Jupiter enters Scorpio October 10, 2018. It will transit Scorpio in two phases. First through March 29, 2019, then April 22, 2019 through November 4, 2019. What will it mean for us? Read on to find out.
Jupiter spends about 1 year in each sign. Its sign placement sets the trend both personally and globally. It tells us how we are progressing and developing as a culture. It shows us how we collectively interpret the events and circumstances in which we find ourselves.
As the story we bring to what we see, hear, and feel, It’s the baseline given narrative that provides context for what we experience.
Jupiter articulates what we believe is possible. These possibilities are rooted in experience. They weave the narrative of our lives, determining how we interpret what we see and experience. It’s one thing to see (SUN), it’s another to give word to what you see (MERCURY), and then something different to infer meaning and interpret (JUPITER).
By transit, Jupiter brings opportunities to assess how we’ve interpreted our experiences. Are those interpretations accurate? Or, is it time to update the narrative that tells the story of possibility in our lives? Jupiter transits to the natal chart bring opportunities for new experiences, new interpretations, and new stories about what is possible for us.
Jupiter’s sign each year defines the intention of collective action. Jupiter answers the question, what is the motivation for society’s will to act?
Jupiter in Libra
September 11, 2017 – October 10, 2018
Libra is the cardinal air domicile (home) of Venus, exaltation of Saturn, detriment of Mars, and the fall of the Sun.
As the home of Venus, the cardinal air sign Libra teaches us about unity for the sake of reconciliation. It is here that we magnify commonalities so that the cross section of agreement can be found.
As the exaltation of Saturn, Libra teaches us about consensus as the most appropriate method for defining limitations. Saturn in Libra is the very definition of consensual reality.
As the detriment of Mars, Libra teaches how to use consensus as the means to autonomy and execution of the will.
As the fall of the Sun, Libra teaches how to socially contextualize personal dominion. It asks us to define the social implications of our perceptions and self concept.
Wherever Libra is in your chart is where you seek the agreement of others as a means to making progress. It’s where you are called to forsake your feelings and perceptions for the cause of ideals and consensus.
Since September 11, 2017 Jupiter has been in Libra. Answering to Venus and the transits it has made, Jupiter has set the trend of Justice for and by women. We saw the #MeToo movement, #TimesUp, and unprecedented firsts for women in many fields. We saw women running for public office, again, in unprecedented numbers.
Libra is a cardinal sign focused on consensus. Consensus means ‘with agreement’. Libra asks, how can we move forward together, with agreement? It’s objectivity is not truth. The objectivity of Libra is a reality that can be verified by other people. Reality itself is consensus for Libra.
Just as we’ve found new motivations for justice, we’ve also sought to ignore differences, often in ways that brought harm and inequality to many people.
Jupiter in Libra taught us that consensus comes at a cost, and it is not a panacea for progress. How can we learn to accept our differences and quench the urge to reconcile the irreconcilable? Not everything can be brought into agreement.
One other major lesson of Jupiter in Libra that I wrote about at the onset of this transit is regarding the nature of legality.
“…more often than not, those we define as wrongdoers don’t always get their comeuppance without human intervention. This is another important lesson of Jupiter in Libra.
That same bias that determines what is wrong or criminal (against the law) determines who is criminal and who is wrong. In America, law has historically been used to abdicate the white ruling class from the legal consequences of immoral actions like slavery, lynching, extrajudicial killings or state sanctioned murder, or leaving an entire city of people without safe drinking water.
Justice does not equate to morality: it stratifies classes of people into those with power and those without power or agency, those who make and enforce the laws and those who are disproportionately targeted by laws.”
Jupiter in Scorpio
October 10, 2018 through March 29, 2019 | April 22, 2019 through November 4, 2019 [Jupiter will spend March 29, 2019 through April, 22 2019 in Sagittarius]
The move from Libra to Scorpio is one of the most drastic in the zodiac. The change from a Venus ruled sign to a Mars ruled sign is a transition from the many to the singular, from consensus to dissent.
Scorpio is the fixed water domicile of Scorpio and the detriment of Venus and the fall of the Moon.
As the fixed water home of Mars, Scorpio teaches us about the role of our emotions in our drive for self preservation. Emotions are a signal alerting us to that which preserves our lives and that which endangers our lives.
As the detriment of Venus, Scorpio teaches us about the necessity of standing your emotional ground when the pressure to conform undermines your survival instinct.
As the fall of the Moon, Scorpio teaches us about the need to cut biological ties for the sake of self preservation. Blood ties can be toxic to one’s survival.
“Patriotism is an idea, so is capitalism or communism. But ideas can make men forget their own interests and the guys in charge will exploit men who believe in ideas too much.” – Panchinko by Min Jin Lee
During the recent Jupiter in Libra transit, we saw clearly how ideas can inspire a person to give up their autonomy. Autonomy means self (auto) law (nomos/nomy). Jupiter in Libra has highlighted the drive to submit one’s self-law to another law outside of the self. That is the law determined by consensus, by the group.
The idea of being civil has to do with being a functioning member of society. If you want the benefits of being part of a group then you have to follow the rules the group has laid out. The calls for civility during Jupiter in Libra have been used to silence demands for justice rather than to demand members of society treat each other with dignity.
But now, as we come to Jupiter in Scorpio, the trend shifts from moving forward with consensus—to feel with (another or others)—to standing one’s ground with dissent (differing sentiment/feel).
Where Libra has brought a new consensus, especially with regard to women and the rights of the disenfranchised members of society, Scorpio comes to teach us about emotional autonomy as a means to self preservation.
Since Jupiter defines how we interpret our experiences, defining the narrative we bring to what we see, in Scorpio we now come to interpret our experiences through the narrative of self preservation.
Libra is not an emotional sign. Justice bears a sword and a scale seeking to exact and reconcile. Libra demands that you give what you owe, to reckon and make all things equal. Fairness is measured in the swift consideration of remedies for infractions. Libra upholds principles even if they offend the personal and emotional.
In contrast, Scorpio maintains the physical body, the life that has been established. Threat detection and perception, the necessity of calling a thing what it is no matter how uncomfortable it may make others, no matter how it offends, is the means by which one preserves their life—survives.
Where Taurus, the sign opposed Scorpio, demands assimilation and conforming—and Libra demands consideration—Scorpio says, “I have a right to feel how I feel!”
Gone are the demands for civility and “let us come together and reason”. Jupiter in Scorpio invites opportunities for acting in one’s own self interest, rejecting pressure to emotionally conform.
Key Phrases and Concepts
These words and concept shall guide us through this Jupiter in Scorpio transit:
- Deviate from the consensus
- Deviate from the norm
- Separation from the party
- Cutting off ties
- Isolation from the group
- Separation and loss
- Putting up a fight
- Not afraid to fight
- Dig in your heels
- Survival instinct
- Self preservation
- Against all odds
Here are questions to guide you through this Jupiter in Scorpio transit:
- What experiences lead you to greater emotional autonomy?
- In what ways is dissension a matter of survival for you?
- What is your relationship with anger, fear, and other “uncomfortable” emotions?
- In what area(s) of your life is it necessary to leave others behind for the sake of your own life and emotional well-being?
- What does “stand your ground” mean for you? And where in your life are you ready to take on this stance?
- Who are the people and what are the experiences that encourage your right to feel how you feel?
- What does it look like for you to honor your feelings and not rationalize them, or conform, so that other people will accept you?
- In what ways has your refusal to conform left you isolated and alone?
- How have experiences of separation and abandonment cultivated a defensive stance telling you the story that “emotional intimacy is unsafe for me?” Is this story still true for you?
- What is the cost you pay for putting your feelings first?