Welcome to June, dear Stars to Stories readers, the official season of our chasing maximum light as we orbit around the sun.
At the solstice time we reflect on the abundance of light, although see too redolently that at this zenith point, the only thing to come now is greater darkness. There is paradox in attempting to hold onto the sun, just as there is to hold onto the absence of such.
Countless myths have been told about the dangers of flying too close to that big ball of fire we depend on, and it begs to be asked—shouldn’t we have learned that by now? What if what we need at this point is to back away? Back away from chasing greater power, greater health, greater opportunities, greater everything. What we need right now might be a mix of the dark and light, just as every single combination of day and night provides to us so sweetly. Maybe the extremism of mosts—the most light, the most heat, the most darkness, the most cold is not as helpful to us as those pleasant, dynamic mixes of diverse elements.
If one continually goes out seeking more, the secret subtext being said is ‘never enough.’ We can heal indefinitely, and we can never heal enough. We can make money, and we can never make enough. This pattern applies to every single category under the…you know what I’m saying. What if chasing down our ideals is part of what is making us crazy? We will never be unbreakable enough, perfect enough, immortal enough, plastic enough, inhuman enough, but then again, why the hell should we want to be any of these things?
We can obsess over what is missing, what is broken, and what ‘isn’t enough’ indefinitely, but what we need to offer to the bonfires this solstice time is all those gaps we hold onto as excuses not to ever try anything new. Getting a whole nation or society to fixate on what is wrong with their bodies is a good way to distract just from what our bodies can do. Same goes with our minds. Our hearts. Our spirits.
Instead of chasing the greatest heights and greatest sun this summer, I challenge you to release your lack, your gaps, your missing. I’ll do the same, and we can see just what comes of it as we approach closer to the equinox and further away from the pinnacle.
We won’t always be able to fix countries, families, relationships, and bodies ‘enough,’ but we can experience freedom through giving up on what is toxic and stuck, and starting over and over again until we can regenerate something that feels a little more exciting, joyous, and life supporting. It may come with feelings of risk, but at this point, doesn’t it seem worth trying?
This summer, especially July, is sure to bring intensity, so stick to those you love and check on those who you don’t hear from as regularly as you’re used to. With all the focus on self-care right now, we could all use some TLC that comes from others when our reserves are depleted and theirs are replenished. Funny how that happens sometimes.
I’m sending you lots of love this month, and may you feel guided by what’s beyond. Please, take good care this summer knowing that you are enough.
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June might be another slower month for you, at least one where you don’t feel quite as effective as normal. There still may be knots to work out in some of your efforts, especially as it relates to home and family matters. There could be arguing that occurs in the second week of the month, but writing it out, or confiding in a sibling or neighbor friend helps. If your sibling is the one causing a conundrum, this could indicate deeper issues that will take more time over the summer to truly understand. August shows happier skies, and some problems need extended periods of reflection in order to work themselves out and through the other side.
I hope May brought sweet things to you while your sign’s ruler, Venus, was in Taurus. The pace will pick back up in June, with conversations about money popping up after the new moon on the 3rd and continuing into the second week of the month. There could be arguments that occur with a sibling over family, children, or old childhood issues. Youth doesn’t forget what age wants to ignore. If there’s an airy, anxious, and emotional quality to this, do what you can to root yourself to what is real, physical, and tangible. Treat your body well, and get some time outside where you can feel nurtured and abundantly provided for.
Busy you are, although that may come as no surprise for your natural course of life! There’s a new moon in your home sign on the 3rd, just as your sign’s ruler, Mercury, is about to leave Gemini for the much more emotional realm of Cancer. However, just as Mercury moves out of its comfort zone, Venus moves into your sign through the end of the month. With these shifts, there may be increased conversations about relationships, money, and how you relate to both of these things. By the full moon on the 16th, there’s inspiration afloat on how to make proper mergers with others. If adjustment is needed, take into account what connects you to others, as well as what separates.
Have you been feeling a bit aimless these days? Angry? Impotent? If your ordinarily protective state of being has been poked, prodded, and a bit inflamed recently, I wouldn’t be surprised. June is a mixed bag—the full moon on the 3rd might bring pleasant news, perhaps about friends, siblings, or writing opportunities, but the week after there could be intensity in terms of hard conversations and oppositions to whatever it is you’re trying to get done. The start of summer on the 21st might not feel the friendliest, but come August you can start to expect some relief in terms of things starting to cohere and work themselves out.
This month might be the calm before the storm when things still connect easily and quickly without overcrowding you. July could be another story, though, where arguments may arise, and contain issues worth revisiting more than once. Use this time now to enjoy the friends and relationships that boost your light and your confidence, knowing that there will be work ahead later this summer. Lucky for you there’s a full moon on the 16th that’s in sweet aspect to your sign. Those Leos born in August, or with Ascendants 8-28° will feel this the most. I hope you catch a beneficial teaching, publishing, or spiritually-focused breakthrough!
This month may feel like a shift from the busy, airy communication of May into something more heartfelt and emotional. Instead of everything being about your inbox, you might be feeling the need to spend more time with friends and partners. In the second week of the month, an issue may arise in a group you belong to over a difference in opinion about which direction to move towards in the future. It’s worth sorting through though—if there’s a substantial argument it could very well be revisited this summer down to the smallest details. Luckily, that’s something your sign knows how to do!
The new moon in Gemini on June 3rd jumpstarts conversations about teaching or travel opportunities that your sign’s ruler, Venus, will help to sweeten and connect by the 9th. What does that mean for you? There may be frenzies of communication going on as it relates to new long-distance travel plans or education. However, there could be some arguments that break out later on in the second week of this month. Maybe your proposals need adjustment to take into consideration other family issues or larger career goals? There’s probably going to be some rougher stuff that pops up this summer, so keep the long view in mind. Don’t neglect responsibilities at the expense of quick and easy connections.
You might still feel a bit sluggish this month, with the ruler of your sign, Mars, in the emotional realm of Cancer. Are you traveling to see family in June? Visiting siblings or old neighborhoods? From the new moon in Gemini on the 3rd to the full moon in Sagittarius on the 16th changes in beliefs about home and belonging may trigger you to inspect how you view your finances and possessions. Whereas the beginning of the month might expose what it is you owe or what it is you’ve inherited, by the second half of June there will be a culmination in what you make or spend.
The month of June starts with a new moon opposite your sign on the 3rd. There may be a fresh start to how you relate to others and what that means for your communication style. If May felt unusually annoying with minute details changing too quickly, some of that might recede after the 5th. For you, Sagittarius, brightness will come your way with the full moon in your home sign on the 16th. Something seems to be culminating in terms of the attention you receive and your identity and appearance. Soak it up! Your full moon only happens once a year.
The first day of the month may start sweetly for you, with Venus and the moon in a free flowing relationship to the planet that rules over your sign, Saturn. Maybe there’s a new writing or community-related plan you’re trying to put into motion on the new moon on the 3rd? By the second week of June, however, you may run into some deep feeling challenges. Is there opposition happening in one of your primary partnerships? Wishing there were more people on your side? The summer might not get off to the friendliest start, but you’ll come through the trials. You’ve got eclipses coming up in your sign next month, so stay strong and remember this is a temporary phase to endure.
For you, June could start off as fun and lighthearted, and bring up more serious issues during the course of the month. On the 3rd, the new moon in Gemini brings a fresh new start in something that feels pleasurable, joyful, and spontaneous. As the weeks go on, your enjoyment may become even sweeter and more grounded. Perhaps your focus goes from the group to a single person. Is there a sweetheart involved? Take delight in the moment as it occurs, however, it seems there’s also an out-of-reach emotional issue going on simultaneously. Is it that you don’t feel control over an issue concerning work or your health? Channel responsible Saturn, and don’t overlook the details.
The first half of the month may concern private matters that the rest of your larger world doesn’t quite see. Are you planning on enjoying this time by fixing up your home or spending quality time with family? Beautifying the neighborhood? Even simply sitting on the couch with a loved one could seem perfectly pleasurable in June. A lucky culmination in your career or public-facing activities may occur around the full moon in Sagittarius on the 16th. Don’t neglect what needs to be done, but of all the signs, you understand best that catching a break doesn’t always occur because of punishingly hard work. Hopefully, you’ve channeled in something spectacular!
Note: these horoscopes are intended as words of stimulation and suggestion, not as cardinal rule or unbiased fact. By engaging with this page, you agree that all choices made based on the information provided in this column are your responsibility alone. Take a breath and be well!