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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.