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New Moon in Gemini, June 3, 2019

Chart for the New Moon in Gemini
Chart for the New Moon in Gemini

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
~ Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Jun.03 – NEW MOON in GEMINI (12:33 of Gemini)

So... whadaya think?

What do you think about? What do you think about the state of the world?

What do you think about your job (or whatever you do with your time)? What do you think about your circle of friends?

What do you think about how your life is going? What do you think about the kinds of things you think about?

What words do you use most often? A lot of the four-letter variety, perhaps? But what other words are high up in your personal vocabulary? What are your favorite words?

If you find you're often at a loss for words lately, that's understandable! If you try to describe the Big Picture but somehow it doesn't easily fit into words, that's also understandable.

There's certainly a lot to take in, process, figure out, comprehend and grasp in today's world. We live in complicated times!

This New Moon in Gemini is a bit tricky. There is the potential for some deep, even profound thought and insight. But it might not be easy to "know what you know" ...if you know what I mean.

And the words you use to express yourself also tend to shape your perception and understanding of the very thing you're trying to express. Complex? You bet.

You decide. You are the author, but you are much more than that. You are the teacher, the leader, the guru, and the creator of all that lives in your reality. So, what do you want that reality to be?
~ Ora Nadrich, Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity

Let's start with Jupiter which is a very busy planet in the New Moon chart. For one thing, it's strongly placed in its own sign of Sagittarius. Mind you, it's not the only strong planet – Mercury, Venus and Saturn are also in the signs of their rulership (Gemini, Taurus and Capricorn, respectively). So, there's a lot of vivid, robust energy in the skies right now. Think of the chart as a tapestry made of mostly bright, saturated colours, with few pastel or shaded colours.

Jupiter opposite New Moon and Mercury

Jupiter opposes the Sun-Moon conjunction (a.k.a. the New Moon). It also opposes Mercury, the planetary ruler of Gemini. Although Mercury and the Sun-Moon twins are too far apart to be conjunct (15°), Jupiter occupies the opposite midpoint between them. Since it is in orb to oppose them all, it pulls them together. (It's not quite the same as "translation of light" but it's similar.)

In other words, Jupiter plays "telephone" between them. Mercury has a lot to say to the Sun and Moon, since he rules the sign they're in and is in that same sign, but Jupiter provides a clearer connection because he can listen to and talk to all of them.

Gemini and Mercury are about information – gathering it, exchanging it, finding it, thinking about it, and talking about it. It's our personal database that holds memories, ideas, information and thoughts that we can explore and expand through our curiosity.

Gemini connects the dots that allows us to think in categories, synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. It applies labels so we can name things, which gives us a better way to talk about things. Instead of saying, "I moved my legs back and forth which transported me down the sidewalk," we just say, "I was walking on the sidewalk." There—wasn't that easier?

Gemini and Mercury are therefore also associated with language.

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.
As names have power, words have power.
Words can light fires in the minds of men.
Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.
~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

We usually think of English, French, Spanish, etc, as languages, but there are many kinds of language. There are spoken languages (like English), and symbolic languages (astrology, Tarot, etc), and computer languages that allow us to talk to computers (Basic, COBOL, C++, PHP, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, etc). There is also sign language for the deaf (American Sign Language or ASL, etc), and body language (how our body movements express our thoughts and feelings, as well as facial expressions).

Astrology is also a language that uses the planets, signs, houses, aspects and so on as the words in its vocabulary. These words have certain meanings, and from them we can speak in sentences: The Sun and Moon are conjunct in Gemini, disposited by Mercury, and opposite Jupiter, as well as squaring Neptune. When you learn the language of astrology, you develop a sense of what the astrological "sentence" conveys.

For example: Our sense of self and purpose (Sun) combines (conjunction) with our feelings and needs (Moon) to acquire new information and ideas by engaging our curiosity (Gemini). But mere information is not enough; we are called to discover a greater meaning and its implications in relation to the world around us (opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius). The trouble (square) is that it can be a slippery slope to make assumptions that are based on incomplete or incorrect or wishful thinking (Neptune).

Another year older, but am I wiser? Wisdom comes from learning and changing for the better. Sometimes we just go through life living the same day over and over and never gaining true wisdom. Let that never be me.
~ Richie Norton

Sagittarius and Gemini form an axis, where they are like two sides of the same coin. While Gemini handles the raw data and fundamental language structure, Sagittarius works with Gemini's information to explore and discover a greater sense of meaning from it. So, Jupiter and Sagittarius are where we find philosophy, religion, higher learning, ethics, morality, justice and broader understanding.

While that might sound more romantic and exciting than Gemini's nuts and bolts of information, Sagittarius can sometimes get lost in the clouds in a perpetual state of theoretical embellishment that lacks substance, evidence or common sense. Gemini has its pitfalls too, one of them being so eager to be the one with all the information that it might not stop do the reality-checking that would confirm its validity (or not).

Mutable signs

The entire Mutable Cross – Gemini-Sagittarius and Virgo-Pisces – is about how we process information, experiences and our sentient awareness of the world around us. Air sign Gemini is driven by curiosity to pull all the facts and data together, while Fire sign Sagittarius is driven by inspiration to discover what it all means in the Big Picture. Earth sign Virgo is determined to organize and make it useful in a practical way that improves and perfects. Water sign Pisces ultimately longs to simply experience it all, take life as it comes; it sees that you don't have to "be something" or "be someone" – you can simply be.

T-square: Sun-Moon opp Jupiter, opp Neptune

Neptune in Pisces forms a T-square aspect pattern with the Sun-Moon twins and Jupiter, all of which gives the chart a strong Mutable flavour and evokes the Mutable Cross themes. So essentially, we are trying to build a bridge between everyday personal experiences and a transpersonal perspective of how it fits into the Big Picture. And this is never easy or straightforward, especially in complicated times like these where everything is so changeable, with all that Mutable energy flying around.

But if thought corrupts language,
language can also corrupt thought.
~ George Orwell, 1984

Here's the thing: words count. The words you use have impact. How you talk to yourself makes a difference. How we talk to each other matters. How you think about stuff is significant.

If every time I make a mistake, I mutter to myself, "I'm so stupid!!" then I'm making a value judgment about myself and beating myself up for it. I'm not simply the person saying it or thinking it – I'm also listening to it. It matters.

In the same way, having a more constructive or encouraging, but honest self-talk can help to boost your confidence and resolve. It's the fundamental principle behind affirmations. If I make a mistake, a better way to respond inside might be something like, "Oops! What happened? I know this is what I was trying to do, so what could I have done differently? Well, I guess I did better than I would have a year ago, so at least I'm learning something."

In real life, of course, it's usually a combination, like, "Oh $#?^&! Wendy, you're such a dipstick! Grrr! :::sigh::: Okay, let's figure out what went wrong..."

Now: I'm not suggesting you become the Word Police in your self-talk. (Hey, there's another way to beat yourself up: "You idiot—you're not choosing your words right!") Becoming aware of what you tell yourself about who you are can make a difference to your self-esteem and self-confidence. At the very least, using fewer harsh words and more supportive ones can keep from making a fragile or bruised self-image worse.

My thoughts are just patterns. They don't mean to give me grief.
I've got to be mindful, question these old beliefs,
Step into my power, find the strength I need to heal.
I will not cower. I will grow through what I feel.
~ Vironika Tugaleva

So, here are some ways this T-square might play out:

The Gemini New Moon says, "This is who I am." Jupiter says, "But this is what you should be or could be." And Neptune says, "Are you both absolutely sure about that? You might be wrong or confused..."

The NM says, "The world seems crazy lately. So much violence, conflict and controversy!" Jupiter responds, "There's a reason for that. If you look at it in this larger context, you will see that it's just one piece of a very big puzzle. And seeing it in context can help you realize that those conflicts have a purpose, which is about struggling to make the world a better place." Then Neptune chimes in, "But you can't really know for sure, can you? Even Jupiter's context is just a drop in an ocean of Universal existence that may not have a purpose in the way you think it does. You can't assume it will all result in what you hope is a happy ending."

Gemini says, "I have this great idea for a new project! But I'm not sure if I have all the energy, focus and support I need to make it happen. Maybe I should keep it simple and stick with what I am sure I can manifest." Jupiter says, "Yes, what a grand idea!! And it could lead to so many more ideas and possibilities!" Neptune says, "But be careful you don't underestimate or overestimate what you're capable of. Rather than pushing to make it happen, take time to just listen to your inner voice about what your heartfelt intention really is."

Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness and loss of belonging in the world
and through it I'll walk myself home.
~ Nikki Rowe

Mini-Trine: Venus trine Saturn-Pluto, sextile Neptune

There is a lovely Mini-Trine aspect pattern which can give some powerful support for whatever you plan to do. Venus is trine Saturn and Pluto (120°), and Neptune is sextile to both sides (60°). Venus is very strong in her own sign of Taurus, so she's all about keeping things grounded, practical and enjoyable.

Saturn and Pluto are still conjunct the South Lunar Node, which lately has raised a lot of very heavy energy in the collective sphere. Saturnian authority and Plutonian control have been stirring up some formidable power struggles on a global level. Saturn and Pluto are doing a Tag Team Wrestling routine all through 2019 and into 2020, so this deep energy is a long-term journey.

Mars-Node opposite Saturn-Pluto-Node

However, in the New Moon chart, they are mostly showing their constructive, beneficial side, as they trine Venus and sextile Neptune. For instance, their gift to Venus is to show how structure, control, order and empowerment can provide a level of certainty and predictability, and this in turn can create a space where you can relax, enjoy life a little, and be in the present moment without stressing out about chaotic upheaval. But you need to unhook yourself from what you perceive as ongoing turmoil in order to get the benefits.

Mars, on the other hand, is approaching an opposition to Saturn and Pluto (180°) and is already close enough to oppose Saturn, as well as being conjunct the North Lunar Node. This is likely to pit Mars' anger, defiance and urge to defend his exposed turf against a rather intimidating Saturn-Pluto tag team.

There's actually a significant traffic jam that piles up over the next few weeks. Here's how it goes:

DateDescription
June 4 Mercury enters Cancer, where Mars is now. Mental focus shifts from being "in your head" to being more aware of your feelings. Mercury is still Out of Bounds, so you have the ability to reach beyond your usual level of intuitive awareness.
June 12 Mars comes In-Bounds (by declination) on the same day that he conjoins the North Lunar Node (see June 12 below for more about that).
June 14 Mars opposes Saturn, which can be a difficult transit made of frustration, difficulty with authority figures, and feeling restricted. For best results, invest this friction in hard work toward a goal.
June 15 Mercury conjoins the North Lunar Node, while Mars is still conjunct that Node. The Node therefore brings the Mercury-Mars conjunction energy into stronger focus sooner than usual. It can be easy to get stuck in an emotional mindset with hair-trigger reactions. Remember that what you do with this energy plants a seed, so what do you want to grow over the next couple of years? A little goes a long way, so aim to find ways to take action on your emotional undercurrents in a way that that is constructive, compassionate and loving, while also being no-nonsense and direct.
June 16 Mercury opposes Saturn. This can bring a serious mindset, which is great for planning and coming to grips with what needs to be done, but not so much if you're looking for easy answers to complex questions. Mercury-Saturn can, however, support a more serious, analytical look at those questions.
June 17 Full Moon in Sagittarius (more on that in the next update). This is also the day Mercury comes In-Bounds, so your awareness, thoughts, ideas and words might be a bit intense or focused on what you want to do with (or do about) the feelings and thoughts you’ve become aware of in the last 2-3 weeks while Mercury has been OOB.
June 18 Mercury catches up to Mars in the first of two conjunctions. This could make words and perceptions a bit volatile, blunt or sharply focused. Great for emotional clarity or saying difficult things, but remember a little goes a long way. (The second conjunction happens on July 8, as Mercury stations Retrograde, so issues that emerge now may return at that time.)
June 19 Mercury and then Mars both oppose Pluto, adding a deeper sense of urgency and intensity to Mercury's sharp tongue and razor awareness.
June 20 Mercury goes into the Shadow as he prepares to go Retrograde (July 7-31), where he'll eventually conjoin Mars again (July 8).

Nelson Mandela once said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else's language, even if it's just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, "I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being."
~ Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Through the T-square aspect pattern discussed above, this New Moon pulls into focus the Jupiter-Neptune square that is unfolding throughout this year. It's a tricky combination of energies that challenges us to solve the dilemma between what we know (Jupiter) and what is unknowable (Neptune). Between principles (morality, justice) and faith (acceptance of the inevitable). Between our judgements and quest for justice versus measuring human nature by a yardstick of ultimate perfection.

The New Moon poses a challenge for us to see what and how we—experience and contribute to that Jupiter-Neptune struggle—individually and collectively—starting with how we think, what we say, how we interact with others, and how we respond to our own and others' ideas and opinions.

How we frame our perception of others can greatly affect the message we send to them. This is conveyed through how and what we communicate to others. As an extreme example, anyone who grew up with a verbally abusive parent or authority figure knows how aggressive and damaging words can be. As adults, we all still carry that Inner Child who is very sensitive and impressionable when confronted by a harsh attitude of negative judgment, contempt or hatred. And most of us have been on both sides of that fence to some extent – on the receiving end of verbal abuse and also dishing it out.

Unfortunately, it can be habit-forming to engage in what might be called "perceptive minimalism" – reducing how we see someone to just one thing about them. When this is about something negative we wind up demonizing them, and when it's something positive we idealize them. Either way, we aren't seeing the whole person, and left unaddressed, this becomes very problematic.

One predominant area where this is happening in today's world is politics, where there is an increasingly extreme divide between different opinions and perspectives. For example, we might disagree with someone's politics and so we think or talk about them in mocking or derogatory language. Most of us do it these days to some extent – in such a volatile political atmosphere, it's hard not to. And right now, this can be seen in people of all political stripes; it's not limited to just one party or philosophy.

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough; we must do.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

So, at its core this is not just about our opinions—it's about our human nature that needs to feel we are not alone, especially in times of disagreement. In the New Moon chart, this kind of dynamic is invoked not only by Jupiter-Neptune, but also by Mars in Cancer which, like Mercury, is currently Out of Bounds (April 20 to June 12). OOB Mars may be harder than usual to be made to behave properly, and is best put to use through a positive focus of some kind.

Mars semi-sextile the Sun and Moon

Mars is also in a very tight semi-sextile aspect to the Sun and Moon (30°), and that aspect can sometimes bring a disruptive energy to the planets involved. In this case, how you channel that Mars energy could raise issues that need to be dealt with, either because of communication and attitudes you receive, or in what you are putting out.

For example: aggression, hostility and defiance, used in the name of defending those who are seen as vulnerable and needing extra support or protection (including yourself). It's best to keep the focus on the more noble purpose, so that Mars doesn't start to think it can use the situation as an excuse to vent unrelated anger.

Saturn, Pluto, South Node conjunction

These dynamics are also part of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn that is haunting us this year and next. These are radioactive energies that need to be handled mindfully and with care. If you take them for granted, blithely assuming these transpersonal energies will conform to your personal wishes, you may find yourself feeling a bit smacked around by them.

Their message to us humans seems to be that we need to get our act together—personally and collectively. See the reality for what it is, but also look beyond it to see what we've missed. As time goes on, there is less and less wiggle room to avoid doing right by each other and doing right by the planet.

Of course, it's one thing to disagree or express frustration or anger, but it's something else to get so locked into a one-sided view of a person or group of people that we can't see anything else. Jupiter and Neptune know that none of us is only one thing. Who we are is an amalgamation of many different parts – some of them constructive and healthy, others counter-productive or dysfunctional or even toxic, and everything in between. And we also exist within a system of greater contexts that influence us both directly and indirectly.

The point is: No one is just one thing. And few of us fulfil our best potential in a caustic atmosphere where we are diminished to only one thing and not seen as a complete person. We might survive or even thrive in spite of it, but we usually do so by closing down parts of ourselves out of self-protection.

So, the Gemini New Moon gives us a chance to become aware of the words and concepts we use to perceive, understand and interact with others, as well as how others may view us. The Gemini and Mercury parts of us truly live to participate in a flow of ideas with the world around us. But if we believe we're going to be sneered at for the ideas we hold, the Gemini tap in us may start to turn off and become little more than a trickle. Again: this doesn't mean it's not okay to disagree or argue passionately, but that's different from seeing an adversary as irredeemable or less than human.

This New Moon invites you to observe your reactions when you feel criticized or confronted by others who see you as their adversary. Do you shut down? Do you close your mind and double-down? And what if you're open to considering the other person's ideas which are different from those you usually embrace? Are you reluctant to admit it for fear of being ridiculed or dismissed? Or can you be flexible, open-minded and curious about new ideas? Can you listen beyond the conflict to hear what their human spirit and Inner Child are trying to say between the words?

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On the other side of that coin: what about your perception and interaction with those who hold opinions vastly different from your own? Is it possible your efforts to convince them might be doing more to shut down their Gemini tap than encouraging a flow of ideas? Are you able to see (or at least imagine) aspects of who they are other than where you disagree? Can you see the humanness in them, as you would hope others do in you? Can you disagree without vilifying them as demons of Hell?

We can't control whether the other person will see things our way, but if we get so polarized that we just block each other out, how will we ever come back from that? How will we ever bridge the gap if we can't even envision each other as full human beings?

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
~ Langston Hughes

This New Moon in Gemini is really just the next chapter in a long and winding tale told by the Universe through you and me over a 2-year span. We all have our own version of the greater narrative and our role to play within it. Whether you're on centre stage or doing something behind the scenes or just sitting in the audience, your role is just as essential as anyone else's.

You are the protagonist in your own version of this chapter in the story. And you always have a choice about how to play your part. Can you speak to a higher vision that wraps others as well as yourself in a context of love and acceptance? Or are you stuck in a habitual routine of automatic conclusions that assume the worst? What you do with this can impact both your own personal role as well as the grand scheme of things.

Words matter. Thoughts matter. Speaking your truth matters. Questioning your truth also matters. And making an effort to hear others' viewpoints matters, too.

Think about it. Talk among yourselves. Be aware.

Open hearts, feel about it
Open minds, think about it
Everyone, read about it
Everyone, scream about it
Read it in the books, in the crannies and the nooks, there are books to read
~ Tears For Fears, Sowing the Seed of Love

Jun.04 – Mercury enters Cancer (until Jun.26)  (Jun.05 in AU)

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.

Jun.07 – Mercury sextile Uranus (04:58 of Cancer/Taurus)  (Jun.08 in AU)

There is potential for brilliance and excitement under this transit. You may be more spontaneous, upbeat and eccentric than usual. If you are used to a fairly predictable lifestyle, it is a time when you may be inspired to experiment with something out of character. If you are used to being whacky, zany and impulsive, this transit can provide opportunities to express this. You may have an increased ability to "think outside the box" if you stretch your mind a little, and there is the possibility of having an "ah-ha!" experience, when answers and realisations fall into place. There is also the possibility of being mentally restless, so that it's hard to slow down your thoughts or apply yourself seriously to your responsibilities. Your attention span may be a bit short for a couple of days. This energy can be used to consider new ideas that seemed outlandish or impossible before, and see new potential in them.

Jun.07 – Mercury square Chiron (05:31 of Cancer/Aries)  (Jun.08 in AU)

Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass half empty" versus "glass half full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective, but by working with this you could also find a new mental focus that gives you increased clarity. It might be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you. Instead of reaching for extremes (hoping this will clarify the path in front of you), it will help more if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting and out-of-sync elements to coexist together – creative paradox. If you have been in denial about something, this could be a turning point that allows you to grapple with the complex reality of your situation.

Jun.08 – Venus enters Gemini (until Jul.03)  (Jun.09 in UK, AU)

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.

Jun.09 – Sun square Neptune (18:41 of Gemini/Pisces)  (Jun.10 in AU)

Your ideals, hopes and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment and disillusionment. You might want a fantasy or dream to come true so much that you disconnect from the reality that seems to be in the way – only to find that the obstacle was serving a positive purpose after all. Your imagination may be very active now, but not easy to control or balance with reality. However, it can be a very creative time if you're able to harness that imagination for productive use. Unconscious urges and longings may be especially close to the surface, so you have an opportunity to learn more about the hidden forces that drive you (and perhaps distort your view of the world around you). Spiritually, you might discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but it can be just as valuable (although disappointing) to discover what is *not* your best path. Emotionally you may feel a bit overwhelmed, discouraged or confused. On the plus side, you have an opportunity to observe a deeper part of you, which is usually camouflaged against the distracting background of day-to-day life. There is tremendous creative, spiritual and healing potential to be found by listening to and working with the inner voices from those depths.

Jun.10 – Sun opposite Jupiter (19:28 of Gemini/Sagittarius)

Your confidence and ambitions may become amplified, possibly to the point of becoming a problem under this transit. It may be difficult to judge how much is too much versus just enough, and it could just be easier want more and more..."just in case." You may feel the urge to travel or do something that could expand your horizons (literally or figuratively). However, satisfaction may seem just out of reach under this transit, so there is a risk of pushing too hard and lacking perspective or good judgment. You could find that tolerance, compassion and understanding are hard to find, either in you toward others or in others toward you (or both). You are seeing things through a mental magnifying lens, which may be distorting your perceptions or reactions. On the other hand, this can be a good time to take an honest look at how closely you are living by your integrity and values. Feedback might come from others who could be seeing something more clearly than you can see it in yourself. Or, you might find that a minor irritation about someone or something outside of yourself suddenly becomes a major problem. This is probably because you're seeing it more clearly (although not necessarily more accurately). The lesson of this transit is that everything gets amplified together – the positive and the negative, and at a certain point the difference between them may become meaningless. Reaching a balanced understanding of all that lies within that expanded view is the key to gaining wisdom from the experience.

Jun.12 – Mars returns from Out of Bounds (OOB since Apr.20; 13:28 Gemini to 17:37 Cancer; next OOB is Feb.09.2020)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Mars has been Out of Bounds (OOB) and now returns within the bounds of the Sun, by declination. While OOB Mars qualities can be somewhat erratic and exaggerated: angry, hostile, hyper-reactive or hyper-sensitive, aggressive, quick to protest or take offence, feeling out of control, or (the flip side of these qualities) depression, lethargy or cynicism. Now that Mars is coming back within bounds, these qualities will likely become more manageable and "back to normal" (whatever that usually is for you).

Coming back in bounds can be a bit of a bumpy landing as that unrestricted energy becomes squeezed back into its usual potency. This is a good time to observe your passions and energy levels, as well as changes in Mars themes in society around you. For several days before and after this date, pay attention to the things that amplify or cool down your Mars energy. Realize that this is an adjustment period, and having some patience with yourself and others can help to smooth and soothe this time.

Alternatively, the re-entry can also be an eventful time when changes in Mars-related areas can occur. For example, you might feel this is the right time to start—or end—a project or make changes to a situation in your life. A shift in how you experience or handle anger, assertiveness, depression or high/low energy levels could inspire you to make positive changes in those areas. This might be due to a change in perspective as a result of your experiences while Mars was OOB.

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Jun.12 – Mars conjunct North Lunar Node (17:52 of Cancer)  (Jun.13 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

For up to a week before and after this date, you are likely to feel energized in some way. You might feel enthusiastic, active, passionate, easily angered or downright wired. Or you could be around others who are feeling this way. On the other hand, this energy might also be somewhat explosive, aggressive or overbearing in some way. At its worst, it could indicate violence, although it's more likely to increase energy levels in general. If you and others are in a positive head space, this raised energy can easily be used constructively. If in a negative head space, it could result in conflict, argument or hostility. The important thing is to find a constructive or beneficial outlet for this energy. It's a good time to try new things or take risks BUT make sure this is balanced with some solid common sense too.

Mars conjoins the North Node just as it comes in from being out-of-bounds. What have you been doing with your intentions, energy, assertiveness, actions and decisions since April 20th? Mars conjunct the North Node can provide some forward direction to what you've been learning, planning and wrestling with for the last few weeks. There is something important that you can do with your OOB Mars experience. While it may not be life-changing, it has the potential to have a significant impact on your life direction. Just remember that when Mars comes in-bounds, it can sometimes be a bit of a bumpy ride. With Mars and the Node being in Cancer, this could point to the need for better self-care. Or you might find you need to take care of others in a way that is less abrupt or resentful and sends a more direct message of support, love and caring.

Jun.13 – Venus sextile Chiron (05:39 of Gemini/Aries)  (Jun.14 in AU)

Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with – peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.

Jun.14 – Mars trine Neptune (18:42 of Cancer/Pisces)  (Jun.13 in HST, AKDT, PDT)

This transit can bring a mystical, imaginative, compassionate aura to Mars' normally direct, fast, aggressive, self-focused energy. You may feel inspired to act on faith, confront with compassion, and react gently. On the other hand, it can be much easier to be motivated by something that turns out not to be what you thought it was. Much can depend on how impulsive your actions are and whether they are based on preplanning and research. We may tend to see our actions as righteous and justified. Creative energy is usually strong, whether this is used literally in the arts or in finding creative solutions to conflicts and problems. Our anger and aggression may be expressed in a way that is compassionate and intuitive, although our assertive edge might also be blunted a bit too much. It might help to think of the snake in the old parable – even if you choose not to bite if someone steps on your tail, it doesn't mean you can't hiss.

Jun.14 – Mars opposite Saturn (18:57 of Cancer/Capricorn)  (Jun.15 in AU)

This can be a difficult transit that pits your individual will and desire against anything or anyone that seem to block it. Authority figures can become adversaries who may seem to only want to say No in response to what you want to do. As a result, it is easy to polarize to others during this transit – to rebel and fight by pulling in the opposite direction. It will help if you can manage to keep a firm grip on your own Inner Adult – the part of you that is responsible and accountable – instead of letting others act out that role in your life. Alternatively, if you find it easier to be the responsible, serious, structured Adult, then it will help to embrace your own spontaneous and exuberant impulses, rather than polarizing to others who exhibit those qualities. By owning both energies in this transit, you can work with both your spontaneous impulses AND your ability to cautiously pick and choose when and how to act. This may not be easy, since these energies do not mix easily, but when they work together they can generate potent productivity, ambition and results.

Jun.15 – Mercury conjunct North Lunar Node (17:42 of Cancer)  (Jun.16 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Ideas are in focus, especially when they're shared with others. It could be a time when you observe or notice something new, giving you a new perspective that you will mull over for the coming several months. Or you might be called upon to give a talk or presentation that shares information with others. It might be an especially active time with emails, Facebook, Twitter or texting. Communication and collection of thoughts and ideas is the central theme here. Keep your eyes, mind and curiosity open – the world could be showing you something important and fascinating!

Jun.16 – Mercury trine Neptune (18:43 of Cancer/Pisces)

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.

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Jun.16 – Mercury opposite Saturn (18:50 of Cancer/Capricorn)  (Jun.17 in AU)

The time has come to face facts. There may be a reality in your life that you've been avoiding, and you need to accept and deal with it. Or, you might have to conform to the expectations of others because there's no other way around it. Or, you could find that your ability to communicate, say what you want to say, or get your point across is harder for a few days. This will pass, but there may be concrete reasons why this might not be the best time to communicate whatever is on your mind. You might feel a bit as if you're being tested, and in some way this could be true. This transit may bring an opportunity to see how much you really know and how skilled you are at using that knowledge. On the other hand, this could be a time when hard work and preparation that you've done for several months could pay off. You may be able to progress to the next step in a project, or to make plans in an organised, concrete and responsible way. For a few days, taking a structured, methodical or factual approach to whatever you're doing may produce the best results.

Jun.16 – Jupiter square Neptune (18:43 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Jun.17 in AU)

This can be a time when you may have to question your belief system and philosophy of life. You are challenged to examine the ways that you use theory, speculation, wishful thinking and blind faith to justify your opinions and beliefs. There is a difference between the principles, opinions, attitudes and spiritual perspectives that we hold dear versus our personal, intimate experience of the vast Universe that shapes and gives rise to our beliefs.

This transit (which only happens about every 6 years) can show how your beliefs, opinions and attitudes are misinformed, misguided or no longer fulfil your spiritual needs. You might come face to face with misconceptions you have held and realise that you have grown beyond your old viewpoints. You might find yourself disillusioned by something or someone you had placed a lot of faith in. Although this may bring deep disappointment, it also clears the way to see a higher, clearer truth. Faith that is founded only on wishful thinking or exaggerated optimism may make you more vulnerable to deception and poor judgment, so it is wise to do a reality check about major decisions with a trusted friend, mentor or expert. This can also be a time when you are challenged to expand your sense of spirituality, meaning and understanding of life to include more of your subject personal experience, rather than relying on conventional wisdom, doctrine or interpretation. If you have been drifting away from living according to your morals, ethics and principles, this may be a time when you become aware of the need to bring your choices and actions more in line with these.

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