This year, Jupiter meets up with Pluto in a harmonious trine in Earth signs, benefitting those of the Earthy persuasion (Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus) and also prodding those of the Watery persuasion (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio) to become more organized and collected. This transit lasts over 9 months and spans 13 to 17 degrees of Earth signs. Pluto is the Lord of Death and Rebirth while Jupiter expands and grows everything he touches. What could a harmonious connection between them mean? The vignette at the bottom of this page describes one way it could go, but first, how will you know if this even matters to you?
Does this transit affect you?
If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit’s positive effects strongly:
September 5 through 10 of any year
January 3 through 8 of any year
July 5 through 10 of any year
March 3 through 8 of any year
If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit weakly, and can choose to cultivate its positive effects:
November 5 through 10 of any year
May 3 through 8 of any year
This post is for you if. . .
- You are involved in a top-to-bottom metamorphosis of your career and are ready to receive help moving to the next level
- You are overwhelmed at the sheer volume of details that need to be handled
- You’re ready to up-level your craftsmanship and integrity
How the Jupiter square to Pluto works
(this part is technical, but brief)
If your birthday falls on October 11, 2015, March 16, 2016 or June 26, 2016, then Jupiter and Pluto bring powerful help expressly for you in this birthday year—but blink and you might miss it because it may be subtle and not dramatic.
Jupiter will trine Pluto 3 times this year. The first pass happens on October 11, 2015, while Jupiter is direct at 13º Virgo and Pluto (also direct) is at 13º Capricorn. If you have anything in 13º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces—like your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, etc.—you will receive strong help this year (see diagram for pass 1). If you have anything in 13º of Scorpio or Taurus, you will also receive help but it may be so smooth and easy that you’ll have to pay close attention, notice it and cultivate it.
The second pass happens on March 16, 2016, while Jupiter is retrograde and Pluto is direct, each placed in 17º of their signs. Those people with anything in 17º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces will receive strong help, while those with anything in 17º of Scorpio or Taurus will also receive help of the smoother, less dramatic variety. (see diagram for pass 2).
The third pass completes this transit, on June 26, 2016, with Jupiter direct in 16º Virgo and Pluto retrograde in 16º Capricorn. If you have anything in 16º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces, you will experience strong help and serendipity during June. If you have anything in 16º of Scorpio or Taurus, you’ll also receive help, but it won’t necessarily come looking for you. (see diagram for pass 3).
What could this stressful planetary aspect mean?
The following story illustrates one way it could go. . .
Pluto in Capricorn woke up in a mess, feeling more than a little hung-over from a business trip the night before.
“Business class is not what it should be.” He stretched and yawned, then looked around. “This place is a real wreck! Damn that Uranus in Aries aspecting me by square—that’s the longest five years I’ve had in decades. Just when I’d gotten into Capricorn and was getting ready to build a real power base, the planet of chaos shows up. He did nothing but throw lightening bolts through my roof and fill my bedroom with Mickey Mouse balloons.” Wearily, Pluto surveyed his domain, an ancient and venerable castle with good bones but in poor condition.
“I need a stately and dignified home to befit my Capricorn status, but look at this place! The roof is falling apart and water leaks into the dining room. My bedroom is small, cramped, and filled with junk. How am I supposed to seduce anyone in there? The plants in my garden are in complete disarray—overgrown with weeds. Not that I’ve ever been good at gardening anyway. How can any of the other planets in the solar system take me seriously? I have got to upgrade my living situation. I’m going to need a lot of help.”
Disheartened by the sheer volume of work to be done, Pluto opened up a skylight and looked across the heavens for help, wondering who would be coming into aspect with him.
In the distance, Jupiter was arcing across the celestial sphere, passing through the meticulous sign of Virgo. Pluto’s heart skipped a beat. “This may be my lucky day,” Pluto thundered with delight. “Who could be better help with any big project than Jupiter?”
As Jupiter approached Pluto and his dilapidated castle, the benevolent planet was bringing order to the cosmos by organizing, fixing and tidying everything he passed. Bouncy Jupiter seemed more humble than usual in the sign of Virgo, and he soon appeared at the gate, wearing overalls and carrying an enormous and meticulously organized toolbox. “Need a hand?” said Jupiter, “I am happy to be of service to you in any way I can.” Wiping his feet carefully at the threshold, Jupiter stepped inside and followed Pluto on a tour of the castle.
“Yes, thank you. I do need your help transforming this place,” replied Pluto. “I need a home that befits my dignity. While in Capricorn, I have changed my look. See what I mean?” Pluto pointed to his closet, which contained an assortment of high ranking and distinguished outfits, including ceremonial robes for political office, coronation and even a pope’s hat. Out of a drawer peeked jeweled cuff links and a variety of military medals. Today, he was wearing an executive’s business suit, with sleek, though not flashy, Italian shoes.
“Listen Jupiter, this house needs a lot of work to catch up with my dignified and respectable appearance. I have a vision that I want to execute. I’m ready to initiate this project, and work from the ground up. While I usually like to do things on my own, I need a subordinate to contract for this project. Would you be willing to work under me?”
Jupiter in Virgo, with paint stains on his overalls, nodded his head in agreement. “Just tell me what to do, boss!”
“Well,” replied Pluto, “ what is your area of expertise?”
“I’m good at everything and I can do the job modularly, assembling it into a finished whole that takes the big picture into account.”
“Great, then let me direct you on where to begin.” Pluto led Jupiter to his bedroom. “Uranus just left all of these stupid balloons everywhere, and I can’t stand them. They make me look silly.” Jupiter immediately started clearing all of the Mickey Mouse balloons by deflating and throwing them into a big garbage bag, carefully checking in all the corners and popping everything into a giant recycling bin he conjured up in the air, which immediately disappeared afterwards.
Pluto became more and more pleased. He led Jupiter to a courtyard and pointed up. “Uranus also ruined my roof with lightening bolts. Are you able to fix it?”
“Roger that!” exclaimed Jupiter, who was gratified by the results of his efforts thus far and eager to please. He waved his arms and a massive pile of shingles appeared in the air and began sorting themselves onto the roof, with nails flying into position. Each shingle was nailed down tightly and as Jupiter caused a little rain to fall on the roof as a testing mechanism, the water streamed off neatly with no leakage anywhere.
“Fine craftsmanship!” exclaimed Pluto. “And fast too!” But don’t you want to attend to that detail over there?” He pointed to a gutter that was sagging. Too late— Jupiter was already on it and soon all the gutters were draining water in the tidiest possible way. “Wow, Jupiter, you’re as perfectionist as I am, when you’re in Virgo!”
“True,” boomed Jupiter, “in a Mutable Earth sign I run a really tight ship. It’s nice to work with someone who appreciates that.”
Pluto was really starting to relax. “You know what, Jupiter? Let’s work together to turn this place into something spectacular. I’ve always felt that my true home would be austere, yet grand. Imposing, yet sexy. I’d like it modeled after Eastern European castles, but with all the modern amenities. I think that would suit me very well. It’s time for me to completely transform my life into what it was meant to be—even if it takes lots of work.”
Jupiter bounced up and down on his toes, getting very excited by the prospect, and the two spent several weeks working night and day to create a stately home for Pluto. When the project was complete, Pluto sighed with deep satisfaction. Even the dungeons were perfect and the underground tunnel to his main digs back home in the Land of the Dead was cleared and broad enough to transport a war’s worth of human souls if necessary. He now had a home that reflected his status, and all of the other planets in the zodiac would look to him with respect, which was what he craved more than anything. Jupiter was just as satisfied, knowing that he had provided excellent service resulting in a structure that would last through the centuries. Shaking hands, the two parted the best of friends, full of camaraderie and the pleasure of a job well done.
If you are feeling this transit
and want to understand its meaning in your life,
an astrology reading will clarify this and much, much more.
How to find out more
You can read more about Jupiter’s activity this year here.
You can read more about Pluto’s activity this year here.
You might also try Are You Currently In Transition?
And to get oriented to the many transits going on this year, check out Transits This Year.
If you have just found this blogpost thread, I strongly suggest you go back to the beginning of it before reading further.
Venus Retrograde is over (at least for now—she will go retrograde again in March of 2017). We are past the peak in our story: the princess has been discovered, the witch vanquished, the hard choice made. What is left to tell? A milestone occurs when Venus, now direct, passes through the same point where she turned retrograde in the first place. That happens on October 9, 2015. On this day Venus (now direct and no longer retrograde) passes back through 0º Virgo, the point where she began the journey.
I have names for various points in the Venus Retrograde cycle (see diagram here) and I have dubbed this one “Relationship Resolution Day.” It’s an opportunity to return to where you started and to apprehend this place with all the wisdom of the retrograde journey in your pocket. What metaphors can we find in the story of Rapunzel?
A grim ending for a Grimm tale
In the Grimm’s version, after being blinded and wandering for years, the Prince rediscovers Rapunzel by hearing her sing (there’s that Leo creativity and expression again) and they are reunited. She has been raising their children. Overjoyed, she cries and her tears fall on his eyes. The blindness is healed. They can now be together.
Old-fashioned tales are bound by old-fashioned perspectives. This “you can be happy only after you have endured pain and punishment” moral framework is reminiscent of Jane Eyre, a middle-class character who could only marry her upper-class love after both have paid a terrible price involving death, a fire and the revelation of a horrifying secret. But the modern reader wonders why it all mattered so much?
A modern Disney ending
Disney, targeting its tales firmly at an audience of children and their parents, needs to keep it all very G-rated. The pregnancy theme? Out. The sad ending with the blinded prince? Out. Instead we have the magic hair, a charismatic bad boy hero and an indomitable lost princess trying to discover herself. Oddly, by removing some of the themes, Disney has arrived at the heart of the story, which is also the part that interests modern children (and the inner child of modern adults) the most. And this is the part of the story that makes me cry. Every. Damn. Time.
Rapunzel’s epiphany comes when she has returned to the tower and surrendered herself to Mother Gothel, ostensibly forever. But she has with her a bit of flag that she brought home from her adventures. It has the crest of the royal family on it—a sunburst (and there’s nothing more Leonine than a sunburst). Seeing this symbol in the context of the tower makes her look all around her and suddenly realize that she’s been drawing and painting this exact shape all her life. She’s surrounded by sunbursts—in the positive and in the negative space of every image she’s created. Venus retrograde’s discovery, upon returning to Leo from Virgo, is that she has herself already—that she always knew who she really was, deep down inside. This triggers for Rapunzel the realization that SHE is the princess who was stolen as a baby, that the lanterns are expressly for her and always were. This is a Venus moment of understanding that one’s value is absolute and that her parents never stopped loving or wanting her.
This is a huge shift away from most world cultures’ traditional devaluation of the female or of using a daughter as a bargaining chip or a resource to be exploited. The epiphany is also a consummately Venus moment in that she discovers that she has value, has worth, that is inherent, and that it is up to her to ensure that it is used well in the world, and not exploited.
Lost. . . and found
United with Flynn, Rapunzel leaves the tower and returns to her family, the king and queen of the land. In a moment both subtle and tender, they recognize and welcome her with open hearts. This is a reaffirmation of their perpetual love for her and the hope that she would be found.
This is a story for anyone who has ever lost herself and then found herself, for anyone who has lost a child, for anyone who fears that her mother didn’t really love her. It’s a story affirming that a girl can grow up, pass through adolescence, discover herself and her own desires and be loved by her parents despite the rebellion needed to break away from their safe grasp. It is a story for everyone who longs to be a wanted child.
Wikipedia page about Rapunzel
A fun and modernized retelling of Rapunzel, in graphic novel format
Grimm’s Fairy Tales on Wikipedia
The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang as a free download on amazon.com
Tangled on IMDB
An annotated Rapunzel
Grimm’s original tale for purchase on amazon.com
Terri Windling’s Rapunzel page compares several versions of the tale, is annotated and is loaded with insights