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    Success by the Stars
    timing is everything!

    Rob Tillett, astrologer and founder of Astrology on the Web, argues that success factors can be identified through an examination of the structure, progressions and transits to the birth chart of any individual. It can also be identified using the chart of a marriage, a business, or any other venture.

    Success to most of us means the achievement of our goals in life. Astrology teaches that the stars and planets are a map to our personalities and a guide to our place in the world. An analysis of your horoscope can indicate the areas in which you are most suited to formulate goals and the likelihood of their attainment. This applies to the identification of a suitable career, the timing of ventures and the eventual outcome of any project.

    The Sun sign, Moon sign and Ascendant or rising sign, along with the position and aspects of the ruling planet, are good guides to character and success, especially in relation to the planets and signs governing the sixth and tenth houses. The position and aspects of the benefics (Venus and Jupiter) and the malefics (Mars and Saturn) also give a good indication, as strong benefics smooth the pathway to success, while the malefics point out the obstacles and also the motivating drives.

    No Horoscope Remains Static

    No horoscope remains static. Growth patterns develop and circumstances change, according to the potential of the birth chart and the conditions that are marked for future expression. The progressions to the horoscope reveal the inner growth patterns that show our stages of growth. The transits, especially of the outer planets, reveal the external influences governing the circumstances for the various areas of life, whether financial, career-oriented, romantic or other matters of concern. The transits and progressions set the stage. A good understanding of this can save a lot of wasted time and energy, by surfing the wave of nature, rather than being swamped!

    For example, the transit of Jupiter through the 10th house brings a stack of energy and enthusiasm that inspires your ambitions. As the nature of Jupiter is expansive and fortunate, the year in which this transit occurs will expand your career and other long range goals. It's the time to go after what you want, to promote yourself and your interests with all your might.

    This fortunate period brings the recognition and the rewards that you have earned. Jupiter is generous, so you might also receive recognition or rewards that you have not really earned. This may seem a stroke of good fortune, at least in the first place. However, a lack of accountability or merit may mean that what has been easily gained can be easily lost. This is governed by aspects and other chart factors.

    Annual Transit of Jupiter

    Jupiter has been in Aries since January 22, 2011, where this mighty influence will be active until June 4, 2011, when the Lord of Fortune rushes forward into Taurus the Bull. 2010 and 2011 are unusual, with Jupiter splitting time between two signs, as Jupiter's transit of each sign usually lasts for about one year, so it sets the underlying tone for the year under consideration. As there are twelve signs, Jupiter transits the tenth house of your chart every twelve years. Of course Jupiter's benefits are also modified by other factors, including the strength of your natal Jupiter, Sun, Moon and so on. Jupiter travels through other houses of the chart in his twelve year cycle, making aspects to the planets in your chart as he goes. 2010 has seen Jupiter in Pisces, so Gemini has been the beneficiary of his largesse (Pisces is the 10th house counting from Gemini); however, between Jan and Jun this coming year, as Jupiter transits Aries again, will bring a good dose of fortune to Cancer! In June he shifts forward to Taurus, so Leo will be favoured for the year thereafter. Here is a table that shows the Jupiter signs by transit and Jupiter's Mid-Heaven (MC or 10th house positions), relatively speaking.

    Year 2010/2011 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2019 2020 2021
    Jupiter Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagitt. Capric. Aquar.
    Luck Sign Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus
    After 2021, the cycle begins again in 2022, with Jupiter once more in Pisces.

    When Jupiter forms positive aspects with planets, especially the Sun, Moon and Ruling Planet, great periods of benefit are awakened. Difficult aspects can still mean benefit, but pose the danger of over-confidence and recklessness. Again, this is governed by other factors, which can be discovered through a detailed analysis of your personal chart and its developments. You need to get your chart done to check your rising sign and also to see how this affects your own chart in terms of timing.

    Naturally there is more to this than can be outlined here and other factors are also very important with regard to the likelihood of success, but Jupiter is a good example of how the planets reveal timing. It is best to work with nature, rather than against her, so in any venture, important decision or formulation of a life-plan, the wise individual takes the stars into consideration.


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