Stardate, Jun 21-30

 Stardate, Jun 21-30.

Time to work out, or go see a new movie!

Please see the first and second writeups for June. In addition:
The Moon: All times PDT

These time periods are good for beginning important things that you want to end well, because:
1. the Moon isn’t void of course (VOC),
2. AND the Moon’s last aspect before it will next go VOC is a traditionally “good” aspect.

If a day and time falls outside the ones below, it’s better to wait for a good time period if you can. Also, it depends on how important the action is to you. Not all actions have specific or important outcomes, either. I wouldn’t adopt a kitten, buy a car, or send out the office party invitations when the Moon isn’t good, but I’d certainly go grocery shopping, work out, or see a new movie with friends.

The Moon’s good:
After 3:44 pm June 21 through June 23 at 11:45 am After 3:06 pm June 25 through June 27 at 2:12 pm After 5:41 pm June 27 through Jun 29 at 1:35 pm
New Moon on June 23 at 7:31 pm at 3 degrees Cancer. (Note that this degree is rounded up from 2 Cancer 44 to 3 degrees, the way we say this is the 21st century although its years start with 20, as in 2017. They don’t start with 21.)

This new Moon is also:
* conjunct Mercury in about 4 Cancer,
* very widely conjunct Mars at 13 Cancer.
* just outside the orb of squaring a stationary Jupiter at 14 Libra
If you have planets or points in the early degrees of the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then you’ll feel this new Moon more intensely than the rest of us will.

Look at your chart to see what house 3 degrees Cancer occupies. That’s where in your life you’ll experience the new Moon’s energy: at work, at home, in a relationship, in your finances, etc. If you have a planet or a point there, be prepared to pay attention to this house and feel (Moon) whether there’s anything you’d like to change. You’re ready for some new beginnings or insights in that area.
If you have a planet or point at or near 3 degrees of Aries, Libra or Capricorn, you’ll still experience the new Moon in whatever house holds 3 degrees Cancer in your chart. However, the planet or point affected by the new Moon will also have a chance for self- analysis and making some new starts, although they may be rockier than for the 3 degree Cancer people.

 The Sun entered Cancer (the summer solstice), June 20 at 9:24 pm. It enters Leo at 8:15 am on July 22. Mercury entered Cancer, June 21 at 2:57 am. It enters Leo July 5 at 5:20 pm.

The Sun moves into the first and most sensitive of the water signs, Cancer, on the 20th at 9:24 a.m. Cancer the Mother, the Healer, the Nurturer, the Sensitive, the Rememberer. Cancer is the pinnacle of yin energy. We can relate it to the Great ort Divine Mother or the Goddess, but Cancer is an archetype, not a person, and about half the people born with this Sun sign are men. We all have yin energy somewhere, regardless of our plumbing or inclinations.

Natives of this sign or those strongly influenced by it—a Cancer Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, and to a lesser degree those born with the Moon conjunct the Sun (a new Moon) or in the first house, need to develop an even richer inner life than they had as children.

To explore their sensitivity, their feelings, their vulnerability, and the influence of their childhood and family, without being overwhelmed by them or by other people and retreating or shutting down. To use their imagination. To feel their way through life as much as possible. To open their hearts as much as they can, consistent with their own emotional health. Much as mild summer weather does, Cancer needs to encourage and support growth in itself and others, but not smother-mother to the point of self-neglect or allowing others to take advantage.

(Some chickies really are ready to leave the nest.) That nurturing energy needs a harmless outlet somewhere: a kitten, a garden, a room to redo. Speaking of rooms, Cancer needs to be content with its home, and to have an equal say in what happens there: how it’s decorated, who’s invited and when, where the pets are allowed, etc. That home is a kind of shell for Cancer the Crab, a place to protect its sensitivities, to daydream, to think things through without interruption, to journal, to create.

During this solar passage through Cancer, slow down a bit. Plant something. Aim for more and better self-care. If you need a day off, take one. Give yourself time to feel as well as think.

Listen for the hurt behind someone’s sharp words. Don’t knuckle under, and count to ten before you answer.
Everyone’s emotions are running a bit higher now. The weather may be calling us outdoors, but this solar month is a good time to look within.
Don’t take a book to the beach. Turn off your phone.

Look at the water or swim. Delve for your earliest memory, then the one after that.
Imagine all the homes you’ve ever lived in, beginning with the first you can remember.

Watch for whatever feelings may accompany the memories.

Or build a sand castle of your ideal home. What rooms are biggest? Which did you build first? What might that say about what you’d like your life to include?

It’s time for some introspection. Explore some of the many symbol systems or theories people use to understand themselves better: astrology, Tarot, the I-Ching, the Enneagram, the Myers-Briggs, Jungian psychology, dreamwork, guided journaling, intuitive painting, etc.

And if you’ve been wanting a pet, now’s a good time to adopt one and give it its forever home.

Friday, June 9-18 is good for a new starts up

Void of course (VOC) Moon, Jun 9-18, 2017: All times PDT. When, and when not, to begin an important action. “See explanation of VOC Moon” link

Friday, June 9th is good for new starts up until 11:20 PM when the Moon goes VOC. 

From the 9th at 11:20 pm until the 10th at 4:36 am is not good for new starts; the
Moon is VOC then.

From the 10th at 4:36 am until the 12th at 4:45 pm is not good for new starts.

The Moon’s not always VOC, but its last aspect before it goes VOC during this time is not a good one.
From the 12th at 4:45 pm until the 14th at 10:40 pm is good for new starts.

From the 14
th at 10:40 pm until the 17th at 10:55 am is not good for new starts. 
The Moon is either VOC or its last aspect before going VOC is not good during this time.

From the 17th at 10:55 am until the 19th at 12:42 pm is good for new starts. 

How can I find the Moon’s last aspect before it goes VOC, and when it enters the next sign?

* Consult an astrological calendar, datebook, or ephemeris. The one I’ll walk you through is Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide.

Stardate, June, 4th 2017, lunation's and planetary ingresses.

Stardate, June, 4th 2017, lunation's and planetary ingresses. Times given in Eastern. For Pacific, subtract three hours. See also the earlier post for Stardate, June 1st 2017.

On the 4th, Mars enters the sign Cancer at 12:15 pm Eastern. By the 17th, it will be in the orbs of opposing Pluto and turning the transiting T-square into a transiting grand cross (or grand square) until July 3rd. Grand crosses are formed of two oppositions whose planets all square or oppose one another, making four squares and two oppositions. That’s a more tense complex aspect pattern than the T-square, with Pluto in Capricorn feeling invigorated, stressed or challenged by, or fearful of, Mars in Cancer. The grand cross is in cardinal signs, which correlate with taking initiative or taking action, with starting things. Remember that Mars asserts, acts, and defends, as well as attacks, challenges, or pursues. We may see more energy, fear, anger or violence in international and/or intra-national relationships and politics. Some party or parties may feel an urgency to Do Something, which may be out of proportion to the situation. With Jupiter still in the diplomatic sign Libra, cooler heads may prevail.

On the 6th, Venus enters Taurus, 3:26 am EDT. Deep breaths, people. Let art and nature soothe your soul’s ruffled feathers. As a collective, we need grounding, calming and common sense. We need to simplify, to listen to others. I don’t recall who said, “Intelligence speaks; wisdom listens.”
The 9th’s full Moon occurs at 19 degrees Sagittarius (Moon) / Gemini (Sun), 9:10 am Eastern. The Moon conjoins transiting Saturn in Sagittarius; the Sun and Moon both square transiting Neptune in Pisces, making it the fulcrum of a T-square to the full Moon. If you have planets or angles in about 9 to 29 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), questions, conflicts or dilemmas involving those planets and their houses may come to a head. The houses of your chart that hold 19 degrees Gemini/Sagittarius may experience a conflict that requires compromise for resolution. Try to take both a spiritual (Neptune) and a practical (Saturn) view of the conflict; neither planet should “win.”

Also on the 9th, Jupiter turns stationary direct at 10:02 am, 14 d. Libra, sextiling and trining the full Moon. Imagine what the most positive outcome (Jupiter) of a conflict (full Moon) could be for all involved (Libra), and try for it. You’ll feel this very powerfully if you have planets between about 4-24 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), or if you have a Sagittarian or Piscean Sun, Moon, or Ascendant.

On the 16th, Neptune turns stationary retrograde at 7:09 am Eastern at 15 degrees Pisces, the sign it rules. If you have planets or angles from about 5-25 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), you’ll feel this station very strongly, and also if you have a Pisces Sun, Moon or Ascendant.

On the 21st, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the Sun moves into Cancer at 12:23 am Eastern. Mercury moves into Cancer too on this day, at 5:57 am Eastern. It’s interesting that although the Sun rules Leo, its longest-lasting light occurs on the first day of Cancer. What to do on this day of maximal sunlight? In Cancer, first of the water signs, the Sun as a sort of traveling spotlight illuminates our feelings. Let yourself feel yours. With Mercury also entering Cancer today, take some quiet time to explore them, or to think, write, or talk about them. Cancer rules everything that is archetypally Yin: receptive, fertile, gentle, homey, feeling-oriented, introspective, subjective, nurturing, cyclical, changing, and non-linear. Aim for good, healthy, self-care all month. Take some time off if you can. Make sure that you’re not over-nurturing others who could stand on their own two feet. Your dreams may be more active than usual; write them down, and find a good dream dictionary such as Cirlot’s.

On the 23rd, the new Moon occurs at 3 degrees Cancer at 10:30 pm Eastern. This degree is within the orbs of triggering the transiting T-square and turning it into a grand cross. Wherever this degree falls in your chart, you’ll experience a lot of focus in that house or on that planet, and feel its effects on the rest of the grand cross. Remember that the Moon rules the tides, and at the new and full Moons, everyone’s emotional tides are running high, and yours particularly if you have a Cancer Sun, Moon or Ascendant. Let yourself feel whatever you’re feeling. You don’t have to act on it or even talk about it, but you do need to feel it. Then try to figure out how realistic those feelings are, whether they need a behavioral response, and if so, what kind. Traditionally, new Moons begin a new lunar cycle, once the Moon has started to wax again, and new Moons are said to be good for new beginnings. Remember that Cancer energy is drawn to security, to protect both its extreme sensitivity and what and whom it loves. Try not to err on the side of too much caution, or of sacrificing too much for what you perceive as providing safety. 

Stardate, June, 1st 2017

Stardate, June, 1st 2017 
The second half of this month contains major peaks of the currently transiting square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we feel from 2007 to 2020. What does that mean? See my article, The Revolution Will Be Televised Tonight, about the transiting square’s themes reflected in prime-time TV, in the May/June, 2017, issue of The Mountain Astrologer, 
In the meantime:
1. Think of Uranus in Aries as a warlike and heroic, or angry and violent (Aries) rebel, innovator or loose cannon (Uranus).
2. Think of Pluto in Capricorn as a traditional and patriarchal, or controlling and greedy (Capricorn) elder, institution, or tyrant. 
These astrological energies are of course far more complex than the two- 
dimensional, cartoon-character summaries here, but they’ll do for a memory aid. 
3. Think of Uranus-in-Aries, angry, or innovative rebellion (Uranus) against rigidly patriarchal, profit-hungry Capricorn people, governments or corporations. 
Sound familiar? It should, given recent and current events... 
Meanwhile, the planet Jupiter’s 2016-17 transit through Libra moves it opposite Uranus in Aries and square Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter in Libra temporarily turns the transiting square into a transiting T-square
4. Who’s our third, Jupiter-in-Libra character in this mix? Think of it as a mediating and empathic (Libra), or as a charismatic and conflict-avoidant (Libra) rich man, philanthropist or inflated fool (Jupiter). 
6. A T-square is like a see-saw balanced on a fulcrum. Here, Pluto in Capricorn is the fulcrum on which balances the Jupiter-in-Libra opposition to Uranus-in-Aries. A T- square, a complex aspect pattern, is more tense than either a square or an opposition alone. Since Pluto supports the weight of the “see-saw,” it feels more tension from the T- square than the other two planets do. The fulcrum, Pluto, needs to stay grounded and stable, or the see-saw could dump one of its two “seated” planets to earth, traumatizing it, and toss the other one up in the air, unmooring it. Or they might both crash—atop the fulcrum. Which planet falls? Which flies? There’s no way to know for sure. 
7. From June 14-29, all three planets in the transiting T-square are in the orbs of making a station (apparently slowing down, holding still and then reversing their direction of travel through in the zodiac). Stationary planets are stronger than usual, as if by “holding still,” they temporarily acquire acquire extra bandwidth and a more powerful transmitter. 
8. We’ll feel some additional tension in the transiting T-square during these 15 days. Look for attempts to mediate, explain, compromise, and whitewash (Libra) problematic world events that have already occurred or that will evolve in the transiting T-square. Certainly we’ll see more manifestations of the Capricorn shadow, as Pluto in Capricorn may try to dig in and hold its ground, and it will be driven home to us that not all governments have their citizens’ best interests at heart, and that the unhealthy side of patriarchal societies can crush the people lowest in their hierarchies. Uranus in Aries may try to rebel even harder against “the dark side (Pluto) of the Capricorn force,” may suddenly do something completely unexpected (the unpredictable loose cannon), or may insist on promoting its Utopian fantasies regardless of the human cost. 
9. Meanwhile, cooler heads are trying to smooth ruffled feathers (Libra), but may be too optimistic, idealistic or over-confident (Jupiter), and may take too many chances (Jupiter). Jupiter rules the law, the courts, organized churches, the international community and higher education; we may see attempts by some or all of these entities to improve the situation. Another possibility is too much hesitation (Libra) on the part of potential mediators (Libra); perhaps because there probably won’t be solutions that are fair to everyone involved. 
10. Neptune is transiting through its own sign, Pisces, which increases its impact even when it isn’t stationary—but these fifteen days include a Neptune stationary period, too. What does Neptune rule? Consciousness, mysticism, spirituality (not organized religion; that’s Jupiter), and altered states of awareness, particularly about where “the two worlds touch,” as the poet Rumi says. It also rules meditation, a technique through which we temporarily cease acting as our personalities, try to become aware of the nature of our minds and souls, and try to feel like part of some vast, transpersonal, mysterious whole. Finally, Neptune rules escapism, which is what overwhelmed or traumatized people may seek. On a global level, it rules social work, social justice, aid to those in need, humanitarian workers, refugees, gasoline, liquids, chemicals, the pharmaceutical industry, delusion, “fake news,” “alternative facts,” epidemics, fashion, and trends. 
Because Neptune is stationary, too, our ability to see reality clearly and to think logically and strategically during the already triple-stationed T-square may be less than usual, or harder to access. People may be in denial or flight; humanitarian or political crises may be prominent in the news, and there may be a still more pervasive sense of not knowing what’s actually happening in the world, the country, the government, or perhaps our personal lives. 
What to do? 
1. Verify rumors and news stories. Get the facts from reliable sources before you make up your mind.
2. You may need to deal with an unpleasant situation. 
Angry? Count to 10, 20, 30, 40, whatever it takes to remain calm. Then protest, firmly and succinctly.
Scared? Consider if you have good, concrete and measurable reasons to be frightened. Can you do something to improve the situation? Then count to 100, and do it. Can’t do anything? Then let go of worrying about it. Confine your worrying to things that you CAN do something about. 
3. Resist all or nothing thinking. Ask yourself if you’re being realistic and on what evidence. Look for the middle ground rather than leaping to judgment.
4. Try not to take long shots without thinking through the possible outcomes.
5. Try to avoid arbitrary displays of authority that are way out of proportion to the situation. 
6. Listen to others’ points of view. You don’t have to act and you don’t have to agree. Experience talks; wisdom listens.
7. Pace yourself! It’s okay to take a “mental health” day off. It’s okay to take an evening off, to amuse yourself. We all need to relax sometimes, especially when we’re stressed. You’re not being shallow, in denial or escapist, unless you decide to spend all 15 days writing down what your life would have been like if you were a movie star, or seeing how many Comic-Cons you can possibly attend during that time, or hunkering down with Netflix and not answering your phone, doorbell or email. 

That’s the major event in June, the coinciding planetary stations in the latter half of the month. Next, we’ll bring in the month’s lunar activity (full and new moons). Stay tuned!