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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!