Stargazer – astrology for June 2023
Image: Debbie EM | PixabayStargazer: astrology for June 2023: Taurus, Taurus and more Taurus | Embrace your individuality | Gemini new moon – get connected | Embracing seasonal change | Winter solstice ritual & more!
by Stella Woods
Taurus, Taurus, and more TaurusIn the first ten days of June, we have no less than three planets and the karmic north node in comforting, stable, and practical earth sign Taurus. The perfect time to roll up your sleeves and tackle some of those jobs and chores you’ve been avoiding. You know exactly what I’m talking about!
Sagittarius full moon – embrace your individualityOn 4th June, we have a beautiful full moon in Sagittarius, combining the passion of this expansive and exuberant zodiac sign with the illuminating and heightened energy of the full moon.

You may feel a strong urge to break free from routine and embrace new experiences, expand your horizons, seek knowledge, and engage in activities that inspire and challenge you.

The keywords are optimism, enthusiasm, truth, honesty, and life purpose. Full moons often bring emotions to the surface, and with Sagittarius, these emotions may be tied to a desire for personal growth and expansion. Use the energy of this full moon to gain new insight and embrace your individuality.
Image: Debbie EM | PixabayJupiter in Taurus
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, entered earth sign Taurus last month and will travel through the constellation of the Bull until May 2024.

The planet of growth, generosity, good fortune, and abundance expands everything he comes into contact with.

Taurus is a stable, sensuous zodiac sign, noted for its no-nonsense, down to earth nature and knowledge of how to get things happening on the physical plane. Jupiter in Taurus favours those who are willing to work hard to improve their financial and material situation.

Abundance is the keyword. 

The secret to benefiting from Taurean magic is to take care of the practical side of life – quality food, exercise, budgets, bills, self-care, health check-ups, work-life balance, and a sensible, realistic approach to goals and dreams.

Those with strong earth and water placements in their birth chart are particularly favoured when Jupiter is in

Taurus is governed by Venus, sometimes known as the ‘lesser benefic’ but in any case, a planet of good fortune. Jupiter is known as the ‘greater benefic’. With these two benefics partnered up over the next twelve months we could experience some really beautiful, well-deserved blessings.

As Jupiter spends roughly one year in each of the 12 zodiac signs, the last time Jupiter was in Taurus was 12 years ago (June 2011 to June 2012) and prior to that, 24 years ago (June 1999 – June 2000). Look back to those periods and see if you can see a theme emerging. How did you expand your horizons back then? What new things did you learn or do? The answers will give you an idea of what's in store for you over the coming year and how the choices you make now will impact on your future dreams and goals.
Here’s what could be in store for your zodiac sign over the next 12 months:
AriesJupiter will travel through your second solar house, meaning money could run through your fingers, so watch out for extravagance! But if you play your cards right, you could end up in a substantially better financial position in a year's time, attracting money, pay rises, material possessions, and all sorts of other good fortune.

Invest your resources wisely and only spend money on the things you truly value.
TaurusThis is your year Taurus! With lucky Jupiter blessing your life, your energy is magnetic. Focus on the law of attraction and have the courage to ask for what you want and follow your dreams. This is a year to discover your true power and passion and an auspicious period for making a brand-new start. It’s also a great year to change your physical appearance to better reflect the true you.
CancerAs Jupiter enters your eleventh solar house, your social life is highlighted. Any group activity can be especially fun and inspirational and there’s the chance to make new friends who share your interests. Networking is a fantastic source of new contacts, so if you need a leg up in any area of life, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

A good year to work for the benefit of others and share your gifts and talents.
LeoJupiter will be traversing your tenth solar house bringing opportunities in your career and professional environment. This is definitely a year when others will see the best you have to offer.

Make good use of this favourable energy and focus on building the career of your dreams... Where would you like to be? Who would you like to be? Make your desires known and expect success, promotion and recognition providing you’re prepared to put in the hard work.
VirgoJupiter will be travelling through your ninth solar house helping you incorporate religious, spiritual and esoteric practices into everyday life. 2023 is also a great year to learn about other cultures through travel, adventure or studying new philosophies and belief systems. Activities such as yoga, meditation, dreamwork, breathwork and visualisation will help expand your consciousness.

Trust your intuition and if you want to share your vision with others, consider publishing a book or starting a blog.
LibraJupiter in Taurus will pass through your eighth solar house, teaching you about the deeper, unspoken aspects of close relationships. Psychological issues can be embraced and understood leading to inner and outer union. Inheritances, joint ventures, investments, loans, and business dealings promise to be favourable over the coming year – but avoid cutting corners. 
ScorpioWith Jupiter in your seventh solar house, now is the time to focus on your marriage and other significant personal and business relationships. Make sure those you care about know how you feel. Librans looking for a new partner could get lucky this year, but whatever your situation, it’s a great time to meet new people.

A wonderful year for engagement, marriage, attracting new clients, or seeking one-to-one personal advice.
SagittariusJupiter will be travelling through your sixth solar house putting the focus on the practical details of life – household chores, paperwork, caring for pets, health check-ups, service to others, and all those mundane activities that may seem boring, but which keep life running smoothly and efficiently. A good diet and exercise program will set you up for the year ahead.
CapricornJupiter will travel through your fifth solar house, making this a year for creativity, romance and pleasure. Sounds good? Well make the most of it, take a break and enjoy yourself! Music, art, singing, dancing, acting, dreaming, writing, partying, falling in love, or some other creative, fun activity – your choice!

The fifth house is also the house of children, so make sure you spend time with kids and discovering your inner child. Pregnancy and childbirth are favoured.
AquariusJupiter will be travelling through your fourth solar house prompting you to cherish your home and work on making your living environment more secure and comfortable. A year for focusing on personal needs rather than on the outer world. Take time out to build a sense of inner peace and confidence and express your true nature.

Spend as much time with close family and friends as possible. A good year for buying property or renovating or redecorating your home. 
PiscesAs Jupiter passes through your third solar house this year, your brain will be on fire. Talking, writing, reading, chatting, texting, networking, social media – this is definitely not a year to keep your ideas to yourself. Others will seek out your company, advice, and point of view, so expect more invitations than you can keep up with.

Write that book, start that blog, set up a community group, or join a committee and share your passion and ideas.
Image: DD | Dall EGemini new moon – get connectedOn 18th June we have a new moon in inquisitive and communicative Gemini. Classic Gemini activities include social media, research, writing, gathering and classifying facts, socialising, talking, thinking, working with figures, travelling, and networking.

The new moon will conjunct Juno, an asteroid connected with traditional, long-lasting relationships, making this a great time to propose marriage, make a commitment, or take your personal or business relationship to the next level. But make sure your partner is on the same page, as a stressful angle to Neptune could make you prone to fantasy and unrealistic thoughts and expectations.

Communication planet Mercury will also be in Gemini, enhancing the energy and making this a favourable time to meet new people, attend social events, and create connections with like-minded individuals. New relationships based on shared interests and ideas will lead to fresh, exciting opportunities.
Embracing seasonal changeOne of the key roles of astrology is to track seasonal change. With the darker days of winter upon us, as we approach the winter solstice, here are seven top tips to stay healthy, balanced, and energised over the coming months.

  1.  Keep warm, especially areas that are vulnerable to cold, such as lower back, kidneys, abdomen, and feet. Dress in layers, wear warm socks, and use heating pads or warm water bottles to keep the heat in. Exposure to the cold can stop the flow of vital energy, causing stiffness and aching joints.

  2. Eat warming foods. In Chinese medicine, certain foods are considered energetically warming and can help maintain balance during the cold winter months. Incorporate foods like ginger, cinnamon, garlic, onions, winter squash, and root vegetables into your diet. These foods nourish the body and promote circulation.

  3. Stay hydrated: Even though it may not feel as important to drink water during the winter, staying hydrated will help your kidneys and bladder filter waste from your blood. Choose warming fluids like herbal teas, soups, and warm water. In Chinese Medicine, the meridians associated with winter are the kidneys (yin) and the bladder (yang).

  4. Rest and conserve energy: Winter is a time for rejuvenation. Conserving energy in winter can help strengthen the body and prepare it for the active periods of spring and summer. Get plenty of sleep to support the body's natural healing processes.

  5. Support the immune system. In winter, when the body is more vulnerable to external influences, it is crucial to support the immune system through a balanced diet, regular exercise, rest, and stress-management.

  6. Winter is not the time for intense workouts or pushing your body to the limits. Instead, focus on gentle exercises that promote circulation, such as tai chi, qi gong, yoga, or gentle stretching. These practices help maintain the flow of energy and enhance overall well-being.

  7. Acupuncture and herbal medicine. Modalities like acupuncture and herbal medicine can be beneficial during the winter months. Acupuncture treatments can help balance the body's energy and address specific health concerns. Herbal remedies can support the body's overall vitality.
Winter solstice – 22nd June – shortest day of the yearMany of us look forward to hibernation and the slower pace of winter days. Not so our ancestors, who prepared for the coming of winter long in advance, knowing the challenges of finding food and keeping warm. The midwinter solstice was a vital turning point in the seasonal calendar, marking the longest night of the year and from midwinter to the summer solstice six months later, the nights would grow shorter and the days longer.

In Australia, our winter solstice is marked by the passage of the sun into Cancer on the 22nd June. Observe the point at which the sun rises from the 21st-23rd June and you will see that it is in exactly the same place over these three days. Solstice means “sun standing still”.

The winter solstice is the perfect time for a ritual to cleanse and release old energy and honour winter, the season of death and decay.
Image: DD | Dall EWinter solstice ritualYou can perform this solstice ritual alone or with friends and family. Find a quiet space where you will be undisturbed.

What you will need
  • White, silver, or blue candle and matches or lighter.
  • Bundle of seasonal herbs or incense stick.
  • A small dish or cauldron to safely burn herbs or incense.
  • Objects representing the four elements (earth, air, fire, water).
  • Seasonal decorations – greenery, seeds, leaves, berries.
  • Set up your materials on a table or altar, arranging them in a way that feels meaningful to you. Add winter-themed decorations or objects that represent the four elements – earth, air, fire, and water.

Sit quietly by your table or altar and take a few deep breaths to settle your energy. Close your eyes and visualise roots growing from the soles of your feet, grounding you deeply into the earth. Feel your connection to the natural world and the energies of the solstice.
Firstly, light the candle to welcome the return of light and rebirth of the sun. As you do so, give thanks for the cycles of nature and turning of the seasons.

Light your bundle or herbs or incense stick in the candle flame and let the smoke gently waft through the air. As you do this, visualise the release of any negativity or stagnant energy, making space for new beginnings and growth.

Take a few moments to reflect on the past twelve months and the lessons you have learned. Give thanks for the opportunities and blessings in your life. Think about what you would like to release or leave behind as you move forward into the new solar year. Then set positive intentions for the coming months, focusing on growth, inner strength, and the manifestation of your desires.

Blow out the candle, symbolising the end of the ritual. Keep the candle as a reminder of your intentions and relight it during the winter season whenever you wish to reconnect with the energy of the solstice.
About the author:
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher, writer, and consultant. Contact Stella at or or

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