June 2018 Astrology Update

EARTH HORSE MONTH June 13 – July 11

June 13 2018 was a new Moon in Gemini. The Sun and new Moon were in Gemini, the mercurial Air sign of curiosity, exploration, and travel. The Sun and new Moon conjuncted Mercury, newly in Cancer, to communicate both ideas and emotions. This sets the tone for this lunar month.

This new Moon began the month of the Earth Horse. Change can be fast and swift. Time to let loose, be free, and enjoy life with the vitality and liveliness of a horse. Plus Earth Horse month is naturally fortunate in this Earth Dog year. The element Earth adds steady, honest, and pragmatic energy. More information about Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood Horses is in my book TAOIST ASTROLOGY.

Relationships can be affected by Horse’s independent spirit, and refusal to be corralled or tamed. Venus square Uranus can bring impatience with loved ones, or rebellion against domestic routine. It’s best to be flexible, not dogmatic, in personal interactions during this Horse month.

Jupiter trines Neptune to seek the truth, with increased interest in metaphysical subjects. For some, this Horse month can mark the beginning of a spiritual quest. Travel is fortunate during this lunar month. Luck is strongest for Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and those born in Horse, Sheep, Dog, and Tiger years.



June 27 is a full Moon in Capricorn. Earth sign Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of hard work and duty. This full Moon conjuncts Saturn, bringing a serious tone to emotions and life outlook. Capricorn’s influence helps apply full Moon insights to planning and other practical matters. During this Earth Horse month, you can cover much ground. As the full Moon wanes, complete projects before moving on to greener pastures.

Luck can come your way because the full Moon and Saturn trine Uranus in solid Earth sign Taurus. It’s an ideal time to make quick changes in your personal life, and in your immediate environment. There’s patience for constructive change, and understanding of the past. You can clear away old patterns, yet maintain a stable balance of old and new. You can more easily transform personal habits, and enhance the feng shui of your home. Call me for a feng shui consultation.

The full Moon and Saturn are opposite the Sun in Cancer. Oppositions involve other people, those opposite you. It could be challenging to balance work responsibilities with personal needs and home life. While some people understand and work within limitations, others apply the lead, follow, or get out of the way method to move quickly in Horse month. In general, organize projects before Mercury retrograde on July 25 (through August 18).

Jupiter in Scorpio trines the Sun in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces, making it easier to follow your gut instincts and intuition, like a horse. You can sense overall patterns, take stock of what you are doing, and reach into new areas of life to find new directions. As with any Jupiter transit, these trines are good for money. Contact me for your tarot reading or astrology forecast for making important decisions. Sudden opportunities are for everyone, and are strongest for Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo and those born in Ox, Horse, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster) years.



solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. 

lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth between the Sun and Moon. Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon total lunar eclipse in Leo and peak of Water Ox month.

February 15 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Aquarius starts Wood Tiger month, and year of the Earth Dog.

July 12 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Cancer starts Earth Sheep month.

July 27 Full Moon total lunar eclipse in Aquarius and peak of Earth Sheep month.

August 11 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Leo starts Metal Monkey month.



Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in Earth Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be a time to follow through,keep your word, and complete projects.

Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

March 22 – April 15 in Aries 
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Aries for strong communication and taking immediate action. Fire brings energy to complete projects, but impulsive or snap decisions can be corrected at a later time. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on April 15, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and the month of the Fire Dragon

July 25 – August 18 in Leo
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. If there are ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 9 that begins a new lunar cycle and Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month. 

November 16 – December 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius November 16 – 30 to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized.
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio December 1 – 6 when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on December 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and Wood Rat month. 



Jupiter is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio March 8 – July 10.
Time to refine your Dog year plans. Launch plans after the July 25 Mercury retrograde ends on August 18. 

Saturn is retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn April 17 – September 6
We slow down anyway during an Earth year after 2 Fire years — 2016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster). Take care of health and tend to practical matters.

Mars is retrograde in Air sign Aquarius June 28 – August 28
Best to work collectively, with group consensus, under the influence of Aquarius and in a Dog year.

Venus is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio and Air sign Libra October 5 – November 16.
Deep-feeling Scorpio and Libra are both excellent signs for love planet Venus, especially Libra because Venus rules Libra and Taurus.


2018 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Dog Year

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Aquarius February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.

New Moon in Pisces March 17 starts Wood Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries April 15 starts Fire Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus May 15 starts Fire Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini June 15 starts Earth Horse month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Cancer July 12 starts Earth Sheep month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Leo Aug 11 starts Metal Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo September 9 starts Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra October 8 starts Water Dog month. Dog month in Dog year.

New Moon in Scorpio November 7 starts Water Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 6 starts Wood Rat month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Capricorn January 5 2019 starts Wood Ox month.

New Moon in Aquarius February 4 2019 starts Fire Tiger month and year of the Earth Pig.


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