Guest Article By Dorene Carrel

  june June is a moderately active month, highlighted by the retrograde stations of Neptune, Chiron and Mercury. The ongoing trine aspect between Saturn and Neptune can provide practical expression for our dreams and visions, which is further emphasized by three creative, sensitive water grand trines.  The Sun and Jupiter’s entry into Cancer later in the month brings focus to home, security issues and our emotional/feeling awareness.
On June 3, the first water grand trine occurs between Mercury in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces.  This sensitive combination has the potential to bring form and organization for our creative ideas and spiritual ideals. Communication of feelings in relationships can be better received and understood during these few days.
The combined planetary forces on June 6-8 contain both challenges and opportunities. Neptune turns stationary retrograde on June 7, which increases our sensitivity, but also a tendency towards deception or indecision. This theme is reinforced by difficult aspects between Mars, Saturn and Neptune. The Mercury opposition to Pluto can bring deeper communications, but also disagreements. This same day features the second water grand trine of Venus, Saturn and Neptune, which brings opportunities to create greater emotional rapport, love and harmony. This is not the best day for accomplishment, but rather to focus on being more heart-centered.
The New Moon occurs on June 8 at 18 Gemini. It is widely aligned with Jupiter in Gemini, which brings focus to learning and teaching, along with awareness of perception, beliefs, ideas and higher visions. It has been said that we teach what we need to learn.  This is a good month to examine how we form our beliefs, as well as our sources of information. This month may also require us to be more flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances.  The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom,” suggests that we all have deeper sources of wisdom that can be tapped into when needed.
On June 11, a t-square forms between Venus, Uranus and Pluto that could prove to be a challenging time for relationships.  However, on this same day a trine occurs between Saturn and Neptune that can help to restore harmony. This is the second of three trines, with the first occurring last October and the third to occur in mid-July.  This aspect allows us to get in touch with and manifest our highest visions.  Saturn provides the organization and structure, while Neptune brings compassion, along with intuitive awareness and grace.
Chiron in Pisces turns stationary retrograde on June 16.  Old emotional wounds that haven’t healed can emerge now.  Now our wounded healer awareness can allow us to give and receive support from others.  On June 19, the Sun aligns with Jupiter in Gemini, expanding our world of ideas and providing a generous and optimistic feeling.  This carries over to the Summer Solstice on June 20. The Sun now enters Cancer, which shifts our focus to family, home and security concerns.
The Full Moon occurs on June 23 at 2 Capricorn.  Capricorn themes suggest tradition and authority, along with being organized, thorough and responsible.  This is a favorable period for reviewing our goals and making practical, realistic adjustments. It opposes Jupiter and widely aligns with Pluto, which reminds us to focus and review our original visions and ideals. Are we aiming too high or too low?  The Sabian symbols for these degrees speak to the need to overcome stagnation and a yearning for increasing the scope and depth of one’s contacts with other living beings.
On June 25, Jupiter enters the sign Cancer, where it will travel until July 2014.  During this period, we can expand our views in the areas of home, family, food and feminine energy.  Jupiter was last in Cancer from July 2001 to August 2002.  A statement or project begun back then can be expanded at this time. Greater awareness and resolution can also emerge for food safety issues.
Mercury in Cancer turns stationary retrograde on June 26, and travels backward in Cancer until July 20. During this period, we will be reviewing our attunement to feeling awareness in our communications with self and others. Unfinished business with family and security issues can come up now. On this same day, the third water grand trine occurs with the Sun, Saturn and Neptune, which will facilitate the process of greater attunement to the feminine, heart-centered and highly sensitive energies.
July brings more water grand trine patterns.  Blessings for a great summer!

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   Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings.  She is certified in Astrocartography.  For more information, contact Dorene at  Paypal accepted.

All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.

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