Astrology of June 2020 – Solar Eclipse in Cancer


June 3rd, 2020 – Venus Conjunct Sun

On June 3rd, Venus retrograde is conjunct the Sun at 13° Gemini, and a new 584-day Venus cycle begins.

This is when Venus leaves her nightgown and transforms into a morning star. Venus is still invisible, burned by the Sun. But it is in the purifying heat of the Sun where we will experience a rebirth of the heart.

June 5th, 2020 – Full Moon And Lunar Eclipse In Sagittarius

On June 5th, 2020 the Eclipse portal opens with a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.

This is our first eclipse with the Nodes in the Gemini/Sagittarius axis – and even if this eclipse is penumbral, and less powerful, it will still give us the first hints of what to expect from the upcoming eclipses on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis.

This Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse is square Mars, so it triggers the Sun-Mars square. The Mars cycle is a metaphor for the hero’s journey.

This first Sun-Mars square (which occurs on June 5th, 2020) is when the hero leaves the “familiar world” and crosses the threshold to the “unknown world”.

This phase of the Mars cycle is when the hero is the most vulnerable. This is the Victim state of the Hero.

Later in the Mars cycle, when we have the Sun-Mars opposition (on October 13th, 2020) the hero will have to confront the villain.

That’s why right now, at the time of the 1st square, we’d better get ready. It’s time to draw on our resources, find a mentor, and ask for help. Which internal resources can you capitalize on to get ready for the “battle”? Which skills do you still need to master?

The Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius is a great time to see where you’re at and make an inventory of your assets.

June 13th, 2020 – Mars Conjunct Neptune

On June 13th, 2020 Mars is conjunct Neptune at 20° Pisces.

Mars is the planet of action. When we go for what we want, we act from our inner Mars. Mars is a straightforward planet “That’s mine, that’s yours”. Mars cuts, separates, divides and draws clear boundaries.

Neptune on the other hand, is the planet of oneness. Neptune dissolves any boundaries. When Mars and Neptune collide, we are asked to integrate these two very different parts of our psyche.

Mars conjunct Neptune will ask us to take a close look at how we assert ourselves and go for what we want: it is ok to be assertive, it is ok to take action, it is ok to go for what you want, as long as your actions don’t violate other people’s “Mars” their wants, rights and personal liberties.

That’s of course not an easy task. Where do you draw the line from being authentic to yourself while allowing other people to be their authentic selves… without it being at the expense of your personal authenticity?

Many philosophers have tried to answer this question and there is no right or wrong approach. But that’s what we have astrology for. We can at least become AWARE of what is going on, and from that place of awareness, try to act from our highest possible self.

June 18th, 2020 – Mercury Goes Retrograde

Just when we’re a few days shy from Venus going direct… Mercury goes retrograde at 14° Cancer to spoil all the fun. Mercury is retrograde until July 12th, when he turns direct at 5° Cancer.

If you have planets or angles between 5°-14° Cancer you will be especially influenced by this Mercury retrograde cycle. And of course, if you have a Gemini or a Virgo ascendant, you are by default on the radar of Mercury retrograde, since Mercury is your chart ruler.

However, whether or not you have planets in Cancer, or a Gemini or Virgo rising, you will still be influenced by this cycle – since Mercury retrograde will transit a particular house (or houses) in your natal chart, influencing the corresponding area or areas of your life.

With Mercury, 4 out of the 5 visible planets – Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are now retrograde, which is rather unusual. This is a time of deep introspection.

In the middle of the retrograde cycle, Mercury is conjunct the Sun at 9° Cancer, starting a new Mercury cycle. The new Mercury cycle chart is square Chiron (at 9° Aries) so the upcoming Mercury cycle has a Chiron “flavor”.

A Mercury cycle lasts for 116 days, so the upcoming 4 months are a good time to start a project that connects the qualities of Mercury (writing, communication, learning, commerce, DIY) with the qualities of Chiron (healing, spirituality, astrology, herbs, alternative healing, shamanism, working on the family/karmic wound).

June 19th, 2020 – Sun Conjunct North Node

On June 19th, 2020, the Sun is conjunct the North Node at 29° Gemini. The Sun is our identity and the North Node is our purpose in life.

The Sun is conjunct the North Node once every year. This is the best day of the year to ask yourself “Who am I really?” “What is my true purpose? What is my life path?”

Notice the first answer that comes to you. Gemini has a curious, open-minded vibe. It is important that you don’t try to seek confirmations or validations to existing assumptions during this time.

Instead – be like a Gemini. Be open-minded. Welcome new perspectives. Accept that you don’t yet have all the answers.

June 21st, 2020 – Sun Enters Cancer, Southern Solstice

On June 21st, 2020 Sun enters Cancer which means we have the Southern Solstice – the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

Each solstice and each equinox sets the scene for the next 3 months of the year.

This Solstice coincides with the most powerful Eclipse of 2020. This is BIG. The upcoming 3 months will have a fated flavor. Each day will feel like an eclipse!

June 21st, 2020 – New Moon And Solar Eclipse In Cancer

On June 21st, 2020 we have the most important eclipse of the year, at 0° Cancer, a power degree. The Eclipse occurs hours after the solstice so it is extremely potent – because this is where the Sun changes direction in the sky.

This Solar Eclipse is an Annular eclipse, creating a beautiful ring of fire effect, and it is visible in Central Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer is a North Node eclipse. Unlike South Node eclipses, which have a karmic flavor, North Node eclipses are opportunities to rewrite the script of our destiny.

The North Node is like a vortex – anything is possible when we have a North Node Eclipse. But be mindful of what you do. Because there will always be a payout – usually at a future South Node eclipse.

The eclipse is square Mars and quincunx Saturn. Both Mercury and Neptune are stationing retrograde, while Venus is stationing direct at the time of the Eclipse.

We will feel just like a crab, with one foot we go in one direction, and with another foot in another. Push and pull, pull, and push.

But we can all learn from this Cancer approach. Walking sideways gives us room and time to assess the environment, take calculated risks, and still get to our destination.

June 23rd, 2020 – Neptune Goes Retrograde

Brace yourself – Neptune joins the retrograde party. Right now, we have no less than 6(!) retrograde planets. Outer planets like Neptune are at their most powerful, i.e. more keen to implement their “agenda” when they change direction – that is, now.

And what does Neptune want from us? Neptune wants to dissolve our ego so we can be at one with the source. Neptune’s message is that separation is an illusion and that we are all ONE.

When Neptune is direct, we look for experiences of “oneness” outside ourselves. When Neptune is retrograde, we seek oneness within ourselves.

At the Neptune station, you may have some experiences, insights, or intuitive messages (pay attention to your dreams) that will reveal how you can access those Neptunian resources within yourself.

June 25th, 2020 – Venus Goes Direct

Now some good news. After a 40 days and 40 nights trial, on June 25th, 2020 the goddess of beauty and love finally turns direct at 5° Gemini.

If you’ve been feeling confused, emotional, divided, torn between different directions, Venus direct will come with the much-needed relief and clarity.

June 28th, 2020 – Mars Enters Aries

Brace yourself again. Mars enters Aries, and he’s here for a loooong stay – 6 months to be exact.

The good news is that Mars is not yet in the shadow zone (it will enter the shadow on July 26th, 2020) so you still have one month of Mars in domicile – which is a great place to be for Mars – anda great time for you to take bold action on your projects.

June 30th, 2020 – Jupiter Conjunct Pluto

… and brace yourself one more time. Jupiter is conjunct Pluto at 24° Capricorn – this is the second “kick” in the series of 3 (with one more to go).

The 1st conjunction occurred on April 4th, when the Coronavirus crisis was in full swing, and the final conjunction occurs on November 12th, 2020.

Pluto had been in Capricorn since 2008 – and while Pluto has a reputation of being overly secretive and working behind the scenes, Jupiter has the reputation of exposing, magnifying and inflating. We have a conflict of interest.

In 2020, Jupiter is asking Pluto to do what he dreads the most: to reveal his hidden agenda.

Both Jupiter and Pluto are known for blowing things out of proportion. We’ve all seen the less fortunate manifestations of this aspect.

But there is always a positive side to everything. And this 2nd conjunction will likely come with a solution or alternative route to the problems that have been brought to our attention at the time of the 1st conjunction.

It’s up to us to do our homework and act from our highest selves. Because the 3rd conjunction in November will come with the final outcome.

And – some good news – Jupiter and Pluto also have a reputation of being extremely generous. So act wisely, and you will reap the rewards later this year.

June may seem a month to fear – with all the eclipses and retrogrades.

But there are also many great things happening this month – Venus direct, Sun conjunct North Node, Jupiter conjunct Pluto, to name only a few opportunity-linked aspects.

June has something in store for everyone. Cheers to June!

Astro Butterfly


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