Monthly Forecast for June 2016

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Neptune sets the watery tone for June, a month that will have us seesawing through emotional ups and downs. Neptunian energy is great for contacting alternative realities, meditation, and exploring spirituality. Intuition is high, although it can be difficult to separate genuine insights from quasi-paranoid fears. In short, imagination and fantasy are running high all month, but what can or should be done in practical terms is a question that may be hard to answer. Follow the fantasy, but remember that Neptune offers us experiences, concrete results are Saturn’s province.

New moons are often quiet times, but the new moon on June
4th is unlikely to be very calming, as the sun and Venus slip into the mutable square between Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. On June 1st, the sun squares Neptune, an aspect that can cause a gross over- or underestimation of someone or something (including ourselves). Heroes and villains are made out of ordinary folks, and an interesting idea can become a sacred cause.

With Venus repeating the square two days later, on the
3rd, relationships could be more directly affected. Our significant others, or potential partners, could seem dreamy – or like nightmares come to life. With Venus and the sun both opposing Saturn and squaring Jupiter on the same day, our inflations may come down to earth quite quickly. The more we build things up, the harder they fall. Jupiter helps us to find a way to harmonize the disparate energies – service to a larger cause. Step out of your personal melodrama, offer someone a hand, rescue a puppy, help a child with their homework – make it less about you, and you’ll feel better (or at least someone will).

The new moon in Gemini on the
4th may be as much a time of endings as beginnings. Perhaps illusions and delusions of the past few days will offer a sense of what to keep and what to release in the coming month. The new moon in Gemini is a great time to set intentions around changes to your daily routine, by the way. This aspect of life isn’t given a lot of attention, yet it forms the background on which more dramatic events play out – it really does matter!

As Mercury opposes retrograde Mars on June
9th, hot words may be flying. Bargaining could be tough, whether it’s coming to an agreement on the price of a new car or deciding where to go for dinner. On the collective level, we’ll see opposition to entrenched beliefs, and also some folks waving the flag especially high. Winning the argument could be more gratifying than discovering the actual facts, but that isn’t necessarily advice on what you should do.

The second week in June features some powerful yet vague energy. Neptune is featured, and he starts the party with his station to retrograde on the
13th. The stations of Neptune often amplify our sense of possibility, but can also tap into our despair. Flights of the imagination can be fun, or scary, but keep in mind that practical applications could be difficult or impossible to manifest.

The festivities continue on the
17th, as Saturn squares Neptune, the second in a series of three squares that are the dominant aspect of the year. Saturn/Neptune gets us to question reality, and operates mostly on the collective level. Conspiracy theories (and perhaps conspiracies) multiply around these aspects, as we lose our sense of orientation and our ability to even evaluate what’s real. With Saturn in Sagittarius, belief systems are likely to be especially prominent, with religious and political conflicts amplified. The full moon on the 20th is at the last degree of Sagittarius, and thus folks may be especially willing to go to extremes to get their points across. Look for political polemics to reach a peak around this time.

If high-flying political rhetoric sounds like an opportunity to exaggerate, gild the lily, or offer a bill of sale, then don’t be surprised if falsehoods are offered wholesale between the
20th and 22nd, as Mercury opposes Saturn, then squares Neptune and Jupiter. Don’t even trust yourself with this energy in the air. Yes, someone may have a good point or a sound idea, but you’d do better to evaluate it in the sober light of day – preferably a day about a week after these aspects.

Not everyone is likely to be so patient, however, with Jupiter trine to Pluto on the
26th. This is the third in a series of three aspects that began late in 2015. Jupiter/Pluto tends to amp up power brokers. With Jupiter in service-oriented Virgo, we may see concessions towards progressive causes, but watch out for hidden costs. Corporations or governments may offer a helping hand, at a price. Given the Neptunian energy prominent all month, it's likely that we don't have the full story.

As June ends, Venus is once again busy, making aspects to Neptune on the
27th, Pluto on the 30th, and Jupiter (on July 1st). This suggests an interesting mix of fantasy and power plays in our relationships, and we may also see some stunning new creative projects around this time. With Mars also stationing to go direct on the 29th after ten weeks of retrograding, by early July we may finally feel that it’s time to go forward.

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