Kate Arbon is an astrologer, writer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for over 20 years she gives personal consultations locally and internationally using traditional natal and Horary astrology. email: astro@katearbon www.katearbon.com
The month of June marks a half way point in the yearly solar cycle as we reach the solstice on the 21st when the Sun reaches its most northerly placement before it starts the journey back towards the opposite position in December. The Sun will enter the Cardinal sign of Cancer, representing another new start or the initiation of the next phase. The shifts and changes that were highlighted last month are now becoming an ongoing feature in our lives whilst the most positive results are still forming. This third quarter of the year, that takes us through to September, suggests the need to develop patience and consideration in all areas of life. There may be frustration or setbacks if your focus is on fast paced, outer world development during the next few months. By the end of June we will have five of the possible eight planets in apparent retrograde motion and this increases to six in early August. We have to wait for next January to be clear of all retrogrades once more.
During the retrograde phase the planet in question is appearing to travel back through the Zodiac “retreading” it’s path until it heads forwards again and eventually makes new ground.
This translates into a period of time where we are slowed down in the area of life the planet represents. The retrograde provides a time to reflect, internalise or revisit aspects of our lives.
The planets which are most notably difficult in their backwards phase are the fast paced Mercury and the high energy planet, Mars.
The slow moving planet Neptune goes retrograde for a few months each year and it’s effect is to bring us into a more internalised self reflective state, inner worlds get more attention as do our dreams, fantasies and spiritual insight. Neptune begins it’s retrograde on 18th June until late November.
Mars represents the strong active male principle of actualisation, manifestation and assertion in the physical world. From 27th June it moves backwards through Aquarius into Capricorn until it turns on 27th August but it won’t travel new ground until 10th October. The beginning of this phase started around 13th May when it passed over the zodiac degree to which it will return. Any projects, changes or new directions that were established then will continue to develop but with greater inner reflection and subjective consideration required. Progress can certainly be made but the trend is distinctly towards the inner experience. Purposeful and deliberate, well thought out and long range goals are the only ones that can flow forward with any ease. Because Mars, when it’s in it’s natural state, is about pushing forward, physical vitality and drive, this can create an internal pressure which could cause disruption if it’s not channelled appropriately. As with any energy flow, if there is forced restriction the sudden unplanned release may be hard to control. When the energy is directed internally to focus on the source of the creative or active principle within us, this can be a very rewarding experience which in turn enhances our outward expression when the time comes to put that energy into a material or practical application once more.
New Moon is at 23° Gemini on the 13th June at 8.44pm. Full Moon is at 7° Capricorn on the 28th June at 5.54am.
Aries: When you communicate, you’ll find you do so with feeling and conviction. This is no time to be taking it easy because your skills are required in many areas and friends and neighbours will benefit from your knowledge. You have a compelling persuasive aura about you now and you are well suited to situations where communication is essential. It may be left to you to dispel confusion over certain matters. Remember to maintain a good pace and you’ll have a lot to be grateful for if you are prepared to be generous in sharing yourself.
Taurus: The threat of economic insecurity can mean that you are staying longer than necessary in an unsatisfactory situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you and not on always playing it safe. Remember that the talents and abilities you have built up over the years are your security and if you put them to good use you will find the stability you’re reaching for. You can truly appreciate what has value and what doesn’t so use this to achieve the success you’re looking for.
Gemini: Trust and intimacy are your concerns right now. Testing the bonds with the people closest to you may show up some weak links. You want to make some kind of statement about who you are and what sets you apart from others rather than what you share in common. It may turn out that you are the one stretching the limits when it comes to personal attachments in your life now. Be sure you know who you really are by taking an identity reality check before you start trying to assess someone else.
Cancer: You have a deep longing to seek something which transcends everyday life. This may manifest itself as inventive, musical or artistic work which enables you to merge your spirit with a deeper creative flow. You don’t function well in the relative chaos of daily life and need to take time out to appreciate your talents away from distractions. This is a time of reorganising yourself on a subtle level and it’ll take awhile to become aware of the changes. Begin this phase slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.
Leo: You get a sense of belonging to the people you connect with and know that they also appreciate you. This is a time when you might be thinking more about how well you and your ideals fit in with those around you. You may become aware that you often become quite attached to personal projects and have some difficulty letting go of the reins when other people need to take over. Use this opportunity to make a positive move towards openness and you may discover a talent for working with people in groups, especially if this involves caring or community projects.
Virgo: You establish important personal bonds with the people you work with. You may find yourself playing a significant role, even being out in the public eye. You’re especially able to appreciate what’s needed now. It could be wise to develop some emotional detachment though, just so that you feel less vulnerable. You want to get ahead and be appreciated and now is the time to dream your wildest dreams and even take the risk of following them. Remember that everything you achieve has to be created in your own imagination first.
Libra: You seek understanding and insight and will probably find yourself able to read or study to attain further knowledge or wisdom. It’s a great time for planning new projects, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now do not need detailed follow-up until later. Be content to focus on the general outline for now. Don’t be surprised if you find an opportunity to travel or make a connection with foreign cultures as there are valuable exchanges to be had with the wider world. You have much to learn over the next few months.
Scorpio: Your ability to tune in to the deepest emotional signals in other people is greatly enhanced and if you can face your own inner emotional fears now, you’ll help guide others through theirs. You have the courage to be honest with yourself which encourages others to be honest about their failings too and you’ll be appreciated for the support. Start this next phase with the determination to throw out old worn out ways and unproductive thinking. This is a time of renewal for you, be prepared for some real transformation.
Sagittarius: Your enormous receptivity to the influence, problems and needs of others gets you the role of counsellor. You can give genuine support and nourishment. Take care not to become drained by so much emotional contact though. You can be rather over-sensitive to the demands of others and you may make too many compromises for the sake of emotional peace. Try to find the balance in your most important relationships. You can be very sincere when you want to be but it has to go both ways or you’ll have reason to feel resentful.
Capricorn: Problems can arise because of some over sensitivity or unconscious reaction. If you can become aware of where you feel your own security is threatened by change you can adapt before it happens. You’ll find yourself happily working on behalf of others now and wanting to be at your best and give your all to improve conditions. Consider which long term projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement and know that if your heart is in it, your mind body and spirit are being looked after.
Aquarius: There is no time like the present when it comes to having fun, entertaining friends or getting cosy with a loved one. Romance in all its forms is demanding to be indulged. Your tendency to yearn for the security of love and intimacy is at a peak and you might find yourself trying to match reality to your fantasy with mixed results. Whatever you pursue now try to reserve some energy for longer term projects. Make sure you have plenty of time to relax between social events.
Pisces: The bonds to the past may seem stronger at the moment. Fundamental security is a major issue for you now and you’ll be thinking of ways that you can draw something of your past into the present. Reconsider the relationships with people and places that have been important to you. You function best when there is peace on the home front, but you might find yourself distracted by family worries or be concerned with matters of the home, land or property. Finding a way to express some of those deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up is your challenge.