WARM AND FRIENDLY EVENINGS call up nostalgic memories and encourage us to take care of one another. We can reconnect with family or connect to memories of summers past. But in this process, old family patterns get triggered, and old wounds feel newly raw with the sun, moon, Mercury, and Mars lined up in domestic, protective Cancer this week. This conga dance with Mars gives us extra energy but can also instigate a defensive, aggressive edge and give us the introvert’s conundrum — a longing for love with a simultaneous desire to be alone.
These old family patterns can manifest themselves with blood relatives but also with the larger family of humankind. Our desire for a more ideal family can stir up cynicism as it highlights old wounds between relatives, races, and countries. But every time the patterns from the past arise, we have a chance to change the story. We can work with Cancer’s image of home renovation — figure out what needs improvement from the foundations up, and get to it under these energizing Mars aspects.
The weekend begins under a sensitive new moon in Cancer, which brings a chance to release old family cycles and begin anew. But we feel anxious if we’re not sure what to release or how to start over. It helps to work together. Our hearts are tender as Venus trines Pluto on Sunday, though we may feel lonely in a crowd or have trouble saying goodbye.
Early in the week, Mercury and Mars trine Neptune — this spices up our intuition, encourages us to take a break from challenges, and increases our ability to empathize. Midweek we will need to make decisions based on compassion. We need to discuss how cars have recently been used as weapons as Mercury opposes Pluto late in the week; however, we can use these discouraging experiences to remember what’s important.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23: Memories feel close to the surface, but we can decide whether we remember only the old problems or review the past to make healthy decisions about the future as the Gemini moon opposes serious Saturn. Comfort, good food, and extra appreciation help around dinnertime as the moon enters deep-feeling Cancer and conjuncts the sun in the evening.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24: Start a new cycle as the fecund Cancer moon conjuncts Mercury and Mars. Tonight, it’s easy to feel left out unless we’re all consciously inclusive as the moon opposes Pluto.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25: A competitive, territorial streak makes for great sports, sibling rivalry, and international friction. The moon enters more sociable Leo tonight, which can either fuel the fire or give us a chance to step out of tensions and into possibilities.
MONDAY, JUNE 26: We may need a break from recent challenges as Mars trines escapist, imaginative Neptune. This aspect can help us let go of old anger, but it also leaves us unsure of what we want. Create healing moments rather than trying to push through.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27: Keep lines of communication open to engage possible opportunities. It’s easier to tell stories than to process our tender guts because we’re feeling both outgoing and self-protective, but those stories may say it all as Mercury trines Neptune. Tonight, worry can make us cranky as the moon enters Virgo.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28: As Mercury conjuncts Mars, we can work with fresh decisiveness, but let’s not say the unforgivable. Tend to anxieties with gentleness, and approach real problems with solid action.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29: Notice feelings of inadequacy or concerns about the future as Mercury opposes Pluto, but we can grow our confidence as we face our worst-case scenarios and clear the dross of inessentials. Healing opportunities arise as evening progresses.