by Robert Wilkinson
Jupiter went stationary retrograde at 51 minutes after midnight PDT on June 15, 8:51 am Greenwich time. It now begins its trek re-tracing ground it's covered since the Spring Equinox. What does this Jupiter retrograde mean?
First, any retrograde gives us a second opportunity to examine our experience through the RX planetary filter, in this case Jupiter. How is this different from other retrogrades? Let's examine the players. Mercury RX offers us a chance to see information and perception from a different angle. Venus RX offers us a chance to see our likes and dislikes from a different angle. Mars RX gives us a chance to see our ability to act from a different angle.
This period gives us a chance to see Jupiterian matters from a different angle. Familiar, since we've already been over this ground in Aquarius once. Different, since we're seeing it through the RX lens, meaning a slower pace and an alternative angle of view.
Jupiter rules many things, including all things Sagittarius and Pisces. That would include long journeys, higher education, spiritual training, and "the quest," as well as a merciful protection, an insight into motives as well as generic factors in the human condition, and how to bring things to a benevolent closure. During this time it will be natural to find ourselves reviewing affairs associated with the Sag and Pisces houses in our charts.
We should also get a new way of expressing whatever functions our natal Jupiter indicates. In general, Jupiter blesses and protects, expands and gives a sense of adventure and infinite possibilities to all it touches. While it may or may not be associated with wealth, it's always present whenever there is a sense of a more abundant view or reality.
It hit its station at 28 Aquarius, "A Tree Felled and Sawed." This is a degree of foresight, and the need to work in the present to ensure future supply. We are told this is a point of "intelligent preparation," a "calm yet potent faith in Providence," and "the efficient use of natural resources" for our well-being. Rudhyar states it's a degree of using strength and ingenuity in a "harmonic and beautiful ritual" to prepare for the future.
This sector of Aquarius is the Individual, Mental, and Spiritual level of Management within the span of Perspective. It would seem that we will be taught a more abundant view or a greater Spiritual Truth through perspectives that help us manage our individuality and our mind. Conjunct Neptune and Chiron, it certainly will lead many to a healing into their Higher Self, or possibly insights into the collective consciousness that will allow true Spiritual Individuality to come forth during and after the RX period.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, states this degree employs "a lesser reality for the development and sustainment of a greater," where we can center our attention on our "practical well-being" We are told we can joyously expend our energies in a fluid self-expression of an "efficient use of skills and materials." The keyword for this degree is IMMEDIACY.
He goes on to state that when positive, "the degree is man's uninhibited and enthusiastic desire to be at work or to mobilize everything around him in his own interest." The formula is Manipulating, Ideal, Ingenious, Generalizing, Spiritual, and Receptive.
This would imply we can find a way to mobilize the substance of our lives on our own present and future behalf, and efficiently move into a greater future by managing our energies within the opportunities that present themselves. And being in late Aquarius, it should offer opportunities to find a greater ideal in a form of group work, or collective future oriented opportunities.
Though squares (and other octile aspects, such as the semi-square) are usually considered difficult, a square from Jupiter is an excellent opportunity to release these beneficial expansive energies, turning a life corner into a greater view, activity, or reality. Those specifically influenced by Jupiter right now are those born around the third week of February, May, August, and November, as well as those born the beginning of January, April, July, and October.
If you were born during those periods, opportunity is all around! Just be somewhat moderate, don't let imagination run away with you, and figure out where your place of greatest service is while taking the initiative and finding a new form of self-expression. Others who are greatly benefited by Jupiter's current transit are those born in 1938, 1950, early 1962, 1963 through early 1964, late 1964, early 1974, mid-1985 through early 1986, 1992, 1993, 1997, and early 1998.
So the review begins, and those who work with foresight are sure to be doing well not that far down the road. Much of what we do between now and October will take wings this coming November, December, and January. Work done over the next few months will ensure our well being many months and years down the road.
To close this gloss of the shapes of things to come, I'll remind you that since the Great Ages do a "backwards" precessional dance, any experiences we have when Jupiter is at the end of Aquarius are sure signals of the coming 2000 year Age of Aquarius, also known as the Dwapara Yuga in the Vedas. With Neptune and Chiron also in the last degrees of Aquarius, perhaps through these planetary functions this time is giving us signs and signals of future centuries.
Some things to think about as we move and groove on a threshold of a new era at an intersection of Fate Street and Freewill Street on a corner of Eternity Boulevard.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson