The Astrology Blog 20 June 2022
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“A sense of humour is a sense of proportion.”
“Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart.”
Aung San Suu Kyi – 19 June 1945, turned 77 yesterday, currently incarcerated on trumped up charges of corruption
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK?
So we start the week under the auspices of a harmonious alliance between Mercury and Jupiter. All aspects are at their most powerful when they’re “applying” – ie two planets getting closer and closer until they reach the same degree and same minute of the same or respective signs. This morning’s aspect is the benefic sextile, formed when planets align exactly two signs apart, and was exact earlier this morning, so at the time of sending out this blog it’s just “separating”.
Monday 20 June
- Mercury 6 Gemini sextile Jupiter 6 Aries 08.45
Does it still count? Yes, this particular alliance will be “in orb” until the coming weekend, after which Mercury will be speeding on ahead. And as stated at the end of last week’s blog this is Mercury at his best – dignified in his own sign of quick and versatile Gemini, just out of shadow and first aspect on this new journey is to Jupiter the Greater Benefic –
- Mercury ingress Gemini 1st time 29 April
- Mercury reached 5 Gemini and then turned retrograde 10 May
- Mercury returned to Taurus 23 May
- Mercury turned direct at 26 Taurus 3 June
- Mercury ingress Gemini 2nd time 13 June
- Mercury “out of shadow” (back to 5 Gemini the degree at which originally turned retrograde) 18 June
- Mercury sextile Jupiter 20 June
This sequence is important for all of us universally but it will be especially significant for you if you have planets or Angles at or close to the degrees/signs listed above. The most important point now is that anything that has taken a long time to take shape, or anything that has been confusing or drawn out, or somehow unraveling or feeling back to front, should be sorted.
Astrology can be hilariously literal. My CD player in the car had jammed which was a nightmare for me, I hate driving without music, and I tried everything to get at the stuck CD as the eject button refused to work. The last time this happened I did it with tweezers! In the end I went to the local car electrician, I was rather gratified to see him also approach the problem with tweezers except king size ones, and the jammed CD emerged from the shadows. Hurray! So it’s a great time for things literally coming into the light of day, have one last hunt if you’ve lost something.
THE SUMMER SOLSTICE
Tuesday 21 June
- Sun ingress Cancer, the Summer Solstice 10.15
The Solstice is when the Sun appears to stand still, here’s the Wikipedia definition –
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”), because at the solstices, the Sun’s declination appears to “stand still”; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) pauses at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction.
So the Summer Solstice is the Longest Day and the turning point to start the journey towards the Winter Solstice, the Shortest Day. This is possibly the closest the Sun ever gets to any kind of retrograde symbolism. In terms of the as above, so below principle pay close attention to any kind of turning point of your own and also find some stillness. Happily I’m on holiday this week and plan to be finding my stillness on the beach!
Also let’s not forget that the Summer Solstice is the arrival of the Sun in the Moon’s sign of Cancer. The top qualities of this sign are care, kindness – and humour. Hence the choice of quotes this week. And the Cancerians I’ve known in my life, whilst definitely fitting the sensitivity bill, have all had a quick wit and been able to make me laugh. In particular Cancerians are known for their mimicry talents – eg Meryl Streep, and apparently Diana Princess of Wales was also a very funny mimic.
VENUS – THE LOVE & MONEY PLANET
Venus is reaching the end of her journey through her own sign of Taurus and has one last aspect to make, exact tomorrow morning, before changing sign –
Tuesday 21 June
- Venus 28 Taurus trine Pluto 28 Capricorn 09.22
Thursday 23 June
- Venus ingress Gemini 01.36
So Venus is going to follow Mercury into Gemini and her first aspect will also be the sextile to Jupiter, exact next Wednesday (29 June), same day as the New Moon so I’ll be talking more about this combination next week.
For now the Venus alliance with Pluto is something of a finale so whatever you need to wrap up or finalise in the love or money departments then waste no time. Pluto links to endings so this positive aspect is great for finishing touches or closure of any kind.
It isn’t just opposite signs that carry the opposite qualities. Consecutive signs also work as opposites in their own way so, although Venus is “dignified” in her own sign of Taurus, this is the sign of Fixed Earth and can start to get a bit heavy going or inflexible. Gemini is the sign of Mutable Air and is a breath of fresh air, up for change, variety, full of ideas and great at finding all the options.
One of the top keywords for this sign is circulation, mutable air has to move or become stagnant, and Venus will be dancing through this sign until 18 July. So if you’re still suffering from not enough social life (Covid made hermits of us) now’s the time to put yourself back into circulation or you may just find that this happens naturally. Say yes to invites, organise a girls night out and explore all money making ideas. Seize on anything that grabs your interest or sparks your imagination. There’s nothing like new ideas to shake us out of the doldrums or lazy habits.
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Until next week, with love from Greece