As discussed in the last AstroCast, the effects of the mutable T-square between the Sun in Gemini, retrograde Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces continue for an additional week. The Sun’s exact opposition to Jupiter and square to Neptune perfects on June 9, and the Jupiter/Neptune square perfects on June 16. Neptune’s intensity has increased as it is barely moving and will remain in the same degree zone until it turns retrograde on June 21. Already strong in its home sign, Neptune’s laser-like focus in this tension-filled alignment can correlate to increased sensitivity and with it an increased sense of vulnerability that could render us fearful enough to bolster up our ego armor for protection. It will take courage to show up to life as we might prefer to shut down to whatever is happening around us. Both Jupiter and Neptune are visionary planets. Jupiter sees the big picture on how the world can work better. Neptune sees beyond this world and connects us to the realm of imagination, intuition and synchronicities. Meditating on Neptune’s all-inclusive love force can also help open us to receive guidance from unseen forces when we really need it.
Another layer of complex archetypal energy unfolds during this period that can energize efforts to act on our desires. A five-planet configuration called a “learning triangle” develops June 13 through June 19 that includes a Mercury/Mars conjunction in Cancer opposing a Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, with each trining and sextiling Neptune in Pisces respectively. The characteristics of the Mercury/Mars planetary pair in Cancer include taking things personally and quickly reacting in a defensive way. It can also drive our deepest feelings to the surface and help us develop the bravery to express what is truly going on inside with those we are closest to in our family units or tribe of choice. The longer-lasting Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn in effect all year correlates to tremendous focus and determination as well as a movement to consolidate or restrict resources. Both Saturn and Pluto are retrograde so this movement is internalized and working to reorganize our mental structures and belief systems that are evident by how our life is manifest. When these two planetary pairs face off events may transpire that set off an explosive realization that something’s gotta give. Battles may erupt pitting the Cancerian emotional nurturing needs of self and family against the Capricornian focus on a cool assessment of the practical necessities of life. It will take conscious effort to find a neutral ground both sides can accept.
Neptune’s role in the learning triangle is to offer a compassionate outlet for the polarization and act to stabilize us as we learn to reconcile the powerful opposing forces. It also gives us encouragement to sustain our efforts to find reconciliation. If we pay close attention, Neptune’s supportive presence can help us rise above the fray to see the transcendent cosmic picture beyond earth reality. Neptune stationing retrograde as it plays a significant role in both configurations discussed herein puts greater emphasis on its subtle archetypal energies. If we avoid facing things confusion and delusion can reign, but if we summon the courage to remain present to what unfolds, we will connect with our love center that radiates compassion between all involved, starting with self, and our responses will reflect that.
The Full Moon on June 17 conjuncts Jupiter and squares Neptune before it pulls into its opposition to the Sun at 25∞53’ Sagittarius/Gemini. This culmination of the lunar cycle that commenced with the June 3 New Moon in Gemini re-animates the Sun/Jupiter/Neptune T-square with an emphasis on the wide-vision, enthusiastic qualities of Jupiter in its home sign. The Full Moon may bring to light how well we have been expressing our truth, which is the theme of the lunar cycle (see last AstroCast), or that we need to focus on determining what our truth is. In our current reality it is hard enough to gauge the veracity of information bombarding us us from all directions. Therefore it is imperative to look deeply within and contemplate the thought forms that govern our behavior and then determine if they align with our purpose. The luminaries can shed light on the ideas that best support us and strengthen our inner compass to better navigate the tempestuous external world. It may simply be a matter of cutting through the external and internal mental noise long enough to hear our soul’s quiet voice reminding us of the truth we already know.
The Sun returns to its northern most point of the Tropic of Cancer on June 21, the same day Neptune turns retrograde. This marks the archetypally powerful Solstice that sets the tone for the coming season. All the aspects described herein are galvanized in the Solstice chart providing a map of the thematic paths before us. The Sun leads the way to help connect us to what lights us up, helps us feel alive and gives us a sense of purpose. The highly potent planetary activity at this time indicates a busy and perhaps belligerent summer. Immigration issues are likely to be a center of attention as more and more families are clamoring to enter the opportunity zones of the U.S. and Europe. The polarizing voices of our lawmakers are likely to get louder and perhaps turn to more drastic measures to get what they want. Mercury/Mars opposing Saturn/Pluto can be brutal in laying down the law when both camps are unable to find common ground about where we all belong in the world order. But in the end it is the law of love that will guide us to make the right choices. The Jupiter/Neptune square challenges us to do just that by teaching us the art of living together rather than the art of war. It wants us to take a courageous leap of faith to be who we are, which is a spiritual being of love choosing to have an evolutionary human experience. New opportunities to grow will arise but if we are not maintaining our current earth needs, responding to the inevitable disorder will take up all our bandwidth. What will it take to open up free space so we can focus on what we want to manifest?