It's the middle of the year and the perfect moment to ask: Are you on track with your goals? As the Sun marches through Gemini and your systematic sixth house of health, fitness and organization until June 21, your steely stamina will help you make headway. Recalibrate and regroup: What concrete steps need to be taken next? Delegate some of it to capable assistants and then prioritize the important duties that only you can do.
The June 13 Gemini new moon opens a new chapter around your wellbeing. Figure out some healthy eating and fitness habits that you can sustain all the summer. Even if you start with a daily walk for 20 minutes and adding more fresh, seasonal veggies to your plate before taking anything away, the key is to begin. The sixth house rules the digestive system, and proper gut health has become a serious business. From taking a daily probiotic to doing periodic juice cleanses to get a microbiome test, there's a range of ways you can maintain your internal system. Schedule any checkups and get your health and stress levels on track. By the corresponding Gemini full moon on November 23, your vitality could be at peak levels if you address your self-care now.
Father's Day is June 17, and if you're celebrating a favorite father figure, you might want to keep things on the low-key side. The moon is in Leo and your private eighth house, and you won't be in the mood for any raucous gatherings. An intimate card, a homemade meal or a quality catchup by phone is better than any over-the-top gesture.
The second half of the month takes a different tone as Neptune and Mars turn retrograde, bringing the total retrograde planet count to five. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto have been in reverse since the spring, and with so many celestial slowdowns, plans could stall or sputter.
From June 18 until November 24, foggy Neptune will be retrograde in your third house of communication and ideas. Creative ventures may need to go back to the drawing board so you can test, tweak and tighten. Conversations will work best with firm boundaries and clear expectations, so be careful you're not misleading anyone. Watch for passive-aggressive behavior or a person who pretends to be on your side but may have a hidden agenda (don't worry, they'll reveal themselves quickly). A sibling or close friend could be acting particularly needy, perhaps because she's going through a rough time. While it's fine to offer emotional support, you can't save them. Empower, don't enable.
On June 26, action planet Mars joins the retrograde brigade, a once-every-two-years about-face that will last until August 27. Mars will spend the bulk of its backspin in Aquarius and your second house of work, money and security. Clients and colleagues may be demanding, and the office could be a hotbed of tension. An old expense might come due and stress you out this summer, or you could have a nerve-wracking workload that tests your limits. Just when you THINK you have a handle on things, there's another fire to put out. Old self-confidence issues could also flare. Slow down, break your assignments into smaller steps, and delegate wherever you can. If your bills have ballooned, find a way to cut expenses or get on a payment plan.
Relationships may be tested on June 27, when the Sun in Cancer (and your partnership zone) locks into its once-a-year opposition with stern Saturn in Capricorn and your first house of self. Your personal goals could be at odds with the demands of a relationship, or you may find yourself feeling pessimistic about a commitment or contract. This can be one of the most somber days of the year, and it's easy to lose perspective. While it's tempting to put up a wall, taking a step back (or a couple days off) is probably a better idea than calling the whole thing off. It might just be a couple of sticking points, which, with time and dedication, can be negotiated.
Start by asking yourself: What do I truly want? Or, what do I require to feel comfortable moving forward? A burst of clarity arrives on June 28, when the year's only Capricorn full moon beams into your first house of self. This illuminating moment helps you prioritize what matters most. You could launch a solo project. Look back to the January 16 Capricorn new moon; today, your New Year's resolutions and birthday wishes could start to bear fruit. At this cosmic coming-out party, you're ready to be visible and more assertive about your individuality. And good thing, because the spotlight may very well be heading your way!