Your Horoscope in Cocktails: June 2016

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(Illustrations: Ariel Dunitz-Johnson )

“What’s your sign?” It’s one of the cheesiest and most gag-inducing pickup lines, and chances are you’ve either used it on someone (hopefully jokingly) or been asked the question yourself—and the encounter probably happened at a bar.

There’s something to the question, though. But not in the way you think. If you put your zodiac sign to the test, you may find that the universe is telling you to try something unexpected, like that you should try a gin cocktail instead of whiskey?

You spent Memorial Day on the beach, cracked open the season’s first bottle of rosé and scarfed down potato salad at a friend’s barbecue. Summer, as far as you are concerned, is here, and you would like to savor every day of its sultry temps. But the universe has planned for more than Popsicles and picnic baskets.

On June 3, you might have felt especially stressed and boxed in, confronting that showdown between the sun and Venus in Gemini, Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces otherwise known as a Grand Mutable Cross. Although more mind muddling is headed your way when rational Saturn and dreamy Neptune reach the height of their collision on June 17, don’t fret: On June 26, Jupiter and Pluto form a harmony-inducing trine (a mammoth event that won’t occur again until 2024).

There is also the solstice to look forward to on June 20, and this time around the longest day of the year coincides with the second rousing full moon in passion-igniting Sagittarius. Another boon: Mars finally ends its downer of a retrograde cycle on June 29. A drink, inspired by your own zodiac sign, is one way to navigate summertime’s slew of emotions.

Gemini: May 21–June 20

The sun shines just for you, Gemini, until June 20. That means you’re seized with energy, ready to tackle personal goals (maybe it’s time to plan that trip to Beijing or give CrossFit a whirl) with an intense focus that was unleashed by June 4th’s promising new moon. When Saturn and Neptune form their confounding square, career and relationship conflicts you thought were long tucked into bed might rise again. Delving into the past will be an uncomfortable but inevitable solution. The good news is that after the full moon strikes, another’s once perplexing actions may suddenly become crystal clear.

You should be drinking something straightforward and satisfying but devoid of further life surprises, like the Highball Mizuwari.

Cancer: June 21–July 22

For the majority of the month, the sun will continue to nurture Gemini. Look inward then, Cancer, for on June 20 the spotlight will be on you and you’ll reminisce fondly on these weeks of restorative solitude. The new moon on June 4 hopefully led you to an uplifting vinyasa or meditation class, for it’s the perfect time to find a spiritual anchor. Amid Saturn and Neptune’s awkward dance, you might just reach a breakthrough on a scenario that’s plagued you since winter.

You should be drinking something earthy and nurturing, such as the herbal Mother Flower.

Leo: July 23–August 22

Collaborating with like-minded souls is one surefire way of manifesting your career dreams, Leo. Because lucky Jupiter is gliding through your financial realm until September 9, you might even be able to make a few bucks off this fantasy. The solstice, in tandem with the Sagittarius full moon, makes you especially ripe for fame and recognition. But don’t get too caught up in potential glory just yet. Your go-go-go birthday season doesn’t amp up until July 21, and it would behoove you to sit back and take a breather until that social and professional whirlwind commences.

You should be drinking something balanced, such as the light but savory Berry Barracuda, so that your emotions follow suit.

Virgo: August 23–September 22

Jupiter is visiting your sign until September 9. This rarity occurs just once every 12 years. So Virgo, instead of sitting back idle, this is when you should be channeling all of your attention into making waylaid career ambitions come true. As much as you want to sip Margaritas on the patio after work, forsake that lazy-night summer ritual for a cameo at the office’s networking happy hour. When Jupiter and Pluto intertwine, you will find yourself at your creative, expressive best. With a sticky personal issue finally reaching resolution, you’ll have an open heart that leaves your determination unstoppable.

You should be drinking something bright, like the Point Reyes Punch, to maintain your sunny disposition.

Libra: September 23–October 22

While it’s admirable that you’re craving to break free from your comfort zone by traveling to unconventional lands, Libra, don’t lose your common sense in the name of globetrotting. June 4th’s new moon, which was in opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius, might have messed with your rationality. Like all signs, the Saturn-Neptune interplay doesn’t bode well for you, leaving you confused and possibly alarmed over some health news. This negative state luckily becomes overshadowed by Jupiter and Pluto’s connection, which might translate to an epiphany. This newfound knowledge won’t get in the way of your work ethic, however: The sun in Cancer, starting June 21, promises four weeks of unbridled professional productivity.

You should be drinking something transporting—but that doesn’t require a transatlantic flight—like the floral Maryum’s Grass Skirt.

Scorpio: October 23–November 21

Until June 20, while the sun is still serenading Gemini, you’ll feel some internal shifts, Scorpio. This isn’t a bad thing, though. Instead, you may wisely use this time to reconsider, say, poorly made financial decisions. The juxtaposition of practical Saturn and footloose Neptune may also leave you hungering for a break from the daily routine. Don’t give up your stable teaching job to become a rogue sculptor without a proper plan in place, but do keep in mind that until July 21 it’s a choice time to launch new projects. With Mars no longer in retrograde, it’s only full speed ahead.

You should be drinking something cooling yet complex, like the Snake Bit Sprout, to help lead you through those tangled thoughts.

Sagittarius: November 22–December 21

It’s that time of year, Sagittarius, where the sun is as far away from you as possible. But you need not be lonely without those warm rays embracing you. Instead, minimize your alone time and surround yourself with kind, happy people. The tug of war between Saturn and Neptune might indicate some strife on the home front, yet it’s a wonderful time to minimize self-destructive behavior and stop playing the trampled-upon martyr. The solstice’s arrival emphasizes the ever-important link between mind, body and soul—and perhaps brings a little financial windfall—and that’s always something to look forward to.

You should be drinking something that goes down deservedly easy, like the 606 Swizzle, a riff on a tropical mainstay.

Capricorn: December 22–January 19

You’ve officially entered the year’s midpoint, and at this poignant juncture, your mind is on your health (it’s about time) and embracing your natural surroundings. Feeling grounded is rather helpful as this month’s two big events, the Saturn and Neptune meet-up and the Jupiter-Pluto trine, are especially profound for you. Capricorn, you are known for your admirable, altruistic nature, but now is really the time to be a tad selfish and focus solely on you. On June 20, the sun slithers into Cancer, illuminating interpersonal relationships. Buoyed by the full moon in Sagittarius, intuition and healing also take center stage.

You should be drinking something with a burst of heat, like the made-with-beer Pils al Pastor, to help maintain this unearthed passionate aura.

Aquarius: January 20–February 18

Spring typically gets folks revved for change, whether over their new parka-free wardrobe or the allure of more time alfresco. Aquarius, it’s taken you a while to muster up this spirit of excitement. Finally, it’s here. Revel in it but perhaps not too much because June 17th’s unsavory alignment could bring a financial hardship or two. As the sun enters Cancer, though, streamlining will be your priority, and an efficient, productive future is yours for the taking.

You should be drinking something classy and luxurious to celebrate your ascent, like the boozy Rampart Rambler.

Pisces: February 19–March 20

Your imagination is fierce, Pisces, and while that’s impressive, it’s time to get out of your head and actually make these fantasies reality. You can do it, particularly on June 17. Until June 20, you’d rather spend your days sprucing up the home and inviting friends over for pitchers of sangria. Keep the dinner party invites going, because once it’s time for the Sagittarius full moon, you’ll be so busy thinking about your career you’ll hardly have time to throw jalapeño poppers into the oven. Neptune is in retrograde from June 13 to November 19, screwing things up for many, but because it’s in Pisces this year, you’ll feel it most severely.

You should be drinking something decadent, such as the dessert-like Corpse Reviver 212, for a jolt of much-needed comfort.

Aries: March 20–April 19

You have desired something for a long time, Aries (a move to Los Angeles? A graduate program in forensics?), yet there’s a (self-imposed?) obstacle that holds you back. On June 17, a much-needed wake-up call might finally set you free from this mental block, unleashing a fiery, unrelenting bout of stimulation. Paying attention to the details is crucial right now, but with the full moon in gear, it’s time to think bigger than ever before.

You should be drinking something effervescent and celebratory, like the bubbly crowned Golden Gate Spritz.

Taurus: April 20–May 20

With your head down, you’re getting your work done as diligently as you are accustomed, Taurus. While the Saturn-meets-Neptune debacle distracts you with financial and friendship concerns, those will fall to the fray as the sun in Cancer helps maximize your social, intellectual and cerebral skills. You’ve been ruminating on something for awhile (are you ready to move in together?). Stop being wishy-washy and come to a conclusion.

You should be drinking something clarifying and low on the booze, like the simple Mind Eraser.

(Illustrations: Ariel Dunitz-Johnson)

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