The Aquarium Age: Oct. 11-17
Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio is the big news this week. It moved into Scorpio yesterday, October 10, and will transit Scorpio until November 8, 2018. Scorpio is a Water Sign—it’s deeply emotional, highly sensitive and not likely to reveal the depths or the heights of its feelings unless absolutely necessary. Scorpio is also a Fixed Sign, which means it tends to hold onto its opinions as do all the other Fixed Signs—Taurus, Leo and Aquarius. One might say that the Fixed Signs fortify themselves with their points of view, and this is true of Scorpio even if you don’t notice it as much as you do with the rest of the Fixed cohort. Scorpio likes to play its cards close to the chest. Scorpios revel in secrets and thrive on the mysterious. Their intrigue with mystery is a result of their innate understanding that there’s more to life than meets the naked eye—they come into this world knowing that the whole conversation includes what isn’t being said and the entire story includes what can’t be told.
Scorpio specifically signifies money, sex, death, and transformation—all the themes that Pluto, its Ruler, also signifies. I had a Scorpio friend once who told me: If you want to understand what’s happening anywhere—in politics, local or global, at the office or in a marriage—just follow the money or the sex. It was a great astrology lesson that has seldom proved wrong.
Jupiter is the planet of expansion, excess and great good fortune. It has huge appetites, and when it journeys through a Sign, it expands, amplifies and magnifies the qualities of that Sign. For starters, its year-long journey through Scorpio amplifies money matters of all sorts, and this is certain to be an interesting journey for many, individual as well as collective. The US stock market is at an all-time high, and while I am not a financial astrologer, it’s likely that Jupiter will rock the market by encouraging giddy new heights or by amplifying the inherent weaknesses in those high numbers. For example, the housing market peaked in early 2006, a time when Jupiter was also in Scorpio, but by November of that year, when Jupiter ended its Scorpio transit and moved into Sagittarius, the bubble began to lose air. By the time Jupiter moved into Capricorn in December 2007, the housing market was headed into its infamous crash.
This information is important for several reasons: First, because as a collective we haven’t changed anything about the banking system or about the stock market. Next, Saturn moves into Capricorn on December 20, 2017, and given that Saturn is the voice of reality, lots of areas of life, individual and collective, that are unrealistically inflated are certain to come down to earth. Third, Uranus moves into Taurus on May 15, 2018, and because Taurus signifies personal resources—whereas Scorpio signifies the resources of others—the Uranian shift into the Sign of money is certain to cause sudden and startling financial upheaval. Maybe not immediately—it takes Uranus a year to get settled—but soon after the Sign change. A similar—not exact—pattern happened in 1934-1935, a time when the Great Depression worsened. Uranus moved into Taurus in June and October, 1934, both entries made with Jupiter in Libra. But then Uranus made its final entry into Taurus in March 1935. And it took the manufacturing requirements of WWII to pull the economy out of its hole.
Jupiter’s journey through Scorpio also affects politics, and even though we shouldn’t be surprised, we are likely to be even more surprised by revelations about what exactly occurs beneath surface appearances. And these are just two of the areas affected by Jupiter, in Scorpio. More about other possible manifestations next week.
But I would like to end this week’s column with a few words about this quote from Dickens:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Lately I feel as if I’m turning into one of those noisy authorities who can only make sense of today’s madness by comparing it to past madness, but all the while hoping that humanity will eventually find its sanity in the not too distant future. I’m holding onto the idea that even though history repeats itself, history occurs along a spiral that has no steadfast point in time and space, which would then mean that no matter how many times history repeats itself, nothing happens in exactly the same way. We may live in awful times but we also live in marvelous times, times that have the power to provoke consciousness in ourselves as well as our fellow humans at a rate that has never happened before. Whether that rate is fast enough to save us from ourselves is yet to be seen. As always, each of us contributes to the outcome through our thoughts, words and deeds. Each of us also has the power to turn the world into a kinder and more compassionate place. So reach out to your fellow travelers even (and especially) if walking in their shoes takes extra effort.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Jupiter enters your Solar House of finance and transformation, and given your tendency toward adventure and Jupiter’s tendency to be excessive, this phase could deliver several important lessons. While it’s all too easy to say Jupiter stimulates personal growth through financial issues, that reality is probable. Be open to refining your relationship to money and the benefits of this Jupiter cycle will have lasting positive results.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Jupiter is in your Solar House of partnerships, illuminating relationship habits and patterns, as well as what it is you most desire in your personal interactions—and the good news is that Jupiter always provides fun as part of its process. This phase includes relationships of every denomination, from significant others to insignificant others (if there are any) and every other conceivable partnership you can imagine, including and most importantly your relationship with yourself.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Jupiter’s journey through your Solar House of service is certain to stimulate an expansive plan of self-care. This is the time to get all those check-ups, tests, and every other sort of check-in related to your physical body, and while you’re at it, you might also consider therapy as a way of coping with increased responsibility for others. I’m not suggesting anything is wrong. I’m simply advising you to take care of yourself because you will be taking care of others.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of self-expression, moving you into a flood of creative ideas and projects. Remember, creativity isn’t limited to an art or a craft, so you don’t have to dance, draw, write, or make music. Creativity is a way of looking at life that has the power to make each day unfold with inspiration. I know that sounds completely ideal—and it is. Embrace every day, no matter how stuck you feel, as an opportunity for personal transformation.
Leo July 23-August 22
Jupiter enters your Solar House of the home, which means you’re expanding where you live—both your external center and your internal one. Of course, not every Leo is going to move, but lots of Leos might experience the need for some expansion at home, even if it is simply a new pillow for the couch. Of course, a new addition is also possible, but because I’m talkin’ Jupiter, you’ll need to be mindful of the budget. Be aware…these additions could also be internal—a new meditation or a new commitment to awareness.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Jupiter’s journey through your Solar House of communication is certain to have you talking—a lot—about a wide variety of subjects with an even wider variety of people, from family members to significant others to strangers. Embrace this loquacious phase as an opportunity to share ideas—even ideas you don’t agree with. It’s not often we get to expand our day-to-day reality with such a benign force supporting our interactions.
Libra September 23-October 22
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of personal resources, stimulating a new awareness about handling your finances as well as a similarly new awareness of being a spirit in the material world—which may be the greatest resource of all. Yes, this is a difficult idea to embrace, especially if you’re facing a financial crisis of some kind. But difficult as it may be, it is nonetheless true, and if you can access the depths of this idea, your relationship to all your resources will shift.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Yay! It’s Jupiter, the Planet of great good fortune, in your Sign, facilitating a positive identity crisis as it enters your Solar House of personality. And while some of these Jupiterian shifts might be excessive, they might also be beneficial, especially if you’re willing to leave behind traits that no longer suit you. I’m not suggesting this is an extreme makeover. I’m simply advising you to be prepared for a shift in perspective as both you and the world see you in a new, more expansive light.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of the unconscious, stimulating the many parts of the brain we don’t actually use and aren’t very conscious of. As a consequence of Jupiter’s presence, you’re likely to experience increased dream activity, sleeping and waking. Be prepared for all sorts of inspired activities, including a desire to increase or change your meditation practice. Under this influence, you might also perfect the power of positive thinking.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Jupiter’s journey through your Solar House of community invites you to expand your participation in community projects, whether those projects are local or global. For some, this may translate into traveling with Habitat for Humanity, or it could just as easily become a commitment to becoming a mentor through Big Brothers/Big Sisters or another group dedicated to community service. Whatever your chose, welcome the opportunity to share your gifts and talents.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of career, stimulating your ambitions as it simultaneously amplifies your qualifications. As Jupiter’s tendency to exaggerate combines with your inclination toward idealism, it would be wise to use this phase to explore what it is you would most like to accomplish. Set short-term as well as long-term goals. And don’t dismiss a plan because it isn’t realistic—this is Jupiter, after all, and that means you have to think big!
Pisces February 19-March 20
Jupiter, which is the co-Ruler of your Sign, is very happy to journey through your Solar House of global expansion—also called the Solar House of belief systems—where we search for truth through the exploration and experience of a wide variety of cultural traditions. Be prepared for all sorts of excursions, physical and spiritual, and anticipate that at some point during this phase you may actually be traveling the world.
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