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Astrology for June 13-19, 2022: The Story of Now

The Story of Now

Dates and times are given for U.S. Pacific Time zone.


Two parents, noticing their child’s love of the written word, present her with a fancy set of colored pencils and a thick pad of paper. They’re dismayed when she picks up the paper and tears it into tiny pieces, which she gleefully tosses into the air.

As Mercury finished up its recent retrograde in the last degrees of Taurus, it gathered tools and supplies that might be helpful in the future. Mercury in Gemini (June 13, 2022, 8:27 am PDT, through July 4) enjoys using some of those tools to write things down, to document thoughts and ideas – but it’s not all that attached to any of them. It’s enough to record them and then send them as a fluttering of confetti onto a fine spring breeze, reflecting the sunshine and reaching the obliging ear of the universe.


The Sagittarius Full Moon (June 14, 2022, 4:52 AM Pacific Time, 23°25’ Sagittarius) falls on the Sabian symbol, 24 Sagittarius, “A Bluebird Standing at the Door of the House.” If we’ve been longing for something more upbeat and more positive in our astrology, it doesn’t get a lot better than this. The bluebird of happiness is right at the door. Good news is possible and within reach. There’s a buoyancy and optimism to Sagittarius that’s really welcome at this Full Moon.

The Sun is at the opposite point, 23°25’ Gemini, on the Sabian symbol 24 Gemini: “Children Skating on Ice”, which brings to mind that expression “skating on thin ice.” The children in the symbol are having fun, but there’s always a bit of danger skating on a lake or pond; we don’t really know where the ice might suddenly give way.

The Sun and Moon are both square Neptune at 25°23’ Pisces. There’s some confusion, perhaps, about whether or not a situation that looks positive – the bluebird standing at the door – actually is, and the same is probably true of the “skating on thin ice” symbolism. In other words, our situation may be both more and less positive or perilous than we imagine. Usually, the Full Moon illuminates the truth. But when Neptune is involved, it can be a struggle to see it through the clouds and fog.

The Story of Now

Have you been working hard on some creative project since May 15, when the Sun was square Saturn? This week, as the Sun trines Saturn (June 16, 2022, 0:13 am), your efforts begin to pay off. Perhaps someone in a position of influence, perhaps someone you knew or worked with in the past, offers praise, or you receive an offer to do more and on a larger scale. There will still be plenty of hard work involved – that’s Saturn for you! – but that’s a lot easier to do when you feel the wind is at your back.

Part of the reason for your success might be seen in the Sun’s square to Neptune on the same day (June 16, 2022, 6:41 am PDT), which prompts a new look not just at who you are, but who you could be. Imagine a bonfire burning on the beach, and you’re sitting around it with a small group of fellow travelers and campers. Everyone is far from home; in some cases, you don’t share a common language. You take turns introducing yourselves, and when it’s your turn, you begin to recite the usual details – your name, your job, the place you call home.

Instead, you find yourself telling a different story. One about sitting around a similar fire with your family, back when you were too young to have much of a biography. How you and your sister got up and entertained the adults with a silly song, and your older brother made shadow puppets against the background of the tent. How mom and dad leaned into one another and laughed; how you all toasted marshmallows. Around your present-day campfire, this odd collection of strangers relax and smile, perhaps remembering childhood camping trips of their own.

It’s often harder to tell the story of who we are now, than it is to remember where it all began. Maybe it’s because we’ve told the old stories for so long that we know them by heart, have learned how to pause at the right moments for effect. Or maybe it’s because who we are is always shifting, and the ongoing story needs time to find its structure. As the Sun squares imaginative Neptune, there’s an opening to become someone a little bit different, and to tell a new story around the campfire.


When everything we desire seems to have been denied us, we can give up or we can try harder. Sometimes, we’ve been wishing for the wrong things, and the universe holds up a stop sign for our own protection. Other times, the approach we’re taking is wrong, or the timing is off.

As Venus squares Saturn (June 18, 2022, 2:32 pm PDT) in the steadfast yet intractable signs of Taurus and Aquarius, anything we want had better be worth the hard work it will take to get it.

Fortunately, this aspect forms the same day as Venus’s sextile to Neptune (June 18, 2022, 9:06 pm PDT), when inspiration is strong and the muse is with us. It’s a fertile time for all manner of artistic endeavors. But what we actually do this week may be less important than the spirit with which we do it.

What are your most valuable assets? How can they be used to provide beauty, comfort, and inspiration? Keep your eyes open for ideas, opportunities, and invitations to use even your most humble and practical gifts to make the world a little better.

Writing and collages © 2019-2022 April Elliott Kent

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1 comment to " Astrology for June 13-19, 2022: The Story of Now "

  • Jayne

    Tr Venus is currently in TAURUS not Scorpio.

    Another interesting weekly highlights column, April! Thank you.

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