The Astrology of June 2014
June’s chart is one more in a series of charts that look conflicted, confusing and challenging on the surface. But again, as in several recent months, the tensions from difficult, obstructing squares are channeled into the constructive, supportive trines and sextiles of a Kite. These more constructive aspects are clearly visible beneath the tangle of conflicting aspects.
These charts support deep, complex, persistent and sustained interactions that lead to legitimate, carefully crafted solutions.
The squares are challenging and will produce difficulties. But these difficulties mask, or distract from, strong constructive trends.
Finally, June’s chart will produce a myriad of important changes. But most of us will experience it first and foremost through our relationships – as significantly altering the dynamic of our relationships – all of them.
A Test of the New Paradigm in June
In so many words, what I have been calling a New Paradigm is at work again in June.
Mid-June will bring a period of heightened challenges that will apply pressure to all ongoing issues. However, the positive and supportive aspects will also be strong, providing options and smoothing our path through the increased difficulties.
Some will doubtless declare defeat and prepare for the worst. Others will see the continuing opportunities and work through to the challenges.
The Good the Bad and the Scary
The New Paradigm puts out mixed signals and produces seemingly contradictory effects. Signs of progress are heavily mixed with worrisome and discouraging signs. We are seeing a great deal of that now.
For example, economic conditions are difficult. Much of the economic debate is strident and confrontational. However, the economy continues to defy gloomy predictions.
Many seem willing to let the poor suffer. But at the same time, there is a thriving movement afoot to raise the minimum wage appreciably.
There is staunch resistance to same sex marriage across the United States, yet same sex marriage bans have been struck down repeatedly.
Seemingly implacable resistance to Obamacare continues, but people are enrolling in affordable insurance plans made possible by Obamacare in larger numbers than anticipated.
News from the Ukraine is similarly mixed. Democratic elections succeed. Violent, worrisome clashes between Ukrainian and separatist forces continue. The Ukraine continues to not erupt in bloody civil war.
Cutting Us Some Slack
The aspects in June are not particularly exact. There are also a fair number of important retrogrades in June. All things considered, we can expect a little helpful slack in June. We needn’t fear being overtaken or pushed into a corner by the difficulties we encounter.
This slack will further mitigate the effects of the difficult aspects.
The Summer Solstice
The summer solstice is in June, too. Appropriately, June’s chart sums up trends familiar from recent months, sets the course for the future, and takes progress a step further on all fronts.
T-Square + Kite = New Paradigm
In recent months, we have seen charts that suggest a new paradigm. Difficult aspects are fused with supportive, protective aspects that prevent those harsh confrontations that lead to forced, unsatisfactory compromises.
Accordingly, the key aspects in June’s chart are a matrix of squares linked to a T-square and the T-Square is grounded in a Kite. Effectively, all the tensions from all the squares feed first into the T-Square and then into the Kite.
This T-Square – A 3-Way Power Struggle
The T-Square includes Mars in Libra in the 4th, Pluto retrograde in Capricorn in the 6th and Uranus in Aries in the 10th.
The conflicts set up by the T-Square tend to be stark, hard-edged, and winner-take-all.
Heads of households (Mars in Libra in the 4th) will be trying to advance or proactively defend the interests of their famiies. Frontline supervisors (Pluto retrograde in the 6th) will exert their power in the workplace, trying to fill their quotas, ignoring the claims of workers and their families. People in the front office (Uranus in Aries in the 10th) will try to push through system wide changes that serve their interests, ignoring the needs of supervisory personnel and frontline staff.
Essentially, the authority figures in our lives will be competing for control of our loyalty and our living and working conditions as they pursue conflicting agendas. Pressed from all sides, it will be hard to know where to turn.
The Kite – Saner Heads Prevail
The sextiles and trines of the Kite join Saturn in Scorpio in the 4th, Pluto retrograde in Capricorn in the 6th, Chiron in Pisces in the 9th and Jupiter in Cancer in the 12th.
As the T-Square feeds its tensions into the Kite, seemingly stark, unresolvable issues. These issues will be broadened, hard edges will be softened and debate will become more subtle and inclusive. June’s Kite will bring a philosophical, psychological, spiritual perspecitves to bear on stark economic issues.
As for the power struggle, so many different people will have a voice in the debate that power will end up being.
But June’s chart promises more than a lessening of confrontation and a broad sharing of power and responsibility.
Transformations in the Collective Unconscious
The planets have been widening and deepening the scope of public discourse, making it more inclusive and subtle. But the planets have also been transforming individual psychology, spirituality and relationships. Two stelliums in June’s chart take the latter process a giant step further.
The first of these stelliums brings transformative changes on the level of individual psychology, spirituality and lifestyle. The second stellium promises related changes on the collective, group level.
It is important to understand that both stelliums will influence the broader public debate.
Stellium #1 is anchored by Mars and Mars forms one of the angles in the T-Square. (See illustration.)
Stellium # 2 is in Sagittarius.
Note that Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter and Jupiter occupies the apex of the Kite. These stelliums are also in semi-sextile relations. The two stelliums will interact with each other harmoniously and synergistically and influence the course of the larger global debate.
Stellium #1- Personal Transformation.
Stellium #1 – Mars, Vesta, Ceres, the Part of Fortune and the North Node are all in Libra in the 4th house.
Vesta is closely conjunct Ceres; the Part of Fortune is closely conjunct the North Node.
Mars – brings initiative and passion.
Vesta – contributes deep devotion to an ideal or principle.
Ceres – contributes a nurturing and caregiving impulse.
ThePart of Fortune – indicates that we will be recognized and rewarded for giving expression to the influence of this stellium.
North Node – indicates rectitude, and alignment with spiritual evolutionary purpose.
Libra – Justice, fairness, beauty, partnership.
4th house – Family, deep psychology.
Saturn – Discipline, sobriety, respect, and so on, an ability to live within limitations.
In sum, on an individual by individual basis, people are highly motivated to realign their lives with moral and spiritual principles and their higher purpose, to nurture and strengthen their character, and to deepen and enrich their personalities.
This stellium will powerfully motivate people to speak and live their truth. It will move them to fight, or at least to speak up for conditions that will allow them to do so.
This stellium will bring individuals a clearer sense of who they are and what they want and need. Our inner changes will foster new expectations about how we want to be treated. We will expect others to fulfill our changed expectations.
Others will be experiencing similar transformations and we will have to accommodate their changed expectations in return.
The psychological, spiritual and behavioral transformations will ripple through our ideas and emotions and on out, through our relationships and into our lives.
Stellium #2 – Transformations in Global Culture
Quaoar, Chariklo, Pholus, and Ixion, are all retrograde. All are close together in Sagittarius in the 5th house. The Vertex is nearby in Sagittarius in the 5th house.
Quaoar, Chariklo, Pholus and Ixion represent the archetypal principles that help us maintain our moral and spiritual identity as members of a group and constantly experiencing group pressures. These centaurs govern the principles of group interaction – ethics, morality, etiquette, etc., that reside in our collective unconscious.
Quaoar governs our ability to break out of old social forms and cultural patterning. It allows us to challenge or override existing patterns.
Chariklo governs our ability to respect important personal boundaries in delicate, intimate situations. It fine tunes our perception of boundaries.
Pholus governs our ability to observe ethical standards even when under pressure from peers.
Ixion governs our commitment to properly discharge the obligations of public office – to not abuse our power or position.
The Vertex brings about fateful, potentially life altering meetings that realign us with our higher purposes.
The fifth house is all about friendship, romance and day-to-day social relationships.
Sagittarius governs philosophical and spiritual thinking.
All of the asteroids (Quaoar, Chariklo, Pholus and Ixion) are retrograde. Many of the rules of group interaction that reside in our collective unconscious can now be altered.
The personal psychological and spiritual transformations supported by the stellium in the 4th house will effect change in the rules that govern our collective, group interactions. I.e., social and cultural standards will change to accommodate transformations at the individual psychological and spiritual level.
The fact that June’s chart covers conditions at the summer solstice tells us that these transformations will continue into the future and they will be lasting.
In sum, the planets are enabling, motivating and assisting individuals to realign themselves with their soul purpose, or life mission at a profound level. These transformations, as they ripple through our shared lives, will affect public discourse and bring about lasting changes in global culture.
As noted, many of these themes are familiar. But June takes them all a step further. Most especially, June will show us that we have the power to change attitudes and behavior and to make these changes part of our culture going forward.