June 2023 Monthly Aspects

Shelly LealMonthly Aspects

June 2023

We’ve come to the midpoint of the year. While there are only 3 planets changing direction this month, they are important ones, and there are altogether 8 (!) planets shifting signs, and one creates a new season. The Taurus stellium breaks up as the planets move into Gemini and Cancer. There is a lot of change for one month, with plenty of new cycles to work with.


On 6/1 the Jupiter-Soul Star Chakra new cycle occurs, which is good news. It’s a big push forward, towards who we want to be what and we want to accomplish for the future. We are planting ourselves in new ground, and with our eyes on the cosmos, our possibilities are endless. It’s a grand way to begin the month.


Mercury was pretty quiet in May, except for conjunctions with Vesta and Astraea as part of his retrograde cycle. Now direct, he picks up steam, beginning with a new cycle with Astraea (the 3rd conjunction) 6/2. Mercury finally meets Uranus 6/4 for a new cycle of revelatory news or surprising communications; we are ready for that now. June 6 sees the Mercury-Vesta new cycle, their 3rd and final meeting. We are dedicated and ready to think with our hearts and engage in heartfelt communication. Finally, 6/11, Mercury pays respects to Sedna with a new cycle before moving into Gemini an hour later.  This is fortuitous, since Sedna holds all the cosmic information of our galaxy; high frequencies are available to us through an open mind.  It also happens to be the day that retrograde Pluto reenters Capricorn, where he will stay for the rest of the year, tying up loose ends and helping us loosen our grip on things that must be left behind or allowed to collapse so that we can move forward.


Now at home, Mercury travels swiftly, as if trying to catch up on what he missed in retrograde.  On 6/23 the Great Messenger goes out of bounds, taking our thoughts to uncharted territory. One thing we must remember is that Mercury in Gemini is always moving, connecting, thinking, and if we’re not centered, our thoughts can carry us away. This is especially true with Mercury out beyond the ecliptic. Just 15 days later, 6/26, Mercury changes signs again, entering Cancer.  Now our minds shift into a wholly different energy field, one that can yield needed emotional intelligence. There he meets Juno (6/28), and their new cycle brings new expression to our emotions and how we connect emotionally with each other.


On 6/3 the Sun bridges the Moon for the Full Moon in Sagittarius. Juno is near the Sun, but the Moon stands alone. Orcus forms an intersection, another path, between the Sun and Moon, while Chariklo and Pallas also make connections. Mercury and Jupiter have domain over this lunation, and they are both in the Taurus stellium. The Moon happens to be close to the Great Attractor in Sagittarius, meaning our emotions are being pulled into a new way of feeling and responding, coming from beyond our personalities. There is wisdom here, an understanding based on calmness and compassion. This allows us to see what is and what is not acceptable to our spirit, and make the appropriate response.


The Sun and Moon unite for the New Moon in Gemini 6/18, with Juno conjoining (the Sun-Juno new cycle is exact 6/20). Eris resources this lunation, and Neptune forms a stepping stone with it. Saturn is stationing retrograde (as of 6/17) as well. While our mental operating systems are busy gathering information and making connections, we are aware of the importance of our words; how they can mislead or ring true, how they can clarify or confuse. It is time to be impeccable in our speech and observe what we create or diffuse with it. The Jupiter-Saturn resource (sextile) on 6/19 is a part of the New Moon energies, signifying the importance of this conscious way of relating to the greater social environment we all inhabit.


On 6/21 The Sun manifests with Haumea and creates a great eliminator (inconjunct) with Pluto all at 29° before he enters Cancer for the Summer/Winter solstice. It’s also the day Ceres reenters Libra after her retrograde cycle, and she forms a stepping stone (square) with the Sun. Sedna entered Gemini a week earlier (more on this), and the Sun is in an intimate aspect with her, as well as with Vesta. It will take a while to get to know Sedna in Gemini. All these aspects are part of the solstice chart, which shows the potentialities for the entire season, and there are so many planets at the 29th degree of a sign, calling for mastery of that quality of consciousness, or else newly entered into a sign. These are endings, recalibrations, beginnings. It’s like another season of rebirth.


The Sun makes a Lightbridge with Ixion, and the nodes connect with the Sun through a resource (Soul Star-N node) and manifesting aspect (Earth Star-S node) on 6/25. As such, the Sun resonates with all these planets. Higher frequencies are coming into the planet, and our capacity for growth, awareness and creativity increases; it is our strength and power, and is there if we choose it. The Black Moon Lilith conjoins Pallas, uncovering the wisdom of shining our Light and raising our vibration. The Jupiter-Saturn resource is still in effect, making a Finger of God with MakeMake, and connecting with Quaoar in positive ways.  New ideas and ways to think about social connection and interaction are beginning to arise, which is as it should be, although we have to choose the high road of Love over that of fear. It’s a beginning.


Speaking of Love, Venus, who took our hearts out of bounds in April, heads back to the ecliptic 6/1. On 6/5 Venus enters the Leo quality of consciousness, where our hearts can rejoice with gratitude for what we have. It helps to have an expansive view of things, which the Venus-Varuna new cycle provides. As Venus proceeds through the sign of Inner Gratitude, the Black Moon repeatedly connects with her (as well as Mars), unveiling hidden gifts, and where we let self-importance block the sharing of those gifts.


Among the planets changing signs, 6/22 finds Juno moving into Cancer, while Vesta ingresses Gemini. But the really big news is that Sedna, a planet with an orbit so large she didn’t appear in our solar system until recently, shifts into Gemini on 6/15, after spending half a century in Taurus! Sedna will retrograde back into Taurus again, but next year she’ll remain in Gemini—for 42 years! Our higher selves will feel this shift on some level. Sedna’s ingress into Taurus was the start of the ecology movement, and of our awareness of air, water, land and noise pollution and its effects. Now that we have awakened to the need for change, and are working towards it, Sedna turns her attention to raising the frequencies of the collective Gemini energy field. According to Cosmic Consciousness, Gemini is the sign that transcends duality, and now, while we are so polarized, is the perfect time to begin that process. There are many dualities: mind/heart, male/female among them. Already we are beginning to understand that gender is a construct and a continuum; it doesn’t exist in the higher dimensions. When our minds and hearts integrate, when our hearts are part of our mind’s longing to know, we can access our higher mind, which results in right action. We will see new ways to communicate and connect with each other. Sedna will hold what we need to learn; we can access it when we are ready.

And it’s no coincidence that the first planet to begin a new cycle with Sedna is Vesta, planet of passionate devotion, on 6/22, the same day MakeMake goes direct. All is in perfect order.


Neptune, representing higher love, clarity and enlightenment, stations retrograde on 6/30 for 5 months. It is an opportunity to turn within and see which of our dreams are still feasible, and what brings confusion into our lives. We learn to trust ourselves. We discern what brings us joy.

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