Think of the astrology of June as a memory play. Whether the audience is aware of it or not, the story is primarily told through one character’s point of view. The logic seems murky, the action dreamlike. But it’s pleasant. Then in the second act, a different character takes over the narrative and tells you how it really happened. As an audience member, you’re disoriented. You were comfortable in the structure of the old world and now you don’t know who to trust. You realize your discomfort partly comes from the fact that this play has inverted the way you perceive the world—as an objective observer, recording events exactly how they happened. Until you start investigating your belief systems and wounds you’ll act them out in other parts of your life over and over again, like the characters in a play.
Venus is still retrograde in Gemini for most of June, feeling her way through recurring relationship patterns. Mars is still in Pisces, forming a tense square with Venus that might bring up old hurts and insecurities on June 2. On June 5 there’s a full moon with a partial lunar eclipse—significant because it signals the start of a new cycle, although we probably won’t feel the effects for several months.
Then there’s Act Two. On June 18, Mercury goes retrograde in Cancer, the water sign most likely to hold onto both sweet nostalgia and bitter resentments. Three days later a solar eclipse in Cancer represents an emotional culmination, followed by another three weeks of Mercury retrograde unpacking what came up. As one retrograde ends, another begins. Just when you think you’ve arrived at the heart of what you want, your mind goes back with a red marker to make some edits. The story is never really over because life isn’t a linear path. It’s a series of revisions and reinventions and returns to one’s self. The question is how you’re going to stay present for it.
Remember to read your rising sign before your sun sign!
- Gemini (May 21–June 20)
- Cancer (June 21–July 22)
- Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
- Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)
- Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)
- Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
- Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
- Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
- Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
- Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
- Aries (March 21–April 19)
- Taurus (April 20–May 20)
You’ve been thinking deeply about your relationship dynamics since mid-May, but the first week of June will act as a catalyst for these issues. There might be a difficult conversation about your ability to balance your relationships and your career. How is your public persona different from who you are with your partner? Are you bringing the best version of yourself to your relationship? Consider how and when they might need the spotlight. In the second half of June, Mercury will retrograde through your House of Money and Values. Your family dynamics influence your feelings of worth and abundance, whether money was considered a taboo or an end goal. Investigate which stories about wealth and what it means are no longer serving you.
The first week of June might feel like a bit of a slog. Your behind-the-scenes projects have been keeping you busy without much payoff. You’re no stranger to hard work but there has to be a meaningful goal to aim toward and right now it’s eluding you. Keep your head down. The recognition you’ve been craving will come at the very end of the month. But first, you have to deal with Mercury retrograding through your sign from June 18–July 12, which might feel a bit like an identity crisis. Be open and curious about what comes up for you, but remember that anxiety is not the same thing as intuition. Be extra gentle with your body during this time.
At the beginning of June, you’re going to come to a deeper understanding of your role within the collective. Being your authentic self is your greatest gift to the people in your life. But this week might be an exercise in letting go of the spotlight and making things happen from the wings. Integrate these lessons in the first half of June, because June 18–21 marks an intensification in the projects you’re not ready to share with the world. Trust that this time is productive even if your output isn’t high. Creativity happens in cycles. The tide has to go out before it comes back in again. Every time you examine your unconscious patterns, you’re one step closer to getting out of your own way.
Sometimes your closest relationships–whether it’s your bestie, your work wife, or your life partner–absolutely baffle you. In the first week of June, you might feel frustrated, hurt, or confused by someone you love. Stay rooted in your needs rather than trying to figure out other people’s motives. If you engage your partner in working toward a common goal, opposition suddenly turns into teamwork. Then on June 18, Mercury goes retrograde through your House of Community and Friend Groups for nearly a month. Ask yourself what roles you have within your network–are you still happy with the story that’s playing out? What needs rearranging and restructuring, and what do you need to let go of?
This Venus retrograde has been helping you feel your way toward the life you want. On June 3, your vision will be clearer than ever. Take some time between June 3–6 to write down what living a wholehearted life means to you. What does abundance feel like and what rituals help you connect to that feeling? How can you clear away, power through, or outsource some of the drudgery in your life that keeps you playing small? June 18–21 will bring an intense spotlight on your career and public life. This might feel like a culmination of the work you’ve been doing over the last two years or a revelation about the direction your career will take next. Either way, you’ll be transformed.
Scorpios are no strangers to intense feelings, but this Venus retrograde has been especially emotional for you. The first week of June is a good time to get grounded in the tactile. Take a walk outside and focus on the things you can touch, feel, or name. Then on June 13, the story that’s been playing out about your artistry will come to a head. What about your relationship to your craft needs healing and how can you use your creativity to heal others? The second half of June asks you to consider the big picture. How can you take your hurt feelings and reframe them into a story that’s useful?
Healing sounds calming and nebulous, like going to a spa. In practice, it’s hard and terrifying work. June 5 brings a clarification or a revelation about your identity, particularly in the context of your relationships. How are your family dynamics influencing your attachment style to others? What comes from your parents and what comes from you? The second half of June brings up big feelings. Mercury, the planet of communication, will be retrograding through the area of your life that represents your shadow self. Be vulnerable with the people who’ve earned the right to see it. This is the time to dig into challenging material and do something that scares you.
Pay attention to your dreams in the first week of June. Around June 5, something you’ve been consciously or unconsciously suppressing will surface. Just because you can’t define or categorize it doesn’t mean it’s not affecting you. Sometimes brain fog is your body’s way of telling you to slow down. In the second half of June, there’s a blowup or a breakthrough in your relationship followed by a long debrief, making mid-June to mid-July almost like a sequel to Venus’s retrograde. Because who wouldn’t want to examine their intimacy issues for a full two months? Communication is key here. Let go of your need to be right. Try starting a tough conversation with “The story I’m telling myself is…”
This Venus retrograde has been asking you to review and renew your relationship to your art, and it isn’t over yet. June 3–5 will shine a spotlight on the questions you’ve been wrestling with, and you might get some clarity by tapping into your network. Write down your ideas about how creative expression is going to change in a post-COVID world and how you might adapt. What are you creating right now that’s bigger than yourself? What do you have that other people desperately need? Then in mid-June, Mercury wants you to review the details of how you can turn your art into your livelihood. What structures can you put in place that will set you up to succeed?
If this pandemic has revealed anything, it’s that no one really knows what’s going on–some people are just better at faking it. For the first half of June, this lack of clarity is particularly frustrating and anxiety-inducing. You might have the impulse to lash out at your roommates, your family, or people who aren’t following the rules. Use your excess energy wisely and pick your battles. On June 21, a realization about one of your long-term projects will take you down an interesting rabbit hole. From mid-June to mid-July, you’re going to be a vector for creativity and ideas. This is a great time to perform, whether it’s for a self-tape or your pets.
Dwelling on the past isn’t your style, but there’s a reason you’re being pulled back there again and again. Feeling nostalgic means that old resentments and bad habits aren’t as dead and buried as you’d like to think. Pay attention to the messages (whether they’re DMs or more internal) you’ve been getting from your past. On June 21, a solar eclipse marks a pivotal moment in your home, roots, or sense of security. From mid-June to mid-July, you’ll be working through the stories and coping mechanisms you grew up with. Memories help us learn and are more likely to stick when they’re tied to strong emotions. If you feel your way through this experience, you’ll have a clearer picture going forward.
This month is all about your connections. For the first two weeks, there might be some confusion or frustration within your social network. Ask yourself which friends or co-workers are energy vampires and why you keep letting them feed on you. It’s harder to have boundaries in quarantine (people assume this means you’re always available), but protecting your time doesn’t make you a bad friend. On June 21, there’s a shift. A new project will help you narrow your focus from other people’s problems to the kinds of communication that nourishes you. You’ll also be paying close attention to your local community and immediate surroundings. Check in on a neighbor or sibling during this time.
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