Oh My Stars

beliefnet astrology ask an astrologerDear EL:

In Part One of this series, we covered the condition of your Jupiter, and its role in both “luck” and “happiness.” In Part Two, we got into the larger subject of depression, and in Part Three we covered how and why the transits that you have gone through and will experience might be aggravating things. Now, finally, we come to the real magic of what astrology can do: how can you make this better?

We’ve already established that what’s bringing things to a head for you is the Pluto transit affecting your natal T-square, and because Pluto is so damnably slow, you have a couple of years to go year before you are out of the woods. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re looking ahead at the next two or three years and seeing nothing but one long crappy Pluto transit:

1) It’s never just one transit on its own that makes everything either miserable or wonderful. One needs to zoom in on the smaller and faster transits to see how they contribute to the entire picture. The other transits can aggravate the larger ones, or (more importantly) they can lift the burden.

-There are plenty of places online where you can tell where the Moon is going to be at any given time. Whenever the Moon is between 15 and 25 degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn), you can count on your mood being worse. However, whenever the Moon is at about 15-25 Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, it will be working well with your Ascendant — and thus may boost your mood to get out and do something. Pay attention to when Mars is transiting those degrees as well: Mars can aggravate a difficult transit, but give you a boost when it’s in a good place for you.

Also, whenever the Moon is at about 10-20 degrees Pisces, it will working with your Venus. That makes it a good time to be kind to yourself.

-In February through July 2019, and again in December 2019-February 2020, Saturn will be on your side, trine your natal Saturn. The Saturn Trine is a fantastic opportunity to restructure your life in a way that works for you. In fact, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in early 2020 (that some are already sweating bullets over) could be an incredibly positive and transformative time for you.

-Jupiter will be in Scorpio until late 2018. Since this is your Twelfth House, you will be in a position to get great benefit out of professional help/counseling. Which leads us to…

2) Astrology is never JUST about astrology. Yes, you read that right. Just as you exist within a continuum of other people and their lives, you (and your birth chart) aren’t isolated phenomena. Understanding your circumstances, how you are wired as a person, and when the good times and bad times will all occur are all incredibly useful. But if you want real, observable relief from what is causing your pain, you need to take real, observable action. Contacting an astrologer is the first step to curing your ails, but it isn’t the last.

Having said that, EL? Thank you for contacting me about this. That’s what I’m here for. I have tremendous faith in your ability to make it through this — now go and prove me right, okay?

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The last time I wrote about Jupiter in Scorpio, I took a joking approach with the title and the first paragraph. Sometimes one sees terrible and inaccurate over-generalizations made by some astrologers when it comes to the nature of a planet in a Sign. Any group of people in any line of work can sometimes fall into that sort of trap, but anyone who actually understands astrology wouldn’t (hopefully) say (and really mean) something as ludicrous as “Moon in Scorpio is always terrible” or “Sun in Libra is always peaceful and caring for others” or so on. Astrologers need to be particularly cautious about applying generalized statements to individual people. Statements like that reveal not only a general lack of astrological knowledge, even more importantly they illustrate a lack of knowledge of humans.

Nonetheless, here I go, dipping into the deep well of generalizations one could make about Jupiter as it passes through Scorpio.

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the story of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the flagrant abuse of his power within his field to commit a number of rapes and sexual assaults and generally cultivate an atmosphere of sexual harassment.

I originally set out to look at Harvey Weinstein’s birth chart. But before too long, it occurred to me that Harvey Weinstein is almost not the point of the whole Harvey Weinstein story. Well of course he is, but allow me to explain why I won’t. Using someone’s birth chart to reinforce your beliefs about them is the easiest thing to do in the world. You don’t even need to be an astrologer to do it. Let me show you how: this is the birth chart of Adolf Hitler…

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Without knowing anything about astrology, you could look at it and say something like “look how prominent that thing with the horns on it is at the three o’clock position of the chart. Clearly this man is a devil!” Likewise, if one was a big fan of Hitler, you could talk about how the fish hook shaped thing with the cross on top is at the top of the chart, therefore “he must be on a holy Crusade.” To which I can only say two things: first of all, that’s not how astrology works. Second, if you are a big Hitler fan, get lost and never come back to my blog again, thank you very much.

Some things are bigger than an interpreation, or “being right” about something, astrologically. The #MeToo movement is one of those things.


God knows I am not excusing Harvey Weinstein at all, and if you want to see the specifics of his chart, there are already bloggers out there who have done an excellent job of interpreting it. The point I want to address is that Jupiter’s passage through any given Sign represents something larger than simply what it does during any given news cycle. In this case, the matter of sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein has spawned a movement on Facebook and Twitter identifying itself with #MeToo comes to mind.

If Jupiter represents law and morality and Scorpio represents sex, it’s pretty obvious to see how it could have spawned the Harvey Weinstein story. At the same time, let’s not assume that when Jupiter moves into Sagittarius next year that no one will care about it anymore, and the cause du jour will be animal rights or freedom of movement or something typically Sagittarian.

The truth (which is something Jupiter always loves) is that power often corrupts. And let’s be honest here: power usually rests in the hands of men. The #MeToo movement cannot and should not be readily dismissed as a side effect of Jupiter in Scorpio. If you are not a woman who has experienced this, you know women who have. If you are a man who has not done this, you know men who have.

This may have all been triggered by Jupiter in Scorpio, but it is larger than Jupiter in Anything. And it’s damned well time we all got real about it.

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beliefnet astrology ask an astrologer(Part One of this series is HERE)

Dear EL:

Please bear with me, as discussing this subject properly necessitates not one but two lengthy digressions. Rather than push my word count to the breaking point, I’m presenting my next set of comments into two more digestible-sized chunks. So: here’s some more vegetables for you. Dessert arrives later on.


In Part Two of this series we established the base conditions in your birth chart that appear to be the source of your depression. And yes I’m going to call it depression, even though you (and many others facing what you are facing) know all about going to the doctor’s and being told “oh that’s not depression, that’s borderline personality disorder,” “that’s not borderline personality disorder, that’s Asperger’s Syndrome,” “that’s not Asperger’s syndrome, that’s anxiety,” and so on. Even though we’ve made a science of psychology in the last century or so, I can’t think of any other science that changes its mind about things as often as psychology does. So let’s just call the thing that is making you unhappy “depression” and be done with it, okay?

You’ve probably noticed that your depression has been harder to handle in the last two or three years, even though it’s something that (according to your birth chart) you were born with. The birth chart is the hand you are dealt, but the transits are the things that bring out those potentials along the way. Your Third House, for example, indicates that you’re probably a pretty good communicator… but it’s not like you popped out in the delivery room speaking in complete sentences. These things take time.

In the last two or three years there have been a couple of transits that would have aggravated things for you. Most notably, transiting Pluto is conjunct your Mars now, and since Pluto is such a slow planet this transit has been doing its thing to you for a long time. And I have to be honest with you: this transit is going to be affecting you one way or another for a good couple of years at least yet. On top of that, Saturn has been in Sagittarius — your First House. Regardless of any other circumstances, that’s not usually a fun time.

And now for the second digression in this blog entry. Again, I swear it’s necessary!

I could have finished this blog entry two paragraphs ago and technically I would have done my job as an astrologer. I told you where the hurt comes from and how long it’s going to last. But it would be both poor astrological practice and make me kind of a jerk to do so. I’m afraid that some astrologers do tend to approach life that way (look at any field of human endeavor and you’ll find a few jerks in there somewhere). It’s also the kind of thing you might accidentally end up doing to yourself if you are looking at your own transits. Turn on the evening news sometime and all those are good the top story, or one of the top stories, will be about some terrible crime. What the news generally doesn’t tell you is that overall in both North and South America and Europe at least, overall crime rates are down.

Yes, really. I know it doesn’t seem like it but it’s still true.

Although it’s easy to spot difficulties in the birth chart and easy to spot the transits that will make those difficulties harder to handle, the same techniques can be used to both moderate the damage and in fact lead to a solution. And that’s what my next blog entry on this subject will be all about. Thanks for sticking through it with me.

NEXT TIME: yes, there is a light at the end of this tunnel… and no, it’s not an oncoming train either.

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source: NASA

Ha! Just kidding. But when something as major as a planet changing Signs occurs, there is a tendency to take the nature of the planet, weld it to the nature of the Sign and just throw out some basic statements. Jupiter enters Scorpio on October 10th, and since Jupiter rules things like committed relationships and good times, and Scorpio has a strong association with sex and death… well, you get the idea where the headline came from (Jupiter also rules humor, whether or not this particular headline was actually funny). When you get down to it, the most important effect that Jupiter in Scorpio (or Anything in Anything, for that matter) will have on you has to be based on the details of your individual birth chart, and that’s where getting a reading comes in.

Having said that, there are some generalizations we can make about this transit that have a certain degree of general truth. There will be a tendency, for better or worse, for people to dig in their heels with their relationships or business or legal commitments. There’s also some reason to expect that people will “lighten up” a bit when it comes to sexual matters.

If you want to get a more accurate picture of what Jupiter in Scorpio means for you personally, a good place to start is looking at your life from between October 2005 to November 2006. Although all the other planets have moved around since then, that’s the last time Jupiter was in Scorpio, so that may give you some indication as to what the next year will be like for you when it comes to Jupiter related matters.

Other than that, here are the more noteworthy events for Jupiter during its trip through Scorpio…

Mid November to mid-December, 2017
Jupiter trine Neptune

There should prove to be an abundance of warm thoughts, “love and light” feelings, and general spiritual well-being at this time. Admittedly, neither of these planets is always terribly practical though, so you’ll need to put a little effort into getting observable results out of it.

January 2018, and again in April 2018
Jupiter sextile Pluto

A good time for breakthroughs in committed relationships, legal matters, and business. If any of those departments of your life have been up against long-standing obstacles, now might be the time to fix that.

March 8th – July 10th 2018
Jupiter Retrograde

Any major planets in your birth chart between 13 and 23 degrees get the Retrograde Triple Hit Transit, and the Scorpio House in your birth chart gets a double dose of Jovian energy.

Mid October 2018 to Mid November 2018
Jupiter trine Chiron

When it comes to hard and fast predictions of observable and objective events, anything involving Chiron can be a little tricky. Chiron involves itself more with psychological matters and deeply held traumas and your beliefs about yourself and others based on those traumas. This Transit could make those matters much easier to address and to heal.

November 8th 2018
Jupiter enters Sagittarius

Since Jupiter rules Sagittarius, overall this should be a time of optimism and enthusiasm. Soak it up while you can before that big scary Saturn Pluto conjunction of 20/20 that everyone is already sweating bullets over…

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