The Jupiter-Pluto Square

There 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. In my chart, Jupiter is transiting the 7th house – Libra’s natural house of committed partnerships – so I’ve got a double-whammy of focus on idealistic relationships. For you, it might be your 5th house of children and romantic/creative partners, or your 10th house representing business/professional partnerships and connections.

Pluto is about transformation, and in Capricorn (where it’s been riding for eight years) it examines and breaks down traditional power structures. On an individual level, this could mean a slow but permanent change in your professional life, hierarchies such as family or work structure, and how you interact with government. 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 Jupiter and Pluto clash? A square means tension, crisis, and/or conflict of interest. In this case, the Libra idealism/hyper-focus on equality clashes with Capricorn traditional hierarchy. Capricorn’s natural ruler is Saturn, Jupiter’s opposite planet: where Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts.

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).

On a personal level, check the square against your natal chart. If you have personal planets, angles (Ascendant/MC), or Lunar nodes from 14 – 19 degrees of the Cardinal signs then you will be more personally affected by the square. 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. Ultimately squares spur us into growth, once we accept the challenge they present.

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Progressed Moon in Sagittarius or 9th House

This post is part of a series about lunar progressions. Progressions are your natal planets advanced a day for each year you have been alive (aka very slowly), and represent how you have evolved. You can read this post for more about progressions, in general. To calculate your progressed chart you can establish a free account at astro.com and enter your birth data (date, time, and location) to generate a natal chart. Then under “extended chart selection” you can choose progressed chart.

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The progressed moon represents your evolving needs, and takes about 2.5 years to go through each sign. This sign describes your general emotional climate and relationships. The natal house your progressed moon is moving through describes the areas of life that are most important.

When you go from PR moon in Scorpio to Sagittarius, it’s like a breath of fresh air. I am about to go through this transition in a few months, and I absolutely can’t wait because PR Scorpio moon is difficult; it’s all about survival, living on bare bones, and is very solitary. But moving into Sagittarius is when the world opens up again. Sag is a sign about freedom, adventure, optimism and fun!

Sag is ruled by Jupiter, planet of expansion. Jupiter is like the ghost of Christmas present, an enormous man surrounded by a cornucopia of food and drinks and happy people. Sagittarius has this same energy…party, excess, and a lightness of being that can’t be weighed down. Sooo different from the darkness and despair of Scorpio! But Jupiter hates being fenced in, so you can get a bit restless or discontent with day-to-day life during PR moon in Sagittarius, especially if you’re not growing.

When your PR moon switches to Sag, the famine turns to feast. Although very private, Scorpio is an extremely emotional sign, and it’s also very obsessive. So it goes to a dark place and it stays there, or becomes fixated on one thing only. Sagittarius is a fire sign so it’s still emotional, but in a passionate, creative way. You are more open about your feelings and way more likely to laugh off the blues, during this lunar progression. When you were in Scorpio PR moon, you got quiet if something bothered you, maybe plotted your revenge…but now, you will be immediately argumentative if you feel like you have to defend your beliefs. Sag loves a debate!

This is also a mutable sign, meaning it goes with the flow. You will find it a lot easier to embrace change now, and even be spontaneous again. Wanderlust is common with this progression. You will feel curious about people from different walks of life, especially different cultures, and want to have easy friendships. Higher education will also be important so you may be drawn to experienced types, or even pursue a higher degree yourself…there’s something about college campuses and learning that Sag is drawn to like a moth to a flame. Travel is also something to plan/expect. Opportunity to broaden your horizons just comes about during this phase, and also to be creative and express yourself.

If your PR moon is transitioning from your natal 8th to 9th house, you’ll experience similar changes, especially more opportunities for growth/higher learning/travel/publishing, because those are the H9 areas. When your PR moon was in H8, you probably had to deal with issues concerning shared resources – your partner’s funds, debts you owe, tax issues, an inheritance after a loved one dies – and generally un-fun things similar to what I described about the Scorpio lunar progression. H8 represents things that aren’t entirely in your control, and where you give up some of your power to someone else. Obviously shared money falls into that category, but also death (loss of a loved one, perhaps), and intimacy with your partner/loved ones, is included.

I think the main thing about the transition from Scorpio to Sagittarius, or 8th house to 9th, is this feeling that you survived. You did it, you went through the dark tunnel and came out on the other side, and you’re just so happy about it! That’s why there’s a renewed sense of faith…you realize that there must be a higher power helping you out, because it looked like it was the end, for a while there. So you abandon the dark cubby hole you’ve been living in and come out into the world, because you’re genuinely curious about what’s new out there. Sag tends to be a popular sign because people can’t help but be drawn to your laid back, “it’s all good” attitude. Only someone who has been through hell can come out and not sweat the small stuff, and now that’s you.

You will be more honest during this progression, but know you may be too blunt or in people’s faces. Explore your faith and beliefs, but try not to force them down other people’s throats, because it’s none of your business what another’s truth is. Give into your wanderlust and thirst for fun, but realize you may be seen as more unreliable or immature by others during this time. You’ll be drawn to new experiences but also excess. Remember more is not necessarily better.

This progression is easy for everyone, but most enjoyable for those with natal moon in another fire sign (Aries, Leo). It will be the most challenging for those with natal moon in another mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces), but again, the “challenges” of this lunar progression are negligible compared to other phases.

Jupiter’s March Aspects


In March, Jupiter makes three outer-planet aspects from Virgo. This is a big deal! Jupiter expands what it touches, and aspects to slower planets mean changes on a large scale. Jupiter is currently retrograde, so all three will occur again after it has stationed direct (May 9th). You can feel these building from the beginning of March:

On March 6th, Jupiter inconjuncts Uranus (at 18º Aries). Uranus in Aries represents personal freedom, independence, and originality, but it’s unpredictable and can even be violent. The inconjunct is uncomfortable and requires adjustment; this transit may bring awkward feelings or situations. For example, you may not be able to control sudden urges to express your independence at work, which doesn’t fly with your boss or co-workers. This aspect will occur again on August 13th.

On March 16th, Jupiter trines Pluto (at 17º Capricorn). Pluto in Capricorn represents long term evolution of career, business, and traditional structures in your life. The trine is a harmonious aspect, and both planets help each other: Pluto can help Jupiter by giving you self-control in your current diet or exercise regime, or attract powerful people to aid your work. Jupiter helps Pluto by making concrete steps towards long-term goals. Trines are easy but they can pass you by if you don’t take advantage, so put in a little effort. This aspect will occur again on June 26th.

On March 23rd, Jupiter squares Saturn (at 16º Sagittarius). Saturn in Sagittarius represents obstacles and lessons in travel, higher education, legal matters, and your beliefs. Squares mean tension and crisis: you should feel it weeks in advance. A present Saturn-related issue may become even bigger this month, or a serious health issue or work obstacle could crop up. The last time Jupiter squared Saturn was last year on August 3rd (in different signs), so the current crisis may be related to what was going on then. This aspect will occur again on May 26th.

Jupiter Opposite Chiron: Rewrite the Past

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Chiron represents wounds, and is traveling through the ultimate martyr, Pisces. Where Chiron goes, it brings up old pain and vulnerability, and Pisces can mean victimization. Another planet opposing Chiron in the sky can activate pain (via a confrontation with someone else, for example), but Jupiter is optimistic. He may magnify self-criticism in Virgo, but also bring an opportunity to see your past experiences in a new light. If you can let joy in, you can rewrite your story.

On Tuesday, February 23, Jupiter at 20º Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces. These are slow-moving bodies, so this energy is building for a few weeks. Jupiter is retrograde at the moment, and Chiron is in direct motion. The two opposed each other back on Nov 3, 2015 (when Jupiter was direct and Chiron was Rx), so there may be something that requires revisiting from that time. They will oppose each other a third time on Aug 12, 2016 when Jupiter is direct and Chiron is Rx. That will be your final opportunity to put the subject to rest and move on.

Jupiter Rx in Virgo is about reflecting on what could be enhanced in your life (like health and work habits). This step is introspective. Go easy on the self-criticism at this time, because there’s a sore spot you could hit. To get a sense of what issues may be brought up, look to the houses in your chart that contain 20º Virgo/Pisces. Also, think about what was brought up at the first opposition in November.

Why not use this major transit to see past trauma in a new light? Some people think the past is etched in stone, but if you look at it as a pencil drawing, you can erase the parts you don’t like and etch in something better. Take responsibility for what you attracted to you before, and move on.

Those with planets or angles from 19º – 24º of the mutable signs will feel this transit strongest.

Jupiter Square Saturn

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Jupiter square Saturn has been building for weeks, and will perfect on August 3rd, at 28º Leo/Scorpio.

Jupiter and Saturn are opposites; Jupiter presents opportunity and Saturn limits them. Jupiter grows and Saturn prunes it back. Both planets will be in direct motion, for this transit. Jupiter is near the end of Leo (entering Virgo on August 11th), and Saturn is wrapping up in Scorpio for good.

So what? Jupiter is still offering options, growth, opportunity. It’s being tailed by a few inner planets (namely, Mercury and the Sun), and confused Venus Rx headed its way (they will meet on the 4th). Jupiter is still a heavy presence in Leo, magnifying the smaller planets, encouraging you to flaunt what you’ve got in the area Leo rules in your chart: create, play, be generous.

Saturn in Scorpio has taught you something about the dark side of life. The lesson has been absorbed, and Saturn is soon to move forward into fun-loving Sag (Jupiter’s fav sign). When it squares Jupiter, it wants to set limits on your choices. The square is a jarring aspect, so these limits are set in a way that may feel restricting to you, rather than clarifying.

Maybe it’s not as pretty a picture as the King of the Gods and Father Time swinging each other around like Maria in The Sound of Music, but it’s still not a bad deal: so you have to choose an option that you can make into a reality.  Is that so bad?

Jupiter Trine Uranus

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Jupiter trines Uranus exact on June 22nd. This harmonious connection between the two slow-moving planets has been building for weeks, encouraging us to explore and expand in unchartered territory. This is the last of three times they trine (the first was September 25, 2014, the second March 3, 2015).

Jupiter entered Leo in July 2014, and has encouraged expansion of creativity, self-expression, the inner child, romance, generosity, pride, and drama. Jupiter magnifies the ego in Leo.

Uranus in Aries is a slow transit (2012-2018) that demands freedom via independence, pioneering, sudden changes, and doing-your-own-thing. Aries is impatient and Uranus tends to burn bridges in pursuit of liberation, via sudden upheavals. Aries is identity, and Uranus wants you to cut all that is old, stale, and conventional.

The two planets harmoniously trine each other at 20º Aries/Leo, creating positive expansion of originality and innovation. This aspect lacks tension, but there may still be growing pains: Jupiter inflates what it touches (good or bad) and Uranus violently shakes the dust off. But the two open new avenues, and encourage you to leave the past behind.

Trines can be taken for granted. If has been difficult to leave your old, comfy, safe way of life, remember that this is a chance to become liberated from what shackles you. Settling for less than you truly desire, all to meet status-quo or other’s expectations, is a self-imposed prison.

Will you stay in your cell, or step outside and face the unknown?

19º – 24º of the Fire signs will feel this strongest.