When a planet enters a new sign it takes on the qualities and interests of that sign. It can be understood as a kind of archetypal renewal that gives rise to origin stories, carrying sparks of insight that unfold throughout the planet’s passage of the sign. These principles have been at work as October cradled Jupiter’s annual move into a new sign, Scorpio (October 10th).
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It seems we are surrounded by an ocean of sound and noise. Social and political concerns pull at us like the unyielding tide, and we navigate the news and what seems like daily incursions on freedoms and principles. We are living in a period of massive upheaval with breakdowns, breakthroughs, and revolution (Uranus) being empowered and compelled by underlying archetypal processes of change (Pluto). “Nobody told me there'd be days like these/Strange days indeed/most peculiar”. Thank you, John Lennon.
On August 11th Jupiter moves into Virgo, illuminating this sign until next September*. You may be feeling the shift already because whenever a planet changes signs their mode of expression takes on those particular qualities. Jupiter is the god who personifies the archetypal principles that have to do with expansion and growth, success and abundance. His is present in the ways we think beyond ourselves as in our philosophies about life, our curiosity about foreign places. Jupiter is the movement of energy that has us feel uplifted and elevated – imagine Zeus on Olympus amidst gorgeous cumulus clouds. On this theme Rick Tarnas says Jupiter is a “striving for breadth of experience”; so imagine into this as the desire to reach out and embrace the world so to incorporate more of it into ourselves. Growing, expanding, improving….And note the shadow expressions such as inflation, excess and extravagance, you know - too muchness, too big.