Monday, June 15. Adaptability is a valuable skill. How easy is it for you to change course or find the right source of information for the particular problem facing you? Are you able to incite curiosity in others? Do you appreciate the diversity of life experience you encounter everyday? If so, you are a Gemini master. On this last day of the lunar cycle, reflect on how you may have learned a thing or two about these Gemini skills. A dream or meditative insight may spark the first inspirations this morning as the Moon makes aspects with Venus in Leo (fixed fire) and Neptune (mutable water). It is likely that the day ends on a upbeat with the Moon stationing itself favorably between Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire), sparking innovation, learning, and creativity.
June 16—New Moon: Dreaming. This New Moon blows the airy promises of Gemini into the next phase of the year—the nurturing waters of Cancerian regeneration. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and thus represents the totality of cycles from seed to sprout to blossom, from blossom to fruit to seed again. We may think of the Moon as a pregnant belly gestating our dreams, giving birth to our souls. Through Cancer we attune to the cycles of life. During the height of summer (in the northern lands) Cancer is a time of gestation and regeneration. Our thoughts turn to our homes and families, whatever those things may be for each of us. We remember the homing instinct—the need for place and people to welcome us back to ourselves. Although everyone needs some kind of home, not everyone has equal access. This is also a time to develop empathy for self and others who may struggle to find a supportive home. Gemini, at its best, develops options, broadcasts possibilities, and then seeks places to come to rest. At the New Moon, we may invoke the Gemini gifts of clarity and curiosity as we seek our resting spots to gestate this season’s potential.
Friday, June 19. Be on the look out today and tomorrow in the western sky at sunset for the young crescent Moon to appear alongside Venus and Jupiter. [See Earth and Sky] The sight could ignite joyful expansiveness. Romance is not out of the question either. This trio in Leo (fixed fire) could also spark risk-taking, a sense of adventure, and magnetic attractions. Later this summer, Venus will retrograde through Leo, and Jupiter will finish its year-long transit of Leo. The gifts of this sign are being cultivated in each of us. May we learn to be right-sized in our egos and generous with our appreciation of others. The sextile aspect between the Moon and Mercury encourages social contact. A great set of transits for a summertime Friday night.
Sunday, June 21. Cancer Ingress also known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Every human has a “homing” instinct. Wikipedia defines homing as: “the inherent ability of an animal to navigate towards an original location through unfamiliar areas.” The sign of Cancer, the fourth house in our natal charts, and the Moon (ruler of Cancer) offer us signposts leading us back to our original locations. If we have strayed too far or lost touch with this originating place, our souls say: Come back, come back. Summer is the season of hearing that call.