by Jeff Jawer
Crosscurrents of restlessness and reliability keep the wheels of change rolling this month. June begins with the Sun in diverse Gemini, a flexible sign of rapid changes, constant communication and an excess of ideas. Choosing among the variety of options and attitudes in our lives makes this an exciting but unsettled time.
On June 1, the New Moon in Gemini is a Solar Eclipse, signaling both a fresh start and the end to an old plan. The image of the sensitive Moon crossing the face of the Sun is a reminder to step back from ego-driven desires to reassess goals and expectations. Fortunately, solid Saturn in Libra's harmonious 120-degree trine with the New Moon eclipse provides a foundation of reason that emerges when we listen to reliable friends and allies.
Another force favoring pragmatism and patience is giant Jupiter's entry into Taurus on June 4. The Bull is a fixed earth sign that's rooted in reality and in no hurry to achieve its ambitions. Expansive Jupiter's one-year stay in Taurus can provide common sense, solid values and achievable goals that bring more order to our economically challenged world.
On June 12, Saturn turns direct, ending its retrograde period and providing more traction for building foundations and reinforcing relationships. Saturn in Libra is a reminder to listen as much as we speak, which is especially important with the Sun, Mercury and Venus in verbose Gemini.
The Sagittarius Full Moon on June 15 is a Lunar Eclipse, which is usually about letting go of the past. The eclipse suggests that we may need to reconsider belief systems, recognizing where we've gone too far and become overly judgmental and rigid. Being right may not be as valuable or important as being open-minded and flexible now.
Assertive Mars bounces into jittery Gemini on June 20, but the intellectualism of the Twins is blunted by the Sun's entry into sentimental Cancer the following day. Cancer moves forward but looks back, doing its best to maintain links with the past. The contrast between advancing and retreat is the Crab's often awkward dance. Ideally, it's about carefully engaging change without losing connection with worthwhile habits and contacts. On the same day Mars' stressful 90-degree square with dreamy Neptune could spur sacrificial behavior or the pursuit of illusory ideals. Happily, the Sun's favorable aspects with Neptune on the June 22 and Jupiter on the June 25 support more realizable ambitions.