• …underlying beliefs need examining further

    Jupiter stations retrograde at 23°13’ Scorpio on the 8th of March.

    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 because here diamonds are surely to be found, but only by those who are prepared to dig deep and expose the real from the fake. In this way we may come out of this retrograde period with an inner sense of wholeness and confidence in our future potentials.

    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 by getting to terms with any emotional beliefs that we might have been denying for too long, such as questions about power/manipulation – who has it and who uses it.

    After his four-month retrograde cycle Jupiter will station direct at 13°20’ Scorpio on 10th July so this transit will affect persons with planets or angles between 25-11° of the Fixed signs of Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus and Leo. Worth taking note of is also the antiscion degree of the retrograde station at 6°47’ 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.

    Scorpio, ruled by Mars (traditional) and Pluto (modern) is linked to the eighth house of the zodiac which deals among other matters with death and rebirth, other people’s resources, taxes, inheritances, transformation and sexuality (modern astrology). The down-side involves mystery, suspicion, manipulation and deviation.

    “Technically, the only way water can be fixed is when it is ice.

    Certainly the iceberg, like Scorpio, reveals little of itself,

    the greatest part being submerged

    and treacherous.” (1)

    As soon as we think about the sign of Scorpio then the planet Pluto comes immediately to mind. We might like to recall that Pluto was given co-rulership of Scorpio some years after its discovery in 1930 and that Mars (the lesser malefic) in fact has always been the traditional ruler of Scorpio and is still worth considering as such.

    Therefore if I say Jupiter-Pluto then matters such as, finding hidden treasure, enormous wealth, deep psychological truths, tremendous power, strong convictions, manipulative power, spiritual transformation, fanaticism and arrogance might pop into your mind.

    Jupiter-Mars contacts conjure up scenarios such as fighting for beliefs, (self) promotion, getting into trouble, romping around, wanting to play, gambling, having too much energy, being self-indulgent and very extravagant.

    As you can see, the possibilities in positive and negative are various and plentiful, basically, it’s up to us to decide just which energies we intend to put to our best use. Some ideas for Jupiter in Scorpio thus might be: bringing our darkest parts to light, illuminating our shadow, more sexuality, exposing covert activities,  positive changes in psychological taboos, not accepting limitations or facts as they are presented but carefully examining them with an open attitude.

    the last time Jupiter was in Scorpio

    was from 26th October 2005

    to 23rd November 2006

    what was happening then in your life?

    During Jupiter’s transit in the house ruled by Scorpio in your chart (and the contacts it makes to planets and angles as it moves through that house) maybe you should ponder on the following questions:

    Where am I under-valuing myself in my life? How can I dig deeper to get to the core?

    Where have I been settling for less rather than more? What have I been overlooking?

    Why am I keeping myself back in some way? How can I do some self-promotion?

    And…have I been over-estimating myself in some sector of my life? Do I need to bring myself back down to earth?

    Asking yourself these kind of questions and listening to your answers will mean making use of this retrograde period to its best. 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.

    Nonetheless, 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 which the transit touches. So,

    create your own opportunities!

    The Sabian symbol for 24° Scorpio: “After having heard an inspired individual deliver his “sermon on the mount”, crowds are returning home.” Indicating the need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teaching into everyday living.

    For 7° Aquarius: “A child is seen being born out of an egg.” Indicating the emergence of new mutations according to the great rhythms of the cosmos.

    “You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.” Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

    What or where do you need to tune down or turn up during this retrograde?


    1 Freeman M. (1981) “How to Interpret a Birth Chart: A Guide to the Analysis and Synthesis of Astrological Charts” Aquarian Press

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 206, 253, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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