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A couple of days ago I had in mind exactly what I was going to write about Jupiter in Virgo. An astrology blog doesn’t exactly write itself, but at any given time there are certain themes happening that are easily grasped and assembled into something. Jupiter rules largeness and excess. Virgo has an association with clean living and health and nutrition. Put the two together and you’ve got the basis for a blog entry about the nature of Jupiter in Virgo, which entered that Sign earlier this morning and will spend a little over a year there. In my case I had planned something along the lines of writing a satirical post about how in the next year more and more people would be dying from overdoses of quinoa and kale. See how that works?

Anyway, as is often the case in life, things did not go as planned. During the final hours of Jupiter in Leo I experienced the first major migraine I have had in a couple of years.

Let me explain what a proper migraine is like to the vast majority of you who have never experienced one… And you should be really thankful for that. A migraine isn’t really a headache. It is a neurological malfunction that runs amok through your brain and does things so terrible to it that the word pain doesn’t even really apply, although that’s the closest word we have to it.

Think of it this way: imagine that, on a good day or a bad day, the sound your brain makes is like a running stream. When a migraine happens, the sound of your brain is more like this:

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In my case it involves bright lights becoming painful, certain geometric patterns being highly unpleasant to look at, and a strange side effects called… I’m not making this up… Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

With me it also involves an inability to communicate or deal with words in general, which — as a writer and someone who does readings for people — you can imagine put quite a damper on work. And I will spare you the details of what happens to my digestive tract the day after a migraine.

Anyway: my real astrological point here is this. Regardless of the nature of Jupiter in Leo or Jupiter in Virgo, one must always look at the individual birth chart and the other transits that are happening to see what the effects will be. For many of you Jupiter in Virgo should prove to be an excellent time. But in many cases that excellent time won’t kick in for the next two months, largely due to be square from transiting Saturn and Sagittarius. Just to complicate things, Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius.

Where this becomes important in my case is that my Mercury, which is the general planetary ruler of neurology, is in the early degrees of Sagittarius conjunct the South Node. It also rules writing and communication, and rules the Third House of my birth chart… which has a lot to do with how the mind works.

Put all this together and it means that my ability to write and communicate got seriously scrambled yesterday and today. This is not a good thing, given that this is how I make a living. The mysteries of neurology ain’t nothing compared to the mysteries of how a guy is supposed to make his rent in America when his primary work tool – his brain – is suddenly broken down.

I believe I had a point here about how Jupiter in Virgo can actually be good for people despite it technically being a debilitated placement. However as I have established, my ability to write and communicate is messed up still today. Any typos I missed? Pffft. I’m leaving them. Time for me to lie down again. I’ll need all the brain power I can get tomorrow when I tackle the astrology of the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson Missouri.

For all my petty little problems in this world, there are plenty of things much worse happening…


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