June 2023: Propelled by Passion

There are a few major themes of this month.  The first is the conjunction of Jupiter and the North Moon Node in Taurus.  Both Jupiter and the North Moon Node have similar themes of expansiveness and growth.  In a way this makes their conjunction very helpful for giving us a boost of energy – almost like a rocket that will expedite our progress in a particular direction.  If you feel like you are on the path you want to be on, but progress has felt sluggish and difficult, you may find this is the energy you need to rocket forward.

However, with rockets, there is no guarantee that they are pointed in a good direction; the only guarantee is that they will move explosively along whatever their path happens to be.  Therefore, it is extremely important to make sure they are pointed in the right direction; otherwise, we may find that the rocket just adds a lot of energy along a false start path that we need to backtrack from.  To really use this expansive energy helpfully this month, be very conscious and deliberate about the path you want to move forward on.  Once the forward momentum starts, it will be difficult to change direction.

This means that early June is a perfect time to spend time contemplating what is most important to you.  What do you want to be investing time and energy in?  Is the path you are on a fulfilling one, or are there shifts you want to make?  Meditating and setting intentions around your desired path will help the Jupiter/North Node conjunction lock in on that to move you forward.

It is also important to look at what house Taurus falls in your chart to get a sense of what area of life you would expect to see this change.  For example, if Taurus is in your 4th house, you may contemplate your house, the city you live in, the people you live with, and your general personal environment.  Are these supportive of your soul and your growth?  Are there things you are dissatisfied with, but haven’t made a move to change?  This would be the time to set yourself on a path of change, and then let Jupiter and the North Node rocket you toward a new situation more aligned to your goals.

Also this month, Venus moves from Cancer to Leo.  This marks a big shift in the relational energy we feel toward others.  Venus also joins Mars when she moves into Leo.  Normally she would catch up to, and pass, Mars since Venus moves more quickly, but since Venus is slowing down and preparing for a retrograde in Leo, she actually just spends June chasing Mars through Leo without ever catching him before she stations retrograde in late July.  This extended Venus conjunct Mars energy is passionate and explosive, and it has similarities to the energy we experienced in Jan, Feb, and March of 2022.  In that case, Venus and Mars were moving through Capricorn and Aquarius together because Venus had just come off of a retrograde and was still moving slowly.  However, the Capricorn Venus/Mars energy was much more formal, and indicative of relational boundaries and frustrations over those boundaries not being honored.  The Leo Venus/Mars energy will be much warmer, and more inviting – if anything, it will burn with so hot a passion that it threatens to burn us out in the process.

Flow with the energies this month to spend time on whatever you are passionate about – enjoy this energy!  Often we wish for motivation and can’t seem to muster it, so this opportunity when passion is running through our hearts is one to take advantage of!  However, make sure to save some energy for yourself during this time.  It will be easy to lose yourself in relationships and in passion projects during this time because you feel motivated and inspired, but not realize how much you are wearing yourself down in the process.  Self care will be a good theme for us to keep in mind this month along with pursuing your passions!

Regardless of the self-care we try to institute, though, we are likely to finish the month of June feeling exhausted and like we need some down time alone, or down time with people who require very little energetically from us.  With all of these fiery Leo energies, there just isn’t an opportunity to slow down and find the cooling water among the rampant fire.  However, we start to get an opportunity to do that later in the month as the Sun moves from outgoing Gemini to inwardly-focused, nurturing Cancer.  The Cancer Sun will bring a much needed drink of refreshing mountain stream water after an intense fire spent the early part of the month evaporating any water around us.

Notice how you feel when the Sun moves to Cancer.   You are likely to still feel the pull of passion and motivation, but also be acutely aware of how much energy you have spent earlier in the month.  The last week of June would be a wonderful time for a relaxing spa day, or a day at home just relaxing and reading your favorite books or performing your favorite rituals.  If possible, plan some downtime for the last week of June, and at a minimum, ensure that your calendar isn’t so booked that it will be difficult to schedule in any last minute needed relaxation.

Between the expansiveness and growth of the Jupiter/North Moon Node conjunction early in the month, and the sustained Venus/Mars in Leo conjunction throughout the month, all of the themes this month are outward-facing.  It is a time to go – not a time to only be.  Move forward on your soul’s rocketship propelled by all the fires of your passion – just make sure you have plans for a relaxing oasis or two along the way.

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