Jupiter Turns Direct in Sagittarius
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The cycles of astrology are reflected in our daily lives, as well as informing the patterns of our human creativity, whether artistic or musical, social, political or financial. Jupiter turns retrograde once a year, and on August 6, 2007 he returns to direct motion, a very significant time in the year. Jupiter is the planetary Lord of Pisces and Sagittarius, but this massive planet affects us all on his stately journey through the zodiac.
On August 6, 2007, shining Jupiter, the proud king of the ancient gods, returns to direct motion through the zodiac, after a lengthy period of retrograde motion that commenced at the beginning of April 2007. Each year, Jupiter turns retrograde for approximately 120 days and the periods when he is stationary in the zodiac, pausing at the beginning and end of these retrograde phases, are highly significant in terms of their effect on life on Earth. When Jupiter turns direct, the week or so either side of the date of turning (when Jupiter is "Stationary Direct") is ideal for making or implementing decisions regarding the year ahead in terms of the matters ruled by Jupiter, but the flavour depends on where the change happens in your personal chart. In this article I will briefly outline the influences for each sign, so check your Sun Sign in the box below – and if you know your rising sign, check that too, for a more comprehensive forecast.
One of the most potent forces in our solar system, Jupiter has been retrograde in Sagittarius since April 2007, generating circumstances connected mainly with the urge to freedom, spiritual awakening, cultural, religious and educational development – and the desire to travel and see the world! In my previous article on Jupiter's entry into Sagittarius in November 2006, I noted that we could expect a bold, new sense of optimism in the collective, especially at a political, financial and religious level (the areas mainly governed by Jupiter).
Jupiter rules our potential for growth and expansion on many levels: physical, intellectual, spiritual and cultural, along with the accumulation of material assets, power and status. He rules our optimism and aspirations, including our interests in faraway places, travel, foreigners, academic and artistic types, cultural endeavours such as publishing, higher education, structured personal development, healing, government and religion. Jupiter is a risk-taker, so also rules gambling and speculation, adventure – and moving into unknown territory.
Pluto and the Galactic Centre
It is significant that at this time dark Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, has returned in retrograde motion to the conjunction with the Galactic Centre, turning direct in this degree on September 6. This point, the centre of our galaxy (the Milky Way), was discovered in 1932 and is thought to contain a massive black hole with the mass of some four million times that of our own Sun. It has a significant effect when aspected, inclining people to take a central role in affairs and to have a sense of cosmic destiny, often associated with a crisis of faith.
Pluto is a huge force for transformation through the overcoming of obstruction, leading to a sense of cosmic regeneration, which will be enlivened in the first half of December 2007 when Jupiter reaches the conjunction with this powerful position. Pluto has been hovering around the Galactic Centre in 27th degree of Sagittarius for some time now, so expect some powerful spiritual, religious and humanitarian developments as that time approaches. It will mark a turning point in political life on the planet, the beginning of a significant phase of good fortune that will extend over the months to come.
The Greater Fortune
Lordly Jupiter, traditionally described as the Greater Fortune (or Benefic), governs luck and wellbeing. When Jupiter is well-aspected he provides superb opportunities for expansion and success. Poorly aspected, he generates over-confidence and foolhardy actions with little care for the consequences.
The week either side of Jupiter's direct station is the ideal time to make or implement long-term decisions regarding matters covered by his current position in your horoscope. Here is a brief outline of what Jupiter is energising for each sign as this powerful influence turns direct again. The Thunder God remains in fiery Sagittarius until December 18, 2007, which is when he clambers into Capricorn (an Earth Sign), reclaiming the present excellent elemental aspect with stern Saturn (which by then will have moved into earthy Virgo). Remember to check the forecast for your rising sign too, for a more balanced reading. To calculate your rising sign, click here.
Sagittarius, the Archer
Jupiter is your life-ruler, so this change of phase affects you more than most. You have been pushing the envelope over the past months, but now is the time to implement your plans and take the Great Leap Forward. Your health and physical appearance should improve and, as your personal individuality comes into focus, you'll find yourself becoming much more outgoing and optimistic about the future. Personal growth and expansion comes through travel, education, and communication. Your enthusiasm is stimulated by a wide variety of activities for business as well as pleasure, but narrow your focus and concentrate your energies on what is most necessary, for this must be the key focus in coming months. You are naturally optimistic with a willingness to take risks – and now is the time to call in your luck! It is a springboard that will set you up for the years ahead, so act now and do not miss this once-in-twelve-year opportunity.
Capricorn, the Sea-Goat
Jupiter turns direct in your solar twelfth house of secrets, sorrows and sub-conscious motivation. However, even in the twelfth house he brings some advantage, although any benefits or gains may be hidden or not as obvious to others as might normally be the case. You need to activate now anything connected with spiritual development, institutions, partner's health and concealed matters in general, especially through matters linked with government departments, large corporations, hospitals, fraternal or charitable institutions.
Aquarius, the Water-Bearer
This is the time when you can realise many of your hopes and wishes, make money from career developments and enjoy anything to do with other people's children in your life. Income from your career is poised to expand and you can expect some financial assistance from friends and associates, so make your move in the two weeks surrounding August 6. Now is the time to set your directions. Friendships and matters related to clubs or associations you belong to will also benefit from positive action. Anything to do with clubs or associations will pay dividends through positive action over the coming months, so be bold and seize the day.
Pisces, the Fishes
A great deal of good fortune will come your way if you play your cards right at this critical juncture. Jupiter is your life-ruler, so the energy and enthusiasm surrounding you at this time will enable you to put your career plans into action – with the likelihood of a very good outcome, according to the stars. It's such a favourable period that the dumb luck that comes your way might be hard to believe. It's the right time to put those changes into motion that you have been thinking about, for this is a very fortunate time for you, when the cosmos is definitely on your side.
Aries, the Ram
As fiery Jupiter turns direct in your ninth house, now is the time to make those travel bookings, to plan vacations and to decide on any cultural, religious, or educational issues you have been considering. A second marriage, or matters to do with in-laws and relatives of your partner can be satisfactorily organized now. The next few months will be an interesting and fortunate period for you, with much potential for success and personal growth coming from decisions you set in motion now. Religious, cultural or spiritual awakening is more than possible, so remain positive and push for what you want.
Taurus, the Bull
This is the time, as Jupiter turns direct, that some financial gain should come for the Bull through marriage and through partnerships. Joint income, investments, collection of debts, taxes, insurance, inheritance and the settlement of estate matters are likely to come into the foreground as a result of decisions you make now. Your sexuality will take a deeper form of expression and you will be more than usually inclined to investigate the occult and other hidden subjects related to life's mysteries. Grasp the opportunities and put your plans into action.
Gemini, the Twins
Get out and mingle, as this is just the time when you can form successful partnerships, or even get married. Court cases, legal decisions, partnership issues and any open conflicts are likely to be resolved in your favour. Partners and other allies will be a source of stimulation, broader knowledge and new experiences for you. Remember not to compromise your principles and self-esteem in the whirlwind of social stimulation. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Cancer, the Crab
This is just the time for the wise Crab to make changes designed to improve your health, daily routines and relationships with co-workers. Decisions regarding health regimes or health professionals should be taken now for best results. Streamlining those working routines can be achieved and get to work on bolstering relations with subordinates and colleagues. Work travel is implied and you may acquire a pet or take more interest in small animals. Avoid procrastination. Do it at the right time, namely the two weeks surrounding August 6.
Leo, the Lion
Jupiter turning direct in Sagittarius is a fabulous opportunity for the Lions, bringing the chance to make a commitment in your lovelife, open up investment opportunities and produce happier relations with children. In the weeks surrounding this station, speculative opportunities will present themselves, so money can be made. This is the time to make investment decisions, move forward with romantic proposals and creative directions in general.
Virgo, the Virgin
With stately Jupiter moving forward in your fourth house of home, family and domestic circumstances on August 6, you are given the opportunity to break with the past and take matters to a higher level. Decisions you make now, especially those influenced by people you meet, inspire you to start new ventures of one sort or another in coming months. It's the best time for real estate and home improvement decisions, or perhaps selling up and relocating to a better residence. Confront any obstacles blocking your path to success; especially those generated by your own ego, greed, or self-indulgence. If you are prepared to act, you will pass the tests with flying colours and find your way to the prize.
Libra, the Scales
As Jupiter turns direct in your solar third house, it's the right time to acquire telephones, computers, answering machines, or other communication devices. Focus your intentions regarding expressing your views to a wider public. As communications and travel move up a notch, it's the ideal time to implement plans for creative writing, publishing, media, education or communicating with neighbours and siblings. Do not wait for something to happen, create your own opportunities.
Scorpio, the Scorpion
As Jupiter turns direct your solar second house of personal finances, you can make sensible decisions about the proper allocation of your resources. The deep consideration you have been giving your values and priorities (especially financial ones!) over the past few months now needs to be assigned and put to practical use. Personal priorities and values are being redefined, so choose your financial commitments now with care. The weeks either side of August 6 are the time to make serious moves.
Sagittarius is Jupiter's own sign, his Day Sign. Everyone feels more optimistic and expansive, under this influence, but it does tend to generate over-confidence. However, now it's time to get our act into gear! The two weeks surrounding the direct station (when Jupiter pauses before starting to move forward again) are favourable for making or implementing relevant decisions that have long-term consequences. It's worth keeping in mind that Jupiter changes signs to ambitious Capricorn on December 18, 2007, so decisions we make now will be most readily put into action before that date.
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