Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn

“We cause pain for others by our apathetic response to life.” Barbara Hand Clow

“Love measures our stature; the more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself.” William Sloane Coffin

There is a powerful Lunar Eclipse this Tuesday at 24 degrees of Capricorn at 5:38 PM EDT. Two of the strong players in the sky at this time are Pluto – the Lord of the Underworld and Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, whose daughter was kidnapped by Pluto. This ancient myth is about grief and loss, as Ceres searched to  find and reunite with her daughter.

It is also about the cycles of death and rebirth.

Ceres is stationary in the sky at the time of the eclipse – a powerful placement.  Ceres governs the ways in which we nurture and care for ourselves and others.

On a personal level Ceres governs issues of self esteem and self worth as well as the relationships we have with our parents and children. It governs how we handle issues of grief and loss and how we care for others at these times. Ceres governs the  sustaining and nourishing of life in all its forms

Figuring also prominently into the  Eclipse equation are the Moon and Venus – both in strong aspect to Pluto, Saturn and the South Node. These configurations speak about the scarcity of love and  resources and the kind of pain that it causes.

It is possible that under these influences, the pain of the past may arise for another level of processing. If so, it bodes well to process it in a way which leads to increased wisdom and personal evolution.

Pluto is teamed up with Saturn at this time indicating that old foundations are crumbling – both personally and in the world. Venus is conjunct the North Node at this time – a good reminder of the power inspiration and love can bring to any situation.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”In a hospital a children’s ward is filled with toys.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



The Sun, Pluto, Saturn and the Lunar Nodes

“Bring light to your weavings, or don’t sit at the loom.” Lynn Andrews

“Mastering yourself is true power.” Tao Te Ching

This is a testy week as the Sun transits in opposition to the Saturn/Pluto/South Node conjunction. Power struggles and power plays can more easily become part of the picture now.

Mercury and Mars have been traveling together can lead to increased edginess and irritability. And Mars and Mercury are forming a fractious square with Uranus indicating nerves may be frayed and actions may be more impulsive.

It is a very good time to slow down and calm down as misunderstandings can occur more easily. It’s also a good time to keep busy and to  take care of projects in need or finishing or projects you haven’t had the time to get around to.

This Mercury retrograde period -through the end of July is a good time for observing how you feel about your interactions with the outer world. It’s also a good time to look at how your  ideas, thoughts and attitudes affect your feelings.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” The wonder of the constellations of stars in the night sky.”


Mercury Stations Retrograde Sunday !

“Mercury is the god of mind, intellect, thought, voice and language. Our ability to manifest through language, both thought and uttered, is so central that we often take it for granted and spend time and energy seeking more power. Instead we need to learn to see the power with which we are already endowed, and which is constantly replenished as it flows through acts of attention.” Caroling W. Casey

It”s a good time to watch your words as Mercury, the trickster planet  is strong in the sky now – slowing down to station retrograde on July 7 at 4 degrees of Leo.

Often a few days before the station and the few days after can be similar to the retrograde period itself with delays and snafus with communications and equipment. It’s wise to make sure important info is backed up. We are in between eclipses – the upcoming one a Lunar Eclipse on the 16th at 24 Capricorn – making this time frame more likely to contain unexpected and surprising events.

The Sabian symbol for the Mercury station is,”Rock formations towering over a deep canyon.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse in Cancer

“We have this way of talking and we have another
Apart from what we wish and what we fear may happen,
We are alive with other life
As clear stones take form in the mountain.” Rumi

“Hope is believing in spite of the evidence, then watching the evidence change.” Jim Wallis

The New Moon Solar eclipse in Cancer is Tuesday, July 2 at 10 degrees of Cancer at 3:15 PM EDT. Cancer is the sign governing home and hearth and is associated with the desire for  protection and security.

This time bodes well for new intentions and endeavors  as the eclipse makes a favorable aspect to the North Node. This indicates issues relating to  life path and personal destiny are on the table. Eclipses represent evolutionary doorways and open up a new cycle in the area of life determined by where it falls in your astrology chart.

The sign of Cancer is also about nurturing – nurturing yourself and your aspirations as well as your aspirations for the healthy evolution of the planet. It is a good time to assess levels of self care and whether these need to be improved – care of the body, mind and spirit – on order to move in a direction of increased inner wholeness.

Venus will also enter the sign of Cancer on this week indicating  assistance and ease in attracting what you want into your life at this time.

It’s wise to factor in that Mars and Mercury will  both be in Leo at the time of the eclipse and while this can indicate increased courage in taking action it wise to avoid sudden or impulsive starts with Saturn conjunct the South Node and Mercury’s impending station retrograde.

Saturn’s link to the South Node is a caution to be mindful of  what you set in motion now and that you have planned carefully in order to avoid replaying mistakes from the past. It can slow any movement forward. Mercury will station retrograde on the 7th indicating delays and snags throughout the month. This is a long retrograde period  – through August 1. So, as Aesop wisely advised, “slow and steady wins the race.”

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, ” A small girl bends over a sparkling pond trying to catch a fish.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Vesta and Uranus in the Summer Solstice Chart

“You are not the oil, you are not the air- merely the point of combustion, the flash-point where the light is born.” Dag Hammarskjold

Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder
Didn’t I come to lift your fiery vision bright
Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame.” Van Morrison

The chart of the exact time of the  Summer Solstice is said to foreshadow the upcoming three months.  One of the notable components of this year’s chart is that Vesta , having recently entered the sign of Taurus, makes a conjunction to the planet Uranus.

Vesta is named for the Vestals or Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome. The Romans worshiped her as the keeper of home and hearth as well as  the keeper of the sacred flame- the fire that would not go out. The  name Vesta  is derived from ancient Sanskrit and means “shining.”

The Vestals were also the keepers of occult teachings known only to them. They were present at every important government function in ancient Rome. They were regarded  as important keepers of ethics and wisdom, without whom Rome would fall.

Vesta, now in the earthy sign of Taurus, is a reminder to keep the inner fires of inspiration burning bright in your every day life.

Vesta is also associated with inner wisdom and inner knowing. In combination with Uranus it bodes well to keep intuition and innovation in mind as you go about your daily tasks. It is a good time to commit to innovative change that promotes healing old and outdated systems and rebuilding or creating new more healthy and holistic models. This applies both personally and in the world.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A bridge being built across a high narrow gorge.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Venus, Neptune and Jupiter Dance Together

“We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden.” Joni Mitchell 

“The coolness of the riverbank, and the whispering of the reeds
Daybreak is not so very far away
Enchanted and spellbound, in the silence they lingered
And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong.
And the birds were silent, as they listened for the heavenly music
And the river played the song
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn” Van Morrison


Through early next week there is quite a bit of muse energy about as Venus, the goddess of love and beauty aspects Neptune the planet of dreams. Michelangelo has a Venus/Neptune aspect in his chart. It provides good timing for creativity, artistic work and spiritual growth. It is a romantic aspect.

The aspect is a square which indicates that overcoming something – perhaps related to an illusion of some kind- is indicated. This can be a very high flying aspect that can eventually result in disillusionment so keep your feet planted firmly on the ground when implementing ideas hatched under this influence.

Venus is also aspecting Jupiter and this can usher in a sense of hope, abundance and pleasure. Do keep moderation in mind now because there is a strong tendency towards overindulging. And blind spots are a strong possibility with Neptune’s recent station.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Two people, at widely different point, are in conversation with each other by means of telepathy.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Upcoming Mercury Retrograde and Summer Arrives

“Strength must be redefined not as power- over,  but as power-with.” Matthew Fox

“If we cannot see wholeness in the world then we cannot take actions which are consistent with the wholeness which exists.” David Bohm

Mercury the planet of communication and travel will station retrograde on July 7 and the retrograde period will run through July 31 when it stations direct. A good use of the time before the 7th is to take care of things left undone such as car repairs or other things in need of fixing that have been pushed into the background.

The Summer Solstice – when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer- is Friday June 21 at 11:54 AM EDT. The Sun moving into this sign of home and hearth, it is a good time to think about and enjoy the things that nurture us and make us feel welcome at home and in the world.
It is an edgy time and a time when conflicts can more easily arise. So it’s best to keep a cool head for the next several weeks – especially in interactions with others – as it may be harder to make amends due to impulsive speech or actions made now.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A woman on a magic carpet observes vast vistas below.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Monday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius

” Optimism and a higher vibration are  key to working with the energies available at this full moon time. Creative thinking about how to restructure, reinvent, re-appropriate, recycle and adapt should be part of your focus during this time. Don’t look back unless in gratitude. Look forward, up and beyond limitations and get inspired with what could be instead of fretting about what isn’t.” Lena Stevens

When Alberto Villoldo, the medical anthropologist, was young he had a Cuban nanny. Each night, as he tells it, she would put some dried herbs in a metal pot. set them ablaze and call in the higher spirits. This Full Moon bodes well for this kind of invocation or for spending time in meditation or dream time.

They say the Full Moon is “three days coming and three days going” in influence.

At the time of the Full Moon, the Jupiter/Neptune square – exact three times this year  – is exact. This aspect is about the dreams and visions we have for our lives It’s wise periodically to be in touch with these aspirations in a broad sense and  save the pragmatics for a future time. It is a creative and spiritual aspect when implemented that way. But when not, this aspect can be prone to illusion –  culminating in disillusionment and disappointment.

Jupiter is close by the Full Moon – bringing a sense of expansion, optimism and luck at this time.  Do watch for overdoing –  the pull is strong for overdoing, overspending and overindulging in food and alcohol.

Mars, Mercury and the South Node continue to oppose the Pluto/Saturn/South Node conjunction. This is pointing to the breakdown or undermining  of many of the belief systems and institutions in society. It is akin to the nigredo phase in alchemy (the process of transformation) and it’s wise to remember it is a phase and eventually the phoenix will rise from the ashes. For this reason it is wise to keep your aspirations high for not only your own life, but for a healthy future for the planet.

I have a friend who reminds herself when in challenging situations, “Raise the vibration” and this is a good practice now with Mercury making a favorable aspect to Neptune. It’s a good time to channel higher energy to the earth through higher consciousness.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A flag bearer in a battle.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

This Week with Mars, Pluto, Saturn and the North Node

” Carl Jung developed a concept from his study of alchemy. In essence, he says that alchemy (major transformation) can occur when we are being called to hold the tension of a situation with all its opposing feelings and thoughts and not do anything—or make any decisions—until the Third Option or Way makes its appearance. We are called upon to wait.

The Third which emerges is a strong insight about the issue we’ve been holding which we didn’t have before. Jung often called this the Numinous Third because it comes from a place of deep knowing in our psyche that is not reached by rational thought alone.” Elizabeth Spring 

“We’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today.” Marvin Gaye

The Sun is in Gemini now – one of the airy, cerebral  signs of duality. It bodes well to take time with decisions and be open to options or ideas that may not normally be in the mix.

This week there’s plenty of energy to harness to get things done. This is due to Mars moving into an opposition to the Pluto/Saturn/South Node conjunction.  Pluto in alignment with Mars is often seen in the charts of high powered and highly motivated professional athletes.  And Mars with Saturn can indicate a time of hard work. It bodes well to take charge of tasks  that need to be done and stay focused on them. A lot can be accomplished under this influence, given you are willing to work through obstacles along the way.

Things can get ramped up with this  planetary combination as well. It can be a time when impatience, frustration and irritability can be on the rise. Extra downtime and less screen time will be beneficial. It bodes well to hold to the path of moderation.
Extra downtime  and less screen time will be beneficial.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is.”A relay race.’

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Venus Enters Gemini

“When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone and of good cheer, it is on such occasions  that my ideas flow best and come abundantly. Whence and how they come I know not; nor can I force them.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Great ideas come into the world as gently as doves.” Albert Camus

Venus  enters the sign of Gemini June 8 and will transit this light and airy  sign through the second of July. This influence can bring more options into view related to love, money and values.  It’s a good time to step back and  consider  things from a broader, more detached, intellectual perspective.

It can bring a levity into conversations and flirtations into relationships. This mercurial sign is known for shifting and changing – boding well for the exploration of new ideas and new perspectives.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A glass bottomed boat  reveals undersea wonders.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill