While I was dancing at the second graduation party of the day on Saturday, I pondered how graduation season falls when the Sun is in Gemini, symbolizing connection and community. Gemini energy lends itself to fun parties. People are friendly, easy, and conversant. Then school starts again when the Sun is in Virgo, symbolizing work, getting organized, and self-improvement. Both zodiac signs are ruled by the planet Mercury that symbolizes learning. And both Gemini and Virgo are mutable, transitional signs leading us into new seasons: Gemini into Summer, and Virgo into Autumn. I find it fascinating that the beginning and ending of our school season is so perfectly aligned with the symbolic energy of the zodiac.
The fiery hot combo Mars and the South Node (known as Ketu in Vedic astrology) align exactly this week. Mars and the South Node are in close alignment through mid-October. This combo is in a challenging square aspect to Uranus. Harsh, edgy, fiery energy is prone to eruptions, exemplified by the volcanoes in Hawaii and Guatemala. An intense season of eclipses lies ahead with three eclipses on July 13, July 27, and August 11. These eclipses are engaged with the fiery planets Mars and Uranus. It is likely that a lot of aggression will be activated in the coming few months. If you are making summer plans, consider that the energy is hot, impulsive, and feisty. It is best to lie low, not take risks, and keep things simple, especially during the peak of summer, July and into the first two weeks of August.
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Sunday the Moon is in fixed earth sign Taurus, where it is exalted. All things sensual are highlighted. The Moon trines Saturn in the morning, framing the day for work and productivity, As Taurus symbolizes gardening, plants, and food, it is a good day to plant flowers or vegetables, and cook a nourishing meal. You may want to cook several things for the week ahead, and listen to music while you work. A Moon-Mars square pushes us beyond our comfort zone, and a Moon-Jupiter opposition draws us to think big and aim for the stars.
The planetary alignments support an empowered start to the work week on Monday. The productive, grounded Taurus Moon is energized through a trine to powerful Pluto, graced by several other benefic aspects. Make the most of this fruitful day, and enjoy it, as the Taurus Moon wants all senses to be pleased.
Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon is in Gemini, the clever, trickster sign of the zodiac. Mercury shifts into Cancer, a water sign calling us to our feelings and emotions. Gemini symbolizes thinking, and Cancer symbolizes feeling. These two functions are highlighted by the planetary alignments, so check in with your intuition, as well as your mental thoughts when making decisions. Tuesday the Moon is dark just before the New Moon on Wednesday. Another contrast of energy is that when the Moon is dark, we want to draw inward, and finish things. Yet, Gemini, where the Sun and Moon reside, is gregarious, and wants to be in communication and in community. Electric ideas abound on Wednesday, as Mercury makes an exact benefic sextile to Uranus, while the Sun and Moon exactly align in a new lunar cycle in the air sign that symbolizes curiosity, communication, and connection. The mutual reception of Mercury and the Moon (Mercury in Cancer which rules the Moon, and the Moon in Gemini which rules Mercury) delivers emotional intelligence if we draw on both thinking and feeling functions. Thinking out of the box is easy to do, as Mercury is out-of-bounds from June 6-24 (meaning it is traveling beyond its usual range of declination). Open to creative thoughts beyond your usual scope. New Moons typically call for initiating new intentions. However, with Saturn and Pluto retrograde, and Neptune and Mars soon to follow, it may be best to incubate new ideas.
Home and family are themes Thursday and Friday in the light of a Cancer Moon. Thursday’s major aspect is Venus-square-Uranus, which may bring us together with unusual, interesting people. This aspect, combined with the ability to think out of the box, thanks to out-of-bounds Mercury, is creative. Almost anything unusual may happen. Be open to surprises!
An emotionally intense Moon-Pluto opposition at 9:18 a.m. PDT sets the tone for the day, and also sets a Moon void of course period for the entire day. Thus, it is not a good day for meetings, purchases, or making decisions or arrangements. Instead, focus on routine tasks.
Thankfully, the Moon leaps into sunny Leo on Saturday, calling for a fun day. There are various edgy, energized aspects. Set your sails for adventure and get some vigorous exercise.
The fun continues on Sunday, Father’s Day, and is a bit lighter and easier. Make it a fun and playful day. As Leo loves to be appreciated, make a point to praise others, and give yourself a pat on the back as well!
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Sunday: Practical, productive day.
Monday: Another productive, fruitful, delicious day.
Tuesday: Dark Moon in Gemini: Draw inward and finish projects. Mercury into Cancer—tune in to intuition.
Wednesday: New Moon in Gemini. Think out of the box.
Thursday: Open to unusual encounters. Think outside the box.
Friday: Emotionally intense day. Moon VoC. Focus on routine tasks.
Saturday: Fun Day! Set your sails for adventure and get some vigorouse exercise.
Sunday: Light, easy playful day.
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Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Cancer (May 20-June 14)
- Take a journey through old family photo albums.
- Call family together for a picnic.
- Take care of home maintenance.
- Make your home more comfortable.
- Pull out your family recipes and make some of your favorite family foods.
- Read a historical novel.
- Get together with siblings or relatives and share some family stories.
- Gaze at the Moon in the night sky.
- Honor your feelings.
- Express care through a card, call, or gift of food.
Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.
Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Monday, June 11: 8:29 p.m.-11:53 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, June 13 at 12:43 p.m. through Thursday, June 14 at 0:20 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, June 15 at 9:18 a.m. through Saturday, June 16 at 0:21 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, June 17 at 8:25 p.m. through Monday, June 18 at 1:40 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, June 20: 3:51 a.m.-5:29 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, June 21 at 6:34 p.m. through Friday, June 22 at 12:11 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, June 24: 7:00 a.m.-9:29 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, June 26 at 5:54 a.m. through Wednesday, June 27 at 8:52 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, June 29: 1:57 a.m.-9:37 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
Sunday, July 1 at 3:56 p.m. through Monday, July 2 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)
Wednesday, July 4: 2:46 a.m.-9:50 p.m. (Moon into Aries)
Saturday, July 7: 0:09 a.m. – 5:51 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
Tuesday, June 12: 4:29 – 7:53 (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, June 13 at 20:43 through Thursday, June 14 at 8:20 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, June 15 at 17:18 through Saturday, June 16 at 8:21 (Moon into Leo)
Monday, June 18: 4:25 – 9:40 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, June 20: 11:51 – 13:29 (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, June 21 at 6:34 p.m. through Friday, June 22: 2:34 – 20:11 (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, June 24 at 15:00 through Monday, June 25 at.5:29 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, June 26 at 13:54 through Wednesday, June 27 at 16:52 (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, June 29: at 9:57 .through Saturday, June 30 at 5:37 (Moon into Aquarius)
Sunday, July 1 at 23:56 through Monday, July 2 at 18:31 (Moon into Pisces)
Wednesday, July 4 at 10:46 through Thursday, July 5 at 5:50 (Moon into Aries)
Saturday, July 7: 8:09 – 13:51 (Moon into Taurus)