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Jupiter in Leo
As the planets wander through the sky they change positions against the backdrop of the zodiac.
This movement can be like a dance as everyone (the planets) take their place and enter the stage.
At anytime one or two of the planets will take center stage as the others fade into the background for a while.
Planets in prominent positions may have a story to tell, and we listen.
This time it is Jupiter as he enters the fifth sign of Leo. A fire planet (Jupiter) in a fire sign (Leo).
Up there right now the biggest planet in the solar system and the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, is entering the zodiac sign of the Lion.
Jupiter in Leo Imagery
I often use the imagery of a hot air balloon to explain the astrological meaning for Jupiter.
Balloons are big, brightly coloured and when they drift by you simply can’t miss them. Much like Jupiter.
The collective noun for balloons is a festival of balloons which brings a fun and exciting element to ballooning. Much like Jupiter.
They travel on their journey, but to who knows where? Much like Jupiter.
They are filled with hot air or gas, and balloons will explode if over-filled. Much like Jupiter.
They often broadcast a message from their sponsors or promote special events (such as at sports events) written in huge letters on the sides of the balloon. Much like Jupiter
And I would imagine that the people who do take a ride in a hot air balloon say a prayer before launch. Much like Jupiter.
I have always fancied trusting the woven basket and journeying on a balloon flight and perhaps one day I shall. Much like Jupiter.
Benefits of Jupiter in Leo
Jupiter in Leo is especially good news for the fire signs and that means those with strong fire signs present in their birth charts.
I will tell you I am strongly Leo myself and I have been waiting for a while now for this shift in energy as Jupiter changes sign.
If you have an Aries, Leo or Sagittarian Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Jupiter or other cluster of planets in these three signs you will benefit during the upcoming year as Jupiter goes through Leo.
If your business chart has the fire signs emphasized as well your business can experience huge growth now.
If you are strongly Gemini or Libra you will see some support and some good things. You need to grasp any opportunities fleeting as they may be.
If you are strongly Taurus, Scorpio or Aquarius could face the difficult side and this may suggest the over excessive situations as mentioned later.
Those of you with strong Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces may not see much change although you will try to make adjustments this year.
How can you make the most Jupiter in Leo
Jupiter in Leo is upbeat, positive and outgoing. It encourages taking chances and aiming higher in life.
Leo is the sign of the theatre and when planets enter the “stage” they will play their roles to perfection.
Using the theater analogy, Jupiter in Leo can either be the highly colorful swashbuckling much loved hero or he can be an overly costumed blow-hard in a pantomime.
The down side of Jupiter in Leo can be over-extension, over-doings things and excessive behavior. Or just too much of a good thing.
Pace yourself and all will be fine.
Jupiter in Leo, what’s in it for you
Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion.
It has to do with reaching for things just out of your grasp but it is the reaching that is important.
We like to s-t-r-e-t-c-h ourselves when Jupiter is active.
You can lift your eyes to gaze at your horizons.
Now is the time to aspire towards previously laughable dreams. Dust off your visions and start to believe.
When Jupiter is prominent by transit, and if it contacts your chart, you can raise your profile and aim for more in life.
Jupiter will support activities in broadcasting, promotion (self and business), publishing, gaining knowledge (as opposed to information), adult education, religious temperance, international travel and cosmopolitan situations.
Jupiter in Leo reinforces the theatre and daily dramas. See them for what they are.
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To all the students who wrote and passed the CAAE exams this spring. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Well done!
All the students whom I tutored coached and mentored during 2013/14 and who wrote recognized astrology exams earlier in the year have passed with flying colours.
A huge thank you to all the students who came through my classes this year and whom I had the pleasure to meet and touch your lives in some way. I wish you well as you continue your journey into astrology.
Astrology is my passion and I hope it can be yours too.
by Alison Price
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The Mercury Retrograde War Cry!
“Go back, go back, go back to the woods.
You haven’t, you haven’t, you haven’t the goods.
You haven’t the spirit, you haven’t the jazz…
You haven’t the moves that Mercury has!”
The Mercury Retrograde Cycle
Mercury has more retrograde cycles than the other planets. Mercury goes retrograde three times each year. This occurs roughly at four month intervals and usually coincides with the same element for three consecutive retrograde periods.
Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. It moves the fastest of all the planets. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.
All the planets except the Sun and Moon have retrograde periods every year. The exception is Mars which turns retrograde every two years. you can see that it affects many planets and that there is almost always one planet retrograde at any given time.
Pop culture and Mercury retrograde
As the details of Mercury retrograde permeate through to the general public the words, “Mercury retrograde” become a catch phrase and is diluted down into basic, and often most inflammatory words. You will hear things like, “don’t buy computers, cars or phones when Mercury is retrograde.”
Well yes, certainly those things can be said but astrologers know there is a more subtle effect to the apparent reversal of direction for the innermost planet.
Your natal Mercury condition
As with all astrology good forecasting and interpretation for yourself hinges on your own chart. If you have a well-placed and robust Mercury you will withstand the influence of Mercury retrograde (or any retrograde depending on the planet) and still be standing as other folds under their weaker Mercury placements.
A broad generality is like saying, “All cars reverse (or back-up) badly” when really it is more that, “some drivers can’t reverse very well.”
You know yourself that you are better at some things than others and certainly you will do some things way better than anyone else. So saying we all suffer the same way when Mercury is retrograde is simplistic.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your birth chart you will withstand the negative effects of any Mercury retrograde period now and in the future.
How Retrogrades Affect Your Chart
Whichever house in your natal chart this retrograde occurs will be the area of life that is affected.
For example, if this Mercury retrograde period occurs in your fourth house then you will revisit family and home issues and you will need to go back and attend to them and drains, leaks and plumbing come to mind.
If it happens in your seventh house your marriage will need further discussions and conversations and yes it will be about dragging up past issues (like affairs) to be aired again as these things just won’t stay buried.
The Illusion of Aparrent Retrograde Motion
Retrograde motion is the apparent backwards movement of a planet.
The analogy I use when I’m teaching a class is that when you are on a train moving forwards then another train pulls alongside going at the same speed, if the second train slows down it appears to be going backwards, although it is still moving forwards albeit slower than your train.
This is an optical illusion and clearly demonstrates planetary apparent retrograde motion.
Learn more about Mercury retrograde and Job seeking.
Cosmos is a Greek word meaning “well ordered” or organized. People like to find organization in confusion or to put it another way to discover cosmos in chaos.
As kids we all did the simple art project of joining the dots which starts as a page covered with dots and each one has a number.
We then drew a single line from the dot numbered one, to two, then three and so on until all the dots are joined and voila a picture is formed.
If you made a mistake and connected the dots in the wrong sequence then the image is not clear and could be interpreted as something else.
As darkness fell the early astrologers looked at the stars. They drew imaginary pictures in the sky by connecting the stars to form images of fish, lions, scorpions and other animals.
These star combinations were the birth of the constellations and the names we use today. A constellation is simply a group of stars that someone saw as a bull (Taurus) or an archer (Sagittarius).
Clearly these images are open to interpretation, as with the dot pictures, and for astrologers the stars are the dots.
How you can join the dots today
A modern astrologer does not usually go outside when they want to interpret your chart. They join the dots or stars in another way, through the clues in your horoscope.
The hidden message in your chart shown in your planets, signs, houses and aspects will be unveiled to you by the skill of your astrologer.
One astrologer will read your chart differently to the next but the thread and the message in your chart will be the same.
Just like the constellations, there will be a picture and a story of for example, a crab (Cancer) or a ram (Aries) although the main story will be the same when they interpret the same chart.
Inspiration in Art
I was inspired to write this post from the original art from ChampagneBlue a gifted and talented artist in Toronto.
In this piece there are random “dots” of different sizes and colours (that seem to me to be the planets bursting with energy) and they can be joined by your mind’s eye in many way.
Each one of us will imagine a different picture from the available circles.
As above so below
The macrocosm (the stars) is replicated in the microcosm (your chart).
We don’t literally join the dots but it is a good analogy for the process of taking a picture of planets and signs and interpreting an image of the person whose chart it is through the understanding of the “dot” on the page.
Join the planets (I mean dots) with aspect lines
Astrology goes further and joins two planets with line if they are in a recognized angular correspondence to each other.
The aspect lines are colored differently whether easy (blue) or difficult (red) planetary energies are coming together.
Every chart will be visually different because of the shapes created by the aspect lines such as assorted triangles, squares, kites or bucket shapes.
An astrological mandala for meditation
I use the practice of meditation with all the charts I do for friends and clients.
Once I have drawn the chart is and all the dots are joined with lines, I pause… and use the circle of the chart with the lines as a focal point for meditation like a mandala. I like to call this an astrological mandala.
This ritual allows me to focus on the image the chart has formed by the dots and colored lines and shapes before I begin to interpret in detail.
I will often leave one day between drawing up the chart and meditating on it, to the actual detailed unpacking of its message.
I find this lets me ponder the dots, the image, the chart and my client in a broader frame (as above) before offering my in-depth interpretations (so below).
This may work for you, why not give it a try?
As astrologers we can look at each year in many ways. During any given year there are the natural planetary cycles.
We also note the retrogrades as a background ebb and flow similar to radio static from the Big Bang.
On top of this, we can consider more specific movements of the transiting planets and then drill down to a closer inspection of your particular chart, it’s unique placements and the personal effects that you experience.
Retrogradation of the Planets
Retrogradation is the optical illusion of a planet stopping and moving backward and after a while turning and going forwards again. We see this because of our moving viewpoint from planet Earth.
A planetary station is the exact time and position that a planet turns direction either from forwards to backward (stations retrograde SRx) or from backward to forwards (stations direct SD).
All planets except the Sun and the Moon have retrograde periods.
Note: Having a retrograde Sun is an old astrology joke so don’t get caught nodding sagely to that old chestnut.
During the whole year, there is always at least one planet retrograde. It really is a natural state for us to experience and not the dreaded time that many believe.
Embrace each planet’s retrograde period and make the most of the natural slow down that all planets experience during any given year. As above so below.
Recently I gave an exciting presentation at the State Of The Art (SOTA) astrology conference in Niagara Falls, NY, USA.
My two hour topic for 2013 was Solar Arc Directions – The other forecasting method.
I use four methods for my astrological forecasting and this is just one of them. They are great for pinpointing timing for events shown by the other forecasting methods of transits, secondary progressions and solar return charts.
This lecture covered:
- The history and development of solar arc directions
- How to calculate solar arc directions
- Interpretations and exercises (yes, the audience had to think!)
- Sample charts.
Oh, and everyone received a copy of my astrology themed crossword and I’m still waiting for someone to complete it correctly. There is a crossword challenge which has been going on for some time.
Many folk at SOTA who could not get a seat in my lecture because the room was full bought the recording on CD afterwards to take home.
If you would like a copy of the recording of my lecture you can buy an MP3 from AC-Tapes which is run by Al and Carol Groznick who are a really great couple and they were at SOTA professionally recording all the workshops.
This was my seventh time at SOTA and the third year presenting astrological topics close to my heart. You can also get my past lectures from AC-Tapes which are The Dispositor Tree and Astrological Theories on Conception both from previous years.
AC-Tapes have a huge selection of lectures from SOTA conferences going back for many years. They also did the taping at the Midwest Astrology Conference (MAC) and recently at the Great Lakes Astrology Conference (GLAC) all held in the north east.
I believe each recording is around $10 each. For more details please visit AC-Tapes website.
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