The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 7 makes a mutable T-square with Saturn in Virgo, reminding us to make sure our thoughts (Sun in Gemini) and ideals (Moon in Sagittarius) are in line with what is going on in the real world (Saturn).
This is a good time to review the ease with which we as astrologers slip into attaching values to certain aspects, i.e. squares are “bad” and trines are “good.” I know I benefit greatly from a natal Sun-Saturn square, because it helps keep my Sun-Uranus trine grounded. Hard aspects, like pain, get our attention and tell us to pull our hand off the hot stove.
During those times when the sky is full of trines and sextiles, it is very easy to be grasshoppers and not ants. Saturn in Virgo has been excellent at reminding us how valuable those ants are. Personally, I see a need for recognizing and accepting boundaries and limitations as stepping stones on the path rather than obstacles.
Another square reminding us to keep our feet planted in the dirt is Mercury in earthy Taurus square Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron closely conjoined in airy Aquarius. Since Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo, we are being called to pay close attention to our thought patterns. Between the mutable T-square and this fixed square, we are very likely to be called on instances of sloppy thinking. So remember to take your time and make sure all of your facts are in order, every document has been proofread by someone else, and your due dates are double-checked. Saturn is not called the lord of karma for nothing. We could set ourselves up for instant unpleasant karma if we aren’t careful!
By this time both Mars and Venus are together in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn, inviting exploration of our passions and sensuality. From now until Venus exactly conjoins Mars on the summer solstice, June 21, is a great time to celebrate life through the physical senses. This can be anything from enjoying the warmth of the sun on our skin, spending time with a lover, or going deeper into our understanding of the cycle of death and rebirth. It is definitely a time to consciously slow down and appreciate rather than rushing full-tilt ahead.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 18 Gemini is, “Two Chinese men converse in their native tongue in an American city,” with the keyword INSULATION. Finding a likeminded person to share thoughts and ideas with is always a treat, especially under circumstances where we least expect it. This is an expression of the mutual reception of Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius, now exactly semi-sextile as well. The internet serves as the medium for many such conversations in this day and age.
For the Moon in Sagittarius, the Sabian symbol is, “Children play on the beach, their heads protected by sunbonnets,” with the keyword PROTECTIVENESS. What is preferable, being sheltered and protected to preserve our innocence? Or seeking to know the truth, no matter how painful it might be? I know what my choice would be, and that is to know the truth. As long as Neptune and Jupiter are traveling with Chiron, we will be reminded again and again that in order to heal our wounds we must be prepared to settle for nothing less than all the facts. No pretty sunbonnets to shield our eyes from the light.
By September 4, when we have another lunation in the mutable signs with the Full Moon in Pisces, Saturn and Uranus will be almost exactly opposite each other again. The wakeup call we are getting now is telling us to stay focused and on task despite the lofty promises of Neptune & Co. I will be spending many hours between now and then doing “ant” type things such as harvesting and preserving fruits and vegetables from our garden. Saturn repays our willingness to do the work now, putting off playtime until after we’re done. And it doesn’t give us A’s for effort . . . only results.
posted by Neith . . .
**Please read Pat’s weekly forecast for this week, June 1, for her thoughts about what’s happening in the sky.
Image: When I saw this photo of the boat with the full moon, all I could think about was sailing away to distant shores . . . every Sagittarius’s dream.