Transits & Forecasts

Jupiter enters Scorpio, October 10, 2017 – To the Bone

Actress Theda Bara in the silent movie "The Soul of Buddha" (1918).
Actress Theda Bara in the silent movie “The Soul of Buddha” (1918).

Humans are seekers by nature, and our unquenchable thirst for exploration has been historically constant and enduring – to both beneficial and catastrophic results.
I come from a lineage of explorers, myself.  My ancestors, whom I (almost) routinely worship on my altar, were sailors; many times throughout my life, I have keenly sensed their legacy of unrest, boldness and intrepidity propelling me forward. Most importantly, I feel as though I have somehow inherited their sense of Faith, without which no kind of exploration is ever possible. 
When we talk about expanding, pushing the boundaries, seeking for a higher meaning beyond our comfort zone, opening up to novelty, being confident in our purpose while at the same time taking pleasure in the journey itself rather than obsessing over the destination, we’re talking Jupiter.
This larger-than-life gas giant (as a matter of fact, the largest planet in our solar system) travels through the Zodiac like a huge magnifying glass that amplifies, emphasizes and boosts the energies of each sign he visits; true to his actual size as a planet and to the regal, auspicious Greco-Roman deity of the same name, Jupiter as an astrological principle is a wide-ranging, flamboyant archetype, described as ‘the greater benefic’ by ancient Roman poet Manilius, as early as the 1st-century.
Therefore, in Astrology, Jupiter is unanimously considered as the ruler of long-distance travels, broadcasting, higher education, as well as those human traits which make such endeavours possible: confidence, optimism, life philosophies and moral values. Astrologer Stephen Arroyo routinely refers to Jupiter as “the principle of expansion”, and, all in all, the word “expansion” might as well be one of the countless synonyms for “growth”.
We die as soon as we cease to learn, to reexamine our beliefs based on the stimuli we pick up from our environment, to enrich ourselves through the encounter with “otherness” – in short, to grow.
The King of the Gods takes about twelve years to orbit the Sun and complete his journey through the Zodiac; with every passage through a Zodiac sign, which lasts an average of one year, Jupiter asks us to embrace, explore and assimilate the energy of that very sign to the fullest, almost until we have enough of it, for Jupiter knows no sense of restraint – it’s no accident he’s also associated with inflation and self-indulgence.
Jupiter entered the sign of Libra on September 9, 2016, receiving a warm welcome to the luscious kingdom of Venus. His hunger for beauty, concordance and harmony grew ravenous and insatiable; manners and politeness (and, in some instances, a certain inclination towards passive-aggressiveness as well) took center stage ever since, while the importance of cooperation and relationships of any kind rose to prominence.
Now that Jupiter’s transit of Libra draws to a close, perhaps much to the chagrin of the most refined, well-mannered Venusian types among us, but certainly much to the relief of those of us who were nauseous from overdosing on compromise and edulcorated veneer, it’s time for the allfather to gear up for the next leg of his journey – the morbid, insidious, alluring underworld of Hades.
Come October 10, Jupiter will leave conciliatory Libra for sinister, visceral Scorpio, a radical shift that, at the very least, will bring intensity and character back en vogue – at least until the next sign change, which will occur in November 2018, when Jupiter will leave Scorpio for his domicile Sagittarius.
During the Jupiter in Scorpio cycle, we will dive way underneath the surface we have barely scratched during his transit of Libra, in order to probe the depths of the Soul and the abyss of the subconscious.
In Scorpio, Jupiter is no longer content with niceties and romance; he cuts to the chase, going for the jugular, aiming for the bottom-line level of reality. He wants to strip the flesh from the bones and get straight to the core of the matter, exposing what’s hidden, disclosing what’s secret, basking in the uncompromising fortitude of truth – no matter how harsh and/or disturbing the latter might be.
In short, if we’re seeking for the gold, we must be prepared to rummage through the ‘dirt’ – the so-called shadow, the facets of our individual and collective experience that have been erased and suppressed due to being seen as socially unacceptable and dangerous. The content of this fertile psychological and spiritual humus encompasses taboo, power struggles, ingrained patterns, ancestral fears, survival tactics, hidden agendas, unhealthy attachment to people and things, forbidden fantasies. All that we are too ashamed not only to expose, but also to embrace and integrate. This is the seedy underbelly Jupiter is eager to explore as of now, and the psychological and emotional terrain we’re being asked to map.
The darkness to our light, the key to our wholeness.
The secret of our multidimensional nature, which encompasses the noblest ideals as well as the rawest impulses.
We can’t claim to be whole, healed, enlightened if we don’t truly, honestly know ourselves from the inside out. We cannot know intimacy with another being if we are unable to experience that nakedness from within.
The promise of Jupiter in Scorpio is the attainment of such radical self-knowledge and unapologetic honesty which translates to wholeness and the priceless ability to relate with another human being on a Soul-level. You can rest assured that efforts to move in this direction will be rewarded, profusely.
It’s going to be a wild ride. And yes, since Scorpio also happens to rule sex, feel free to take this as a sexual innuendo.

Comments (7)

  • I don’t know if it’s only a coincidence but I liked the fact that Steven Wilson is a scorpio and him making a song entitled “To the Bone” is not surprising at all 😂

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    • Ece, perhaps he doesn’t really pay attention to astrology (he strikes me as a profoundly atheist person who is not really into esoteric stuff), but maaaan does his Scorpio show. Indeed the choice of the title of his latest opus is hardly surprising as well as the imagery, aesthetics and atmospheres of the songs. It’s all so sting-y, brooding, moody, Scorpionic. (Also I shouldn’t say this… but THE MAN JUST TURNED 50 AND HE’S OUT THERE LOOKING FINE AS HELL)

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  • 4 planets in Scorpio, 3 of them in exact conjunction… Sun, Venus and Jupiter. They are all opposite Chiron… (Dang!)

    But yes! Jupiter is having his homecoming this upcoming year. My oh my!
    It’s in the 9th house though, so … truth, hear me out!
    Truth about love, truths about oneself.
    The painful truth one could say, as Chiron is involved with the opposition, and also a quincunx to my Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 8H Libra…
    Transformation is required in this “thressome” of threesomes, Pluto has already wreaked havoc with his square to Jupiter the past year, so I expect nothing less this year as well, when Pluto and Jupiter are talking in circles and can’t seem to understand each other.

    One of the things I have learned so far with this combo, and when Jupiter transitted my 8th house is that sexuality can go either way. For so many years I’ve been hiding it under a rock, not letting it slip out. But the past years has finally caught up to me, and I realized just yesterday that I can’t be intimate with another human being before I take responsibility for my own dysfunctional relationship with sexual intercourse. My scars have only gotten worse through the years, because I have neglected the part of me, the most intimate parts of me which has led to a route of despair, abuse and supressing emotions. These supressed feelings got to a point where I landed in a relationship with a man who had absolutely no physical desire for me.

    This Jupiter period is my time to reclaim that part of myself which I have neglected for too many years. Boundaries, eh?!
    With all these Planets at play in my horoscope I guess some of the themes are:

    What you send out comes back. (Karma)
    If you want to love, express hate. If you want to hate, express love. (Strephon Kaplan Williams)
    Go deep or go home
    To be free – surrender must happen
    Behind every sorrow is happiness. And behind every happiness is the sorrow.

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    • Wow Anette, you’re facing your shadows with this Jupiter transit nicely! 9th house home coming for me too, and I share the ‘scars’ you mention also. May the transformations begin!

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  • i freaking love your writings. thank you.

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  • […] (a subject that is bound to become more and more relevant over the course of the next months, with Jupiter diving into the deep dark waters of Scorpio). In short, balance – or lack thereof. While it’s true that Love, at its purest, is divine, […]

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  • I am TOO excited for this transit. Even though it promises to be lethargic as hell with Jupiter transiting the 12th, it also is meeting a spiritual need for intimacy and growth as I take on studying the tarot and deepening my study of astrology to include healing potential. Jupiter is making a passing conjunction to my natal Pluto as it moves from Libra to Scorpio and it’s basically tearing down every connection I have that feels imbalanced and also highlighting exactly what ways I affect others (which as an empath I often neglect to consider because I’m busy being affected LOL) I’m glad you wrote on it so affectionately. The idea of “bringing intensity and character back en vogue” is what I have realized I’ve been seeking. The Saturn return sure is highlighting that bringing down the wall that you spoke on in your post on my chart before, but also serves as a reminder that setting strong and well place boundaries eliminates the need for a wall to be built.

    “When we talk about expanding, pushing the boundaries, seeking for a higher meaning beyond our comfort zone, opening up to novelty, being confident in our purpose while at the same time taking pleasure in the journey itself rather than obsessing over the destination, we’re talking Jupiter.” <——literally where I'm at RN.

    "Jupiter is no longer content with niceties and romance; he cuts to the chase, going for the jugular, aiming for the bottom-line level of reality. He wants to strip the flesh from the bones and get straight to the core of the matter, exposing what’s hidden, disclosing what’s secret, basking in the uncompromising fortitude of truth – no matter how harsh and/or disturbing the latter might be.
    In short, if we’re seeking for the gold, we must be prepared to rummage through the ‘dirt’"<——– This gave me a heart gasm. #HowToRecognizeAPlutonian lol

    Hope you are well ma'am. Thanks for all your insights!

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