In mid-June, Mercury joins the ﬁve other visible planets in the morning sky. June 10 will likely be the ﬁrst day the quicksilver planetcan be spied with the naked eye, becoming easier to view as it reaches its greatest western elongation (farthestapparent distance from the sun from our perspective on Earth, the two being approximately 21 degrees apart)on June 16. It will lie low on the eastern horizon, gaining in brightness in the days following its elongation.Brilliant and unmistakable Venus is next in line. Arcing up and over we ﬁnd the dimmer red planet, Mars. Jupiter lies close to Mars, and farther west in the southern sky is thegolden planet, Saturn. For those with a telescope, you can also ﬁnd Uranus hanging with Venus, and Neptune nearby Jupiter, withPluto to the west of Saturn. It’s quite the planetary pile up! Although we have warmer temperatures to our sky-gazing advantage inthe summer, the longer days mean we will have to rise early to see the parade. With the sun rising at about 5:30a.m. through June, sky gazers will have to be out by 5 a.m. for optimal observation.
As we enter mid-June, there is a distinctive potency as five of the 10 astrological planets are in their home signs. Mercury inGemini enhances our mental capacity. This quick wit, however, may get us into trouble with the wrongaudience. Venus in Taurus is eager to luxuriate in pursuits of pleasure. This is an innocent exploration of beauty -not hedonistic, but it still carries the danger of succumbing to complacency. Mars in Aries provides a balance, lighting a fire under our feet that keeps us moving forward. When faced with impediments, however, we may be impatient and irritable. Saturn in Aquarius keeps a stoic eye. Saturn squares Venus onJune 18, promising judicious repercussions if we’ve over-indulged, then tempers Mars by sextile on June 27, helping us hone ourtools and act more effectively. On July 2, Mercury trines Saturn, enabling a more constructive conversation. All the while, Neptunein Pisces lingers behind the scenes, presenting a portal into the realm of fantasy that we may slip through, consciously or not. It isa delicate matter to live a life imbued with heartfelt reverence without detouring down the spiritual bypass.