Jupiter in Capricorn 2019

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On December 3rd Jupiter has entered Capricorn, the sign of its fall. Let’s see together the meaning of this transit and why it is not necessarily a bad thing.

So first of all, what does it mean that Jupiter has entered the sign of its fall? As you might know planets represent different kinds of natural energies. Changing sign, these energies are modulated differently by it. Simply put, it’s like having the same material used for different purposes. You can try using paper to make a dress and a piece of fabric to take notes, but the other way around is better.

Sometimes planets find themselves in the same situation. They are modulated in a way that does not resonate with their own nature. This is not necessarily a problem but it comes with some issues we can’t ignore.

Jupiter in Capricorn

Jupiter is the planet of meaning, philosophy, higher knowledge, expansion, traveling, experience—in a word, everything leading us to wisdom. Usually people think about Jupiter as the planet of wealth and fortune, but we don’t have to confuse the goal with the means.

Jupiter brings wisdom and higher knowledge—this is the goal. Wealth and abundance are just mere means, and for a very simple reason. We can all agree that if I am struggling for survival I don’t really care about higher knowledge or wisdom. I am too concerned dealing with the mess in my life for that. A higher spiritual life is possible only if the lower material life is ok. Otherwise you are using spirit to escape from life, and there’s nothing wise (or spiritual) in that.

Now, the problem is that Capricorn is—THE—sign of struggling for survival. It is ruled by the severe Saturn who demands us to be independent adults, to climb that snowy mountain alone and make it by ourselves. The underling principle of Capricorn says: “Nature is a cold and inhospitable place. Mistakes are paid dearly”. Not exactly the best scenario for a philosopher devoted to wisdom.

So what happens to Jupiter in Capricorn? Since it’s not his ideal environment (we say the planet is debilitated), it starts bumping from one coping mechanism to the other. Let’s see the main ones to get an idea of what expect from this upcoming 2020.

Greed

In January (Capricorn) you don’t have much to harvest: Nature is poor. Greed is the simplest reaction to the loss of the abundance we used to have. It is about not only wanting that wealth back, but also doing everything possible to 1. getting more of it and 2. doing everything possible not to losing it again.

Jupiter is confusing the goal with the means. This can lead us to forget that the most important thing for our spiritual life is the experience not the material gain. If we don’t remember the higher role of wealth, we can be tempted to want more and more of it in a meaningless spiral. We lose our momentum towards wisdom.

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Power over Ideals

Another symptom for this scenario is that we tend to distance ourselves more and more from our ideals. We might tell us that we are compromising, but is it really so? Sometimes it is very difficult to discern what we are doing.

A way to do that is being aware of when we are choosing power over ideals. In this case we are not compromising, we are pretty much selling our soul. And for what? Power gives us the illusion of filling that void we feel inside. It is that meaningless spiral I was talking about.

The problem with that is that our community life is based on shared ideals. If we betray those ideals we start not knowing who we are anymore, and so people around us. They start not recognizing us anymore to the point that we are cut off from the community.

Capricorn Expansion

There’s more to a meaningless search for money and power for Jupiter in Capricorn. In general, one of the simplest effect of Jupiter in a sign is enhancing and expanding it. This means that not only the cons but also the pros of Capricorn find their expression.

Here’s what we get when we add the confident and optimistic traits of Jupiter to the best side of Capricorn:

  • The virtue of moderation;
  • Guiding others to get through tough times;
  • Life lessons that comes from taking responsibility;
  • Sharing the results of your labor with others;
  • Understanding the mission and vision of your business;
  • Having more confidence in taking risks in business;
  • Expanding your business through community support;

So if on one hand we are aware of the temptations that Jupiter in Capricorn might bring us, and on the other we focus on our business (Capricorn) and community life (Jupiter), everything will fall into place.

Letting the Door Open

We always need to remember that in Nature good or bad don’t really exist and that we are the creators of our own destiny. Transits are no more than a shift in the energies of the cosmos, so the most important thing is the way we react to them.

On top of that we should always be open to the divine powers that dwell beyond the plane of planets and stars. Life is full of secrets and forgotten mysteries, and the ways of the divine are infinite.

Thanks for reading!

Cardinal T-Square — Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech

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We have already described the nature of the Cardinal T-Square that has been active since last November. This dynamic—and unstable—configuration involves Jupiter in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. Its main effect is most likely going to manifest as a an impulse toward justice. Still, the energies involved are so powerful and unpredictable that it’s too soon to pronounce on the outcome. However, something is already moving.

Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech

When we deal with such big energies we also need to pay attention to the world of politics since it is able to determine events on a global scale. If we take a closer look to Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech we are definitely going to find several tracks of this jupiterian force, getting in the way of the Pluto-Uranus square.

First of all, he seems to stand for the people, taking basically the parts of Uranus in Aries:

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

And he is also definitely confronting Pluto in Capricorn, by saying:

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

[…] What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

This is clearly the manifestation of Pluto square Uranus: the elite power groups versus the “revolution from below”, demanding equal rights and social justice.

We need to realize that in this speech Trump does not consider himself part of the political class. He is introducing himself as a third force, which promises to restore the broken balance of justice (Jupiter in Libra, indeed).

But we also need to understand that by doing so he is—at the same time—weakening the irrational impulse of Uranus in Aries. That impulse which in my opinion would otherwise explode as a violent public demonstration, leading the country towards a sort of civil class war. We could say that this irrationality has already been expressed in the outcome of the election per se. No matter how you put it: it is little reasonable to vote for a man who destroyed the very concept of political correctness.

Protectionist Policies

Trump stated that he is basically going to follow a protectionist policy, which is going to weaken the financial elite:

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own.

And spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich, while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

As a matter of fact, last December he promised a 35% tax on products sold in the US by any business that fired American workers, and built a factory elsewhere.

In Conclusion

As we stated above it is still too early to understand how the T-Square is going to end. But I find very interesting the way the collective unconscious is playing the game, putting such a controversial political figure in charge of a delicate process of transformation.

Still, we have to assume that he is possibly lying. That in the end he is going to be just another puppet of that establishment he doesn’t want to be a part of. We’ll see how the situation evolves, until then thanks for reading and have a good week.

Mercury Retrograde, Boosted Christmas Chaos?

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DEC19 @ 16° Capricorn — JAN08 @ 29° Sagittarius

Delays, late public transport, undelivered packages, mobile phone betrayals, messy forgetfulness, last minute hysteria, unsent messages, misunderstandings, scheduling complications, planning drama. Mercury Retrograde is the biggest stereotype among astrology followers.

Let’s face it: Christmas time is going to be like that anyway—either Mercury is retrograde or not. So, is Christmas chaos going to be boosted by this struggling transit? Generally speaking, yes. Also because on the same day Mars—ruler of action—is entering Pisces: the most chaotic sign of the zodiac. Even technology won’t help you since its lord Uranus is retrograde, too.

I can already imagine people going crazy, rushing around aimlessly like a bunch of beheaded chickens. But can we say this is going to be the case for everyone? Of course not. You should—as always—check at least in which specific house of your Natal Chart is going to fall Mercury Retrograde (from 16° Capricorn to 29° Sagittarius). For example, the list above is a typical third house Mercury retrograde general trend.

Well, now that we have decreed that this Christmas is going to be a messy-mess we can move forward and see what we can do about it.

Planning Drama and Self-Control

When direct, Mercury in Capricorn is the mind who analyzes external events in order to control them. It is a business oriented mindset who uses data and statistics for market forecasts and risk management.

But when such energy goes retrograde you can expect external things not to go exactly as planned. The mind turns inwardly and it is asked to better understand the inner life of the soul instead of focusing on the outside world.

At first, this can easily turn into an attempt to self-control. After all, when you suddenly lose your grip over external events the first reaction is usually to freak out, right? In this case self-control could indeed be useful. But there’s more than that.

When you step into your psyche you learn pretty soon that there are few things you can control. Actually, the only element you are allowed to control directly is your thought process. I don’t know if you ever tried to control your thoughts (it is a meditative practice) but let me tell you it is something very difficult to master. And please don’t ever try to control your emotions: it’s going to end up badly.

So, here are some questions to deal with the first part of the transit consciously:

  • What did not go as planned? How did that make me feel?
  • How do I react to unexpected events?
  • Am I able to control myself when the situation requires it?
  • How disciplined is my mind?

You can give this questions a specific context by checking in which house falls 16° Capricorn in your Natal Chart. For example, if it falls in your eleventh house this transit is mainly going to concern your friendships and personal projects.

Allowing the Inspiration

I like the way this transit evolves, fading slowly from Capricorn to Sagittarius. The second part of the transit (second stationary point of Mercury) is about letting go to open yourself to inspiration.

Mercury in Sagittarius is in its detriment. The mind is overconfident, so it refuses to analyze a situation since it believes to have it all figured out. This by the way usually becomes that annoying tendency some people have to teach others everything. They speak more than listen, because they love the sound of their “truthful” voice.

But when Mercury turns retrograde, all this comes to an end. The outside world proves you wrong, again and again, showing you that in the end you don’t know anything. When you are challenged this way, you are ready to open yourself to inspiration: the direct flow of knowledge and intuition that fuels endlessly creatives and artists all over the world.

But why is that? Whether you want to control something, or you think you already know how things are, you are closed. But when you let go and simply accept the fact you don’t know—you become receptive. In other words you allow yourself to be guided and to attune with your inner voice or—as someone call it—your internal guiding system.

I simply call it learning to trust yourself.