You probably know that you go through big transitions at times when the outer planets in our solar system trigger something in your chart.  Those planets are Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter.  As the fastest of the outer planets, Jupiter moves at a speed that brings it into aspect with planetary combinations already in progress.  When those planetary combinations are challenging, Jupiter can act as the “good fairy” that blesses where others are cursing.

This Happened in 2009
Let me illustrate this with an example. In 2009, Chiron and Neptune were traveling together in late Aquarius, blending their themes of wounding/healing (Chiron) and spiritual expansion (Neptune). This was a really big deal at the time and I wrote several posts about it:
Neptune Conjunct Chiron: Eighteen Months of Spiritual Healing
Neptune and Chiron Ask You To Bridge Heaven and Earth

By May of 2009, Jupiter had joined the party, and I wrote a 3-part series of posts about “Rejoining the Beautiful and Loving Human Family” because this triple conjunction was in Aquarius:  May’s Triple Conjunction of Neptune, Chiron and Jupiter.

In 2009, Chiron and Neptune were causing many people to face a deep, spiritual wound in themselves–with the intent to heal it once and for all.  When Jupiter joined Chiron and Neptune, a quality of hope entered the picture and the burden was lightened considerably.  If you have anything in your chart in 26 degrees of Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus or Leo, you would definitely have felt this.  Jupiter was acting as your Good Fairy.

So What Do I Mean By The “Good Fairy?”
In the story of Sleeping Beauty (which by the way, is a fairly iconic fairy tale with many properties that fairy tales typically have), there is a “bad fairy” and a “good fairy.”  Here’s how it goes. . .

At the birth of the baby princess, the King and Queen invite all the fairies to a christening so they can bestow gifts on the child.  The fairies show up and shower the princess with many blessings, mostly in the form of personality traits, like Charm, Grace, Wisdom, Wit, Patience, Beauty, and so forth.  They are almost done when the bad fairy shows up.  In some versions, she’s not actually bad, she’s just angry because they forgot to invite her.  In the Walt Disney version, she’s just plain bad.  She shows up in her black carriage drawn by bats, sweeps in and curses the baby princess: “When she’s 16, she’ll prick her finger on a spindle and DIE!!!!”  After the bad fairy leaves, there’s one final good fairy who hasn’t had a chance to give her blessing.  The good fairy says, “I can’t undo the curse completely, but I can soften it.  When she’s 16, she will prick her finger on a spindle, but instead of dying, she’ll sleep for 100 years—oh and by the way, everyone else will sleep too, so you won’t even notice—and then she’ll be awakened by true love’s first kiss.”

Naturally, all this comes to pass and the story ends with a royal wedding, as such stories do.

How Does the Good Fairy Affect Transits?
The Good Fairy can’t stop the difficult parts of the transit from happening.  After all, that would deprive us of valuable life lessons.  But the Good Fairy can fill you with the confidence to get through them.  The Good Fairy is a voice within you that says, “It’s going to be ok.  I can grow from this.  I am bigger than this.  I am strong and competent.  I can handle it.”  You will feel that everything is going to be all right, even if you can’t explain why you feel that.

Your experience of Jupiter as the Good Fairy can differ depending on whether Jupiter appears on the scene early or late.

When Jupiter appears early, and is followed by a crescendo of challenge as the other two, more difficult planets ramp up, it can lead you to bite off more than you can chew, due to overconfidence.  You have to deliberately hold back and also allow that confidence to accumulate, so it will carry you through the part after Jupiter has moved on and is no longer buoying you up.  Knowing that the challenges will continue beyond the period of hope can let you know to approach with more caution than you may be feeling—and that kind of golden information is one of the best reasons to get an astrology reading.

When Jupiter appears late, it can be like the light at the end of the tunnel.  The beginning of the transit is the most difficult part, and you have to get through it yourself, but you’re rewarded in the middle by the arrival of Jupiter, along with a surge of confidence that carries you across the finish line.  Jupiter fills you with hope and strength, as you hear him cheer, “I knew you could do it!  Now let’s finish this!”  Finding out that Jupiter is about to involve himself before he actually does can also give you hope—another excellent reason to find out about your transits for the year before they begin.

Now Jupiter Is Blessing Pluto and Uranus
If you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, of course it’s because it’s happening right now.  This year, Pluto and Uranus are traveling in a square to each other, which began in 2012 and lasts until 2015.  This is a very challenging combination and many people are experiencing it.  It’s putting people through really big changes, some of which are emotional and some of which are intellectual.  The Pluto part is an intense, full-scale metamorphosis, bringing up issues of power and control as the part of you its triggering goes through a death-and-rebirth experience.  The Uranus part is a paradigm shift—a reframing of everything you thought you knew and understood about the part of you being triggered.  You’ll feel this in the area of life covered by the planet in your chart that’s triggered (Venus = relationships, Saturn = career, Sun = identity, and so on).

Uranus and Pluto began their square in 2012 and won’t be done until 2015.  These are only the most intense years of a larger patch of time—when we look back on this, it will probably define the teen-decade of the 21st century, much the way Uranus and Pluto’s previous connection defined the 1960s.  It’s affecting people with planets in 8 to 15 degrees of all four Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer).  You can read about it here:  Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice.

Jupiter catches up with the Uranus/Pluto-square-in-progress and “runs with the big boys” from August of 2013 to June of 2014.  The result is that Jupiter blesses all the people who are struggling to transform (Pluto) themselves and revolutionize (Uranus) their lives.

Want to know if Jupiter is blessing you this year?

Contact Jamie to schedule a reading.

by Pandora Astrology intern Melanie Rose­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Greetings Pandora Astrology blog readers! My name is Melanie and I’m a new intern around here. I thought I’d write a little something about relationships and intimacy and some of the challenges I’ve faced with them. So, if you happen to have Venus in any aspect to Pluto you may find this resonating with you.

Today my relationship is emotionally strong. I trust completely. Most days I feel safe and loved within, so I feel that way in my relationship too. My partner accepts me for who I am and loves me and I him. Going through many challenges together was taxing but it ended up making us stronger and able to be a team instead of opposing forces. I no longer have a fear of losing him.

It wasn’t always this way. Relationships used to be much more difficult and when I discovered that I have Venus in Aries opposition Pluto in Libra, it all became much clearer.

In the past my relationships were run on a lot of fear. There was great passion and intensity but the fear associated with those emotions made me miserable. I would get fearful of losing the person, begin feeling over-exposed, clingy, jealous, dependent, extremely emotional, and I had major trust issues. When I experienced each one of these feelings I could feel myself slipping and losing a grip on everything that I knew to be stable. Then I started to panic that I was starting to panic! How could I suddenly feel so weak and vulnerable when I just felt so wonderful and secure? I was so afraid of losing this person who I loved so much and who knew so much about me. The feelings were confusing and messy, not logical, and they didn’t always make sense. At times I felt sick to my stomach with worry. But slowly I realized that when I’m experiencing uncomfortable feelings it’s a good indicator that something is trying to be healed and/or my intuition is telling me something isn’t quite right.

Learning about my Venus opposition Pluto has taught me that I don’t like to be in a breezy fly-by-the-seat relationship or casually date. I require an involved and intense relationship to breathe! Relationships definitely help me to live authentically and face and overcome many issues within myself. I’m 34 years old now and I’ve been in three major life-changing and long-term relationships since I was 15.  I’ve learned a lot through them and continue to learn through the 13 year relationship I’m in now. But astrology helped me and us to really zone in on the difficulties and issues we were having and led us to question our reactions to each other.

The hardest part of changing wasn’t seeing or discovering my faults. It was learning how to recreate myself and to chip away the ingrained thought patterns, emotions and tendencies that I had become accustomed to. With some help from astrology I was able to pinpoint the emotion or tendency and become more aware. I learned to think before I spoke, analyze the negative before I acted, and take a serious look at why I felt the way I did.

Astrology helps me with self-reflection which I think leads to transformation because it can help highlight tendencies I may have with different aspects of life. It’s led me to question many things. The things that were accurate and resonated with me I wanted to change right away. Of course it didn’t happen overnight and it’s a process. But after I started the process I became more aware of some of those aspects that I wanted to change and could catch myself if I saw/felt/heard that I was leaning more into the negative of that aspect and not the positive. It helps aid me on my journey of being the most balanced, loving, giving, compassionate human I can be and I’ll use it as a tool of growth for the rest of my life.

I hope astrology can do the same for you!

~ Melanie Rose

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This eclipse has more energy moving through it than Grand Central Station!  An emotionally fragile baby Moon in Scorpio must contend with the harsh realities of Saturn and the cold logic of Mercury, but fortunately Mars helps bring in some self-assertion, Chiron brings healing and Pluto brings release.  Be very gentle on yourself and others during this eclipse, because things could too easily go off the rails.

Details About This Eclipse

Date:  November 3, 2013
Time of eclipse:  4:50 AM Pacific Time
Type:  Hybrid (annular and total, strong in intensity)
Visible in:  The northern Atlantic, equatorial Africa, eastern North America, northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
At:  11 degrees Scorpio
Shadow Agents: Mars in Virgo, Mercury in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn, Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio.

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
Scorpios born October 29 to November 8
Aquarians born January 26 to February 6
Taureans born April 26 to May 6
Leos born July 29 to August 8

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

Your front door bursts open.  The Sun and the Moon run in.  The Moon is a pale young woman with dark hair and pointed features.  The Sun is her male counterpart, with similar features, and not looking like his usual warm-colored self.  They are holding hands, extremely agitated.
Moon:  Quick—shut the door!
Sun:  They’re coming for us!
Moon (grabbing the Sun’s arm):  Oh no, I can feel it—it’s starting!
Sun (takes her hand):  Don’t worry, I’ll come out of this all right.  I always do.
Suddenly, right there in your living room, a huge flash of light surrounds them.  It’s the Moon, getting brighter and brighter as she merges with the Sun.  It just as suddenly extinguishes as they completely merge into one person, leaving the room as dark as it previously was light.  That person is a young child, pale and fragile-looking, emitting a soft glow or corona.
You:  And who might you be?
Child:  I’m the eclipse of course.  I came to you because the Shadow Agents are after me.  I need a safe place to hide.
You:  Why should I take you in?  I suspect you’ll bring trouble with you.
Eclipse:  I need this.  Where can you hide me?
You:  All right.
You open a small cabinet and the Eclipse climbs in.  You hear footsteps and the door crashes open again.  It’s Mars, carrying a scalpel.
Mars:  Where is the Eclipse?
You:  Hiding.  What’s that scalpel for?  It looks sharp.
Mars:  I perfect things through criticism.
You:  I think this Eclipse is too sensitive for that.
You’d say more but you’re interrupted by the next arrival—Mercury.  The snakes on his staff are hissing angrily.
Mercury:  Believe it or not, I can help.
Mars:  This Human doesn’t understand that we’re all here for a reason.
Just then, in burst Pluto, Chiron and Saturn.  Your living room is getting a bit crowded.  Everyone is shouting at once.
Pluto:  Transformation is afoot!  There’s no way to know what you’ll turn into, so don’t even try to predict it.
Saturn:  Responsibility is key.  You can’t afford to pretend this isn’t happening.
Chiron:  There’s real healing available here—but it might sting a little.
All these planets are now searching the room, poking into corners, looking up the chimney and behind the sofa.  Finally they arrive at the cabinet, where Mercury stands with a mischievous look on his face.  Silently he points to the cabinet and all the planets realize where the Eclipse is.  The room goes silent.  
Mercury (loudly):  We know where you are, Eclipse.  You might as well come out.
Eclipse:  You can’t make me.
Mercury:  That’s true.  We can’t.  You have to come out on your own.  You’re not a victim here.
Eclipse:  No, but I can’t bear all the things you want me to look at.  It’s too much.
Mercury:  I think you’d be surprised at how gentle we are.
Eclipse:  Can you tell Mars to put down that scalpel?
Mars:  Oh.  Ok.
He does so.  After a long silent moment, the cabinet door opens and the Eclipse comes out.  The Eclipse’s soft glow fills the room with unearthly light.  Mars picks up the scalpel again, before the Eclipse can protest, and slices the light, which shreds and falls away in ribbons.  
Mars:  There goes your victimhood!
Eclipse:  What?  I feel different.  Now I can assert myself.  I feel so much more vital!  Chiron, what did you come here for?
Chiron grabs some of the ribbons of light and weaves them together into a soft, night-colored scarf, which he throws around the Eclipse’s shoulders.
Chiron:  I bring healing and integration.
Eclipse:  I’m more whole now.  Saturn, what did you bring?
Saturn holds out a giant stone, bigger than the Eclipse’s head.
Saturn:  I bring the weight of responsibility.  Reality hurts sometimes, but no matter how intense you’re feeling, behaving with integrity can help more than it harms.
Eclipse (standing up straighter):  True.  And Pluto, what’s your contribution?
Pluto:  All this could only happen because you were willing to be vulnerable.  That was the first step.  I helped you with that while you were still in the cabinet.  Look in your pocket.
The Eclipse finds a lovely red and black stone there, glowing warmly.  Just then, another change begins to happen.  The Eclipse grows brighter and brighter, as the Sun and Moon separate.  The Sun is thin, tired-looking and so pale he’s almost transparent, but he’s shining and getting brighter.  The Moon is still dark, but she’s vital and strong.  She gives him a hug.
Sun:  That was dark, but I’m back to my old, shiny self now.
Moon:  And after a few weeks, I’ll be as bright as ever too.

Can you handle the intensity of this eclipse with the grace that these characters did?

Read about current year’s eclipses.

The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse

and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.

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This eclipse has more energy moving through it than Grand Central Station!  An emotionally fragile baby Moon in Scorpio must contend with the harsh realities of Saturn and the cold logic of Mercury, but fortunately Mars helps bring in some self-assertion, Chiron brings healing and Pluto brings release.  Be very gentle on yourself and others during this eclipse, because things could too easily go off the rails.

Details About This Eclipse here. . .

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Our story began with Pluto and Uranus scaling the Great Edifice—and you might want to begin there too.  Now in November of 2013, our story continues.

Uranus has finished placing small explosives in the tiny cracks Pluto has found on the surface of the Great Edifice.  They are ready for the first explosions that will make way for larger ones to come. Human Being is watching in amazement—they really are going to do this.

Pluto and Uranus stand back.  Uranus pushes the button that ignites the first charge.  In a cascade effect, first one charge, then several near that one, then several more, go off.  A red webbing of fire appears in the Edifice’s shiny black surface.  The cracks widen and send fingers out in every direction.  In the cracks, now glowing red, Human Being can see faces and bodies squirming and writhing in pain.

Human:  Wow, that looks like Rodin’s Gates of Hell.
Pluto:  Thank you!  I am proud of my handiwork.
Human:  I wasn’t exactly praising it.  There are people in there!
Uranus:  It’s true that this Edifice is made up of people, after all.
Pluto:  It’s not just a physical construct.  A lot of people had to agree for this structure to come into being.
Human:  Ah I see, and some benefit from it—
Pluto:   –those will be hit the hardest—
Human:  While others have stood by and allowed it to form, because they didn’t know how to do it any differently.
Uranus:  Those may be ready to have a voice now, and this experience may give them that voice.
Pluto:  But when it comes right down to it, all will have to take responsibility for their interaction with the thing.
Human:  Isn’t it possible that it’s not all bad?  Does it really deserve total destruction?
Uranus:  Of course it isn’t all bad.  There are some true humanitarians in here.
Pluto:  Some mean well, and some even have integrity.
Uranus:  They may not all see the whole picture of the thing.
Pluto:  And when disaster strikes, some will come away untouched, will fall through the cracks, while others are destroyed.
Human:  Is that a matter of luck?  Or fate?
Pluto:  It is a matter of being ready for change, of being able to smell it coming.
Human:  But the other ones, the ones who don’t make it—do they have to die?
Pluto:  No of course not, but they have to change!
Uranus:  Change their minds. . .
Pluto:  Change their hearts. . .
Uranus:  Turn their heads around. . .
Pluto:  Find the darkness in their souls and face it. . .
Uranus:  And now they’re stuck with what they found there.
Pluto:  Are they ready for change?  Who knows?  But they have no choice about it now.

This momentous square between Uranus and Pluto lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015.  Read part 4 here. Missed the beginning of this thread? Start here.

Are you caught in the Uranus/Pluto crossfire?
Is a planet in your chart being transited by these two change-makers?
Contact Jamie for an astrology reading to find out.

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