In the Stars June 17-24, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Summer Solstice

The week is colored by a grand trine in water, highlighting emotions, intuition, and creativity. Jupiter is in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces, and trine Mercury and Pallas Athena in Cancer. Two major umbrella planetary alignments over the coming months encourage innovation. Uranus trines Saturn (in aspect through December 2018), and Jupiter trines Neptune (in aspect through September 2018). Uranus/Saturn combines innovation with practical structure. Jupiter/Neptune combines qualities of vision and expansion. The announcement this week that Elon Musk’s Boring Co. will build a high-speed transit between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago illustrate these energetic combinations. How can you encourage and ground your own creative, expansive ideas? Take advantage of these extraordinary energies; imagine and create!

Venus is closely conjunct the North Node, or Rahu, in Vedic astrology. Venus and Rahu are in Leo tropically, or Cancer in sidereal/Vedic astrology. Venus/Rahu-North Node gives rise to the power of women. This past week an African-American woman narrowly won the mayor’s race in San Francisco, and some 100 women Democrats and 25 women Republicans won in primary elections around the country.

The fiery hot combo Mars and the South Node (known as Ketu in Vedic astrology) are still closely aligned this week, and through mid-October. This combo is in a challenging square aspect to Uranus. Harsh, edgy, fiery energy is prone to eruptions. However, fiery energy can be used for good to spark ideas and to confront things that need to be addressed. We draw closer to an intense season of eclipses occurring on July 13, July 27, and August 11. Eclipse events are impossible to predict what will occur and exactly when, as they can occur up to three months before or after.

Again, repeated from last week, 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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The Leo Moon makes Sunday, Father’s Day, fun. Make it a playful day. As Leo loves to be appreciated, make a point to praise others, especially your father, and give yourself a pat on the back as well!

The work week is off to a healthy, efficient start with the Moon in Virgo Monday and Tuesday. Virgo loves to be healthy, so be sure adequate exercise is built into these days, and since you’re off to a great start, why not make exercise a priority this whole week?  The Virgo Moon is industrious and productive, even more so than usual, as it forms a Grand Earth Trine with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. On a different note, Neptune is stationary, ready to turn retrograde for the next five months until November 25. When a planet stations, its energy is amplified; Neptune symbolizes vision, imagination, illusion, and intuition. It is not about precision and efficiency. This diverse combination of energy  can work together to broaden Virgo’s usual focus on details toward the big picture, and in the reverse, Neptune’s openness to the wide world of possibility can be focused by earth sign Virgo’s attention to the tasks at hand. Monday we can change the world—or at least make a big leap forward in our lives, supported by the Grand Trine in earth signs, and the Neptune station.

The overall energies of Monday carry over to Tuesday, continuing to blend heaven and earth, seeing the big picture while attending to details. A Jupiter-Mercury trine fosters an open mind and big ideas. Benefic aspects, combined with the contrasting planetary energies, make it a day full of big possibilities. Open to your intuition and be prepared to capture insight, beauty, and evolutionary ideas.

Wednesday morning is edgy as we face the challenges of a Moon-Saturn square, and also a Sun-Moon square. However, not to worry, as this is offset, or at least helped, by a benefic Mercury-Neptune trine. Imagination runs strong, and clever solutions to the day’s problems will be possible. Other benefic aspects to the Moon make for an overall beautiful, active day.

The Summer Solstice is Thursday, June 21, the day of the longest light of the year in the northern hemisphere, when the Sun ingresses tropically into Cancer. Venus is exactly opposite Mars, drawing the male and female principles of life together in tension. Passions run high, and love is in the air. The Moon forms an edgy square to both Mercury and Pluto. We could use these challenging aspects to confront issues through potentially difficult discussions. Mark this special day of the year with your own ritual.

The Moon is void of course Friday morning until noon Pacific Time (12:11 p.m. PDT exact) when the Moon moves into Scorpio for the weekend. The deep, dark Scorpio Moon favors a weekend of solitude and drawing inward, focusing on what deeply matters. With the Moon opposite Uranus, and the Sun sextile Uranus, expect some surprises and some revelations. Turn toward your most intimate relationship(s).

We are pushed to confront relational issues by the Moon, Venus, and Mars forming a tense T-square aspect. This aspect also can be creative, also, if you allow yourself to use the pushy energy for better solutions. The Moon-Jupiter conjunction give us optimism which goes a long way toward dealing well with the challenges before us.

Sunday is easy, supported by benefic trine aspects to Mercury and Pluto. Water the plants in your home and garden. Read a compelling book. Take some space for yourself. It’s the Sabbath. Enjoy!

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Sunday: Light, easy playful day.

Monday: Productive, efficient, visionary day. Neptune stations retrograde.

Tuesday: Open your mind to big possibilities, and then to the tasks at hand. Put your life in order.

Wednesday: Edgy morning. Clever solutions are possible. Overall a beautiful day.

Thursday: Summer Solstice! Sun into Cancer. While challenging energies abound, celebrate this day of greatest light.

Friday: Moon VoC all morning, so tend to routine tasks. At 12:11 PM PDT Moon moves into Scorpio. Turn your attention to deep matters.

Saturday: Tensions mount, but optimism pushes us toward creative solutions.

Sunday: Easy day. Kick back and take some time and space for yourself.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Leo (June 13-July 10)

1. Play with your children or grandchildren.

2. Wear a smile and be joyful!

3. Express appreciation.

4. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry.

5. Make a greeting card—and send it.

6. Dance joyfully!

7. Make life a game.

8. Be generous.

9. Update your wardrobe with bright colors.

10. Enjoy a picnic that includes children, games, and fun!

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:

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)

Monday, July 9: 9:10 a.m.- 9:58 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, July 10 at 1:01 p.m. through Wednesday, July 11 at 10:59 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, July 12 at 7:48 p.m. through Friday, July 13 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, July 14 at 4:12 p.m. through Sunday, July 15 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)


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)

Monday, July 9: 17:10 – 17:58 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, July 10 at 21:01 through Wednesday, July 11 at 18:59 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, July 13: 3:48 – 18:31 (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, July 15: 0:12 – 18:31 (Moon into Virgo)

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One Response to In the Stars June 17-24, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Summer Solstice

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I am concerned about the eclipses you describe. I wondered why, when I looked just through dates in Jim Maynard’s calendar, he has the last two denoted clearly but the first not at all. I haven’t had the time or energy to look for this first one. Could you tell me more about that?

    I am glad to be “forewarned,” as I may find July becoming very important, also the first weeks in August. “Lying low” makes most sense, of course, but I’ve been doing that for so long about two very “hot” issues (health and home) that I wonder how far to apply the advice? Speaking of Neptune, as I live on a Neptune MC (IC) “zone” astro-cartography-wise, I certainly know how this planet correlates with not getting things done, wish for escape, and even health problems (they can make one feel like an invalid!) I am truly wondering about travel for health interventions during these coming months. Yet everything and everyone seem to want to stop me!

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