Celestial Insights: June 2023

May 26, 2023 0 Comments

Celestial Insights: June 2023

Insights by Kerstin Hern of The Mirrored Lantern  / Original art for J. Southern Studio by Spirited Animals 

Celestial Insights    June 2023

Eclipse season is over, y'all! Although we can always expect these sacred celestial occurrences like clockwork, the color and energy of them are always dynamic based on the sign and transits encompassing them. Scorpio is perhaps one of, if not the most powerful eclipses in terms of intensity in its deep dives and resurgences that it inspires.

I hope you all are able to ground in your own power and move with grace through whatever massive or subtle shifts and changes this eclipse season has bestowed! There is liberation on the other side of change.

We are still in the energy of the Scorpio/Taurus axis through October, when we will then shift into new eclipse chapters and narratives of Aries and Libra. For now, continue working on writing/re-writing your story with the ink of Scorpio and Taurus.

Make note of this month’s lunation energies, including the full Strawberry moon rituals, the new moon in Gemini rituals, plus some of this month’s significant transits below to prepare for and work with the cosmic flow. Use the full moon in Sag and new moon in Gemini’s symbols, themes, tarot card partner, herbs for candle magick, crystals, affirmations, and more to personalize your own full and new moon rituals around invocations and releases during those energetic portals.

Notable Transits:
  • 06/03/23 Full Moon June 2023 in Sagittarius (Strawberry Moon, releases/renewals around spirituality, culture + personal empowerment, travel, exploration)
  • 06/05/23 Venus enters Leo (love, relationships, money, self-worth revolving around me-me-me getting the spotlight w/ some drama)
  • 06/11/23 Pluto retrogrades back into Capricorn (revisiting your relationship to power and work and long Collective cycles closing from past 10 years)        
  • 06/11/23  Mercury enters Gemini (in its domicile and happy place here, chatty, social—watch out for gossip, whimsical, and opportune time for learning/teaching)
  • 06/17/23 Saturn retrograde in Pisces (looser boundaries making way for insights + revisiting and revising our structures and how we spend our time)
  • 06/18/23 New Moon In Gemini (connections, learning, moving through density and coming out on the other side more healed)
  • 6/21/23: Summer Solstice / Litha (longest day of the year)
  • 06/21/23 Sun enters Cancer (Collective nourishing, nurturing, and protective energies, maybe a splash of moodiness)
  • 06/26/23 Mercury enters Cancer (nostalgic, sentimental, moody, motherly talks, thoughts, and inner communication)
  • 06/30/23 Neptune retrograde in Pisces (revisiting fantasies, creative ideas, and other dreamy themes but with some awareness of good and difficult truths this time around)
Strawberry Moon/ Full Moon in Sagittarius
Sacred Firing on All Celestial Cylinders
June 3, 2023 // @ 13 degrees of Sagittarius
8:41 pm PST // 11:41 pm EST

This full moon adds a buzzy, fun blast of energy to your forcefield after those really deep and intense spring eclipses. Sag and Gem may be opposite on the zodiac wheel, but they have similar vibes, and if you break down their elements (Gemini = air, Sagittarius = fire), the curious and childlike Gemini air student encourages and expands the philosophical guru teacher’s fire.

This can be reflected in the mirror of the Mercury and Uranus conjunction in Taurus during this lunation. Communication and ideas will be infused with electricity, surprise, insights, and innovation. This sky signature makes this an excellent full moon to complete spiritual or philosophical work (ideas, writing, etc.) with the grounding of Taurus to anchor the expansive fire of this full moon in Sagittarius.

This important June transit also speaks to a culmination, release, and renewal around spirituality, so some may be experiencing switching gears and learning/teaching spiritual, esoteric, or religious work. Think releasing material and earthly attachments (Taurus) to gain spiritual bliss and understanding (Sagittarius).

Another notable monthly transit is the Venus and Pluto opposition at the time of this full moon. Venus in Cancer (also conjunct Lilith) opposing Rx Pluto in Aquarius offers space to safely feel all the feels for the purpose of empowerment by reflecting on where, when, and with whom you may have given your power away, especially if it involves a spiritual group (ahem, Pluto in Aquarius during a full Sag moon has cult-y vibes). Notice if you have lost your true Self in a group, and without judgement, allow yourself to de-congeal from that space with grace.

For everyone, this transit can signify a time of resolving conflicts and power imbalances in your home/family and or in your social groups/online/public. Lean into challenges and frame conflict as sacred information to notice what is not working and start to conceptualize change. Take an expanded view (Sagittarius) of the situation and focus on truth and honesty—hallmarks of Sag energy!


energetic and emotional healing, liberation, movement, travel, adventure, thinking/philosophizing, electrical communication, excitement, breakthroughs, optimism, culminations and releases, karmic cycles ending, independence, forgiveness, fire medicine, exploration, truth, travel, honesty, authenticity, teaching/learning, spirituality, multiculturalism, limitlessness, Jupiter, fire, the archer, the centaur, the salamander, falcons, owls, Pegasus, strawberry moon


Find your sun or rising sign below to see what area of your life will be most impacted by this full moon in Sagittarius:

  • ARIES: 9th House / PURPOSE (higher learning, teaching, spirituality, expansion, travel, law)
  • TAURUS: 8th House / TRANSFORMATION (occult/mystery, other people’s money, commitments)
  • GEMINI: 7th House / BALANCE (relationships, partnerships, contracts, known enemies
  • CANCER: 6th House / HEALTH (wellness, daily routines, skills, service, pets)
  • LEO: 5th House / PLEASURE (creativity, fun/recreation, expression, children)
  • VIRGO: 4th House / HOME (family, ancestors, security, the mother)
  • LIBRA: 3rd House / SHARING (communication, student, community, siblings)
  • SCORPIO: 2nd House / WORTH (your financial and personal value, material possessions)
  • SAGITTARIUS: 1st House / SELF (identity, personality, appearance)
  • CAPRICORN: 12th House / COMPLETION (the unconscious, psychic gifts, who/what is hidden, privacy, inner dialogue)
  • AQUARIUS: 11th House / CONNECTION (wishes, friends, social groups, belonging, community)
  • PISCES: 10th House / ACHIEVEMENT (career, endeavors, public status, ambition, the father)
  • Deities: Zeus, Jupiter, Chiron, Isis, Janus, Thor, Nergal, Dionysus, Bellerophon, Isis, Athena, Tyche, Fortuna, centaur
  • Tarot Cards: Temperance (harmony, healing, moderation to bring balance, patience, Middle Path, peace)
  • Candles: black, blue, lavender, silver, white, red (fire and Mars energy), Fire Element candle
  • Crystals: moonstone, fluorite, lapis lazuli, smokey quartz, lodolite, labradorite, black tourmaline, obsidian, sodalite, amethyst, malachite
  • Herbs + Oils+ Incenses: Eucalyptus (healing, moon magick), Dragon’s Blood (banishing, protection), Frankincense (introspection, purification), Yerba Santa (spiritual healing and protection), and Rosemary (healing, purification)

In Sagittarius, a fire sign, you can write out your full moon releases on a small piece of paper and burn them away with fire, which transmutes energy, in a cauldron. You can then sprinkle some salt over the ashes and mix together in your cauldron to completely purify and clear the energy around your releases.


"On this full moon in Sagittarius, I release the remnants of old stories, old beliefs, and outdated culture that no longer serves my spirit and true Self. I eagerly lean into student/teacher energy, assuming both roles when they serve me and my community best. This full moon light shines awareness on my independence and uniqueness, growing my seeds of self love. I call forth my inner medicines of curiosity, exploration, and optimism to create new stories centered on my personal power. So mote it be."


Sagittarius rules our liver, hips, thighs, and sacrum. Think about doing gentle hip opening yoga, thigh massage, detox tea, and sacral chakra work, chanting the seed mantra VAM and placing orange stones around your stomach below your belly button. Meditate on the power of fire as a guiding light and powerful transmuter during your ritual. Get more detailed inspiration on how to work with the element of fire here!


New Moon in Gemini
Be Your Own Psychopomp & Gain Clarity Through Shadow Work 
June 17, 2023 @ 26 degrees of Gemini
9:36 pm PST  //  12:36 am EST

A new moon in Gemini can typically usher in refreshing mental energy, but this particular June new moon has an important monthly transit: the Neptune and new moon conjunction, which brings an opportunity to venture into the murky clouds of the Shadow. Neptune is in its domicile in Pisces, indicating dreamy, nebulous, creative, and spiritual frequencies, with shadow energy of poor boundaries, unhealthy idealization, and manipulation.

There are no "bad" transits like there are no “bad” tarot cards—all are just mirrors to the Self, ego, and Shadow that give us opportunities to reflect, notice, and bring awareness to our parts. With this denser and more foggy energy, some may lean into daydreaming, reverie, and creative writing while others (depending on your chart placements) may experience more anxiety. 

But don’t fret! Get curious about any anxiety (which is just excitement without support a la Perls) and seek support. You can do this internally through stillness, mindful presence, meditation, journaling and externally through meeting with friends or family to talk it out (v Gemini!), and process and untangle what’s going on. Remember: Words are spells! Perhaps also ask yourself: “where am I pretending? With whom do I perform?” This is important shadow work, too.

Due to this new Gemini moon being in a late degree (26), it will be switching signs into Cancer around 5 am the next day, so Luna will be void of course (the travel time moving between signs). Thus, doing magick work and spellcasting may be best the following day, which is Sunday (Sun’s day, the day of success). 

In addition, an important transit for June happens this same day: Jupiter sextile Saturn (luck and expansion of plans and goals). The moon will also be trining the South Node, so whatever was funky around the dark moon the day before will be able to get cleared and released (Ketu/South Node) that Sunday.

Lastly, Chiron, the wounded healer, will be trining the duo Lilith and Pallas (who are conjunct in Leo). This is also a healing and rebirth transit, especially around eros and sexual energy (Lilith), in addition to engaging your inner compassionate fighter and healer energy and your creative mission (Pallas) to use as an energetic empowerment balm after the dark June moon’s shadow work on Saturday. 


Speaking with attention + intention, the mind, intellect, new ideas, communication, nebulousness, confusion, introspection, Shadow work, self-talk, spiritual messages, the power of language, trust/acceptance, mutability, mediation, new paths, curiosity, exploration, siblings, neighbors, writing, reading, balancing logic and intuition, short travel, projection/mirroring, Hermes, Mercury, twins, lavender, bees, hummingbird, sparrow, butterfly, monkey, deer, Loki, Athena, Castor & Pollux, Hermes, Thoth, Valkyrie


  • ARIES: 3rd House (communication, student, community, siblings)
  • TAURUS: 2nd House (your financial and personal value, material possessions)
  • GEMINI: 1st House (identity, personality, appearance)
  • CANCER: 12th House (the unconscious, psychic gifts, inner secrets/dialogue)
  • LEO: 11th House (friends, social groups, your community)
  • VIRGO: 10th House (career, achievements, public status)
  • LIBRA: 9th House (higher learning, teaching, spirituality, expansion)
  • SCORPIO: 8th House (transformation, the occult/mystery, other people’s money)
  • SAGITTARIUS: 7th House (intimate relationships, partnerships, known enemies)
  • CAPRICORN: 6th House (health, daily routines, pets)
  • AQUARIUS: 5th House (creativity, pleasure, children)
  • PISCES: 4th House (home, family/ancestors, security)
  • Deities: Hermes, Thoth, Mercury, Athena, Castor & Pollux, psychopomps, the Valkyrie
  • Tarot Card: The Lovers (important choices, balance through revision, unity, partnering, love of all fames, intimate relationships, mirroring/projection, integration of parts)
  • Candles: yellow, bright blue, pale blue, violet, white, air element candle
  • Crystals: (to wear or place on altar): any yellow stones (yellow topaz, citrine, calcite), rainbow moonstone (connects mind/body, clear mind, transformation), blue lace agate (grounding, communication, removes blockages), quartz (clarity, high vibrational energy, master healer), pearl (Gemini stone, hidden gifts, wisdom through experience, protection and luck), lapis lazuli (enlightenment stone, self awareness, knowledge, harmony, compassion), howlite (slow down and get perspective, stillness, open-mindedness, compassion, memory, past life work)
  • Herbs + Oils + Resins: skullcap (drawing in energy, lovers herb), lavender (cleansing, anti-anxiety, communication) dill (Gemini herb, money, luck, protection), lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit, lemongrass (all citrus: Gemini association, communication, uplifting, joy, prosperity), jasmine (moon herb, happiness, love, fortune, spirituality) bay leaf (luck, wishes, healing, strength)

Write your intentions as specifically as possible on a small piece of paper, in the present tense, as if they are already happening. Fold it 3 times toward you, symbolizing bringing energy to you, and place on your altar under one of your crystals. You may also place your petition under your Air Element Candle or chime candle holder before you light your candle.


"On this new moon in Gemini, I call forth my Inner Guiding light to lead me on a journey into the clouds of my psyche. I use the sacred stillness of this dark moon to meditate on all of my inner parts, including my Shadow. I use this lunar portal to heal my Inner Child through gentle inquiry and exploration into how I communicate to myself, about myself, and to others. I move through the murky clouds with trust that they are temporary and here to teach me something about myself. I am grateful, I am resilient, and I am healing. So mote it be."


Gemini rules our brain, nervous system, lungs, shoulder, arms, hands. Drinking nervous system-friendly teas and journaling thoughts and reflections, dream journaling, and even going through old text and emails and bringing awareness and intention to your communications and assessing where you can improve are helpful activities. Also, mindfulness practices are highlighted: presence in the moment, curiosity, non-judgment, and non-reaction, then journaling what came up for you. Chanting the bija mantra HAM (“hahm”) will clear and strengthen your throat chakra.



Kerstin from The Mirrored Lantern has practiced right hand path magick and tarot for over 30 years and has been a lover and learner of astrology and tarot for just as long. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Spiritual & Depth Psychology and is a psychotherapist (AMFT) in California. 

If you are in Los Angeles and are interested in seeking professional psychotherapy services focusing on Depth, psychodynamic, Jungian and spiritual therapy, Kerstin is a licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#139178) now accepting clients throughout the state of California for both remote + in-person sessions. Visit kerstinherntherapy.com or email her at kerstinherntherapy@gmail.com. 

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