Amidst a bright blooming of burnished leaves here in the north, and an exuberant flourish of spring flowers in the south, Jupiter changed direction yesterday, a turning point in our own lives; a celestial turning point at this time in our human story.
Jupiter is associated with “good fortune”, with expansion and optimism. It is also about faith. “It is the paradox of spiritual growth that through such bleak winter journeys we eventually come through a hidden door into a bright field of springtime that we could never have discovered otherwise. This is the heart of the mystical,” wrote John O’Donohue.
Depending on where Jupiter is moving through your birth chart, you may sense a quickening, a stirring of something new and expansive; something mystical and sacred that rises in the presence of the challenges and opportunities in our lives.
This week’s discerning New Moon (25° Virgo) makes a trine to Saturn—soon to station and move direct in his own sign of Capricorn on September 25th —to Pluto, still Retrograde in Capricorn until October 4th. This is a celestial sign of a stable, serious new beginning that must be anchored in routine, ritual, intentional sacredness.
This New Moon also squares the Nodes, suggesting some kind of choice, a crossroad, a moment when we must choose between the future and the past—a fated encounter that generates a new impetus for some kind of change in our perception or life’s circumstance.
Neptune is pulled into this lunation by an opposition—a strange, otherworldly energy that blurs our resolve, clouds our vision, and may compromise our health if we don’t take special care to abide by the “rules”. If we use this energy consciously, we may draw upon subtle forces, our guides, our ancestors, our angels. We may dedicate ourselves to selfless service, or acts of altruism that connect us to the heart of the mystical.
Jupiter is the co-ruler of Neptune and Sagittarius. As it begins to gather speed, it underscores the need to be patient, to be wary of inflated expectations or delusional idealism. It takes focus and spiritual muscle to stay positive. To seek out those little things that give our lives texture and substance. It takes humility to be patient, and faith to trust.
“Life is simple,” writes Bryon Katie. “Everything happens at the exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it. It’s just easier if you do.”
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