Happy birthday season to you! With the Sun shining in Gemini until June 21, your personal goals and dreams get front-burner status. As you kick off another trip around the Sun, get clear about the people, commitments and projects you want to bring into your next year of life. What NEW experiences would you like to have? During this bold and assertive cycle, advocate for your desires. The squeaky wheel gets the premium-grade oil.
When the year's only Gemini moon arrives on June 13, you're ready for a full-on reset. This lunar lift is considered your personal new year—a moment to recalibrate and make sure everything you're doing is aligned with the true you. So even though we're halfway through 2018, you get a second chance to turn the page. If you've been putting off a big change or are uncertain about your next steps, the Gemini new moon can help point the way.
Father's Day is on June 17, and if you're celebrating, keep things flexible and fun. The moon is in Leo and your social third house, a great day for a lighthearted outing with your favorite father figure. With la luna in your communication sector, a handwritten card or an engaged conversation over lunch could be all you need to bond.
The next day, the tone shifts into a more reflective mood for the rest of the month. On June 18, imaginative Neptune turns retrograde, followed by energizer Mars on June 26. This will bring the total retrograde-planet count to five, as Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto have already been in their slowed-down cycles since the spring. Plans may proceed at a snail's pace—if they don't completely stall. While this feels like a setback, it's actually an opportunity in disguise. Press pause on anything that's moving too fast and use the summer to get clear on what you actually want!
While hazy Neptune reverses through Pisces and your tenth house of career from June 18 to November 24, your professional trajectory might take a more meandering path. Instead of freaking out, explore creative ideas and other options. Adopt a "summer sabbatical" mindset instead of spinning your wheels. These tips for embracing uncertainty can quiet any anxiety that surges up. Teetering on the verge of burnout? Ask for support or work with a coach. Leaning on compassionate and supportive authority figures can mitigate any rough patches—but be respectful of boundaries (which are NOT a Neptune strong suit) and make sure you're not draining anyone or coming across as needy.
Since retrogrades rule the past, an old mentor or boss could resurface, someone nurturing and who always took a special interest in you or honored your talents. Reach out and reconnect. Maybe they'll have a lead or some golden advice to offer during a confusing period. The tenth house rules men and fathers, and this could be a healing cycle with an important guy in your life.
On June 21, the Sun starts its monthlong journey through Cancer and your stabilizing second house. It will be easier to get grounded and prioritize, so don't squander this productive cycle! Start taking action to make those birthday wishes into a tangible reality.
On June 26, go-getter Mars joins the retrograde brigade, back-spinning until August 27. Mars is in Aquarius and your expansive ninth house until August 12, then it will rear into Capricorn and your sector of long-term finance for the rest of the retrograde. Since May 16, the impatient planet has been pushing you to take risks, perhaps a little recklessly. The prospects have been too intriguing to turn down; yet, saying "yes" to everything could deplete your energy, and you'll start to feel it at the end of June. Curb your enthusiasm and pick a couple key ventures to focus on.
Once Mars downshifts, be more discerning than impulsive. Leaping without looking can leave you with some messy cleanups that could be avoided. Be careful not to overpromise (because you'll likely under-deliver). With brash Mars in this outspoken zone, pick your battles—even when you know someone is blatantly wrong. Honesty isn't necessarily the best policy, at least not when you serve it up in a megadose of truth serum. Bite your tongue, or you could burn a valuable bridge.
But it will be hard to stem the tide of intense emotions that surge up the next day (June 28), when the Capricorn full moon illuminates your eighth house of intimacy and merging. Words you've been holding in could explode in a forceful outpouring of feelings. This might surprise you AND the other person. Pro tip: Call a trusted friend or therapist if you're feeling on the verge, rather than melting down on someone you love.
The eighth house is the zone of extremes: You're either all the way in or all the way out. And since full moons bring transitions, this make-it-or-break-it energy could provoke a big decision as the month ends. A joint venture might become official, or you may decide to part ways with a close romantic or business collaborator. Rites of passage are in the spotlight: From pregnancies to engagements to breakups to cohabitation, you could have some major news to break.
Long-range investments also fall under the eighth-house domain. At this full moon, a stock speculation or real estate bid could pay off. Joint ventures can also take flight. Merge your superpowers for mutual gain or look for ways you can create a win-win scenario with someone whose skills complement yours to a tee. Warning: This intense lunation could drive up jealousy, suspicion and competitiveness. Try not to let the emerald-eyed monster cloud your vision. There's more than enough to go around, so ward off scarcity thinking and team up with an influential person. Together, you'll be a force to be reckoned with!