The Jupiter-Pluto Square

The Jupiter-Pluto SquareThere is a major square coming up that will hit three times between now and 2017: Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn. The first one will be exact on November 24th at 15º (so you can feel it building already), and the other two will happen on March 30th and August 4th of 2017, respectively.

Jupiter is all about expansion, and in Libra, it’s currently magnifying relationship goals and social ideals. The house it’s riding through in your chart represents what life areas are taking larger significance for you at any given time. For example, Jupiter is currently transiting my 7th house (on the heels of a Jupiter Return), which is Libra’s natural house, representing committed partnerships. So for me, there’s a double-whammy of focus on idealistic relationships, at the moment. For you, it might be your 5th house, so your relationship with your children or lover would take significance, a creative partner, or idealistic self-expression. If it’s in your 10th house, you’ll be focusing on business partnerships, social contacts that help your profession, or projecting an ideal image to the world.

Pluto is about transformation, and in Capricorn (where it’s been for eight years), it’s examining and breaking down traditional power structures. On an individual level, this could be a slow but permanent change in your professional life, hierarchies like your family or employer, and how you view/interact with your government. Pluto is just entering my 11th house (it’s been teeter-tottering on the cusp for a while now), but while it was in my 10th house, it transformed my career. If Pluto is in your 2nd house, your self-worth and personal finances are going through permanent changes. If it’s transiting your 4th house, family and home hierarchy is being transformed.

So what happens when these two clash in a 90º square? Jupiter is the applying planet because it’s the faster mover, so just remember that it always wants to enlarge whatever it comes into contact with. A square means tension, crisis, and/or a conflict of interest. So in this case, the Libra idealism/hyper-focus on partnerships clashes with Capricorn power structures. Don’t forget that Capricorn’s natural ruler is Saturn, Jupiter’s foil: where Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts. So this square could play out something like this: you have a vision of an idealistic, balanced, harmonious society but the man is getting you down. Or perhaps the cold, harsh rules of someone in power prevent you from enjoying a beautiful partnership.

Globally, Jupiter’s strong ideals and high hopes are being stymied by those in power. I’ve already talked about the U.S. election on this blog, and this square would certainly apply to those who oppose our current president elect. Like Jupiter ramming itself against Pluto’s iron fist, people may attempt to push their ideals even more strongly when told, “no.” It would also apply to his supporters who have high hopes .. perhaps too high, and he won’t be able to live up to them due to the powers that be.

On a personal level, remember to check the natal houses and planets, angles, or nodes it affects for you. These are indicators as to how and where it will play out in your life. I wish I could tell you I was in some ideal relationship that will be challenged by my career during this square (because then I could give you a personal example), but nooo I’m not, lmao. But if you have personal planets/angles/nodes from 14 – 19 degrees of the Cardinal signs, then you will be the most affected by this series of upcoming squares. Just try to remember that if you find yourself thwarted, and attempt to fix that by pushing your ideals even further down people’s throats….you’re not handling this well.

Make use of this energy by allowing yourself to compromise and work with any restrictions that come up, not against them, especially if this transit manifests for you via a person in a position of power limiting you in some way. You’ll be surprised at how much it can help you in the end, and even empower your own success.

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Life Path 6

Life Path 6Your Life Path number in numerology is the most significant number, and represents the essence of who you are and why you are here. You’ll spend a lifetime learning about it (much like in astrology, you spend a lifetime coming into your sun sign). To calculate your Life Path number, just add up the day, month, and year of your birth, then reduce. For example, if you were born on November 25th, 1992, you would add: (1+1) + (2+5) + (1+9+9+2) = 2 + 7 + (2+1) = 2 + 7 + 3 = 12. Then reduce: 1 + 2 = 3. You are a Life Path 3!

If you have a 6 Life Path, then congratulations, because you have the most attractive number. You also have the most responsibility on your hands, so…there’s that too! 6 is the number of family and home, different from the way 4 is about the physical structure of your house, but because home is where the heart is. 6 is the number of the heart, and of love. That’s why it’s so attractive! Love is the strongest force we have. When you open up your heart you send out that power, and people naturally want to return it. The trick is, letting love in can be difficult, too!

The number 6 is a lot like the zodiac sign Libra. Aside from the love thing, 6s are always trying to seek justice for all. But there’s a little Capricorn (or Cancer) thrown into the mix, because Life Path 6s are often the family patriarchs or matriarchs, and tend towards leadership in any setting. They are often worried about everyone else, too. I think of LP 6s like perpetual eldest children…they shoulder a lot of responsibility and have to worry about their younger siblings, have the most chores, but in a way enjoy being the one their parents look to, to help things run smoothly. Then they grow up and recreate the whole thing by marrying, buying a house, and having kids. They just need people and responsibility!

I said above that this sign is a bit Capricorn-y, then went on to describe all the things that sound more like Cancer. But here’s where the Goat comes in: Life Path 6s tend to be control freaks, and they like running things in business too. These people find it hard to let go and let others live their lives. If you are a 6 and you don’t have a family, you’ll make a family of your friends, or if you don’t have a spouse you’ll uber-focus on your kids. You can easily become a helicopter parent, or that person that is always trying to rescue or “fix” others. Careful, that’s not sexy! Get yourself a creative project to focus on instead, because on top of being the most attractive number, you’re also good at art and music and stuff (because life is so fair!). The payment for your many gifts is, of course, that you’re a judge-y perfectionist.

Life path 6s care a lot. When people don’t let your love in, however, you can get very annoying to be around. You have high expectations of yourself and others, and people just can’t live up to that. You also (like Libra) blow icy cold when you aren’t happy, which is just another form of trying to control the people around you. Try letting go instead of tightening your grip when you get disappointed or stressed out, and remember that the ones you love are only human! If you must control something, let it be your business or hobby, and watch it flourish. I like 6s because I’m a Life Path 9 and we’re compatible energy (plus I just like being fussed over, I have a Leo moon!)…but they can be some of the most smothering people when they get on a binge. Kind of like a bored 3 who decides to make you their pet project! There’s something about 3, 6, and 9 that resonates (because they are multiples of 3, I guess).

I think there’s also something Neptunian in the 6 energy because of the idealism and creative energy. You can use this to be really compassionate to others and successful in creative endeavors, or like Neptune/Pisces, you can let yourself become disappointed over and over when reality doesn’t live up to your high ideals. Or, you don’t take action – in typical Libra fashion – because circumstances aren’t perfect. Don’t let your life be ruined. As my mom always says, “perfection is the enemy of done.” When you embrace the messiness of life and realize that you can’t see it from your small human perspective, but life is perfect, then nothing can stop you. Listen to me, I know these things, I’m a 9. 😛

Upcoming Transits and the U.S. Presidential Election

Upcoming Transits and the U.S. Presidential ElectionThere are three ingresses this week, leading up to the Full Moon next Monday (Nov 14th). All these planets will be changing signs within a four-day period, starting the day after the U.S. presidential election…which is quite the energy shift!

Mars enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Nov 9th (EST). This is an innovative and go-against-the-grain energy for Mars, planet of initiation and action. But it’s more about concepts than doing, so there’s that. Aquarius is emotionally detached and objective, so it may be easier to think before you make a rash decision. I said maybe: Aquarius is known for its unpredictability and rule-breaking. Mars enters Pisces on Dec 19th.

Venus enters Capricorn on Friday, Nov 11th. This puts the focus for love and friendship on practical, achievable goals, and new connections that double as resources. Sounds a little cold and calculated, but Capricorn is actually a warm earth sign, just the most ambitious one. Venus also rules material things, and Capricorn loves status, so you may be drawn to name-brands (and quality over quantity). Venus enters Aquarius on Dec 7th.

Mercury enters Sagittarius on Saturday, Nov 12th. This opens up communication and puts emphasis on the bigger picture (with much potential for flaws in the details!). Sag is all about ideas and beliefs, so this can also be a time for arguments, all of which will have holes. An excellent time to learn anything new and exciting, or peruse faith and spirituality texts. Mercury enters Capricorn on Dec 2nd.

With the U.S. presidential election in two days, this week ushers in a time of change! I’ve been trying to do the astrology of Clinton and Trump, and unfortunately there’s a lot of argument over Hillary’s birth time, which throws houses and angles out the window. But at poll closing time, the sky favors a female energy; the sun and moon are in Scorpio and Pisces, both water signs. In fact, they are in Hillary’s natal sun and moon signs, which bodes well for her…and the upcoming Full Moon in Taurus is conjunct her Lunar North Node, which represents her destiny.

Donald also has some transits happening, specifically planets entering his natal and progressed 4th house (assuming his birth time is correct)…this indicates a renewed focus on home and family. He also has Jupiter conjunct Chiron, which represents a major flare up of an old emotional pain, and he will soon have his Jupiter return which is the start of a new 12-year cycle. That could be the start of his presidency, or it could indicate he’s packing it in and headed for something new. I guess we’ll see!

I checked the U.S.’s progressed chart, and our country’s ascendant just entered Virgo, a feminine sign. Could we actually see the first female president of the United States get elected this week? What a long-awaited historical moment that will be!

Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto in CapricornToday, Pluto stations direct, at 12º Capricorn.

It takes Pluto around 248 years to go through one lap of the zodiac. Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn since November 2008, and will be there until 2023. Pluto’s job is basically to destroy everything. Like the mythical Phoenix that rises from its own ashes, so must we rebuild in the wake of Pluto. In Capricorn, it brings transformation to conventional authority and structures, such as government, religion, and economy (it’s no coincidence that the stock market crashed the year Pluto entered Capricorn). We are becoming aware of corruption of power in many institutions, and long term effects on the environment (Capricorn’s resourcefulness will likely lead us to new energy sources before this transit is through).

Pluto in Capricorn

While Pluto revolutionizes our concepts of authority and economy on a large scale, it also has something to teach each of us, individually. Look to your chart to see the house Pluto is transiting. When Pluto completes a house transit, this area of your life is usually unidentifiable from when Pluto first entered said house, because it has gone through total transformation.

For example, when Pluto crossed over my Midheaven, I had major life transitions. My live-in boyfriend and I split, I moved, and ended up quitting my job of 6 years to go back to school full time. I earned a degree, and got a better job in a completely different industry. Over the next 8 years I went back for two more degrees, and now I’m in a new field again. My H10 Pluto transit will be officially over in 2017, and it’s been a wild professional ride!

Pluto is in retrograde motion (appears to be moving backwards in the sky, from our Earthly standpoint) about 5 months out of the year. When a planet is retrograde, its influence is more internalized and intensified. After it stations direct, what you learned during the reflective Rx period can be applied to your outer world.

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Capricorn Full Moon: Goat vs. Crab

Capricorn Full Moon: Goat vs. CrabThe dichotomy of Cancer/Capricorn is mother vs. father, home vs. career, child vs. adult. During the July 1st Full Moon, there is a culmination in Capricorn, or the patriarchal side of the axis. Capricorn is about responsibility, material success, and ambition. The bad side? Cold calculation. Control issues. Cutting off growth.

What you sowed during the Summer Solstice is what you will reap, now, and the key is balance; Cancer needs Capricorn’s structure and seriousness, and with Mars close by, creative growth is supercharged. Capricorn trims it down to an appropriate, shapely thing, and Pluto adds power. The threat here is a tug-of-war, if they can’t work together: Sun/Mars say “We want to create life,” and Moon/Pluto argue, “You’re out of control.”

Neptune Rx smooths things over, assisting from 9ª Pisces: it forms an exact trine/sextile with Sun/Moon. This adds a healthy dose of empathy to Capricorn so that it can find common ground with Cancer. Neptune ups your powers of visualization as well, so use it to take your endeavor to the next level. Think big, and find ways to bring your vision into a reality.

Now is when those Gemini New Moon ideas become real-world possibilities, or they are discarded. Capricorn can be pretty cutthroat. The nice thing here is that a few of those Gemini seeds will actually be taken seriously, so consider which ones you’ve been nurturing under Cancer’s influence.

Orbs (Natal/Progressed planets/angles/nodes):

8º – 14º of the Cardinal signs + Pisces will feel this strongest.