February is a fast and urgent month with Mars, Venus and Uranus in fiery, furious Aries. Mars in his own sign is rather unbridled, Venus in her opposite sign is not doing her usual harmony, sweetness and light thing and Uranus is spitting sparks.
Somewhere in your life there’s probably a bit of a turmoil or drama. But frankly, this whole past 12-month has proved to be a challenge for those of us with tree-hugging, peace-loving, rose-tinted spectacle wearing tendencies. There’s a lot of ugly out there. But astrology does offer us some ideas of how to handle the rough stuff.
Jupiter, the planet of justice, benevolence and expansion and luck, is currently in Libra — and opposing those Arian energies. Jupiter turns backwards today — but that does not mean his power weakens, but it is quite useful to think of it turning more inward. Remember that Jupiter is retrograde about half the time.
Now Libra is a complex sign. It’s an air sign, of course, so intellectual or at least oriented to matters of the “head”, yet at the same time it is ruled by Venus and associated with relationships, matters of the heart. It’s noticeable that Libra Suns are often attracted to complex, difficult people.
With Jupiter in this sign until October, we may all be feeling a little Libran now: that is ready to examine our one-to-one interactions, curious about other people and social hierarchies. Libra is also a notably political sign, expert debaters, diplomats and polemicists. With Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries, polarisation is inevitable. People will be joining sides and arguing.
Libra’s symbol is the scales, of course: a curious symbol — the only one that is not a living creature. The scales represent commerce, and also justice. With Jupiter in Libra, we are likely to see some important court cases. In the UK, we have had legal challenges to Brexit and in the United States opposition to Trump is most likely to succeed through the law (indeed as I write this the suits are multiplying). Since Jupiter is retrograde these may take time and require serious re-evaluation of the laws of the land. Remember that Uranus in Aries is challenging Jupiter for most of the latter’s tour through Libra. This is individual freedom vs the law. It’s evident that Trump is stress-testing American democracy, but there are other cases around the world doing similar things. In Spain, for example, the trial of Artur Mas is exploring the boundaries of democracy, and in Romania, popular protest has just forced the government to drop a law legalising some forms of graft.
Diplomacy is another Libran area being given a thorough testing in these times — and interestingly this connects directly to Saturn (borders) in Sagittarius (international). This testing and evaluation will last for months.
So two ways of dealing with these interesting times are to turn to the law, like Jupiter in Libra, or demonstrate, like Uranus in Aries. However, if you are anti-Trump, taking the battle to the courts may turn out to be most effective, and the media continuing to refuse to bend the rules (Saturn in Sagittarius) will support that.
Now, there is another aspect to Jupiter in Libra which is personally relevant to each of us. Do as the Librans do and suck up culture. Make a point of that, this year — at least until October.
We can console ourselves in these difficult times with art, music and dance. If you think back to 1851 — last time Jupiter in Libra opposed Uranus in Aries while Neptune was in Pisces — you’re more likely to remember a work of art or a book (Moby Dick perhaps) than who was President. Politics are important, but art is eternal.