Venus Conjunct Mercury, Summer Solstice, Venus enters Cancer, Jupiter Combust
Venus conjunct Mercury this week: Mercury has been slowing down in its progress through the zodiac as it prepares to go Retrograde. Venus catches up to Mercury and passes it this week; the exact conjunction will be Thursday June 20 @ 27 deg. Gemini.
Normally, Venus conjunct Mercury is considered a good combination: good for Negotiations and Agreements, Reasonable Discussions, etc. But this time it’s a bit different:
Venus, as the ruler of Libra where Saturn and Rahu are transiting, receives their combined energies. Mars, another of the Main Malefics in Vedic Astrology, is transiting in Taurus, and it too has its energy transferred to Venus. Thus Venus is actually carrying the energy of 3 Malefic Planets, which explains why the combination in Gemini is not as benefic as it looks.
Venus changes signs, and enters Cancer, Saturday June 22:
The Planet of Love and Agreement in the Sign of Emotional Support and Feelings. Venus becomes subject to the rulership of The Moon.
This produces an Emphasis on Comfort and Indulgence, or a sort of Head-in-the-Sand scenario, i.e., don’t tell be about the Bad Stuff.
It’s also a combination that produces Sympathy: planet of Love in the sign of Mother.
Venus will be in Cancer until July 17.
The Summer Solstice will be on Friday, June 21:
The Sun reaches its furthest point from the Celestial Equator; producing The Longest Day (in the Northern Hemisphere), and now “turns around” and start heading back in the other direction towards the 'South.' ( If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, it's the reverse.)
In Vedic Astrology this is called a Sankranti, an Ingress. It's a Transition, and therefore Unstable, i.e., avoid doing anything really important for three days on either side of the Solstice, from Wednesday through Sunday.
Jupiter enters into Deep Combustion this Week.
The exact conjunction is Wednesday June 19 @ 4 deg Gemini. When a planet is combust its Material Significations can Suffer. Jupiter is the planet of Prosperity, it signifies Banks and Banking, Bonds, Major Assets, etc., any of which might take a hit this week.