When the Full Moon is in Sagittarius, our hopes, dreams and aspirations can appear dazzling in their potential. Surprisingly, right now this is complicated by Neptune, yet more achievable with Saturn's help. Jupiter is ready for the adventure, although the Mars-Chiron conjunction might lead to second-guessing yourself about whether you're up to the challenge. However, Mercury, now direct and in Gemini, has lots of fresh ideas for getting past self-doubt. And Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus want to help you discover that being outside your comfort zone can actually be a good thing.
What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you're searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don't find the time for finding?
~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
FULL MOON in SAGITTARIUS
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Jupiter and Neptune
The zodiac sign of Sagittarius is about promise and principles, wisdom and knowledge, expansion and growth, faith and hope, justice and righting the wrongs of the world. It's also about what we believe is necessary in order for these wonderful things to happen.
Ruling planet Jupiter is physically the most massive planet in size but very low in substance. In the same way, the visionary nature of Sagittarius and Jupiter can make things seem inevitable, certain or concrete, even if they're still only in the realm of what's possible. Regardless of the promise, making something real still takes effort, energy, patience and organization, and that's where Saturn comes in (ironically, the least substantial planet in our solar system).
In other words, Sagittarius is a mixed blessing. On one hand, looking at life through Sagittarian eyes can show the shining vision of what could be, what might be, but it takes something more than wishing, hoping and praying to make that happen in the physical world. For that, we need to make friends with Saturn and Capricorn in whose domains we forge that vision into reality.
Right now, there is no shortage of potent planetary resources available for us to draw on in doing that. There are currently 5 planets in their signs of rulership and therefore strong – Mercury in Gemini, Venus in Taurus, Mars in Aries, Saturn in Aquarius, and Neptune in Pisces (using modern rulerships). All planets except the Moon have some form of dignity by sign, which adds even more strength to draw from, and none of the planets are weakened by sign. It's kind of similar to having an abundance of trines and sextiles – you have lots of ability, opportunity and availability to choose from, but there's so much of it that it's easy to take it for granted instead of taking full advantage of it.
That said, Sagittarius is idealistic and this Fire sign can become quickly inspired to explore a new path that looks like it leads somewhere awesome. So, you may be feeling the siren call of something better, something exhilarating, something promising. The Mutable side of Sagittarius can easily change direction when the possibilities beckon.
Neptune is often considered a modern planetary ruler of Pisces, along with Jupiter who does double duty as the traditional Pisces ruler as well as ruling Sagittarius. The two planetary energies have a lot in common, since they share the Pisces shoreline. In that sense, Neptune is a bit like Jupiter on steroids (if that's even possible, given Jupiter's love of excess).
Jupiter – in his Sagittarius or Pisces mode – can be very idealistic, distractible, and aims to hone the world into a vision of perfection. Neptune is similar, although usually less zealous and more mysterious and obscure.
You might say that Neptune envisions a universal medium throughout all things that we are meant to seek and merge with (or attune ourselves to). Compare this with Jupiter where the vision can be more about persuading the world to reach for the same moral principles which exercise and demonstrate one's alignment with that omnipresent medium. In other words, it may be helpful to see Neptune as being more about the experience of surrendering to that universal ideal, while Jupiter seeks ways to proactively conduct oneself in accordance with it.
May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
~ George Carlin
Despite their similarities, Neptune is currently at odds with the aspirations of the Sagittarius Full Moon. Neptune is in square aspect (90°) to the Sun-Moon opposition (180°), making it the apex of a T-square aspect pattern. This suggests that for all the fervent pursuit of moral victory that Sagittarius aims for, Neptune's more receptive, yielding, flowing nature could distract or detract from Sag's more proactive agenda.
So, for example, you might be feeling a bit disillusioned with the path you've been on – perhaps it hasn't brought you to where you thought you'd be at this point. Or, you may have pursued a dream that you hoped would add more meaning to your life, relationships, or place in the world, but somehow you feel the reality has fallen short of what you had envisioned.
In another example, you may be striving for freedom, believing it can bring out the best in yourself and others, yet reaching that state may seem elusive or disappointing, or maybe you're even questioning if your vision of freedom might be incomplete or misguided. Or, you may have sought to follow a code of moral values and beliefs that could lift you out of ambiguity, doubt or despair, but right now it might feel more like you're just going through the motions without getting that experience of wholeness.
In other words, you may be wanting to "walk the walk" of your principles, morals and spiritual outlook, but feeling like it falls short of an absolute sense of what's right, what's best, or what's ideal. You might feel "Is this all there is?" when trying to uplifting your day-to-day life to something more meaningful. Or, you might feel the need to revise those principles, morals and outlook to be more consistent with a higher version of what life could be, but finding it's easier dreamed than done.
Although they usually don't feel very good at the time, square aspects are actually a gift. They're telling you something important and valuable: something isn't working, and here's where to look to get more insight into the problem so you can figure out a solution.
There's also a special advantage in Neptune's confusion, distortion and mystification. It can unhook us from a stubborn belief that is actually getting in the way of our growth or progress. Disorientation means we need to make the effort to reorient ourselves, and we have the opportunity to put our perspective back together in a better way in that case.
So, if you've been feeling disappointed, discouraged, outraged or cynical lately, this Full Moon may point to a pivot point where you can start to turn those feelings around in a different, more fulfilling direction.
Out of Bounds Moon
Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons.
~ Donald Miller
The Sagittarius Moon is high Out of Bounds (OOB) by declination (June 13-17). The OOB Moon can urge you to stray beyond your usual comfort zone, leaving you feeling a bit out of touch, disconnected, isolated or alone. With the Moon bobbing up and down in choppy Neptunian waters (courtesy of the T-square), these OOB effects could become a bit amplified.
On the other hand, the OOB Moon might actually be a saving grace by detaching you a bit from the emotional ups and downs from stormy Neptune. In other words, a little seclusion or distance could help you lift yourself out of any emotional overwhelm, if you feel like you're drowning in feelings. Even if it's uncomfortable or unfamiliar, consider taking the gift it offers, unless it makes things significantly worse for you, in which case you might find a less triggering way of putting some breathing room between you and the source of your stress.
An OOB Sagittarius Moon may coax you to stretch yourself far away from the humdrum-normal, out where you can soar free from heavy feelings. Finding things to uplift you can be very healing and liberating, if it helps you shake off the chains that keep you anchored to sadness or grief. Sagittarius always aims to liberate us from that which weighs us down or keeps us trapped.
That said, an OOB Moon might also make it harder to know how far (out/away) is far enough. In other words, if you're entirely disconnected from whatever you're trying to escape from, how will you know when you're free? The state of being free tends to be measured relative to that which makes you feel not-free. You'll need a frame of reference when you're "out there" or you might be tempted to let go of the spiritual/psychological umbilical cord that allows you to find your way back to Planet Earth where you can integrate your liberated perspective into your life.
So, you may find it's helpful to let the OOB Moon lift you up out of the day-to-day swamp, even if it feels unfamiliar and a bit scary. However, it's probably wise to keep one foot on the ground so you can bring yourself back safely to the mundane world where you still need to live.
Crash : You're gonna have to learn your cliches. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to learn them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play 'em one day at a time."
Nuke : [writing] "Got to play..." Pretty boring.
Crash : Of course it's boring. That's the point. Write it down.
Nuke : "One...day...at a time."
~ From the movie Bull Durham
Thankfully, Saturn is playing a supportive role in this drama. Saturn sits at the apex of a Wedge aspect pattern through a sextile to the Moon (60°) and a trine to the Sun (120°). If the apex of a T-square highlights a problem, then the apex of a Wedge shows a resource or potential solution to the problem.
Saturn in Aquarius suggests that friends can be a good resource right now. Getting together with like-minded people can be very helpful. You can remind each other how to get realigned with your shared values and priorities, as well as how to revitalize your strength in doing so. So, Saturn seems to recommend that you check in with others who "get" you and what you're aiming for, which lately may seem obscure, out of reach, or even a bit hopeless.
Stability is Saturn's trademark, which can be a powerful remedy for ambiguity or disorientation. It gives you something to grab hold of when what you're reaching for feels like it's just slipping through your fingers. Find something that's familiar, something where you know exactly what to do and how to do it. Saturn's like that – predictable, clear, definite, stable. Despite his reputation for being overly heavy, Saturn can actually be very helpful if you're emotionally upset. Find something to do for a while that's rote, predictable, sensible, objective, logical or ordered.
Boring? "Of course it's boring, that's the point." ;-) This can take you out of your overwhelm and get your feet back on solid ground again, so you're not flailing around in emotional waters. Once you're more grounded and centered, from there you can decide where you want to go and how best to get there.
In the same way, if you're feeling crunched mentally or physically, take some time out to balance yourself with some pleasure, relaxation and self-care. Here again, Saturn's preference for stability, pacing yourself, and patience can help you stay in that calmer place. Enjoyment and relaxation might not sound like Saturn, but remember that Saturn is exalted in Libra – he understands the need for balance and pleasure, as long as you use it as a way of achieving stability and wholeness, not merely as an escape from responsibilities.
Mars conjunct Chiron in Aries
Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.
~ Winston S. Churchill
Mars is strong in Aries, being its planetary ruler. It brings out Mars' love of action, independence, and picking up the gauntlet to test his courage and stamina. To meet these challenges requires self-confidence, decisiveness and faith in your ability to take action.
However, Chiron is right there with Mars in conjunction. Chiron's archetype tends to remind us of our "feet of clay", our human vulnerabilities and imperfections. It represents the part of us that falls short of the best we envision ourselves to be or the highest expectations we believe we must live up to.
It is associated with the concept of the Wounded Healer. Chiron in Aries shows our human weakness and shortcomings, and reveals the cracks in our façade of self-confidence, courage and ability to take action. And yet, by facing those imperfections and learning to accept ourselves as a work in progress, Chiron can teach us how to find a balance between our highest potential and our uncultivated instincts
So, Chiron conjunct Mars in that sign may catch you second-guessing yourself when faced with a challenge, goal or ambition. You might question if you have what it takes to make it happen. Can you stay focused long enough to avoid fragmenting or diluting your efforts? On the other hand, self-doubt can be showing us something useful and important. Mars-Chiron could be indicating that your intentions and efforts have grown out of sync with your dreams, visions and aspirations. Does your goal need to be adjusted to make it more doable?
Since Mars relates to your energy level, you might find yours is sagging while the Mars-Chiron conjunction is in orb (throughout June, peaking on June 15). So, does your energy—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or psychological—need to be rejuvenated and healed in order for you to move on or move ahead?
For instance, if you're finally returning to "normal" after 2+ years of cautious Covid restraint, you might feel surprisingly anxious or drained from doing things that have been unsafe. And now you're relearning how to be out in the world without feeling afraid. Don't underestimate the effects of 2+ years of hyper-self-protection.
Mars and Chiron provide an opportunity to revive your Mars/Aries energy by showing how your energy and fortitude might be stumbling on wobbly legs. A little at a time, for now, might be wiser than trying to run a marathon right out of the gate.
Jupiter and Mercury
Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.
~ Roy T. Bennett
Jupiter is the planetary ruler of the Sagittarius Full Moon. He sends his bountiful energy over there from Aries, where he's been since May 10 and will remain there until May 2023, with a brief return to Pisces from October 28 to December 20 later this year.
The Full Moon in Fiery Sagittarius with its ruler being in Fiery Aries adds extra enthusiasm for adventure, drive for independence, and a need for an inspired destination going forward. Jupiter has few aspects to other planets, so its energy seems to be wandering around backstage more than taking the centre spotlight.
Enter Mercury who approaches a sextile with Jupiter, which perfects on June 20 and stays in a 6° orb from June 12-25. Mercury is finally direct but still in the shadow (until June 18), having just made his entrance back into Gemini where his retrograde dance began (May 10 to June 3).
This isn't the first time Mercury and Jupiter have crossed paths during that dance. They also made the sextile on April 27 (Mercury direct) and May 19 (retrograde), remaining in a 6° orb from April 21 to May 28. This upcoming pass is the final one in Mercury's retrograde cycle.
This 3-phase Mercury-Jupiter sextile has provided an opportunity to explore new ideas and try on new perspectives—if you've been paying attention to fleeting thoughts flitting through your mind. Using this transit's energy, a philosophical approach to problem-solving could help find innovative solutions, which are less likely to get bogged down by overly stiff logic or a dogmatic viewpoint. Try using your intellectual imagination combined with open-mindedness to cook up some delicious food for thought that will make ordinary ideas spicy and exotic.
Venus, Uranus and Mercury (with a side of Saturn)
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
~ E.B. White
Venus is conjunct Uranus in Taurus, having just passed exact (June 11). Since Venus is the ruler of Taurus, she acts as the gracious hostess of this surprise party. She applies to a sextile to Neptune (June 19) as well as being conjunct the North Lunar Node (June 16).
Venus therefore basks in the spotlight and serves up a generous helping of sensual pleasures and creature comforts to the Full Moon dining table, but with a twist. She reminds us that for all the spiritual enlightenment and struggle for perfection that we may be wrestling with, one of the (surprising) ways to achieve harmony and oneness with the Universe is by feeding the body as well as the soul.
In other words, it is possible to engage with a sacred side of life through the body, not necessarily by distancing ourselves from it. Think of it as a form of communion with nature – in fact, it can help to be open to a different experience with your body. It might be through food, it might be by surrounding yourself with the natural world, it might be about doing things that bring you into a state of balance between your heart and mind, between your spirit and your body.
Venus is separating from her conjunction with Uranus, and applies to a square aspect to Saturn. This brings back some of the Saturn-Uranus square energy, which sets off fireworks between the old and the new, the traditional versus the unorthodox, caution versus risk-taking, and staying with the tried-and-true versus breaking free to try something different.
Although there are no more exact passes of these two outer planets, they remain within close orb throughout most of 2022. In fact, they are on the verge of coming back into an 8° orb starting June 17 until Jan. 6, 2023, reaching their closest orb of 00:37 on Oct. 4, 2022.
So, Venus moving through the Saturn-Uranus square suggests that you may be feeling that tug-of-war between the spiritual and the material, detachment versus indulging in sensory pleasures, or philosophy and principles versus practicality and gratification. One is not necessarily better than the other, but you may find you can benefit from bringing these supposed opposites into a more cooperative balance.
Despite having just left Taurus and returned home to Gemini, Mercury is still conjunct the North Node, which is conjunct Venus which is conjunct Uranus. Together they form a Rolling Conjunction – that is, even though Uranus and Mercury are too far apart to be conjunct in their own right, the Node and Venus provide stepping stones so that all 4 are collectively conjunct.
In addition, Mercury and Uranus are fused together in a parallel by declination (only 0:03 orb), and Venus is also closely parallel to both of them (0:42 orb). The North Node is widely parallel to Mercury (1:42), and Saturn is widely contraparallel to Venus (1:42)
These parallels reinforce the influence of the Rolling Conjunction, as well as Saturn's square to Venus, Mercury, the Nodes, and more widely to Uranus. Together, this collective of planets and points shine a light on the Uranus side of the Saturn-Uranus scuffle, highlighting both the benefits and costs of leaving behind the certainty of Saturn's ordered universe.
And when he sings to you
Though you're deep in blue
You will see a ray of light creep through
And so remember this, life is no abyss
Somewhere there's a bluebird of happiness
~ Bluebird of Happiness, by Jan Peerce (and sung by Jimmy Durante)
The bluebird is a symbol of hope, happiness and the rising sun in cultures all over the world. Blain Bovee (The Sabian Symbols & Astrological Analysis) writes that it is "an image of beginnings that bode happiness, and fortunate possibilities just outside the door." Dane Rudhyar (An Astrological Mandala: second phrasing above) describes a more abstract interpretation of "reward which meets every effort at integration into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves." or "good fortune."
In the context of this Full Moon, the Symbol seems to advise that it's not wise to let stress, struggle and conflict ruin what is otherwise a potentially delightful blessing. We have only but to step outside the door we're sheltering behind to find something more uplifting and promising.
The only negative this might indicate is if you're focusing on the pleasurable "bluebird" in your life at the expense of ignoring, dismissing or denying other factors that still must be dealt with. In other words, make sure the lawn is watered, the animals are fed, the recycling is taken out, and wash the bird poop off the front gate. ;-)
So, look beyond any disappointment, disillusionment, shortfalls, broken promises or lethargy you're feeling plagued by (Neptune square Full Moon). Your dreams can still lift you up and show you a way forward (Jupiter in Aries). Adjust your direction, strategy and rationale, as needed, but don't give up (Mars-Chiron). Keep moving in some kind of substantial manner, no matter how small your steps (Saturn). Find a more workable balance between the spiritual and the physical (Venus-Uranus-Node-Mercury square Saturn). There are more possibilities and opportunities to be found just around the corner and over the hill (Sagittarius).
Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, 1927
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