• zeus-paintingThe spotlight is on relationships, law and justice and harmony

    Jupiter, or Zeus as the ancient Greeks knew him, was the King of the Olympian gods. He was omniscient, knowing and seeing everything, as well as dispensing good and evil not only in the Heavens but also among the mortals on the Earth. Although married to a very jealous spouse (Hera) he had great difficulty keeping his private parts under his tunic and managed to have many extra-marital affairs with goddesses and mortals alike thus producing an incredible number of children who he always left to be raised by others.

    So we associate Jupiter with growth, expansion and luck which, if exaggerated, can also lead to greed and dissatisfaction in some cases, making us believe that the truth and future are elsewhere and so prompting us to explore further.

    Libra, ruled by Venus, is associated with the VII house in the traditional zodiac and involves relationships (on a one-to-one basis so both sentiments and finances are involved), living in harmony and peace, good taste and easygoingness. Its downside involves difficulty in decision-making and wanting-to-please at all costs as well as seeing the grass as being greener on the other side of the fence thus wanting to keep all options open and not wanting to commit.

    During Jupiter’s transit in the house ruled by Libra in your chart (and the contacts it makes to planets and angles as it moves through that house) maybe you could ask yourself a few questions, such as:

    Have I been under-valuing myself in this sector of my life?

    Have I been settling for less rather than more?

    Am I keeping myself back in some way?

    And…is there a danger that I could over-estimate myself here?

    Asking yourself this kind of question and listening to your answers will mean using the energy of Jupiter (expansion and growth) to its best during the year to come. This is the teaching of a branch of astrology known as “Evolutionary Astrology”.  It’s a way of engaging yourself in your own journey instead of being passive and hoping for the best.

    I’ve found that Jupiter transits are heralded by great expectations but usually deliver about 10% of what we hope for if we don’t take up or search for opportunities in that sector of life that the transit touches.

    During the year it will spend in Libra Jupiter will make the following contacts to the slower moving planets:

    Square Pluto: at 15° on 15th November 2016, at 19° between 30th March and 1st April 2017, at 17° between 1st and 7th August 2017

    Sextile Saturn: at 17° on 2nd December 2016, at 19° on 19th December 2016, at 21-22° between 8th and 15th January 2017, at 21° between 26th and 31st August 2017

    Opposite Uranus: at 20° on 28th December 2016, at 22° between 1st and 4th March 2017, at 27° between 26th and 28th August 2017

    It will also be in a quincunx aspect with Neptune several times during the next twelve months.

    On a global level Jupiter’s entrance into the sign of Libra may bring harmony and accord amongst world leaders to settle the urgent questions raised by the on-going Saturn-Neptune square which reaches exactness for the third and last time tomorrow (10th September with Neptune still retrograde) and the immigration crisis and religious warfare…or it could induce them to continue to sit on the fence without making any binding decisions to resolve the above crises. Only time (Saturn) will tell….

    Keep in mind for Jupiter transits that:

    “When something comes easy, you usually let it go the same way.”  Nora Roberts


     Image: painting of Zeus (Greek God), artist unknown