Sunday’s Full Moon

“Whatever happened to the way things are supposed to happen?” Van Morrison

The Sabian symbol for Sunday’s Full Moon at 2 degrees of Capricorn is, “The human soul in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.” At the time of the Full Moon there is a kite pattern in the sky formed by the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Under this magical alignment take some time to nurture your soul’s aspirations and to see them emerging into form through concrete steps. It is a powerful time for imagination and creative visualization.

Sabian Symbol reference from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
Van Morrison quote from Down the Road

Jupiter, Mars &Chiron

The skies are full of significant planetary activity for the next two weeks. The Sun will conjunct Jupiter tomorrow – bringing with it the opportunity for for increased wisdom and growth – given certain caveats.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Mars/Chiron aspect this week is, “A sword used in many battles, is now in a museum.” With this aspect events can conspire to trigger old emotional wounds in need of healing. These wounds can be of an ancestral, cultural and familial nature and can appear as events that come back to haunt us. Mars is square Chiron indicating the need to overcome something such as limited perceptions or illusions about the past. Use Jupiter’s love of wisdom and knowledge to shed light on these areas and to awaken new perspectives.

Jupiter can have an excessive side and it is best to keep moderation in the picture and to watch the overuse of the conscious mind which can lead to mental exhaustion.

Keep intentions clear as this summer – the laws of attraction will be strengthened by planetary activity.

Sabian symbol references from Lynda Hill’s, 360 Degrees of Wisdom

Jupiter in Gemini

“Jupiter bestows the gift of perspective upon those who are ready for it. It makes conscious the previously unconscious models we’ve been using to confer meaning on things. These models frame our relationship with the big, wide world.” Jessica Murray

Jupiter is in Gemini now for another couple of weeks until it moves into Cancer on June 26. Gemini governs the thinking process and with Jupiter in that sign there is the opportunity to expand the lens through which we perceive reality. It can broaden our understanding, vision and horizons and make customary or habitual thought patterns feel limited and outdated.

Venus is now entering into the Pluto/Uranus square – feelings of scarcity- particularly involving love and abundance – can arise under this aspect. It is a good time to review progress made in confronting these types of issues and to harness the energy of the aspect to transform these areas. Look to innovative ideas and breakthroughs.

Jessica Murray is an author and astrologer and can be found on

Saturday’s New Moon in Gemini

Years ago when a group of friends and I would get together and talk about the future we used to joke about restaurants that would have psychic waitstaff – that there would be no need for words when ordering because their psychic powers would be so highly developed that they would know what you wanted without speaking. I was reminded of this yesterday when I was having lunch with a friend at a local cafe. When the chef brought out our lunch my friend pulled a sheet of paper out of her bag and said to the him, “Here is a recipe I copied down for you. I thought you might like to try it – it is for an organic chocolate cake which has beets and zucchini in it.”

Looking surprised he responded, “This is great thank you. Today is my wife’s birthday and when I asked her what kind of cake she would like me to make she said, ‘Something with beets in it.’ ”

Much of the evolutionary process going on individually as well as on the planet now has to do with integrating and implementing untapped powers of the mind and using synchronicity as a guide and for affirmation. As Saturday’s New Moon at 18 Gemini approaches it is a good time to heed intuitive knowing and to be aware of knowledge that comes in nonlinear ways. Mars is square Neptune at the time of the New Moon which is an indicator that integrating higher knowledge is a process that needs to be learned and tested over time rather than a once time occurrence. It will lead to more holistic perceptions.

Venus Aspects this Week

“Transformation comes from looking deeply within, to a state that exists before fear and isolation arise, the state in which we are inevitably whole just as we are.” Sharon Salzburg

This week’s Venus/Neptune/Saturn trine provides excellent timing to create an increased sense of harmony and equilibrium in our lives. It is a good time to acknowledge progress and growth. As Venus makes her trek into the Pluto/Uranus square pay attention to opportunities for breakthroughs which reveal a way forward from a sense of scarcity to one of increased appreciation and abundance.

Quote from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra

June 2013 Astrology

“The king could look into the water of the magic cauldron and see whatever was happening wherever he chose.The water of the cauldron has a reflective quality, as well as a quality of depth.Gazing into the water frees you from the immediate stimuli of the senses and permits you to think about something that is not in front of you, that is, to reflect on something you saw at another time and place, or to imagine something you haven’t experienced before, or become a philosopher, thinking about abstract concepts and what lies beyond concepts.” David Tresemer

There are powerful planets in water signs now – Saturn in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter and the inner planets will follow along this month. This represents a shift away from the busy Gemini energy to the more intuitive and emotional realm of the water element.
April and May have been an interesting time frame – with the series of three eclipses followed by the procession of inner planets transiting through the mercurial sign of Gemini. Eclipses are evolutionary in nature.They offer opportunities to leave the past behind and usher in the start of a new cycle. Gemini gives us new frameworks through which to view our lives and offers options for new directions.
In June with many planets in water signs it signals a time to integrate the recent eclipse lessons on an intuitive or inner level and to make small, pragmatic steps to forge new paths. It is best to let the dreams or aspirations be the North Star and chart your course with pragmatism. There is guidance and support all month long for manifesting dreams and higher aspirations that have solid footing and are implemented with care.
It is a good month to spend by the water – to experience its healing and restorative powers and to gaze into its mysterious depths.
Throughout time the cauldron or chalice or Grail Cup has represented a vessel containing spiritual energy which awakens our connection to spiritual worlds. Historically when Neptune has been in Pisces as it is now, there has been an increased interest in spirituality on the planet which has resulted in a time of heightened spiritual awareness and growth. Chiron’s close connection to Neptune now indicates it is a time to move from a fragmented perception of the world to one that is more interconnected and whole.

“And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.” Mary Oliver

Some significant activity this month:
June 1 Mercury in Cancer
June Venus moves into Cancer
June 8 New Moon at 18 Gemini
June 11 Saturn trine Neptune
June 19 Sun conjunct Jupiter
June 21 Summer Solstice, Sun enters Cancer
June 23 Full Moon 2 degrees of Capricorn
June 26 Mercury retrograde at 23 Cancer
June 25 Jupiter in Cancer.
Quote from David Tresemer’s book, The Venus Eclipse of the Sun 2012, Quote from Mary Oliver’s poem, When Death Comes. All times mentioned are EDT.

Weekend Astrology

“A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird?” Edward Hersey Richards

One of the Sabian symbols associated with Saturday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is,” An old owl perched high up in a tree.” This symbol speaks of the value of wisdom and perspective and it is a good time to make an effort to be in touch with both. This is the final eclipse in a series of three since late April. Events have conspired to show us we are living in times of great change. This weekend provides a good time to take some time to reflect on what brings meaning and value into your life and and to be in touch with higher wisdom.

Quote from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom

Lunar Eclipse Saturday

“We are as the Aborigines say, just learning to survive in infinity.” Michael Talbot

Saturday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is at 4 degrees Sagittarius and this time is very much about integrating more inspiration and creativity into the way we customarily think. The Sun and Moon square Neptune at the time of the eclipse and Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are conjunct in Gemini – encouraging us to seek the harmony that underlies everything when body and soul are in the right ratio. It is a good time to dream, to seek and heed messages from dreams and to be in touch with higher aspirations for ourselves and the healthy evolution of the planet.
Quote from Michael Talbot’s book The Holographic Universe

Venus Squares Neptune

“We are taking slow and steady steps toward making some deep changes in ourselves – lasting changes, rather than quick fixes.The energy is pushing us to create new, lasting patterns and approaches.”
Genevieve Hathaway
Venus moves up to a square to Neptune today as the Moon enters Cancer and the Uranus/Pluto square. The speed and intensity of information coming at us can be challenging to integrate. As we are in the midst of an eclipse cycle it is best to assume that not all the information is in. It is wise to provide extra down time and keep your thoughts on what you are aspiring to.

Genevieve Hathaway writes for Planet Waves

Solar Eclipse in Taurus

“Eclipses affect cellular memory, facilitating our awakening and remembrance of our soul’s blueprint.” Stephanie Austin

The second in a series of three eclipses is Thursday May 9 at 19 degrees of Taurus. The sign of Taurus governs what we value. It is an excellent time to set intentions related to bringing more pleasure and meaning into our lives. It is also a good time to recapture the essence of what has brought happiness in the past and to be open to new forms for it in the present.
This eclipse is about the future. It is a good idea to be open to new experiences and ideas. One of the Chandra Symbols for this eclipse is, “A fork in the road with a blank sign post.”

Stephanie Austin is a writer and astrologer in Port Townsend, Washington. The Chandra symbol quote is from Ellias Lonsdale’s book, Inside Degrees.