by Robert Wilkinson
Over the past few years, Jupiter made conjunctions with Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus. These conjunctions set potential influences into long wave motion, but what actually triggers these outer planet conjunctions at specific points in time?
Briefly, the outer planet conjunctions show long term influences. While Jupiter's conjunctions with the outer invisible triad show influences that last 12-15 years, Saturn's conjunctions with the outer planets set cycles into motion that last decades. Cycles involving Uranus conjunction Neptune or Pluto last over a century.
Whenever the planets from Jupiter out make conjunctions with those further out, these points mark endings and beginnings on a global scale. The lessons and changes associated with these are set into motion anew each time any of the inner planets crosses the outer conjunction points.
Obviously, the Sun, Mercury, and Venus make conjunctions with every planet outside their orbits, as well as all the planets in our charts, every year. These bring a new year cycle for areas governed by those planets. However, when Mars conjuncts any planet, it activates those energies for two years, and when Jupiter crosses a planet, it activates those energies for the next twelve years.
Each planet, as it transits the conjunction point, infuses the larger cycle pattern with its own energy which demonstrates the nature of that planet. The Sun vitalizes and illuminates whatever it touches. The Moon nurtures and gives form to whatever it touches. Mercury brings information, insights, and ways of coordinating our lives within the larger pattern.
Venus brings us things, people, and new appreciations within the larger pattern, while Mars energizes the process through spurring activity and when necessary, mobilize to "attack the problems." Jupiter's influence is much longer, and these conjunctions bring new expansion, teachings, and larger visions of truth to everything connected to whatever it touches.
That's why December 2008 was so very important. Though the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction fell at 29 Sagittarius in late 2007, Mars didn't transit that point until December 2008. That would indicate that throughout 2008 the vision developed, the seed forms expanded, and the transformational process was "dormant and potential" until triggered by Mars in late 2008.
That process was in full motion throughout 2009-2010. It was renewed, but in a different form, in December 2010 due to Mars again crossing that conjunction point in Sagittarius. That is influencing 2011-2012. This pattern of renewal every two years will continue through the next Jupiter conjunction Pluto in 2020. Given the degree, it seems we'll all be "getting in shape" for years to come!
The last time Mars conjuncted Jupiter was February 2009 at 11 Aquarius, after which Mars conjuncted Neptune in March at 25 Aquarius. Since Mars activated its two year cycle cycle with Neptune before Jupiter conjuncted Neptune, the activation of the Mars-Neptune cycle at 25 Aquarius was anticipatory (rather than activating) of Jupiter's conjunction with Neptune at that degree in January 2010.
Mars didn't activate the Jupiter conjunct Neptune points at 27 Aquarius (May and July 2009) and 25 Aquarius (December 2009) until it crossed those points in February 2011. So really we've been experiencing the long wave expansions of Jupiter conjunct Neptune only for the past two months, which will govern the period through the next time Mars is in late Aquarius in January 2013.
The last major cycle set into motion involved the three Jupiter conjunctions with Uranus between June 2010 and January 2011. The first was at 1 Aries, the second was at 29 Pisces, and the third was at 28 Pisces. This cycle was first boosted by Sun, Mercury, and then Mars moving through late Pisces and early Aries in March and early April 2011, followed in late April by Venus.
Since Uranus will then be in Aries for many years, as these planets cross through late Pisces and early Aries, the Aries quality of the cycle will be more prevalent than the Pisces elements. And of course, Aries energies are definitely being set into motion due to the Sun, Mars, Mercury, and Venus conjunctions in Aries with Jupiter between March and May 2011. These will dominate through the next Mars conjunct Jupiter at 6 Cancer in July 2013.
So far we've dealt only with conjunctions beginning long cycles being activated by other conjunctions. The major turning points in these cycles are marked by the outer planets making significant angles to the conjunction points, but that is a very vast subject not suited for focused lessons such as this.
However, for those who want a hint at what this may yield, we'll note just one important thing related to this study. When Jupiter moved through late Pisces in 2010-2011, it made conjunctions with Uranus while also simultaneously making a waxing (lower) square to its 2007 conjunction point with Pluto.
Thus that time marked the threshold of an ending and beginning of a major Uranian cycle (due to the conjunctions), as well as the "first emergence" of the larger Galactic Center influences set into motion when Jupiter conjuncted Pluto at the end of Sagittarius. Recent transits through Pisces all gave substance to those "first emergence" energies, as will all future transits through Pisces.
As an aside, let's not forget that Uranus in mid-Pisces marked the midpoint of the last Uranus conjunct Pluto cycle begun in the mid-1960s when they conjuncted at 17-18 Virgo. Jupiter boosted that long wave Virgo cyclic energy numerous times since then, in 1968, 1979-80, 1991-92, and most recently 2003-04. And of course, Saturn gave those mid-60s Virgo energies structure when it was in mid-Virgo in October 2008, March-April 2009, and June-July 2009.
You can see there are many dimensions to what is happening at any given time, given the number of cycles set into motions in the past, some of which go back many, many years. The study of the interlocking cycles between the various planets is an area that will yield rich rewards for those who pursue it, since these larger transit to transit cycles are the means by which we can see the progress of societies and our world as a whole.
© Copyright 2009, 2011 Robert Wilkinson