Sun Signs—June 2018

With five planets retrograde by the end of June, the summer’s shaping up to be an even better time than usual to take a break. Slotting in time to relax, recharge, and mull things over while catching up on your summer reading helps you make the most of this celestial-prompted downtime. As Mars, the planet of energy and action, takes the summer off (on June 26th) and dreamy planet Neptune dips under the radar (for five months on June 18th), it’s an ideal time to plan a spiritual journey and explore your inner depths.      

By Lisa Lisa and the Star Jam

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your mind is on fire. Think. Imagine. Trust your intuition. While you might feel Neptune’s pull loosening your grip on reality, keep a steady hold. In fact, you’ll have fair sailing if you keep everything in ship-shape. No time for lazy rum days on your pirate ship. With your mind focused, your creative endeavors get a supportive gust of wind to fill the sails. This is a month to imagine big dreams into being. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’ve got a lot going on behind your shield this month. While some serious new dreams percolate in your unconscious, your days are spent conjuring beauty with a creative spark. You’re aglow, and flashing your quiet charisma only amps up your wattage. You may be inspired to take a spiritual journey. Whatever path you choose, you recharge by retreating and shining that inner light along the way. 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You’re changing your entourage and attracting new playmates. Your legendary light shifts inward, emanating from beneath the surface this month. Like bioluminescence or shimmering mica, this subtle glow lights your home and warms your relationships with family. With Venus, the planet of attraction, in your sign for much of the month, your popularity spikes. You’re discovering that teamwork makes the dream work. It really is more fun to run with a crew than go it alone.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Your social graces shine this month as you find yourself in all the right places at all the right times. From posting meaningful Instagram posts to promoting your significant relationship from merely romantic to a higher love, it’s clear you’re receiving behind-the-scenes intel from the universe. Book-writing Virgos, you’re tapping into the main line of heavenly inspiration. Take advantage of this divine download by committing to writing a few hours every day. By the end of the month, you’ll have made more progress than the whole year combined. And you could write yourself into a new career.

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) This month all that glitters really is gold. As you strike a perfect balance between a career that you love and being paid for it, your daily life becomes an example of living the modern-day dream. As things relax in your material realm, over the next few months you may start or deepen a spiritual practice that not only enlightens you but very well could expand your accounts. Go ahead, start a new religion. 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) All the opportunities you’ve had to delve deep into yourself and to expand your personal brand have set you up for a powerful month of creative yield. Following your intuition could lead you to a cool new venue to show your art or a new romance with which to share your heart. Meanwhile, hold off on that remodel you’ve been thinking about; with Mars, your co-ruler, shifting into reverse in your domestic sector, it could take all summer to complete. Instead, put your resources and energy into travel or studying abroad this summer. As you widen your reach and open your heart to the world, you will feel the world loving you in return. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Dream big, Sag. Next time you go to the ocean’s edge to ask the universe to provide, bring a bucket. The deep blue depths hold vast reserves for you this month. With a new moon mid-month in your partnership house, fresh beginnings unfold around relationships and set the stage for even outward facing archers to aim inward and do some diving into your emotional body. This exploration can illuminate your domestic sphere, perhaps revealing that home is not only where the heart is, it’s also a space to nourish your spirit.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Your social network is expanding, sweetening your relationships this month and inspiring your communications. Changing up your daily routine, experimenting with various diet and exercise regimens not only supports your health and body, it gives you something to talk about. Over the next several months, you may find yourself espousing the latest health craze and quietly inspiring those around you with your inner calm and zen approach. By month’s end, you’ve finished restructuring your self-image, and you’re ready to lead.  

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Beauty as medicine is your mantra this month. With Venus visiting your house of health and daily habits, you find that nourishing your body also feeds your work-life flow. As you treat your body like a temple, your intuition opens up—particularly while sleeping—and dreams become a vital source of guidance. Toward the end of the month, a tricky Mars retrograde in your sign impacts your energy. It’s a good time to slow it all down and pay attention to your reactions. Pause before you lash out at friends and colleagues; dust off your meditation cushion and brush up on mindfulness.  

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Time to leave your comfort zone, fishy friends. Exploring new cultures through food, books, or music expands your perspective and feeds your creativity. With your co-rulers, Jupiter and Neptune, in sync this month, there’s infinite support for huge creative leaps forward, but you’ve got to keep it clean. That means keeping a lock on the liquor cabinet; now is not the time to check out from reality. Instead, channel this mystical moment into starting (or strengthening) a spiritual practice. You’ll end up on a higher plane by the time summer ends. 

ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) With your ruling planet, Mars, backpedaling in your house of friends and groups, connecting may not come easily this summer. Instead, direct your energy toward switching up your commute and haunts. Why not carpool, bike to work, or try a new cafe? As you change up your MO, your attention turns to the personal, and you find yourself drawn to interior decorating and sprucing up your nest. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) As summer approaches, Bulls especially can expect the pace at the office to slow down—it’s prime time for a vacation. Some of you may be thinking about heading off to an artist’s retreat or connecting with other creatives online. A recent shake-up around your identity has disrupted your financial stasis, perhaps opening your mind to thinking differently about money and how you earn a living. At the same time, your social network is shifting, in a good way, and your potential for a relationship is expanding. You’re getting ready for commitment. You may have a multitude of offers. 

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

*Lisa Awrey and Lisa Carroll

illustration by @boccaccinimeadows