Low-Down Archives June 2006

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May.22 - Double Ambivalent Configuration

May.31 - Quadriform Kite to Mercury


May.28 - Sun sextile Saturn

May.28 - Mercury trine Neptune

May.29 - Venus enters Taurus

May.31 - Sun trine Chiron

Jun.01 - Mercury opposite Pluto

Jun.02 - Grand Cross

Jun.03 - Mercury enters Cancer

Jun.03 - Mars enters Leo

Jun.04 - Venus square Saturn

Jun.05 - Sun square Uranus

Jun.06 - Venus square Chiron

Jun.07 - Venus opposite Jupiter

Jun.09 - Mercury trine Jupiter

Jun.09 - Grand Trine Kite in Water

Jun.10 - Sun trine Neptune

Jun.10 - Venus sextile Uranus



Jun.11-Aug.07 - T-Square

Jun.12 - Mercury trine Uranus

Jun.13-18 Quadriform Kite to Sun

Jun.15 - Venus square Neptune

Jun.16 - Sun opposite Pluto

Jun.18 - Mercury enters the Shadow

Jun.18 - Mars conjunct Saturn

Jun.18 - Mars opposite Chiron

Jun.19 - Mars square Jupiter

Jun.19 - Uranus stationary Retrograde

Jun.19-22 - Yod

Jun.20 - Saturn opposite Chiron (final pass)

Jun.21 - SOLSTICE - Sun enters Cancer

Jun.22 - Jupiter square Saturn

Jun.22 - Lunar Nodes enter Pisces-Virgo

Jun.23 - Venus enters Gemini

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June 2006

May.22-Jun.03 � Double Ambivalent Configuration ("What's an Aspect Configuration?")

Double Ambivalent Aspect ConfigurationThe stressful, dynamic energy of the T-square combines with the creative opportunities of the Wedge in this complex aspect configuration. This can initially feel like an either-or situation, where either you are embroiled in stress and conflict OR you can escape into a more peaceful state of mind which might make you feel better but may not bring a solid solution. As the effects of this aspect pattern progress, there is likely to be increased awareness of this duality. More awareness brings more ability to travel the seemingly impossible bridge between these two perspectives. This energy will likely work best if you strive to find ways to allow both sides to coexist, and avoid using dual agendas to manipulate the situation. Top of Page

May.31-Jun.01 � Quadriform Kite to Mercury ("What's a Quadriform?" "What's a Kite?")

Quadriform Kite Aspect ConfigurationThis is a stressful yet dynamic aspect pattern that can bring progress and motivation through irritation, frustration and impatience. At its base is a Mini-Square configuration with Jupiter, Chiron and Pluto (the three planets at the top, in the diagram at right). This brings a somewhat intense urge to expand and strengthen your power, in response to frustration from limitation and inability to rise above common obstacles.

The Mini-Square is in effect roughly from May.16 to Jul.20. The Mini-Square then becomes a Quadriform Kite figure, first to Mercury (May.31 to Jun.01), then to the Sun (Jun.13-18) and later to Venus (Jul.12-15). While pointing to Mercury, this aspect pattern can provide a motivating energy that pushes you to want to find solutions, especially through communication, deeper understanding, increasing your awareness and finding better ways to express your perceptions. Then, the focus of this unfolding energy shifts in late June to integrate this emerging awareness into your creative self-expression, social interactions and sense of self-worth. It is possible to share your insights with others in ways that are healing, caring and helpful (not manipulative, domineering or passive-aggressive). Top of Page

May.27, 1:26 AM EDT � NEW MOON in GEMINI (05:48 Gemini) ("What's a New Moon?")

This is one busy lunar cycle! There is so much change happening throughout this month that it's hard to pinpoint the flow of transitions that are happening (so be sure to read the other descriptions of this month's transits).

This New Moon takes place in Gemini�the sign of intellect, awareness, communication, thoughts and ideas. This is a time when we might get new ideas, observations, feedback writing, talking and communicating in various ways. If you are artistic, this could inspire new creative works. If you are more practically-minded, you might get new ideas for projects, exchange ideas with other people, or gather information that helps you analyze and solve problems.

The final pass of the Saturn-Chiron opposition is coming up on Jun.20, and this New Moon forms a Wedge aspect configuration to these planets. Ideas, communication and awareness form creative opportunities to use the Saturn-Chiron struggles in constructive ways. The more aware you are of how you have been wrestling with becoming your own person versus wanting to fit in with society and friends, the more you will find you have new creative ways to turn struggle into opportunity. Perhaps you can share your learning with others, so that they will benefit from your experience. Or you might find communication brings new ideas for resolving the dilemmas that are created from trying to balance responsibility and independence.

You will need your wits about you to keep up with the shifting and changing energy this month. Keeping your awareness focused on the events and circumstances in your immediate environment, as well as on implications of the bigger picture, will help you gather maximum learning from the fluctuating energies.

This lunar cycle is a bit like riding down a white-water river in a canoe. Even though you know you can't control the flow of the river, you must keep paddling anyway in order to stabilize your journey. Then you will find that the flowing energy does take you to a better place, even if it's not in the way you expected and even if it's a different destination than you started out with.

There are so many changes going on each month that it's impossible to talk about all of them here! Check out your Sun-sign horoscope to learn more about how this New Moon will affect you. Better yet, you can find out more about how you, personally, will be affected by these transits by getting a personal astrology reading with your astrologer, Wendy Guy. Top of Page

May.28 � Sun sextile Saturn (06:44 Gemini/Leo)

You have an opportunity now to make some progress in obtaining results in your projects, career, ambitions and creative expression. It is possible to tap into a disciplined mindset, which can be used to take some steps toward goals that you're trying to manifest. You are surrounded by potential to achieve this, although it will not simply be handed to you�you will still have to work for it. Your mind and purpose are likely to be clear and strong now, enabling you to be decisive and productive. Leadership, management and organizing abilities are potentially high right now. Asserting your authority in a situation that calls for it can be done successfully, as long as you don't let yourself become rigid or bossy. It can be a good time to learn or practice new skills, or to apply yourself to any kind of serious study. It is also a time when you could formulate some solid plans for future projects or make some progress with current undertakings. Make the most of it! Top of Page

May.28 � Mercury trine Neptune (19:48 Gemini/Aquarius)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground. Top of Page

May.29 � Venus enters Taurus (until Jun.23)

Venus rules the sign of Taurus, so she is very comfortable here! Your experiences of pleasure and sensuality are likely to be heightened...perhaps even a bit too much! You might be tempted to overindulge in sensory delights. On the other hand, you may feel the urge to be more grounded, practical and methodical in the way you handle relationships, money, possessions, material values, and attracting what you desire. It is also a time when your desires could manifest tangibly or at least become more apparent. It may be possible to see more clearly the ways that your self-worth is tied to material things, like income, savings, possessions and spending. Your finances and possessions could act like a "touch stone" to reassure you in times of stress. The trick is not to let this become a substitute for genuine self-respect. To make the most of this transit, take some time to relax and enjoy life! Take your time, smell the flowers, drink in the sunsets, listen to beautiful music, get an aromatherapy massage or explore new uses for chocolate. ;-)  Top of Page

May.31 � Sun trine Chiron (09:37 Gemini/Aquarius)

This is a time when you may find that your recent efforts to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life start to come together. You likely have the confidence now to try new solutions, or at least to approach problems from a different angle that sheds new light on the situation. Some of this progress may come from daring to walk your own path, or from finding the courage to face the hidden shadow of your worries and weaknesses (the hidden benefit that those worries give you). There may be a variety of different struggles and wounds in your life that could benefit from this kind of healing, although it can be tempting to let this transit pass by without taking advantage of it. Strive to reach a midpoint between merely dipping your toe in troubled waters and thinking that is enough, versus jumping in the deep end and marinating in it. Top of Page

Jun.01 � Mercury opposite Pluto (25:49 Gemini/Sagittarius)

This transit brings powerful words and ideas! They require you to strike a balance between personal perceptions and trans-personal implications. Your communication can be more penetrating, forceful or persistent than usual now, and a little will go a long way, so use this ability sparingly and carefully. In the same way, the words and perceptions of others may have a deeper and stronger impact on you than they normally do. This could be a mixed blessing�you may discover some profound insight and psychological truth in what others say to you, but you might also be receiving their unconscious projections too (meaning their perceptions and feedback might say more about them than about you). Deep self-honesty can help you decide what is true and what is being distorted. Avoid reacting on "automatic pilot" and give yourself some mental and psychological breathing room to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Top of Page

Jun.02-10 � Grand Cross (Saturn-Chiron square Venus-Jupiter) ("What's a Grand Cross?")

Grand Cross in Fixed SignsThis configuration consists of the Saturn-Chiron opposition, at right angles to Venus opposite Jupiter. The Saturn-Chiron opposition brings a struggle to balance responsibility to others and to society with a responsibility to yourself and your personal needs. This is a long-term, unfolding process of struggle and growth that has evolved over the last 20 years. This being the final exact pass of this aspect, this Grand Cross has implications about what we will take with us from those years. This aspect pattern pits the limitations of responsibility and "natural law" (the way things work naturally) against our human desires and longing to reach far beyond those limitations to fulfil our desires. This could be viewed as a test of sorts�how we respond can show us how much we have learned, what we still need to learn and perhaps how to continue to work with those issues in ourselves. Will you get stuck in the desire for freedom, unable to accept the counter-balance of the demands of your circumstances and responsibilities? Will you be able to integrate them and balance these seemingly contradictory agendas? Can you find ways for your desire for freedom and fulfilment to work productively within the boundaries and demands of your life circumstances? Strive to observe your experience of this transit�but not in order to find blame or pass judgment on yourself (or others). Rather, to learn from what you see and cultivate a deeper, more practical understanding of how to work with these energies more creatively and productively. Top of Page

Jun.03 � Mercury enters Cancer (until Jun.28)

Intuition, sensitive perception, and communication of feelings flow more easily during this transit. Your empathy may be deepened now, as you can be more able to imagine and pick up on what other people feel and need. Because of this, you may also find that it's easier to say difficult things in a sensitive, caring way. However, your open connection to others might also increase the risk of communicating in a hurtful or callous way, if you are not used to treading gently. Your creative imagination is also more accessible now. To take advantage of this, try doing some journal writing, expand your emotional awareness, have some creative fun, or think of ways to make your environment more homey and comfortable. Top of Page

Jun.03 � Mars enters Leo (until Jul.22)

Fire meets Fire during this transit! Physical and emotional energy tends to run high and hot. This transit is great for doing work that requires a creative, dramatic, courageous or confident focus. This is also very playful energy that spurs you to throw off inhibition and express your most brilliant self. Sexual energy can be aroused, as well as anger or aggression. Assertiveness may emerge as more confident, edgy and dramatic than usual. If these emotions are based on defensiveness, lack of self-esteem or automatic reactions to unconscious assumptions, your effect could go overboard and come across as arrogant or sensationalist. On the other hand, if you tend to be a "shrinking violet" and find it hard to express yourself openly, this transit could provide some courage, inspiration and motivation to help you break free. To make the most of this transit, find ways to bring out your playful, creative, expressive side. Top of Page

Jun.04 � Venus square Saturn (07:25 Taurus/Leo)

Finances, relationships, social contacts and/or pleasures may seem blocked or require extra effort right now. Manifesting your desires may require added hard work, but this struggle could also bring you closer to your goals. It may feel like there is a huge rock blocking your path that keeps you from fulfilling your heart's desire. It may be necessary to face some difficult aspect of your situation before it is possible to know how to proceed. This is ultimately a problem to be solved by confronting that which is unrealistic, unworkable, or just not in your best interest. This can also be a time when you arrive at a crossroads and must make some firm choices, or when circumstances might force you to change your direction. This transit can make your choice clear, although it might not be the one you hoped for. Top of Page

Jun.05 � Sun square Uranus (14:39 Gemini/Pisces)

Your world may experience a bit of a shake-up right now, as the Universe decides it's time to make things "interesting." This is a wake-up call, designed to loosen you up from the ways you have become too habitual, stuck or inhibited. The "radical rascal" in you may be itching to come out and stir up trouble, which on one hand might be necessary but also very disruptive and possibly even destructive. Be alert to new insights and opportunities disguised as accidents or crises. Your usual sense of self and purpose may become somewhat unsettled right now, but a space is likely being cleared to make room for new growth and possibilities. If you're looking to break old habits or break free of old restrictions, this may be the time�but it could create a mess that you'll have to clean up later. Resist the urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different, and aim instead to break free of old forms of self-expression and ideals that don�t work for you anymore. Expect the unexpected and then surf the shock-wave. Top of Page

Jun.06 � Venus square Chiron (09:29 Taurus/Aquarius)

You may be forced to make adjustments to relationships and/or finances now, as you face situations in these areas that just don�t want to balance out the way you want them to. You may feel a bit like you're in a catch-22 (no-win situation), where the more you try to find balance and harmony, the more you feel like you're chasing your own tail around in circles. This is a time when healing in relationships and financial problems may be difficult to obtain. Harmony in these areas can seem impossible or blocked, yet it is still necessary to keep trying. By trying anyway, it may be possible to find a solution that meets your needs, even if it may not be what you wanted, hoped for or expected. Strive to find a creative solution that draws on your best side. Top of Page

Jun.07 � Venus opposite Jupiter (10:13 Taurus/Scorpio)

This is a time when your desire for pleasure is wide open. Sexual desire could reach out using seduction. Desire for delightful tastes could become overindulgence in foods that may not be in the best interest of your health (e.g., sweets, alcohol, etc.). Spending can be impulsive and easily grow beyond your budget. Money-making opportunities could spill over into workaholic obsession. It might feel like nothing is "enough" and you feel compelled to continually reach out for more and more�a bottomless well of desire. On the other hand, this energy can also bring out your natural beauty and charm in social situations if you are shy or inhibited. If you've done your research and your comparative shopping, this could be the time you make a big purchase. Or you might find the feeling is right to make your move with a love interest and expand your intimate connection with that person. Or perhaps you feel generous and decide to donate your money or talents to a cause that reaches for a higher purpose. Enjoy, but don't blow your budget. Top of Page

Jun.09 � Mercury trine Jupiter (10:03 Cancer/Scorpio)

This transit can make you quite talkative and flooded with ideas, along with those around you. Your stream of consciousness can flow abundantly with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun now playing with ideas to want to stop and make them manifest just yet. Your outlook is usually optimistic and open-minded under this transit, although it might simply neutralize an already pessimistic frame of mind. You are likely to be more open to spiritual or philosophical perspectives, being more able to see yourself as part of something greater than yourself. You might even find that luck comes your way because you are more receptive to opportunities and possibilities. Top of Page

Jun.09-13 � Grand Trine Kite in Water (Mercury-Uranus-Jupiter to Venus in Taurus) ("What's a Grand Trine Kite?")

Grand Trine Kite in Water SignsThere is the potential for tremendous insight, wisdom, intuitive understanding and innovative thinking that can come from this transit. And the best part is that it is possible to ground it all in practical creativity. An example is that you might discover new ideas for increasing your income. Or, you might find a special treasure and come up with innovative ways to afford to buy it or acquire it (within legal limits, of course! ;-) You might feel inspired by new ideas and insight and want to express it in an artistic or creative project. Or, you could suddenly find yourself seeing a broad perspective of how a close relationship works, giving you new insights about how to break out of destructive or limiting dynamics between you. You may find you get farther, the more you are able to deal with any tendency to want more than your situation can realistically give you. The beauty of this transit is that those innovative ideas can also give you insights into how to deal more effectively with an over-extended sense of wanting more.

There are so many aspect configurations like this one going on this month, that I can only give you a general idea of what they all mean here. To find out more about how you personally will be affected by these and other transits, you can now get a personal astrology reading with your astrologer, Wendy Guy. (That's me! ;-) Top of Page

Jun.10 � Sun trine Neptune (19:43 Gemini/Aquarius)

Faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe is within reach under this transit...but then, so is the fantasy that you will be magically granted anything you wish for. Hope, optimism and imagination spring eternal right now, which can bring some relief from any depression or discouragement you might be feeling. Your creativity can become very inspired under this transit. Your sense of self could also get an infusion of uplifting vision. And you experience a sense of mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. There is potential to lift you out of the ordinary and into the sublime�spiritually, creatively, romantically or compassionately. Enjoy it while it lasts, but before you make changes based on what might feel like a permanent condition, remember that this is mostly a temporary influence and you will still have to live within the bounds of the physical world after it passes. Don't make overly optimistic promises now, that you will have to fulfil later when the euphoria wears off. Top of Page

Jun.10 � Venus sextile Uranus (14:42 Taurus/Pisces)

Relationships, finances, resources and pleasures could benefit from spontaneously trying a completely different approach. If these areas of your life have been getting a little stale or too routine, this transit could shake things up a little...just enough to make things interesting and breathe some fresh air into your familiar routine. Unexpected income could come your way, or you might discover something you just can't resist buying, or you might have an opportunity to make new social connections. The upside of this transit is that it's possible to break free of old habits and enjoy spontaneous interaction. The downside could come in the form of impulse purchases that are beyond your budget, or behaving a bit recklessly or making snap decisions that you can't live with later. This energy is best used to break free of what restricts you, without shattering the foundation you're standing on. Top of Page

Jun.11, 2:02 PM EDT � FULL MOON in SAGITTARIUS ("What's a Full Moon?")

This is a busy Full Moon, with lots of both stress and opportunity. It's a very productive combination�as long as you don't burn yourself out trying to get the most out of it! We still have the Grand Trine Kite in effect, so there's lot of energy for creativity and connection with people we feel close to. This energy also helps us to refine our values and resources so that they satisfy our personal needs and desires, while still satisfying our spiritual, philosophical and moral values.

The Grand Cross has pretty much passed now, although with the Mars-Saturn conjunction coming up in a week to activate it again, we haven't seen the last of this energy yet. The Grand Cross has brought a lot of hard work and struggle in the last couple of weeks, which may have you feeling pretty exhausted by now.

The Full Moon brings a shift in your labours, goals, aspirations, and your attempts to find a reliable methodology in these areas to make them all come together effectively. Whereas you've had to maintain a certain level of concentration, focus and endurance, you are not called upon to introduce some flexibility and adaptability to your efforts. This may feel like a mixed blessing. On one hand it may come as a relief (loosening up the strong grip you've had on your life). On the other hand, it may feel like yet another complicating factor that you must juggle in order to make it all work.

With the Full Moon taking place in Sagittarius, the focus now points to the need to find a higher sense of purpose and perspective in what you are doing. It's not enough to simply do the work, get the rewards and go home. You are called up on to find a more spiritual connection that finds a greater meaning for you.

So...Why do you want to do all this work and effort? The question Why is important, because you may now be facing a crossroads and must be clear about your motives and goals. With the Full Moon conjunct Pluto, you may be faced with the "darker" or heavier implications of what you are doing. Perhaps you need to question the ethics of your choices. Or, you might be encountering power struggles that require a compassionate but no-nonsense response.

Or, you might need to integrate a sense of personal spiritual meaning (why you're doing what you're doing) with an acknowledgement and acceptance of the passions that drive you (which might feel more intense or out-of-control than you can comfortably handle).

Depending on your answers, you are likely to be wrestling with values at both a spiritual and personal level. Whatever your spiritual priorities, it is also important that you find answers that also satisfy your personal values. That includes ensuring that you allow a certain amount of personal pleasure, harmony and peace into your approach to life right now. Find ways to pamper yourself and make your labours enjoyable. Treat yourself to some sensory pleasures�a massage, a walk through a beautiful park, smelling the flowers, listening to music, and LOTS of chocolate! ;-) Top of Page

Jun.11 - Aug.02 - T-Square (Saturn/Mars-Chiron to Jupiter) ("What's a T-Square?")

T-Square aspect configuration - Saturn OPP Chiron SQR JupiterThis is a remnant of the Grand Cross that remains after Venus has moved out of range, leaving a T-Square for several weeks. After wrestling with how to balance personal versus spiritual values, as well as short-term gain versus higher purpose, we are left integrating what we've learned into that higher purpose. Ultimately, whatever works for us personally needs to be woven into the big picture and made consistent with our greater sense of spiritual wisdom, purpose and morality. Mars conjoins Saturn during this lingering T-Square, requiring us to set it all in motion, but to do it in a way that is responsible, practical, disciplined and structured. If you have been struggling with issues of self-esteem, self-acceptance, identity or creativity, this T-Square could bring these issues to the surface. This could activate a situation in which you must reach out to find a higher sense of personal value as a unique and precious Child of the Universe (which, of course, you are). Top of Page

Jun.12 � Mercury trine Uranus (14:43 Cancer/Pisces)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight, and seeing unexpected possibilities, are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology. Top of Page

Jun.13-18 � Quadriform Kite to Sun ("What's a Quadriform?")

This is another incarnation of the Quadriform Kite that was in effect from May.31 to Jun.01, only instead of focusing its energy through Mercury, it is now focused on the Sun. Your sense of personal purpose, identity, vitality and life force must now wrestle with the balance of power that you establish with the outside world. This is an opportunity, motivated by stress and conflict, to exercise and strengthen your sense of personal power. The challenge is to do this without either tipping into over-compensating hubris or falling into existential discouragement. The next incarnation of this energy will be in mid-July, when the Quadriform Kite channels itself through Venus. Top of Page

Jun.15 � Venus square Neptune (19:40 Taurus/Aquarius)

Money, material resources, relationships and pleasure could be subject to confusion, deception, or unrealistic wishful thinking under this transit. It may seem that what you thought you had (love, friendship, pleasure, money, resources) has suddenly disappeared or isn't as dependable as you thought it was. You might feel disappointed, disillusioned, sad or alone, but this is more likely to be a passing phase than a serious crisis. The question is: what are your secret longings and subtle desires that may be operating unconsciously? These could be clouding your ability to relate to people and situations in your life. Old addictions, depression or idealism may surface as way of dealing with feelings. A better outlet would be to channel your feelings and experiences into creativity, beauty, inspiration and compassion; for example, art, music or helping others. Top of Page

Jun.16 � Sun opposite Pluto (25:25 Gemini/Sagittarius)

Who owns the power? This is a time when you may be called upon to stand up to a situation or person who pressures you to dance to their tune instead of your own. This is a chance to assert and empower yourself in new ways, putting into practice the inner strength you've developed in the last 6 months. The trick is to face the situation or person while rooted in inner honesty and authenticity, rather than trying to annihilate the enemy using overkill. Strive to negotiate (or struggle) together using just enough force to establish a workable balance of power, without either of you being nuked in the process. Also, be open to the possibility that your "opponent" might be holding up a mirror, which is showing you something about yourself that you may not want to acknowledge. That doesn't necessarily make your opponent right and you wrong, but there might be something for you to learn from the situation. If you are in a situation that doesn't involve an "opponent" as such, there may still be an aspect of your environment that is holding up a difficult mirror, requiring you to find a more centred and authentic point of inner power. It is by finding new balance within this kind of dynamic, whatever the circumstances, that transformation can be found. Top of Page

Jun.18 � Mercury enters Shadow (will go retrograde Jul.04-28)

Mercury now enters the area of Zodiac where it will later go retrograde (Jul.04-28). During its retrograde cycle, Mercury travels through the same span of the Zodiac three times�once direct (forward), then retrograde (backwards), then direct again. This means that there is a more involved process of development involved with things that Mercury affects�ideas, thoughts, frame of mind, mental focus, and the collection, exchange, analysis and organisation of information. Also affected are all forms of communication�email, the Internet, letters, the media in general, books and magazines, as well as public transit (buses, trains, etc.) and neighbourhoods. The situations that are developing over the next 2 weeks (leading up to when Mercury actually goes retrograde) are likely to require further research, consideration and discovery over the next couple of months. Expect changes in your plans, increasingly disrupted communication, and new information coming to light that may not fit conveniently into what you were expecting. If you must make important decisions during this time, try to build some flexibility into your plans to allow for later changes�or if possible, you may want to delay final or irrevocable decisions until well after Mercury goes direct (Jul.28). Top of Page

Jun.18 � Mars conjunct Saturn (08:46 Leo)

This is one of those good-news/bad-news kinds of transits. The forceful, exuberant energy of Mars meets the cautious, serious energy of Saturn. This combination can create a lot of productivity or a lot of frustration�and often both. The wild horse of Mars energy can become a workhorse when combined with Saturn's discipline, capable of sustained effort that can bring concrete results. But it may also bring impatience from having your efforts blocked or delayed, or having to be accountable for impulsive actions. If having to conform to discipline, limitation and responsibility tend to trigger you into resisting and fighting back, you might feel a lot of anger and frustration under this transit. On the other hand, it could also help you come to terms with a difficult reality or decision, to take the necessary initial steps that can lead to long-term achievement and development. It is a good time to take action that has been carefully considered and planned out, or to start making plans for a long-term project. Top of Page

Jun.18 � Mars opposite Chiron (09:46 Leo/Aquarius)

Your efforts and physical/emotional/mental energy may struggle with fundamental limitations and latent imperfections under this transit. Weakness or chronic problems in health may flare up now, especially if you are under a lot of stress. It will help to do whatever is necessary to support and take care of yourself. You may find it works better to minimize or prevent deterioration, rather than to attempt a complete cure of whatever ails you. Emotional health may also be affected, bringing out latent issues related to anger, sexuality, assertiveness or courage. This is a time when you can probably see all these problem areas more clearly, and as a result it can seem like they are getting worse. While this may or may not actually be true, you are in a position to respond to these issues in a different way now�precisely because you are able to see the nature of the problems more objectively and clearly. So don't allow yourself to just be intimidated by difficult experiences you might have now; use them to take steps toward a new well-being. Top of Page

Jun.19 � Mars square Jupiter (09:25 Leo/Scorpio)

Under this transit your energy is more accessible, but this could be more problematic than helpful. On one hand, you have more enthusiasm and motivation available to take bold steps toward your goals. However, you might be forced to do this out of a sense of moral coercion, rather than freely choosing it. Or, your actions could be triggered by exasperated impulse more than by a sense of what is right for that moment. Impulses are likely to become easily amplified, but also more difficult to control. This includes anger, sexuality, aggression and assertiveness. Confidence could come across as arrogance. Courage might become reckless or brazen. If you find it difficult to bring out these qualities in yourself, they may come spurting out in a way that might be frightening or intimidating. But once your energy has emerged, you are in a better position to learn how to harness it, use it, work with it and summon it at will. Top of Page

Jun.19 � Uranus stationary Retrograde (14:44 Pisces) ("What's a station?"  "What does retrograde mean?"  Read articles on Retrogrades and Stations.)

Uranus now appears to go backwards (retrograde) against the backdrop of the stars. This is often a turning point in situations involving issues of spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. It could feel a bit chaotic or erratic�or perhaps just spontaneous and exciting�for up to a week before and after this date. However, Uranus' ultimate agenda is to clear the way for your true spirit to manifest in your life. You may experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well (which might include computers, Internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans). This can be the awakening of a new perspective, to be brought into a clearer focus through open-mindedness and being willing to try new things. If you are going through major transits from Uranus to your natal chart, you are more likely to feel the energy of this station. To find out if you are going through important Uranus transits this year, and how to find your center in the whirlwind that Uranus tends to bring, you can get a personal astrology reading with me. Top of Page

Jun.19-22 � Yod (Venus sextile Mercury, both quincunx to Pluto) ("What's a Yod?")

Yod - Venus SXT Mercury, QCX Pluto, OPP Sun at SolsticeVenus and Mercury form a Yod aspect configuration to Pluto, creating the need to stretch our awareness and receptivity toward experiences of life that can often be overwhelming, frightening, intense, or so deep below the surface that we may fear becoming lost. Our strength lies in having a strong ego identity and awareness to fall back on, especially in terms of taking care of ourselves and feeding our sense of self in order to keep it strong. The most interesting thing about this Yod is that it focuses into a Kite at the Solstice on Jun.21, when the Sun enters Cancer. Although the aspect orbs are a bit wide to form a strong Kite configuration, the Sun has an important role. It is especially important for us to keep our identity and sense of self strong in order to act as an anchor when we are confronted by the abyss of deep Pluto energy. In order to shine light into the dark corners of life, we need to have strength of self�which in this case includes not just identity, but also self-awareness and the support of social connections. Top of Page

Jun.20 � Saturn opposite Chiron (09:02 Leo/Aquarius)

This is the final exact pass of this unusually long-running transit, which has been in effect since the mid-1980s. (No, that's not a typo!) This long time range is due to the off-center orbit of Chiron, which stretches between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. Chiron is now slowing down and Saturn gradually catches up to conjoin with Chiron in another 23 years.

This transit is about learning to balance the conventional expectations (put on us by society and authority figures) with the need to be true to yourself (even if that means having to find your own path away from the mainstream). This is especially true from July.2005 to June.2006 (when the Chiron-Saturn opposition takes place in Aquarius and Leo, respectively). The effects of this final pass are especially strong throughout the second half of June, peaking on today's date.

This is the last of 27 (!) opposition passes between Saturn and Chiron that take place between 1986 and 2006, as they dance around the circle of the Zodiac. Since the July.2005 pass, there have been similarities to 1991-93, when Saturn and Chiron were in the same signs, but reversed�Saturn was in Aquarius and Chiron was in Leo. If you think back, you may find that many of the changes happening since last July (especially relating to your individuality, uniqueness, identity and how you find your place within collective society) have their roots in your experiences in the early 1990s.

Previous passes can be found in The Low-Down on the Far-Out for Aug.15.2004, Dec.28.2004, Jul.21.2005 and Feb.20.2006. Being part of such a long-term process (about 30 years), this transit may or may not be felt on a personal level, but its themes (balancing freedom with conformity, rebellion with convention, and collective teamwork with personal independence) will certainly be present in the background. Watch for signs of it in the Big Picture of what's happening in your corner of the world. Top of Page

Jun.21, 8:25 AM EDT � SOLSTICE � Sun enters Cancer (until Jul.22) ("What's the Solstice?")

Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of Cancer! When the Sun enters Cancer, it also marks the Summer Solstice (in North America, the UK, Europe and other places in the northern hemisphere; or the Winter Solstice in Australia and other places in the southern hemisphere). This is the time when we all get to cultivate and nurture the Cancer side of our nature. This includes feelings, needs and nurturing instincts, as well as your connection to home and family, and your most primal sense of belonging. To explore this area of your life, think about your family�are you closely connected to your family-of-origin (the one you grew up with), or do you also have a "chosen family" in adulthood? Who is part of your support system (the people you know you can turn to when you need them)? What people, groups, places or experiences satisfy your need for belonging, which everyone has inside them? Cancer is about our distant past (childhood, ancestry, memories) that influences our current behaviour, motives and methods of getting our emotional needs met. Take this time to find new ways to nurture yourself, to share that nurturing with others, and to ensure that you don't give to others at the expense of not getting what you need. Top of Page

Jun.22 � Jupiter square Saturn (09:15 Scorpio/Leo)

This is the second of three passes of this transit (the other two being Dec.17.2005 and Oct.25.2006). Jupiter and Saturn have a very long combined cycle�20 years! This is the quarter-way mark (waxing square) in the current cycle, which began with the conjunction in Taurus back in 2000. At this stage of the cycle, you are challenged to make a deeper commitment to long-term projects, goals and growth that have started to emerge in your life since 2000. It is a time to evaluate your development since then. "What development?" you might ask. Five years is a long time to think back and compare to present day. At that time you might have experienced the end of certain hopes and dreams, although this cleared the way for new ones, which are only now starting to take shape. In 2000 you might also have found your spiritual beliefs, practices and faith changing, perhaps to make them more applicable to your physical circumstances. Or, you might have wanted to find a more spiritual, uplifting, inspiring and optimistic understanding of the external world of cause and effect. Think back to 2000 and the far-reaching changes that were starting to take place in your life then. What has happened as a result of those changes? Where are you now in the long-term process that has unfolded since then? Where would you like to be in another five years on this journey? The 3 passes of this transit mark a time when you will need to commit to a more conscious focus in order to achieve your long-term goal. Is there anything about your goal or plan that needs to be adjusted or changed? What must you do now in order to get back on track, or to ensure that you stay on track? This is a major turning point in that process, and the turn will take almost a year to complete. This is a good time to check in with your goals and reaffirm the inspiration that motivated you to begin them 5 years ago. Top of Page

Jun.22 � Lunar Nodes enter Pisces (North Node) and Virgo (South Node) (until Dec.2007) ("What are the Lunar Nodes?")

The Lunar Nodes take about 19 years to move through the entire Zodiac, and they change signs about every year and a half. The Nodes consist of two opposing points that represent the intersection of the Moon's path around the Earth and the Earth's orbit around the Sun. The Nodes have been stretched across Aries and Libra since December 2004. Now they shift into Pisces and Virgo for another year and a half. The Lunar Nodes are important primarily because they show roughly where the Eclipses will be. Whereas the Eclipses have taken place in Aries and Libra since April 2004, they are now occurring in Pisces and Virgo until September 2007. (We've actually had the first of this Pisces/Virgo Eclipse cycle already, with the Lunar Eclipse back on Mar.14.2006.)

In non-technical terms, this basically means that the overall direction of our growth is toward Pisces�a quest for faith, Universal Oneness and spiritual connection. And we are moving away from, or assimilating past learning from, Virgo�reliance on detailed specifics as a mode of processing our experience of the Universe and Life. Top of Page

Jun.23 � Venus enters Gemini (until Jul.18)

Relationships, finances, resources and values take on an air of curiosity, communication and cleverness. It is a good time to discuss, think about and create strategies to improve these areas or make them more enjoyable. You may be especially curious, flirtatious or easy-going now�so much so that you might drift into superficiality (which might be a welcome rest from more intense or committed social activity). It can be a good time to exchange ideas and information with others, especially in a social context. Schmoozing and networking with others are prime examples of this. This can also be a good time to negotiate contracts and agreements with people, in this atmosphere of information exchange. Just remember that it's one thing to use charm and humor to influence the direction of the discussion, but it may not be wise to indulge in blatant manipulation of others. Top of Page

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