Jupiter in Scorpio: A Year of Deep Mystery

Jupiter is in Scorpio from Oct. 10, 2017 - Nov. 8, 2018

Dark depths of the sea by Panu Siipilehto

Dark depths of the sea by Panu Siipilehto

A journey through the water signs begins with Cancer, in a safe harbor, close to home. Ocean waves lap at the shore. Children swim on the beach. You collect seashells along the water's edge. Once you sail out of the harbor into open seas, you're in Pisces territory. Sailing through miles of water with no land in sight, you recognize that what we call Earth is really Ocean. You navigate by the stars and feel small in comparison to the vast expanse of the cosmos. You see dolphins, whales, and tropical fish, and understand how connected we all are in the web of life. And then you dive through the Pisces' many layers of water, deeper and deeper, until you get to the coldest, darkest place. This is the kingdom of Scorpio: far below the surface, pitch black, and full of strange, mysterious creatures. We know very little about what lives here. What lies at the bottom...a shipwreck full of ancient treasures, a pirate's skull, the lost city of Atlantis? These are secrets Scorpio won't share easily. In order to solve the mysteries of the dark and deep, you'll need an intense passion, a single-minded focus. You'll need the power to overcome your fears. You'll need a little bit of magic. And a flashlight.

Luckily, this year, you have a guide to protect you as you swim deeper into the mysteries. It's Jupiter, King of the Gods, and bestower of blessings. Where Jupiter is in your chart, you are blessed. Where Jupiter transits, you have protection for one year in that area of life, and the lessons will mirror the qualities of that sign. 

This year, with Jupiter in Scorpio, we are bound to explore some secrets. Secrets about power, about how we share resources and pay taxes, about sex and intimacy. Scorpio even rules the greatest secret of all: that of death. Being initiated into mysteries, gaining knowledge of secrets, transforms us. That's why Scorpionic rites of passage are markers of transformation: having sex for the first time, coming into wealth, getting married, and losing loved ones. These are all simultaneously endings and new beginnings that change us forever.

Scorpio holds her cards close to the vest. This sign doesn't give away any secrets, but it's also intensely interested in unraveling mysteries to get closer to the truth. On a larger scale, the powerful could be unmasked -- including secrets about wealth, taxes, and resources. We'll be especially concerned with how we share resources internationally, and we'll need to watch closely for any hidden activity on the state level. Jupiter in Scorpio can also benefit people who want to keep their secrets and their power, after all. In terms of pop culture, I think there will be increasing interest in mysteries, thrillers, and horror, as well as erotica, history, and science.

Last time Jupiter was in Scorpio, from October 2005 - November 2006, Saddam Hussein was put on trial and sentenced to death. New Orleans was recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. International leaders extended the Kyoto Protocol and negotiated deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions at the UN Climate Change conference in Montreal. The UN established a Human Rights Council. Scientists performed the first human face transplant. NASA launched the first space mission to Pluto (the ruler of Scorpio), and Pluto was later demoted to the status of a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. NASA also took the first sample of dust from a comet, discovered geysers of a liquid that could be water on one of Saturn's moons, and orbited Mars (Scorpio's other ruler). North Korea claimed to have conducted its first nuclear test. Mexico began the Mexican Drug War.

If I sound intense, that's because Scorpio is intense. Think back to what you were doing in late 2005 and 2006. Those themes are coming back around again. Your teacher, Jupiter, will build on the old lessons with some new knowledge. He'll protect you while you explore mysteries in your personal life. You may become passionate about a creative project that transforms your career, explore the depths of the occult, uncover the mystery of your ancestry, make successful investments, or develop an interest in tantric sex. How you use this transit depends on your chart. I only have one word of warning: Jupiter expands what it touches. You're protected to a point, but you can also overdo it. So be careful about how intense you get, because on the other side of that expansion you could meet the scorpion's sting.

Here's what may be coming up for you with Jupiter in Scorpio.

Aries and Aries Rising: You're exploring the quintessential Scorpio themes: sex, death, and taxes. You could be protected as you pay off your debt, accumulate wealth, or merge your resources with a partner. You may be cheating death in your adventures. Or just having really good sex. Maybe all three. Bonne chance.

Taurus and Taurus Rising: This year is about honesty in your close relationships. You may become more intimate with a partner. Or you might be evaluating your friendships. Which are the most real? Who do you trust with your life? Those are the people to spend time with. Become more aware of power dynamics with other people.

Gemini and Gemini Rising: By next November, you may find yourself with a new set of rituals. You're not exactly a creature of habit, but this year you're committed to solving some mysteries about your health, the work that feeds you, and/or how you spend your days. You're gaining deeper access to your own magic: the power you've had all along.

Cancer and Cancer Rising: What's more transformative than having a child? Some Cancerians will have a human baby this year, while others will birth creative projects. You could have an intense (and intensely joyful) year of parenting, writing, or painting. Or maybe for you it's a passionate love affair. Jupiter protects you while you explore creativity, love, sex, and fun.

Leo and Leo Rising: You know you're fabulous, but do you know where you got that from? This year is about exploring your roots. You may find some talented ancestors in your distinguished line. Jupiter is your guide as you confront family secrets or seek a deeper connection with family members. Who knows; maybe you'll use what you learn next year in your creative work.

Virgo and Virgo Rising: You don't have to travel far to find a mystery. Sometimes it's in your own backyard. You may be exploring the fascinating history of your neighborhood, or find yourself keeping the secrets of siblings and friends. It's likely you'll be speaking, writing, or reading about the mysteries that interest you. Take notes.

Libra and Libra Rising: If you're looking for opportunities to grow your income this year, you'll find them. The money may be hiding in unexpected places. Or not so unexpected -- your passions could bring money to you. You might get better at holding on to it, too, which is just as important as making it. Try not to overspend.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising: Lucky you. All your endeavors are protected by Jupiter this year, as the Lord of Blessings is in your sign. Take the risks you've been waiting to take. Other people will see you as more powerful and alluring this year. People who appear mysterious are magnetic. Use your glamour.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising: This is a year of private exploration for you. Jupiter is providing you with spiritual protection. Behind the scenes of your life, in dreams, meditation, or retreat, you'll be uncovering deep secrets. Make space for spiritual journeys.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising: You always have new goals to achieve. This year, Jupiter will protect you while you climb to new heights. You can meet people and join groups that will help you. You're likely to end up leading one of those groups. The key word for your Jupiter transit is power. Use it wisely.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising: Jupiter protects you this year as you create your legacy. In your career, or your vocation, you could make new discoveries. Dive deep into your big questions without fear. If you want more power in your job, you may find that the path is easier. You may receive some recognition for your work.

Pisces and Pisces Rising: Jupiter protects you this year as you explore the foreign, whether you're literally traveling to new countries or expanding your world through the pursuit of knowledge. Either way, you'll be growing philosophically. You may enroll in school (traditional or non), find a good teacher, or become the teacher. Go beyond your previous horizons.

Aries Full Moon: Warrior Queen

This full moon is at 12.42 Aries at 2:40 PM on October 5th

Here we are at the high energy moon in Aries. It's an active energy, a warrior energy. Aries is traditionally thought of as a masculine sign. But this full moon's ruler, Mars, is paired with feminine Venus in the sign of Virgo, the maiden. So I began researching female warriors and I landed on Queen Boudica.

Queen Boudica in John Opie's painting Boadicea Haranguing the Britons

Queen Boudica in John Opie's painting Boadicea Haranguing the Britons

Boudica (also spelled Boadicea, Boadaceia, and other ways) was a queen of the Celtic Briton Iceni tribe in the region of modern day Norfolk when Britain was ruled by the Roman Empire. Her husband, Prasutagus, left his kingdom jointly to his two daughters and the Roman Emperor in his will when he died. Prasutagus had ruled as a more or less independent ally of the Empire, but after his death the Romans ignored the will and annexed the kingdom. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, soldiers flogged Boudica and raped her two young daughters in front of her.

In AD 60 or 61, Queen Boudica led the Iceni and other tribes in a massive uprising against Rome. Tacitus records that she addressed her army with the words, "It is not as a woman descended from noble ancestry, but as one of the people that I am avenging lost freedom, my scourged body, the outraged chastity of my daughters." Her troops destroyed the Roman settlement of Camulodunum (modern day Colchester), forced the Romans to evacuate Londinium (modern day London), and then burned both Londinium and Verulamium (modern day St. Albans). Boudica's rebellion made Nero consider withdrawing from Britain. Eventually, though, the Romans defeated the Britons, and Boudica either killed herself to avoid capture or died of illness.

Boadicea and Her Daughters, Sculpture by Thomas Thornycroft, 1902

Boadicea and Her Daughters, Sculpture by Thomas Thornycroft, 1902

There is a sculpture of Boadicea and Her Daughters leading the charge to battle in their chariot at the Westminster Bridge in London. Judy Chicago made a place setting for Boadicea in her installation The Dinner Party. Boudica has remained a popular folk hero, inspiring novels and at least one movie. She is often cited as a famous warrior queen. So maybe you've heard of her, especially if you're British. But until yesterday, despite taking four years of Latin that included some fairly comprehensive Roman history, I hadn't.

Boadaceia place setting, The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago, 1974-79

Boadaceia place setting, The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago, 1974-79

I suspect others haven't either. We often tell the stories of famous warriors. For example (in no particular order): Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Richard the Lionheart, Attila the Hun, Spartacus. The queens and the warrior women are less well known. At this full moon, I invite you to embrace that energy of courage, leadership, and righteous aggression. Not that you're going to burn down any cities. But there is power in unearthing a history of women's sovereignty. There is power in welcoming the assertive energy of your own Mars. There is power, when necessary, in allowing your warrior energy to flow through you.

Where is Mars in your chart? This tells you something about your own way of asserting yourself. Mars reveals what drives you and what pisses you off. When you read about your Mars position by sign or house, do you loathe that part of yourself or celebrate it? Somewhere in your chart, there is the potential for a warrior queen. I encourage you to find her.

Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to comment below.

Virgo New Moon: Mending

This new moon is at 27.27 degrees of Virgo on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:30 AM EST.

teacup mending.jpg

It's Virgo season, and beside the sun and the moon we have three other planets in Virgo: Mercury, Mars, and Venus. The moon makes one strong aspect, opposing Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is about our wounds, and in Pisces, especially emotional and spiritual wounds. Pisces, unfathomable, encompasses everything. But it's overwhelming to try healing all your wounds at once. That's why Virgo focuses on the particular. A doctor stitching up a wound so that it heals perfectly does so one stitch at a time.

While I was thinking about Virgo energy, I was reminded of The Magicians series by Lev Grossman.

*Spoiler Alert*

The main character, Quentin Coldwater, attends Brakebills, a college for magicians. Brakebills students are assigned a discipline according to their talents, but Quentin doesn't discover what his discipline is until after he's graduated. At the time of discovery, he's disappointed. He has a special touch for the mending of small objects. Nothing big or fancy. Just the ability to repair small items, like a teacup, using magic. But it's this ability that later allows him to accomplish something enormous: repairing and rebuilding an entire world with his trademark precision and care.

*Spoiler Over*

Our collective wounds right now feel overwhelming. It seems like the entire world needs healing. It's hard to know where to begin. Virgo's medicine is practical healing. We can start small, mending one small piece of the larger whole at a time. Our culture prefers big gestures, big voices, big everything. Getting the small stuff done isn't glamorous. But doing one thing at a time is the only way to reach any goal. Some people get things done by marching for justice with a megaphone, but there is always much less glamorous work to be done in the background of any movement: stamping envelopes with requests for donations, researching political actions, organizing meetings, answering emails, editing outreach materials. This is the Virgo work of mending.

With enough patience, the quiet mending of small objects can lead to the creation of entire worlds. At this new moon, whether you're healing your own wounds, helping someone else to heal theirs, mending a piece of your own art, or making home repairs, remember that it's all done one stitch at a time.

What are you focusing on at this new moon? Feel free to share in the comments!

Pisces Full Moon: Ocean

This full moon was exact at 13.53 degrees of Pisces at 3:03 AM on September 6th.

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
— Arthur C. Clarke

The moon is full and the waters are rising, overflowing cities. Torrential rains are flooding people's homes. This full moon conjunct Neptune--modern ruler of Pisces and Roman God of the Sea--is turning our attention to the destructive power of water. Natural disasters like these hurricanes have the power to make us realize how small we are. Conversely, they have the power to bring people together, to make us larger with our common humanity.

Full moons bring events to fullness. The word "disaster" literally means "ill-starred," a calamity reflected in the positions of the stars or planets. I don't believe that astrological patterns cause events, but they do mirror them. As above, so below. I'm struck by how much this full moon feels like February's solar eclipse in Pisces. Eclipse energy moves in six-month cycles. In February, the new moon was conjunct Neptune. Jupiter was opposite Uranus and square Pluto, then as now. I wrote about loss, about the feeling of water washing everything away, about collective grief and collective action. It's relevant at this full moon as well.

The traditional ruler of Pisces, Jupiter, holds the energy of expansion. And true to Jupiter, these hurricanes are giant. Jupiter's opposition to Uranus in 2017 could be summed up in two words: "big surprises." We're not done here. We can't ignore how small we are. We can't ignore the suffering of others far away from us. We can't ignore climate change. Pisces, as usual, overwhelms us with the whole of it and makes us feel everything. We experience phenomenons like this one collectively.

I'll say of this full moon what I said about the solar eclipse in February. It's about compassion in it's highest form: being able to empathize with someone whose experience is far different from yours, even someone you once hated or feared. A Pisces moon asks us to find some universality in our experience, to imagine what it must be like to be someone else, and then to act on that empathy.