A Sagittarian Winter Solstice: Jupiter’s Time of Year!

In the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas is celebrated under a Sagittarian Sun, culminating in the Winter Solstice and a seasonal handoff to Capricorn. Jovial Jupiter raises a glass and recognizes dour Saturn’s return, even as the party is in full swing. In Celtic myth, the Holly King bows and recognizes the Oak King’s dominion, as the longest winter’s night gives way to daylight’s return. So let the yule log burn, for the New Year’s sobriety is nigh.

The Spirit of Christmas Present is an updated Jupiter archetype in my favorite British film adaption of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Filmed in 1951, this black and white production stars Alistair Sim as Scrooge who over one night, comes to know the true meaning of Christmas through his experiences with 3 spirits: Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Francis de Wolff, (born Jan 07, 1913) a Capricorn mostly known as a character actor depicts Christmas Present with true Jupiterian bravado. The Spirit is garbed in a velvet robe with fur collar, enthroned before a roaring fire and surrounded by bountiful food and drink. Jovial in spirit, Christmas Present reacquaints a reluctant Scrooge with those who are not financial secure but who share the good will of the season.

At the very end of the Spirit’s time, he pulls back his robe and allows Scrooge to see the two thin and ill-dressed children who search for comfort there. “The boy is ignorance and the girl is want. Beware of them both, but most of all, beware of this boy,” gravely cautions the Spirit of Christmas Present. Then in mocking tones he says, “But have they no refuge, no resource? Are there no prisons? Are there no work houses?” Words used by Scrooge in defense of his own miserly philanthropy.

Jupiter challenges us to celebrate the best in this life while meeting the need that is hidden in plain sight. This leads to questions of justice, resource allocation, and other philosophical and cultural questions that many people struggle with in public and private life. In any Jupiter inspired tale higher education, the rule of law, philosophical queries and spiritual yearnings will play a major role. Look to the planet’s restless mutable quality for clues as well as to the inspiration the fire element lends.

A native born with a Sagittarian Sun finds Jupiter calling the individual to place their edgy feet on a journey in search of the highest ideals that the world aspires to while lending a helping hand for those coming behind them.    A Sagittarian Moon will need to nurture a belief system that defeats skepticism and doubt. A Sagittarian Ascendant will physically gallop into life, traveling far and wide to discover truth and inspire others to follow their lead.

Look to your own natal chart and observe where Jupiter sits. The house placement will offer a clue as to what sphere of life Jupiter themes will echo in. A 10th house placement puts Jupiter in the public spot light while a 5th house placement will signify a merry and creative sense of play. Excess is always possible…so too inevitable deflation and is part of Jupiter’s role of the dice in the area of life it influences. Jupiter will return to its natal placement roughly every 12 years and signifies a reorientation in ethics, morals, worldly outlook. It is not accidental that the first Jupiter return in many spiritual traditions, around age 12-14, centers on recognition of the young person’s beginning journey towards full adulthood.

Jupiter’s natal zodiacal sign will offer descriptive context. A Jupiter in Capricorn will be quite sober and perhaps miserly, while a Jupiter in Leo purchases another round for the whole bar. Jupiter moves through each astrological sign in about 13 months. Currently, the planet entered Scorpio in October, 2017 and will remain there until November, 2018 when it enters Sagittarius, the sign which represents its purest energies.

Review natal Jupiter’s relationships with other planets. Consider the consolidation of energies in a conjunction, the seesaw swings of an opposition, the pull this way while pulling that way of a square, the ease of communication in a trine and the hey, let’s talk of a sextile.

All of these preliminary musings will illuminate the current Jupiter transit in Scorpio within the context of your natal chart. In the larger culture, it is not surprising to see the conversations around psychosexual power dynamics between people have come to the fore. Use the laser like Scorpio energy to transform the area of your life where Jupiter now transits in your natal chart.

Most importantly of all, embody the best of Jupiter during the holiday and into the new year. Extend a hand to those in need and much like Scrooge experienced with Tiny Tim the joyful blessing of the season.

Merry Solstice everyone!

 

Saturn Square Neptune: Walk Your Talk

79 Woman walk beachSaturn at 12 degrees Sagittarius squares off against Neptune at 12 degrees Pisces in the sky today, both planets in retrograde motion. These planets’ energies tell of the tensions inherent between the hope of spiritual relief against the harsh realities of this world we call home. Retrograde motion implies an interior conversation, subjectively playing out in our psyches.

The planet Saturn is commonly characterized in myth and legend as an elderly man holding a scythe in one hand and an hourglass in the other. The proverb ‘as you sow so shall you reap’ succinctly captures the astrological spirit of Saturn. We toil in this earthly garden, planting our intentions and gathering the results of our hard work within the boundaries of time and space. Some may plant their seeds with fear and anxiety present, often as darkness descends with the sun. Other wiser souls will bend to the task at hand with the light of sunrise, gaining skill and maturity with each intention sowed and result won.

Neptune with triton in hand is visualized as a Roman god of fresh water and the oceans blue. Neptune rides through an aquatic kingdom in a chariot drawn by majestic seahorses, attended by mermaids and water sprites. Water is life and without it all would die from thirst. Astrologically, Neptune has come to symbolize the desire to quench a spiritual thirst. The 1960’s phrase ‘turn on, tune in, dropout’ conceptualizes the possibility of spiritual enlightenment and raised consciousness while intimating illusion and escape. Does one swim in the shallow waters of drugs, alcohol or virtual reality?   Do you choose instead to dive deep into mindfulness, prayer or meditation?

Saturn in philosophical Sagittarius tenses against Piscean Neptune’s kumbaya song of universal love. Practice what you preach. Walk your talk. Let your actions speak as loud if not louder than your words.

Centaur Moon in Conjunct with Saturn

Earlier today, a disseminating moon rested a moment in conjunction with Saturn Retrograde, both at 16 degrees in Sagittarius. The moon began the day at 10 degrees of Sagittarius and will end its gallop at 22 degrees. The centaur holding a bow, preparing to shoot the arrow into flight is an ancient archetype. It represents humanity’s climb from chaos into rule of law and with the flight of the arrow, further into philosophy and intellectual pursuit. Sagittarius is a fire and mutable sign, which leads to arrows flying here there and everywhere! The goal then is to add the discipline and hard work of Saturn to the freely flowing emotion of the moon to achieve a perfect bullseye towards your lofty aims.  Dream big and be prepared to work – the fruits of your labors are yours for the making.  67 Arrow Red Happy After