Welcome, friends, to “+4 To Initiative: Astrology for Geeks!” My name is Ryven Cedrylle and I’m thrilled to have a column here on Geek’sDreamGirl. Each month, I’ll be giving you a heads-up on the upcoming planetary trends and cycles so you can make the best of all the information astrology has to offer. (Go here for last month’s article!)
As you read the forecasts for your sign, remember that astrology is not meant to predict some inescapable destiny but to open up opportunities where you may or may not have seen them before. Now – draw your weapon, ready your mind and don’t forget to add your +4 To Initiative!
June 1 – Stealthy, ethereal and mystical Neptune starts this month off by grinding to a halt at 28° Aquarius and hauling tail backward into the sign of the Water Bearer. This gives me the opportunity to share one of the most important things I can ever tell you about astrology – you can either master an event, or let it master you. Use it or lose it; those are your options. You see, all astrological phenomena are potential, like waves on the ocean. The same wave that you can ride to shore to win the surfing contest can also dash you against the rocks. It’s perfectly happy in either case and will continue on its way regardless of what happens to you.
When Neptune goes into retrograde, it signals a trend for imagination and fantasy to pull away from or oppose reality rather than support it. (I shouldn’t have to explain on this site how imagination and fantasy can support reality!) Though it’s not as initially noticeable as other planets – such as the recent Saturn movement – stuff tends to come up missing over the next week or so. While losing your housekeys or credit card is certainly possible, a creative block or the loss of insight is a much more common manifestation. There can also be anti-revelations or anti-epiphanies, sudden realizations that seem right but end up backfiring. It occurs to me now that my wife’s 21-day progesterone test (she’s on Clomid for infertility) is on June 1 (*facepalm*) but it can’t be helped. That’s her day 21 and it’s not a particularly good day for analytical testing, as you can guess.
So how do we ride this wave, instead? What can I do to make the best of my wife’s medical situation? Be willful in your affirmations, forceful in your meditations and, like my favorite Quaker proverb, let prayer be ‘the cannon with which we assault the throne of grace.’ This goes for you non-mystical types too! Even the most skeptical, self-made athletes and business moguls will tell you that visualizing the goal beforehand is a vital key to success – it doesn’t have to be all mumbo-jumbo. As Neptune makes this yearly about-face, resolve to bring the power of your own dreams and imagination to bear.
OK, enough of that. Let’s get to the individual signs.
Your ruling planet, Mars, ingresses from Leo to Virgo around the 7th of the month and makes an exact quincunx (150°) to the brief Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in your home sign. Though you may have been something of a leader the last couple months, it’s time for you to take a backseat – no small feat for an Aries. The battle is won not by flair or style for the next couple months, but by diligence and service. Be like the samurai, for whom loyalty to one’s daimyo and perfection at the tea ceremony are as integral as skill with the blade.
June may be pretty quiet for you, Taurus, but let’s be honest – you kinda like it that way. There’s no major activity in your home sign, and the most significant aspects your ruling planet Venus makes is a Yod (a pair of 150° angles) to Neptune/Chiron and Pluto/N. Node/Ceres. This puts you out of the reach of a lot of the turmoil that other signs are feeling. As Mercury finishes its last pass through Taurus for the year, expect visitors to seek shelter within your safe haven and messages requesting your help. You’ve almost got this Field of Dreams thing going for you in June – if you build it, they will come.
June should be a huge improvement over May for you, Gemini. You have the New Moon in your sign and Mercury is at top speed, paving your path. Venus, the Sun and Juno all spend a fair amount of time in your home sign as well, letting you follow up with some of those romantic opportunities you may have missed last month, but don’t dawdle! You’ll have to get moving by the end of the first week or so. The only downside is that you’re caught in the middle of the Saturn vs. Jupiter/Uranus tug’o’war, but multitasking has never been a problem for you, has it? See what you can do to mediate the squabbles that seem to arise, but do so honestly and without being duplicitous. You don’t want to end up in a Ranma ½ sort of place.
Like Gemini, the Sun, Venus and Juno all show up in your home sign making relationships a priority, particularly toward the teens and 20′s of the month. Your ruling planet, the Moon, visits Neptune, Chiron, Jupiter, and Uranus (the latter two also square Pluto) between the 3rd and the 6th, so those few days may feel particularly hectic or off-balancing, but probably in an enjoyable way. As example, my wife – who is a Cancer – has recently decided to enter a whirlwind 3-week intensive training schedule to make it into a roller derby league, whose tryouts are on the 5th. The Moon comes home to Cancer between the 12th and 14th so spend unwinding time at home with the family; maybe play Catan or something.
As I explained to Aries, Mars is leaving your home sign this month, which will probably take a bit of the wind out of your sails. You do pick up Venus around the 14th and with your ruling planet, the Sun, moving through Gemini with a Mercury conjunction, it’s best for you to get to know some of the friends you made in May a little bit better. It’s OK to be more talk and less action this month. In fact, you probably want to lean on your verbal skill this month as that is where you will be most able to exert your influence. Work on that Inspiring Word!!
Hang on fellow Virgoans, the end is in sight! Though constricting, limiting Saturn continues to muddle about at the 28th degree of Virgo this month, he is at least moving forward again and will leave for good in mid-July. That being said, he’s currently in something of a fight with Jupiter and Uranus. Like Dick Grayson, itching to become Nightwing after being dismissed from the position as Robin, you may feel the urge to break out, to expand your horizons and be rebellious! Wait another month, though, before doing whatever crazy thing it is you have in mind. Vesta moves into Virgo this month, so bide your time and be sure to save up your resources (vacation days, money, etc) – something you have a knack for anyway.
The Jupiter/Uranus conjunction is directly opposite you in Aries, Libra, so what are you going to do about it? Travel? Invent? Study? Socialize? Move in a direction not normally characteristic for you, but be sure to balance this new thing with the rest of you in a healthful way. Truth is, you’re staring down the barrel of Saturn coming into your home sign and that’s sort of like the two weeks before the next semester of school starts – you know it’s coming, so do something awesome now! Otherwise, like your sister Taurus, the month is fairly calm and bland. It’s up to you to make things happen!
Does a certain problem at work have you stumped? Is there a pattern you’re not seeing in your relationships or an opponent who continues to pwn you in the Starcraft 2 beta? June 25th (give or take a day, of course) is the day you’re looking for as Pallas, the symbol of strategic thinking and creative planning stations and turns direct (forward-moving) in your home sign. Your ruling planet, Mars, cuts into Virgo soon as well so a steady diet of research and analysis is the cure for what ails you. Just be sure not to gloat too much as a square to Venus as it moves through Leo tends to dampen your charisma a little bit.
The asteroid Ceres retrogrades back into your home sign for a while this month; if you’ve experience a change in job, relationships or hobbies that has added to your sense of fulfillment and self-esteem, prepare for an obstacle. This is of course not meant to say that all is lost, just that you are being asked to generate those feelings for yourself despite the setbacks than you may face. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, is about to conjunct Uranus in Aries opposing a Virgoan Saturn, so there’s an opportunity for exploration and freedom – two of your favorite things! – but boundary-setting Saturn is likely to try to herd you in a certain direction. The month has a feeling of two steps forward, one step back, but no more frustrating than if you’ve been watching “Lost” or “Flash Forward.”
This month, the Full Moon lands in your sign, Capricorn, on the 26th – and not only is it a Full Moon, it’s a Lunar Eclipse! Eclipses almost make up their own sub-branch of astrology but I don’t have room to go into that here. Point being, it is a highly auspicious time to make course corrections in long-term goals, specifically goals that align with Capricorn’s interests like earning promotions, weight loss, being a good father and banking/finance dealings. Maybe you should go pick up a copy of Rich Dad/Poor Dad? Events that occur on eclipses tend to be the beginning of stories more than intermediary action, so be mindful about what butterfly effects you may be introducing into the world. You have a distinct advantage in improving your quality of life by making positive change around that time.
Remember all that stuff I said at the beginning about Neptune? It goes double for you, pal, because it happens in your home sign. Go back and read that again. In other news, your ruling planet Saturn undergoes a phase change relative to the Sun on the 19th. Couple that with its current opposition to Jupiter/Uranus and your occasional “alone in a crowd” moods and you may just want to check out for a while. There’s nothing wrong with that – take a couple mental health days to recharge. Also consider following your altruistic side and plant a tree or volunteer with an animal shelter or something. If you really just want to stay home and play hermit, let me recommend Visions by Michio Kaku. It’s a slightly older book, but it should tickle your interests regardless.
Hello? Pisces? Are you there? You’ve been gone a long time.. guess I’ll just leave this here and you can read it when you come back from wherever you are. This month, you have the opposite problem as Virgo. Virgo wants to break out, but shouldn’t or can’t. You’re already flying around out there and need to land somewhere. Jupiter and Uranus will be headed back into your home sign once again during their retrograde periods and while that may provide you with some really incredible dreams and powerful insight, everyone else is hearing gibberish. Last month, Saturn was retrograde and Jupiter/Uranus were direct, so you had a lot of experience, but needed internal structure to organize it. Now that things are reversed, you’ve got the goal, but are having trouble expressing it to everyone else. Sit down and write everything out top to bottom before presenting your case. Your picture is a good bit bigger than everyone else’s and they’re going to need to adjust to your perspective. Describe each individual adventure in order for your group to grasp the campaign.
Ryven Cedrylle is a Christian, husband, scientist, gamer and astrologer – in that order. He contributes regularly to the At-Will Blog and the Power Source Podcast. Find out more about astrology and Ryven’s unique services at Christian Astrology.