June 7th through July 29th, 2010
Most of us think ourselves as standing wearily and helplessly at the center of a circle bristling with tasks, burdens, problems, annoyance, and responsibilities which are rushing in upon us. At every moment we have a dozen different things to do, a dozen problems to solve, a dozen strains to endure. We see ourselves as overdriven, overburdened, overtired. This is a common mental picture and it is totally false. No one of us, however crowded his life, has such an existence. What is the true picture of your life? Imagine that there is an hour glass on your desk. Connecting the bowl at the top with the bowl at the bottom is a tube so thin that only one grain of sand can pass through it at a time. That is the true picture of your life, even on a super busy day, The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time. That is the only way they can come. The day may bring many tasks, many problems, strains, but invariably they come in single file. You want to gain emotional poise? Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one. -James Gordon Gilkey
Although Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Aries is the really big story this month, this week there are bound to be some distracting tasks, burdens, problems and responsibilities that will need to be tended to, as Mars, the ruler of Aries, moves into Virgo on Monday, June 7th. Mars in Virgo is environmental activism, and fighting for the right to adequate health care. It is the organized workers fighting for workers rights, or simply jobs. Mars in Virgo is the soldier and the policeman whose personal will, and martial skills, are subordinated to the state. We will be hearing a lot from Mars in Virgo over the next 2 months. And in order to reap the most out of the miracles that await us, there are still a lot of details to be taken care of, and hard work ahead of us in June and July.
On the positive side, by Mars moving out of Leo, we can now get back in touch with our inner Neptune, and regain some of our lost peace and tranquility. Neptune’s retrograde motion allows us to revisit our center, our past, our sorrows and regrets, as well as our joys. And meet them all, not with guilt or shame, but with equanimity.
However, even as we try to get in touch with our soul center, there are bound to be some distractions. For as Mars enters Virgo it does so with a lot of busy-ness and perhaps a little angst that could very well be at the expense of Neptune’s inner search, as well as the Jupiter/Uranus intention for excitement, newness, revelation and freedom. Virgo is where we pay attention to details, and are usually pretty neat and organized, but tossing the Incredible Martian Gladiator into the room, can rend this area of our lives into a bit of a frothy frenzy of activity for the next 2 months. To keep the perspective, remember that problems come in single file. Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one.
With your ruler, Mars, heading into your 6th Solar House, you can anticipate a lot of sped up activity in the work scene and your everyday schedule. Your first reaction, as Mars enters Virgo, is to engage in a lot of frenetic ‘catch up’ activity, waking up early, and working well into the evening. A lot of this stuff is rote work with deadlines. What all this activity will do at first, is to distract you from what you are really excited about doing, what you really want to be doing, which could leave you scattered and exhausted, as you are caught between responsibilities and obigations. But you have to take care of these necessary details in order to get on to the big stuff. Pace yourself, as if that’s an option for Aries. Aries tends to work through their pain, at lightning speed, and not listen to their bodies. Listen! After the first week of Mars in Virgo, you’ll begin to find your groove, but don’t expect anything to really slow down at work for the next few months. With Jupiter meeting Uranus in Aries on the 8th, there’s a lot of excitement and anticipation about the future to keep you motivated. It’s a pity there are just so few hours in a day.
When Mars initially enters Virgo these first few weeks of June, you’ll be faced with a sudden flurry of activity. It’s enough to have a Taurus dust off their dancing shoes, and get all excited. There’s something invigorating about having Mars here... in a positive way. You may even be inspired to take on some sort of exercise regimen... right after that glass of chardonnay. This is a very good time for Taurus to consider making positive affirmations, or make some sort of constructive changes.... Start riding the bike to work, or try to perfect your moves at the gym, maybe take up tap dancing. After that it’s off to the bar to hang out with the locals. All that physical activity is definitely going to have a positive effect on your health, especially after the New Moon. If you’ve been feeling under the weather, worn out, injured and limp, now’s the time to fix all that... a little reconstructive activity, followed by a little night music and some friends. It’s time for Taurus to take a break, forget your travails, and kick up your heels. Look out world, the bull is on the loose for the next few months.
Okay, now that you’ve got that transportation issue figured out, chaos breaks out on the home front. Or so it seems. Especially around the New Moon when Mars faces off with your ruler, Mercury. When things are disorganized at home, Gemini’s get very nervous and scattered. And things are feeling disorganized, and unsettled in the area where you usually expect things to be perfectly scheduled and everything and everyone in their appointed areas. It gets confusing when Aunt Betty comes over to reorganize the closets, and you can’t find where she put the detergent, and Uncle Fred decides that he wants to move in, with the full drum set. But first he has to move all the furniture around (to make room for the drums). It’s time for them to go to their own homes. You were kind of hoping that home would be your peaceful sanctuary over the next few months, especially since you’ve got all these exciting prospects with work. But don’t count on it, at least not for the next few months. Some of this will be good activity, like when you organize the bake sale and have all the neighborhood kids in to help... or doing that yard sale. Either way, after the New Moon on the 12th, you’ll begin to get a handle on things, and harness that energy constructively to attack your own home project. So there, Aunt Betty.
Cancer is not usually directly confrontational. It’s all you can do to get them to speak up... but if you give them a reason to over the next few months, watch out. Normally cautious Cancer has a few things to say these days. You may feel inclined to push others in order to get a clear answer or decision, or at least some sort of commitment! If you find that you are pissing off neighbors and friends.... then apparently you’ve made your point. Sometimes it’s even more impressive when the crab emerges from its shell in uncharacteristic fashion, as you will over the next few months. You have a lot to say, and say it you will. Just be careful of not impulsively blurting out something you will later regret around the New Moon on the 12th of June. It will also seem that you will be running here there and everywhere, may be having to shuttle people around, seeming to drop someone off, to turn around and pick someone else up, pick up the groceries, then drop off the other kid somewhere. Commuting and transportation issues can arise in the first week after Mars enters Virgo, and then, after that, you will be cruising.... keeping it all under control.
Gadget alert! Give a wide berth to the Best Buy’s and the Hammacher Schlemmer’s, for these will be your Achilles’ heel. But then again that iPad seems to just be calling to you. The gadgetry are enticing you to part with your hard earned gelt. So be warned. Arguments with friends over money are possible leading up to and around the New Moon... just don’t get involved in any sort of business deal or transaction that can otherwise be avoided, and do separate checks. It will be less flinty after the Gemini New Moon on the 12th of June. This is a good time to take care of the necessary details concerning your income or financial state... maybe get some serious advice from an expert and take it to heart. After the Sun enters Cancer on June 21st, then you can be prepared to engage some intuitive and creative ideas for finding new ways to earn cash. Just don’t spend it all in one place!
“The Faster I go, the More Behinder I get...” should be your motto for the next few months, as you are besieged by activity. Obligations and attention to details seem to keep you from being able to see the big picture. However, these details are necessary in allowing you to make those big changes. Do not jump into things impulsively, or make drastic decisions without full deliberation before the New Moon on June 12th. Step back and realize that this is a time in your life for extraordinary change, and don’t settle for less than that due to impatience and nervousness. You know something big is happening, and it’s just around the corner, just don’t push it before its time has come. Now is the time to get all the information, and gather all the details... but make sure you have all the facts first... and then create your plan. If you find yourself overdriven, overburdened at the center of a circle surrounded by dozens of things to do and figure out... then remember the hourglass, and imagine the grains of sand dropping one by one.
Sleep eludes you. Mildly irritated and anxious, and knowing that something big is coming in a few months time... you’re desperately trying to tie up loose ends. So if we see you buried in old bills from the last few decades, or collapsed under a mountain of paperwork... just attack each item one at a time, one day at a time. The next few months can prove to be a time of frustration and self-denial, and it irks you that you can’t turn the record off in your head. If things are just too overwhelming, and you’re feeling like can’t get to what you really want to do, focus on what you can get done in front of you. This is an excellent time for Librans to make plans and prepare for the flurry of activity that’s going to be taking place a few months from now. Do the research. Take care of all the necessary details first. Remember, the better prepared you are, the more graceful and simple you will make it all look when the time comes. Little will the world know all the preparation that went into it before hand!
Scorpio loves their self-help and motivational groups and meetings. So if you’re not painting protest placards for some animal or environmental cause, or organizing a union meeting with your fellow workers to reestablish your rights, you will be leading some sort of 12-step, self-help, rediscovering the hidden meaning of your psyche group over the next few months. Not only will people be amazed at how organized you are, and at how much you are getting accomplished... what you are amazed about is how much self-discovery and learning you are making in the process. Scorpio rulers Mars and Pluto are working harmoniously together in the Earth signs Virgo and Capricorn... with these two working together in your favor, it’s as if there is nothing that you can’t figure out, no puzzle that you cannot solve, utilizing the probing determination and single-minded focus that only a Scorpio can have.
Sagittarians love to be in charge and directing things. That’s why they often have their own business which allows them a certain element of freedom and control. The next few months you are going to be called up to the plate and it’s your job to take that leadership position head on. However, if you push people too hard though, you will arouse their ire, and make them feel antagonized. There may even be problems with the government if you really overstep your bounds. However, do not take your eye off the prize. You will be so busy having to take care of necessary details, and oversee the tedious, that you worry that you could miss a really important opportunity... nothing less than being able to make a whole new start in a wonderfully creative fashion. However, you need to take care of these details as part of the process. Just be careful not to spread yourself too thin, and watch out for chronic Sagittarian foot in mouth disease leading up to the New Moon on the 12th of June. Remember, Sag’s great gift is being able to see the big picture, but if you get caught up in too many details, you won’t be able to see the forest for all the trees.
It seems that you have a purpose that you are aiming for, and there is very little that you will allow to get in your way. You are very very directed with Mars in your solar 9th House. Be very clear about your motives though, because you may be called on to have to defend your views and ideas. Be prepared, and you will impress even the most stalwart opponent. However, don’t expect to be able to force other people to see your point of view. Rather focus on what it is that you can learn from the experiences you have over the next few months. Knowledge is power, and also allows you to gain a better perspective. Learn from others’ points of view. The attention is in the details. The next few months present opportunities for self-improvement, and also learning how you can be better able to be a force for change in the world around you, provided you are not too forceful with others in the process. If you see everyone avoiding you, and crossing to the other side of the street as you approach, then this will be a clue. Capricorn wants to be respected, not feared.
It seems you’re going to have to make some concessions over the next few months, even if you don’t particularly want to. There’s a bit of a sea change in the air, and although on the one hand, things are looking really positive and hopeful... you’re still waiting for the other shoe to fall. There is going to be some sort of change over the next few months as a result of your actions, or over some sort of conflict with someone else. This could affect the over all financial picture... and this has you on pins and needles. Don’t be too anxious to do anything precipitously as yet... just wait and see what the universe has to offer you, and then learn to dance with whatever that may be. Things will be a lot less tense and anxiety provoking after the Gemini New Moon on the 12th of June, when it will then become apparent as to what you can and should do to try and repair the situation. Until then it will do no good to try and make things any worse than they already are, anticipate things before they happen, or force things before they are ripe. Take things one thing at a time, one day at a time, with one foot in front of the other. And before you know it, you will be on the other side.
Pisces people are certainly not the most aggressive people in the zodiac. So when they come out to take a stand, people have to take them pretty seriously. Mars entering your 7th Solar house is about you having to contend with, and learn how to eventually positively deal with, conflict. And aggravation. Especially as Mars first enters Virgo. Someone is in a fighting mood, and the energy could get a little out of control at first. And confusing. Could even involve some sort of arbitration or litigation. Pisces always hates confrontation though... but before long, and in league with a willing partner, you can harness this energy to take on even the most daunting challenges. Now this might require a certain amount of compromising, which you are really not feeling like you want to do right now, but if you must, you must. And then when you win, you can go back in your corner, and concentrate on finding your inner Neptunian bliss again, and that wonderful future that awaits you, which is where you were when all that aggravation began in the first place, those first few days of June. Neptune’s retrograde motion allows us to revisit our center, our past, our sorrows and regrets, as well as our joys. And meet them all, not with guilt or shame, but with equanimity.
The following poem by Rumi is for everyone, but I present it as a special gift to Pisces this week:
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.