Jupiter in Virgo — August 11, 2015 – 9 September 2016
The 12-year cycle of Jupiter is one of the most important to understand and work with in your own life. So right now, it’s worth looking back at the last time Jupiter was in Virgo – from 27 August 2003 to 25 September 2004 – and racking your brain to remember what happened during that period.
But that will only give you part of the story. You are 12 years older for a start, and your life will be in an entirely different phase. Not only that, Jupiter makes different aspects to the other planets each time he visits Virgo, and this gives his sojourn a different feel. What is more his retrograde is different too, creating a particular tempo.
• Jupiter in detriment in Virgo opposes Neptune empowered in Pisces, and that aspect is functioning right now. It’s a fascinating one because Jupiter and Neptune are both rulers of Pisces, and here they are pulling opposite directions on the wheel of the Zodiac, with one side much stronger than the other. The last time this aspect happened was 27 Aug 1849: it’s rare.
Jupiter pushes boundaries outwards and Neptune dissolves them. Jupiter can be loud and brassy, Neptune is subtle. When they are in aspect, they work in concert, even if that aspect is an opposition.
Personally this situation is beyond your control. There could well be some area of your life where you are forced to let go. Themes of sacrifice, compassion and redemption may come up. It could also be a moment for a mind-blowing artistic or religious experience. Stay open to the numinous.
Look at the axis of Pisces-Virgo in your chart and planets around 8° Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. The aspect becomes exact in mid-September and carries on until early October. There is only one hit, so pay attention around September 17.
In the solar system, Jupiter and Neptune sandwich rule-breaker Uranus and rule-maker Saturn, at loggerheads over… rules. It’ll be interesting to see how these two respond to this separating, dissolving energy.
• Jupiter will be at a tough angle to Saturn in Sagittarius, off and on, right up until May 2016. That makes great potential for evolution, but obstacles to overcome.
This will undoubtedly limit Jupiter’s functioning in Virgo this time. Couple that with the fact that Jupiter is in detriment in Virgo and you can predict a rather awkward transit for the king of the Zodiac.
Saturn in Sagittarius will be seeking to limit and organise things Jupiterian: specifically travel and the sharing of knowledge. Jupiter could get around this by going “small” perhaps. For example, short journeys, detailed information sharing. Thinking outside the box will definitely be useful this year. This should function well when Mercury, Virgo’s ruler, is in Sagittarius for 20 days from late November.
If you know your chart, take a look at where Virgo and Sagittarius are. These areas of your life will be going through some awkward adjustments.
• Jupiter rockets all the way to 24° Virgo by 9 January before turning Rx until May 9. He goes back all the way to 13°. This puts a spotlight on those middle degrees of Virgo.
• From this same mid-Virgo area, Jupiter will be in a flowing trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. This earthy trine, should add some balance to the slippery fluidity of Neptune in Pisces and the fizzing fire of Uranus in Aries. Planets moving through Taurus next spring will come into a Grand Trine with these two: a time to take big practical steps.
Pluto and Jupiter working well together like this could be highly effective for bringing about change for all earth signs, and water signs with planets in the middle degrees. These two could lever you out of your current situation, if you so desire.