At 9:20 a.m. ET today, the planet Jupiter enters Scorpio and will be in that sign for the next 13 months.
In astrology, Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, represents good fortune, expansion, luck, serendipity, synchronicity, everything we humans equate with those moments when we dance around, shouting with joy, pumping our collective fists into the air. Jupiter rules the higher mind, law, the judicial system, higher education, philosophy, our spiritual beliefs, foreign countries, cultures, travel, and people. It represents good times, optimism, ideas that are larger than life. I think it also rules synchronicity.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius and co-rules Pisces, so its movements are particularly important for these two signs. But we all have Jupiter somewhere in our natal charts and you don’t want to miss out on what this transit may mean for you.
Every 12 years or so – 11.6 years to be exact – Jupiter returns to the place it occupied when you were born. It’s called a Jupiter return and that year in your life is generally a game changer. The last time Jupiter transited Scorpio began October 26, 2005 and lasted until November 24, 2006. This transit was particularly significant for anyone with a Scorpio sun, moon, rising, or natal Jupiter in Scorpio. Other water and earth signs – Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus, Pisces – benefited from this transit. But even fire and air signs benefited in some way.
So before we go any farther with this post, think back to that period in your life. What was going on? What were you doing? What were you involved in? Were you happy? In the midst of big, positive changes? Was your life pivoting in some new direction?
An example. I have Scorpio rising at 00 degrees 49 minutes. Less than a month before Jupiter entered Scorpio back in 2005, my dad died shortly before his 92nd birthday. On October 16, 10 days before Jupiter entered Scorpio, we were hit by Hurricane Wilma, our beloved dusky conure, Kali, died in the aftermath of that storm, and we spent 10 days without electricity. In other words, the shit hit the fan. But after that, the ensuing months were great, with multiple publishing contracts, greater financial ease, and a lot of general happiness and satisfaction with life. By October 2006, Jupiter was at 19 degrees Scorpio and I officially entered my Jupiter return year. Doors crashed open, new opportunities poured in.
It’s as if Jupiter, good guy that he is, speaks to us of visceral level. The power of Jupiter returns was driven home for me during the election. I had looked at the birth charts and transits for Clinton, a Scorpio, and Trump, a Gemini. I noted that Trump was entering a Jupiter return year in early December 2016. I knew from experience that some of the effects of the return could be felt more than a month before the return actually started. My first thought was: OMG, he’s gonna win the election.
But because I’m not a mundane astrologer – someone who studies how transits impact world events – I doubted the power of Trump’s Jupiter return. I doubted what I felt about it. On a radio show for The Biggest Book of Horoscopes Ever, the host asked if I would predict who would win.
I had studied up in the days before the show, reading various articles by mundane astrologers who predicted a Clinton win. What they said made sense and I, who found the possibility of a Trump win so repugnant, an idea so emotionally devastating, predicted a Clinton win in spite of Trump’s pending Jupiter return.
And my prediction was, of course, wrong.
What I learned from this is to trust my intuition, to call it as I see it. Even though there were many astro interpretations of this election, I realized that sometimes the simplest things you see in a chart are what determine an outcome. But hey, guess what. Trump’s Jupiter return year officially ends today. He’s no longer Teflon, no longer protected. And my gut, the thing I didn’t trust last year, now says that trump’s undoing should come fairly quickly.
Then again, this is my fervently desired outcome and maybe I’m reading into things.
But, for you water and earth signs, expect new opportunities, doors that open suddenly, foreign trips and interactions with foreign-born individuals. You may go to college, grad school, workshops and seminars. You may teach, embark on a quest. For you air and fire signs, you may feel overwhelmed at times, but your goals are becoming clearer and the opportunities you encounter should be positive. You need to be ready, though, to seize the opportunity – and run with it.
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