The Sun just entered the sign of Aquarius on January 19 where it will stay until February 18.
Before the New Moon in Aquarius on January 27, the Moon will travel through Sagittarius and Capricorn. We can expect the next few days to be full of heated debates and self-righteous dialogues as the Moon applies to a conjunction with Saturn. At its best, Saturn in Sagittarius can be about having faith in our convictions which help fuel our ideas and bring some structure to what we believe in. At its worst, Saturn in Sagittarius becomes dogmatic and fanatical, imposing its point of view in a one way preaching of its truth, testing the solidity and validity of our faith. Since the ruler of the Moon in Sagittarius is Jupiter in the sign of the scales (Libra) the debates and conversations will most likely revolve around equality and inequality, justice and injustice, right vs. wrong, relational issues and the delicate balance of it all.
The Moon will also briefly square Mars at 29 degrees of Pisces as it prepares to ingress in the sign of its rulership of Aries. Note that both the last decan of Pisces and the first decan of Aries are ruled by Mars – emphasizing the martial qualities of this time period.
The Moon moves into the sign of Capricorn on Wednesday January 24 at 17:43 EST and will make some lovely aspects mainly a sextile to Neptune in Pisces and a conjunction to Mercury in Capricorn which could bring some conversations around the topics of healing, compassion and mercy. Thursday promises to be a day filled with challenges as the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in the early morning hours and then square Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. Thursday evening the Moon sextile Venus in Pisces, applying a balm on the heat of the last few days.
With the Sun in Aquarius, the desire for freedom and independence is very strong. Freedom of thoughts, freedom of speech and the tendency to rebel against the existing structures while also wanting to reform and bring about new and better ways of doing things. Feeling left-out of the conversation and the impression of not belonging anywhere could permeate the next month while the Sun travels in Aquarius. Themes of exile and frontiers could set us apart which in turn could create a state of disillusionment and alienation.
Take a Breather
The time preceding the New Moon is called the Dark Moon and it describes the Moon when it is invisible against the backdrop of the Sun. It is the last phase of the lunar cycle before it begins again.
Astrologically speaking, the last 3 days before the New Moon represent a time of rest, of letting go, of sorting out and making space for what is ready to begin in the upcoming month. The days leading to the New Moon are best spent nurturing and resting the body in preparation for the month ahead. One of the best way to spend the next few days, is to seek space and get out for a hike, stretch and relax. Stretch the mind, stretch the body and seek openness. The desire for change is strong but judgmental and self-righteous behaviours might be even stronger, creating division and arguments instead of unity. This can be depleting or draining instead of being productive. Use this Dark Moon period to regroup, tie-up loose ends and finish things. New ideas and new ways of doing will naturally start emerging in the process and you will be fresh and ready to tackle February which promises to be a big month.
The New Moon on January 27 at 19:07 EST is in the sign of Aquarius and its ruler Saturn in Sagittarius will be square to Venus in Pisces. This indicate tension between certain structures in our lives, our beliefs, our values and our ability (or inability) to find sweetness amidst the harshness and difficulties of these times. Feeling limited and opressed while seeking or craving beauty and exaltation. Our ability to find what brings us together (Venus) versus what divides us (Saturn) will set the tone for the month ahead. Since Aquarius is linked to innovation, perhaps now is the time to begin applying new and better ways of doing things.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. -Alan Kay
One does not become wise with the accumulation of diplomas but with the slow movement towards death that we like to call maturity. You cannot buy experience; you have to wait patiently at the threshold of time.
Observe with humility what unfolds
There are no better instruction manual for life than time. With the wisdom acquired one realizes that he knows nothing at all and this is when the true learning journey begins.
The adversity of reality builds strength of character and reveals its underlying truth one drop at a time. For the steep price of aging we discover the secrets that remains hidden to the hubris of youth. The finality of death can be a fantastic teacher for those who are eager to learn. Where one only sees restrictions the student of Saturn sees a learning opportunity.
*Saturn is currently at 18º of Sagittarius in a conjunction with the Sun. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter which is expansive and generally joyful. A far cry from the restrictive nature of Saturn. Not only does this annual conjunction of the Sun and Saturn happening on Jupiter’s home turf the planet which is currently at 18º Libra is also sextile to the Sun/Saturn conjunction. This lightens Saturn’s load considerably and might bring interesting wisdom and an appreciation for time-tested ideas.
The conjunction of the Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius is exact Saturday morning the 10th of December.
Here are some of my interpretation for this conjunction. Please keep in mind that those are general interpretations. To know more specifically how this conjunction will influence you, locate the house where Sagittarius falls in your chart. This conjunction will be more evident if you have planets in the middle degrees of either Sagittarius or other mutable signs.
➣Gratitude for recent struggles who brought you a genuine level of strength and wisdom.
➣A sense of accomplishments after a period of hard work.
➣Making long-term plans.
➣The realisation that people can’t live-up to your unrealistic expectations.
➣A desire for socializing which doesn’t find an easy outlet.
➣The awareness that things take time and that it is perfectly ok.
➣It is the journey that brings the teachings not the destination.
➣Being limited in some ways but being ok with that. Wisdom in limitations.
➣The desire to slow down and assimilate recent teachings.
➣Wisdom from the distant past coming to the surface.
➣Limitations and their potentials.
➣The presence of sickness and death and learning to enjoy the present moment.
➣The silver lining of something very difficult
Here is a great example of a Jupiterian person in very difficult circumstances making the best of it.
Today, the Sun enters the Fire sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarian are known for their gregarious dispositions and big smiles. They have a love for knowledge and are always searching for the ultimate truth. They need a lot of movement and space to be happy. Half human, half animal they try to reconcile their instinct with their higher principles.
Great Jupiter is now my name, The second planet, strong in fame. I am moist and truly warm, By nature I can do no harm. Two signs I have, their houses mine- Archer and fishes, which golden shine. Seek and prove me there, I pray: Much good will surely come your way. When in the Crab, I’m lifted high. Weaker, in the Goat I sigh. My passage round the twelve signs is In twelve long years accomplished.
Modest, happy, virtuous lives; They’re lusty, but they love their wives. Fortune smiles, they’re just and wise, Rosy faces and laughing eyes, Well-mannered and well-clothed, refined, With hound and bow they hunt the hind. In falconry they have much art, Well-mounted, they pursue the hart. Sailors and judges and men of the court, Hardworking scholars, their studies not short. If to these things they are inclined, It’s Jupiter’s children that you find.
Venus just left the dark and brooding waters of Scorpio for the promised land of Sagittarius.
The year begins with our gaze set in the far distance and we are filled with unrestrained hope for all our future ventures. Venus in the fire sign of Sagittarius gives us momentum and a need to feel the potentiality in the mundane. She will travel through the sign of the archer until January 23rd titillating our desires for more freedom within our relationships and a need to expand beyond what we already know.
Venus in Sagittarius is her own master and she will not be tied down by a possessive partner. Fresh air runs through her veins and she is always ready to explore uncharted territory.
She is a mixture of casual and haste, enthusiastic and liberated with a broad smile and a sparkle in her eyes. Her love is one for the vast spaces and the wild unknown. Let her roam and she might come back.
I have a golden cup overflowing with possibilities.
It’s all in the vision
I’m aiming high with a long-range mission
Hubris is possible
Playing the dice
Out of my window I see good ol’ practical me. Pacing and worrying about the small details.
Defying the Gods
Making spell-ing mistakes
When I woke up this morning, it dawn on me: What a strange feeling it is to be alive!
Why waste any time being serious when I can experience each moment in it’s full potentiality?
I don’t want to believe in the fascism of the mind.
I don’t want to put limits with language and words.
I want to break the walls that were built with fears.
And ride my horse into the sunset.
♃ Laying down with Jupiter ♃
It all kicked in a couple of nights ago, when I came back from three weeks of travel all over the continent. People have been so kind to me, I was given more than I asked for, and many times my cup overflowed. I found joy in new places and it has been a time of excessive abundance and over the top opportunities. I originally had plan to travel for educational purposes but the four-day trip became a three-week adventure and I just went with it.
(See Jupiter transit to the 9th house)
In order to worship Jupiter, I want to spend sometime with him right here today, Thursday, Jeudi… Jupiter’s day.
Let’s start at the beginning.
♃ Jupiter the Big Dude on Campus ♃
Zeus, supreme sky-god of the Greeks and son of Kronos is most often associated with Jupiter. The name Jupiter comes from the original diu-pater meaning something like ‘day/sky-father’ and is to a large extent a merging of provincial Gods from the Roman Empire. In myth, Zeus and Jupiter are equated.
As the Roman Empire expanded, his warlike functions were more and more extolled. He was invoked before any military actions, and portions of war booty were given to him.
His shrines were to be found on mountain top where he reign over all things. Clouds, rain, wind, thunder, lightning, honor, justice, riches and light.
Jupiter : The Smiter, Best and Greatest, Stayer, Lord of the Heavens, the Big Dude on Campus.
♃ Jupiter in Astrology ♃
Jupiter is most often associated with success and luck, the wish for growth and expansion and therefore connects broadly with the 9th house of travels, higher education and religion. He is the traditional ruler of Pisces and has rulership over the sign of Sagittarius.
Jupiter can manifest as an incredible restlessness and the need for new horizon and experiences. There can also be a difficulty with commitment and a lack of focus since the vision is on the big picture.
Where ever Jupiter is in your birth chart or by transits, will be the area of life where you are willing to gamble. When we feel surefooted and in command, new horizons open up.
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”― Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss Explorer – Jupiter and Mars in Sagittarius.
In Vedic astrology the planet Jupiter is sometime called Guru. He dispels darkness and ignorance, and fills one with wisdom and faith. Any profession connected to religion, preaching, priestly professions come under domain of Jupiter.
People with a strong Jupiterian signature in their birth chart will often be enthusiastic and over the top. The adjective “jovial” originally described those born under the planet Jupiter (reputed to be jolly, optimistic, and buoyant in temperament) and if or when overdone the person with strong Jupiterian tendencies can become arrogant and excessive, over rating their qualities or abilities. What was once charisma and optimism turns in to megalomania. What was generosity and benevolence becomes delusions of grandeur.
“I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.” –Kanye West, Sun-Jupiter conjunction.
How we experience ambition, faith and trust is indicated in part by Jupiter in the birth chart. Jupiter in Sagittarius might have an unquechable thirst to venture into new territory and put itself at risk while Jupiter in Virgo will calculate carefully the odds of success and failure before launching. A square to the natal Sun will give the desire to climb mountains and perhaps make the native overly ambitious. Jupiter’s influence is not always positive. I once had a client with a Moon-Jupiter conjunction who struggles with weight and overeating. The Moon symbolizing how we fulfill our security needs and our nurturing urge and Jupiter expanding those needs can be a disastrous combination.
♄ Saturn, Jupiter’s counter part ♄
It is an amazing thing to be imbued with optimism and faith. Having the courage to believe in ourselves and set out to fulfill our dreams. A good dose of Saturn realism helps in grounding the visions. Somewhere between extreme austerity (Saturn) and gambling all of your life savings (Jupiter) is the middle path towards tangible results. ‘‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” writes Roman philosopher Seneca.
♃ Tangible Juju ♃
What is luck if nothing more than the willingness to put yourself out there and try? Is there such a thing as chance? What if it has something to do with the willingness to seize opportunities when they present themselves? Even if they don’t seem to fit the vision we had, trusting the process that it will turn out into something good. Belief plays a big role in what we will accept into our life. Part superstition, part conditioning, we only get what we think we deserve.
So if you find yourself full of cynicism and lacking vision, pay attention to what Jupiter is doing in your chart. How do you relate to new experiences in your life? What kind of relationship do you have with trust?