One of the major astrological currents of 2019 crests in June. June 16 is one of three exact squares between the planets Jupiter and Neptune this year. With Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, both planets occupy the signs they rule, amplifying their archetypal expression. Jupiter rules optimism, higher orders, and long-distance travel. It is the planet of expansion, expanding our vision by broadening our perspective, and our influence by imparting confidence. Neptune is the planet of spirituality and the collective unity. Neptune heightens our psychic sensitivity. This quality is a double-edged sword, on one side opening us to receive spiritual guidance, but, on the other end, increasing our gullibility. Neither planet is particularly realistic in focus, encouraging us to view the world through “rose-colored glasses.” Squares are hard aspects that bring tension to the fore. This is a time when we are faced with our own naiveté, and how our desire to believe in the best may have led us down the wrong path. Don’t be discouraged if you discover your expectations were inflated or that you have been deceived. These tests of faith are a necessary part of our inner growth. We are each operating according to the limits of our experience, and each new lesson gives us new tools to better hone our unique skills.
The largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, now reigns supreme in the night sky. The Sun is currently in opposition to the gaseous giant, meaning Jupiter and the Sun can be found opposite one another as they traverse our sky. This aspect is relative to our position on Earth and affects how much sunlight a planet can reflect back to our eyes. This phenomenon is most easily visible with the Moon. The Sun’s opposition to a given planet is akin to the “full moon” phase, meaning that Jupiter now shines brighter than at other times of the year. Jupiter is generally easy to find as its apparent magnitude is greater than the surrounding stars. It rises riding the back of the celestial Scorpion, alongside the red star Antares at the heart of the Scorpius constellation. (For tips on identifying Scorpius, see the October 2018 edition of Moonshine Ink.) On June 16, the Moon will be within 2 degrees of Jupiter. The two will become visible over the eastern mountains shortly after sunset (around 9 p.m.), reaching their height in the southern sky just after midnight, and setting to the west a little after 4 a.m.
~ Dawn Andreoni is yoga teacher and astrologer living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. You can find more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.