In the Stars June 14-21, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Gemini

Mercury has completed its retrograde cycle, though it is still in its shadow through June 27. Communication still may be somewhat blocked until Mercury emerges from its shadow, but understandings and agreements can certainly now move forward. You may have rethought or re-worked some things during the Mercury retrograde period the last three weeks, and now you can act on those revelations and revisions. The Sun and Mars join the Moon to form a very hot New Moon on Tuesday, with the Sun and Mars in close conjunction all week. This might result in some actual and symbolic “intense weather” over the coming week. The ground is saturated after six weeks of heavy rains from Central Texas to Louisiana and northward on an arc through the Central Plains all the way to Nebraska, through Missouri and Iowa to the cities on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The Missouri River is out of its banks from Omaha to St. Louis, with rain forecast throughout that entire swath of the continent every day for the next ten days. Catastrophe hovers. At the same time California continues to experience a serious drought.

Sunday is a high-energy day with the Sun and Mars blazing in a hot conjunction. Get moving and befriend discipline. Saturn backs up into Scorpio where it will be in the final two degrees of that sign until mid-September, in retrograde motion until August 2. These next few months with Saturn in Scorpio call out an opportunity to review your finances and put your financial affairs in better order. Later Sunday morning the Moon moves into curious Gemini, lightening the heaviness of Saturn’s retrograde and opposition to the Moon. Usually the Moon in Gemini makes us chatty and social; however, the Moon is in its balsamic phase just before the New Moon on Tuesday, so rather than being in gregarious social scenes, you’ll want to use it more quietly. Make a friendly phone call to someone who matters to you.

The Gemini New Moon on Monday and Tuesday stirs up curiosity and conversation. The Moon makes benefic sextiles to Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus, alignments that offer opportunities for fruitful conversations and explorations. Monday is a great day for meetings and the generation of good ideas.

On Tuesday the Gemini Moon also closely conjuncts Mars. New Moons are opportunities to see the future, in particular the next month. The New Moon in Gemini symbolizes communication, siblings, and learning new skills. Plant some seeds into one or more of these aspects of your life.

Home and family are in focus Wednesday and Thursday with the Moon in Cancer. Volatile feelings may erupt Wednesday evening as the Moon shines its light on the Pluto-Uranus square.

On Thursday morning, something surprising might manifest. Thursday evening carries a somber tone, plus discipline for getting some serious work accomplished, and framed by Saturn trine the Moon. Of note, it’s also the beginning of Ramadan, a socially and personally powerful experience for those who observe that spiritual tradition.

Friday and Saturday are joyful, exuberant play days. These are days for enjoying the arts, parties, and festivals. Saturday is one amazing, expansive day with the Moon joining Venus and Jupiter for an extra-spectacular party, and it makes a trine to Uranus which again could bring in the element of great surprise. Saturday is one of those crowning, glorious days to intentionally make the most of glowing offerings.

Sunday is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of light of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the day the Sun enters the cardinal sign of Cancer tropically. It is also Father’s Day in the United States. The Moon is in Virgo, bringing a desire for order and accomplishment. While Friday and Saturday were days for play, this one delivers a more serious note and calls for getting some things accomplished and planning for a productive week ahead. A good exercise for me, my siblings, and many of you might be to find inspiration in the memory of how our deceased fathers brought order and achievement to their lives and to honor that by incorporation. Have a blessed and meaningful Solstice driven by the male beams of our fatherly Sun!

The Week in Short:

Sunday: High energy day. Befriend discipline. Call a sibling or relative.
Monday: Be curious and conversant. Good ideas abound.
Tuesday: A hot New Moon in Gemini: plan to learn something new and seed new ideas.
Wednesday: Focus on home and family. Emotions could be stirred.
Thursday: Surprising morning; somber evening.
Friday: Fire up the grill and make a party. Time to play!
Saturday: Glorious, colorful, expansive, playful day. Make this most of this grand day!
Sunday: Time to get back to work and put things in order—after you celebrate your father.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Leo (June 5-July 19)
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 and 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 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. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re 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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are: Pacific Daylight Time:
Tuesday, June 16: 6:06 AM-7:05 PM (Moon into Cancer)
Thursday, June 18: 10:52-11:23 PM (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, June 21: 9:09-9:59 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Tuesday, June 23: 10:12-10:21 PM (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, June 25 at 4:22 PM through Friday, June 26 at 10:57 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, June 28: 6:50-8:21 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, June 30 at 11:18 AM through Wednesday, July 1 at 2:11 AM (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, July 3: 3:38-5:21 AM (Moon into Aquarius)
Sunday, July 5: 5:31-7:23 AM (Moon into Pisces
Tuesday, July 7: 7:36-9:37 AM (Moon into Aries)
Thursday, July 9: 6:47AM-12:40 PM (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, July 11: 2:52-5:16 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, June 7 at 14:30 through Monday, June 8 at 8:16 (Moon into Pisces)
Tuesday, June 9 at 18:08 through Wednesday, June 10 at 11:14 (Moon into Aries)
Thursday, June 11 at 23:43 through Friday, June 12 at 14:16 (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, June 13 at 22:06 through Sunday, June 14 at 17:51 (Moon into Gemini)
Tuesday, June 16: 13:06 through Wednesday, June 17 at 2:05 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, June 18: 5:52-6:23 (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, June 21: 16:09-16:59 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, June 24: 5:12-5:21 (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, June 25 at 23:22 through Friday, June 26 at 17:57 (Moon into Scorpio)
Monday, June 29: 1:50-3:21 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, June 30 at 18:18 through Wednesday, July 1 at 9:11 (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, July 3: 10:38-12:21 (Moon into Aquarius)
Sunday, July 5: 12:31-14:23 (Moon into Pisces)
Tuesday, July 7: 14:36-16:37 (Moon into Aries)
Thursday, July 9: 13:47AM-19:40 (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, July 11: 21:52-Sunday 0:16 (Moon into Gemini)

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