June 16—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. The Moon in Virgo earlier today squares the Sun in Gemini creating this phase where we encounter challenges to the manifestation of intention. Virgo and Gemini make an interesting pair. They are both ruled by the same planet, Mercury, but they have distinctly different points of view. Virgo challenges Gemini intention by asking these types of questions: Is it useful? Can it be systemized? What are the small steps that will get me there? Who will do the work? Although these questions may not seem like much fun, they help ground us in the true potential of this cycle.
Monday, June 17. Find that balancing still point today if you can. The Libra Moon helps but it also contacts the square between Uranus and Pluto too. We’ll be hard pressed to find any stillness or peace today even if we want to. Mars is sextile to Uranus—time to make some changes in the status quo. When the Moon trines Mars later in the day we are eager to connect with others in friendly, fun ways.
Tuesday, June 18. Any lingering tension today is influenced by the effects of miscommunication or a sense that emotional needs are not being met. But you have lots of resources for solving these problems. The mind is comforted by the balancing actions of a Libra Moon. What restores a sense of harmony in your life? Cultivate beauty and you will be rewarded with insight and peace.
Wednesday, June 19. Things get more soulful the next two days with the Moon in Scorpio. Gemini mutability chafes at the fixed stare of Scorpio. However, there is something very seductive about the combination of these points of view. If you are a Gemini-type who laments never being taken seriously, take lessons from Saturn in Scorpio today. A vast reservoir of depth and intensity resides in each and every one of us. The Moon links the trine between Saturn and Neptune further enhancing a feeling of spiritual inspiration. Into this mix, we add the sparkle of the Gemini Sun meeting Jupiter. Stay open to paradox, complexity, and surprising insight. Can you take all this internal and external revelation and apply it to acts of compassion and healing in the evening hours?
June 20—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. At the beginning of this lunar cycle, the interaction between Air signs and Water signs inspired me to make an intention about integrating my heart and mind. What are you noticing about your intention? This phase of the Moon asks us to stretch out of our comfort zones. It really isn’t about attaining perfection as much as it is about what happens when we reach further. The continuing paradox between Gemini and Scorpio is the stretching agent for this cycle. Mercury and Venus in Cancer trine the Moon and form an exact conjunction with each other. This is a seed moment for mind and heart. Pay extra attention to the home fires. How does your home life support or impede your intention for more integration? This is a good time to make changes in your home that bring dynamic balance to relationships. Be curious about another’s experience.
June 21—Summer Solstice. Daylight hours peak in the Northern Hemisphere as the Sun enters Cancer and summer begins. This is a good moment to take a breath. Mid-summer, Jupiter and Mars will spark the square between Uranus and Pluto, but for now we can work on the small things in our lives that bring wholeness and joy. The chart for the Solstice is graced with the conjunction between Mercury and Venus in a trine with the Moon (see yesterday’s forecast). The season of Cancer is the storehouse time. It is the time to store up the sunshine, fresh food, summer adventures, and relaxation in preparation for fall and winter when we’ll appreciate the resources. The focal point for this storage is the place we call home. Home base feeds us when we are stretched. Pay attention to this resource. All the tensions of this lunar cycle (the stretching between Air and Water) are still present. But they are not overwhelming if we find that still point amidst the turning.
Saturday, June 22. With only one aspect, an opposition between the Moon and Mars pre-dawn in the Central Time Zone, this a great day to enjoy the adventurous Sagittarius Moon. Yes, we are feeling the peaking energy of the Full Moon, which will be exact tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time! Some Sagittarian suggestions for entertainment: a comedy club, outdoor adventure, or even an intriguing lecture or movie (science fiction would be good). What feels expansive to you? Give that your energy.