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Astrological Overview: June 8 - 14, 2020
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
MON: Venus square Ceres
WED: Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto
THU: Sun square Neptune, Venus sextile Chiron
SAT: Mars conjunct Neptune
SUN: Pluto square Eris, Sun semisquare Uranus, Sun quincunx Pluto
THE SPACE OF TIME in between eclipses always feels a bit other-worldly – and with three eclipses on the calendar in June-July, this enhanced awareness of other realms and dimensions will last for the next four weeks at least.
During this time, we may need more rest than usual. Eclipses cause significant shifts in the Earth's energy field, which means our physical, mental, and emotional bodies are also shifting. The process of adapting to the new frequencies is tiring work, whether or not we're not consciously aware that we are thus engaged. And, we are likely to be especially tired and drawn inward while the Moon is waning, now through the Solar Eclipse on June 21.
Adding to our sense of life being somewhat dreamy or surreal, Neptune's mystical influence is heightened throughout the month of June. This is because the planet is moving more and more slowly as it prepares to go retrograde, imprinting its energies more fully with every step. Neptune will eventually come to a standstill on June 22, and then slowly begin to retrace its recent path through Pisces.
VENUS ASPECTS begin our journey this week, bringing forward issues related to love and friendship, alliances and partnerships, finances and material holdings, and creative or artistic activities. Since Venus is currently retrograde, we are in review mode with regard to these themes, looking to the past for answers and resolution.
Here's a brief overview of this week's Venus aspects as they might impact relationship issues:
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- On Monday, a Venus-Ceres square draws our attention to any conflict between fulfilling personal self-care needs and our desire to be sensitive to the needs of loved ones. Since Ceres is the Earth Mother goddess, we may be reviewing the role modeling provided by a maternal figure in our childhood, and whether that person set the example of a healthy balance between caring for self and caring for family. We may also sense into how that early role model has impacted how we move through current relationships.
- On Wednesday, a Venus-Pluto sesquiquadrate brings up resentments that we may still be holding onto from the past. We may also deal with current-day jealousies and manipulations. Pluto always provides an opportunity for us to reveal, investigate, and then purge emotional and psychic residue.
- On Thursday, a Venus-Chiron trine provides a bridge of healing between friends, lovers, and allies. Communication flows more easily than before, and we feel more confident in our ability to express our truth, while also being willing to listen to another's opinions.
WE SENSE Neptune's hand on our shoulder in the last half of this coming week, starting on Thursday, when the Gemini Sun squares Neptune. While this aspect can increase our compassion, we may be overly sensitive, both emotionally and psychically. Boundaries blur, and we easily pick up on others' thoughts and feelings, perhaps causing us to wonder what we really think and feel.
Another side of a Neptune square occurs through disillusionment, when an ideal or hope is disappointed. All of these challenges can tempt us to withdraw from reality, to choose instead to numb our minds through escapist or addictive activities.
But, a square is a challenge for us to grow. Can we be objective about our circumstances without becoming disillusioned? And can we open our hearts without taking on the pain that others feel? Can we use our minds to sort out fact from fiction? Can we maintain a spiritually-aware perspective while also seeing the truth of a situation?
ON SATURDAY, Neptune is again on the aspects list, when the god of universal oneness aligns with Mars, the god of war. Odd bedfellows? Definitely. But there are many positive potentials we can find in this conjunction.
When these two planets join their energies, we are supported in turning "swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks." In concrete terms, Mars can inspire Neptune into action, making us more likely to behave compassionately. In return, Neptune can instruct Mars to take action only when supported by intuition or higher guidance.
There are potential shadow sides to this conjunction, however. We must guard against taking on the role of victim or martyr. Instead, we can choose to align our actions with the highest definition of unconditional love -- the ability to stay in our hearts and to hold the energy of love under all conditions.
THIS HIGHER FOCUS will be needed next weekend. On Sunday, a powerful energy is released when the Pluto-Eris square perfects. This is the second of five times this aspect is exact to the degree, with the first occurring on January 26, 2020 and the last occurring on October 9, 2021.
Eris is the goddess of discord. According to mythic tales, she is undeniably self-oriented, taking action based on her own selfish needs, without consideration for how those actions might affect others. Pluto is the god of the underworld, who reveals and transmutes that which is no longer viable.
As these two dwarf planets form a square aspect, we are challenged to confront self-oriented behaviors, to become aware of and transmute an unenlightened self-absorption that has no place in a climate of Oneness. Since both Pluto and Eris have forcefulness in their natures, we can imagine that next weekend will be quite unsettled, and that we will need to consciously call upon the positive attributes of the Mars-Neptune alignment to guide us.
ASTROLOGER Steven Forrest believes that the Pluto-Eris square is the energy behind the COVID-19 pandemic, and he gives eloquent support for that theory. His article on the Pluto-Eris square says in part:
"The essential underlying evolutionary purpose of the [Pluto-Eris] configuration is the realization that selfishness – both in individuals and in nations – has just collided with its own end game. The myth of the rugged, independent individual separate from everyone else has finally hit the wall. As we have seen, we are all in this together. Denying that reality simply no longer works in a practical way for anyone. Anyone who does deny it is more likely to get sick. Even money can’t keep anyone safe. Our anger with each other, our divisions, our brutal competitiveness, our sense that national boundaries reflect some immutable law of nature – all of that is collapsing right now before our eyes."
For the complete article, entitled "Pluto, Eris, And The Evolutionary Meaning Of COVID-19," please click here.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are crossing a river in the fog this year, dear Gemini. You are used to using your well-developed mind to gather information, which helps you make sense of situations and know what actions to take. But this year, you find that your mind does not have all the answers, and that you must learn to navigate your course more intuitively than rationally. This year you grow through having trust and faith in as-yet unknown outcomes. At the same time, the challenge is to not give up, to feel you cannot navigate at all. Faith is not about giving up; it is about surrendering to being guided at each step, rather than knowing where each step will land, or where the path will ultimately lead. (Solar Return Sun square Mars, square Neptune)
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My next class covering the last half of 2020 is in just two weeks!
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Transmutations and Rebirth ~ Rising from the Ashes
Astrological forecast for July to December 2020
With Pam Younghans, astrologer, and Elsie Kerns, moderator
Airing LIVE on Thursday, June 25, at 4pm PDT | 5pm MDT | 6pm CDT | 7pm EDT | 11pm GMT ~ Recorded for replay. For registration go to: https://newpamjuly2020.eventbrite.com
WE ARE ENTERING the final phase of an incredibly transformational two-year journey that began in early 2019. As promised, the first half of 2020 has been exceptionally powerful, driven by the Saturn-Pluto alignment in January. These energies were then magnified in March-April as Jupiter and Pluto aligned.
The end of June promises to be yet another significant time, with a dynamic Solar Eclipse on the Solstice (June 21) and the second Jupiter-Pluto conjunction on June 29. With so much going on during the last 10 days of June, it’s the perfect time to explore the meanings of all we are experiencing, and to take a look ahead.
Far more than just a time of transition, we are in a time of transmutations. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that the word transmute means “to change or alter in form, appearance, or nature, and especially to a higher form.” Through the experiences of this two-year period, we are being deeply changed, both in ways we can see and on levels we may not yet perceive.
To start this webinar, we’ll talk a bit about current energies to get our bearings and to set the stage for what comes next. We’ll then dive into what the planets reveal about the remainder of 2020. An overview of major themes gives us the larger context, and then we’ll move through the highlights of each month, capturing the opportunities and challenges the cosmos have planned for the rest of the calendar year.
As always, Pam will do her best to “bring the stars down to Earth,” explaining in practical terms what the planets are doing, how they are likely to affect us, and how we can best navigate these momentous times by focusing on the higher purposes and deepening our capacity for spiritual maturity.
Here are just some of the transition points that we’ll explore in depth:
- The Lunar Eclipse on July 4-5, the third in a trio of eclipses this year, and especially powerful for those who live in the U.S.
- Opportunities for spiritual and creative expansion when Jupiter sextiles Neptune on July 27 and October 12
- Surprises, breakthroughs, and breakdowns in early August
- August through October, a repeat of the energies we worked with in February and March 2020
- On August 29 and November 7, Pluto reactivates the degree and the effects of January’s Saturn-Pluto alignment
- Fireworks in early October as Mars conjoins feisty Eris and squares Pluto
- A pivotal New Moon and shake-up mid October
- An exceedingly potent time of transformation and revelation early November, as Jupiter, Pallas Athene, and Pluto all align
- A very eventful Solstice week in December, as the long-awaited Jupiter-Saturn alignment in Aquarius occurs on the 21st, followed by Mars conjunct Eris on the 22nd and Mars square Pluto on the 23rd
We hope you can join us for this webinar! And, if you can’t attend live on the day of the event, no worries – the webinar will be recorded and the replay link sent to all registrants.
To register or to learn more about the webinar, please visit https://newpamjuly2020.eventbrite.com Once you register, you’ll receive confirmation and follow-up emails from [email protected] and [email protected]. Before the class, you’ll also receive calendars for July through December, which you can print and use for note-taking.
About the Author
Pam Younghans is a professional astrologer, editor, and writer. She lives in a log home northeast of Seattle, Washington with her beloved animal companions. She has been interpreting charts professionally for over 25 years. If you are interested in an astrology reading, e-mail [email protected], or leave a message at 425.445.3775. For more information about NorthPoint Astrology offerings, please visit northpointastrology.com or visit her Facebook page.