Jupiter in Sagittarius: A Year of Expansion

Jupiter is in Sagittarius from November 8, 2018 - December 2, 2019

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Jupiter, King of the Gods, is returning to his throne in Sagittarius, one of the two signs he rules. 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.

Sagittarius, sign of the archer, is represented by a kaleidoscope of archetypes. One isn’t enough; after all, this sign likes to do things big! Sagittarius is the archer, but also the centaur, the wanderer or nomad, the student, the professor, the philosopher, and the sage. Sagittarius is the sign most interested in Truth with a capital T. Fiery, freedom-loving Sag is searching for the answers to the biggest questions, like Who is God? And what is the meaning of life? Sagittarius explores far and wide in search of ideals to live by and new ways of thinking about the world. No place is too extreme for the Explorer to see; no amount of information is ever going to be enough. There is always an exciting, new frontier for Sag to explore! This is a sign ruled by Jupiter, planet of optimism, expansion, and learning.

Last time Jupiter was in Sagittarius, from November 25, 2006 to December 19, 2007, we began the fourth International Polar Year (IPY). This continued an international initiative set forth in 1882 to study the Earth’s polar regions. The fourth IPY was the largest, most comprehensive campaign of its kind ever mounted. Jupiter here loves to explore to the ends of the earth. Last time Jupiter was in this sign, the advent of the iPhone changed the world. The United States got our first female Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi), international events ruled the news, and the U.N. adopted the Declaration of Indigenous Peoples. We also saw a major heatwave in Europe (Jupiter overdoing things in a fire sign!) and the growth of an overly optimistic bubble, right before the economic crash of 2008.

This year, with Jupiter in Sagittarius, global politics and indigenous peoples will get more attention. The migrant crisis, spiritual ideals, and isolationism vs. globalism are all sure to stay center stage. The danger with the philosopher in the sign of Truth is that some will become overzealous, forgetting to stay open-minded and believing that they have a claim on Truth itself. However, when used well, Jupiter in Sagittarius can open minds and spark generosity. Optimistic ideas for helping the world are always welcome while Jupiter is here. For many, this could still be a lucky year, one where we are so protected from bad fortune that we may not even realize how lucky we are.

One thing is for certain: when Jupiter moves into Sag, life expands. The planet of luck is free to hand out gifts and opportunities, and expand all good things. The key with Jupiter is looking for the luck, and then taking advantage of it! Believing in the possibility of abundance is crucial to receiving abundance. If we envision what we want and believe we can have it, we are much more likely to attain our desires.

Think back to what you were doing in 2007. Those themes are coming around again. Your teacher, Jupiter, will build on the old lessons with some new knowledge. He'll protect you while you explore new places or ideas, expand an area of your life, or take a risk to get what you want. How you use this transit depends on your chart. I only have one word of warning: be careful that optimism doesn’t tip over into delusion. You're protected to a point, but you can also overdo it. With Jupiter squaring Neptune in Pisces this year, it’s possible to get lost in the dream and forget to take action. It’s also possible to be so unrealistic that you become excessive and start having a little too much fun, or take way too big a risk. Aim the arrow at your dream and then figure out how you can hit your target this year (without shooting yourself in the foot!)

Here's what’s coming up for you with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Aries: You’re starting a year-long cycle of exploring possibility. You might be learning, teaching, developing a spiritual practice, traveling the world, publishing, or performing. The sky’s the limit! Dream of expanding your life in the next year. Welcome the inevitable changes.

Taurus: You’re starting a year-long cycle of mysterious luck. You may encounter opportunities to increase your wealth, develop a closer relationship with someone special, let go of hidden blocks, or transform a part of your life. Envision transformation for the year to come.

Gemini: You’re starting a year-long cycle of luck in love. Jupiter brings opportunities to meet new people if you’re single, and good luck that comes through a partner if you’re already matched. Your good fortune can also manifest in a close friendship, or even a business partnership that brings happiness to both of you. Envision the kind of partnership you want to have. Imagine how your life will look with this other person, and dream big!

Cancer: You’re starting a year-long cycle of protecting your health and receiving opportunities for more joy in your life. You may have opportunities at work, create luck for yourself through ritual or magic, develop a spiritual practice that supports your health, and/or find more freedom by creating your own daily schedule. However you want this to manifest, Jupiter promises to keep you busy!

Leo: You’re starting a year-long cycle of increased joy, romance, and pleasure. You may be offered opportunities to play with creative projects, meet fun people, travel for pleasure, have a child, or spend time with children. Envision what would make your life more fun as you begin this cycle. Practice gratitude for the happiness you already have, and imagine the possibilities for an even more joyful future.

Virgo: You’re starting a year-long cycle of expanding your home and perhaps growing your family. Jupiter could bring opportunities to move, good luck with buying a home, or happiness and joy in family life. Such luck could extend to life with a significant partner, too. Visualize the home you want to have.

Libra: You’re starting a year-long cycle of opportunities for learning, writing, and speaking. Imagine how you will use your voice when given a platform on which to speak. Imagine what it is you would like to learn, or what you would like to say. You may even envision how your communication could become a part of your daily life and work. Think big! Jupiter likes a large project.

Scorpio: When Jupiter moves from your sign into Sagittarius, your good luck is not gone. Your newfound confidence will help you see opportunities to increase your income and acquire things of value. You are interested in power, and money is one of the forms that power takes. This year, empower yourself financially, with skills, knowledge, and magic that bring you money. Consider ways of stepping into your own abilities that will empower others in turn.

Sagittarius: When Jupiter enters your sign, it is the beginning of a truly lucky year. After some difficult times, now you will receive a boost in confidence, and the chance to make some deeply rooted dreams come true. Envision the possibilities for your future. Think big; be adventurous. And take heart—you are on the threshold of joy!

Capricorn: You’re starting a year-long cycle of private, inner contemplation. The adventures of your imagination will take precedence over the external, career-focused activities in your life. Your dreams are about to become much more lively! Begin a spiritual, dream-centered, or imaginative practice to expand your inner life in the coming year.

Aquarius: You’re starting a year-long cycle of expanding your community. Opportunities will come through social networks, and you will feel optimistic, even joyful, about your sense of belonging with these groups. Set intentions to seek out other people who share your ideals this year. True fortune lies in friendship.

Pisces: You’re starting a year-long cycle of big opportunities in your career. Envision the best possible scenario for your vocation. Even dreams of fame and fortune could be within reach, if you hold true to your vision and take advantage of the luck that comes your way. The hardest part may be finding clarity about what you want. Take some time to choose a target for the arrows of your desire, and aim high.

November Monthly Forecast

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November 1 – 11

Jupiter’s last Scorpio aspect – a collectively healing trine to Chiron in Pisces – is exact on the first of the month. Reflect on the truths that Jupiter has shown you during his year-long reign in the sign of secrets. What knowledge do you have now that was previously hidden from you? The truth, however horrifying it might be, can ultimately heal our collective wounds. The sun makes this same aspect at the end of the month (exact November 20th), reminding us to take a good look at the wound so we can diagnose it, clean it, and heal.

Venus continues her retrograde through Libra in the first half of the month. The themes of Venus here are all about relationships, equality, balance, harmony, peace, and beauty. With Venus retrograde in Libra, the cracks begin to show in a facade. Something that once looked beautiful or peaceful could turn out to have some ugliness, resentment, or uneasiness underneath. Peace and equality can be restored, if we look honestly at the situation and address it together diplomatically. Practice the art of compromise in the beginning of this month.

Venus begins to rise in the pre-dawn sky, as the morning star, on November 3rd. Venus as the morning star is known as Phosphorus, the bearer of light. She rises from her stay in the Underworld a bit lighter, having left an old habit, relationship pattern, or self-image down there to die. Shed your own old-era leftovers and greet Venus with the dawn on Saturday.

While Venus retrogrades through Libra, she will make a pleasant aspect to Mars in Aquarius (exact November 9th). The Mars retrograde of May through August was the first half of this story, where you became aware of blocks to your desires, and reflected on the actions you might take. The second half of the story is still unfolding, with Venus as the receptive nature showing you where you may have blocks to receiving, and asking you to reflect on what you’ve been tolerating. Venus and Mars are working together this month to help you bring your active and receptive natures into balance.

The sun in Scorpio shines a light at Neptune in Pisces on Midterm election day (November 6th). This could signify using our power and the wisdom of the truth to realize an elusive dream. It could also signify confusion, powerful manipulation and deception, and sleepiness or escapism from people who don’t want to look at the truth. With Neptune, we can always go both ways. We must envision a positive future together in order to live the dream we want. Wake others up from the collective nightmare. Since Uranus moves back into Aries on this day, too, we may be in for a volatile election.

For those who celebrate Samhain (the point in time at which the ‘veils’ between the worlds are thinnest), astrological Samhain is said to be when the sun reaches 15 degrees of Scorpio. This year, on November 7th, we have a Very Samhain New Moon at 15 degrees of Scorpio on the date of Samhain. (New moons are always at the same degree as the sun, but Samhain does not always coincide with a new moon). If you’re a procrastinator, an astrology fanatic, or if you just want to annoy everyone with your longwinded argument for why Samhain is actually November 7th – it’s a great new moon for a dumb supper for your ancestors. Set intentions to release and transform, break out your ouija board, and brew yourself a potion. This moon carries over that dreamy resonance from election day. Communication with those on the other side will be easier than usual, as will any kind of trance state, dreaming, journeying, or divination.

The biggest news of the month, in a month with a lot of news: Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th! Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius. He will be happy to get back to his throne, where he can dole out good luck and abundance. Jupiter in Sagittarius is full of joie de vivre. He loves a raucous party, an adventure abroad, or a long, funny story. This year will be good for the expansion of knowledge, for traveling, and for luck in general. The Sagittarians could use it. Right away, on November 9th, Jupiter makes a beautiful aspect to the north node in Leo. Expansion will happen when we are true to ourselves and have free reign for self-expression. I’ll write more about Jupiter in Sag in a longer post.

The Scorpio sun gives a friendly nod to Pluto in Capricorn on November 11th. This aspect is in play the day after midterms, so hopefully we will speak truth to power and see some more changes in the crumbling traditional structures of the post-recession world. Keep one eye on the world’s 1%. Manipulative tactics can only succeed if we allow them to stay in the darkness.

November 12 - 20

Mars has spent much of the year in Aquarius. He’ll move into the watery sign of Pisces on the 15th of this month. Pisces is the sign of spirituality, collective consciousness, imagination, film, music, and the ocean. Mars, planet of action, has trouble making things happen in such a dreamy, peaceful sign. The traditional way of acting—going for it, competing, winning—won’t work for Mars here. In Pisces, Martial action happens through dreaming. Conversing with spirits, dreaming reality into being, and creating art are all Pisces-type activities. Mars may not look like he’s doing much here, but the action is all happening behind the scenes.

On the same day as Mars’ move into Pisces, the moon’s nodes change signs. This is significant because it heralds the ending of our Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle (officially finished in January 2019). With the nodes in Cancer and Capricorn, our new Cancer-Capricorn eclipse cycle is underway. We started this cycle with the Cancer eclipse on July 12, 2018. Here’s what I said then about the Cancer-Capricorn axis:

The Cancer-Capricorn axis is about integrating emotions with ambition, trust with control, love with power, sensitivity with difficult choices, creativity with sensibility, the mystical with the practical. The north node in Cancer is about letting go of a need for order and recognition, and focusing our attention on caring for others. People with this placement excel when they put their talent for leadership to use for the welfare of children.

The nodal cycle lasts for about 18 months. For the next year and a half, we’ll be thinking with these themes. When the nodes move to 29 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn on November 15th, they’ll be in a tense configuration with Uranus in Aries and Venus in Libra. This cardinal tension puts us in a hot spot mid-month, just as Venus stations direct. What did you learn about desire and relationships this year? You’re about to be tested.

On November 16th, Venus stations direct at 25 Libra, ending our 40-day retrograde reflective period. But on the same day, Mercury stations retrograde at 13 Sagittarius! There is still more reflection to be done this month. Nevertheless, you will be able to move forward more easily on questions of relationships and value, a little lighter for what you’ve shed.

As always, Mercury retrograde happens 3-4 times a year, it’s over-hyped, and it’s just a time to exercise your patience. Re-think and re-do (all the re- words) during this reflective period. I will say that holiday gifts with mechanical elements – computers, phones, cars, gadgets – are best purchased before November 16th or after December 6th. Mercury is out of his element in Sagittarius, where he tends to be rather brash, maintain fixed opinions, and speak out of turn. It’s not the best Thanksgiving for reaching across the partisan table and convincing someone to see things from your point of view. In the case of political differences, arguments are likely (as if you needed an astrologer to tell you that in 2018). Focus on the nodes in Cancer and Capricorn instead: spending time with family and nurturing children. Use your Mercury Rx time privately to re-investigate some of your own opinions that have become dogmatic truths for you. Mercury will station direct at 27 Scorpio on December 6th.

On the 19th, Mars will square Jupiter in Sagittarius, reminding us that we can make our own luck when we believe in possibility. Conversely, if you believe you won’t get what you want, you’ll be right. Use this month to do some creative work behind the scenes, imagining a wonderful year with Jupiter in Sagittarius. You’ll be tested again when Mercury (retrograde) squares Mars from Sagittarius, where he’ll be hanging out with Jupiter and the sun on the 26th. Your thoughts have a lot to do with your luck.

November 21 - 30

The sun enters Sagittarius on American Thanksgiving this year (November 22nd). From people celebrating Thanksgiving as a time of gratitude, to people honoring the realities of history and indigenous genocide with UnThanksgiving at Alcatraz, Sagittarius season is all about the wider world. Sagittarius at its best seeks understanding with people in other countries, with immigrants, and with people of many religions. As I’ve mentioned, Mercury will be retrograde, so it’s not the best time for convincing arguments. Try to find some common ground with others.

There is a full moon at the 1st degree of Gemini on Thanksgiving night (technically November 23rd at 12:40 am EST). Ruled by Mercury retrograde, and in wide opposition to him, this moon is all about curiosity. Explore some new ideas. Believe nothing; entertain possibilities. Big ideas may inspire you. On Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (the 24th), Neptune stations direct at 13 Pisces. Because Neptune is an outer planet with a long retrograde cycle, you will probably only feel this if you have planets or points around 13 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, or Sagittarius in your natal chart. In this case, you may feel a sense of slipping back into the dream you were having before Neptune stationed retrograde on June 18, 2018.

The sun, Jupiter, and Mercury Rx will all be together in Sagittarius at the end of the month (exact November 26th and 27th). The time when Jupiter and the sun meet is usually considered to be lucky. However, this year they meet Mercury retrograde, too, with Mars squaring all of them. It’s possible to be so optimistic that we miss our blind spots, or have such fervent faith in something that we forget to question our opinions. Approach the end of the month with cautious optimism, then. At least Mars make a friendly aspect to Saturn in Capricorn on the 27th, helping you to see that austerity isn’t always your enemy. Sometimes the hard work just lines you up with the dream to come. Creativity flourishes within restrictions.

Venus will be in opposition to explosive wildcard Uranus all month long. On November 30th, she will make the third exact opposition of this Venus cycle, although the first two were on the Scorpio-Taurus axis and this one will be Libra-Aries. Finding balance and creating harmony won’t be easy with Uranus setting off fireworks at random times throughout November. Your grace and patience is requested, as you master the impulsive side of your nature with self-control. True to the themes of 2018, this month will be anything but boring!

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