Julene's Yogic Astrology Newsletter

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Julene's Horoscopes & Astrology EventsJune 2011
In This Issue
IAA Workshops in June
Midwest Astrology Conference
Summer Solstice
This Month's Eclipses
Eclipse Season
Planet Watch
Astrological Forecast
Creation Myth Explains Eclipses
2 Summer Solstice Workshops at the International Academy of Astrology 

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Saturday June 25th


Online audio-visual interactive 4 hour wrokshop intnesives presented quarterly by IAA Instructors. Cost is

$25 and includes a complimentary recording of the workshops you attend.


12:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

The Art of Astrological Timing with

 Julene Packer-Louis



5:00 - 9:00 pm EDT

Beginning & Ending Planets with

Lynn Koiner



For complete details and to register for these workshops click here.

 The Midwest Astrology Conference
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June 2 - 5, 2011 at the Crown Plaza in Independence, OH

 Don't Miss this Event put on anually by Sandra Leigh-Serio & Louise McCombs. 


The Pre-conference workshop is being given by world renown astrologer Rob Hand.  Local Cleveland area astrologers presenting lectures are Pat Geisler, Richard Smoot, Joan Kendig & Julene Packer-Louis. Also many fabulous astrologers from the US and Canada will be coming to share their knowledge. Check out the stellar line up of speakers at MAC this year. Register before April 1st and save! 
Summer Solstice
June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice occurs on June 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm EDT.  This is the moment the Sun enters the sign of Cancer in the tropical zodiac. This is when the Sun reaches maximum declination of 23*26' north of the celestial equator (the earth's equator extended into infinite space).  If you have a globe, you will note the Tropic of Cancer at this latitude. Solstice means "stand still". From the spring equinox where the sun was at the eastern intersection of the celestial equator and ecliptic plane (the apparent path of the sun as viewed from earth based on the angle of the earth's axial tilt of 23*26') until the summer solstice, the sun climbs higher in the sky each day at high noon. At summer solstice the sun reaches the highest point in the sky, is at maximum declination, the stand still point, and then begins its descent toward the western intersection of the celestial equator and ecliptic when the autumn equinox will occur.  Each of the cardinal signs of the tropical zodiac Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn commence with each season and relate specifically to earth's cyclical relationship with the sun. 

This Month's Eclipses

Solar Eclipse in Gemini on June 1st at 5:03 pm EDT


This solar eclipse occurs with the conjunction of the sun & moon at tropical 11-Gemini-02 conjunct the true south node at 23-Gemini-24. The orb of separation between the new moon and the south node is 12*22' which creates a partial solar eclipse. The Moon will pass partially in front of the sun but not cover the sun's disk completely. The eclipse begins at sunrise in Serbia at 19:25 UT and continues east until it ends over New Foundland at 23:07 UT.  This eclipse belongs to NASA's Saros Series 118 that began near the south pole on May 24, 0803 and ends on July 15, 2083. Bernadette Brady calls this Saros Series 13 South and includes the following lunar eclipse in the same saros series.


Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 15th at 4:14 pm EDT


This lunar eclipse occurs with the opposition of the sun & moon. The moon at tropical 24-Sagittarius-24 is conjunct the true north node at 23-Sagittarius-26, while the sun at 24-Gemini-24 is conjunct the true south node at 23-Gemini-26. The orb of separation between the full moon and the nodes is 0*56 which creates a total lunar eclipse. The Moon will become totally eclipsed by the earth's shadow as earth passes between the sun and moon. The eclipse begins at 17:25 UT in Australia when the moon begins to pass through Earth's penumbral shadow. Totality begins at 19:22 UT and lasts until 21:03 UT when the moon begins to come out of the shadow. The penumbral portion of the eclipse ends at 23:00 UT in South America. Totality can be witnessed in Western Australia, western and central Asia, most of Europe, eastern Africa, and western South America. This eclipse belongs to NASA's Saros Series 130 that began near the north pole on June 10, 1416 and ends on July 26, 2678


Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 1st at 4:54 am EDT


This eclipse occurs with the conjunction of the sun and moon at tropical 09-Cancer-12 in conjunction to the true south node at 23-Gemini-28. This 15*44' orb of separation causes a partial solar eclipse. This eclipse occurs in the Antarctic region and begins a new saros series. The Saros Series 156 begins with this eclipse near the south pole and ends on July 14, 3237.

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Dear Friends, 


Last month I gave lectures in Annapolis, MD on Chiron and in Akron, OH & Asheville, NC on the Vertex. I want to thank the Annapolis Chapter of NCGR and the Asheville Friends of Astrology for their hospitality while I was in town. I truly had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting all of you very much and it would an honor to come back.


This month I am giving three more lectures. I am presenting The Vertex & the Law of Attraction at the MAC Conference in Cleveland on Friday, June 3rd. On Saturday, June 25th I am giving a 4 hour workshop on The Art of Astrological Timing at IAA.  This one is online and interactive. See and hear my presentation live on your home pc and have the opportunity to ask questions. It will be recorded and for sale afterward at the IAA website, attendees get a complimentary video recording. On Monday, June 27th I am lecturing on Solar Returns at LCAA. The Lake County Astrological Association meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Willoughby Hills Library.


I am still working on getting my podcast going and hope to have it up and running by the next newsletter. In the mean time, in this newsletter you will find my planet watch article to help locate the planets, a few articles on eclipses, and an astrological forecast for June.  


Happy Memorial Day everyone!



Love & Light,



To Everything (including eclipses) There is a Season


What causes eclipses: Eclipses occur when the Sun, Earth and Moon align with the Moon's Nodes. The alignment with the Lunar Nodes is the factor that makes a New and Full Moon become a Solar and Lunar Eclipse. The Lunar Nodes are the points where the Moon's orbit crosses the Ecliptic Plane, which is determined by the Earth's orbit around the Sun. As a result, when the Moon conjuncts her North or South Node, it means she is on the same plane as Earth. This happens every 14 days. Also occurring every 14 days is the conjunction or opposition of the Moon & Sun. Yet, in order for an eclipse to occur, both things must be happening at the same time: the conjunction or opposition of the Sun & Moon along with the Moon's conjunction to her north or south node. These two things stacking up at 14 day intervals are why we always have a Lunar Eclipse occurring with a Solar Eclipse within the same lunar cycle.


Eclipse Season: Eclipse season simply means that the both conditions are present and eclipses will occur. The New & Full Moon is coinciding with the Moon conjoining her nodes. Eclipse season lasts for 37.5 days. This time frame comes from the fact that when a New Moon occurs within 18.75 days from a nodal conjunction, a Solar Eclipse will occur. This 18.75 day period before and after the alignment adds up to the 37.5 day eclipse season window. Since the synodic cycle of the sun and moon is 29.5 days, it is possible for a three eclipses to occur in one eclipse season. For instance we will have a solar eclipse with the new moon on June 1st, a lunar eclipse with the full moon on June 15th, and another solar eclipse with the new moon on July 1st.


Eclipse Years:  Every 346.62 days the Moon's North Node aligns with the Sun providing us with an eclipse year. The fact that this number is not the same as our 365.25 day solar year is the reason that eclipse season doesn't occur at the same time each year in exact 6 month intervals. Because the alignment of the Lunar Nodes with the Sun occurs 18.63 days sooner than the Earth completes a full revolution around the Sun, the Eclipse Season regresses each year. Therefore each summer or winter eclipse occurs approximately 9 days earlier than the last.


Saros Series:  This is the greater eclipse cycle the Babylonian's noticed, that NASA still uses, and Bernadette Brady made extensive astrological research into. An eclipse saros series begins with a partial eclipse at one of earth's poles. It spirals around the globe upward or downward depending where it began for 12 - 14 centuries before ending at the opposite pole after creating 70 or so eclipses. Saros means repeats and each series repeats after 6585.3 days which is 18 years, 11 days, and 8 hours. This timing is arrived at by a mathematical synchronicity that occurs at this interval of time.   


 For the mathematically inclined, or even if you just want to know more about the astronomy behind eclipses including how proximity to the nodes indicates why some are total, partial or annular, read Eclipse Mechanics & Saros Series Meaning in the lecture handout achieve section of my website from a lecture I gave on this topic at IAA in 2006. 


Planet Watch for June 2011 


The morning sky in the beginning of June continues to play host to four planets: Jupiter, Mars and Venus in the constellation Aries and Mercury in the constellation Taurus. Jupiter has the opening act on the stellar stage, rising around 4:15 am. Mars rises 45 minutes later. Venus follows about 15 minutes after Mars. Mercury rises just before sunset.

There is a lot of movement by the morning planets against the zodiacal backdrop of stars this month that you might want to get up early enough to witness. If you want to catch Mercury do so in the first couple days of June because he will soon be swallowed up by the sunrise before making his superior conjunction to the sun on June 12th.  Venus is moving fast through the constellations of the zodiac. On June 6th she enters the constellation Taurus and on June 30th she enters the constellation Gemini. Mars also moves into the constellation Taurus this month, on June 14th. Jupiter remains in the constellation Aries all month. 

Saturn is visible in the evening in the constellation Virgo. Look for Saturn nearly due south as evening twilight darkens the sky. The ringed planet sets around 2:15 AM at the beginning of June and around 1:15 at the end of June.  Mercury will become an evening planet on June 20th. It will be easier to spot him toward the end of the month as he gains more distance from the setting sun and remains visible above WNW horizon until about 10:00 pm at the end of June.

For more details including dates to observe conjunctions to fixed stars read my Sky Watch column in The Mountain Astrologer magazine and visit the IAA library for sky maps in the section dedicated to Mountain Astrologer Sky Maps. Remember when we observe planets in the sky we are looking at the sidereal zodiac that is based on the constellations in the heavens. This is currently a 24*01' difference by the Lahiri ayanamsha from the positions of the tropical zodiac that is based on the seasons.



Astrological Forecast for June 2011



June 1st is the New Moon in Gemini that makes an air grand trine with retrograde Saturn in Libra and Pallas and Vesta in Aquarius.  This new moon is also an eclipse that involves the south node, Ketu who likes to cause turmoil so we turn our attention inward to the true spiritual nature of our soul. Therefore this new moon eclipse involving an air grand trine is likely to have a feeling much like Mercury retrograde. In fact eclipses are often felt before they occur, so if you've been feeling like Mercury is retrograde when it is not, you're probably not alone.

New Moons are always good for beginnings. Things begun on the new moon are like planting seeds for something to bear fruit or become realized at the full moon. Since Saturn, Pallas & Vesta are involved; this is a great cycle to dedicate your spiritual warrior within to examine and re-think those old warn out paradigms of your mind, awaken to new perceptions that come from your heart center.

Mercury enters its domicile Gemini on June 2nd as if to collaborate with the new moon and bring the most constructive placement for mental energy that considers many possibilities and ponders the nature of duality.  Neptune the planet of spirituality and dissolver of illusions of separateness stations retrograde on June 3rd. This turns that Neptune energy inward the same day it squares Mercury to challenge us to see the illusions in the paradigms of our mental perceptions. 

On June 4th Jupiter enters Taurus. The expansion principal of our philosophies arrived at by life's experience has been on a quest for independence and autonomy since the end of January and now begins a twelve month quest for beauty, sensory pleasures and creature comforts. 

Mercury trines Saturn on June 7th and the first quarter moon occurs on June 8th with Jupiter sextile Neptune. These will be days when your new mode of perception or philosophy will likely be put to the test. Hang in there and don't revert back to the old patterns you discovered were not aligned with your true nature last week.  

Venus enters Gemini on June 9th and squares Neptune on the 10th. Mercury makes superior conjunction the Sun on the June 12th and meanwhile Venus sextiles Uranus and Saturn stations direct. This moon is leaving the first quarter crisis in action phase and moving into the gibbous phase when objectivity begins to outweigh subjectivity.  Use the Saturn station and Sun-Mercury conjunction to take stock of your self discovery so far, as Venus the Uranus sextile provides the opportunity to see the possibilities you have awakened to.

June 15th is the full moon lunar eclipse followed by Mercury entering Cancer on the 16th. Mercury trines Neptune and sextiles Jupiter on June 17th. Allow yourself to feel the emotional fulfillment of what you began at the New Moon, and bask in the light of your achievements.  June 18th and 19th might bring a bit of conflict with those who don't appreciate your new views with Mercury's square to Uranus and opposition to Pluto. That's ok. When we change, it throws people off who expect us to play our usual role. Mars enters Gemini on the 20th, so recognize that for what it is and don't give way to the tendency to force your opinions on others. We all evolve at our own pace.

The Sun enters Cancer on June 20th and Mercury squares Saturn. On the 22nd Mars squares Neptune and on June 23rd we have the last quarter moon. This is the crisis in consciousness phase that comes as we reflect on the past 21 or so days and begin to turn more toward subjectivity again. It's part of the cyclical process of beginning something new, having it tested, realizing its full potential, and then turning inward again to see what needs to be revised or realigned.

The Sun sextiles Jupiter on June 25th, squares Uranus on June 26th, and opposes Pluto on the 28th. Meanwhile on the 27th Mars sextiles Uranus. Much of this is during the balsamic moon phase; the waning crescent where we release the past and with it drop the seeds for the new cycle we anticipate just around the corner. The sun's sextile to Jupiter provides us with the visonary's gaze into this new cycle that challenges us to awaken and evolve even more with the square to Uranus. The Sun's opposition to Pluto during the balsamic moon phase reminds us to be conscious of our outer power struggles and recognize that they are appearing to let us know what to work on integrating during the next lunation cycle.  

July 1st is the next new moon and we'll begin a new cycle next time.  

 The Vedic Creation Myth that Explains Eclipses     



This is one of my favorite stories, and it goes something like this:  There was a war between gods and demons for control of the universe. The gods decided to churn the ocean of milk with the spiritual mountain Mandara to find the nectar of immortality (amrita) that was hidden at the bottom. A demon Vasuki, who was a serpent, helped the gods by being the rope tied to Mandara. When the amrita was found the gods wanted it for themselves and they all lined up to receive the nectar. Vasuki snuck in between the sun & moon and drank it secretly. The sun and moon complained about this to Vishnu who threw a Sudharashan Chakra (a fiery holy wheel) at Vasuki and cut him in two. Since the serpent Vasuki had already drunk the amrita, he was immortal and could not die, so his head (Rahu - the North Node) and tail (Ketu - South Node) eclipse the sun and moon. 

[Now technically Rahu is the serpant's head and Ketu is the body and tail without a head. This is why Rahu, keeps going after more and more material fulfillment and can't satisfy his desires. He drinks it in but just pours right out like trying to fill a glass with no bottom. Ketu, being headless is more about gut level perception and spiritual in nature.]

This particular story is rich with symbolism that includes the "om" sound produced by the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk or "milky way", the eclipsing of our ego (sun) and emotional perceptions (moon), lessons of integration fueled by separate dualities longing to return to wholeness, and much more.  Read more about the deeper symbolism at my website.

My gift to you this month is an hour consultation for a discounted rate $75. Let's rid those old paradigms and awaken to new possibilities to become the change we seek in the world!


Happy Summer Everyone!


Julene Packer-Louis, Dipl.OCA, ISAR-CAP
Your Certified Professional Astrologer for Life



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