Summer is here! Gemini will be our star in June and we all need the Twins' sense of humor and sense of play to help us get through some of the heavier transits this month. Mars squares Venus around the 14th and directly squares on June 20-21 so everyone needs to look out for lover's quarrels on these days. Don't worry...we'll all make up by the end of the month with Venus in Leo. June typically means the start of vacations or downtime so I'm giving everyone some leisure ideas based on their sign!
May 21- June 20
“What goes up must come down."
This June will be a seesaw for Geminis with stops and starts, ups and downs, laughter and tears. Thank goodness this is how most Gemini's live anyway...in the world of duality. With Mars in Aquarius your energy and creative inspiration is flowing. You have the fortitude right now to keep trudging towards your goals. On June 6-7, watch what you say and how you say it. Are you really being truthful? Even to yourself? Stringent self awareness and disciplined authenticity is crucial for you his month. Dismount your high horse and get to work in your creative studio, wherever that space is to you. Best vacay: Theatre workshop.
"June typically means the start of vacations or downtime so I'm giving everyone some leisure ideas based on their sign!"
June 21- July 22
“Reap what you sow."
I am loving your ability to communicate this month, especially after June 12. Communication comes in all forms, including but not limited to speaking, writing, singing, photography and any other kind of art form. This is especially important to note on June 19-20 when your thoughts are like seeds being sown into a magically fertile ground. Don't waste this time. Revisit your list of goals or create a vision board. The intentions that you communicate to yourself or others are more powerful than ever. You have been batted about recently beyond your control. It's time to take back the wheel. Where do you want to go? Best vacay: anywhere near water with good food and family.
July 23- August 22
“The fishes and the loaves"
This has been a tough couple of months for you. The perpetual hill that you've been climbing seems to be getting steeper and steeper. I'm going to give you two pieces of advice to handle these challenges then I'm going to give you some good news. First, when it comes to where you are spending your energies-put others first. It's not about you right now. What do you have to give? Who needs it most? Selfishness will backfire this month. Also, many Leo's are having Dad issues right now ( Leo Meghan Markle anyone?). Other Leo's should take Meghan's lead...if you can't control it then don't engage, make a neutral statement and move on.
Here's the good news: your selflessness attracts love like bees to flowers this month, especially after June 14. Best vacay: Romantic and grand...go big and leave home.
August 23- September 22
“The birds and the bees"
You're still enjoying a power position but your energy is starting to feel very scattered. My advice...go online. Do the extra research, join an online community that shares your interests or goals or even play a video game. I'm serious. Cyberspace is where you will get traction and solace right now from the proverbial “salt mine" that you toil in everyday. The first half of the month has good love for you. In the second half you may find that you can't juggle all the bees that have flocked to your honey. Best vacay: Stay home and organize.
September 23- October 22
“Friends, Romans, countrymen..."
Make the speech, the pitch or publish your manifesto June 1-12. All Libras have a silver tongue but it is especially sparkly during the first half of the month. My favorite gift that the stars bring you this month is ENERGY. You will have mornings where you jump out of bed. You will not just feel inspired, you will take action to make things change. This is all good news because your workload is still a burden. It will be for awhile. That's ok. Have fun counting the bounty you will earn when this time of labor is over. Oh, and by the way, go easy on your dad. Best vacay: go visit a fashion week in a glamorous city.
October 23- November 21
“Talk to the hand"
This month your ideas and ways of doing things will be challenged. What is the normal Scorpio response to opposition? Crush the resistance. I am going to save you and the people that will challenge you some heartache. Please just listen to your naysayers. These ideas aren't a threat, they are glimpses of the future. You are being called to get out of your comfort zone. Respond to the nudge in a favorable way and magic can happen. Remember what it felt like to dream? It's not too late. Best vacay: scuba diving somewhere deep.
November 22- December 21
“Onward and upward"
This month is a party for the inventors. Sagittarius likes invention because it's about taking risks and disrupting old ways of doing things. Sagittarius also likes a good race or competition. There is a race this month but it's not against anyone, it is for the world. It's a call to run towards the cutting edge of where humanity is going. Have I lost most of you? I haven't lost Sagittarius...they love the big ideas. See you at the finish line with all the Aquarians! Best vacay: make a hike out of an historic march in a foreign land.
"It's not about you right now. What do you have to give? Who needs it most? Selfishness will backfire this month."
December 22- January 19
“Lead with the heart"
First I want to say it's ok to cry. Especially after June 13th. You aren't used to showing your feelings and being vulnerable. The second half of this month will coax these feelings out of you. It's a wonderful catharsis that you have needed after your work marathon over the last couple of months. With power and high position comes great responsibility. This month you have the secret sauce of successful leadership, strength with vulnerability. Housekeeping note: are you unloading some of your real estate holdings during this sellers market? It's a good idea. Best vacay: Capricorn's don't take vacay.
January 20- February 18
“And they're off!"
You are on the move and ready to take the steps to really get to where you want to be. It will not be easy and it will feel too slow for you but you will be moving in a forward direction. Reminder: you are an earthling and you have to understand earthly parameters of business and money matters. Your crazy dreams are what the world needs but you have to follow at least SOME of the rules to get what you want. Especially right now...the more you fight these truths the more you will be knocked down. Be humble and lean into this momentum. Best vacay: space simulation workshop.
February 19- March 20
“Rock a bye baby"
Have you ever sung a lullaby to a grown adult? This is kind of what you will be doing with some of your communication this month. You need to NURTURE others with your words. You can bring a calming effect to your relationships if you just set this intention. Embrace those that see you as a mother or parent figure, even if it's annoying. Remember that they are just responding to the energy that you are putting off however subconscious it is. Check your reality with others during this long Neptune transit. When people say you don't see something the right way listen to them. Best vacay: any music or theatre outdoors.
March 21- April 19
“Keeping The Home Fires Burning"
I'm excited about your love relationship after June 14. You may see a spark in the ashes that have been cold for a while. The second half of the month could also bring more money or creative ideas for business.
With Saturn still in Capricorn in retrograde it's a bad time to invest in Real Estate but a good time to renovate or invest wisely (not extravagantly) in property that you already own. When Mars goes retrograde in Aquarius on June 27th it's time to quit dreaming and get back to work. Best vacay: train for a competition and travel there to participate.
April 20- May 20
How do you self medicate? Too much work? Alcohol? Food? Sex? Sleep? Exercise? Many of our Taurus friends indulge in ALL OF THE ABOVE. They just go from one compulsion to the other. The scary part is that a Taurus can have the stamina to withstand an unhealthy loop for longer than others. This month presents a slippery slope for you that creates the perfect environment for addictive behaviors. You know what you indulge in. Self love is about moderation. Care for yourself this month with gentleness. Best vacay: head to the woods.
Following are excerpts from "Unleash the Girls, The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)" By Lisa Z. Lindahl
There is an idea that has popped up everywhere from Chaos Theory to Science Fiction and New Age memes known popularly as the "Butterfly Effect." Simply put, it is the notion that one very small thing—the movement of a butterfly's wing say, or the ripple in a lake caused by a pebble being thrown into it—can cause tremendous effect far away: the butterfly's wing a tornado, the ripple a large wave on a distant shore. Cause and effect, does it have limits? The field of physics is telling us that it takes only observation to bring a thing into being. We cannot consider these areas of investigation and not acknowledge that everything—everything—is in relationship in some way or another with everything else.
So, it is evident to me that commerce of any kind is, also, just about relationships. It all boils down, on every level to this simplicity. While we usually think of relationships as occurring between people—it is far more than that.
I used to teach a course in entrepreneurship specifically for women in The Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. I made this concept of relationship and its importance central in how I taught the marketing thought process. I would stress that for a product or service to be successful, it had to meet a perceived need. There is a need, and it wants to be met; or it may be thought of as a problem to be solved. Or there may be an existing solution that is less than adequate.
For example: In my universe as a runner there already were a plethora of bras available, but they were inadequate for my purpose. The relationship between my breasts, my running body, and my bra was creating discomfort and distraction. A new solution had to be found, the relationship occurring when all these things came together had to be fixed. Utilizing this point of view, one sees a set of issues that need to be addressed—they are in relationship with each other and their environment in a way that needs to be changed, adjusted.
Nowhere is this viewpoint truer than in business, as we enter into more and more relationships with people to address all the needs of the organization. Whether designing a product or a service or communicating with others about it—we are in relationship. And meanwhile, how about maintaining a healthy relationship with ourselves? All the issues we know about stress in the workplace can boil down to an internal balancing act around our relationships: to the work itself, to those we work with, to home life, friends and lovers. So quickly those ripples can become waves.
Because Jogbra was growing so quickly, relationships were being discovered, created, ending, expanding and changing at a pace that makes my head spin to recall. And truly challenged my spirit. Not to mention how I handled dealing with my seizure disorder.
"My Lifelong Partner"
Let me tell you a bit about my old friend, Epilepsy. Having Epilepsy does not make any sort of money-making endeavor easy or reliable, yet it is my other "partner" in life. Husbands and business partners have come and gone, but Epilepsy has always been with me. It was my first experience of having a "shadow teacher."
While a child who isn't feeling she has power over her world may have a tantrum, as we grow older, most of us find other more subtle ways to express our powerfulness or powerlessness. We adapt, learn coping mechanisms, how to persuade, manipulate, or capitulate when necessary. These tools, these learned adaptations, give a sense of control. They make us feel more in charge of our destiny. As a result, our maturing self generally feels indestructible, immortal. Life is a long, golden road of futures for the young.
This was not the case for me. I learned very early on when I started having seizures that I was not fully in charge of the world, my world, specifically of my body. There are many different types of epileptic seizures. Often a person with the illness may have more than one type. That has been the case for me. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy—with a seizure type now referred to as "Absence seizures"—when I was four years old. I have seen neurologists and taken medications ever since. As often happens, the condition worsened when I entered puberty and I started having convulsions as well—what most people think of when they think of epileptic seizures. The clinical name is generalized "Tonic-clonic" seizures.
In such a seizure the entire brain is involved, rather like an electrical circuit that has gone out as a result of a power surge. I lose consciousness, my whole body becomes rigid, the muscles start jerking uncontrollably, and I fall. Tonic-clonic seizures, also known as "grand mal" seizures, may or may not be preceded by an aura, a type of perceptual disturbance, which for me can act as a warning of what is coming. The seizure usually only lasts for a few minutes, but I feel its draining effects for a day or two afterwards. Although I would prefer to sleep all day after such a physically and emotionally taxing event, I have often just gotten up off the floor and, within hours, gone back to work. It was necessary sometimes, though definitely not medically advised. I'm fond of saying that having a grand mal seizure is rather like being struck by a Mack truck and living to tell the tale.
Having Epilepsy has forced me to be dependent on others throughout my life. While we are all dependent upon others to some degree—independent, interdependent, dependent—in my case a deep level of dependency was decreed and ingrained very early on. This enforced dependency did not sit well with my native self. I bucked and rebelled. At the same time, a part of me also feared the next fall, the next post-convulsive fugue. And so I recognized, I acquiesced to the need to depend on others.
The silver lining of having Epilepsy is that it has introduced me to and taught me a bit about the nature of being powerless—and experiencing betrayal. I could not trust that my body would always operate as it should. Routinely, it suddenly quits. I experience this as betrayal by my brain and body. It results in my complete powerlessness throughout the convulsion. Not to mention an inconvenient interruption of any activities or plans I might have made.
Hence, I am the recipient of two important life lessons—and I was blessed to have this very specific and graphic experience at a young age. It made me observant and reflective, giving me the opportunity to consider what/where/who "I" was. I knew I was not "just" my body, or even my brain.
So, who or what did that leave? Who, what am I? Much has been written about trauma, and about near-death experiences, both of which seizures have been classified or described as. I won't delve into that here except to say that experiencing recurrent seizures and the attendant altered states of consciousness that sometimes accompany an episode (the euphemism for a seizure) changes one. It deeply affects you. It is both illuminating and frightening. It opens you up in some ways and can close you way down in others. For me it made it easy to consider the possibility of other ways to perceive, of other realms. And as an adult I became interested in quantum physics, where Science is pushing and challenging our long-held perceptual assumptions. Me, who was poor in math and disinterested in Science while in school! So if not merely body and brain, who am I? Spirit. And with Epilepsy's tutelage, I was encouraged to question, seek, try to understand what lies beyond.
Living with Epilepsy has also given me great strength. In realizing the futile nature of trying to have "power over" Epilepsy, I developed a deep well of "power within"—that inner strength that comes in the acceptance of that which one cannot change—and looking beyond it.
Through my experience building the business of Jogbra with the unique lens afforded me by my Epilepsy partner, I came to understand more fully the nature of power and what it means to be truly powerful.
Specifically, that having power and exercising it is not simply a manifestation of the ego. It need not be "power-tripping." It is how I wield my power that matters, making the all-important distinction between creating a situation of power over, power with, or empowering and having and creating strength in oneself and others.
Being powerful is a big responsibility.
To put all this another way: do I choose to create situations in which I am able to wield power over others? Or do I choose to empower others, sharing my strengths with them, while nurturing their strengths as well? The first is not true power. It is control. The second I believe to be the essence of true and positive power: strength. And integral to creating a more harmonious world, oh by the way.
While this may be apparent, even basic to others, it was an "aha!" moment for me. Too often in the years ahead I would give away my power and question my own strengths,. Time and again, however, my inner strength, my shadow teacher's gift, helped me survive and thrive until I could take responsibility for and embrace more fully my own power.
© Lisa Z. Lindahl 2019