Intensity is your jam, Scorpio, so why pretend otherwise? With the Sun in Gemini and your scintillating eighth house—the zodiac zone that's governed by Scorpio—you'll be in your element until June 21. Dive deep into researching, plotting and enjoying your obsession du jour. With mental Mercury also in Gemini until June 12, you can untangle any knotty emotional or financial issues—your own or someone else's. Just make sure that your new unofficial role of therapist doesn't distract you from your own duties. It will be all too easy to tumble down rabbit holes this month!
The June 13 Gemini new moon kicks off a new chapter around your closest bonds and mergers. From a joint business venture to a sexy soulmate connection, your focus will be on "power coupling" now. Between this and the corresponding Gemini full moon on November 23, a collaboration could crescendo. Enjoy the passionate meeting of the minds, hearts and/or souls, but do all the digging you need if you're not ready to make things official. Take your time to explore the possibilities of a permanent merger and ensure that everyone's most important needs will be satisfied. Think of the next six months as an energetic engagement period before you put a (literal or symbolic) ring on it. If the chemistry and connection are really right, your due diligence will be rewarded.
Father's Day is June 17, and, serendipitously, the moon is in heart-centered Leo, ruler of your paternal tenth house. Spending quality time with your favorite father figure will be a no-brainer. Keep plans simple and structured instead of just going with the flow. With la luna in this upscale part of your chart, splurge this year: perhaps a brunch reservation for a chef's tasting menu, great seats to a show or a chartered helicopter ride for an hour. (Split the cost with siblings or a few other people, and it won't cost that much more than a nice meal.)
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 are already in their slowed-down cycles, and these newcomers put the world in an even more reflective state. Action could stall on an important project or goal. Rather than get frustrated, use this summer to handle unfinished business and tighten your existing plans.
Luckily, you'll get a balancing burst of optimism once #CancerSeason begins on June 21 and the Sun makes its four-week voyage through the sign of the Crab, heating up your worldly and adventurous ninth house. Once your wanderlust kicks in, take some vacation days, exploring new curiosities through travel, workshops and learning. Got an idea for an indie side hustle? Play with a few possibilities. This is your month to branch out—you never know what your options really are until you take a risk and try. With expansive Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio until July 10, you might be ready to implement a few trial projects next month, when the red-spotted planet wakes up and gets you pumped to take a chance.
Back to this month's retrogrades: The first U-turn is nebulous Neptune, which will backtrack through Pisces and your fifth house of love and self-expression from June 18 to November 24. A smooth-talking ex could resurface, or you might have second thoughts about a love interest. For couples, compassionate Neptune won't be as available to help you smooth over conflict with sweet talk and denial—a blessing in disguise, perhaps.
Watch for passive-aggressive people who stir up drama then act innocent, making YOU feel like it's your fault (the official term is "gaslighting"). Distance yourself from divas and attention seekers who drain your energy this summer—and if you find you don't miss them, maintain that healthy space after Neptune turns direct. You don't have to clean up their messes, Scorpio. With codependent Neptune in "sleep" mode, this is your chance to let others be accountable for their actions. Use the extra time to do any romantic repair work or to pick up a passion project that got back-burnered.
From June 26 to August 27, intensifier Mars will be retrograde—mostly in Aquarius and your fourth house of home and family. This could stall plans to move, renovate or expand your progeny—or add a layer of tension to any domestic affairs. Combative Mars could ratchet up the tension under your roof with relatives and roommates.
With stressful Mars in this brooding backslide, you could feel claustrophobic, and you'll be extra sensitive to "stuck" energy in your home, workspace or any place where you spend significant time. Transform that cabin fever into Feng Shui fever: Give cluttered areas a Marie Kondo-style space-clearing, ditching (or packing away) possessions that don't "spark joy." Light a sage wand or three and follow a few practical tips from the Simple Shui blog to give your sacred spaces more oxygen!
Speaking of air, you have a powerful chance to clear it on June 28, when the year's only Capricorn full moon illuminates your third house of communication. With maturity planet Saturn hovering close by, put on the big-Scorpio pants and have "the talk." If need be, follow these great steps for having difficult conversations. Goal-oriented Capricorn energy helps you focus on the desired outcome, not harp on the problem. Use these mediating moonbeams to forge a win-win scenario. Exciting news could arrive at this full moon, and an idea you've been working on since January could come together at last!