“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying,” Oscar Wilde once joked. And with silver-tongued Mercury retrograding through crafty Gemini since May 18, understanding ourselves—much less the rest of the humanoids on Planet Earth—has come with its challenges. Countdown to this Thursday, June 11! Mercury will correct his course that day, shifting into drive mode through Gemini until July 8. Wires will slowly but surely uncross over the coming three weeks. The spirit of competition gives way to cooperation again. Sharing our toys won’t feel like Operation: Sandbox Takeover…well, not quite so much. Mercury’s backspin may indeed have revealed some shady characters. If their integrity doesn’t hold up fully by Thursday, remove the benefit of the doubt and move on! Don’t worry about being bereft of partners-in-crime. Note that the shadow of Mercury retrograde won’t pass until June 20, so if you CAN hold off on making anything official until then, do. Otherwise, vet your engagements carefully and keep on reading the fine print with a ginormous magnifying glass.
Neptune makes its annual U-turn this Saturday, turning retrograde in Pisces until November 18. This annual backspin gives us a time out for internal reflection. Neptune governs our psyches, the esoteric realm and the boundaries we set. We may rethink the ideals we’ve clung to and the lines we’ve drawn with the people in our lives. Perhaps we need to be more firm…or to soften, so others can actually reach us. Since 2012, Neptune’s had a homecoming, landing in its native sign of Pisces until 2025. Is it any wonder the world’s gotten a bit friendlier towards the “woo woo” since? With Neptune retrograde, we have a chance to deep dive into our psyches or do some serious healing and pattern breaking. But this is not the time to accept anything at face value. The double-fantasy effect of retrograde Neptune could give life a hall-of-mirrors effect. We’ll have to examine a few different perspectives before we’re able to see things for what they are. Creativity is cathartic now—and some of our best ideas will come to us while we’re sleeping, meditating, or just staring at the clouds. We’ll have to keep our psychic shields up though. Neptune’s backspin through empathic Pisces can make us more sensitive. Like sponges, we can absorb the mood of a room and the people in it. If we find ourselves grouchy or spacey for no apparent reason, follow the signal and slip into an Epsom salt bath, wave the sage wand, hold on to a crystal. Neptune is the god of the seas so flushing out our systems with pure H2O will do wonders as well. Pisces born between February 22 and March 3 will feel Neptune’s backspin most intensely, as it will transit within 3 degrees of your natal Sun. Be more alert about who you let into your life over the coming five months, and work on saying a clear “no” instead of a vague “maybe.”
Saturn also makes a major shift this week. From Sunday, June 14 until September 17, the taskmaster planet shifts back from Sagittarius and into Scorpio. This three-month period is a final act of sorts. Saturn was in Scorpio from October 6, 2012 until December 14, 2014, an intense and emotional time for the world at large. The way we share our resources—from clean water to home and college loans to racial equity in the job market—have all come under fire with Saturn here. Learning the difference between sex and love—and choosing which we desire—has become as easy as right-swiping. Marriage is becoming open to more and more people, but not without the requisite red tape and unflagging determination that Saturn transits bring. Saturn’s backslide into Scorpio will push for more finality and certainty around these issues. As the sign that governs transformation, we might have to put savvier, stronger systems in place to ensure that the life changes we’ve made really are permanent upgrades. And while this can bring some moody blues to the summer forecast, take heart: Saturn won’t return to Scorpio again until 2031. Embrace the emotional energy as it arises and you’ll paddle to calmer waters faster. Scorpio knows that without dark there can be no light. Scorpios born between November 18-22 will feel this transit the most. Put on your gladiator uniform and let your warrior energy reign!