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Planetary Trends for June 2024 by Belinda Dunn

WHAT’S UP – June 2024
Belinda C. Dunn
 
Gemini New Moon
June 6 @ 8:38 am
 
Summer Solstice
June 20 @ 4:51 pm
 
Capricorn Full Moon
June 21 @ 9:08 pm
 
A month of sun and fun, travel and discovery, the planetary trends for June promise surprising twists and turns in the adventure of life. By now, Sun is in Gemini along with Mercury and Venus, but the big headline is Jupiter’s recent transit into Gemini on May 25. All told, this combination brings a smorgasbord of options after many months of stagnation.
 
In essence, Gemini is the teacher, journalist, neighbor, traveler, and storyteller. Out and about, Gemini is inquisitive and engaging, sharing ideas, and networking people together. Symbolized by the twins, Gemini is dual and mutable, shape shifting to make the story captivating and fascinating. No doubt, the daily news feed will be filled to overflowing with one revelation after another, coming fast, and yes, furious.
 
Like quicksilver, Mercury, the planet of communication, is transiting through Gemini (June 3 – 17). Therefore, the first half of June is especially busy as people examine and discuss the many options available. Some people will spin in confusion, others will have their decisions made for them, and still others will leap at the chance to start afresh based on new perspective.
 
Transiting through Gemini for the next 12 months, Jupiter is telling a new story for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Getting off to a tremendous start, Jupiter harmoniously trines Pluto on June 2. Both planets are in air signs, Gemini and Aquarius, respectively. Air is light, bright, free, moving and shifting direction almost instantaneously. New awareness is dawning all at once, changing minds and opening hearts. Like being jolted awake out of a deep sleep, it’s past time to awaken from the collective nightmare on planet Earth.
 
In a multitude of ways, humanity is living through unprecedented times, especially in the availability of information traveling at lightening speed across the globe. Just as nature’s vitality is rooted in cross pollination, this is true for humans too. This is an inception point as Jupiter trines Pluto in air signs. Sparking invention and innovation, there is hope in the air as people network knowledge and share discoveries.
 
A New Moon in Gemini on June 6 sets the pace for the next lunar cycle. Venus is exactly, to the degree, conjoining Moon and Sun. Venus is the lover, mediator, beautician, artist and creator. In Gemini, Venus holds out an olive branch, underscoring a basic truth; language and cultural differences can tear society apart, or build society up. Time and again, Venus chooses to build consensus, and revel in the creative potential of diversity.
 
So far, these trends appear smooth and easy, but where is Saturn, the taskmaster, lurking in June? In this case, the New Moon is in stressful square with Saturn playing out over the course of 10 days (June 4 – 14). Addressing trial and error in game of life, Saturn is very precise in its function; when one door closes, another door invariably opens. Saturn doesn’t always give us what we want, but what we need.
 
Currently transiting through Pisces, Saturn’s job is to cut through illusion, and deliver bottom-line reality, always. The very nature of Saturn is to narrow focus, provide discipline, and enforce consequences. Additionally, Saturn’s effects are more weighty this month as Saturn prepares for its annual retrograde phase, June 29 – November 15. Saturn in Pisces (2023-2026) marks the completion of a 30 year karmic cycle, and it is not surprising to witness many crucial issues coming to a climax in preparation for an entirely new cycle starting in 2025-26.
 
The zodiac signs of Gemini and Pisces are mutable, the term astrologers use for adaptable, resilient, vacillating and changeable. Whereas the New Moon in Gemini increases restlessness and indecision, Saturn in Pisces tends to activate unconscious drives beneath the surface of everyday thinking. People may feel overwhelmed and stressed for no obvious reason. The proverbial monkey mind can jump all over the place, shifting from hyper-analysis to nonsensical delusion the next. Circumspection in thought, word and deed goes along way in maintaining equanimity, especially the first half of June.
 
Another important consideration is Venus transiting through Gemini (May 23 – June 17). As the planet of love, beauty and harmony, Venus is feminine in nature. During these weeks in Gemini, it is very likely that women in mass will find their voice, rising up and speaking out. Additionally, the prominent Jupiter/Pluto aspect supports participation, and mobilization of large groups for common purposes.
 
Of course, not all impassioned causes mobilize for the good of all.
This may be especially apparent as Mars squares Pluto, June 10-13. Now in Taurus, this security driven Mars seeks comfort, consistency and reliability. But in stressful aspect to Pluto, Mars stirs up trouble, and these days can be especially intense, contentious and controversial. Considering the current social environment, it doesn’t take much to feed the fires of animosity and dissent. Another reason to remain vigilant, “keeping your wits about you.”
 
Heated and hurried intensity begins to abate by June 16, Father’s Day. Venus enters Cancer in the evening, and the next day Mercury enters Cancer and conjoins Venus. This planetary combination is generally loving and affectionate, calming and relaxing. This is the zodiac sign of home, land, parenting and family.
 
Just like the seaside crab burrowing into safety, natural instincts are reliable indicators of genuine emotion beneath the surface of mental constructs. Associated with the Moon, Cancer is the zodiac sign of early conditioning within the family unit. From the womb to the grave, the imprint of early childhood environment, ancestral heritage, and genetic make-up is programmed, and difficult to escape from.
 
Watch for a palpable energy shift the week of June 16. Of special note is the summer solstice marked by Sun’s entrance into Cancer, exact on June 20 @ 4:51 pm (EDT). Always a highlight of the year, solstice is the longest day in the northern hemisphere. Through the corridors of history to modern times, the solstice stands out as a time for ceremony, contemplation, forgiveness and healing.
 
The potential is further amplified by a Full Moon the next evening, June 21st. For all sky watchers out there, this is a spectacular occasion not to be missed. In the eastern time zone, as our Sun sets in the west, Moon will be rising in the east. In astrology, the horizon sets the chart, potently activating any luminaries, planets, and constellations across this axis. Interestingly, the entire Eastern Seaboard will experience the concentrated activation of this Full Moon.
 
The Full Moon chart shows Moon in Capricorn opposing Sun, Venus and Mercury in Cancer. Highlighting domestic issues at home and abroad, watch for major events on the national level that ripple through the populace affecting real estate, financial security, women, children and families. Widespread dysfunction, economic pressures, and social tension are a heavy weight for most families to carry in this current environment.
 
Shedding light on terrestrial affairs, there is a confluence of auspicious celestial events in June. Summer solstice, peak seasonal light, is greatly magnified by the Moon’s full illumination. And, if this isn’t enough, our solar system is being bombarded by massive solar flares. All part of natural cycles, our Sun is producing peak solar flare activity, 2023 – 2026. These flares are being tracked, but difficult to predict on a daily basis. Just know X-flares are rare and exponentially stronger than normal. Lighting the night sky farther south than ever before, the aurora borealis is a spectacular result of maximum solar activity.
 
Meanwhile, on planet Earth, humans are encountering an undeniable reality of place in the vastness of space. Mind blowing and mind expanding, how do little minds make sense of this fathomless immensity? Perhaps the proverbial, “light at the end of the tunnel,” is closer than we “think.” Most likely a good dose of humility and reverence does far more good than fear and denial. After all, even from the beginning of time, it is written in Genesis, “Let there be Light.”

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.

belinda@astrodelight.com; 828-215-2101www.astrodelight.com

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