There’s a famous trail in Europe called the Camino de Santiago.
It consists of a network of ancient pilgrim routes that traverse several hundred miles of remote land in Europe. Every year thousands of people, or “pilgrims” as they’re called, embark on a journey of self exploration as they walk this trail. Some walk for days, others for months. The Camino is a relatively flat trail, and doesn’t require a high level of physical exertion per se, but one comes to know quite a bit about the capacity of their feet, and subsequently their mind, with every mile they walk.
Such is the nature of Jupiter in Scorpio.
Jupiter is that voice that beckons you, urging you to connect with something bigger than yourself. He pushes you to embark on the trail, he calls forth the joy of adventure, and the luck and opportunities you’ll need in order to plan and execute this large undertaking.
The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, Lord of the Underworld and archetype of transformation or metamorphosis, the process of death and rebirth. Scorpio is the sign that shakes the very ground you find yourself walking on. This sign is the ache of your tired feet, the voice in your head that talks about pain and suffering and makes you wonder if you have the stamina to get to the end of this journey. But Scorpio is also the trust and the whisperings of transformation that wrap around you with your every step. It is the force that begins to stir you and blend you, alchemizing your very soul into something more substantial than you ever thought possible.
Jupiter in Scorpio will bring you many blessings on your journey, even as he takes you into some of the darkest places in your life and in your soul.
Imagine the pilgrims that have encountered nothing but bad luck. In the recounting of their experiences they plant seeds of doubt, causing you to think of everything that could possibly go wrong; until the realization strikes you that you are much more capable than they and in fact, could handle the same situations with confidence. There’s power in that revelation.
Imagine the jubilant and mysterious man at a hostel one evening, who regales you with fascinating tales of all the things he’s seen along the trail, scenes and situations that are more enthralling than any tour book you’ve yet read. Feel your heart swell as you listen to his stories of adventures that took him into seedy corners of a city or into a metaphorical–or literal–underworld.
Imagine the woman who tells with deep passion of her own transformative experiences along the trail. Her narrative serves to energize you into looking more deeply into your own reasons for coming on this walk.
With each day that passes, you become aware of opportunities for your own personal transformation. You come to terms with your own vulnerability. More light shines into your dark corners. And you walk.
The journey ends at the burial place of Saint James, which has more ancient pagan roots that run deeper, into times when this was a journey to land’s end, to the ultimate west, a place of ends and beginnings. It’s traditional to burn your clothes in this deeply mystical place, to make a sacrifice to the God of Walking and to let go of the few things that have supported you along the way.
And when you finally get off the trail, and back to your real life, the true shifts begin to materialize. You realize that like a snake, you’ve shed a layer of skin. You’re more prepared. You’re better able to face the challenges that life puts before you and best of all, you realize that you’ve developed a worldview that includes even the darkest human experiences and in turn, renders profound meaning.
Now, shifting out of the realm of imagination and into reality, picture a Camino of your own, right in the middle of your very substantial life. An invisible Camino, which appears when you put your feet on it with the right attitude. It can be anything that calls to you, excites you and challenges you, pushing you to transform in this moment, just as Jupiter in Scorpio intends.
It’s coming, and there’s a brilliance in that.
Jupiter begins traversing the deep, psychological terrain of Scorpio on October 10, 2017, and leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on November 8, 2018.
How does this transit affect you?
If you are a Scorpio, Leo, Taurus or Aquarius born on the following dates (in any year), you’re in for a Jupiter Luck Year:
November 5 through 16
August 5 through 16
May 3 through 14
February 1 through 12
What’s the one thing you need to get right during this transit?
Vulnerability. Whenever Scorpio is involved, you cannot afford to be hard, defended or to launch preemptive strikes. Allowing yourself to get hurt is part of the experience and closing your heart to love (and the pain that inevitably comes with it) will only result in loss. So be open. Let your heart break open if necessary. Cast aside arrogance, distance and the safety they provide. This year’s adventure is a journey into intimate spaces and intimate knowledge. Take the first step with your heart exposed.
March’s New Moon is also an emotionally powerful lunar eclipse and it’s in the watery sign of Pisces. This is a Moon with many currents and many flavors, like a soup that’s not quite ready yet. A New Moon is a great time for beginnings but beginnings under this Moon are muddy indeed. Some of the things you begin this month may need time to cook or integrate or blend fully before they are ready for action. Instead of gobbling the soup before it’s ready, allow all the flavors to blend in the pot first—then taste it.
Details About This Eclipse
Date: March 20, 2015
Time of eclipse: 2:36 AM Pacific
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East, North-West Asia, Iceland and Greenland
At: 29º Pisces
Shadow Agents: Ceres in Capricorn, Pallas Athena in Sagittarius
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
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.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. There stands Ceres in Capricorn, holding a giant cauldron. She brushes by you and into the kitchen, where she puts the cauldron on your stove. She is wearing a plain garment of a soft gray, and her every movement is pure efficiency. The cauldron is enormous and it covers three burners. She turns on the flame under it and uses a pitcher to add water from the sink. Then she begins pulling ingredients from the air, muttering to herself.
Ceres: Here’s some interesting karma. . . (she waves a grayish substance into the cauldron) . . . and what about this experience? (she adds a yellow streaked with green) And here’s a twist. . . (a bluish-purple liquid pours into the cauldron from the air above it, causing bubbles and steam to rise). . . and a pinch of this! (the pinch is bright red and sparkly). You approach the cauldron, sniffing appreciatively.
You: Hey, this smells familiar! Is this the project I’m trying to create at work?
Ceres: Sure is! But it’s not ready yet. We have to let it cook awhile.
The front door bangs open and in runs Pallas Athena in Sagittarius, dressed in a bright orange jogging suit. She blows into the kitchen abruptly.
Pallas Athena: Hey guys, what’s cooking?
You: It appears to be a project I’m trying to get going at work.
Pallas Athena grabs the spoon.
Ceres, stopping her: Uh-uh-uh! Nope. Not ready yet.
Athena looks annoyed but holds back.
Athena: I’ve got a great sales plan for this project. I can sell it to your boss and your boss’ boss and your coworkers, and then I can sell it to the rest of the world too.
You: That sounds great!
Ceres: But not yet.
You: Maybe we can talk about it in the living room.
Ceres: Nope. We don’t know what it’s going to turn into. A leak would drain it of its power and change the recipe. Don’t even think about that sales stuff yet.
Athena looks irritated, but she pulls up a stool and sits on her hands.
Athena: Hey, what about this?
She pulls a thread of orange energy out of the air and offers it to Ceres who views it speculatively.
Ceres: That could work. Toss it in.
Athena does so while Ceres stirs. Together, the three of you watch the colors swirl and blend inside the cauldron, while steam brings a strange and intriguing mix of scents to your noses.
Ceres: Now off you go. Both of you. And no side conversations till it’s done. I mean it!
She shoves you out of the kitchen and Athena disappears in an orange cloud.
Three mornings later, you shuffle into the kitchen rubbing your eyes. Ceres is still there, stirring and humming to herself as the sun comes up and the birds begin to sing. She smiles at you and shakes her head.
Ceres: Not ready yet.
You fumble your way to the shower. Another few days later you wander into the kitchen again and there she is, stirring away. She dips the spoon into the cauldron and offers you a taste.
You: Wow, that’s fantastic! It really is!
Ceres shakes her head, amused.
Ceres: You really didn’t believe me, you silly human. Sometimes, you have to leave things in the hands of a deity. And you have to just walk away, trusting that the thing will sort itself out.
You: I will never forget it again.
Athena pops her head into the room for a moment and calls out: Neither will I!
Ceres: Oh yes you will, the very next time you’re in a fire sign again!
Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 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.
It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.
Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts.
Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky. There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded. It glows warmly. Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.
The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.
In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.
To read the first article in this series, start here:
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 Erica Bridgeman
(Pandora Astrology Intern)
I’ve always known that the sun sign was a significant marker within the birth chart, the representative of the personality, the ego, the personal sun which gives life and sustenance to the individual self. But learning about the characteristics of each of the planets within our solar system, I discovered a major player lingering in the shadows of my chart, affecting me in subtle and not so subtle ways since the moment of my birth. That major player is none other than Saturn—astrologically, a planet most people willingly avoid at best and severely repress at worst (although Pluto often gives Saturn a run for his money where repression is concerned).
My interest in investigating Saturn’s influence on me began after I received a Life-Long Love reading with Jamie where I discovered that Saturn was transiting my natal Venus in the 10th house from September 2012 to about August 2013, during which time relationships of all kinds, but especially romantic ones, would become a challenge. But as Jamie and Liz Greene (author of the book Saturn: A New Look At An Old Devil) emphasized, if I remained open to the process and engaged consciously the work that it would take to both look at both my own patterns in relationships as well as what may be going on with potential mates, I would emerge from the transit with a greater capacity for self-knowledge and loving self-compassion. So I accepted the challenge.
In my reading of Greene’s book as well as meditating on the birth chart that I received after my astrology reading, I had a major realization, one that had remained hidden in its significance but whose impact on me underscored a lifetime of feeling creatively stunted and insignificant while also feeling that I was the casualty of intense romantic disappointment and heartbreak. Saturn was in the fifth house of my natal chart, which is traditionally thought of as the house of the Sun’s rulership. It is also known as the house of children, creative self-expression, and love, or as Greene refers to it, “the house of romance” because “this also is an area where the individual may express – or project – his [or her] own identity without interference, and through the experience of love of this kind he [or she] may get a glimpse of his [or her] own inner centre.” Ultimately, in the cosmic point of view, the goal of intimate relationships is not so much happiness and security but “to complete something that is incomplete within the psyche of the self. It is to become healed and whole unto the self while realizing unity within the universal One.
So to have Saturn in this house, can mean that the expression of all that the Sun represents—self, identity and will within the world and within the individual, self love and love for the other, innate creativity, and the reproduction of life either literally or figuratively—is eclipsed. Thus, chronic feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt plague the psyche of the individual, leading to either a depressive and even fatalistic outlook or, more hopefully, the making of the decision to break the limiting restrictions that Saturn embodies and move forward with consciousness, guidance and patience; slowly peeling back the facade that shrouds one’s inner light.
For me, what this realization has meant is to be willing to engage in the continual process, all the days and nights of my life on this planet called Earth, not to reject or repress but instead to fully accept and integrate my shadowy and rather base aspects as well as my own shining brightness, so that I am not living a life of duality but of wholeness. To realize my inner yin and yang merging in the infinite cosmic circle/spiral. For this, I am utterly grateful to the planet that has been called “the devil.” For, having accepted his ultimate challenge, I find Saturn offers me the key out of my own personal hell.
Neptune has spent the last few months (since May 28) traveling backwards. Today she turns her face forward and re-covers the same ground. Why should it matter to you? If she’s passing through a zone where you have a planet in your natal chart, she’s bringing you a powerful opportunity to vision and re-dream your life this year. And it’s still in progress.
This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Neptune transit this year, today may be pivotal for you. Around May 28, you came to realize that some area of your life is crumbling. Since then, you’ve been re-evaluating that area. You’ve been in some confusion about it, feeling perhaps that it’s muddy or blurred. You’ve turned inward on yourself to feel into it, either because you want to or because circumstances have forced you to seek clarity. That area of your life is in suspense and you’re waiting for the right moment to act. That moment is not today, but today (Nov 4, 2009) is when the seed may be planted that will lead to the right moment happening in the next few months. This day is pivotal in the process of you coming to clarity in your vision.
Today (and I mean this loosely—it may happen as soon as 2 days before or as late as 2 days after today) is pivotal. Today may be the day you realize your internal quest for understanding is over. You’ve heard the message the universe is sending to you and you’re almost ready to act on what you’ve learned. You can now gather yourself to take that action sometime in the next few months (between now and March of 2010).
“What is a Neptune transit like . . .”
During a Neptune transit you feel more sensitive than usual. There is an awakening of your intuition, a blurring of the boundaries between the world of everyday physical reality and the unseen realms that interpenetrate this one all the time. Feelings spill over lines into inappropriate places; dreams loom large and the imagination beckons. Sometimes you have psychic openings as well. All this is very non-physical because a Neptune transit is subtle and has more to do with internal than external experience, so it could glide right by without you noticing it tugging at your sleeve. But you don’t want to ignore it because it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of your expanded imagination and to dream your life into existence on purpose.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel. If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you’re having a Neptune transit. (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Neptune.) Also you should know that while transits of most planets are accompanied by real-world events, Neptune’s transits can be so subtle that they are hard to notice or distinguish from the rest of your life. What you’ll generally notice during a Neptune transit is a sensation of life in suspense or a sense of confusion for the duration of the transit, followed by increased clarity after. It’s great to find out about a Neptune transit while you’re having it, so you can use it while it’s happening, because otherwise it could go by and you’d be in a trance.
You can find out whether you’re having a Neptune transit by peeking at your chart. This year Neptune is covering the space from 23 to 26 degrees of Aquarius. This will affect you if you have any planet in the space from 23 to 26 degrees of any of the four Fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio).
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details in English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 23, 24, 25 or 26 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. If you do, you are definitely having a Neptune transit this year. And knowing that gives you the chance to see the opportunity that’s in front of you, instead of being so lost in a trance that you don’t even notice it happening, much less benefit from it.
“How long does it last?”
A Neptune transit will typically last for 1 to 1-1½ years. Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in its flow. The timing of your transit will be personal to you. It takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost. In an astrology reading you can find out the timing of it and how to move through it consciously, instead of spending this valuable time in a fog. You can also find out which part of you (i.e. planet in your chart) is being affected by this spiritual change. Is it Relationships (Venus)? Career (Saturn)? Home (Moon)? Or it could be something more subtle.
“What do I do now?”
Neptune is the Dreamer, the Visionary. When she comes knocking at your door, she is asking you to re-dream a specific part of your life. She has activated your imagination and called you away from the world of everyday things into the dream-world, the place where you imagine things before they come to pass.
View this time as a vision quest. It’s a great time to influence your own future through what you focus your hope on and also to call on your spiritual guidance. Call your ancestors, your spirit guides, your angels, your totem animals—whatever feels right to you. Use that imagination of yours, which is so active right now. Sit in meditation. Imagine, dream, fantasize. Notice the subtle currents that are all around you all the time—you are equipped to notice them now more than usual. Let the images grow blurry around the edges—images without bounds have larger possibilities. This is an excellent time for a manifestation practice, to make use of the Law of Attraction and bring something into your life that you’ve wanted for a long time.
Also take care of yourself. Recognize that some part of you has been spirited away but that your body still needs stewardship. Feed yourself properly, even if you feel like you are sleepwalking through life these days. You want your body to be in good shape when you come back to it. In particular, when I say this is a time for dreaming and re-dreaming, I mean that literally: get enough rest and sleep, especially if you are in the habit of sleeping too little. Keep a dream journal if you can—your dreams may have messages for you and it may be hard to recognize them until later. Writing them down will preserve them for understanding at a later time and the process may well sharpen your intuition.
Neptune transits are wonderful for Neptune types, and even if you’re not a Neptune type, this period may make you into an honorary Pisces for the duration. Neptune types are often flaky and wander through life as if in a dream. They have a faraway look in their eyes, are distractible and resist the hard lines of the physical world. They frequently overrun other people’s boundaries without noticing it and tend to have a poor sense of boundaries themselves, especially when they’re young. They prefer their world of dreams and visions to the world of material concerns and they do best in life when they find a way to bring their dreams into the material world to share with everyone. So they make great artists and filmmakers. While a Neptune transit can draw a grounded person into their dream-world, paradoxically it has the effect of drawing a dreamy Neptune person into the physical world, of grounding and strengthening them. During a Neptune transit a Neptune type can blossom
Neptune’s curse (if you can call it that) is the same as her gift: access to the land of imagination—whether you like it or not. You’ll have an increased sense of the spiritual meaning behind everything you do. Everything becomes infused with meaning and spiritual power. This is a great time to ask questions, to direct them to your spiritual guidance and attend to the answers that emerge.
Your increased sensitivity is a gift from Neptune, goddess of the ocean. Make friends with Neptune and you will find yourself able to pay attention to the physical world even as your awareness of the non-physical grows. Oceanic Neptune may be sweeping you away into her vast depths but you can learn how to swim in her waters and that way you don’t have to drown. And maybe—just maybe—you’ll emerge with a really big fish.
When it’s over, it’s over
After this transit ends, your period of spiritual awakening will be over. It’s quite possible you’ll have another transit like this in a different area of your life in the next few years (it’s likely in fact), but this one will have passed. If this period is frustrating to you, be at ease, because it will end, and soon (between now and March). But also, and more importantly, take advantage. Use this spiritual opening while it’s happening. It doesn’t happen every day.
Chiron the Wounded Healer has spent the last few months (since May 30) traveling backwards. Today he turns his face forward and re-covers the same ground. Why should it matter to you? If he’s passing through a zone where you have a planet in your natal chart, he’s bringing you a powerful healing opportunity this year. And it’s not over yet.
This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Chiron transit this year, today may be pivotal for you. Around May 30, you came to realize (or perhaps you were forced to realize) you were facing a big life-change. You’ve been confronted with a part of you that feels deeply broken, maybe even unfixable. Something wounding has happened to you this year and you’ve been preoccupied with it. It all really began earlier in the spring and by late May you realized you couldn’t really avoid the pain. If you decided to accept the discomfort and seek healing, kudos to you—you’re doing the right thing.
Today (and I mean this loosely—it may happen as soon as 2 days before or as late as 2 days after today) is a pivotal day in this process. Today may be the day you come to clarity. If you really look at the situation you can see your chance to resolve some old, unfinished pain along with resolving the present situation. And you’re gearing up to do that sometime between now and March of 2010.
“What is a Chiron transit like . . .”
During a Chiron transit, something painful usually happens. It feels like you’ve been wounded to the core. You may feel that you’ve been victimized, that what’s happened is beyond your control and never should have happened. And you could well be right about that. But there’s something deep going on here that’s not apparent on the surface.
The pain you feel is not really about the present at all. It’s about the past. Chiron has sent you a wakeup call, using an event in the present moment to remind you of a part of you that has gotten stuck in woundedness. Chiron wants you to heal that part of yourself and he knows that it will only happen if he reminds you that it exists, because human nature causes us to bury pain unless it is acute.
Whatever you’re dealing with in the present is connected with something in your past. If you heal it here and now, that healing has echoes into the past, healing it retroactively. That may be good news but there’s also great news and that is, it works both ways: focus on healing the past and the present will be healed too. You can work it from either end, whichever is easier for you.
Here’s an example of just one way this could look. Let’s say your boyfriend does something that hurts you and reminds you of your abusive father. Cleaning things up with your boyfriend is an opportunity to heal the inner child in you that’s been stuck at the age of greatest wounding. And if you take a break from fighting with your boyfriend and instead focus on healing your relationship with your father (which you can do inside yourself, whether he’s actually available or not), voila! Your relationship with your boyfriend improves, almost magically. That’s because they are connected. And who drew the connection? Chiron. And because Chiron connected the past with the present via a wound that feels the same in the past and the present, you get a heal-2-for-the-price-of-one deal. Not bad, actually.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel. If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you are having a Chiron transit. (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Chiron.) Transits are almost always accompanied by real-world events, which are woven into your experience of the change. Transits feel distinct when they are happening, and the sensation distinctly fades as they end. When a transit is over, your preoccupation with its themes quickly fades as your attention becomes grabbed by a different transit. Occasionally a person will have no major transits at all for a time period (weeks, say, or months), but that’s pretty rare.
You can find out whether you’re having a Chiron transit by peeking at your chart. This year Chiron is covering the space from 21 to 26 degrees of Aquarius. This will affect you if you have any planet in the space from 21 to 26 degrees of any of the four Fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio).
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details in English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 21-26 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. If you do, you are definitely having a Chiron transit this year. And knowing that gives you the chance to see the healing for the opportunity it is, instead of being victimized by it.
“How long does it last?”
A Chiron transit will typically last for 9-18 months. Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in the flow of a months-long healing opportunity. The timing of your transit will be personal to you. It takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost. In an astrology reading you can find out the timing of it and how to move beyond hurting to surviving and ultimately to thriving. You can also find out which part of you (i.e. planet in your chart) is being affected by this wounding-and-healing opportunity. Is it Relationships (Venus)? Career (Saturn)? Home (Moon)? Or it could be something more subtle.
“What do I do now?”
There are 2 responses that are crucial to know about. If you can manage these, it will go so much smoother for you!
One is: don’t play the victim. While you sit around bemoaning the fact that you’ve been hurt, you’re throwing away your own power in the situation. If you can accept and own that you had a wounded place long before this moment came along and give thanks for this opportunity to heal yourself, you are way ahead of the game.
And the other is: don’t get distracted by healing others. When a human being begins to gain competency in an area where they feel wounded, the first tendency is to offer assistance to others. This is a beautiful thing, but it also comes with a possible pitfall, which is that you can get distracted from your own healing path by the sense of superiority you feel towards others that are not as far along as you are. It can be very comfortable to congratulate yourself that you’re doing fine compared with all those folks that are not doing as fine as you are. But that’s a way of avoiding your own healing work.
Chiron’s gift may be painful to receive but it is profound: it is the gift of getting your own wholeness back. Were you split? Now you can mend. Were you wounded? Now you can heal. Was your past unresolved? Now you can resolve it. This is your chance to become more whole, more of your own complete self than ever before.
When it’s over, it’s over
After this transit ends, your healing period will be over. It’s quite possible you’ll have another healing period in a different area of your life in the next few years (it’s likely in fact), but this one will have passed. Take courage, because this will soon be over. But also, and more importantly, take advantage. Use this opportunity for healing while it’s happening. It doesn’t come around every day.
Jolly Jupiter has spent the last few months (since June 15) traveling backwards. Today he turns his face forward and re-covers the same ground. Why should you care? If he’s passing through a zone where you have a planet in your natal chart, he’s been bringing you growth and confidence this year. And he’s not done yet.
This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Jupiter transit this year, today may be pivotal for you. Around June 15, you came to realize you were facing a growth period and since then, you’ve been re-evaluating some the area of your life that’s expanding. You’ve been examining it and mulling it over. Perhaps you’ve been researching it. Basically, you’ve been asking yourself, “What is this part of me that wants to explore and get bigger right now? How have I lived this part of me in the past and what is it turning into for the future?”
Today (and I mean this loosely—it may happen as soon as 2 days before or as late as 2 days after today) is pivotal. Today may be the day you realize your internal quest for understanding is over. You’ve come to clarity. You’ve recognized where the growth needs to happen and you’re ready to do something with what you’ve learned. You can now gear up to act on that recognition, sometime in the next few months (between now and January of 2010).
“What is a Jupiter transit like . . .”
Astrologers call Jupiter a “benefic” planet because he tends to bring good things. He’s kind of like Santa Claus. When you’re having a Jupiter transit, you tend to feel a sense of adventure, an expansiveness. This expansiveness and willingness to have fun with what life presents you increases your self-confidence and you tend to approach life with hope and optimism. Because of that, people feel good around you and they tend to offer you opportunities. You are more apt to get lucky during a Jupiter transit. It’s almost like being a “lucky Sagittarian” for a specific time period. The luck is a side-effect of your openness to growth and expansion right now and your ability to perceive events in your life as opportunities.
I’m not saying nothing bad will happen to you during a Jupiter transit—but I am saying that anything bad that happens is likely to go much better than it would have without Jupiter’s benefic presence. This is because during a Jupiter transit you are more able to put even bad events to good use, to squeeze those lemons into lemonade by adding your own sugar.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
You can find out whether you’re having a Jupiter transit by peeking at your chart. This year Jupiter is covering the space between 17 and 27 degrees of Aquarius. This will affect you if you have any planet in the space between 17 and 27 degrees of any of the four Fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio).
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details in English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 17-27 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. If you do, you are definitely having a Jupiter transit this year. And knowing that gives you the chance to identify the opportunities when they appear, and to grab them. You might well ask . . .
What area of my life is being affected?
Good question. It will have to do with the planet that you find is in that zone I told you about, between 17 and 27 degrees of fixed signs. If it’s Mercury, you could be having a period of intellectual expansion, which is great for learning and expressing yourself in words. If it’s Venus or Juno, you could be having relationship luck, attracting fun partners who take you on adventures or experiencing adventure in the relationship you already have. If it’s Saturn, you could be facing a career expansion, a time when you exude confidence and grow your business.
“How long does it last?”
A Jupiter transit will typically last for 8-10 months. Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in the flow of a months-long period of growth, expansion and opportunity. In an astrology reading you can find out all this good stuff:
• what area of your life has “gotten lucky”
• exactly how long it lasts
• when it started
• when it ends
• what various phases of it feel like
• how to take advantage of it
The timing of your transit will be personal to you. That’s why it takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost.
“What do I do now?”
Grab the opportunities as they fly by. You’re on life’s carousel and Jupiter is not going to just give you the goodies. You have to reach for and grab the brass ring. It’s up to you to decide which of all of Jupiter’s offerings are best for you right now. You have to use discernment and you have to take action. You have to respond.
It’s OK to say no to some of the opportunities. Jupiter will simply send you more. Focusing on what you really want can have the effect of shaping what Jupiter sends you. It’s a great time for a deliberate manifestation practice.
When it’s over, it’s over
After this transit ends, your lucky period will be over. It’s quite possible you’ll have another lucky period in a different area of your life in the next few years (it’s likely in fact), but this one will have passed. Take advantage of it while it’s happening!
Art by Betelgeux.
Yup, Pluto is showing up, right on schedule, to take out the garbage. Today Pluto turns direct, ending his yearly backwards journey. Pluto has traveled several degrees backwards and today turns his face forwards again. He will now retrace forwards the same steps he made backwards during the last few months, bringing a death-and-rebirth experience for everyone who is having a Pluto transit this year.
This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Pluto transit this year, today may be pivotal for you. Around April 4, you came to realize you were facing a big life-change and since then, you’ve been re-evaluating some the area of your life that’s changing. You’ve been examining it and mulling it over. Perhaps you’ve been researching it. Basically, you’ve been asking yourself, “What is this part of me that wants to transform right now? How have I lived this part of me in the past and what is it turning into for the future?”
Today (and I mean this loosely—it may happen as soon as 2 days before or as late as 2 days after today) is pivotal. Today may be the day you realize your internal quest for understanding is over. You’ve come to clarity. You’ve recognized the change that needs to occur and you’re ready to implement what you’ve learned. You can now gear up to act on that recognition, sometime in the next few months (between now and January of 2010).
“What is a Pluto transit like . . .”
A Pluto transit is distinct, because it feels like dying. You may feel at times as if you are in meltdown and you don’t know what you are doing in the area of life (i.e. planet in your chart) that’s being affected. Pluto is asking you to let go in this area, to let something die so that it can be reborn. Pluto is asking you to search underneath the surface for the essence of this part of you. And Pluto is demanding that you let go of the old ways, so the new ways can emerge, regardless of how uncomfortable (sometimes very uncomfortable!) that might be.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel. If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you are having a Pluto transit. (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Pluto.) Transits are almost always accompanied by real-world events, which are woven into your experience of the change. Transits feel distinct when they are happening, and the sensation distinctly fades as they end. When a transit is over, your preoccupation with its themes quickly fades as your attention becomes grabbed by a different transit. Occasionally a person will have no major transits at all for a time period (weeks, say, or months), but that’s pretty rare.
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details in English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 0, 1, 2, or 3 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. If you do, you are definitely having a Pluto transit this year. This would account for the feelings of meltdown.
“What do I do now?”
You can ponder on it and get into alignment with the change that’s happening. This way you can take advantage of it while it’s happening, and not feel like a victim of it. Transits are not fatalistic events that happen to us—they are our greater Selves reaching out into life and drawing toward us the events and experiences that will help (or force) us to grow beyond our old selves. These changes are always the next thing you wanted to experience at the time and the more you regard them with appreciation, awe and a willingness to take them on, the better your experience will be. Even at the 11th hour, you can turn around even the harshest transit into something that leaves you in a better place.
For more insight on a transit, you can schedule a reading of it, which will help you get very clear about what this change is that’s happening in your life, how to handle it and make it turn out well, how long it will last, how various phases of it will feel and (not least!) when it will be over. You might have several changes going on at once and if you do, this could help distinguish one from another. The best thing you can get out of a reading is how to align with the deeper meaning behind the surface of your changes and accept the gift Pluto is bringing you.
Pluto’s gift changes according to the planet it is transiting of course, but one theme always remains the same. Pluto offers the knowledge of essence—the heart, the center of this piece of you, its essential nature. Pluto does this by stripping away all that is not essential and shows you that you will be ok without all that stuff. Pluto says, “you don’t need that garbage!” and takes it away before you are ready because, left to our own devices, we’re never ready. That’s ok—Pluto will always show up eventually, to take out the garbage.
Art by Betelgeux.