There are several elements of a Greek Tragedy, and June has all the cosmic structure for a blockbuster! For those that may not know, a Greek Tragedy is a drama which, according to Aristotle, depicts the downfall of a basically good person through some fatal error, bad decision, or misjudgment, producing suffering and insight on the part of the protagonist and arousing pity and fear on the part of those who are observing. In other words; the planetary Titans are at it again!
Jupiter, the biggest planet in the galaxy, is retrograde until August 10th, and he’s feeling unusually irritable. So, since he’s in a foul mood, he’s going to start pushing his massive weight around in June! The first planet to get in his way will be dreamy Neptune. For the first half of June, those who have Pisces in their natal chart will feel quite uncertain about nearly everything! Any creative ideas you think of should be shelved for the time being. During the 3rd week of June, Saturn will try to console Neptune. That meeting of the Titans will appear more like Laurel & Hardy meet Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. Just when you thought that you had finally pulled it all together, Mars, the planet of War, will join the chaotic rumble just for something to do on June 14th. If you’ve ever walked on eggshells, that’s the best analogy I can give you. Anyone who has Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, and/or Sagittarius in their natal chart will most definitely feel the intense energy this month.
The New Moon in Gemini on June 3rd will give us pause and opportunity to calmly and logically look at the big picture around us. We will stop and ponder what we believe to be truth, and what is actually hopeful thinking. As we look at recent life events we will finally decide what we really need in our lives, and what we would do well to live without. It’s never too late for new beginnings. This New Moon is calling us to take off the rose colored glasses and finally liberate ourselves from disappointing fiction.
We will be preparing for the eclipses that are coming in July. An eclipse is a time when the Universe reaches down and helps us get our lives in order. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 17th is the beginning of that energy cycle. A Solar and Lunar eclipse is one way that the Universe gets our attention – we can take the wake-up call willingly or kicking and screaming! The choice is ours. LOL! In the “manifesting dreams department,” on June 18th you will begin to feel a major push to sincerely visualize and focus on bringing your dreams to fruition. With concentrated determination, you will make it happen. If something is meant to be, it will be!
Summer officially begins on June 21st, as does the Summer Solstice or Mid-Summer. The sun enters the water sign, Cancer, on June 22nd. Can you believe it, the Summer Solstice is the half-way point for the year! The Summer Solstice also marks the time when the hours between sun-up and sun-set are beginning to get shorter. Of course, that phenomenon flips around at the Winter Solstice/Yule on December 21st, then the days begin to get longer.
The ancients observed Litha, their Summer Solstice, between June 20th – 22nd. Villagers, within walking distance, came together to feast and celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year. Litha marked the zenith of the Sun’s power to fuel the growing season for their crops. Litha gave the ancients hope for a season of abundance, love, and magick. They believed that to help strengthen the Sun, they walked to all the neighboring farms with torchlight and lit bonfires atop of hills. Then, the lit wooden wheels on fire and rolled them down hill into a water source to serve as a charm against summertime drought, and to balance the Elements; fire, water, earth, and air. Traditionally, Litha was a time to gather herbs for medicine and magick, as most were fully mature by mid-summer and the power of Litha would add to their medicinal benefits. For this reason, Litha is known as Gathering Day in Wales. As long as I’m knocking your socks off with ancient trivia… the reason that Litha was called mid-summer is because the ancients believed that Summer began at Beltane, on May 1st. Therefore, by June 21st it was “mid-summer!”
Hang in there, and be safe. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact me.