Astrologers got a lesson in the dwarf planet Eris last week, a planetoid that is a force more massive than Pluto, though Pluto is larger by volume. This new dwarf planet was named after the Greek goddess of discord and strife, and has one Moon, named Dysnomia, the Greek daemon of lawlessness.
Now Eris was only discovered January 5, 2005, so we are still uncovering its properties, but it seems to be well-named. Eris moves very slowly, has an orbital period of 558 Earth years, so we don’t see it go very far in our lifetime, but we are get beginning to see events when planets transit areas. Uranus conjunct Eris at 23° of Aries on June 9, Uranus will conjunct Eris again this September 25, and again March 17, 2017.
Play with that symbol for minute, the planet of primordial chaos and shocking events, electrical Uranus, conjuncts the planet of this court strife and lawlessness. Orlando Florida was incorporated July 31, 1875, with Venus at 23° of Cancer, now being exactly squared by this Uranus-Eris conjunction, and with Mercury at 19° of Cancer. Pluto is now at 16° of Capricorn, opposed this Mercury, and will be for a few years; this town has some deep healing to do.
Neptune is now sitting within a degree of Orlando’s Eris. Neptune and Saturn form an exact square this week, Neptune dissolves the boundaries and restrictions, this is a complicated aspect but one thing can produce is a lowering of restraints and restrictions and impulse control. Mars retrograde in Scorpio has been stirring the depth of our psyche May28-June30. Most of us will barely notice, or feel a resurgence of old concerns, fears or obsessions, and may find that we can concentrate once we get hooked into something we really love. But those huge unconscious, untamed crocodiles that swim around some people psyches are now activated, and with less restraints.
Most of us have not had to live through recent disasters in Orlando and other places around the globe, but can feel them resonating through the sub-ether; our boundaries are thinner than usual and we feel what the world feels as Saturn squares Neptune in Pisces.
Recently the Sun and Venus conjunct in talkative Gemini, adding extra emotional charge to all we do but also helping us talk it out, and share support. This conjunction reminds us that the cure for strife can be found in love, love, mutual support, communication, empathy, and action that supports these.
Each astrological sign is the cure to the excess of the one before, the counterpoint. This week we leave the buzzy, busy, verbal activity of Gemini, and drop into our heart and our gut as Venus and the Sun enter Cancer, sign of family, homeland, nurturance and protection, and summer officially begins.
On this lightest week with longest days and shortest nights may the Sun illuminate our hearts and help us know ourselves better. Venus will begin to show up as an evening star just after some, dropped into Cancer, the leader of the waters. Even though we are experiencing these large-scale challenging aspects, this Venus-Sun conjunction can continue to inspire sweet moments, and radical acts of kindness. Though it will tend to keep us extra emotional, keep our empathy raw, keep our tears and laughter close to the surface.
And so begins picnic season. It’s time to work through some family karma; whether we’re home for the summer, on a family vacation, or growing our chosen family of the heart, all those layered family dynamics start ripening to be harvested.
All emotions swell and flow like tides. And like the crab, Cancer’s symbol, we can both swim through this ocean of emotion, but also develop claws and a shell to protect ourselves when we’re feeling particularly soft and squishy. We can nurture instead ourselves instead of defend. Countries tend to get more territorial, more guarded about the boundary boundaries and nationalistic. And so do people.
We may work to do on some important issues concerning security, structure, and our personal authority as this Cancerian need for security is underlined while structural Saturn squares Neptune. We may need to reevaluate a teacher or training we’ve received, not to throw it away but to assess the material for ourselves.
But first this Friday begins with the Gemini buzz, as Mercury the Sun and Venus are still there, but a broody, independent Moon-Mars conjunction in Scorpio can make us feel or say difficult things. Our inner world is strongly with us and our filters may be off. We can expect some outrageous comments in the headlines. Over the weekend the Moon waxes into outgoing, outspoken Sagittarius for weekend where it pays to travel, to get outside, and to remember that were an international citizen.
Notice a mental fogginess this weekend, we may just want to forget a tough week, but let’s be careful. Mental Mercury in Gemini squares Neptune early next week, and can leave us foggy, floating, spiritually connected or loaded with misperceptions. And of course it’s hard for us to tell which one we are. Neptune loves to keep us in confusion, and asks us to sense our way with kindness and delicacy. This aspect is lovely if we can soak in a tub or float in a pool. But we have to watch for the deleterious effects of alcohol, floods, and odd storms.
If we want to celebrate lightheartedness of the summer, let’s do so on Sunday under the waxing Sagittarius Moon. Monday is an unusually full astrological day, the Moon is full first thing in the morning and then enters more serious and industrious Capricorn. The Sun enters Cancer, the moment of summer solstice, at 4:34 PM MDT, a good time for more formal or personal ceremony. It may be a tricky day to get work done through some swirling crosscurrents. The energy picks up midweek and brings our work into focus, asks us to finalize some project or give form to our imagination as Mercury opposes Saturn and squares Neptune. The week finishes on a more altruistic and global perspective as the Moon enters communal Aquarius and Mercury squares expansive Jupiter.
Friday, June 17: The mood will be talkative on the surface, brooding in the depths. Don’t take people’s unwillingness to go deep to personally, there’s a lot stirring in our subconscious and on the waves of our emotions as the Scorpio Moon conjuncts Mars and Venus enters Cancer; we may need some privacy in our inner worlds. Focus and finish contacts; we need to follow through on what we said we’d do or people will get edgy. Avoid contentious topics unless you really want to go there, lightweight arguments can get serious quickly. Consider, but do not decide upon, issues of security, structure and personal authority. We want to slough off that tension and connect tonight as the Moon enters more upbeat Sagittarius.
Moon conjuncts Mars 7:52 AM, Moon trines Chiron 10:02 AM, Venus enters Cancer 1:38 PM, Moon enter Sagittarius 7:33 PM, Saturn squares Neptune 9:28 PM.
Saturday, June 18: Scattered and wandering energy permeates the day, we can’t do everything we want at the same time, and may feel overbooked and indecisive, but can enjoy as much variety in a day as we can pack in while the Sagittarius Moon opposes Mercury. It will be hard to stay put, stay inside, and stay focused, but anything else can help us heal and explore. Some people may feel unusually outspoken; don’t be insulted by their frankness, just be amused. A tired or more formal edge around dinner time can relax as the evening progresses.
Moon opposed Mercury 12:48 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 7:06 PM, Moon square Neptune 7:13 PM.
Sunday, June 19: It’s a generally upbeat Father’s Day, day of the Sun, a great day to prepare for tomorrow’s summer solstice. The nervy, talkative, outspoken, potentially upbeat Gemini-Sagittarius full Moon, exact tomorrow morning, can eases social banter, but it also gives voice to the deeper concerns. Under a teasing and curious note, we may have a chance to talk over important decisions or discuss issues that have been weighing heavily on her mind. Just make sure to be free with affection in the process.
Moon square Jupiter 2:15 AM, Moon trine Uranus 6:10 PM, Moon square Chiron 8:46 PM.
Monday, June 20: A day to wake up, get conscious, and put work behind it. This longest day of the year can illuminate our mind and soul as well as our world. A Full Moon in Sagittarius at 5:02 AM MDT highlights where we want to travel in mind body and spirit, and where we want to run away. Mercury engages a complicated T-square with Saturn and Neptune as the Sun enters Cancer. We need to finish and start, make decisions and clear up misunderstandings; become more conscious of what’s truly going on with us. This is an astrological he busy day, let this energy stand strong behind all we do, and let’s do things that improve our situation at home and around the globe.
Moon opposed Sun 5:02 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 5:54 AM, Mercury opposed Saturn 8:55 AM, Mercury square Neptune 11:11 AM, Moon opposed Venus 12:51 PM, Sun enters Cancer 4:34 PM.
Tuesday, June 21: A new seriousness pulls our energy inwards and asks us to deal with problems and projects we’ve been postponing. The Capricorn Moon encourages efforts this morning at the trines Jupiter then asks us to face our discouragement and work through it this afternoon as the Moon conjuncts Pluto. Watch control issues arise when we realize the work we need to do.
Moon sextile Neptune 4:41 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 11:58 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 1:16 PM.
Wednesday, June 22: We can still feel a grim edge this morning, but this focus can help us follow through on our work and help us be responsible. Just don’t fall for the note of discouragement hovering; instead, stay on target. We can relax and grow more collaborative, less controlling this afternoon as the Moon enters collective Aquarius and Mercury squares Jupiter. Look for a hopeful opening, and pursue it.
Moon sextile Mars 2:03 AM, Moon square Jupiter 2:57 AM, Moon sextile Chiron 5:20 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 2:08 PM, Mercury square Jupiter 4:58 PM.
Thursday, June 23: Engage meetings, whether spontaneous or planned; we’ll find strength and efficiency in numbers. Bring in the allies, forgive minor differences, and work together as the Aquarius Moon trines Mercury. Check in with one another, with friends and community organizations, make sure everyone is doing okay, and knows that support is near.
Moon sextile Saturn 11:28 AM, Moon trine Mercury 11:48 PM.