The Sun has moved into Gemini and we enter the mutable part of the spring season in the northern hemisphere, where signs of summer alternate with true spring days. Happy birthday, Gemini!
We are moving gradually toward the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer. Mark your calendars for June 21 and celebrate this solar event in your own meaningful way, bearing in mind that this is a holiday (holy day) older than organized Christianity. Ancient rites included festivities surrounding fertility, garland making with fresh flowers, and dances honoring the Sun, our life force.
The Astro-planner is below. The monthly updates for your sign are in the post above. Read for your Sun, your Moon, and your Rising sign (Ascendant) for the solar month. If you’re new to this monthly update, be welcome. Enjoy June!
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER FOR JUNE 2019
May 26: 3rd Quarter Moon in Pisces: will you move forward willingly into the new direction offered to you? This is not the time to revert to outdated emotional behavior. Set away the party dresses and get real! (For my garden-loving readers: while Pisces is a fertile sign, when the moon is waning it is not the best time to plant for growth. Wait until a couple of days after the New Moon)
June 3: New Moon, with the Sun, Moon and Mercury all in Gemini – today or tomorrow is a good day for the start of a trip or to write something meaningful. As always, set your intentions for the month
June 5: Best planting day this month (and into the morning of June 6) with the waxing moon in fertile Cancer. Mercury also changes signs on June 5, moving into Cancer and into that prominent point of the zodiac where it’s important to be mindful of what you say as news travels fast. This is good day if you wish to advertise your business!
June 9: Venus leaves earthy Taurus and enters the airy realm of Gemini, where she’ll remain until early July. Friendship before love becomes important, as does the need for greater freedom within relationships
June 10: the 1st Quarter Moon receives a tremendous amount of activation this month. The Moon is in Virgo and links to not only the Sun but to Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, the Nodes, Saturn and Pluto. When there is so much energy surrounding the Moon, which is tied to our bodies and all organic matter on earth, we need to pay special attention to how we feel and go through life on this day. Quarter moons so often invoke a struggle between two forces; the tension can be a wonderful kick-start as long as you have an outlet. Find one!
June 14: Mars opposition Saturn at 18 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn
June 17: Full Moon at 25 degrees of Sagittarius at 4:30 am EDT. Best party night this month will be Saturday, June 15
June 19: Mars opposition Pluto at 22 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn
June 21: The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. The Sun moves into zero degrees of Cancer; for us here this signifies the start of summer! The ingress chart promises much tension in Washington over the next three months… but that’s a discussion for another time and place. The only real change possible takes place within ourselves; so be the change you wish to see
Planetary alignments suggest we could all react less when confronted with explosive situations this May. Think of having your own internal pause button – possibly located near your mouth – which you press before you blurt out something reactive.
We are also asked to take time to process what’s going on in our daily lives instead of floating from one situation to the next as if on an endless treadmill. Try replaying your day as you prepare for bed. Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare.
With Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto retrograde, and Venus hooking up with lightning-changer Uranus, there’s an opportunity for deep introspection coupled with brilliant insight.
Enjoy May! The Astro-planner, as well as the Sun, Moon and Rising signs post, are below.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER FOR MAY 2019
May 4: New Moon at 14 degrees of Taurus. Planetary alignments at this New Moon prod us to manifest our dreams. Heard this before somewhere? Yes, it’s a repeating message over the last few months as we are given several opportunities to bring into the material world our vision for our future. Set 10-30 minutes aside for planning your month ahead on this day and you won’t regret it. For Taurus Suns, this is your day to set your goals for the entire year
May 5: The Mars-Jupiter opposition which has been building becomes exact with Mars at 23 degrees of Gemini and Jupiter at 23 degrees of Sagittarius. Check your chart – do you have any personal planets or angles within a degree or two of either of these placements, or around 23 degrees of Virgo or Pisces, the other two mutable signs? This aspect indicates it’s an opportune time to bring your entrepreneurial spirit into the light. Negotiate with skill and sign that deal, giving birth to something new. This Mars-Jupiter aspect requires a certain intention and attitude of humility to operate with a successful outcome. Avoid conflict and strife, and keep your eye on the goal!
May 15: Venus moves into Taurus, one of the signs that she rules. When Venus is at home, it’s a favorable time to beautify your face and body, your home and garden, and to gather with friends for bountiful meals overflowing with fresh produce. Venus will be in Taurus until June 9
May 15-16: Mars moves into Cancer where he is said to be in his fall, and will be here until early July. This would be a period in which to avoid elective surgery if possible, as well as any behavior which tends toward the passive-aggressive. Find a healthy outlet for angry feelings and learn to laugh at yourself
May 18: Full Moon at 27 degrees of Scorpio, opposite the Sun and Mercury in Taurus. This full moon has the potential to be intense on a relationship and on a political level. Your highest vibe? Create something beautiful with water colors, with your instrument, or write a nature poem
May 21: Sun enters the sign of Gemini, the twins
Check out last month’s Astro-planner to read about Saturn and Pluto in their retrograde motion!
There’s something about the Mercury retrograde period that I love. If you’re willing to laugh when things don’t happen exactly as scheduled, these weeks are great for relaxation and recuperation. Mercury was recently retrograde from March 5-28 and many of you wrote about an unexpected holiday trip, a few days off work, or a feeling of “rest and reset” that you’ve recently experienced.
Enjoy the Astro-planner for April, as well as the Sun, Moon and Rising signs post.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER FOR APRIL 2019
April 1: Mars, the action planet, shifts gears and finds itself in a less frustrated place than during March. Hopefully world leaders can begin to let go of stubborn attitudes, put their thinking caps on, and accomplish something positive this month!
April 5: New Moon at 16 degrees of Aries (04:50 in New York). This is seeding energy so set your intentions not only for the month but for the year. There is an abundance of Pisces energy with this New Moon (Mercury, Venus and Neptune are all in this soulful water sign). Pisces energy activates our idealism and our hopes for a better future, and is a friend to artists and healers as it breaks down the boundaries between worlds. As you envision and create, know that the Aries New Moon energy calls us to act on our dreams. Awake!
Note: Do not be disheartened if you are immediately met with an obstacle when trying to move forward. Consolidate your position and wait for the next opportune opening.
April 10: Jupiter stations retrograde at 24 degrees of Sagittarius, giving us all a reminder to get our budgets in order
April 11-12: Best gardening days this month with the Moon waxing full in fertile Cancer – good for planting new seeds!
April 18: Mercury moves out of Pisces and into Aries. If you have a big announcement to make, this is your day!
April 19: Full Moon at 29 degrees of Libra (07:12 in New York). Here’s a second chance in less than two months to learn about diplomacy – or lack thereof – in your life. Make an extra effort today to give, rather than receive. Two Libra full moons in a row are calling us to see both sides of the story
Are you sensitive to the full moon? Track your behavior every month on the day before the full moon and the day of the full moon and note down any physical or mood changes.
April 21: Sun moves into Taurus – and hooks up with Uranus. Expect breakthroughs and surprise events in the news this week!
April 24: Pluto stations retrograde at 23 degrees of Capricorn. Pluto’s station happens about once a year and is a potent time for going within. If something has been going on for a while that you don’t know how to deal with, or seems irrational (such as a fear or a deep anxiety), this is the time to dig deep for the answers
April 27: A great pruning day in the yard, getting rid of all the dead wood, working with the waning energies of the Moon
April 30: Saturn stations retrograde at 20 degrees of Capricorn. Together with the Pluto station, the 20-23 degree range of Capricorn is really being activated now (check your chart to see if you have your Sun, Moon, Angles, Mercury, Venus or Mars in these degrees). If you are in this group, there is a lot going on for you now – and you’ll be given super-human endurance and patience to deal with the new perspectives that are coming in to your life. The period April 22 – May 3 will be busy for you so plan accordingly. For the rest of us, this period can be excellent for long-term planning, as well as for introspection or breakthroughs during therapy