“If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” – Les Brown
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system – and more than twice as big as all the other planets combined – makes its grand re-entry into fiery Aries the Ram this morning (9:32 am), where it will remain until May 16, 2023. Earlier this year, on May 10th, Jupiter first entered Aries, then stationed retrograde on July 28th, and ingressed back into Pisces on October 28th. Projects that we began back in May, that were then put on the back burner during the retrograde phase, are now ready to be resumed, possibly with greater definition or form to them as a result of the reflective Rx period. Too, if maybe we were a little late to the game in May and missed the first Jupiter in Aries rollout, we have a second chance now to maybe hit one out of the park.
Just like its physical size, Jupiter tends to operate in more of a gargantuan – or as a former US president might say – a bigly fashion. It can push us to our limits – and beyond – especially when it is given free rein in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, associated with pioneering, self-assertion, and personal new beginnings. Jupiter in Aries is thought to be an excellent time to focus on matters that add to our self-discovery, elevate courage or bravery, and contribute to our sense that we are making a positive difference in the world. We will also want to make sure that we remain very focused on our vision and what we are trying to accomplish during this time. Some shadow-side manifestations of Jupiter in Aries include trying to do too much, going to excess, being too self-righteous or arrogant, and becoming too aggressive.
*All times EST
On This Day in History: On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation. South Carolina wanted to withdraw from the US because Abraham Lincoln, a member of the new Republican party, had just been elected president, and wanted to stop slavery from spreading into western territories. South Carolina lawmakers, meanwhile, were concerned that any interference with slavery would end their way of life. They also believed they had a constitutional right to take property – including slaves – anywhere. (manythings.org)
Astrologically, that day, among the notable aspects, was an exact square between Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Gemini, which were both at 9 degrees of their respective signs. The square between these two bodies is often associated with experiencing a great deal of tension or pressure as the desire to maintain the status quo (Saturn) is seemingly seriously threatened by radical change (Uranus), which can then lead to taking unprecedented actions. Decision-maker Mercury, in ideologically-oriented Sagittarius, was also at 8 degrees then and applying to an exact square to Saturn and opposition to Uranus (creating a mutable T-square in the sky); Mercury square Saturn can find us making decisions based on fear, while Mercury opposing Uranus can propel us to act more boldly or precipitously.
Hope it’s a good one! Please be safe and well.
Photo: Solar system sun from pixabay
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