptune sextile at the beginning of the month (4 June) who seems too good to be true. If so, it is a distinct possibility that they may not turn out to be who you thought they were by the time Venus squares Neptune (29th). One way to find out whether this is the case is to test them using the Venus-Pluto and Venus-Saturn contacts to see if a) they can survive a little drama; and b) if they have any staying power.
If they fail, then don’t waste any time trying to fit a square peg into a round hole – simply allow fate to take its course and move on, knowing that a) life is too short, and b) Jupiter has some much better prospects in store, come the 18th.
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