In the Stars June 16, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon (June 17) & Summer Solstice (June 21)

This week marks a seasonal change. The Sun moves from spring to summer on Friday, June 21, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Neptune turns stationary retrograde on the summer solstice for a five-month backward spin until November 28. With Neptune in stronger focus, we may be kinder and more compassionate, imaginative and inspired, but we also may be less focused and have difficulty maintaining boundaries. Again this week we have some long periods when the Moon is void of course: all day Wednesday and Friday. Leave these days for routine tasks, and plan meetings, shopping, and activities involving decisions for other days of the week. The summer eclipses are approaching. The Solar eclipse is July 2, and the Lunar Eclipse is July 16; these are potent eclipses tied in with Saturn, Pluto, and the nodes. We never know what eclipses will bring, but the energies intensify, and it is best to slow down and keep things simple during these first two weeks in July.

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Father’s Day Sunday is another optimistic Sag Moon day infused with aspects/activity. Mercury-trine-Neptune gives vision and fuels the imagination. Write poetry or record your dreams. Mercury-opposite-Saturn calls for discernment. Jupiter-square-Neptune challenges us to be creative, and to see the big picture in the small challenges. The Moon is bright, culminating in a Full Moon early Monday morning.

The Full Moon early Monday combines with Jupiter, generating positivity and exuberance; Jupiter is square to Neptune. With Jupiter and Neptune in the mix we can imagine new possibilities—new places to travel, new ideas to explore, and greater beauty to create. Set your sights far and wide, and allow your imagination to soar. Where would you like to go? What new doors would you like to open up for yourself? The Moon moves into taciturn Capricorn Monday morning at 9:13 a.m. PDT. After a slow Monday morning beginning, we are off to a solid and productive start to the work week.

Planetary aspects Tuesday and Wednesday create a crescendo of dynamic energy. This challenging, invigorating energy can provoke anger and result in explosions. However, if it is put to work in a conscious, positive manner it can result in strong work and bold outcomes. These demanding aspects call us first to examine what no longer works in our lives and to let go so that we can embrace a bold and better future. Tuesday’s exact Saturn-Neptune sextile helps us ground and manifest our ideals and visions. We are mentally invigorated by a Mars-Mercury conjunction. Have a pen and paper handy to capture your many brilliant ideas.

Mars and Pluto oppose each other exactly on Wednesday, linked closely to the nodes and to Saturn and Mercury. Let off steam through vigorous exercise Wednesday morning, and plan to lean into the challenges before you. The Moon is void of course for a long period all day Wednesday, so use this energy to work on a worthy project, and don’t waste your time on meetings or connections that are likely to deliver no results. At 7:01 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into dispassionate Aquarius and takes some of the pressure off. Gather with friends and lighten up.

Independence and innovation are themes for Thursday; an Aquarius Moon aspects Uranus at the start of the day. The morning may not go as planned, but be open to what you can discover if your plans turn sideways. Juno, the asteroid symbolizing partnerships, moves into Leo, hearkening us give extra appreciation to our partners, now and throughout Juno’s stay in Leo until August 23rd. Consider a summer of praise for your beloved. Gather with friends to celebrate the Sun’s last day in Gemini, and the official end of spring.

The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and marking the beginning of summer, arrives on Friday, June 21. The Sun moves into Cancer which symbolizes home and family. With children on summer vacation it is the time of year designated for us to spend more time with family. After the Moon makes benefic aspects to Venus and Jupiter, giving the day a benevolent lift, it is void of course for 24 hours, from 7:01 a.m. Friday through 7:02 a.m. on Saturday. Your time will be best spent not trying to make connections or decisions. Neptune is stationary turning retrograde for the next five months until November 28. When Neptune is stationary, its symbolism is amplified. We may be more spacey, but also we can be more imaginative and compassionate. My daughter and I will be attending Transcendence Theater’s “A Chorus Line” at the Jack London Park. It’s a perfect evening for a family outing to a theater production, or a movie.

The Moon is in dreamy Pisces on Saturday, casting a relaxing calm. The Sun and Moon are in a happy trine aspect, giving us a sense that all is well. Allow this to be an easy, dreamy Saturday. Work in your garden and do something creative. Enjoy some music in the evening—something different to express Uranus’ sextile aspect to the Moon.

Sunday is yet another dreamy day, but one where we may feel overextended by the day’s activities. You can stretch toward your goals, and can accomplish some things. Allow your vision and imagination to guide you.

Most of Monday is again colored by the compassion and inspiration of the Pisces Moon. The Moon is void of course from 4:10 p.m. to 7:38 p.m. PDT, at which time it bounces into Aries and begins a new zodiacal cycle. You may be fired up the last few hours of the evening to get a lot accomplished before bedtime.

Fun fact of the week (symbolizing Venus in Gemini): Andrew Carnegie was an innovative and generous man. In 1889, he wrote The Gospel of Wealth, in which he asserted that all personal wealth beyond that required to supply the needs of one’s family should be regarded as a trust fund to be administered for the benefit of the community. Carnegie Corporation of New York, founded in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding,” is the largest and the most broad in scope of the Carnegie philanthropic organizations.  Andrew and the Carnegie Corporation spent over $56 million to build 2,509 libraries throughout the English-speaking world!  Visit your local library and open to new discoveries. (Submitted by Paula Hubbard, Indiana)

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (June 9-30, 2019)

  1. Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
  2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.
  3. Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
  4. Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
  5. Write letters.
  6. Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
  7. Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
  8. Host a neighborhood gathering
  9. Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
  10. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new by listening to a book on tape about finances (you can get it from your local library) while driving.

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The Week in Short

Sunday: Bright and happy day fueled with inspiration; open to creative expression.

Monday: Full Moon in Sagittarius encourages exploration. Then Moon in Capricorn helps us get a lot accomplished.

Tuesday: Bold, dynamic, invigorating, productive day.

Wednesday: Lean into the challenges before you, but don’t waste time on meetings or on things requiring decisions. Moon VoC all day 4:10 a.m. – 7:01 p.m.

Thursday: Assert your independence and allow innovation to lead you to discovery.

Friday: Summer solstice; Sun into Cancer. Neptune stations retrograde. Be inspired and creative. Moon VoC 7:02 a.m. through Saturday at 7:01 a.m.

Saturday: Lazy, easy day for gardening, relaxing, and puttering.

Sunday: Dreamy day, though much can be accomplished. Allow vision and imagination to guide you.

Monday: Compassionate, inspiring day. Moon VoC 4:10 p.m. – 7:38 p.m. Invigorating evening when a lot can be accomplished before bedtime.


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 17: 1:31 a.m. – 9:13 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, June 19: 4:19 a.m. – 7:01 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, June 21 at 7:02 a.m. through Saturday, June 22 at 7:01 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, June 24: 4:10 p.m. – 7:38 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, June 27: 0:51 a.m. – 6:32 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Saturday, June 29: 11:38 a.m. – 2:09 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Monday, July 1: 2:48 p.m. – 6:24 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, July 3: 7:25 a.m. – 8:19 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, July 4 at 11:24 p.m. through Friday, July 5 at 9:25 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, July 7: 9:50 a.m. – 11:07 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, July 9 at 12:35 p.m. through Wednesday, July 10 at 2:29 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, July 11 at 5:28 p.m. through Friday, July 12 at 8:05 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, July 13 at 6:31 p.m. through Sunday, July 14 at 4:05 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, June 17: 8:31 – 16:13 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, June 19 at 11:19 through Thursday, June 20 at 2:01 (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, June 21 at 14:02 through Saturday, June 22 at 14:01 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, June 24 at 23:10 through Tuesday, June 25 at 2:38 (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, June 27: 7:51 – 13:32 (Moon into Taurus)

Saturday, June 29: 18:38 – 21:09 (Moon into Gemini)

Monday, July 1 at 21:48 through Tuesday, July 2 at 1:24 (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, July 3 at 14:25 through Thursday, July 4 at 3:19 (Moon into Leo)

Friday, July 5 at 6:24 through Saturday, July 6 at 4:25 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, July 7 at 16:50 through Monday, July 8 at 6:07 (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, July 9 at 19:35 through Wednesday, July 10 at 9:29 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, July 12: 0:28 – 15:05 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, July 14: 1:31 – 23:05 (Moon into Capricorn)

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