I guess the title gives away my teeny weenie bias about the present Jupiter transit. I have a pretty strong Jupiter in my chart (it’s in Sagittarius conjunct my Ascendant) so I know a lot about the tendency for Jupiter to go to the side of excess and over optimism. During its dance with Neptune, though, we have seen the DOW balloon from around 6,500 to nearly 10,000, which mystifies some as unemployment figures have risen steadily throughout the same time period. Also, consumers and businesses are still finding it difficult to get loans as banks are holding onto ‘their’ money so they can be sure to remain stable just in case things worsen. Is that what they are anticipating? So, why is everyone so excited about the economy? From an astrological point of view, the reason is that Jupiter conjunct Neptune brings about over-exuberant optimism and a tendency to gloss over the more severe aspects of any situation. Of course, this is why this planetary pair has gotten the reputation of being the archetypal ‘bubble that bursts.’
Jupiter is stationary right now and actually turned direct last night, October 12th at 9:36pm PDST. This amplifies the influence of Jupiter and makes things seem even better than they usually are. It is a good time to get things accomplished that you’ve been working on for some time, because Jupiter does open doors and breaks down barriers. Also, it is a great time to turn our attention to the philosophical and spiritual side of life. For example, in my astrology classes, this week is concerned with examining the issue of fate vs. free will and we are going into what the ancient Greek philosophers had to say about it. They knew about concepts we don’t even have words for in the English language. Imagine trying to have a discussion about something that one does not have even the right words with which to examine the subject one is trying to understand. That’s how it is for us when we try to understand this most fascinating subject and unfortunately, we don’t even know it. I’m telling you of this because this is the territory of Jupiter. Understanding the limits of knowledge is an aspect of its domain, just as expanding one’s understanding is as well.
The main message for my readers however is that this exuberant optimism, while still quite high, is moving toward its end. It makes its last conjunction with Neptune on December 20th and will then move on into Pisces. At that time, the square between Saturn and Pluto will take on its full influence and we will find out much more about the things that have been hidden from us. Also, it could signal an end to the stock market run up, if it doesn’t occur on November.
More on Where We Are
We have a New Moon coming on Saturday, October 17th at 25 degrees of Libra, which means we are in the Balsamic Moon phase, the end of the present Moon cycle. This is important for us since it tells us so much about we can and cannot do at this time. The Balsamic Moon phase tells us that we need to finish up what was started at the New Moon phase. We are looking forward to the merging new cycle that is yet to be born, but there are still things to do and that’s where our focus needs to be. But it is not time quite yet to begin something completely new. Why? Because the new energy has not yet been supplied to us. That will happen at the New Moon.
For those of you who haven’t tried this, I recommend that you follow the Moon cycle as it moves from its starting phase, the New Moon, through its 1st quarter square right into the Full Moon, the completion or fulfillment phase. It then moves from its waxing or growing phase to its waning phase where we harvest what we have started. At that time we can also notice that the energy begins to decrease as we work to finish some aspect of what we started and prepare for the new energy to come. In other words, even though we are experiencing the expanded state gifted to us by Jupiter, we won’t be able to activate it fully until the New Moon begins. It’s worth following this cycle, which has been done by humans for thousands of years. Humans don’t do such things for so long if it doesn’t work, but to find out if its influence is real for yourself, you have to make the effort to follow its movement. It shocked me when I first discovered it and it could shock you as well. I must also express the sentiment that many of you have already mentioned to me that the act of ‘bombing the Moon’ is archetypally both significant and dangerous. The Moon represents the feminine and interestingly, I saw the picture of the engineers at NASA cheering when the bomb went off and all of the participants were male. They were so excited. I know the science of it and that they were looking for water, but this act is alarming, in my view. The Moon is the archetypal Mother and most scientists know that without the Moon, there would not be life on this planet.
Well, hopefully, I’ve expressed some controversial things so that some of you will be irritated enough to tell me off. Please feel free to do so. And if not, I promise to keep trying in the future.
I hope you will check back to my blog from time to time as people are posting new opinions all the time and I do try to comment on some of them.
All the best!