JUPITER RETROGRADE – Today until June 10th.

Jupiter stations Retrograde! -February 6 until 10 of June 2017

In the extraordinary cosmic coincidences, defying all reason, Jupiter, the Supreme God of ‘our’ universe (solar system), by size and by relation to the name which carries, today begins its retrograde of the year, which usually lasts 4 months. Retrogradation begins when Jupiter is at 23 degrees of Libra in opposition to Uranus-Eris which are 21 ° and 23 ° of Aries respectively. An eloquent expression of this is the travel ban to the USA, imposed by D.Trump, which took place the day that Jupiter  exactly opposed Eris. Jupiter,( long journeys and the law), opposite Eris, the “the uninvited”. Two judges have suspended such an order, and the chaos at airports in this country is apotheosis. Now that Jupiter begins its retrograde, as with all the retrograde motion, begins a period of Re-vision, re-evaluation, and they must delve into the law to see who is right, if the Government or the Judges.

But what does it mean for all of us mere mortals, such apparent retrograde motion of this giant? As I already wrote before, here, the transit of this planet through the sign of Libra, speaks of our personal, family and cultural relationships. Retrogradation happens when this planet is in opposition to Uranus-Eris, opposition that took place for the first time on December 26 for 2016 and will happen on March 3 and lastly on 28 September of this year, a few days before Jupiter finally leaves Libra (for 12 years), to enter  Scorpio. This talks about the need to put a little space, some distance in our relationships to find a healthy compromise between the two partners. NO, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we must sever relationships, but that it would be wise to find some kind of compromise for best performance thereof, unless it means posponing our individual development.

Although it can be a period of difficulties in long distance travel, or in deciding on any financial transaction, or make major decisions about our personal relationships, the most important aspect of this cosmic movement is undoubtedly its effect at the ideological and spiritual level.

This is a time to make an internal RE-vision on our spiritual values, our beliefs, to find an internal source that enriches our soul and make us more aware that the external is important, but the alignment with the desires of the soul is so much more valuable. Personal financial or professional success means little if it isn’t in alignment, in tune with what the soul needs.

Issues described by the House where Jupiter is at this moment,  the House where the sign of Libra is situated in our birthchart, will be where we must reconsider our ideals , previously overlooked, or ignored in search of external conditions to meet  family or cultural expectations. The Re-discovery of faith, is one of the opportunities of this Retrograde. Re-directing the gaze inward, we can find an understanding of the real needs of our soul. Where and how do we feel “uninvited”?, why?, what do we do that keeps us from integration with what  surrounds us?  do we have the courage to engage in a dialogue and a commitment to the evolutionary intention of our soul or is it more comfortable to stay where we are, following patterns dictated by our family or our culture which prevent us from addapting ? The positive side of the conjunction Uranus-Eris, is not to keep waving our flag high, which does more than keep us apart than together, but just to let go of it, so we understand that once this liberation is achieved, can we be free to BE, because liberation comes from the depths of the soul. We all have more than one culture in our veins, everyone can feel integrated in more than one location, regardless of the flag- If we seek the similarities we’ll surely find them. That’s Jupiter.

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The Jupiter-Saturn square, from now till 2016

0-0-0A dance between the two largest planets of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, is just beginning. Two powerful archetypes that somehow are felt as opposites, yet they are not exactly so.
A full cycle between these two planets begins every 20 years. This cycle in which we now find ourselves began on May 28, 2000 with the conjunction in Taurus. The first square occurred with Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn in Leo (the other way around to the one today), on December 17, 2005. The opposition was on the 23 May 2010 with Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo and the square that begins now, will be exact on August 3, 2015 withJupiter in Leo and Saturn in Scorpio, at about 28 ° of each sign. In March and May 2016 will form but this time with Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. Therefore in each cycle, the first square takes place on the fifth year after the conjunction, the opposition on the tenth year and on the 15 years the last waning square, such as the one we are experiencing now.
Before considering what this aspect might bring in our lives, it is important to note that this is often an internal process, due to the quality of Jupiter to be a practically personal planet, not as the current square between Uranus and Pluto which also has been in action since 2010, when everything seems to occur as a result of events external to us, as the world financial crisis.
Jupiter invites us to expand, to risk, to leave the neighborhood, cross the pond in search of other mentalities, other philosophies of life, other ideals. It opens doors to new plans and perspectives for the future. It encourages us to expand to other areas of experience, different from those we were born in. Gives us more confidence (sometimes too much) and optimism to launch us to seek that which will give meaning to our lives and find that we have always wanted to do, conscious or unconsciously. Breaks our inhibitions and we suddenly think: “why not?”. Normally the inner urgency is to search beyond the known limits. In this way we dare to take a look at the possibilities of our life, beyond the cultural boundaries of the town, the people, the environment in which we have born and grown. Jupiter fills us with anticipation and excitement when thinking about the possibilities of the future.
Learning other languages, travel, connect with foreign people, working for an NGO which enable us to visit faraway lands, are all jupiterian impulses, it encourage us to jump and cross bridge, not knowing what we will find at the end of it.
Saturn, on the other hand, confronts with our responsibilities, our duties, our mortality, with what most of us call the absolute reality of our lives. Saturn speaks to us of our mortality, the time we have on this Earth and our possibilities according to the social class from which we come. Saturn is our ambition to amass a respectable social position or profession and this normally means to conform to the cultural rules from where we live. Saturn says: “Better bird in hand than 100 flying”, “it’s nice to dream, but reality is woven by working hard” “the harder you work the further you’ll get“.
In the Saturnian speech, expansion for its own sake does not exist. “If you want to jump to a bridge must make sure that its foundations are strong and stable” says Saturn.
This is the dilemma, we find ourselves in right now, as of this moment, in some aspect of our life.Something is telling us: “Well, finally this is the time to leave, move, expand”. Something gives us this opportunity. But on the other hand, something equally powerful, tells us. “Not yet, you must be careful. “what if it doesn’t work and you risked your security?”
Many aspects of our lives may play the Saturn role at this time in our lives: the Boss, Parents, the Bank, Government, Finances, Family, Husband, Wife, Children. All of them will be the recipients of our projected Saturn.
Although this square will not be exact until August 3, 2015, at the moment, these two planets are less than 4º of orb. We can therefore say that the apparently opposing voices of these two powerful gods can be heard loud and clear.
Wherever Saturn and Jupiter are transiting in your chart, is the area of your life where this dispute of “expansion” and “be careful and responsible” is taking place.
During these meetings, progress in our projects may be more difficult than normal,with unforeseen complications that call us to plan better. Difficulties with official entities, by issues that normally we have ignored for a while and now seem to appear at the same time.
Themes of renewal of documents, payments to government entities, projects that are stopped by the indecisiveness of other, trips that are delayed for different reasons, etc, etc.
The most stressful periods are now until the end of November, and then again from July and August 2015. Especially for those with fixed signs on their charts (Taurus-Leo – Scorpio and Aquarius). Also in 2016, from March until the end of May and then during June, but this time already in mutable signs,therefore it will affect those with Geminis-Virgo – Sagittarius and Pisces in his birth charts.
It is important to take things very calmly and understand that there are certain issues that need to be resolved and certain responsibilities that one should take. Separating the emotions of these proceses is vital and acting as an adult, indispensable. Tax issues may appear, debts with the government or with others, so we must try to solve these things without trying to escape from it , since in any equation which involves Saturn, to rid oneself of responsibility without consequences is virtually impossible. It is therefore important to plan with time and ensure that our desire for rapid expansion does not blind us to the corresponding steps.
This does not have be a negative impact if we do our homework and fulfill what he should do. Conversely, it can be a great opportunity to do the right thing and not have to pay the consequences later.
Another point to consider is that Jupiter represents our beliefs and also sometimes our fanaticism, do not forget that in 2001, when the Twin Towers fell down, this two planets were just separating from the conjunction that began in 2000, therefore wherever these planets are in our chart, also help us bring to consciousness the consequences of our actions guided by believes imposed by others. Seeing the restriction on the “other” is typical of these moments. Therefore a little self-analysis is important and required, to stop projecting our shadow and limitations on others and thus stop being victims of something or someone else. The reasons of our inability to progress, usually are within us and not in others. It is so much easier to say: ‘But is that they do not let me progress, to express myself, to be’. “That” or “that one” which does not allow me to be, is usually the recipient of our projections, where we deposit all our impossibilities and our limitations (Saturn). Think again and ask yourself, what is the reason why you do not progress.
During this square, the themes of independence, religion, philosophy, (ISIS), will be the carriers of our inner struggle. It is through these themes that we will express our inner struggle to expand and grow without fear. Let us remember that Saturn lives within our psyche and that of others, like Jupiter.
Depending on how, the culture you come from, the collective in which you have been born and grown, has managed these two archetypes, will be how you will live this time. If your culture has glorified expansion no matter what, that’s what you‘ll do, if on the other hand, you come from cultures where expansion has always been truncated by a Government, authoritarian or too ambitious parents, a dictatorial system, an empire, etc, then it is in this way that you will live this transit. As a victim of the circumstances.
Observe carefully this struggle in the depth of your psyche and decides which path to follow. The more aware we live this process, the more growth it will bring.

NEW MOON IN LEO – TODAY

We are already at the New Moon in Leo of the year! After a month marked by the return to direct motion of Mercury in Gemini, but really completing its post shadow period in Cancer on its way to link with the Uranus-Pluto square, which we have been living through for the past 4 year. We are left with a new war on Israel-Palestine, military and passengers (M17) aircrafts shot down or lost, all of which remind us of the sign of Cancer and the need to defend our borders and our ‘home’? Theme that resonates and occur in other parts of the world as we all well know. We don’t seem to learn the lessons of the past, and dropping bombs on each other seems to be the only “no solution” to which we are still holding on to and each part with its well studied and heartfelt apologies for not sitting down to fix it in a more diplomatic and intelligent manner and exercise our “academic superiority” with respect to the other. What good does it do to progress both scientifically and academically if later we end up resorting to bombs?
It’s very nice to write about the maternal qualities of Cancer, and the feeling of the water sings, but the reality of the passage of Jupiter through this sign for the past 12 months, and now with Mercury in Cancer (the voice of the people, our land), in opposition to Pluto (power struggles and death) in square to Uranus in Aries (liberation from what oppresses us) have left us with many deaths, cyclones and floods, many wars and more deaths. The Grand Cardinal cross of the beginning of the year is certainly making us aware more than ever of the abuse of the dominant classes, the fact that the rich are becoming richer and all the others increasingly poorer. As well as the fact that 80% of the world is poor and corrupt and that nobody seems to know how to fix this either.
And now in a great effort not to sound negative, we have what should be this wonderful new moon in Leo, which peaks in conjunction to Jupiter (the great benefactor) recently established in this sign. But unfortunately, all of this links with a Mars just moved to Scorpio, today, after spending 8 months in Libra, which seemed to keep diplomatic efforts in action. Now the meetings of leaders eager to find a peaceful solution, will find the added tension between Leo (big egos) and Scorpio (revenge and death). The good news is that Saturn already about 17 degrees of Scorpio, forms a large trine to Mercury and Venus in Cancer and Neptune and Chiron in PISCES, which may somewhat counteract the high tension of the T-squares, but the large trine in Water, can be a little too “watery” in their efforts to find a solution to these conflicts. Venus in Cancer which also values the “home”, the “land of our ancestors”, opposes Pluto in Capricorn for this Lunation and of course connects with Uranus by square.
Is there something good in all of this? You may ask, and Yes. The wonders of a new moon in Leo, in conjunction to Jupiter, is without doubt, the possibility of finding a way to express our uniqueness, the extraordinary quality that makes us different from the others, despite belonging to a particular group. What is that that your psyche and your soul need to express, completely apart from your family and cultural conditioning, or the characteristics of “the land” in which you’ve born. It is here where we have a chance of surviving this nationalistic or cultural whirlwind. Who AM I besides belonging to this family, breed or particular tribe?. should i let myself be dragged by the ideas of the tribe, even when my heart asks for something else? The nationalist ground has more to do with Cancer. In Leo, we want to explore who we really are, besides..(being part of a particular tribe). Which is the Mission of my soul, if any, which is my personal Fate?, separate from that of my tribe or what is expected of me, in the place of birth?. What are my own ideologies? Must I be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, hindu, just because my ancestors? We know that if we rise to the place where all souls come together, the realm that some shamans call the North, Christians Heaven, the Greeks and myself the Olympus or the Underworld, then these differences blur and gradually cease to exist. In the “great soul”, every child who dies is the son of all of us, every woman who dies is the sister, mother and daughter of all of us, every man that dies is the father, brother and husband of everyone. The religious, national and tribal differences seem a distant and sad reminder of a separation which in reality does not exist. The question could be, do we keep throwing bombs to each other because we are manipulated by an elite that wants to sell weapons or because in some dark corner of our psyche, we are still in the jungle and we must protect ourselves from other predators and survive above all?
Last night I went to a creative event, which reminded me of the real importance of the message of the sign of Leo. In the mad rush of creativity, of connecting with what makes us unique, the importance of expressing it somehow, the risk that involves letting it out and sharing it with others and risking being criticizes, it is wonderful to watch the smile in the faces of the dancers, (in this particular case), at the end of the process, when after years, months or weeks of hard work and creativity, it is performed in what seems to be a second. When one realices that never mind how imperfect, or incomplete, whatever it came out, is part of you, to explore, to correct and perfect, to polish, or simply to share, to give to others who may or may not benefit from it. The Sharing is perhaps the most satisfactory part, when you see the reaction of others. Simply because sharing yourself is an act of Generosity, and Love and this is a supreme quality of the sign of LEO.
Use the energies of this new moon, to connect with your heart and investigate what more you have to give, to share with others which can help you be proud to be who you are and the possibilities you have. Don’t do anything that you may be embarrassed or regret later.
Even if you don’t paint or dance or play an instrument, every single action of your life, can be a choreography, a poem, a song. That’s Leo.oroszlan3

Jupiter in Leo – July 16, 2014 until August 11, 2015

thorWhenever I think of Leo, the image of a great lion in the Zoo of Barcelona which i first met in an outing with my daughter, then 11 years old. I could not stop photographing it. Its absolutely real bearing, I wouldn’t doubt that this animal, despite not being the fiercest and bravest, is the King of the jungle. There is something about this huge cat that defies reason and logic. It’s not even the largest and is the female which goes out to seek food. Even so, his extraordinary mane and porte inspire a brutal respect.
There is something extraordinarily noble and Royal in the way he sits, walks. The same goes for the Leo’s of the Zodiac. They appear to be equal to all other humans, with our racial and cultural differences, but something separates them from the rest of us. There’s no denying that something in them is more striking than in other mortals. Especially if Leo is in the ascendant or the luminaries (Sun and Moon).
But of course, is not only their appearance, that distinguishes Leo, that would mean that they are superficial and that is not the case. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the star of our planetary system, around which, we all turn around and feed from the huge electromagnetic waves emanating constantly. Its power tans our skin and fills us with vitamin D, essential for happiness, among other things. If it dies we all die.
The Sun and Leo talk about the hero’s journey, in search of himself. Many believe that this is the sign of creativity, but I tend to think like Liz Greene, Gemini, Cancer, Pisces and Taurus are the creative signs of the Zodiac, but it depends on what we mean when we talk about creativity. Leos are actually more interested in discovering what differentiates them from others, what is that which is ‘unique’ to them, that their soul needs to evolve. This is also a creative process. Creativity in the search for oneself. Leo isn’t interested in being “the best”, but in being “unique”. If we think of the LEOS known in the art world we can see this phenomenon clearly, some of these extraordinary Leos who may not be technically better than others, but even so, are unique: Madonna, Mick Jagger, Jennifer López, Marcel Duchamp, Louis Armstrong, Tina Turner (ASC) Andy Warhal, Barack Obama, Whitney Houston, Louis Vitton, Roger Federer, Usaín Bolt, Henry Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and I left Chris Hemsworth to the end, because I think that the role he played in the film Thor (the equivalent to Zeus, in Nordic and Germanic mythology) God of Thunder and Lightning, was a good example of the symbolism of Jupiter in Leo.
The difficulty of the journey of Leo, manifests itself when Leo starts to feel and experience its uniqueness before finding it and connecting with it. It is here that a kind of arrogance and aggrandizement begins to annoy everyone around them. Feel unique, but without yet knowing why, it is the beginning of the journey and is a very young stage of the Leo who then must go forth in search of himself and discover what and how they are different. There are many stories that speak of this journey of the hero, but the search, for Leo, is intimately linked to the story of saving the old King, diseased and/or decayed. In the life of many Leos, the father is sick or destitute in some form or another, sometimes they come from rich families that have lost it all and is the Leo child, who takes upon him/herself to care for or re-elevate the defeated father figure. I have seen this pattern very often in the life of the Leos and particularly those with ASC in Leo.
As well as Thor, Jupiter is a god that arrive to power, after overthrowing the father. Zeus becomes the head of Olympus, after defeating the Titans, and Saturn, his father. A wonderful allegory of the Jupiter-Saturn relationship in the sense that the first invites us to expand our horizons, to risk, to excess and Saturn reminds us of our limitations.
With Jupiter in Leo in a birth chart, we can see a noble spirit in search of his Center and his own truth. Jupiter is the step beyond Mars that is the more brainless Warrior, who believes in his own strength, but doesn’t question much. Jupiter whispers to us about other truths. Invites us to the expansion and tells us: “Look beyond your neighborhood, your city, your country” “there are other truths beyond your borders” “Search!”
On its journey through Leo, Jupiter will form a square “almost” (3 to 5 ° ORB) to Saturn in Scorpio in the last months of 2014, but this will not be exact until 3 August 2015, just before Jupiter finally moves into Virgo. This is an interesting proposition, especially when these two planets come from being in trine during part of the 2013-2014 and we have seen many wars in defence of the homeland, of ideals and tribal differences (Jupiter in Cancer) and support to the rebels by large institutions (Saturn in Scorpio).
We can consider that the square by sign between these two, will be present throughout the year. It is also accompanied by trines to Uranus which become exact 3 times: 25-26 of September 2014, March 1, 2015 and June 21-22, 2015. Jupiter in Leo(our ideals and beliefs)-Uranus in Aries (the rampant desire for freedom and being ready to fight for it) will bring the referendum in Scotland, voting in September, to stay as part of the United Kingdom or become independent. The last time Jupiter was in Leo, Gibraltar voted to stay under the English flag. What will happen this time?
On 2 and 3 August Jupiter in Leo will link with Mercury at about 3 ° of Leo, and the Sun around 9º, and will form a square to Mars in Scorpio which will be in line with the Moon at about 3 degrees of Scorpio. We can say that those people with planets in fixed signs: Tauro-Leo – Scorpio-Aquarius within those degrees, will have to contain their need to impose their will on others, and look deep inside, to understand why they need to do so.
Jupiter in Leo will be an extraordinary array of possibilities for the Leos, that have long wanted to get rid of oppressive situations, for Aries and Sagittarius a good breath of fresh air and optimism, particularly Aries, much needed.
Sagittarius is preparing for the brief entry of Saturn in their sign in December where will stay until December 2017, although there is a small break between June 16 and September 19, 2015, when Saturn dips back into Scorpio.
Jupiter in Leo, favors inner search, the sculpture of the self, the expansion of ego and brings us great optimism, we’ll have resort to Saturn at all times not to over do it, but enjoy this spectacular and powerful energy that will put us in contact with faith in the unknown once again.