Jupiter in Scorpio – A Retrospective

I’ve been like a bear with a sore head for the last day or so. You know the mood – spoiling for an argument, feeling tired in my bones, overwhelmed, unable to focus. I’ve felt as though there’s too much my brain is trying to manage so now it’s leaking words, ideas, and whatever else.

Sure, there’s a lot on – but there always is, that’s no excuse. The difference at the moment is that I’m feeling frustrated with myself. As if there are ideas and opportunities out there that I want to rush and grab but have neither the means, the time nor the preparation to do that.

I recall feeling a little like this last year when Jupiter changed signs too – that time from Libra to Scorpio. I couldn’t wait for the energy to change – for it all to get started.

Before I do – get started that is – there’s time for a self-indulgent recap of what Jupiter in Scorpio meant for me.

Last year I wrote this:

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 might end this transit without having taken advantage of the opportunities Jupiter has to offer.

When Jupiter was in Scorpio he was in my 9thhouse – travel, experience, publishing, spirituality, higher education. So, how did it pan out?

It’s been a busy 12 months and one in which I published…nothing. I did, however, write 2 novels – one will be out next week, and the other I’m editing at the moment – I also have another ready for publishing in January.

I had intended to package up and tidy up my astro content and put it into ebooks and online courses. I listed out which books needed to be written, their structure and content. And then I did nothing. A million and one very good excuses got in the way.

Ultimately though, it was fear that held me back – fear that no one would pay the small amount that I’d be charging, fear that what I write won’t be what people want to read, fear that my work won’t be worth anything. It’s a sort of fear that I don’t experience with my fiction – even though there is a teeny little bit of me in every character and even though not enough people pay for that either.

With my fiction I’m telling a story – that’s where the value is – with non-fiction, though, I have this feeling that I need to devalue my work in order for there to be a perceived value to someone else. I never said there was any sense or logic in it.

To be honest, I’m still not sure why I’m so afraid of publishing astrology – a subject for another time, perhaps. The fear was so real though that I even pulled back from writing anything astrology related – hence my regular absences from this blog.

As for travel, I did plenty of that. It was real Scorpio 9th house travel too – slowly, getting under the covers, really experiencing. The highlight was 3 memorable weeks driving around a few selected regions in France – eating, exploring, practising my (very bad) French, learning.

New Year was spent in Fraser Island – a world heritage sand island not too far from us – and a place I’d always wanted to experience. There were weekends in Melbourne, the usual work and family trips back to Sydney, a 3000km road trip from Queensland down into the NSW Snowy Mountains, and a mini break exploring another region in South East Queensland while staying under canvas – glamping not camping, and another first-time experience.

I contemplated taking a formal course in…something…before realising that I had enough unfinished projects on the go without impulsively jumping into something else that I probably wouldn’t complete. Probably a wise decision.

The main point of 9th house transits isn’t just to study, travel, publish a heap of books or explore your spirituality. What transits through this part of the chart are really about is learning at what Stephen Arroyo refers to at an “identity level”. More specifically, gaining self-awareness through experience, space and widened horizons.

I might not have achieved everything I would have wanted to achieve over the last 12 months.  But through both what I have done – in particular through the places I’ve visited and the things I’ve done for the first time – and what fear held me back from doing I have certainly learnt and understood more about myself along the way.

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.

Okay, so I haven’t actually put on weight this year, but I have, in true Scorpio fashion, held onto what I already had – quite tightly, as a matter of fact. I’ve learnt about myself through that too – both about why I’m reluctant to let go of the extra kilos (fear again) and why I turn to food. I’ve come to realise that I’m not so much a comfort eater, but a boundary eater. I look to food when my boundaries feel too tight, when I feel as though I have no freedom or am being held back or in danger of missing out or, more importantly – when I’m too scared to extend past my boundaries.

Naturally, though, knowing and understanding something and actually doing anything about it are 2 very different things. Transits through the 10th house are, however, more about action than learning – and that’s what the next 12 months will be about…

How was Jupiter in Scorpio for you? Did you learn anything? Experience anything new? How have you grown in the last 12 months?

I’ve updated the Jupiter page for the ingress into Sagittarius. We’ll talk more about what this might mean next time.

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 transits through the houses: Part 2

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A note: The links to the posts in this, well, post were written back in 2010- when Jupiter was in Pisces. Read the information and take no notice of anything that mentions Jupiter in Pisces- and please don’t write to me informing me that Jupiter is in Libra right now, not Pisces.

Yesterday we talked about the cardinal houses- the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th. Today it’s the turn of the suceedent houses. What can you expect when Jupiter goes through your 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th house?

Just to recap from Toolbox no. 4, if angular houses are associated with initiation, the houses beside them- anticlockwise as we go around the chart- are associated with resources. More specifically the resources associated with the house that came before. It’s not just the resources you need, but how you consolidate them, control them, administer them, and organise them and, even, enjoy them.

We call these houses succedent houses.

It all makes perfect common sense when you think about it:

If the 1st is about self, the 2nd house is about what you need to survive, to develop yourself further, and to feel secure…and your attitude to these resources. It’s the money you earn, how you earn it, what you do with it, how you accumulate it, and your attitude to both it and the things you spend it on. It’s your self-esteem, the things you find value and beauty in. It’s also how you replenish your resources- both material, and energetic. Questions such as how much is enough come up in regard to 2nd house issues. It’s a question that’s very pertinent while Jupiter is transiting this part of your chart. Not only can Jupiter help bring more of what you value into your life, you need to be careful about how you manage it as well.

Don’t just consider physical possessions and money- also look at the more non-quantifiable values you hold dear. If there’s something that you want in the future, changes that you make to managing your resources now can help you get there.

The link to the post is here.

The 4th house is about home, family, your history, your roots, your emotional security and safe place. The 5th house is what you bring to the home, your creativity, the family you create, your needs regarding self-expression, the very necessary play-time…and your attitude to these things. It’s also your attitude to how you risk that inner emotional security. As an aside, sex is also associated with the 5th- it’s to do with risk, fun and play. Is there any more interesting way of risking your emotional security? The 5th is where we fall in love and while Jupiter is in the 5th, somehow there seems to be more opportunities for more of all of this. It’s not just falling in love for the sake of falling in love though- it’s falling in love to widen your perspective of the world- to help you gain new experience. The same goes with your creativity- which could be bubbling over. Again, don’t take a narrow view of creativity- Jupiter transits encourage a wider expanse of creative options. And children- they may come into your life: your kids, other people’s kids, your creative babies, your business babies…all about making your experiences richer. The warning? Don’t take unnecessary risks or investment opportunities that appear too good to be true. Remember- Jupiter provides the opportunities, but doesn’t guarantee either success or to be hanging around to catch you if you fall…that’s all up to you.

The link to the post is here.

The 7th house is about relationship and other people, the 8th house becomes about the resources of the relationship, what the relationship needs to survive…and, through sex, the fruits or rewards of the partnership (insert another winky emoticon here). It’s also about other people’s resources- debts, inheritances. It’s also how we protect and grow these resources through insurances, investments etc. Again questions of abundance come up, but they’re more in relation to what the partnership needs to feel secure.

Whether or not an inheritance is involved, the benefits and opportunities from this transit are from other people’s resources. Again, though, potential mis-management could bring you undone so don’t count chickens before they hatch, and take care not to borrow more than you can afford- even if the bank is prepared to lend it to you. Oh, and deep-rooted spiritual healing- that could be big right now.

The link to the post is here.

The 10th house is about you in the public world, at work, under the spotlight. In the 11th house you take this further, you form groups, you envision dreams and consolidate goals- and your attitude to all that. You continue with what was started in the 10th and enjoy the rewards of your 10th house efforts. You meet the people who can help you with your ambition. You also meet those with whom you share a social connection- something that is also necessary for survival. The 11th house is also promotions, recognition and bonuses that come from your employer. Why? If your employer is the 10th house, their resources are the 11th house.

When Jupiter is transiting this part of your chart expect to see your friendship and network circles widen- possibly to include people from different cultures, places and persuasions. It’s all about widening your perspective. You know that saying about people coming into your life for a season or a reason? Yep, that. The people that come into your life could bring with them opportunities to make your wishes, hopes and dreams come true. Speaking of which, your dreams could be huge. The warning? Be careful what you wish for- you might just get it.

the link to the post is here.

How to interpret a Jupiter transit…


First up, you need to understand a little about the potential of Jupiter transits. If you missed Saturday’s post on that very subject, it’s here. As we saw, Jupiter is not some sort of celestial Santa Claus. The number of times I’ve heard people say stuff like ‘Jupiter came through my 10th house and I thought I’d get a new job out of it. But look at me, still in the old one.’ Sigh.

A little questioning and it comes out…usually something like, ‘sure there were opportunities, but they weren’t the right ones. Jupiter’s supposed to make it happen, isn’t he?’

Sure…he’ll present the chance or the opportunity, but you have to do your bit too. You have to recognize it as such and have the faith to open the door and see what’s behind it. You’ll then need to make the choice to do something with what’s been presented. Sitting back and arrogantly expecting that everything will just happen and someone else will take care of the details won’t cut it.

Like the person having the 5th house Jupiter transit who expected her social life and romantic life to be bubbling over with joviality. It could have been- if she hadn’t kept saying no to invitations, to playtime, to short term relationships that could potentially have meant something. Because, at first glance, the invitations she received weren’t the exact ones she’d wanted. Shoulda. Coulda. Woulda.

Get it?

Jupiter presents the doors- it’s up to you whether you open them or not and what you do with whatever is behind them. And another thing- Jupiter opportunities don’t come with an iron-clad guarantee of success. Much of that depends on the work you’ve already put in- and that’s Saturn’s domain.

While Jupiter is in Libra, be aware of the tendency to prevaricate or umm and ahhh before making your decision. If you delay too long, you could miss out.

Know your Jupiter story

What house is your natal Jupiter in?

Look for this symbol.


This part of life will always be where Jupiter transits are felt first. If you don’t have a chart, instructions to cast your own are here.

If you want to know more about what Jupiter represents, check out this edition of the Toolbox.

What house/s does Libra occupy in your chart?


This is the area of life that Jupiter will be asking you for expansion in. It’s where you’re selling yourself short, or under-estimating yourself. It’s where you mightn’t be living life to it’s fullest potential. It’s what you do here that will influence the outcome of the transit. If you don’t know your birth time to cast your chart, use the solar guide in Sunday’s post.

What houses does Jupiter rule in your chart?

These will be the houses with Pisces

Pisces zodiac astrological symbol icon.

And Sagittarius on the cusp.


These houses will always be where the outcome of any Jupiter transit is felt.

What aspects is Jupiter making to other points in your chart?

What is the nature of the aspect?

This will tell you whether the transit will be “easy” or “hard”- and that doesn’t mean “good” or “bad.” It is more about how easily or quickly things happen.

When Jupiter is conjunct a planet or chart point, his energy is fused with that planet. He takes over that planet. His energy is stronger than the planet he is invading.

When Jupiter is opposing a planet or chart point, things are happening outside of your control that is forcing you to take action or make a decision. It’s their fault and their problem, but it’s impacting you. With an opposition there’s a sense of coming together to pull apart- and vice versa.

When Jupiter is square a planet or chart point, there is tension and frustration- something happens which will force you a sort of tipping point. You can’t bury your head in the sand even if it all seems too hard or too scary or too big. You are forced into action because of another action rather than a decision.

When Jupiter is trine a planet or chart point 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!

When Jupiter is sextile a planet or chart point opportunities may arise. As there are masculine signs involved (Leo and Sagittarius) opportunities could fall out of the sky and into your lap. The decision will be yours as to what you do with that.

When Jupiter is inconjunct or quincunx a planet or chart point, there will be a change, separation of letting go of something- whether you are ready for it or not.

When will it happen?

Jupiter transits don’t last long- unless the transit is occurring near the station point. In my experience, they tend to also have a short tail, so I look mostly at an influence of 2 degrees before and 1 after.

What about if my Jupiter is retrograde?

You’re in good company. As Jupiter spends about four months a year retrograde, there are lots of us out there with Jupiter retrograde in our charts- me included. Have I noticed a difference in transits? No. But it’s also in the nature of Rx Jupiter to be a tad more cautious than a direct Jupiter is- we go inward before we push the energy out. We might look for more reasons not to open that door that Jupiter presents- at least at first. Same, same…but different.

Putting it all together…

Jo- Jupiter

Using my chart as an example, Jupiter in my chart is in the 5th house and in the sign of Cancer. It rules my 1st (traditionally) and my 10th houses. This means that every single transit that Jupiter makes to my chart will ask me to expand within the area of life (the house) it is transiting (for me, this is the 7th and 8th while Jupiter is in Libra), but will have an and result or impact on both the 1st and the 10th houses. The way in which I will do this will be in a 5th house style.

In my case, Jupiter in Libra will make the following (traditional) aspects over the next 12 months or so:

  • Jupiter opposite Saturn
  • Jupiter sextile Midheaven
  • Jupiter opposite Venus
  • Jupiter square Jupiter

Jupiter will also be inconjunct Mercury, the Ascendant, the Sun and the Moon- given the year that this has been so far, there’s very definitely a coming ready or not feeling!


I always jot each transit down in a sort of t-square format- it helps me see patterns. If you haven’t done this before, it helps you see patterns clearly. I usually write the dates down too, but tend to just as quickly forget about that- it’s the themes rather than the details I’m usually interested in.

Try it for yourself…