Fasten Your Seatbelts, the Planets Point to a Bumpy Ride Ahead

A partial eclipse (on the 12th) followed two weeks later by an emotionally charged lunar eclipse (on the 27th) bookend the month with intense beginnings and endings. Like a cosmic cattle prod, eclipses tend to bring change quickly, shaking up the status quo in order to move us forward. But with Mars (the planet of drive) in reverse, there’s not a lot of motivation or ambition to push ahead. To finesse this mix of celestial commotion and inertia, don’t overschedule or make any major decisions. Keep things light, relax, and go with the flow.

By Lisa Lisa and the Star Jam

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Retiring crabs can expect quite a stirring under the shell, you know, in the soft places, during their birthday month. With a solar eclipse in your sign, followed two weeks later by a lunar eclipse (also significant because your sign is ruled by the Moon), the one-two eclipse punch, impacts your houses of identity and shared resources. Looks like the universe has a face-lift in store for you, one that could culminate in a fight around (or end to) a shared checking account. With emotions running high around this time, don’t over plan. Now more than ever, the standard advice for all Cancers: wait until the mood is right before making any important decisions.  

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) A dream starts to percolate beneath your mane. These primordial visions of your once and future kingdom signal a new chapter as your idea of chivalry makes a reversal. The king’s role is changing, away from might makes right to dignity gained from stepping into a higher consciousness. Toward the end of the month as the lunar eclipse casts its shadow in your relationship realm, Leos everywhere will be heeding a call for equanimity—an end to iron-fist rule and the beginning of real sovereignty; and their noblesse oblige extends to their most intimate relationships and beyond. 

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) With the change gods dancing in your house of friends, groups, and future goals, prepare for a quick turnabout in your tribe and on the path you’re on. Hardworking, fastidious Virgos will need to loosen their grip on the details (we know, that’s soooo hard for you!) around work and routines toward the end of the month. If you’ve ever wanted to practice going with the flow, now’s your chance. Even Virgos need to come to terms with trusting that the universe is pointing you in your proper direction. You have bigger fish to fry elsewhere, as you move on to new territory.  

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Better at balancing acts than most, Libras may notice a tilting of the scales between work/life balance. As the solar eclipse opens a window in your career house, you may be torn between hatching something new in your work sphere and transforming your home life. Either way, you’re laying a new platform for your professional goals. At month’s end, you have acess to your ability to smooth things over and calm any emotional storms that might strike in your romantic life or with your children. The universe is tapping you to share your diplomatic skills. 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) New worlds open up for Scorpios. As the solar eclipse blots out the sun’s light in your house of travel and philosophy, your mind suddenly flings open, upending your beliefs and former worldview, perhaps spurring you to take up residence in a far away country or learn Swahili. All this mind expansion rattles your ties to home and family. At the very least you may suddenly put your home on Airbnb for a season and live abroad. The undercurrent of it all may well be to finally shed an old belief that is no longer useful. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) The lights dim around your finances this month throwing your security needs into high relief. Surprise, surprise, you may find that trust issues and finances are more intertwined (and complicated) than you thought. Yet new insights around how you share your resources and yourself come to the surface where they can be examined and transformed. So go ahead and dig deep now. Beware of emotional outbursts in the latter part of the month, when the lunar eclipse activates your house of communications. Remember to breathe, avoid arguments, and focus more on the peace you wish to see in the world, at least for this month anyway. Save your outrage for a more strategic time when we’ll really need it.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) You’ve been putting a lot of sweat equity into a transformation. Now that you’re practically unrecognizable to yourself, you may have cleared the way for opening up to a new partner or a whole new way of relating to your significant other. Even the solitary mountain goat needs a bit of love sometimes and—equally important—needs to give love, too. As your furious climb to financial heights slows, you have the opportunity to take in the view and see the progress you’ve made. As you look around, take note: there is room enough up there to share the real estate at the top.  

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Your wildly successful career transformation is back in focus this month. At the same time, an unexpected development in your daily routine or health nudges you to change your diet or daily habits in a way that better nurtures and maintains your body. Breaking old patterns makes way for some emotional unraveling and ranting around your self-image. As the lunar eclipse lands in your house of persona at the end of the month, It may be time to let go of your fierce individuality and mingle among us regular folks, normcore style. It’s a wake up call, of sorts, to finally shed some aspect of yourself that’s obsolete. 

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) The summer is a fine time to nurture creative projects. Whether it’s cooking or writing, poetry or painting, you will be in your element, and most likely splashing with abandon in the kiddie pool. Fish with offspring might feel compelled to take or teach a class or just to have more fun with their children. With a lunar eclipse in your private house of the unconscious later in the month, your superpower of turning visions into reality is coming to fruition; you’re either ready for the big reveal, or to leave the dream behind and move on to fresh waters. 

ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) Warriors by nature, summertime for you usually means bombing down the trails at high speed, but this month you’ll more likely be focusing on the homefront. Maybe you’ve just moved into new digs or you’re building an addition. Give it your usual gusto and don’t worry about setbacks. With your ruling planet, Mars, in retrograde, it’s to be expected. Toward month’s end as the lunar eclipse flips off the lights in your house of friends and groups, someone important may depart from your life. With your ruler right next to the eclipse, the exit could be accompanied by an argument or harsh words. Take care to exercise common sense and patience; sometimes the most heroic thing to do is to let go with love. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Bulls may be itching to take to the road this summer. Whether you stay close to home or hitch up the airstream, be sure to pack a notepad and write it all down. As you flex your communication muscles and sharpen your reporter chops, paying more attention to your inner voice, you may find your public persona fading and perhaps too, a job that’s run its course. For those of you traveling abroad this summer, pay special attention around all modes of transport, particularly confusing moments like train changes. By all means, enjoy the scenery, just stay alert.      

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Twins, it looks like your days of working part time may be coming to an end. No need to be anxious, you’re prepared to take on more. This summer may be a good opportunity to coalesce your multiple talents into a single secure income stream. It’s high time you increased your paycheck and qualified for health insurance. At the same time, you may turn some long term investments, like real estate into income property or renting out the back 40 to the neighbor for growing alfalfa. Meanwhile, you may unexpectedly stumble upon information that causes an abrupt about face on a long held belief. Good riddance! 

If you know your rising sign, read that, too; it’s often relevant. 

*Lisa Awrey and Lisa Carroll

Illustration by @boccaccinimeadows