…so this period of two steps forward and one step back continues.
by Lilly Roddy
Our planet of communication and transportation is retrograde from June 1 through July 7—a longer time than usual as Mercury drags her feet this year. Take care of old tasks, go to your high school reunions, and contact existing clients to reestablish connections. • Toward the middle of July, we move out of this slow period that we’ve been in since December 2013. Use this Mercury retrograde to get things in order. • We re-experience some of the energy of the Cardinal Cosmic Cross toward the middle of the month. This is the same energy we felt in April. It isn’t as strong, but it is still intense. You want to make decisions during this time, but it’s better to wait until July 7 to initiate them. The impulse to act then is hard to stop! • As Neptune goes retrograde on its yearly four-month cycle, we focus more on our inner spiritual development and facing our truths. • The sun begins the month in versatile Gemini and enters Cancer on the first day of summer at 5:51 a.m. CST. Mercury starts off in Cancer, but retrogrades quickly back into Gemini on the 17th. Venus is in her home sign of Taurus until the 23rd, when she enters Gemini. Mars is finally direct and moving through Libra. Jupiter remains in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, and Pluto in Capricorn.
Aries (March 21–April 19). You are talking about your day-to-day life this month, so it’s a good time to get things organized and finish up any old projects. You have a lot of extra energy, especially toward the middle of the month. You may be pulled in several directions at the same time. Don’t get mad, get centered, so you can make the best decisions for you. Career and relationship energies are especially tense in the latter half of the month. Home and family take the spotlight after the 21st. Don’t let yourself get overloaded.
Taurus (April 20–May 20). This month you are focusing on your finances and your sense of self-worth. This is an excellent time to take care of past debts or financial problems. You are getting back on track and getting your career or long-term goals in alignment with your future plans. It’s also a good time to work on health or diet plans. By mid month, you are paying more attention to detail than usual—a good time to get those piles of stuff cleaned up. Make sure you have some time to get away from it all near the end of the month.
Gemini (May 21–June 21). With Mercury (your ruling planet) going retrograde and in your sign of Gemini, this Mercury retrograde is for you! Get ready for a journey back into your past as you hear from people you haven’t heard from in years. At work, it’s a good time to market more to your existing clientele. You become more focused on your finances by the end of the month. Watch your spending! You are more impulsive here. Your energy levels remain strong throughout the month. You need some time to yourself by the end of June, so plan a short getaway then.
Illustration by David Eduardo Flores Perez.Cancer (June 22–July 22). This is your yearly birthday cycle or solar return—a time to consider what you have done over the last year. With Mercury going retrograde in Cancer, this is a very introspective birthday. You can really look back at your own history to see how far you have come and how much farther you want to go! This is a good month for planning, but you want to wait until early July to put your new ideas into action. You’ll have plenty of ideas just ready to go. Relationships are very tense at the end of the month. Don’t bury your feelings—speak up! Everyone is happier, especially you.
Leo (July 23–August 22). With Mercury retrograde in your solar 11th house, this is a great time to contact old friends or re-establish contact with a community organization. This helps you both socially and in your work. You are more outspoken and direct throughout June, but especially during the latter half of the month. You feel that certain things must be said. Toward the end of the month, you want to retreat from the spotlight. Continue working on your long-term plans—you are just about ready to move forward with them.
Virgo (August 23–September 22). Mercury, your ruling planet, goes retrograde in your career sector this month. This is a good time to take a look at where you are on your career path and decide if you’re happy. This is often a time when old problems reemerge in your career area. You could have trouble with your Internet connections this month. Remember, Virgo is a flexible sign! Get out and do something social, away from work. This does a lot for your sense of well-being. Be prepared to put your plans into action in July!
Libra (September 23–October 23). With Mars finally direct in your sign, you’re getting out of that “holding pattern” that you had been in during the last part of May. You are still addressing old issues, but you are getting them cleared off your to-do list. Stick to what’s on that list, and don’t add any more to it. Career energies take center stage by mid month. You are not the only one who needs to compromise. Be clear about what you want, because (shock and dismay!) you don’t have to make others happy. You are ready for a leadership role, either with a current employer or possibly by starting your own business. Keep your actions in check until July.
Scorpio (October 24–November 21). In spite of all the activity around you, you are just catching up with your current situation. As you reconnect with close friends and lovers this month, you also need some time for yourself so you can be nurtured and pampered. Relationships need to be recharged, and you are in the mood for that. By mid month, you want to get away from the daily grind. You can already feel it coming: this is going to be a busy year. Career energies improve a great deal by mid July. Hang on!
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21). You are very focused on relationships this month. Mercury is retrograding in your relationship sector, and if you are doing well in your relationship, this is a great time to get out of town and do something fun. If you are having problems, the retrograde brings them to the surface so you can address them. If you are single, you experience this through your very close friends. Be sure to take some time for yourself before the end of the month.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19). You are certainly in an action mode this month, addressing problems and getting things cleared out every day. You have a lot of new ideas for your career this month, but it would be best to wait until after July 7 to initiate them. You are more than ready for a change, but you don’t want to waste your efforts. Relationship energies could be especially tense toward the end of the month. You may have to “get real” with the people in your life, and some may need to go!
Aquarius (January 20–February 18). You are feeling more creative during June, so you need to lighten up on your work schedule and agenda. You have been working hard to get your life in order so you can feel that you have more long-term security in your life. Career energies are strong, but they are in a “wait and see” period. You may experience this as feeling stuck, but Saturn wants to be cautious and take her time. Use this month to check and see if you have all of your water jars in order! You are ready to move forward by mid July.
Pisces (February 18–March 20). With the emphasis this month on your solar fourth house (home, roots, and family), this is how you are spending your time this month. Many of you just want to retreat and get away from the obligations that are weighing you down mentally. It can be a great time for home projects, or for having only your closest friends over for dinner. Keep a handle on your spending—you could find yourself trying to justify whatever you want, especially toward the latter half of the month!