Jupiter turns direct [14 Sagittarius 30] – August 11 2019 (14:38 GMT +1)
Big planet, Jupiter, turned retrograde this week at 24 degrees Sagittarius, one of the fire signs, on April 10th. Jupiter is the planet of opportunity and expansion, linked to foreign connections, higher education and the bigger picture in life.
Over the next few months, Jupiter will repeat its steps through the zodiac until it reaches 14 degrees Sagittarius on August 11th, when it turns direct.
Jupiter retrograde is great for planning, working on your mind-set, practising gratitude, shifting your perspective. It’s inner work that counts.
Also, it means you get two more bites of the cherry if you have key planets/angles between 14 – 24 degrees Sagittarius. This applies to the same degrees in some of the other star signs, but it’s the conjunction by transit that’s most important.
Some astrologers say the retrograde transit of Jupiter by conjunction delivers the goods. I agree as my publishing contract came in on Jupiter’s retrograde transit by conjunction to my natal Mercury (writing), two years ago. In fact, it happened almost to the day as Jupiter returned to 16 Libra.
Check out your planets/angles at the key degrees mentioned. Jupiter’s luck may be about to bring a new opportunity your way.
Fire, Fire Burning Bright
Talking about Jupiter retrograde in my weekly astrology newsletter last week, I suggested it was a good time to ‘go higher’.
On the exact day that Jupiter switched direction in Sagittarius, first images of a black hole went viral (see photo on right). Jupiter’s expansive gaze literally soared higher and further into the universe revealing its fiery magnificence.
Only a few days after Jupiter’s change of direction, on April 14th, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris burst into flames. It was an amazing experience, not only a tragedy for the beautiful Gothic building and the city of Paris, but for the outpouring of love, prayers, also, huge wealth for this iconic cathedral.
It didn’t escape my notice that this also resonated with Jupiter’s turn in direction. The church (Jupiter) bursting into flames (fire sign Sagittarius).
Symbolically, you can see the Pluto/Saturn/South Node combination working here as established structures (Saturn) are destroyed (Pluto). Yet, let’s not count out Jupiter’s symbolism. When Jupiter first entered Sagittarius back in November 2018, devastating wild fires broke out in California.
There’s been much talk of the symbolism of Notre Dame’s destruction and its subsequent survival from complete annihilation. Whether it’s a message from the Divine Feminine – Notre Dame means ‘Our Lady’ – a symbol of warning or of hope, the movements of the planets hint at the angry Gods testing our faith and challenging us to take action.
This is our second Libra Full Moon. Back at the end of March we had the first Libra Full moon at ZERO degrees Libra. Now we are at the end of Libra with this full moon at the last degree of Libra.
Take pause and consider your relationship and anything that has come into focus about your partnership between March 20thand April 19th.
There is a lot of bending and leaning with Libra. Finding balance and harmony with relationships takes work. But at the same time, bending too much may sacrifice personal self worth for the sake of a partner.
Between the first full moon and now we have had the Aries new moon where we activated goals for our new year. Many of us made Treasure Maps. What seeds did you plant at the New Moon on April 5? And now as you ponder your goals—where does your partner/relationship fit in your goals?
Are you in sync or is one of you living less authentic in order to keep peace or even just keep the relationship? And how are you in sync with the goals of your significant other? Is it all hands on deck for each other? Or is it something else?
In the full moon chart, Uranus is on top of the Sun opposing the moon. The Sun in Aries speaks to going it alone and finding our own inner true voice and being compelled to do something because of a spark is inside of us as individuals.
With Uranus there is a celebration of the odd, the unique, iconoclast and perhaps the rebel. However, it is what we call an out of sign conjunction since Uranus is in Taurus. Taurus is super practical and we are at the start of this journey since Uranus only moved into Taurus (for the long haul) on March 6. We are at the beginning of a journey that ends in 2026. During this period many of us will be focused on new sources of income. Uranus begs or beats us down to come up with a new or original approach so if we are thinking about making money the same ol, same ol, we would be missing the point. Having this full moon touching Uranus suggests issues around money and finances may be up for us and our partnerships. Take some time during this three-day full moon to talk about new ways that could bring in dough—which also support your own values goals and your authentic self. Your goals at Treasure Map may benefit by you coming up with these new tools for money.
Also riding on this full moon is Sun/Moon oppose Pluto in Capricorn suggesting death and rebirth. Being low man on the totem pole will bug. Feeling disrespected or undervalued by others will bug. Being dismissed for the ability to balance and negotiate. Deepen your own insights when anyone acts or suggests that you are not valuable. Do you believe them? Uranus can be harnessed to bring in new circles of people. An interesting full moon to mix it up.
And finally at the very least –give yourself the gift of being practical. Use any agitated energy that could come up with Uranus and the full moon to focus on your to-do list. Tackle projects that have been ignored and give it your all. You will find much comfort in completing the task.
With this Venus/Mars blend, there’s a need to relate with the “other” on a physical/tangible level. Stability and consistency are integral ingredients to creating a rock solid union with another.
There’s a suggestion that energy is most productively applied toward endeavors which build bridges between parties and foster harmonious rapport. However, clinging to inertia and underestimating the potential in relationships as vehicles for deep psychological change along with submergence of one’s individuality in intimate liaisons are themes which need to be squarely examined within this planetary combination.
There’s a danger in wholly accepting partnerships at “face value” without analyzing the more elaborate implications of behavior, motivations and the changes which occur in our thinking as a result of merging our concepts and values with another.
To be deeply involved is to risk. Both courageously voicing one’s observations and also accepting and considering feedback from another.
It may be helpful to understand that embracing change its most profound levels doesn’t require a relinquishment of our unfolding individuality. In fact, development of ourselves is the cornerstone of establishing what we can actually give and share with another in our relationships.
More lessons to be learned for those with this blend are: All compromise isn’t 50/50. sometimes it’s 70/30 or 60/40. Also, there will be instances where you have to fight for peace, and that’s okay.
While you’re inclined to place immense value on enjoying the moment, it’s important to never lose sight of the fact that with every breath we’re unfolding and changing. To hit the sweet spot which promotes understanding and evades stasis can go a long way in nurturing your bonds with those you care about.
” Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion.” – Paulo Freire
When a Sagittarius Sun and Aquarius Moon meet up in a birth chart, the ideal blending of the truth seeker and the revolutionary emerges.In fact, you would be hard pressed to find many other cosmic combinations which prize independence just as enthusiastically.
I find it quite interesting that on a basic level, the Sun in Sagittarius is propelled by the freedom TO, while the Aquarius Moon has a reigning need for freedom FROM.
In Sagittarius, we are introduced to the philosophically minded truth seeker, the explorer of life’s highest, most ancient insights. The solar fuel which ignites the archer suggests the desire to be illuminated in the most authentic sense.
Sagittarians want to know.
The archer is driven by the freedom to search high and low for anything which will provide a more expansive view on the world in which they live. No city, state, country, library, bar or seedy venue is off limits. The centaur simply looks at these as the branches of the same tree. They put the pieces together accordingly and then promptly synthesize them into a comprehensive understanding of the big picture.
The Moon in Aquarius uses the questing, exploratory fuel provided by Sagittarius to form a personality which has an emotional need to combat and dismantle the trappings of societal and cultural conditioning.
The Lunar water bearer desires freedom FROM.
independence from the stultifying, mind-numbing propaganda and doctrines which are passed off as “education”. Freedom from familial settings where they’re labeled the “black sheep”, because Aquarian Moons carry around a totally different idea about what’s “normal“.
In fact, they find it quite puzzling (and irritating) that the definers of this “normalcy” use THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR as the standard, as if this lends itself to credibility.
Ultimately, the message of your life is that you can’t hide or run from the TRUTH of your own being. If you’re feeling strange or extraterrestrial- GOOD. Teach us and show us how to work that on earth. Be an example of the beautiful weirdo. Customize your existence. Blaze that trail.
Your theme song is: “Truth Be Told ” by Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown
Every year the largest planet turns retrograde. It takes Jupiter twelve years to go through the zodiac and the last time Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius was spring and summer 2007. You might want to think about your life at that time. How were you expanding your world? How were you growing and trying new adventures? How was your money? Where were you investing your energy?
This retrograde will take place between 24 and 14 degrees of Sag. Blowhards and big mouths should be put on notice to make sure they have their facts straight. Those who are shy and know the shot may realize it is their time to be heard. The grandiose nature of Jupiter and the bigness of Sagittarius (it’s home sign) can have a generosity when they aren’t just busy being loud. Where are you realizing it is time to be generous and help a person or situation? Or is it time for you to go and learn something. People staying on the sidelines of something important may change their approach during the retrograde. Let’s see what we all learn by August 11 when Jupiter turns direct at 14 Sag.
There’s some major astrology taking place next year and we’re already feeling this building in the world. The premise of astrology is ‘as above, so below’, i.e. what’s happening in the movement of the planets is reflected in life on earth.
The major event is a conjunction of Saturn (authority) & Pluto (power) in Capricorn on January 12, 2020. This conjunction takes place once every 30-40 years. Next year’s conjunction is significant because of the star sign it’s in. Capricorn represents government, big business, the establishment.
Pluto is a destroyer by nature, it purges, wipes away. Since Pluto’s move into Capricorn in 2008, we’ve seen major shifts in the world of finance (2008 was the last financial crash), also government & world leadership. Pluto remains in Capricorn for another five years.
My theory is that Saturn coming along behind Pluto is a good thing. Saturn is strong in Capricorn, its sign of rulership. Therefore, it’s cleaning up Pluto’s corruption & absolute power and establishing new rules.
Old Order v. New Order
As we know in the battle of the Gods in mythology, the Old order has to be defeated before the New order can reign. This is a clear symbol of what’s happening astrologically.
Old established structures are breaking apart, political laws are being exposed as archaic and outdated, leaders as incompetent. We’re seeing this around the world in the UK, USA and many other countries besides.
Living in the UK, Brexit is currently a shambles and we may well be heading for a ‘no deal’ as we stumble out of Europe (which would fit this particular astrology, see description of Pluto/nodes below).
The New order begins December 2020, when there’s a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius – another key planetary event which happens every 20 years. Aquarius is more closely aligned to the collective, democracy, the people. Together, Jupiter & Saturn are strong leaders, both attuned to decent values.
In the world, we’re witnessing a real divide between poor & corrupt leadership based on lies & greed versus ethical & heart-led leadership based on truth & equality. The necessary readjustment is already underway.
Pluto conjunct South Node
This week, exact on April 4th, but active for a longer period, Pluto in Capricorn is conjunct the South Node, a karmic point in astrology. This is a rare event in astrology and worth noting, especially with the impending Saturn/Pluto conjunction.
The Nodes – North Node/South Node – cut across opposite axes of the zodiac and reveal insights about your destiny, your life path; where you’ve come from and where you’re heading.
The nodes fall in alignment with the eclipse cycles. Our current eclipse cycle is moving through the star signs, Cancer & Capricorn – traditional symbols of home & family (Cancer), work & responsibility (Capricorn). It’s here where changes are taking place. This eclipse phase began in July 2018 and lasts until July 2020. Another reason why this is a key period in history.
The South Node is your comfort zone, where you retreat to or withdraw in life. It’s associated with automatic patterns and habitual behaviour. You can stay here but it won’t allow you to grow & develop or fulfil your destiny in this lifetime.
The South Node is a place of release & letting go, similar to Pluto’s purging qualities. Therefore, consider your own life and what needs releasing, what you’re moving away from. Consider where you’ve become automatic or lazy.
This key event may not be obvious to everyone. It will be more meaningful if you have planets/angles close to 23 degrees Capricorn or planets/angles at 23 degrees which make a major aspect to this point (Personally, I use a 1 degree orb either side).
Road To Nowhere
Sometimes, the best way to describe what astrology means is to use the images that pop up in the language of symbolism. Recently, I’ve found myself running a loop in my own head of the iconic song ‘Road To Nowhere‘ by the wonderful David Byrne, lead singer of Talking Heads.
The image of David Byrne dressed in a black suit running endlessly but going nowhere seems an apt symbol for Pluto conjunct the South Node in Capricorn. We feel helpless when we can’t control events in the world or in our own lives.
You may have your own version of this relentless running, where you’re on a treadmill and find it hard to get off.
Here’s the video:
The Pluto/South Node conjunction can flag up where it’s time to let go, move on, give in. It reveals what’s not working out or where you have no control. All you can do is navigate your way forwards as best you can keeping in step with the changes taking place, wherever they lead you.
This process continues throughout this year and peaks in 2020. Later this month, April 2019, Saturn in Capricorn is also conjunct the South Node, so don’t turn a blind eye to whatever’s unravelling or falling apart.
(Please read your monthly horoscopes if you haven’t already – they will help you understand more about these major astrological shifts of Pluto/Saturn/South Node. Click on Monthly at the top of the page.)
I have another tune running through my head for Saturn conjunct the South Node – I wonder if you can guess what it is? (to be revealed at the end of April…)
Continue Your Life’s Celebration
A final word:
“Let go of the spirit of the departed
and continue your life’s celebration”
The quote above is by Allen Ginsberg (b. June 3, 1926). A Sun Gemini with a strong Pisces signature in his chart, Ginsberg was born with Pluto in Cancer conjunct the North Node in the 4th house. Pluto is a symbol of the departed as God of the Underworld.
Ginsberg spoke these words to his friend, Patti Smith, after her husband and brother died in the space of a month.
Whatever the world throws at you, whatever you are faced or confronted with in your own life, you can choose to release, let go and continue your celebration of life. It’s an important message to hold on to whenever things fall apart.
Are you ready for new beginnings? The New Moon takes place this week and it’s a chance to start over. This New Moon falls in the first sign of the zodiac. This is when nature, life, you, everything leaps into action.
I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for a fresh start. The Equinox on March 20th when the Sun entered the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, was clouded by Mercury’s retrograde phase.
Then, when Mercury, the communication planet, turned direct on March 28th, it was conjunct Neptune and things remained foggy, uncertain, unclear. Finally, Mercury is starting to move away from Neptune and now there’s a New Moon in Aries – good news!
There’s every reason to be delighted by this New Moon, even if it is square to Saturn. Don’t let limitations hold you back and use the fresh start energy of a New Moon in Aries to good effect. This means the following:
Set your intentions – speak them out loud, write them down
Take the initiative – sow seeds that can then flourish & grow
Make a wish – traditionally, this is when you first catch sign of the crescent moon in the night sky
Get things moving – take action, be impulsive, take a risk
Be a dare-devil – do something bold & exciting
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac; dynamic, go-getting, full of vitality and spirit so jump to it. Start something new, let the world know who you are and what you have to offer.
Aries is one of the fire signs and the fire signs are big on personality; ‘this is who I am’. It’s the ideal time to unleash your inner warrior or inner diva as you leap into life and motivate yourself ready for the new zodiac year ahead.
Aries New Moon Guide
Here’s a quick guide to which areas of your life are motivated by the New Moon in Aries:
ARIES 1st House: Your image or online presence benefits from a makeover, a relaunch. How to quickly impress other people by the way you come across?
TAURUS 12th House: Time to reawaken your inner life, your spirituality or quest for peace of mind. Perfect for a retreat or a chance to kick-start healthy habits.
GEMINI 11th House: It’s about the friends, the groups and the personal tribe. Network and make connections, socialise and have a good time.
CANCER 10th House: Your career or vocation benefits from fresh energy, a new sense of direction. Stride out on a new path in life.
LEO 9th House: Run for the hills on a holiday with a purpose. Expand your mind and read books which inspire you and awaken your sense of adventure.
VIRGO 8th House: Be open to new ways of money management. Act fast in your pursuit of making money. Invest it, live on less, pay off a debt – whatever works for you.
LIBRA 7th House: Love thrives when you throw adventure and boldness into the mix. Be independent in business partnerships and less of a coupley couple in love.
SCORPIO 6th House: Fresh ideas rejuvenate your work routine. Create an online presence or add another skill to your portfolio. Health – you are what you eat.
SAGITTARIUS 5th House: Demand more laughter and entertainment in your life. Want to have kids? – it’s your decision. Hang out with a younger crowd. Initiate a new romance.
CAPRICORN 4th House: Inject fresh energy into your home life. Change things around, check out moving somewhere new. Organise an impromptu get-together with family or loved ones.
AQUARIUS 3rd House: Rethink your commute. Cycle or walk to get fit, run up and down stairs and escalators. Get in touch with a sibling or join a local group. Speak your mind.
PISCES 2nd House: Listen to new ideas about wealth creation and value your self more highly. Make an impulsive purchase and treat yourself.