Jupiter sextile Pluto


Jupiter sextile Pluto is possibly the stand-out aspect of the month – and one of the key aspects for this year. The first of three meetings between these two planets occurs just 24 hours (or so – I’ve never been great at maths) before the New Moon – and I for one don’t believe in coincidences like that. It feels awfully like a chance for regeneration or repurposing to me.

Sextiles tend to indicate opportunities, and sextiles between planets in feminine signs (Scorpio and Capricorn respectively) usually mean that you need to go inward to find the opportunity – it’s not one that will be jumping up and down waving with a great big sign on its head. It could even be masquerading as something that looks nothing like your big chance – that’s the thing about sextiles.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. What this aspect could bring is growth through positive change, advancement at a higher level, an ability to influence others and make inroads into the achievement of your goals – whether they be personal or professional.

This is one of those be careful what you wish for moments – because there is a possibility that you may get it. Maybe not today or tomorrow or even next week, but if you jump at what’s opening up…or open the doors yourself…it could bring you closer to what you want. And when I talk about what you want, I’m referring to your ambitions and deep soul level goals that you mightn’t want to say out loud. Just ensure that what you’re seeking will be for the betterment of more than just your ego. Both Jupiter and Pluto are more about the good of the collective than power for its own sake.

Another thing about opportunities like this – even if they don’t appear to be behaving in the way that you would expect them to, it doesn’t necessarily follow that the path you’re being led down is the wrong one.

Finally, when it comes to aspects, don’t overlook the possibility that the opportunity for growth or power or significance will come in the form of a person rather than an event. It could be someone that’s new in your life or someone whose depth and importance to you has been overlooked or taken for granted. Jupiter people tend to be teachers or spiritual/religious advisors or leaders, Pluto people bring with them influence and power.

Consider this when you’re setting your New Moon intentions over the next couple of days. What steps can you take now that will might result in profound changes to your life? Write them down.

As I mentioned before, the first of these meetings will be exact at 19 Scorpio 1′ and 19 Capricorn 17′ on 16 Jan, 2018 (or thereabouts, depending on where in the world you live), but the influence is with us now.

Use this first pass to look at the affairs of these houses and ask these questions:

  • Are you holding onto an out-dated version of yourself?
  • Are you refusing to change and grow, afraid of what might be exposed if you do?
  • Do you need to “lighten up” or be “enlightened”?
  • Are you holding onto the past or remaining in a situation that is no longer working simply because it’s easier to do this and uncomfortable to move?
  • Where do you need to be regenerated?

The answers probably won’t smack you in the face – answers don’t tend to do that – but events and people can. As you read the signs that are presented to you over the next couple of months, note them down. Is there one theme coming up more often than another?

Jupiter and Pluto align again in the middle of April at 21 Scorpio/Capricorn – Jupiter will be retrograde. Although the date the aspect is exact is 14 April, the energy will be present before and after.

The final pass is exact-ish on 12 September 2018 when Jupiter is direct again. I’d suggest asking the same set of questions again at that point – it would be interesting if your answers have changed in the meantime.

Now, before you start worrying that you’ll never remember all of this, I’ll remind you at or around each of the planetary hook-ups. As for me? I’m off to ask myself the same set of questions…no peeking at my answers!





Jupiter in Scorpio


After gym today I dropped in at the travel agent for a brochure on Bali. We’re contemplating another trip there mid next year – during the long break between university semesters.

That’s not the only trip I’m planning next year. We’re off on a road trip this weekend to explore a little more of this fabulously huge state we now live in and New Year will be spent at Fraser Island a few hours up the road – another place we’ve always promised ourselves that we’d explore.

In April I’m off to northern France for 3 weeks to do a road trip through Belgium and into the Netherlands before winding up back in Paris. In between all of this is the possibility of another potential short stay in Asia. Travel wise, it’s a busy 12 months ahead.

To add to all of this, my next novel will be out soon and I’m looking at fast tracking another 2 more before this time next year. I’ve just booked to attend a writer’s workshop in November, and last night I attended a talk by Reef Check Australia to raise awareness about the health of the Queensland reefs in general and the Sunshine Coast in particular. It’s something I’m deeply interested in and want to learn more about.

Yes folks, Jupiter in Scorpio will be transiting my 9th house.

When Jupiter was in Libra and transiting my 8th house the themes were all about shared assets, wealth, investments.

Due to a perfect storm, the financial future we’d envisaged was lost – essentially taken away from us. Remember in yesterday’s post I mentioned that very often Jupiter takes away in order to clear space. This led to us making some difficult decisions to protect what we we’d worked so hard to establish. It wasn’t just the assets and investments of the relationship that were considered at this time, it was also the values we held jointly – what was really important to us? What do we want our future, our retirement (8th house) to look like? Where did we need to make compromises to ensure both of our value needs were met? We had to work together (Libra) and venture beyond the boundary of our experience (Jupiter) together in order to come out the other side. We had to consider actions in relation to 8th house matters that we wouldn’t normally contemplate. We knew that we’d done the work to prepare in case this day ever came and had to have faith in the outcome.

It’s turned out well. In fact, we’ve said – on more than one occasion over the last couple of months – that the perfect storm that was 2016 was possibly one of the best things that could have happened to us…at that time, anyway.

The experience of Jupiter in Scorpio will be very different – for all of us – as experiences in Scorpio tend to be.

Jupiter is about expansion and learning through experience. Jupiter is also associated with abundance, travel, publication, broadcasting, teaching, higher learning and vocational learning, spirituality, gurus…I could go on.

Scorpio is about intensity, hunger, and those deep emotional almost soulful connections. When a planet is in Scorpio there’s no hiding and things can’t be taken at surface value. When a planet is in Scorpio things that relate to that part of life have a habit of being exposed.

If we put this together, we’re looking at experience, but on a deeper level.

Scorpio can also be about fear and holding onto something that needs to be let go of. For this reason, some of us may find the Jupiter in Scorpio transit a tad harder than it was in Libra. It could also mean that unless you’re prepared to face that which you’re afraid of more of you end this transit without having taken advantage of the opportunities Jupiter has to offer.

One last point – I mentioned hunger before… As anyone on a diet knows, cravings can be strong – and can, if not managed, lead to binges before you know it. Your hunger doesn’t necessarily need to be for food, but through fear, that’s exactly how you might end up trying to assuage it. After all, Jupiter wants to expand you in some way – just take care that it’s not your physical body being expanded.

Doing it for yourself…

Wherever Jupiter is transiting in your chart is where you might have been under-estimating yourself, asking for too little, or holding back due to a lack of faith:

  • If Jupiter is transiting your 1st house, you’ve been underestimating who you are capable of being.
  • If he is running through the 7th, look at your relationships – is your relationship giving you what you need or are you giving too much to it?
  • In the 10th – are you valuing your experience enough or simply accepting a more junior role than what you are capable of?

This time round, Jupiter’s intentions have been given a Scorpio focus and intensity. You’ll be going much deeper in this part of life than you have before – well not since Jupiter last passed through here anyway.

So when you’re looking for the possible manifestations of a Jupiter transit, look beyond the surface meaning.

As an example, if, like me, Jupiter is transiting your 9th house and you’re travelling, to get the most from the experience – to learn the most from the experience – you need to really get under the skin of a place. To connect with the culture, the locals, perhaps explore their religion or spirituality, and really immerse yourself.

If you’re studying or learning, ensure it’s a subject that speaks to your soul, something that touches you at a level that strikes a chord within you. If it’s a cause you’re becoming involved with, it needs to be one that you’re totally passionate about. Get the idea?

So, what might Jupiter mean for you?

First you need to find which part of your life Jupiter is transiting.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Jupiter will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Jupiter will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Jupiter will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Jupiter will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Jupiter will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Jupiter will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Taurus, Jupiter will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Jupiter will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Jupiter will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Jupiter will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Jupiter will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra Jupiter will be in your 2nd house.

To help you out, I wrote a series of posts a number of years ago that might give you some ideas. You’ll find them on the Jupiter page. I’ve re-jigged these to go into the Jupiter book that I’ll have out soon.

Think also on what happened last time Jupiter was in Scorpio: 27 October 2005 – 25 November 2006. Are there any similar themes being raised?

I’ll leave that one with you…

What I know about Jupiter transits…


This post is the extract from a book I’ll be releasing very soon about Jupiter transits. It’s a longer post than usual – hello, it’s almost a whole chapter – but I hope you enjoy it…

There is this politically incorrect joke about a mercurially challenged, but venusianally (I just made that word up) gifted girl. Before you write to me, remember, this is a joke – and an unashamedly politically incorrect one at that.

Anyway, our girl is down on her luck. She’s lost her job, her credit cards are in a mess and she owes money everywhere. To make matters worse, her boyfriend has just left her for someone less mercurially challenged.

In desperation she cries to the Almighty.

“God – or whatever your name is – I haven’t asked anything of you for, like, years, but can you please make me win the lotto as I am just soooo broke.”

She sits in front of the TV that week for the Monday night draw, the Wednesday night draw and the Saturday night draw. She even watches the Powerball draw in case God misunderstood her. Nothing. Her numbers don’t come up. Not one.

“God, I know I haven’t been as good as I could have been over the last few years, but if you do this one thing for me, I will be, like, so much better. Pleeeeeeeease.”

Again nothing. None of her numbers came up. Not one.

On the third week she is even more desperate. She’s getting calls from debt collectors and her rent is late. “I will do anything that you want if I can only win the lotto,” she pleads.

In the distance comes a thunderclap and a booming voice. Our girl is frightened, but pays attention. The voice says “Enough with the pleading already – I heard you the first time. But help me out here, ok? Buy a F$%&ing ticket!”

You can almost hear the voice of Jupiter.

Often when opportunities fall into your lap, or things “just happen”, Jupiter has been activated. But to make the most of what he has to offer, you do need to help him out a bit. When Jupiter is transiting sensitive planets or points in your chart, you need to make yourself available to luck – take a chance, put yourself out there, enter contests, book that ticket, apply for that job, enrol in that course. It won’t necessarily guarantee success, but at least you’ll be in the running.

All too often Jupiter is regarded as being a celestial sort of Santa Claus, the archetypal pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – but Jupiter transits are so much more complex than that. Jupiter might bring gains, but he can also bring loss. Above all, Jupiter teaches – about potential, about possibility, about the future, about faith…about life.

You might lose something precious to you during a Jupiter transit. As painful as it may be at the time, the space it creates in your life – and the experience you gain from the loss (and yes, I know how counter-intuitive that sounds) – could liberate you to a higher expression of what it’s possible for you to be. As a result you could be free to do something else, or be with someone else, see a situation though a widened perspective, or pursue a different opportunity.

That’s why when someone says “Losing that ______was the best thing that ever happened to me…” the odds are pretty good that they’ve experienced a Jupiter transit.

The phrase “be careful what you wish for – you might just get it” applies to Jupiter. During a Jupiter transit you might get what it is that you think you want – but it could turn out to be the opposite of what it is that you need. Alternatively, Jupiter could bring you the opportunity you’ve been longing for, but because you’re either too afraid to put yourself out there – or you haven’t done the work that you should have done – you’re unable to make the most of it.

When Jupiter was transiting my 10th house, I was restless. I was convinced that what I needed was a new job. That would fix everything. I signed onto the job website and there was one sitting there waving at me. The location was right, the title was right, the money was more than right. Without thinking any more about it, I applied. What did I have to lose? Absolutely nothing. I was already feeling miserable. What did I have to gain? A new start.

Two interviews and three days later, I was offered the role – which I subsequently turned down. In getting what I thought that I wanted, I understood the worth of what I already had. I also began to understand that what I was running from wasn’t my job – it was myself. I could move to a different company, but I couldn’t lose myself. I had to stay and have the courage to deal with the issues I was attempting to escape from.

Jupiter presented the opportunity and I chose not to accept it. Instead, my perspective was widened so I could see the situation for what it was. This was Jupiter as the Teacher.

Regardless of the outcome, getting what we want can be instructive – we learn more about what we actually need, and where we can improve or expand upon ourselves in order to capitalise on the opportunity next time. The thing is, even in rejection there’s possibility. It’s when we do nothing that we get disappointed. Think about it – you don’t apply for that job so you can’t get it; you don’t ask that guy out so you can’t start a relationship; you decline invitations, so you don’t meet new people.

All of that is understandable. It takes courage – and faith – to put yourself out there. Each time that you step outside your comfort zone you risk exposing your vulnerabilities. Maybe now isn’t quite the right time, you say to yourself. Perhaps there’ll be a better chance of success later, or next time, you reason. In waiting until everything is perfect, and the outcome safely guaranteed, you mightn’t get hurt – but you will probably miss out.

Let’s look at some alternative scenarios:

  • You apply for the job and miss out. It prompts you to look at expanding your knowledge and experience through additional training. Perhaps you consider looking at a different field of work.
  • You ask that guy out for coffee and while it doesn’t develop into a romantic relationship, it does become a strong friendship.
  • You go to that party and meet some great new people – some of whom might be able to help you with your goals in the future. Imagine meeting a literary agent at a party who offers to read your manuscript – the one that you know you haven’t worked on as much as you should have. The agent reads your manuscript and gives you the ‘needs more work’ feedback. You mightn’t get what you want – a publishing contract – after all, your manuscript needs work. You could, however, get what you need – feedback, from someone who knows what they’re talking about, that the idea is good, the voice is sound, the pace is right, but it just needs another rewrite. You accept the invite and you meet Jupiter the teacher. Decline and you’ve missed the opportunity completely.

Sure, in each of the above scenarios you haven’t walked away with the outcome that you wanted, and, depending on the nature of the rejection, your ego could be bruised, but would you have preferred to spend your life not knowing? Living with the regret of missed opportunity? The what could have beens?

As an example, on the day of my last Jupiter return I sent off a query to a publisher for Baby, It’s You. I had high hopes – all the planets were aligned. Jupiter was returning to it’s natal position – what could possibly be better? I desperately wanted to be published – it was what I’d been working towards for the last few years. It was my dearest dream, my ambition.

A week later I was asked to submit more chapters then, after another anxious wait, they requested the entire manuscript. At that time I was asked not to show any other publisher. At each step my excitement built. This would be it. I’d done the work, the opportunity had presented itself, I was putting myself and my book out there.

Eventually, months later, I received a rejection – Baby, It’s You wasn’t quite what they wanted. I’d had rejections before, but this one really hurt. It sent me into a howling ball of disappointment. Once the tears dried I realised that my book had been good enough to get through the notorious slush pile. It had been good enough to get through the next round – and then the round after that. At about the same time everywhere I looked and listened seemed to be examples – successful examples – of independent publishing. It felt like a message so I looked and I listened and I found an editor who has helped me improve my craft and encouraged me to expand my boundaries through indie publishing.

That rejection was a massive disappointment at the time, but in hindsight it was also a Jupiter gift.

Jupiter presents the possibilities, it is up to you to do something with those opportunities, including making the choice to turn away from them.

Jupiter wants us to say “yes”, but has neither the patience nor the inclination to hang around while we debate and analyse all potential outcomes – quite frankly he can’t be faffed.  Show some faith, hope and courage and he will hang around. Turn away from opportunity and he will simply move on. Unlike Saturn he’s not about to stay around and punish you for your choices. Missed opportunity and regret is punishment enough.

Where Saturn wants to see commitment and discipline and maturity, Jupiter wants us to be audacious and willing to lose in order to gain. Jupiter wants us to say “yes” to life in all of its glorious possibilities. He wants us to be as awesome as we can be. He also wants us to have hope in the future and faith in potential.

Yet haven’t we been taught to play it safe? That if we don’t hope, we can’t be hurt? If we don’t take a risk, we can’t lose? But if we don’t enter, we can’t win either. So which is the better state? Being happy or content with all that you have – or wanting to reach for more? As soon as you begin to hope, implicit in that is a knowledge that tomorrow can be better than today. As soon as you begin to hope, you’re also acknowledging that there’s something in your present that you’re not satisfied with.

There is no right or wrong to this.

There is, however, a danger in over-extension, in not knowing when to pull back, in taking needless and heedless risks. There’s also a danger in coveting what others have and not knowing when to be content. Your own Jupiter placement and the boundaries imposed by Saturn in your birth chart will help you there – but that’s a subject for a whole other book.

During a Jupiter transit, don’t be afraid to want, to look up, to aim higher – but do it from a position of self-knowledge, experience and wisdom, ie from what you have already learned and the work that Saturn has asked you to do.

During a Jupiter transit if nothing happens, if life doesn’t change, don’t blame Jupiter. He’s done his job and presented you with the opportunities. The choice is yours to recognise them as such and either act or choose to ignore them. Your choice – not Jupiter’s.

Jupiter Direct

Jupiter Direct

A few years ago I read a story in MindFood magazine about adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald.

Jamie and Kevin Biggar were in this 5000km transatlantic rowing race in 2003 (I know, the “why” question occurred to me too…) when they got caught in a storm.

This was one of those storms with massive waves and head winds, so they had two choices: drop anchor and conserve energy or keep rowing. Given that this was, after all, a rowing race, they decided to keep rowing.

For 42 hours they made painfully slow progress- just half a kilometre. Completely disheartened, once the storm had passed, they called their support team on one of those cool satellite phones and discovered that everyone else had dropped anchor and had drifted backwards. As a result, despite covering just 500m, Fitzgerald and Biggar were about 48kms in front.

But what does a rowing race have to do with anything vaguely astrological?

Easy. Jupiter is about to turn direct.

During the retrogrades, we often stop. Forward motion is frustratingly snail paced- very often there is no forward motion. During a Jupiter retrograde, very often what is promised is never delivered- you get close, but don’t quite grab the prize. So we drop anchor until the waters are calmer, the storm has passed and the astro weather conditions are more conducive to success.

The thing is, when we do this, we are behind everyone else once the weather changes and the planet turns direct.

So it is with Jupiter- if you’ve used the last few months wisely, if you’ve kept rowing, you’ll be in the position of being able to move forward with more impetus once Jupiter turns direct. After all- if you’ve been rowing through the storm, you’ve already made more progress than those who dropped anchor, have to start from a stopped position, and then need to make up lost ground.

Jupiter is now at his station position of 13 Libra 12’ and turned direct a few hours ago.

When Jupiter is at station, the affairs of the house he is transiting are intensified. When Jupiter stations at, or in aspect to, a personal planet or chart point, the affairs of that point are expanded. This is also the case if that station point triggers or sets off a natal aspect. Stationing Jupiter will intensify what is already promised in the natal chart.

The bad news is, if you have difficulties with that aspect, you will find the few days of the station more difficult. If, however, the aspect is an “easy” one, you may find the period of the station to be very fortunate.

Once Jupiter turns direct, it will take a bit for him to get back up to his usual speed, and another few months for him to re-trace his steps. This is the “shadow” period and it will last until September. So, while things will begin to improve, it’s at this point that the full potential promised in February will be delivered…if you kept rowing…

Oh, and Fitzgerald and Biggar? They won that race.

Jupiter through the signs

I’m doing the Toolbox sessions a little differently this year. Rather than me trying to guess what you want to learn, this year you’re telling me that. In last weeks newsletter, I invited subscribers to submit questions about their charts that they wanted answering. No, I’m still not doing readings, or extended personal quasi readings. What we’re talking about here is questions about specific aspects, or placements…I’m sure that you get the idea.

This one arrived the other day:


I have a Scorpio Ascendant. I’ve read the post about Jupiter crossing the Ascendant, but when was the last time that happened?

A very good question – thanks for asking it.

Jupiter cycles are approximately 12 years in length, so the last time Jupiter was in Scorpio was around 12 years ago – from October 2005.

If you have a similar question, I’ve popped the Jupiter dates for the last 20 years (or so) below. If you want to know when Jupiter was at a specific degree during that period, you’ll need to refer to an ephemeris – I’ve told you how to do that here. If you want dates outside of this, you’ll need to refer to an ephemeris.

You’ll find the full list of Jupiter through the houses posts under the Jupiter tab. Why not grab a pen and your notebook and make a few notes using these posts and the table below and see if you can’t pinpoint themes from those years and those house transits.

If you have a burning chart question that you need answered, the details of what you can ask and where you address the questions to will be in this weeks newsletter too… so if you haven’t subscribed, you can do so here.

Oh, as an aside, the dates are as per my ephemeris (ie midnight Universal Time), so could be up to a day different depending on your timezone. Try not to get too hung up about this.

Capricorn 4 January 1996- 21 January 1997
Aquarius 22 January 1997- 4 February 1998
Pisces 5 February 1998 – 13 February 1999
Aries 14 February 1999 – 28 June 1999

24 October 1999 – 14 February 2000

Taurus 29 June 1999 – 23 October 1999

Feb 15 2000 – 30 June 2000

Gemini 1 July 2000 – 13 July 2001
Cancer 14 July 2001 – 1 August 2002
Leo 2 August 2002 – 27 August 2003
Virgo 28 August 2003 – 25 September 2004
Libra 26 September 2004 – 26 October 2005
Scorpio 27 October 2005 – 24 November 2006
Sagittarius 25 November 2006 – 18 December 2007
Capricorn 19 December 2007 – 5 January 2009
Aquarius 6 January 2009 – 18 January 2010
Pisces 19 January 2010 – 6 June 2010

10 September 2010 – 22 January 2011

Aries 7 June 2010 – 9 September 2010

23 January 2011- 4 June 2011

Taurus 5 June 2011 – 11 June 2012
Gemini 12 June 2012 – 26 June 2013
Cancer 27 June 2013 – 16 July 2014
Leo 17 July 2014 – 11 August 2015
Virgo 12 August 2015 – 9 September 2016
Libra 10 September 2016 – 10 October 2017
Scorpio 11 October 2017 – 8 November 2018
Sagittarius 9 November 2018 – 2 December 2019
Capricorn 3 December 2019 – 19 December 2020
Aquarius 20 December 2020 – 14 May 2021

29 July 2021 – 29 December 2021

Pisces 15 May 2021 – 28 July 2021

30 December 2021 – 11 May 2022

29 October 2022 – 20 December 2022

Aries 12 May 2022 – 28 October 2022

21 December 2022 – 17 May 2023


Jupiter Retrograde 2017

Jupiter Retrograde

So anyways, Jupiter is officially retrograde later today.

One of my regular readers on the Facebook page last year suggested that rather than internalising her get up and go, when Jupiter is retrograde it feels more as if it’s been squashed. Yes, she has a heavy Sagittarius chart and therefore, Jupiter influence- absolutely she’ll feel like that.

It’s exactly like those with Taurus and Libra signatures will feel when Venus is retrograde.

A number of years ago when I was working in a previous partition job and travelling around, I could always time when the flying would stop for the year. Yep, when Jupiter went retrograde. I felt more tired, I questioned myself more, I retreated more, I usually got my annual head cold. I felt squashed.

As the modern ruler of my ASC, the ruler of my MC, and in aspect to pretty well everything else, Jupiter is prominent in my chart, so Jupiter changing direction was always going to have an influence.

It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve noticed something else from the Jupiter retrograde period: when Jupiter is retrograde my creative output increases.

Jupiter natally is in the 5th for me, so that’s the expression he takes anyway, but it’s like all that energy that I usually push outwards, is directed to producing something that’s a little purer and more edgy in nature. These days I indulge the ideas and work with the energy rather than against it and, somehow, Jupiter retrogrades are no longer periods to be dreaded. These days I schedule the bulk of my creative fiction work for this period.

The thing is, Jupiter is retrograde natally in my chart, so I’m probably more in tune with the energy than I would be if it weren’t. Having Jupiter natally retrograde is not unusual- given that Jupiter is retrograde for around four months a year (or thereabouts) a reasonable number of us will.

What does this mean for you?

If you have a planet natally retrograde, essentially the energy of that planet is brought inwards, before it is sent out. In the case of Jupiter, even if you have- as I do- a well placed Jupiter (ie in Sagittarius, Pisces or Cancer) your outlook may appear more serious than if Jupiter is direct in that sign. Your faith will be deeply rooted and you may be less inclined to risk your emotions in public. Tick, tick and tick.

I have this theory that retrograde planets behave, at least at first, like their opposite. Que? In going inwards, you explore first the nature of the opposite before sending the energy out.

Example. My Mars is in Scorpio, in the 8th. Strong yeah? It could be if it wasn’t retrograde. My immediate Mars response is often more like a Taurus Mars response…then the Scorpio power kicks in.

Same with Jupiter.

I react with an almost Saturnian worry about what people will think, what is the catch, how will this affect my reputation…then I say what the hell and go for it anyway.

Anyways, my point is, as far as possible, try and work with this energy. Use it to reconnect with what you really believe in. Use it to reconnect with what fires your Jupiter into action- the clues will be in the element that Jupiter is in. Concentrate on that area of life, the house, where Jupiter is natally- this is where if you work for it, your luck will come.

Attempting to go against the tide or stopping completely will only increase the frustration and fear of missing out- and that’s when Jupiter tends to feed his mouth instead of his faith…if you know what I mean…

6/2/17 stations retrograde 23 Libra 8”

8/6/17 stations direct 13 Libra 13′

Want to know more about Jupiter? Check out this post.

Jupiter trine Neptune: Beyond beyondness…

The final episode in my mini-series of key planetary aspects for 2017…

Oh, I’m looking forward to this one. I’m looking forward to when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, but when Jupiter hooks up with Neptune? Both my chart rulers talking the same language? Oh yes, that’s what dreams are made of.

The thing I like best about this aspect is the idea of selfless generosity and inclusivity attached to it – the concept that there is room for everyone. I’m not just talking about people, races, cultures, colours, religion, love. I’m also talking about ideas and voices. Who’s to say that there’s not room for us all? There’s magic in this one.

Anyways, let’s break it down:

  • Jupiter is about faith, expansion, trust, abundance. Jupiter wants you to be “bigger” than you are – to expand past your existing boundaries.
  • Neptune is about the dissolution of boundaries, beyondness, selflessness, idealism, illusion, dreams. Neptune wants to dissolve the ego to lift you to something higher.
  • Trines are about ease and flow. Whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily!

Ok, so putting it all together, what does it mean?

This is probably the most likely aspect to promote feelings of humanitarianism, spirituality, and sharing of any aspect we’ll see this year. It’s hopeful, it’s idealistic, and it’s inspiring in the true sense of the word.

The Timing?

This aspect will be exact on December 3, 2017 at 11 Scorpio/Pisces.

Who is impacted?

While Jupiter trine Neptune will form part of the astro weather forecast for all of us in that first week or so of December, the people most impacted will be:

  • Anyone whose Ascendant or Sun is ruled by Jupiter or Neptune – that means Pisces, or Sagittarius. More specifically:
  • Anyone with planets (especially personal planets) or chart points at between 9-13 Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer.

Not sure if this is you?

Duck back and check out the toolkit I published the other day for all the links you need.

The advice?

If there are any dangers associated with this aspect, they’re around trusting the wrong people, and a tendency to idealise a situation. As for personal goals and ambitions? Yeah, not the best aspect for that either, but you know what? This is all happening in December – there’ll be plenty of time for that sort of thing when 2018 comes around.

Next time: This concludes my mini-series on 2017 aspects. I could keep going and look at Jupiter into Scorpio and Saturn into Capricorn, and…but this will keep us going for now!

Don’t forget, if you want to stay on top of your daily forecasts, you can pick up a copy of the astro diary that I collaborated on, or you can bag yourself a copy of Sally Kirkman’s 2017 Horoscope

Jupiter sextile Saturn: providing opportunities to prepare for opportunities…

Continuing my mini-series of key planetary aspects for 2017…

You know that saying – ok, there are heaps of them along the same lines – about how good luck is really just hard work mixed with an opportunity.

It’s about being prepared sufficiently that when opportunity comes knocking, you’ve got a better chance than others to take it and run with it. It might look like you got lucky, but really, you gave the likelihood of luck a helping hand. And that’s what Jupiter sextile Saturn is about – providing you with an opportunity to prepare for the opportunities to come.

Let’s break it down:

  • Jupiter is about faith, expansion, trust, abundance. Jupiter wants you to be “bigger” than you are – to expand past your existing boundaries.
  • Saturn is about reality, commitment, boundaries, discipline, structures, protective barriers. Saturn is the teacher that wants you to mature and become wiser, and be well prepared for when Jupiter opportunities come your way.
  • Sextiles often bring opportunities. When the sextile is between 2 masculine signs ie Libra and Sagittarius, the opportunity could just drop into your lap.

Ok, so putting it all together, what does it mean?

Just like the Saturn and Uranus trine (see yesterday’s post) allows the blending of two very different energies, so too does this. The influence of Saturn on Jupiter moderates and disciplines the urge for growth and expansion. It removes some of Jupiter’s inclination to take inappropriate or poorly thought out risks. Most importantly, it can provide the commitment you need to finish what you started.

The Timing?

This aspect will be exact on August 27, 2017 at 21 Libra/ Sagittarius.

Who is impacted?

While Jupiter sextile Saturn will form part of the astro weather forecast for all of us during August, the people most impacted will be:

  • Anyone whose Ascendant or Sun is ruled by Jupiter or Saturn – that means Pisces, Sagittarius, Capricorn or Aquarius. More specifically:
  • Anyone with planets (especially personal planets) or chart points at between 19/23 Libra or Sagittarius. Other Air and Fire signs might also be able to feel these energies.

Not sure if this is you?

Duck back and check out the toolkit I published the other day for all the links you need.

The advice?

There’s no denying that while Saturn takes a relatively narrow view, Jupiter’s perspective is wide open – and that’s often what you need in order to seek the help you require to overcome whatever it is that is blocking your progress. Just as with Saturn trine Uranus, the advice is to proceed carefully, moderately.

Also during this period, you could have an opportunity to look at your existing goals with eyes wide open and more objectivity than you normally have. Don’t be afraid to get rid of any old dreams that no longer apply.

Check out what’s in your bucket list – now could be the time to take out an item or two and put some achievable actions around it.

Just be sure to do something with this energy. While sextiles can often be quite benign, the opportunities they create could be as a result of a dramatic event that effectively clears space in your life for the possibility to drop into. Just saying.

Tomorrow: Jupiter trine Neptune

Don’t forget, if you want to stay on top of your daily forecasts, you can pick up a copy of the astro diary that I collaborated on, or you can bag yourself a copy of Sally Kirkman’s 2017 Horoscope