The Enchantment of Jupiter trine Neptune


Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces is the biggest outer planet aspect of 2018. This has been in effect since November 2017, and will remain in effect through September 2018. We are in the middle of a three-part cycle of enchantment. The aspect was exact on December 2, 2017. It will be exact again on May 25th and August 19th.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, generosity, luck, optimism, learning and knowledge. Neptune is the planet of spirituality, religion, dreams, higher ideals, and all that is ethereal. When Jupiter in the rather witchy sign of Scorpio aspects Neptune in sensitive, psychic Pisces, they create the potential for big magic.

What kind of spell will you cast with this kind of magic in the air? It could be a time to commune with the spirits through a seance or a create an artistic work of great depth and beauty. This aspect brings to mind fairy tale films, mermaid queens, fairy godmothers, castles in the clouds and kingdoms under the sea. There is an element of fantastical illusion to Jupiter trine Neptune that can work in your favor as you enchant your own life. Water spells, divination, creative visualization, and dream boarding are all perfect for this aspect.

Trines are lovely and often make things feel easy, but the luck doesn’t always just fall in your lap. You have to do a little fishing with this one. Take some time on Friday to cast your magic net and see if you can pull in your dream.

To find out what you should cast for, look at the themes of the Jupiter-Neptune trine for your rising sign and sun sign in the horoscopes.

Jupiter in Scorpio and Women's Horror

 The Girl in the Green Ribbon by Jennifer Brown, 2011,  MICA

The Girl in the Green Ribbon by Jennifer Brown, 2011, MICA

Jupiter is an interesting planet to watch. The transits aren't as slow as Pluto's, which can last over 12 years (16 in Capricorn). One lifetime isn't long enough to see Pluto transit through all of the signs. But Jupiter has one year transits, so every 12 years we have a chance to view each sign through a magnifying glass, albeit tempered by the rest of the space weather out there. Themes are played out in public. Problems are made visible, too big to ignore.

Jupiter in Libra, from September 9, 2016 - October 9, 2017, spent the year opposing Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn, at times creating a T-square that was like a taut bow, firing off flaming arrows. Libra, sign of harmony, beauty, justice, and loving relationships, is in many ways a sign of women. The newspapers and polls predicted we would have a woman president, women wore pantsuits to the polls in solidarity, and instead the US elected a man far, far less qualified. He's a sexual predator and white supremacist too, but then so was Jefferson. Jupiter in Libra reminded many of our nation's unjust history. It brought us the Women's March. It gave us a better understanding of just how disharmonious America is right now, and for many, a renewed commitment to social justice. And just before moving into Scorpio, at 28 Libra, separating from his last exact opposition to Uranus, Jupiter thrust Harvey Weinstein into the spotlight.

The story broke in the New York Times on October 5th. It caught fire. Women started sharing stories of men harassing and assaulting them with the hashtag MeToo. On October 10th, Jupiter moved into Scorpio. And what I see being magnified is women's horror. True horror isn't a fictional monster hiding in the woods. True horror is a real, flesh and blood monster who terrorizes you behind closed doors, but doesn't really have to hide it, because everybody knows about the terror, and you are told in so many ways that it doesn't matter. They know he is a monster; sometimes they even abet his crimes. And at the same time they don't believe you. They silence you and say you caused your own victimhood. They tell you in so many ways that the ugliness must be inside of you. True horror is living with the monster in your office, in your home, in your school, day after day.

What I mean by women's horror is what Mikaella Clements wrote of the insidious darkness hiding in Jane Austen's novels on October 13th. "There’s no need to step outside the gate," she writes. "The call is coming from inside the house." She points to the character of Mr. Woodhouse in Emma, the father who monitors Emma and her guests so closely that he won't even let them eat their fill. Emma will never leave her horribly needy, vampiric, surveillant father, so much so that at the end of the book Emma and Mr. Knightly continue living with him after their marriage. Emma has always lived with a monster in the house.

Authors today are still writing of the insidious horror of just being a woman on Earth. In The New Scream Queens, Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Argentinian Mariana Enriquez's 2017 collection Things We Lost in the Fire. The title story of that collection is based on the true story of Maira Maidana, whose boyfriend lit her on fire and then turned off the taps, following her around the house with a blanket and a bottle of alcohol while she tried first the shower, then both of the sinks. She survived, and feared him so much that at first she told people she lit herself on fire. Enriquez posits within the story that this might be the origin of the Burning Woman movement in Argentina, a society in which women help each other burn themselves. It’s sad that it’s not hard to believe. On October 17th, I learned about Nxivm, a cult where women are told they’re joining a kind of empowerment sorority, and end up branded with the cult leader’s initials.

In The Husband Stitch, published in Her Body and Other Parties this month, Carmen Maria Machado writes the macabre tale of the girl with the green ribbon as a feminist horror story. The woman’s husband wants to know about her ribbon, wants to touch it, but she won’t let him. He accuses her of keeping secrets. “It’s not a secret,” she tells him, “It’s just I not allowed this one thing?” He will not leave it alone. Throughout the story she offers her body up for his pleasure, receiving little, if any, pleasure from him in return. When she gives birth, she hears her husband joking with the doctor about “the extra stitch.” The husband stitch refers to a stitch given to a woman where childbirth has torn the skin between her anus and vagina, to make her vagina tight again.

In Jane Dykema’s article, “What I Don’t Tell My Students About the Husband Stitch,” published the day Jupiter moved into Scorpio, she writes that she could not find “reliable” information about the husband stitch, meaning information presented objectively, with authority. The words pop up over and over again on pregnancy message boards, women telling other women. Another kind of whisper network. Dykema writes of being a woman and not being believed, even sometimes by her husband, who was reluctant to call the gas company when she smelled gas because he didn’t smell it. There were in fact gas leaks. Women’s horror is a life where even your senses are suspect. Women’s horror is that we are not allowed to confirm our own reality. Reality, like everything else, is the domain of men.

I think stories that the patriarchy has silenced, and stories about being silenced by the patriarchy, will grow louder through the fall of 2018. What other Scorpionic themes do you see rising from the depths already with Jupiter in Scorpio? Feel free to share in the comments.

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 on  deviantart

Dark depths of the sea by Panu Siipilehto on deviantart

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.