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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Progressed Moon in Sagittarius or 9th House

Progressed Moon in Sagittarius or 9th HouseNatal chart progressions are your natal planets advanced a day for each year you have been alive (aka very slowly). They represent how you have evolved, and the current expression of your natal planets.

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 the relationships you will have, for that time frame. The natal house your progressed moon is in describes the area of life that is most significant to you, right now.

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 the most difficult! It’s all about survival, living on bare bones, and is often very solitary because you can’t tolerate “fake” relationships during this lunar progression. It’s a sort of all-or-nothing time in your life. But moving on to Sagittarius is when the world opens up again. This is a sign about freedom, adventure, optimism, and fun.

Sag is ruled by Jupiter, which is the planet of expansion. It is often thought of as a benevolent planet, especially in traditional astrology. The depiction of Jupiter is kind of 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.

So 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, but there are so many holes in the argument!

Sag 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 with fun people. But higher education will also be important so you may be drawn to experienced types, or even pursue a higher degree yourself during this progression…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 had the (unfortunate) experience of having my Scorpio lunar progression AND my 8th house lunar progression at the same time, because they are lined up in my chart. Just before my PR moon went into Scorpio/8th house, I bought a home, and got a new mortgage, the biggest debt I’d ever been responsible for! Then a slew of crappy things happened as soon as it entered Scorpio (still in H7), including being bullied at work, my unsupportive boyfriend broke up with me, and then I had a nervous breakdown and was out of work for two months. Just when things started looking up, PR moon entered my 8th house, and I promptly had a beloved pet die, a pipe burst and destroyed part of my home, and then I got fired from my job. I had other tense things going on in my chart/transits making things worse, but still.

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.

Things to know about this new progression: you are being challenged to expand yourself, learn, travel, have adventures, open yourself up to different cultures/perspectives, publish (if applicable), and potentially debate in a legal setting (especially with the H9 progression). Be honest but know you may be too blunt or in people’s faces during this progression. Explore your faith and beliefs but realize you may try to force them down other people’s throats, and it’s really none of your business what other people’s “truths” are. Give into your wanderlust and thirst for fun, but realize you may be seen as increasingly unreliable or immature by those in authority (your boss, parents, teachers, etc.) if you go too far! Experience new things but be cautious of excess in all areas. 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. You may become disenfranchised with your daily life, like your job for example, or take a lot of risks you regret. Or you might say things too bluntly that hurt others, and regret putting your foot in your mouth. But your likelihood of payoff and popularity is generally higher during this progression.

Jupiter’s March Aspects

Jupiter's March AspectsIn 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

Jupiter Opposite ChironChiron 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

Jupiter Square SaturnJupiter 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

Jupiter Trine UranusJupiter 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.