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Today's edition of Planet Waves TV [play video here] looks at the combination of summer solstice and Sagittarius Full Moon that we're now experiencing. I also offer additional preparation for Mars stationing direct in Scorpio on June 29. That's coming up fast -- get ready.

Fulcrum Moment: Full Moon, Northern Solstice, Mars Stationing

Dear Friend and Reader:

The astrology of the moment is a beautiful trifecta. The Moon is full on Monday morning in Sagittarius for the second time in 29 days. The Sun is at northern solstice -- it's the beginning of summer season up above, and the beginning of winter down below.

And Mars is stationing direct (that is, the 10-week retrograde is soon ending). Currently Mars is moving just a few arc minutes a day, and will be going a little slower each day for the next week; nearly as slow as Pluto. Of the three events, I think that the Mars station is the most relevant to inner focus and alignment. So let's go over that one first -- and there will be more details in the short video linked above.

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Position of Mars day by day as it approaches the moment when it goes direct. Notice that it's only moving a fraction of a degree each day.
Mars in Scorpio is a potent symbol of aligning with what is so. It's like stacking your awareness, your intentions and your motivation to action in one place. That place can be experienced physically, emotionally or psychologically.

Often the three levels or experiences are intertwined, though you might want to check with each of them individually.

The purpose of this Mars event seems to be about connecting with your desire honestly. Mars and Scorpio are involved. There is a subtle or not-so-subtle reminder that time on our plane of reality is finite; Mars is about making up your mind and taking action while you can.

This could be about anything, any topic of life, though there is something biological about this combination of factors. By biological I mean that it's physical down to the level of scent, of hormones, of pheromones. It's about that distinctly human contact point between the emotional realm, physical attraction and a sense of your own psychology being fulfilled.

Were you to skip all the rationales about what you are and are not supposed to do, and what is supposedly appropriate, how would you answer the question: who do you want?

Remember that Mars stationing direct is directly connected to the now triple conjunction of Ceres, Uranus and Eris -- some vast cultural process that is affecting every single person. There is something here about claiming true identify back from the Internet. Think of it as down to earth as connecting with your own body odor as your absolutely unique identifier in the universe.

As for this Full Moon into solstice maneuver: we get an odd Full Moon in that it's the second consecutive one in Sagittarius, and it happens right at the end of a pair of signs (Gemini and Sagittarius are involved). Then both luminaries rapidly enter cardinal signs.

This Full Moon has momentum, it has the power to resolve anything that's currently at loggerheads, and it is promising to lead to fruitful action. The Sun joins Venus in Cancer, and this is about loving what you do, loving existence, loving who and what you nourish, and taking care of yourself. By that I mean the usual food, rest and recreation -- though really, I mean seeking the pleasures that you want, and calling that life.

The astrology readings below are based on these factors, with nuances given by Sun and rising sign.


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Monday Morning Horoscope for June 20, 2016 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- For who you are and what you're doing, you need special kinds of nutrients. Like an athlete must stay hydrated and pack carbs, you must feed the person you're becoming. You might be wondering who that is, but don't psych yourself out. Identity is not as simple as putting on a hat with the Nike swoosh. It's an inner process, and you're putting what seem to be pieces together. Here's the thing: you can never be more or less than one person with one life. You might think you're many people playing many roles with many missions. What you want to nourish is exactly the opposite of that. Get some focus and simplify. Remove commitments that are not working for you, and that don't serve the larger purpose you're growing toward. Make time and space for what is actually working, and don't be afraid to drop what is not serving you. Rest and eat real food. You will like the results.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- Some important relationships in your life are finding their new way of being. This is a somewhat mysterious process that's related to you making some vivid discoveries about who you are. At the same time, people in your environment are going through a similar process of getting their intentions in order. One thing that's clear is that if everyone is willing to compromise and accommodate one another just a little (not a lot, just modest compromise), there will be room for everyone, and their goals. The key is being willing to make a series of adjustments, in real time, learning as you go. Small obstacles and obstructions add up to problems, and removing them adds up to clarity and flow. It will help to go to the deeper level of having mutual understandings of what everyone is working toward, and drawing strength from common goals and standing on mutual ground.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- You may be feeling the calling to devote yourself to a goal with full strength. It may seem like you're doing this for someone or something, though you're really doing it for yourself. I don't mean self-serving in the usual sense of that; I mean in service of your integrity, your ideals and your bonds with others. Once you have those things in line, there will be plenty of overflow of benefits for everyone. Therefore, focus on your commitments. Keep your promises; and for what you cannot keep, or must delay, negotiate and make new arrangements. You're not the prisoner of your commitments, though you might feel like that at times. Rather, you work in service of them and they work in service of you. Be grateful that you have a structure to use, which will help keep you focused. The more you work within your existing structure, the more freedom you will have -- including the freedom to make changes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- The Sun enters your sign in grand style this week, on the heels of the Full Moon. Better still, Venus is in your sign, which is helping you attract whom and what you want -- even in this unpredictable and unstable moment of time. Make yourself one promise: sometime in the next four weeks, you'll slow down and take some time for yourself. By this I mean open up space to appreciate who and what you love the most in life -- space to remind yourself of, and to strengthen your bond with, those people and things most meaningful to you. Venus is bestowing you with some magnetic power, to draw toward you more of whatever that is. Tune into that vibration and let it fill you up. This might take a little trust and it'll definitely call on you to filter out some of the noise and distraction that flood our lives so easily these days. It'll be worth any care or effort required.
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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- You seem uncertain about what you need to feel safe. Is it some form of emotional reassurance? Is it the feeling of stability? Or do you need to find your core of self-reliance, the one that has worked for you so well in the past? I would propose that the less you can make this about other people, and the more you can make it about yourself, the better you will feel. Despite ancient and modern mythology to the contrary, your confidence comes from you. Your security comes from you. This begins with you deciding to feel comfortable in your own skin and accepting of who you are. There's something huge here about giving yourself permission to desire exactly what you need, without judgment. The more honest you are with yourself, the more confidence you will feel. Therefore, if you're feeling shaky, get real with yourself and you will feel better.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- You can cool off on asserting yourself and your point of view. I know it's been challenging the past couple of months, getting clear, making your viewpoint clear and then getting others on board. You can ease back on all such efforts for a while, and instead pay attention to who actually hears what you say the first time you say it. It would be much more productive use of your time to observe your own thoughts and feelings evolving, and then to listen to (and hear) yourself. Your opinion about some unusually deep matter is changing. You might say it's doing so despite your intentions or best efforts, and seems to have a life of its own. But ‘its life' is really evidence that you are alive, that you're breaking free of something, and that a new burst of life will sprout from the compost of old fears, ideas about yourself and feelings that no longer serve you.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- You're working with some extraordinary mojo when it comes to meeting your highest goals and objectives. In other words, this is the week -- and indeed the month -- not only to dress for success, but to look for every opportunity to make your way in the world. Your planets are especially well-favored for two things. One is a take-charge attitude that also includes building your reputation. The other is working with people who are higher on the food chain or ladder of success than you are. The key to both is a gentle, friendly and creative approach rather than an ambitious or aggressive one. By all means know what you want and develop your plan for getting there, but remember that success is always about how you work with others. And that spirit of collaboration is where you are shining bright. Remember that for a Libra, doing quality work means taking care of people, and it means doing everything beautifully.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- You may be aware that for about two months, Mars (the first planet associated with your sign) has been retrograde. Mars is now in Scorpio, slowing down as it gets ready to change directions: a process that peaks on June 29 but which spreads out two weeks in either direction. You may feel some deep movement in your emotions or in your soul. You may feel like you're realigning with yourself. You may feel like you're coming to terms with some unusually deep questions that you typically don't ask yourself, much less answer. If you find yourself asking, go gently on getting a response. This is very much a matter of allowing the information to bubble up from a deep level of your psyche. This might come from so deep you discover a new dimension of who you are. There is one thing you can do to facilitate this process: be honest with yourself about what you want. Do not pretend; do not deny. Be real with yourself. You will feel great.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- You will need to keep a handle on your emotions today, and if you do, you can figure out something about a nagging emotional need. This might be masquerading as a sexual need, question or issue, and that's true on one level. I see two things going on. One is about your ability to receive love and other forms of emotional nourishment. For many people it's easier to love others than it is to receive, though what that prevents is an exchange. And an exchange is what you want. The other thing relates to self-worth. It's true that the whole self-esteem issue has gripped society on a pandemic scale. Yet it's your destiny to go beyond this, perhaps before any of your friends; and you know you're a pioneer. This may not be comfortable territory for you, because the thing you need in order to receive emotional nutrients is vulnerability. Yet the moment you open up, you will feel like someone let the oxygen back into the room.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- If you're feeling isolated or lonely, or like nobody understands you, take a deep breath. Help is on the way. The Sun enters your opposite sign Cancer on Tuesday, and that will shine some light on your love life. You'll feel more at home on the planet. Until then it will be helpful if you go gently on yourself, and remember that much of our world is in dire straits. You might need a reminder that you can reach out to others. I suggest you invite over a close friend or two and cook them dinner (not take-out, not instant mac and cheese -- actual cooking). What you want to cultivate is the feeling of home. This is more than a safe space; it's your space, among the people whom you choose to be with. This feeling is disappearing rapidly as living space become less stable, and more time is spent out of the house than benefits anyone.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Make a list of everything you would need to do to take care of yourself, and get busy. What's missing from your life? Exercise? Getting outside? More wholesome food? Cleaning out closets? Better rest? Focus your life on providing those things for yourself. What do you have too much of? Responsibility? Visibility? Relentless effort? Ease back on that and see if you can let your mind, rather than brute force, do the work. When you experience resistance, whether internal or in your environment, pause and see if you can figure out where it's coming from. You're making an adjustment in how you assert your will. Rather than applying pressure or persuasion, see if you can align yourself with the right thing. This may take an act of faith, but it won't be blind faith. If you gently lean into what you want, or want to do, you might find that the world moves more easily than you expected.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You seem to be making some important adjustments around money: how you think about it, how you handle it, and what you can do with it. This would be an especially helpful time to conduct some long-term planning, such as sketching out your one-year plan and your five-year plan. Granted, the world is going so fast that most people don't even dare to think about the future. Though the opportunity you now have is so good you don't want to miss it. So, be brave and really consider what you want, what you want to accomplish and where, geographically, you might want to be. You won't be held to any of these plans; you're not setting anything in concrete and steel. You're merely writing a rough draft that you will revise a number of times. More than anything, this is about getting your ideas going and beginning a creative process that will teach you something helpful.

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