Let's look at Jupiter in Gemini (or the Third House), and finding meaning through Mercury's messages. Is having this Jupiter like herding cats? Jupiter is the way forward, but what if yours is multi-directional?
Jupiter is known (in traditional astrology) as being in detriment in Gemini. The quest for a path that feels right is thrown into chaos at times by the very thing that sets this sign apart -- its inquisitiveness. On natal Jupiter Gemini: "The meaning that's found by way of Jupiter is a compass for our aim, or aspiration. Another pecadello for Jupiter in mutable (changeable) Gemini is a wildly erratic compass needle. Gemini's curious nature is the guide, but the attention on a particular idea could be short-lived."Natal Jupiter or Transit?
Seems a good moment to explain that there's Jupiter in the birth chart -- your sign never changes. Then there's Jupiter as it transits the twelve signs of the Zodiac. And from June to June (2012 to 2013), Jupiter was transiting in Gemini.
On the transit, I wrote: "Gemini is mutable, so Jupiter here fluffs up faith by showing that everything shifts shape -- everything changes. It's a loosening up of what's fixed. There's space for currents (to reorder or renew) to waft in, and awareness of the power to dematerialize what's dead weight in our lives."
For natal Jupiter and in transit, Jupiter in Gemini's gift of changeability, is also what makes having certainty challenging. And yet, there is wisdom (Jupiter) in embracing constant change. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher would say, "The only thing that is constant is change."Getty Images
It's a stellar day for the Divine Messenger, as he (Mercury) switches astrological signs from Scorpio to Sagittarius. The Sun burst on the Sagittarius scene first (on Nov 21st) and now the Sun's scribe-translator-court jester follows -- Mercury is never more than 28 degrees from the Sun. And that's why so many have the same Sun and Mercury signs in the birth chart.
What a heavy trip it's been with Mercury in Scorpio since September 29th. There was a retrograde in Scorpio, that took many into dark areas, to unlock secrets or get to the bottom of a personal mystery. A charged and locked away truth, when released has a way of creating change from the inside-out. It's a whole body and soul experience, and energy is set in motion.
A way to understand this shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius is that the deep plunge gives way to release, and traveling light. It's a shift from water (Scorpio) to fire (Sagittarius). The core truths of Scorpio can be delivered -- as the Archer's fiery arrows -- but without the emotional-psychic charge. There's an urge to see beyond the personal need to be right or to hold power over another. The loyalty is only to what's perceived as true, or is part of a vision for a bright future.
Such a messenger helps take things less personally, and to be less threatened in the wide world of ideas. It's a short and sweet journey through Sagittarius, to Dec 24th. Sagittarius Mercury favors making long-range plans, sharing philosophies, freeing your mind, traveling, inter-species chats and learning adventures.Getty Images
We interrupt your regular programming...for some sports astrology. Regular writer Eileen Grimes is also a Seattle native and Seahawks fan. She's spotted a pattern with her home team, and Saturn's steady encouragement to work toward a successful season.
Read more about Saturn and the Seahawks, and their potential for Superbowl greatness in 2014. It comes 7 1/2 years after the team's Saturn Return, and their only Superbowl bid in 2006. Eileen writes, "This is a point, astrologically, that we could expect a spurt of growth and past adjustments from experiences learned since the (2006) Super Bowl. This is a time to put the adjustments into action."
I grew up with football, as my late Dad played for the Georgia Bulldogs, when Fran Tarkenton was the quarterback. Then it was background noise to me growing up. I do like curious phenomena though, like the fact -- as Eileen notes -- that the Seattle Seahawks' fans broke a Guinness Book record for loudest roar at 136 decibels. I'm sure it helps the team's morale to have such a vocal cheering section.Author Photo: Eileen Grimes
A tip for Sagittarius Season is to bundle up with what keeps you looking on the bright side. This takes more creativity and discernment, when there's so much to be bummed about.
The word planet means wanderer, and the one to watch is Jupiter. The lucky planet in your chart is like luminaries along your path. Jupiter helps you keep your eyes on the prize (growth, creativity, prosperity, generosity). I'll begin with Jupiter in the fire signs, and plan to cover each one while its own sign Sagittarius is brightening things up.
- Jupiter in Aries (or the First House): Brightening up when taking creative risks, standing on the courage of your convictions, competition and testing yourself against others.
- Jupiter in Leo (or the Fifth House): Brightening up on the path of heart, creative self-expression, incandescent presence that is contagious.
- Jupiter in Sagittarius (or the Ninth House): Brightening up when on the move, ever expanding views, the eternal student and teacher.
It's a New Moon wrapped in blinking holiday lights with the colors of your choice. The Sun and Moon in bright arrow Sagittarius set the mood for active dreaming, with the biggest possible picture in mind.
The main feature for this lunation is a trine to Uranus, the planet of shake-ups and surprises. So as you use your far sight to scan the horizon, there are flashes that light up unfamiliar terrain.
Read more about the Sagittarius New Moon -- exact Monday, December 2nd, at 7:22 pm est.Getty Images
Both luminaries (Sun and Moon) are waning for holiday week, for a mood of chillaxing with family or friends. Monday begins with a truth serum elixir, Mercury (messages) is synched with Saturn (stability) in the soul-psyche sign of Scorpio. Any new epiphanies from recent days seem to settle in, and there's no going back (to Not knowing).
As the Moon winds down to pitch dark and the Sagittarius New Moon (Dec 2nd), what's been realized is a light for your future. This coming lunation, in the sign of the Archer, is a time to adjust your aim -- for aspirations, your philosophy and way of moving forward into the future.
Sagittarius' ruler Jupiter is a prominent guest at the holiday table -- this is optimistic, for keeping spirits bright. There's a generosity of spirit with Jupiter, which is now in the nurturing, family-feeling sign of Cancer. On Wednesday, Mercury (Scorpio) is in a harmonious trine to Jupiter, for expansive heart-to-hearts that feel genuine. There could be miracles of soulful sharing, that gives the others a chance to respond with kindness.
Thanksgiving is Thursday, and Jupiter (Cancer) will be in a stretching opposition to Venus, in the tradition-loving sign of Capricorn. Some spontaneous heart-felt impulses could warm up a formal gathering, and inspire a tidal wave of authentic emotion.
That's not to say the forecast is all love and light. Thursday's Moon is in Libra, for sociability and good conversation. But the Libra Moon -- and the desire to match the other, in a harmonious way -- is at odds with other cardinal energies in Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter.
There could be intensely crackling volleys, with an edge. That happens a lot with family, when you're rooted in different perspectives entirely. But the friction at the table is a mirror for the bigger drama playing out, and it could get mighty heated.
The best instincts of the Libra Moon could be overpowered by the cosmic agitation that's associated with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. One suggestion is to avoid taking the bait, with topics like politics, if you sense it's a purely destructive or deadening pattern. Jupiter's lure to keeping the faith is showing curiosity, and being encouraging, and making everyone feel welcome.
Here are some tips for sur-thriving the holidays -- take a look at your Moon sign, since that's how you feel "at home."Getty Images
As the Sun makes its way around the Zodiac, there's a pattern to follow -- it begins with cardinal, then fixed and finally mutable. Today the Sun enters mutable sign Sagittarius, the last in the Fall Equinox series that began with Libra (cardinal) and was followed by Scorpio (fixed).
Do you see the rhythms there? It's initiation (cardinal), followed by a deepening (fixed) and then release (mutable). The other seasons are initiated by cardinal signs Aries (Spring Equinox), Cancer (Summer Solstice) and Capricorn (Winter Solstice).
The season of Sagittarius is about holiday parties and catching up with far-flung friends (or making new ones). It's when the deeply-seeded and private ah-has of Scorpio are acted on, or expressed. With fire sign Sagittarius, there is an impulse to break free and move.
Sagittarius is Jupiter-ruled, so there's some cosmic cheer and lightness. Jupiter's other name is Jove, the root for jovial -- it's the planet of optimism and experiences that bring color to the cheeks, make you feel alive. After a very saturnine Scorpio season (with Saturn also in Scorpio), let's see if this turning of the solar wheel brings some comic relief. And many Happy (Solar) Returns to all the Archers out there!
On this last full day of Sun in Scorpio, let's talk about sex and orgasms! You might've heard that a collaborative study found that women are twice as likely to have orgasms in committed relationships. And at the same time, another researcher notes, both genders (obviously) are participating equally in the hook-up culture.
Paula England, a sociologist at New York University, who led the study says, "We attribute that to practice with a partner, which yields better success at orgasm, and we also think the guys care more in a relationship." This seems commonsensical to me now, but I came of age when the free-for-all was just starting to happen. I remember the phrase hook-up coming into being, just after I left my (party school) college.
Scorpio is often called the sign with the intense urge to merge. When there is trust and love in the act of surrender, that's when the soul reveals itself, too. If I could turn back time, I'd tell my younger self to stand guardian over her sacred power, until there was love and trust. Of course, some things can only be learned the hard way...
If you look into dark topics like mind control, you learn that minds are fractured -- and made more pliable -- through sexual trauma. The too much, too soon path of coming of age is a kind of rushed initiation into energies that are potentially soul-shattering. Even if the dominant culture is curiously light about sex, becoming more pornographic and purely physical, there is nothing light about sexual energies (and Scorpio).
In her book Intuitive Astrology, Elizabeth Rose Campbell describes the eighth house (Scorpio) as Eros at large, that greater sea of sexuality that is afoot everywhere. Campbell quotes the storyteller Gioia Timpanelli, on Eros as a holy thing, a gift, that comes from "a true feeling of loving generosity." Timpanelli continues, "That's why ancestors or even our parents believed that lovemaking has to be made holy by marriage, by serious commitment. It has to be sanctified. You have to feel that this is a holy thing you are doing, because indeed it is, and not to be taken lightly."
Scorpio is about power and powerlessness, and it's an area of potent attention, with Saturn making its way through. Saturn restores the gravity to anything it touches. And so what soul missives will be delivered, when on Monday (Nov 25th), when Mercury and Saturn (Scorpio), are aligned? One possible theme is sexual boundaries (Saturn), and the voicing of the soul's true thoughts on the matter.
This from a Leo, married to a Capricorn man, made me smile. Blondy writes, "Our first year was really rough and I tried to dominate him, but he would not let me." Some weeks apart led to reflecting... She says, "He has made changes to give me the attention I need and I made changes and stopped dominating him and giving him time to himself."
Born in the deep restive quiet of winter, cardinal earth sign Capricorn has a need to put his ear to the ground. To Win the Capricorn Man's Heart I wrote: You know how to draw him out of his melancholy moods, by making him feel deeply cherished. But you have the sense of timing, to know when to leave him alone. The Sea-Goat is the ultimate Man in the Cave, and needs time to churn within, and tune in to his own soundings. An early good gift is something that shows respect for the private side of his nature."
Balancing solitude and togetherness in a marriage or committed pairing is important. I always liked this from Lebanese poet/mystic Kahlil Gibran on Marriage (and once read it at a friend's nuptials):
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Read more about the Leo and Capricorn relationship.Getty Images
The Sun is out and with the Moon in nature-lover Taurus, it's a great day to come down to Earth. I'm reminded of the power of earthing, made plain in documentaries like Grounding. It's a what's-old-is-new-again remedy, and free (priceless).
It's become urgent for me to find balance from the combo of info overload and artificial frequencies, so I'll keep this brief on Saturn's Day.
I found resonance with Melanie Reinhart who (in her latest newsletter) writes: "The 'mood of the times' is somewhat dark at the moment. But let's remember that 'dark' is not necessarily 'bad', even if it is unwelcome or painful. Although we are acculturated to deny or reject anything less than 'perfect, bright and shiny', developing wise acceptance of a broader spectrum of inner experience serves to free the heart."
One thing that helps me accept unwelcome or painful feelings, is lying down in a grassy spot. Reinhart takes note of the mutual reception of Saturn and Pluto -- they back each other up, in the sign the other rules.
She writes, "We may be facing 'survival fears' in one form or another. It can be useful to remind ourselves that the Saturn-Pluto combination is a signature of these feelings, regardless of the details of our external situation. These concerns are very strong in the 'Anima Mundi' at present. Spending time processing our own specific fears and cultivating the art of recognizing the Deeper Source within may indeed be energy wisely spent, engaging in a 'soul work' supported by Saturn-Pluto."
Some food for thought, as the Moon waxes to Full in Taurus, opposite the Sun in Pluto's sign Scorpio. The line-up looks promising for that deep soul work, and earthing in the pleasures of the senses, too.Getty Images