The days leading up to the Solstice on June 21 could be called “The Week of the Quincunx” because the quincunx, or inconjunct (150°), is the only aspect the major planets make all week. Venus in Leo is inconjunct Neptune on Tuesday, the Gemini Sun is inconjunct Saturn in Scorpio on Saturday and Venus in Leo is inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn on Sunday. There is nothing easy or comfortable about this aspect because the signs involved have little to nothing in common.
The easiest way to visualize this aspect is to look at opposing signs such as Leo and Aquarius. It is the signs on either side of Aquarius that Leo is inconjunct, Pisces and Capricorn. Flamboyant, fiery Leo thrives on being seen while reserved earthy Capricorn prefers to operate in the background and sensitive, watery Pisces often finds being the center of attention overwhelming. In the case of Gemini, it opposes Sagittarius and is inconjunct Scorpio and Capricorn. Gemini is the most mercurial of the signs and enjoys darting here and there collecting bits of information. Scorpio and Capricorn are both on the secretive side and prefer in-depth info.
A bright, shiny New Moon in Gemini happens of Tuesday and the luminaries happily dance with Mars in Gemini. There is much more to this New Moon though and it will be worth going deeper to find out exactly what that is.
The Summer Solstice occurs on Sunday and the Sun enters Cancer its annual visit. The Solstice chart has some interesting aspects including two involving the Cancer Sun sextile the Virgo Moon and both aspecting Saturn in Scorpio. If we go by the numbers, Saturn squares the Moon and is inconjunct the Sun. However the signs tell an entirely different story because Scorpio is trine Cancer and sextile Virgo. I like to compromise when this happens and believe the harmonious signs greatly soften the impact the hard numbers. Other aspects include a dynamic trine between Uranus in Aries and the waxing Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo, which combines all the glamour and drama of Leo with Aries spontaneity. Very exciting! A less helpful aspect is Mercury in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces because this suggests we will need to double check facts from now until the Winter Solstice. Groan. On the plus side, the elements are nicely balanced giving equal weight to fire and air vs. earth and water.
The Moon’s journey this week starts in airy Gemini featuring the New Moon in Gemini on Tuesday morning after which the Moon returns home to Cancer late Tuesday afternoon. Use Gemini’s mental agility to round up loose ends on Monday before the new lunar cycle starts the next day. Wednesday and Thursday the Cancer receives both kisses from Neptune and Saturn with pinches from Pluto Wednesday evening and Uranus early Thursday morning. Emotions may run high during the Cancer Moon days. The Leo Moon reigns over Friday and Saturday making those evenings the best for date nights. Saturday is when the Leo Moon conjoins first Venus, then Jupiter with a trine to Uranus thrown in for the fun it. On Sunday the Moon enters Virgo shortly after the Sun arrives in Cancer, making that a better day to do things as a family.
The obstacles we run into this week may not be resolvable at this time, so rather than wasting time and energy beating ourselves up it might be better to come back in a week or so. Change is the constant and eventually the planets will realign in more harmonious ways. Since it is Venus in Leo and the Gemini Sun running into difficulties I’m going to say it will be our social lives where plans fall through or otherwise run into problems. Be flexible and patient for now.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: © Diane Lang