New Moon in 18 Gemini 01,
June 8, 11:56 am EDT
The first aspect after New Moon's arrival this month is Mercury square Uranus. That could suggest tension, but also a bright, new idea. It can be mental stimulation...or it might be frazzled nerves. It's a time to explore, invent—and maybe to change your mind. Take care against making impulsive decisions that you might later regret...but at the same time, be open to new concepts, new techniques. You might discover that something new, even weird, has a practical application for you. The void-of-course aspect for New Moon (at 4:29 am EDT) June 9, is a conjunction to Jupiter!
Ritual for New Moon in Gemini
This New Moon ritual is one that you can do alone or with others, as you wish. It's plan is to be a walking meditation in which you wander along thinking (or talking about) what you need to do in building new structures in your life and a new sense of security in them. As you move along, keep your eyes open for small stones that appeal to you. As you find one you like, pick it up and take it along with you. After you get back home, play with arranging the stones into a pattern that pleases you. Stack or arrange them in a pattern, as you wish. You could do this outdoors, or maybe indoors in a planter, or maybe in a small box of sand.
You may think I'm one bright bird
But quite surprised you'll be
When my Gemini thoughts take
flight and change
And I'm twins—or maybe three!
Quick as you are, you won't catch me!
As you place each stone, let it represent a part of your plan and intent. You could mark the stones to help you remember what each represents—or you could diagram your arrangement on paper and make notes. When you are finished, charge your intent with spiritual energy with the following chant, and then close it with "By all the power of three times three, as I do will, so mote it be!"
Stones designed by my intent
My path and duty now I see,
By Sun and Moon I do resolve
My plan becomes reality!
Crescent Moon, 6 Leo 57, June 12, 2:55 pm EDT
The day's aspects open with Moon square Saturn at 11:42 am, which suggests that a responsibility needs attention, or maybe an obstacle will need to be overcome. Moon's sextile to Mars late afternoon suggests this can be handled. Soon after that, though, Venus squares Uranus, then Moon trines Uranus in the wee hours of the next morning and then final aspects of Moon will be sextiles to Sun then Jupiter. There's opportunity here for something quite positive. Hey...could be romantic...but these are also signs that could stimulate creativity, so take advantage of them. Thursday June 13 could be an especially good day for this.
First Quarter Moon, 25 Virgo 43, June 16, 1:24 pm EDT
It's Father's Day today, so the obviously plan is to do something special for Dad—your own, or any other Dad you know, and of course a ritual in honor of the God is also in order. At least let's project a bright day when we can get out in the sunshine and glory in it!
Gibbous Moon, 14 Scorpio 06, June 20, 2:28 am EDT
This is the phase with the theme of "almost there, but not quite." Planetary aspects are quite good during this phase, with trineds of Moon to Venus, then Mercury, and Mercury conjunct Venus. If you've a project to complete, don't waste this day!
Summer Solstice, June 21, Sun at 0 Cancer 00, 1:04 am EDT
Sun moves into Cancer in the dark of the night, and Moon, entering Sagittarius, applies to square Neptune in Pisces...rather an interesting intro to Summer Solstice. It's Friday, and Full Moon arrives early Sunday morning, so one possible plan might be to hold Midsummer ritual on Saturday and combine it with Full Moon rite.
Full Moon, 2 Capricorn 10, June 23, 7:32 am EDT
A conjunction to Pluto, closely followed by a square to Uranus, suggests something unusual ...
Ritual for Summer Solstice and Full Moon in Capricorn
The zodiac sign of Cancer is closely associated with the home, motherhood and family. The Sun is at the height of power now, charged with energy and vitality. A great project for Summer Solstice could be to make and decorated a Sun Wheel to adorn and protect home and family, and to charge the health and vitality of all who dwell within your home. The traditional Sun Wheel design combines the solar cross within a circle. The solar cross is a vertical line of Spirit descending, and intersecting a horizontal line representing the realm of matter. In preparation for this ritual, gather materials ahead of time—and if you are working with a group, suggest materials that each could bring. Primarily they should be natural materials, although some bright gold or yellow ribbons make a good decorative addition. Symbols of the elements are especially good to find, such as a stone with a hole in it, or in a shape that can be tied and held in place to represent Earth—or sticks, perhaps, feathers for Air, seashells for water, and perhaps a crystal point for fire. A wreath of vines or flexible stems make a good base for the circle.
If you are in a city where outdoor vines might not be so easy to find, it should be possible to obtain a wreath of dried grapevine at a craft store. For the cross within the circle, two fairly straight sticks are needed, and some type of wire or binding twine to hold them in place. Bright yellow or orange flowers (either fresh or dried) contribute color. You might also add some protective plants such as St. John's wort or mistletoe. You'll also need some twine or florists wire to hold the vines into a circle attach the cross, and secure other materials. You can make the Sun wheel as a solitary rite, or you could assemble the tools and plan for a group to make Sun wheels together—this would work best with a small group.
Set out materials on a work table that can also serve as an altar, along with a bowl of water, salt, censer and incense and a gold or yellow candle for the Sun, and a green or silver candle for Mother Earth. Bless the salt and water, combining them to make the elixir that is the womb of Mother Earth. Bless the incense and set it to burning. Carry the salt water in a circle around your work area, sprinkling it to cleanse the space of all energies that do not contribute to your purpose. Then carry the incense around the work area, charging it with energy. Now standing by your work area, lightly sprinkle your materials and waft the incense over them. Then light the Sun candle in invocation:
Oh Midsummer Sun, so hot and bright
Charge my (our) work with golden light
For all within my (our) home(s) to see
For beauty, health, security.
Come, be with me (us) in this rite!
Light the Earth candle in invocation:
Mother of the fertile Earth
Guide my hands and help me birth
My Sun Wheel bright with energy
For hearth and home and family,
Be with me in this rite!
Then make your Sun Wheel(s). When finished, hold the Sun Wheel above the Sun candle and circle it three times, then above the Mother Earth candle and circle it three times. Finally, circle three times above them both, as you chant this charm:
By earth and water, air and fire
Hearken onto my desire
My home be charged by magick charm
Safe, protected from all harm
Blessed with health, vitality
By Sun and Earth, by three times three
In love and trust, so mote it be!
Thank Sun and Mother Earth for their assistance in your rite and then snuff their candles. Hang your Sun Wheel where you can enjoy seeing it as it works your magick to protect and energize your home and family.
Disseminating Moon, 20 Aquarius 12, June 26, 12:12 pm EDT
Quite unusually, Mercury is stationary retrograde this morning at 9:08 am at the very same moment that the void-of-course Moon aspect occurs, Moon trine Mars. I'm not quite sure just what to make of this...though as with all Mercury retrogrades, it often tends to create more trouble than it avoids to rush to "do" things just prior to the retrograde. Retrograde periods are not "bad," or don't have to be. They can actually be quite creative!
Last Quarter Moon, 8 Aries 35, June 30, 12:53 am EDT
Moon squares Pluto, then conjuncts Uranus, thus triggering the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. The void-of-course aspect occurs on July 1 at 2:48 am, a square to Mercury.
Balsamic Moon, 27 Taurus 11, July 4, 12:01 am EDT
The final phase of Moon for this lunar phase cycle occurs (in Eastern time) in the first moment of July 4, our USA Independence Day, and it is near the end of earth sign Taurus. If there are matters to be released in this final phase, an Earth ritual is appropriate. Here is a simple one that can be done alone:
Ritual for Balsamic Moon in Taurus
Prepare a bowl of clear water, a small piece of paper and pen. Meditate on what you should release as you sprinkle water on yourself, feeling washed clean of it. Write words or symbols of your release on the paper and then carry paper and water to a place outdoors where you need not go again at all for some time—a seldom used corner outside your home will do. (If you wish, you could also release the ash of your new Moon pledge and any remnants of the candle.) Bury the paper and pour out the water as you say:
O Mother Earth, take from me that which I release to thee,
Cleanse it, heal it, set it free, with harm to none and blessed be.
Return home and mind you: don't look back, not even the tiniest, quick glance!
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