Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow…

There’s a story in this months 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 just 2 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- everyone else had dropped anchor and had drifted backwards. Despite covering just 500m, Fitzgerald and Biggar were about 48kms in front.

I have no idea regarding his birth details, and it doesn’t really matter- my point is around retrogrades- Jupiter retrograde in specific…

But what does a rowing race have to do with Jupiter?

Easy- 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 already have more impetus than those who dropped anchor, have to start from a stopped position, and then need to make up lost ground.

I’ve spent the Jupiter retrograde period writing the first draft of a new manuscript and re-writing the original. It’s been a rewarding time, but has also been frustrating- progress, especially in the re-write, has been slow and I’ve doubted myself a lot.

Jupiter is now almost at his station position and will be direct in just a few days.

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.

As an example, Jupiter at 6 Gemini, forms a square to natal Mercury (at 6 Pisces) in my chart and sets off the Mercury/Mars trine in my chart.

(When looking at this in your own chart, use a super tight orb- no more than a degree…)

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 another few months for him to re-trace his steps. This is the “shadow” period and it will last until the end of April. So, while things will improve from Wednesday, it’s at this point that the full potential promised in September and October last year will be delivered…if you kept rowing…

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