By Bob Mulligan
(a personal note is at the end of the newsletter)
Let's face it, we live in strange times. We find our plans changing midstream and it seems that new information comes every day, altering our picture of life's unfolding journey. June 2016 continues this pattern. Mutable signs are the symbols of the mental plane of existence, where all actions in creation begin. Neptune is in his own sign of Pisces, on the South Node of the Moon (our past). This stimulates our imagination. Saturn (lord of karma) is in Sagittarius (sign of the higher mind). This keeps reminding us that we need to be comprehensive and far reaching in our outlook. Jupiter (king of the gods) is in Virgo (sign of detail), reminding us to acknowledge our shortcomings and to concentrate our efforts on the achievable. Saturn Squares both Neptune and Jupiter which are in opposition to each other. This aspect pattern (T-Square) forces us to come to terms with our limitations and create a new approach to our daily life in order to move forward constructively. Periodically through the month another planet will occupy the fourth mutable sign, Gemini, and Oppose Saturn and Square both Neptune and Jupiter. At these moments we are put under even more pressure to free ourselves from preconceptions and find new opportunities. Psychological health this month will require both holding on to our dreams for a better world and at the same time dealing with immediate facts.
The New Moon is on June 4th at 10:59 PM EDT. Venus is Conjunct the New Moon so the Sun, Moon, Venus are all within close Opposition to Saturn and Square both Neptune and Jupiter forming a Grand Cross in Mutable signs. Mercury (planet of reason and ruler of Gemini) is in Taurus and Trining both Jupiter and Pluto, giving us a Grand Trine. All three planets are in earth signs suggesting that we have great luck in channeling our thoughts and actions for very tangible results. There is a great opportunity; we just have to recognize it.
The Full Moon is on June 20th at 7:02 AM EDT on the 29th degree of Gemini/Sagittarius. The last Full Moon was on the first degree of Gemini and the New Moon was on the 14th degree. Now we are at the tail end (29th degree) of a process involving our ability to communicate our ideas (Gemini) to others (Sagittarius). This moment indicates a conclusion to our process of refining our thoughts by being receptive to other points of view. With Mercury (our ideas) in Opposition to Saturn (limitations) and Squaring Neptune (ideals) and Jupiter (values), we have an opportunity to make adjustments that will profoundly affect our thinking going forward.
The Sun enters Cancer on June 20th at 6:34 PM EDT. This is the beginning of a new season, summer in the northern latitudes. The two goddesses (Moon and Venus) are Opposed to each other (between Capricorn and Cancer). This shows that our heart and our practical concerns may not easily match each other. Also we might find internal conflict over what we are wishing to create. With Jupiter Conjunct the North Node of the Moon in Virgo, we are reminded to concentrate on the practical concerns of our personal lives.
From the 1st to the 5th so much new information, ideas, and interruption enter our environment, it is difficult to adhere to our original plans. Minor alterations or even a complete overhaul of our vision going forward is ok, even great, as long as we have accommodated and included the needs of others.
From the 6th to the 12th pleasantries smooth the way in important encounters, however, there are some underlying conflicts which need to be confronted. Relationships improve through giving the benefit of the doubt to others and looking for creative solutions to real difficulties.
From the 13th to the 19th we find that we are limited in our ability to accomplish our goals. It is very important to keep our focus on what can happen so that good ideas can come forward, even when the weather is against them. Testing the limits of our ideas is not bad as long as it doesn't leave us with negative thoughts. We grow by focusing on what can happen.
From the 20th to the 26th we are split between what is easy and comfortable and what will take some real work to achieve. Both fact and fantasy seem unsatisfying. Mental activity can be both stimulating and organized. Opportunity is just ahead for those with courage.
From the 27th to the 30th so many things on hold burst forward and sweep us up on a wave of enthusiasm and creativity. We have the energy and conviction of our own insights. Great care is needed so that we don't inadvertently abandon those we care about most.
1st – Wednesday – Sun Square Neptune - We need to look beyond the material world in order to find peace. Keep looking up; new innovative ideas can give a lift to what would ordinarily be a rather routine day.
2nd – Thursday – Venus Square Neptune - Don't be afraid to act. Much can be accomplished in a short period of time when we stay on task. We can't please everyone but we can get the job done.
3rd – Friday – Sun Opposite Saturn, Venus Opposite Saturn - A lot of nervous energy was used up over that last few days. Relationships require hard work but effort can bring great rewards.
4th – Saturday – Sun Square Jupiter, Venus Square Jupiter, the New Moon is on the 14th degree of Gemini at 10:59 PM EDT - Critical details are easily overlooked in our enthusiasm; victory comes to those who take time to analyze the situation before acting.
5th – Sunday – It is an exciting day. Take time to plan. Next week is big; some downtime can go a long way in preparing for the next adventure.
6th – Monday – Sun Conjunct Venus, Sun Parallel Venus - Variety and sweetness flavor the atmosphere. We have the ability and opportunity to put our best foot forward. Smiling and laughing out loud can help us put on a happy face.
7th – Tuesday – Venus Quincunx Pluto, Sun Quincunx Pluto, Mercury Semi-sextile Uranus - We have nothing to fear. Minor adjustments to our program can help us rise above current difficulties.
8th – Wednesday – Be bold. It's a sunny day and there is plenty of everything we need to accomplish the tasks at hand. Strong presentations can have a dramatic affect.
9th – Thursday - Mercury Opposite Mars - People are stirred up. Anger is a poor response to a frustrating situation. Back away from any confrontational situations; get creative. A higher way is a real option.
10th – Friday – We get further by taking our time and exploring all the various options. Keep moving. The wilderness of new ideas will slowly coalesce into a viable formula for success.
11th – Saturday – Paying proper attention to the small joys of life is a good way to build the habit of embracing the positive aspects of existence. At the same time, we need to be careful to not get lost in minutia.
12th – Sunday – Venus Sextile Uranus, Mercury enter Gemini - Pleasant conversation and the exchange of ideas and personal history can give us a much needed moment of reflection. This is an opportunity to see what we have been doing from a different perspective.
13th – Monday – Venus Quincunx Mars, Neptune turns Retrograde - Passions are strong but can misfire if we are not willing to probe deeper into our own desires and motivations. Unconscious contents of our inner life are suddenly more available for inspection.
14th – Tuesday – Mercury Sesquiquadrate Pluto, Sun Sextile Uranus - We receive help as well as aggravation from invisible sources. If we harness these unseen helpers to our overall goals we move forward.
15th – Wednesday – Sun Quincunx Mars - Our desires and methods for acquiring what we want don't always agree. Avoid going subterranean. Share thoughts and feelings with others. It's a great day for therapy or self analysis in some form.
16th – Thursday – Demonstrating compassion through actions has much more potency that mere platitudes. Simplifying our wants and overcoming our need for personal fulfillment leaves us available to help others and to experience joy through other people's accomplishments. Be of service.
17th – Friday – Venus enters Cancer, Saturn Square Neptune - There is a sharp division between what is going on in our personal life and the affairs of the world. Bridging the gap requires taking a leap of faith and becoming involved in circumstances outside our normal circle of concerns.
18th – Saturday – Mercury Semi-square Uranus, Mars Parallel Pluto - Tempers easily flare with little or no provocation. However, there is tremendous energy present and much good can be accomplished when it is used productively.
19th – Sunday – Mars Quincunx Uranus, Mercury Contra-parallel Saturn - Hurry up and wait; it's hard to get into the rhythm of the moment as it keeps changing. Be wary of quick solutions; hasty actions can create headaches and compound an already complicated situation. Peaceful solutions are best.
20th – Monday – The Full Moon is at 7:02 AM EDT on the 29th degree of Gemini/Sagittarius, Mercury Opposite Saturn, Mercury Square Neptune, the Sun enters Cancer, Mercury Contra-parallel Mars, Mercury Contra-parallel Pluto - Mental turbulence can create problems where there doesn't need to be any. We gain more by listening than by talking. Letting go of the past is not so easy but it is the way to get closure and find a new path.
21st – Tuesday – Clean up unfinished business and avoid taking risks. Now is the time to follow a traditional and accepted format for handling immediate tasks.
22nd – Wednesday – Mercury Square Jupiter - We easily overstep our authority and let enthusiasm run away with us. Avoid making promises that may be hard to keep. Overindulgence can create suffering. Other than this, it is a rather lucky moment so enjoy something, even if it is just your own thoughts.
23rd – Thursday – Mercury Quincunx Pluto - Innocence is the victim as we navigate the rough terrain. Sticking with what we have done before, being responsible and patient can lead us to freedom. The concept of being free may get redefined in the process.
24th – Friday – Venus Quincunx Mars - This can be a romantic moment. However, it is not a foregone conclusion that we can make the perfect evening, or even afternoon, as the mood of the moment is potent but quirky.
25th – Saturday – Nice feelings and conscious acts of appreciation help us unravel our deeper emotions and more basic idealism. Creativity is strong; either express it or take in a performance.
26th – Sunday – Jupiter Trine Pluto, Mercury Quincunx Mars, Mercury Sextile Uranus, Venus Quincunx Saturn - There is a grand opportunity to take some giant step forward, or even find a new path. Great ideas abound and all kinds of help arrive at just the right time. Make the most of the spontaneous goodness of the day.
27th – Monday – Venus Trine Neptune, Sun Parallel Mercury - Head and heart can align most beneficially if we allow our secret prompting from the heart to take the lead. Comfort can be found in the familiar. Family connections are strong and our ideals need some expression.
28th – Tuesday – Mercury Parallel Venus - Writing , talking, emailing can all be fun as we have a gift of finding the right word for the moment. Words can heal when they are powered by the desire to give support to others.
29th – Wednesday – Sun Sesquiquadrate Mars, Mercury enters Cancer, Mars turns Direct - Layers of confusion, even subterfuge, can be peeled away. People step out of the shadows and much that was hidden becomes obvious. We act but need to be careful that our impulses don't completely overrun our common sense.
30th – Thursday – Venus Opposes Pluto - The dynamic tension that develops can actually be very instructive although not altogether pleasant. If we complete the work in front of us quickly, there will be time left to contemplate the meaning of what we are doing...this is time well spent.
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My trip to the Meher Center at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was spiritually invigorating. It was doubly meaningful because my son, who lives there, has his birthday on May 14th, as does my granddaughter. My oldest child, Hannah, also lives there and we had a good visit. An added bonus is that my good friend Mary Weiss flew in from Hawaii while I was there and we were able to enjoy meals together and have some meaningful sharing.
Returning to Naples life became turbulent. In addition to my regular client work, my daughter Katie came for a visit over the weekend. She took my dog Teddy back to San Diego with her so the texture of my life changed quite a bit. Teddy has been with me continuously since New Year's Eve, 2005. He has been my friend and my emotional foundation. However, this moment has given me an opportunity to practice compassion and detachment; two things the world can use more of these days.
Now I will go and visit him and Katie in San Diego. I'll be there from the 7th to the 14th of June. This will also offer an opportunity to see friends and clients in person. From 1978 until 1997 I traveled continuously, seeing clients on the road in six cities on a recurring basis. For the last 19 years I have done very little traveling to see clients. Occasionally I would do workshops or speak at conferences in other cities. But now, I may be looking at more professional travel.
Until next month, I wish you all well. Do something good for yourself. "Real happiness lies in making others happy" - Meher Baba