Jupiter in VIrgo

Optimism and dreams vs cold hard reality in 2015: Round 1

Jupiter opposite Neptune Reflection from Deviant Art

One thing I love about the astrological language is that everything has both a positive and negative aspect.  The confidence and abundance of Jupiter and Sagittarius have a dark shadow: complacence and laziness.  The stress and challenge of Saturn and Capricorn have a bright side: focus and achievement.  The creativity and spiritual magic of Neptune and Pisces can also bring illusion, delusion and confusion.

But there’s no sugar coating the fact that energies of expansion conflict with energies of contraction, and we have a great deal of this push/pull going on right now.  Saturn (restriction) moved into Sagittarius (expansion) in late 2014 and then retrograded back into Scorpio until this month.  Saturn’s passage through Sagittarius over the next two years will enable us to harness our dreams and yearnings into a focused plan for success.  However, it will also test our confidence and potentially create an environment where distress can occur.

Sagittarius rules religion, philosophy and other shared ideologies, as well as air travel and the mixing of foreign cultures.  Saturn in Sagittarius has brought with it the challenges (Saturn) of migration (Sagittarius) in Europe and of course even more stress (Saturn) from ideological conflict (Sagittarius).  This conflict accelerated in August when Saturn formed a challenging square to Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius and brought these issue to a fevered pitch.

Jupiter is now in Virgo – an earth sign which, like Saturn, demands a level of practicality which Jupiter is typically not that comfortable with.  Jupiter seeks to perpetually grow and evolve, and Virgo wants to hold back and create order so the conflicting energies of expansive dynamic creation with repression and reorganization will continue to react against one another, potentially causing an eruption or […]

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By |2019-01-14T08:49:09-05:00September 22nd, 2015|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Jupiter in Virgo 2015-2016

Jupiter in VirgoJupiter entered Virgo on August 11th, 2015 and will remain in that sign until September 9, 2016.  Because Jupiter’s orbital period is about 12 years, it spends about a year in each sign.

Jupiter, in his role as King of the Gods, inspires us to higher aspirations – to be bigger and better than we ever thought we could be.  Jupiter bestows confidence and the kind of faith that tends to bring good things our way – but it also can create an overblown sense of entitlement and grandiosity.  Jupiter is also connected to the search for meaning that separates humans from other creatures, and presides over theology and philosophy as well as constructs of law that underpin human society.

Jupiter’s expansion is not all that happy in the orderly sign of Virgo.  Over the next year you can expect greater focus on expressing one’s higher self (Jupiter) through service to others (Virgo), but also a diminishment of the kind of confidence and positivity that we experienced under Jupiter in Leo.  Jupiter is said to be in its detriment in Virgo because the expansiveness of Jupiter is impaired by Virgo’s need to create order out of minute details.  However, Jupiter’s relentless optimism can sometimes result in a careless complacency that keeps us from being able to achieve our goals and realize our dreams,. The passage of Jupiter through Virgo can enhance our work ethic and facilitate our ability to successfully navigate the many details of modern life.

The next year will be a time when managing of those small details in our lives becomes critical.  This dynamic will echo somewhat the restrictive force of Saturn in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, making this a better time for responsible attention to the mundane than […]

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By |2018-06-11T11:25:55-04:00August 29th, 2015|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for August 2015 now posted!

Venus retrogradeI had a moment of fright this morning when Word Press informed me that my work over the past two days on the August report had disappeared!  Fortunately my trusty Chrome browser had saved all of the text and I was able to retrieve it.  So I am more pleased than ever to present to you:  Your August Planetary Illuminations report!!

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MAJOR EVENTS

Venus retrograde.  Venus turned retrograde on July 25th and will remain in retrograde motion until September 6th, so it will be traveling retrograde throughout the month of August.  Venus presides over relationships and friendships of all kinds, and only retrogrades every couple of years unlike the outer planets which are retrograde about half the year, and Mercury which retrogrades four times a year.  Retrograde periods are important because they encourage us to go back and reinvestigate matters of the past which have not been adequately resolved,  or which have the potential to offer us greater understanding about our current condition.

During Venus retrograde periods you will likely find yourself revisiting and re-evaluating both love relationships and friendships, reconnecting with old friends and perhaps letting some relationships go.  Despite what you will hear in the popular press, Venus retrograde does not cause your relationships to fail and you are not doomed to a barren love life if you were born with Venus retrograde.  Like darkness and light, retrogradation is a normal part of the ebb and flow of human existence.

Saturn square Jupiter. Saturn is stationary now as it […]

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By |2018-07-15T09:44:10-04:00August 1st, 2015|Astrology|0 Comments
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