AstroCast: June 12 – 18, 2018

Posted on June 10, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Maxwell

The lens through which we think, perceive and communicate will submerge into the realm of subjective feelings when Mercury enters Cancer on June 12. Leaving behind its home sign of information-hungry Gemini, Mercury makes a palpable shift from strictly intellectual considerations to sensorial ones. Comfortably operating below the surface of mental awareness, Mercury here feels the esoteric vibrations of things rather than analyzing what is going on via facts and figures. Because of this, communications during this 16-day transit may be more challenging, unless we make an effort to openly express our feelings. It will help to direct Mercury’s curious, questioning nature towards our internal state of mind rather than projecting it at other, since clarity begins at home. “Knowing where one belongs,” the gift of Cancer according to Dane Rudhyar, is about being at home in one’s skin, being comfortable where we are in any given moment knowing it is exactly where we ought to be.

As Mercury enters Cancer, it immediately forms a sextile to the awakening force of Uranus that is exact on June 13. The Great Disruptor will stimulate any subliminal inquiry we embark upon and coax Mercury in Cancer out of its natural inclination to hide perceptions it deems vulnerable. Uranus breaks down defense barriers as it frees individual expression regardless of how it is perceived by others. Forget standard operating procedure: Uranus will also stimulate Mercury in Cancer’s intuitive feelers to soak up non-linear data from unusual sources. We may event be thrown into a brief time warp as Mercury in Cancer dredges memories while Uranus in Taurus plots a trajectory for a better, values-based future for all. Perhaps the best question to ask at this time is what from our past needs to change in order to create the future we want?

The New Moon in Gemini on June 13 commences the next lunar cycle with an emphasis on the mercurial process of inquiry. Anyone who believes that curiosity killed the cat has bought the story that it is safer not to have knowledge, and indeed there are forces in the world that fundamentally do not want us to reach conscious awareness. The more we sincerely ask questions, the more our reality can be re-shaped by the new experiences that subsequently follow. Certainly accessing reliable sources is essential but more importantly, understanding how we feel about the incoming information is key, which requires an ability to distinguish between reactive emotions and true communication with the soul. Gemini’s gift is “the art of letting things happen.” So rather than aggressively seeking the information we need, this New Moon asks us to open to messages from the cosmos from a mental state of quietude, which can only be reached by neutralizing our reactivity. The Moon is intimately connected to Gemini’s ruler Mercury by mutual reception. The “Messenger of the Gods” (Mercury), activated this week by the Promethean archetype Uranus, breathes the fire of new understanding into the Goddess Luna (Moon, ruler of Cancer). Being quietly receptive to this process is how the wisdom of the gods is downloaded to humanity.

The alchemic heat increases onJune 13when Venus leaves the protective shell of Cancer for the creative, passionate fire of Leo. Venus’ domain of relationships in Leo experiences the archetypal dramas of light and shadow as they endeavor to soar to the Sun. It can be a grand, hearth-throbbing play infused with all the noble qualities of a hero and heroine. For us mere mortals, we can act these parts, but it is when we embody deep respect for the individuality of other and nobly serve humanity with generousness of spirit that our light truly shines. All this sounds like a tall order, and Dane Rudhyar calls it when he says the gift of Leo is “Simplicity.” It is in the gallant act of overcoming duality and drama that we can discover the simplicity of being true to our heart as well as honoring the true heart of our beloved.

Upon its Leo ingress, Venus moves into a square to Uranus, exact on June 14, which can bring revelations about where we stand in relation to the truth of our relationships. Abruptly breakingfree from something that isn’t working could be taking the easy route to resolve any tension created by the square. But, if we deem a relationship to have high value, it might be better to considermakingan effort to look for unique approaches to successfully recalibrate. Some kind of change in the relationship department is highly likely, and it could be unexpected. The more we embrace change, no matter how challenging, the more we can participate in creating a loving future.

While the breakthrough energy of Uranus is strong this week, the practical, rules-based archetype of Saturn comes into play on June 15 when it opposes Mercury. This aspect sets up a reality check that gauges which new ideas have a high probability of manifesting. In its home sign of Capricorn, Saturn looks for each individual building block needed to create something new and most crucially, if it is within one’s grasp for the taking. With disciplined, distraction-free thinking, Mercury/Saturn across the Cancer/Capricorn polarity can successfully blend intuition and reason to implement the most realistic ideas with an organized, reliable structure that is filled with the nurturing essence of love.

As a countercurrent to the dominant mental energy inherent in this week’s transits, Neptune in Pisces sends out a subtle yet formidable vibration as it stations retrograde on June 18. Through November 24, we will tune within to connect to that infinite something which is greater than our individual self. Identifying with the divine internally as who we are is something that the masses following standardized organized religion are discouraged from doing. Leaving everything to an external God relieves one of taking responsibility for what happens in life, which on the surface may seem like a lot less work. For consciousness seekers, however, that Work is what we do. In fact, the more we take responsibility for how we perceive and act in life, ironically the less difficult and draining it becomes. That is the mystery of Neptune that connects us with the All of the cosmos. During this transit, may we truly see our own divinity, the microcosm of love within the macrocosm of all creation.


Here’s the data (Pacific Time, rounded to the nearest whole degree unless otherwise noted):


June 12 – Mercury at 0°Cancer at 1:00 p.m.

June 13 – Mercury sextile Uranus at 1°Cancer/Taurus at 4:40 a.m.

June 13 – Moon conjunct Sun (New Moon) at 23°Gemini at 12:43 p.m.

June 13 – Venus at 0°Leo at 2:54 p.m.

June 14 – Venus square Uranus at 1°Leo/Taurus at 8:33 p.m.

June 15 – Mercury opposite Saturn at 7°Cancer/Capricorn at 6:47 p.m.

June 18 – Neptune station retrograde at 16°Pisces at 4:27 p.m.

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Kimberly Maxwell

A student of the Sher Institute since 2008, Kimberly has been writing AstroCast since 2012. A long-time Los Angeles resident, Kimberly gives astrological consultations, has various artistic pursuits including the development of a burgeoning creative hub in her community, and works in international television distribution at a major studio.

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