…look inside, you’ll find the answer there

    Jupiter stations retrograde at 15°35’ Taurus (antiscion 14°25’ Leo). The antiscion point is very near the Venus station direct degree (12°12’) which occurs 12 hours before.

    We have an opportunity over the next four months to turn inwards and gain deeper insights into spiritual or philosophical issues since our wisdom will flow with more ease from the subconscious to the conscious self.  This is also an excellent period during which to seek out underlying beliefs concerning the current matters of the house where Jupiter is transiting in our natal chart. In this way we may come out of this retrograde period with an inner sense of wholeness and confidence in our future potentials and ideals.

    Now is the time to contemplate innovative approaches about how we can separate ourselves from previous, personal opinions (or phobias) that have been stifling our inner growth. Perhaps we could also ask ourselves where and how we can make any necessary changes in the matters of the house that it is interested in the transit. For some of us life may become less materialistic (Taurus) and more spiritual as we turn our attention inwards.

    After this four-month retrograde cycle Jupiter will station direct at 05°34’ Taurus on the 31st of December so this transit will affect persons with planets or angles between 18-03° of the Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

    We associate Jupiter, the first of the “superior” or outer planets (affecting the collective rather than the personal) with growth, expansion and luck which, if exaggerated, can also lead to greed and dissatisfaction in some cases, making us believe that the grass is greener elsewhere and so prompting us to explore further.

    Since Jupiter is the ruler of the traditional 9th (Sagittarius) and the 12th houses (Pisces which he co-rules with the modern ruler Neptune), the axes involved in the traditional zodiac are between the 9-3rd and the 12-6th houses. The 9-3rd axis highlights our awareness of the process of integration and understanding of our ideas and thoughts (3rd) in relationship to their usefulness in our worldly philosophy (9th) and the 12-6th axis wants our soul (12th) to recognize our body (6th) as a vehicle.

    Jupiter represents, among many other things, foreign travel, ideals, teaching, learning, legal matters, religion, the clergy, indigo-violet-purple colours, the hips, thighs and liver.

    These are topics for discussion during the retrograde phase asking ourselves how can we grow harmonically without wielding our power in an exaggerated manner? The transit is on the Taurus-Scorpio axis lets not forget!

    The last time Jupiter was in Taurus was from 4th June 2011 to 11th June 2012.

    what was happening then in your life?

    Jupiter’s station R at 15°34’ Taurus is a very important degree for the Fixed signs this year since Uranus stationed direct at 14°56’ Taurus on the 22nd of January, Mercury stationed retrograde at 15°35’ Taurus on the 21st April and all are/were in conjunction to the Lunar eclipse at 16° Taurus which took place on 8th November 2022. On the 5th of May there was a Lunar Eclipse at 14°48’ Scorpio almost exactly opposite the Uranus direct station and only one degree from the Mercury retrograde station in Taurus last May.

    15° degrees of the Fixed signs merit a special mention as they will always be the midpoint between a solstice and an ingress. For example, 15 Taurus is the midpoint of 00 Aries (Aries ingress) and the summer solstice (00 Cancer). The late American astrologer Kt. Boehrer posited that these degrees are “the most serious generations of energy”. They can mean–positively or negatively–that there will be a disbursement through a duty, obligation, or responsibility that is inescapable. However, present-day American astrologer Michele Adler tends to call them the “Excalibur” degrees, because there is some kind of connection to one’s destiny whether it’s pulling a sword out of a stone, or simply stepping up to the plate when a challenge presents itself.

    Jupiter will station direct at 05°34’ on 31st December the same degree as the upcoming Lunar Eclipse in Taurus at 5°09’ on the 28th of October. So, as we can see this year Jupiter has been and will be very involved in past and present eclipses.

    The Sabian symbol for 16° Taurus: “An old teacher fails to interest his pupils in traditional knowledge.” Indicating the inadequacy of past knowledge in time of crisis.

    For 15° Leo: “A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.” Indicating the more or less sensational release of energies in a form dramatizing the unconscious aspirations of man’s primitive and instinctual nature.

    “I looked outside to see what I could make the world give me, instead of looking inside to see what was there.”  Bell Livingstone


    Adler M. (2018) private conversation with the author of this article.

    Boehrer Kt. (1994), “Declination, the Other Dimension.” p. 61 Fortunata Press, El Paso, TX, USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 80, 140, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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