Jupiter departing Virgo ~ to arrive Libra

Jupiter’s passage through the sign of Virgo comes to an end tonight as the jovial King of the Gods moves into Libra until the 10th of October 2017. This past 13 months has offered many meaningful lessons from the Virgo archetype including discernment + discrimination, service + contribution, humility + perfectionism, crisis + choice, health + healing, method + practice, attention to detail + conscientiousness, analysis + appraisal of self.

The transitional archetype of Virgo allows us to dismantle and examine our fundamental creative urge, tempering our Leonine self-expressive impulse with an attitude of giving ~ noblesse oblige.  Armed now with such understandings we embark upon an expansive new phase of engagement with others. The coming year will bring bountiful Libran harvest to the extent that we can yield to Jupiter’s optimistic influence and buoyant enthusiasm.

Jupiter warrants a warning: overconfidence can be awkward, regrettable, even dangerous. Many errors in judgement occur under the benevolent guidance of Jupiter. However, it is also the boldness of Jupiter that motivates us to pursue and achieve dreams others might dismiss as impossible ~ ridiculous ~ foolhardy ~ those of us too afraid to follow Jupiter’s road less travelled are then required to reflect upon a life half lived, and that torturous too-late question

what if…?

Libra is the sign of balance ~ the act of harmonising, a dynamic and ongoing process of adjustment. This phase invites us to expand our balancing abilities, learning about our dual natures as we relate to others, seeking commonality with our fellows rather than concentrating our energy upon the ways in which we differ. We engage open-mindedly with alternate perspectives that broaden our own views, while remaining true to our own crystallising personal beliefs, allowing for the adaptation that evolves a species.

We don’t necessarily have to agree, or limit our connection-cultivation to those like-minded few. We seek instead to be open, nurturing our loving hearts, and building bridges of compassion and empathy. By its nature, to truly connect with others is to expand the self, and so Jupiter in Libra nourishes this growth via cooperation.

Libra’s low-road is recognisable by excessive people-pleasing tendencies, and a compulsive yearning for approval. To be constantly distracted by concern for what others are thinking is to be out of alignment with one’s own rhythms and inner balance. We lose sight of our own authentic path. This year will be a time of enriching our own inner equilibrium too ~ we learn what we require to maintain personal homeostasis.

The true Libran aim is justice ~ fairness and equality, and compromise can be key to this outcome, but to sell oneself short as a peacekeeping measure is a delusion (“peace at any price is no peace at all” Eve Curie). Too, Libra can err and demur endlessly in ambivalence that renders it inert and impotent. Jupiter’s benevolent attention can easily be dissipated by over-indulgence in effortless good times.

Jupiter’s trip through Libra will see it aspect slow moving change gods Uranus+Pluto. Jupiter effectively enhances all he comes into contact with (think King Midas’ golden touch) and so we can anticipate further intensification of these (personal & global) revolutionary times. Manifestation of the energies always depends upon our consciousness ~ the more aware we become of our karma the more empowered we are.

Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn have been in a 90° square since 2012. This Uranus~Pluto cycle began during the swinging sixties (exact ’65-’66) at the Virgo conjunction, heralding the beginning of the so-called New Age. Since then (as the conjunction separated and then the square formed) the Earthly tumult can be attributed to the dynamism between these two intense archetypal forces, and the ways in which we have channelled them.

We need only switch on the news to find sufficient illustration of the prevalent energies and manifest themes ~ war, poverty, violence, oppression, struggle abounds ~ and the potential for Jupiter to  amplify this negativity exists of course. But to recognise also that this apparently low-road global manifestation of the archetypal vibes is a reflection of the current collective consciousness. Jupiter adds faith and optimism to this mix, and its movement through Libra inspires diplomatic conflict resolution. Jupiter will first square Pluto in late November and then again in March and August 2017; the opposition to Uranus will occur in late December, then again in March and September 2017.

So, we’ve clearly got some work to do! And Jupiter through Libra is perfect for the job! As we become more conscious in our own individual lives we contribute to the collective awakening, and Jupiter’s time in Libra enhances this with the potential for real connections being formed between increasingly conscious people. As we come to recognise the limitations inherent in solitude, and embrace the realities of modern life (making good use of  the world wide web and social media, for example) we can welcome the opportunities to embrace interdependence.

There are over seven billion of us on this planet. We are intrinsically social creatures ~ wired for connection. While we may be able to function satisfactorily solo, Jupiter in Libra urges us to make efforts to build “real-ationships” with others ~

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authentically

wholeheartedly

consciously

We recognise each other as an equally meaningful contributor and integrate the truth

1+1 = >2

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Between the 31st of August and the 22nd of September 2016 Mercury will retrograde in Virgo. With an attitude of openness and flexibility we may truly and meaningfully benefit from such periodic reflective phases, though they might appear to bring mere delays and diversion.

Virgo teaches us the numinosity of service, and Mercury (the traditional planetary ruler of Virgo) represents our powers of perception. There are many demands upon us in this modern world ~ family, work and social life. Of course it is important to ensure we allow adequate time for Self ~ nourishment of body, mind and soul. However, we might also find replenishment of spirit by broadening our view of contribution, reframing our perspective to source strength and inspiration from the ways in which we serve others.

My own experience as a stay at home mum has been challenging at times as the relentless demands of housewifery/ Cherub Management are many, monotonous and sometimes seem meaningless. With a shift in perspective, learning the Latin origin of the word sacrifice ~ to make sacred ~ I have found a way to view mundane life as grist for the mill of my personal growth and come to truly value my role as wife* and mother.

Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo
Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo

My own evolution has occurred as a direct result of this Yin (inward) phase of my life. Had I remained in the Yang (outward) world of career and social orientation I’d have not enjoyed this expansion of my inner life and may never have understood the depth and significance of the sacred feminine. I have come to find joy and satisfaction in embracing and consciously cultivating my feminine~Mother responsibilities of protector, initiator, nurturer, empowerer.

Of course, in considering all the options available we remember that low-road Virgo is hyper-critical, pedantic with myriad OCD-tendencies. This Mercury retrograde holds the potential for these few weeks to degenerate into a period of irritable nit-picking, and frustrated attempts to get things done and court that unattainable mistress Perfection.

We can make excellent use of this time and energy by reconsidering our methods, habits, practices, patterns, paying homage to the devil in the details, crossing T’s and dotting lower case j’s, without becoming excessively harsh in our appraisals of self and others.

Too, Mercury’s retrograde will retrace the steps taken by Jupiter since October 2015. The cosmos now offers messages of Divine import that consolidate the benefits and healing brought about by Jupiter’s journey through Virgo. We can now come to understand the deeper meaning of this phase of the 12-year Jupiterian cycle. The Lunar North Node remains in Virgo (until May 2017), thus continuing to build upon the vision (re)imagined under Jupiter’s optimistic influence.

And when Mercury follows Jupiter into Libra on the 8th of October we will be emboldened by this retrograde phase and its offerings as we go forth ever-expansive, evolving, co-creative custodians of this magical earthly home.

*not technically married, but in a solid relationship for almost 16 years.

Mars & Saturn in Sagittarius

Warrior planet Mars conjoined with Saturn this week to add a little verve to our Sagittarius truth-finding mission. As we sharpen our focus and come to clarity in our personal belief systems we are strengthening the foundations upon which we build our future.

High-road Mars energy allows us to access our courage, to act righteously and with restraint, while low-road Mars sees us shooting off at the mouth in offensive bursts of rage and frustration. High-road Saturn supports us in our cultivation of wisdom as we meet our earthly obligations and take responsibility for this gift that is our life. Low-road Saturn keeps us duty-bound, perpetually towing the line and selling ourselves short #allworkandnoplay

This week’s Mars~Saturn fusion in Sagittarius has finally crystallised in its meaning for me. It was worth the wait to feel this emerge from within~without

The courage of our convictions! Can we live in alignment with our own truth as it emerges? Are we brave enough to persist on this lonely Saturnian path despite all the naysayers and discouragement? Will we blaze this trail with humility, grace and good humour? I, for one, will try.

As always, it is a matter of free will. Where we allow the energy to flow is what we allow to grow, in our consciousness and in our lives (as outer manifestation of our inner consciousness) thus if the Mars~Saturn conjunction is expressed stressfully we will experience challenging limitation and imposed resistance. Where we are able to surrender to this blockage and adapt to it we grow and strengthen, but if we resist resistance we will suffer.

April 2018 will see the next Mars~Saturn conjunction (in Capricorn) when we will begin to reap what we sow now, with the courage of Mars and the wisdom and patience of Saturn.

The exact conjunction occurred at 9° Sagittarius, setting the tone for this new Mars~Saturn cycle is the Sabian Symbol a golden haired goddess of opportunity and its meaning (as interpreted by Diana E. Roche) reads:

“This symbol speaks to the rewards guaranteed to the individual who is independent, self-reliant and willing to work hard for what he wants. The image of a golden-haired goddess of opportunity alludes to the the individual who follows his own dreams, creates his own good fortune, and refuses to prejudge a situation or accept anything at face value… Implicit in this symbol is the principle that every organism possesses the secret of its own survival, and that self-knowledge is the ultimate key to success. Be willing to continue in a course you know is right for you, even if you have to go it alone. Don’t lose enthusiasm or abandon your goals just because you aren’t continually receiving a pat on the back.” p.284 (1998)

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May we each be blessed with the bravery of Mars and the determination of Saturn in pursuit of our Sagittarian quest for meaning.

Let us journey on friends ♥