Dear Friend and Reader:
Today I’ve got some news for you about Jupiter in Scorpio, a one-year transit that began this week. But first, I have a call to action.
The world is in crisis. We are seeing the effects of global warming manifest before our eyes: as successive hurricanes pounding coastlines and inland areas; as rising sea levels; as droughts followed by massive fires that are brought on by complex groups of conditions that all come back to the planet heating up.
There is political crisis from the top to the bottom of society, most of it rooted in greed and lying; there’s a sexual crisis that has belched into the news, and once again, only because it’s happening in the entertainment industry and we recognize the names involved.
News outlets that could be helpful are too busy selling us drugs and luxury cars to care very much.
There’s a spiritual crisis — of meaning, of the value of human life or any life, and of the value of existence itself. There’s a mental health crisis — also related to meaning, and many factors that are driving people insane. There is economic crisis, health crisis, social crisis: it’s all the same thing with many different names.
Your help is needed now. If you’ve ever felt like you’ve been called to serve, now is the time to answer that calling. It’s time to rise above your own problems and your own sense of crisis and offer yourself to planetary healing, free of charge, with no hope of getting credit for what you do, and no promise of getting a result.
Then, do what you can to help those who are getting results: offer yourself, your money, your food, your time, your energy and most of all, your love and appreciation. Many have heard the calling and are responding, and they need to be supported. This is easier than it seems.
Many, many of my readers have studied spiritual and healing technologies for decades. Many of you have practiced self-improvement, self-awareness and personal growth. Now is the time to put your skill and training to use. No matter where you look, you will see somewhere or someone you can help.
To be effective, you must offer yourself with generosity, kindness and the willingness to give more than you think you have.
That said, let’s talk about astrology.
Our solar system has the equivalent of a second Sun: a great planet, located about 365 million miles from Earth. It has faint rings, and 69 known moons, the first of which were discovered by Galileo. It’s a mini solar system that’s a small cosmos of its own. This week, that second Sun comes into focus, as it has just entered the tropical sign Scorpio.
At 1300 times the size of the Earth, Jupiter is unimaginable in scale. Once you start exploring the Earth, and get your body to a few continents, it can seem pretty vast, though our little world is a speck next to Jupiter. Were you to have the privilege of approaching Jupiter from aboard a spacecraft, you would be struck speechless and breathless.
Some of that reverence is appropriate for any contemplation of Jupiter, whether we’re talking about in your own chart, or a transit that influences everyone.
Jupiter contains more than double the mass of all the other planets combined and is so massive that the Sun itself wobbles in rhythm with its orbit. Its barycenter (the center of gravity of its orbit) lies off the Sun’s surface. That makes the Sun-Jupiter system a little like a binary system. Jupiter orbits the Sun in slightly less than 12 years, which is one of the primary pulses of cosmic life, and of worldly life, in our little part of town.
Jupiter Has Ingressed Scorpio
On Tuesday, Jupiter ingressed the tropical sign Scorpio, where it will be through Nov. 8, 2018. For reference, Jupiter last ingressed Scorpio on Oct. 25, 2005, and exited Nov. 24, 2006.
This is the first of a series of sign changes of slower-moving planets (sometimes described as transpersonal, because they affect large swaths of society at the same time) that will shift the background environment of our lives. What I mean by that is that the colorcast, the temperature and the type of intensity we experience will shift. New sets of developments will follow these transits, and Jupiter is leading the way. That’s one reason why this transit is so significant.
Jupiter will soon be followed by Saturn ingressing Capricorn on Dec. 20, then next year by Chiron ingressing Aries, and Uranus ingressing Taurus. Additionally, Pholus, a deeply influential centaur, in the family of Chiron, will enter Capricorn.
In classical astrology, Jupiter is associated with Sagittarius and Pisces (which it’s said to rule). These are the two signs we look to as dependable sources of the notions ‘spiritual’ and ‘creative’ and to a great extent, ‘cosmic’. Jupiter is also associated with the sign Cancer, where in classical astrology, it’s said to be exalted.
The association of Neptune with Pisces is a modern development, mostly a creature of the late 19th and 20th centuries. If you don’t feel the connection of Jupiter to Pisces, you’re missing something about both. In classical astrology, Jupiter is also associated with the sign Cancer (where it’s exalted), so it’s got an association with two water signs.
Scorpio is a field of transformative power. In its most elemental form, it describes the changes people go through by way of growth, personal development, grief, and enforced changes through processes like divorce. It also describes what happens in much of the therapy process when it works, though that’s the kind of voluntary self-examination that seems to be growing increasingly scarce.
There would seem to be a society-wide seizure here. Most self-care and therapy has been reduced to medication, which seemingly excuses people from the need to be open, vulnerable and self-reflective in support of their own growth.
Sex, Death and Change: A Cultural Crisis of Scorpio
Scorpio also describes the mysteries of sex, which are also in a kind of seizure right now. For most of society, sex exists as five-minute videos, property rights in marriage or other similar relationships, or disposable encounters where people use one another’s bodies but intimacy is prohibited.
There are exceptions, though they seem to be growing increasingly rare. For much of society, sex is reduced to a power transaction, whether we’re talking about sexual abuse of young people, forced sex which is known as rape, sex traded for advancement on an airport security squad, or the executive producer of everyone’s favorite films raping actors on threat of destroying their careers and reputations. On the cultural level, this is a crisis of Scorpio.
Other forms of sex, such as for sharing, pleasure, play, fun and creativity, seem to be becoming a thing of the past.
For many people, masturbation is the last refuge of their sexuality, which I would propose is a form of progress on at least two counts: one is that the inner relationships that deep selfsexuals cultivate is often a place where an important form of personal actualization happens.
Second, selfsexuality often manages to extract people from most sex-as-power transactions and relationships, and promotes reclaiming one’s sexuality as one’s own and not as common property. From there, it can then be shared because people feel like they possess what is theirs, and can then offer it to someone else as a voluntary gesture, for free, as a gift.
Of course, part of society’s current seizure is the lack of ability to talk honestly about such a thing. In the current environment, even the discussion of sex can be construed as abusive, which is blocking the healing process.
Scorpio also represents death, regeneration and mutation. To use a simple word, that means change. The world is obviously changing right now, in the form of hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, and global temperatures rising, which releases methane and induces more change. This is change through destruction, which is part natural process, and part a last resort of nature (and human nature) when no other kinds of change are left available.
It’s becoming ever more obvious that life is cheap, and that death is promoted everywhere. It hardly gets anyone’s attention anymore, except when it strikes close to home, which in Western society is somewhat rare for most people. Denial of death means that we don’t have a relationship with it, and that’s something vital to have.
Looking at the world every day, tracking news events, spiritual issues and personal issues, there are many times it looks like the world is going down. Most people tag along with evil, and many others seem to lack all strength or willingness to invest themselves in actually making a difference. Why bother, if the world is going to be destroyed by floods and flames, and we’re all going to die anyway?
As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote, “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
We don’t usually live like that. We tend to live robotically, rigidly, as if every waking minute is spoken for in advance, every decision is already made, and real change is impossible.
Here’s where knowing how to work Scorpio can be helpful, and a tap into life. It represents the fermentation of consciousness, where old forms are dissolved in a kind of putrefaction, from which new life can emerge. This is the regenerative power of Scorpio as a psychological and spiritual process.
For that process to work well, and in a way that’s not devastating, one must bring the small willingness to grow, to change or to heal. As A Course in Miracles suggests, if we bring the small willingness, God meets us with a much greater strength. This is why it’s necessary to practice the small willingness from day to day and hour to hour.
Jupiter in the Energy Field of Scorpio
With so much struggle in the field of Scorpio, it will help to have Jupiter’s presence: to infuse this aspect of consciousness with the concentrated nurturing power of Cancer, the focused spiritual strength of Sagittarius, and the abundant creative, mystical and pleasure-seeking influence of Pisces.
Associated with two water signs (Cancer and Pisces), Jupiter will bring much-needed water to Scorpio. Associated with a fire sign (Sagittarius), Jupiter will help heat up the seemingly cold territory that it’s just entered. This will work collectively and personally; Jupiter in Scorpio is very good news for those who have this sign placed prominently in their chart.
However, be aware that where there’s been resistance to growth and change, Jupiter will feel like pressure. Where many issues that have been hidden or denied are going to be flushed out into the open — we are seeing this many places and many ways.
What was hidden was hidden because it was, in theory, so ugly, and now it’s being brought to the light, where you can see it — and where healing is possible.
Remember that in healing, we don’t bring the light into the darkness. Rather, what is in the darkness must be brought out to the light, where it can be seen and offered up.
This will be difficult for some people, since Scorpio is where they hide their deepest secrets and cling to the most toxic shame. You may experience the sense that your own darkness is going to be brought out into the light, which is essential both to your healing process and to your ability to help others.
Scorpio is also the seat of the soul, in that its process, difficult as it can be at times, is about coming into yourself, especially the aspect of yourself that transcends time and actually moves karma.
Jupiter has arrived. Let’s get busy.
Your Jupiter in Scorpio Horoscope for Oct. 12, 2017, #1171 | By Amy Elliott
Aries (March 20-April 19) — For you, the year of Jupiter in Scorpio is likely the culmination of what seems to be a long journey of growth, and of psychological effort. This will almost certainly be gradual, and based in information being revealed. Where you might only have been seeing a step or two ahead, you’ll slowly become able to read the map, and all you’ve done and encountered so far would then take a coherent shape. For now, you just need to stay on track and hold to your purpose as you see it. Comprehension and healing should follow side by side. — By Amy Elliott.