Happy June, Libra!
Libra: Your Month Ahead
For you, Libra, this month presents opportunities to focus on travel, higher education, and anything international as well as your career, any form of recognition, and your public standing.
June will bring vivacious energies that culminate in one of the high points of the year when the solstice arrives June 21. It also will help you step back once again so you can rest, reflect, and review key areas of life before charging ahead on new initiatives.
Read on to see how June’s astrology will affect you. With awareness, you can focus its energies to help you have more fun, try something new, and enjoy your mind’s endless capacity for wonderful thoughts.
June Astrology – Headline News
Your Travel And Education
June opens with two planets in Gemini:
- The warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking, communication, and commerce and brings playfulness and curiosity wherever he goes
Although Mercury leaves Gemini for Cancer on June 12, the Moon will link with the Sun in Gemini from June 15 through 17, lending her emotional sensitivity to prevailing energies before the Sun changes signs on June 21.
Gemini is an air sign symbolized by the Twins, two playful and mischievous siblings who love to learn and talk and be on the go. Sometimes they play tricks by switching places with each other, reminding us that things—and people—are not always what they seem. Finding the truth means going beyond mere data to understand the story behind the facts and using the mind to make order and sense out of a mountain of details. At its best, this lighthearted sign helps us stay youthful by inspiring us to remain curious, go new places, and learn something each day.
Find out more about Gemini in my article, Gemini Time: Be Curious And Think Higher Thoughts. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s airy vitality and mental resourcefulness with The Gemini Meditation, an uplifting guided meditation.
For you, Libra, planets in Gemini always activate your ninth house of international connections, long distance travel, higher education, and ways you expand your presence through publishing and broadcasting. The Gemini planets this month can help quicken your mind and refresh your thinking about these aspects of your life. They also can help you analyze relationships and other opportunities to expand yourself and your perspective on the world and all that it can offer you. These energies also may help you lighten up when it comes to travel or working with people overseas, spark new interest in other cuisines or cultures, inspire you to plan a long trip for business or pleasure, or give you new ideas for articles or books you want to publish.
Your Career And Professional Standing
On June 21, the Sun leaves Gemini for Cancer, which will start the month of the Crab. You’ll feel the energies shift from the airy, mental realm of Gemini to the emotional, imaginative world of Cancer. This change takes us into feelings and intuition, a good antidote to Gemini’s strongly intellectual approach to life.
For you, Libra, planets in Cancer increase your desire to improve your career because they pour energy into your tenth house of profession, public honors and awards, and status gained as a result of your vocation. This area also governs your potential for leadership and presence in the community as well as the legacy you hope to leave. As soon as the Sun enters Cancer, you may feel an urge to advance in your career, start a business, take a new job, or apply for an important award as well as consider a leadership role in your community, become a mentor, or plan for your long term legacy through the work you accomplish in this lifetime.
Solstice Arrives With A New Season
When the Sun enters the astrological sign of Cancer on June 21, we start a new season: summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern. This day is called the solstice, one of two solstices we experience annually.
Solstice literally means “Sun stopped” or “Sun made to stand.” At the solstices, the Sun seems to stand still in the sky for about three days, when it reaches the limit of its movement either northward or southward. The Sun pauses and then gradually reverses course, starting a new six month cycle.
The June solstice ranks as one of the annual power days in our calendar, along with the December solstice and the equinoxes in March and September. The two equinoxes arrive on the days when the amount of daylight equals the amount of darkness, teaching us about balance and the blend of dark and light.
The solstices, however, bring us extremes because either the daylight or darkness prevails, dramatically so, and gives us either the longest or shortest day of the year. Solstices cap a six month story of light, during which the physical light that warms our lives and hearts reaches a turning point.
For those in the northern hemisphere, the June solstice brings the longest period of daylight, the climax of the Sun’s journey toward increasing light since the previous solstice. For those in the southern hemisphere, the opposite holds true, as June brings the shortest day and longest night and the climax of the Sun’s movement toward its least amount of light.
Regardless of where you live, the solstices and equinoxes offer excellent opportunities for meditation because nature’s quarterly changes mirror the inner, spiritual changes we experience throughout the year. Each of these four power days carries messages about the nature of light, both physical and spiritual, and rewards the time we devote to inner reflection.
In the case of the solstice, the apparent lack of motion concentrates the Sun’s energies, providing a powerful opportunity and focal point for spiritual work.
For you, Libra, the June solstice allows you to think about career, jobs you’ve held, and awards you’ve won and how they help you feel secure. It also may inspire you to recall the best parts of your professional life so far and build on them by mastering your profession, seeking leadership opportunities, or perhaps starting a business or foundation to leave your mark in a unique way.
Time To Slow Down: Mars Goes Retrograde
Mars has been traveling through Aquarius since mid-May. This month, from our perspective on Earth, it will appear that Mars is slowing down and then stopping in his tracks on June 26, when this fiery planet goes retrograde.
Similar to Mercury retrograde, this phenomenon will coincide with a slowdown that gives us time to pause, reflect, and redo. Mars will continue its apparent backward motion for two months, until August 27. Most of that time will occur in Aquarius, with the last two weeks happening in Capricorn.
Mars goes retrograde the least often of our solar system’s planets, about every two years. Nevertheless, we feel these periods keenly because Mars is the planet of energy, drive, and new beginnings.
When retrograde, Mars’s usual vitality disappears. If you’re accustomed to constant activity, it can feel strange when everything around you stalls and forward progress becomes elusive.
Heed these signals and take the opportunity to slow down, as that’s just the tonic you will need at this time. Life will carry on, but you’ll be in the slow lane for a while, giving you a chance to review the past two years since the last Mars retrograde, which occurred from April 17 to June 29, 2016. This time also will help you evaluate what you’ve achieved, make peace with what didn’t work out, and plan adjustments to make after the retrograde lifts. In fact, Mars retrograde can be the perfect time for vacation or at least a staycation and increased leisure time.
Slowing down can help you improve health, create more balanced habits, and streamline your to do list. It also offers potential for exploring sexuality, desire, and how you go after what you want in relationships. In addition, this period favors meditation about your actions, especially how you apply your will and whether your intentions are honorable. Remember that Mars, the warrior, needs to spiritualize his actions to serve at the highest level and create the greatest good.
For you, Libra, Mars retrograde can help you pay attention to your energy this month and notice how it changes as the retrograde draws near. Your drive to accomplishment may taper off, and you may find yourself desiring nothing so much as a break from the action.
With the retrograde occurring mostly in Aquarius, with a bit of Capricorn at the end, you likely will experience its decreased energies in your creativity, romantic life, or ability to conceive a child as well as in any activities related to home, family, or real estate. If you have children, you also may see a significant slowdown in their activities or desire to try anything new. Give yourself and everyone else in your life permission to ease up or suspend certain activities, take a break from certain people if you wish, and plan a vacation or reduce your hours on the job. These steps will ensure you come back rested and ready for action when the retrograde lifts at the end of August.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates In June
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas.
June 1 and 2: Mercury in your international and higher education house angles perfectly with Mars in your children house, so a child may have an opportunity to study abroad or hear news from a college or university. These areas also affect your creative projects and large scale publicity, so if you’re in a creative field your work may receive notice in an important publication, or you may hear about an international exhibition opportunity or reach a licensing agreement with someone overseas. Also, Venus, your ruler, in your career area will make the same perfect angle with Jupiter in your earned income house and with Neptune in your work sector. Your famous charm may earn you notice from higher ups at work or in your field, and you may see material gains in the form of a raise, promotion, or special perks. These three houses also relate to vocation and "right livelihood" in the sense of what we’re truly called to contribute through our work in a particular incarnation. These alignments and these three planets in particular can inspire your wish to align what you do with your spirituality, so make time for meditation about how you earn, your work, and your career.
June 5: Venus in your career area will face off against Pluto in your home house, suggesting challenges balancing work and family. Relatives and bosses alike may not be sympathetic, so wait to hold sensitive discussions. Instead, harness the Sun and Mercury, which will join together in Gemini and put your persuasive skills on overdrive with everyone you connect to from foreign lands, the court system, immigration offices, newspaper and media outlets, and institutions of higher learning. You will have the power to talk yourself and others into—or out of—anything, so focus on the highest good for all and ease tensions between work and family by suggesting an outing to a lecture or other event at a local college or international arts center.
June 6: Both Mercury and the Sun in your travel and education house will challenge Neptune in your work house. Traveling for work or your desire to use company benefits to further your education may hit snags, or you may hear conflicting information that creates confusion. Avoid pushing and use intuition to guide you through this muddle until clarity returns.
June 10 – 13: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the “dark of the Moon” time before the new Moon. Slow down and review the past month since the new Moon that arrived on May 15. Meditate, rest, and reflect on what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
June 12: Mercury leaves your expansion and travel house for your tenth house of career and professional honors. You may hear you’re up for an award, receive news of a promotion or leadership opportunity, or get a request to mentor a colleague. If a project needs your help, new and better solutions may emerge now.
June 13: A busy day, with a new Moon in Gemini lighting your long distance travel, international matters, and education house. The next two weeks bring your best time all year to start anything new related to major trips, especially overseas, as well as resolve immigration or visa concerns, sign up for a university course, apply for a degree program, and expand your perspective by connecting with people and cultures different from your own. Also, Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, will align helpfully with Uranus, bringing brilliant and even psychic insights to help refine all plans related to career. In addition, Venus will enter passionate Leo, bringing love and kindness to your house of friendship, business associates, and charitable activities. Call your friends and get together at an arts venue, invite a potential client or new network connection to lunch at an upscale restaurant, or volunteer for a fundraiser or initiative to support local artists. If you’re unattached, look your best, as your stylish good looks can attract an admirer, perhap a friend who wants to get serious.
June 14: Venus in your friendship area tangles with Uranus in your shared money house, suggesting sudden financial developments affecting you and a friend. If someone wants you to invest in a business, co-sign a loan, or take any other kind of financial risk, wait to commit until you learn more and be extra prudent about agreements and terms.
June 15: Mercury in your career house faces off with Saturn in your house of home and family, so you may need to rethink life balance, or you could receive news about changes that affect your ability to assist an elderly parent or work at home. Wait to speak with your boss so you can strategize and consider long term goals.
June 18: Neptune begins its long annual retrograde in your job and wellness house, helping you reconnect with your spirituality and how you express it in daily life through work and fitness.
June 19 – 20: Mercury will align beautifully with Jupiter and then Neptune, all in your vocation houses. Make time to meditate because these planets can expand your vision of your professional life and inspire you to pursue your true calling through responsible leadership and compassionate service to others.
June 21: The Sun leaves Gemini for Cancer, energizing your tenth house of career and honors. Celebrate this solstice day by inviting your employees or colleagues to lunch or treating them to coffee to show your appreciation of the ways they support your success and contribute to your security. In the evening, revel in time at home with loved ones, honoring their support for your career success, and suggest a walk outside to connect with nature and gaze up at the mysterious sky. Enjoy the next month’s nurturing, caring energies.
June 22: The Sun in your professional house connects well with Uranus, bringing inspiration for tapping venture capital or other funding sources for your business or prompting connection with your inner self and deepest passions to fuel career success.
June 23: Mercury in your career house challenges Pluto in your home and family house. News at work may create disagreements at home, and balance may be difficult to achieve if family members indulge in power plays. If you need a heart to heart talk with family or with anyone at work, wait to make overtures until this alignment passes.
June 25: Your ruler, Venus, will be out of sorts with Jupiter in your personal money area, so if you need a friend to give you a reference or want to invest in membership in a high profile industry association, hold off on taking action. If you’re working on anything related to a volunteer project or networking to gain new clients or a different job, use this day to consider your next move and avoid contacting anyone for favors.
June 26: Mars will begin a two month retrograde in your creativity, children, and romance house. Expect slowdowns in all these areas, and if you’re unattached and want to meet someone new, contact someone from your past and suggest getting together. If you’re in the arts, look at past projects for new inspirations. Consider taking a vacation during this time if you can get away.
June 27: A full Moon arrives in Capricorn in your home and family house, and with Saturn joined with the Moon and the Sun involved in this alignment, this day may feel draining or demanding, either at home or work or both. See what peaks at this powerful full Moon but wait to take action because you will benefit from operating strategically.
June 28: Mercury leaves watery, emotional Cancer for fiery, passionate Leo. Let your mind turn to friendship and humanitarian ideals and indulge your sense of playfulness if you go to a networking event.
June 30: Mercury in Leo will bump up against Uranus in your eighth house of shared income. Ideas for supporting a charity or going into business with a friend or colleague may meet resistance from your marriage partner and require more work to be feasible or fit your budget. Be kind to yourself and all concerned by stepping back to achieve better perspective.
As you can see, this month will bring shifting energies to help us all appreciate nature’s rhythms at the solstice and during Mars retrograde. May the wisdom of slowing down infuse your month.
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Happy June, Libra! I wish you a wonderful month!