This June Is Packed With Retrogrades & Tricky Transits: Here's What To Look Out For

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It's June and Gemini season has arrived, getting us all in the mood to mingle, exchange ideas, and try new things. While the Sun visits the sign of the Twins (until June 21), connect with kindred spirits and spark up synergies. This is a time for dialogue, not just DIY-ing. Sure, it might take a little longer to finish things if you're opinion-polling more people. But the end result could be sweeter when a few savvy minds contribute to the equation.

The June 13 Gemini new moon is an especially good day for #twinning. Partner up with kindred spirits who can take your ideas to the next level. With chatty Mercury also in Gemini (its home sign) until June 12, meetings, brainstorm sessions, and coffee dates can spark creative projects that will keep you busy all summer.

Father's Day is on June 17 and will feature the moon in effusive Leo. There could be some grand declarations of love for the dads but also a bit of drama, as affectionate Venus in Leo will be in a close opposition to combative Mars in Aquarius, the sign of group activity. Arriving at a simple consensus for how to celebrate may come with bickering and far too many cooks. Wasn't this "special day" supposed to be about a certain father figure, not everyone else? Le sigh. Try to settle the plans early in the month—and lock them in so nobody can bring an upsetting last-minute change.

With all these planets taking summer snoozes, it's a better time to reflect and regroup than to push any agendas.

In the second half of the month, retrograde high season begins, as Neptune and Mars make U-turns, joining Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in this powered-down position. With all these planets taking summer snoozes, it's a better time to reflect and regroup than to push any agendas.

Nebulous Neptune will be retrograde in its home sign of Pisces from June 18 to November 24—roughly the same dates it turns retrograde each year. This can actually be a productive cycle, when Neptune's fog thins and confusion clears. If you've been avoiding something or burying your head in the sand, cut the denial. Take inventory: Where are you operating out of guilt or with unclear boundaries? Use this time to set things on a more even keel.

Then on June 26, energizer Mars will turn retrograde until August 27, retreating through Aquarius until August 12 before backing into Capricorn. Our bigger-picture goals and plans might slow down or hit a pothole. Hit pause on something that's been moving way too fast—a relationship, a contract, a major life change. What's the rush?

Warrior Mars turns retrograde every two years, which can stir up arguments and make people extra combative. Watch your stress levels, and be careful not to take on too much. Lusty Mars is one of the two "love planets" (the other, Venus, will turn retrograde mid-October for six weeks), and during this cycle, a tempting ex could return. With Mars spiking tension, couples may fight more, especially about an issue you've avoided for some time. Be honest and direct—but with kindness, please!

Emo alert: The Sun will make its annual opposition to sobering Saturn on June 27, which can be one of the year's most pessimistic and melodramatic days. Moods can be heavy, and you could see the glass as half-empty. Do your best to avoid getting caught up in negative energy—it WILL pass! But do give yourself a reality check. If you're wasting time, money, or energy on something, set up some new terms…or move on.

The next day, June 28, brings the year's only Capricorn full moon, which puts our ambitions front and center. Check back to January 16 and anything you started then, at the Capricorn new moon—and the first new moon of 2018. Time for a midyear check-in on those New Year's resolutions, and a course correction if necessary. With structured Saturn making close contact with the moon, it's a good time to reach out to a mentor or established person. They could lend guidance or a helpful introduction that opens doors. Just make sure you're prepared with facts and figures—sometimes, you get only one shot!

We're about halfway through 2018! Check out if your yearly horoscope has been spot-on so far.

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