We are experiencing the first square of Jupiter to Saturn at 90 degrees to each other right now (August 2015) from late Leo to late Scorpio. This is a quarter of the Zodiac. As these signs are both fixed signs it could explain the sensation of being stuck that many of us have been feeling over the last few weeks.
I say the first as they will continue to square each other through the first half of 2016. This would be fairly straightforward were it not for the entry of Neptune into the equation.
I will break this down thus:
a) Jupiter enters Virgo 11th August, 2015 and moves through most of Virgo at a pretty smart canter to 23 degrees at which point he then turns back (Rx) on 6th January 2016 to 13 degrees of Virgo in April and sits there until the end of May.
b) Saturn enters Sagittarius on the 18th October 2015 and reprises all the degrees that he first crossed and recrossed over the first 5 degrees of SAG from end of December 2014 through to 17th June 2015. Once in Sagittarius he strolls along to 16 degrees and stations Rx in March 2016.
c) And it is back and forth on 16 – 13 VI/SAG that they begin a long 3 month square.
Meanwhile, Neptune (NE) has been sitting quietly and slowly moving back and forth, much like the tides of the oceans he rules, in early Pisces. This means that a loose T-square will build up with first of all Jupiter (JU) opposite NE from mid-to end September 2015.
By the end of November to beginning December, 2015, Saturn catches up to square NE, which will then repeat from more or less June to October 2016. This long period of the square will pull JU in, to square SA and oppose NE. Dividing the circle of the Zodiac into 3 equal and challenging points.
So, that’s the background of this historic process.
Putting it all together
Jupiter represents expansion, freedom, joy, belief, generosity, profligacy, fun, openness, warmth, learning, religion, foreigners, optimism and over-doing, over-confidence, too-muchness – you get the picture.
Saturn, on the other hand, represents contraction, discipline, depression, closing down, coldness, practice, caution, careful action, worry, tightness – again, you get the picture.
Together they could also describe hope in adversity.
The cycles of these two planets were once the markers for the ancients to make their decisions – the seven fat years of Jupiter followed by the seven lean years of Saturn are well known in our Western traditional culture.
To the ancients it was the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that foretold the birth of a King. And it is suggested that it was the sight of these two planets sitting in Pisces in 4BCE that alerted the 3 Wise Men (Astrologers), and King Herod, the birth of a new King who would herald in the New Age of Pisces. This set a whole new cultural movement in motion for the following 2000 years and beyond – as Bi-Millennial changes always do. Now we’re in the Age of Aquarius we are already experiencing the flux of ideology shifts in the human race – and it won’t take 2000 years to work through with the instant communication systems watching every birth pang in minute detail.
So the relationship between these two big planets is vital to us. Incidentally, they are the last two planets to be visible to the naked eye. As they are slow in motion they can be observed from your own back yard to be going back and forth around each other on their conjunctions.
Financial and business astrologers always use the cycles of JU/SA to predict how the markets will respond. The late Graham Bates says “the most important cycle ….. identified as a determinant of recession and growth is the 20 year JU/SA cycle.”
For those readers who are running their own businesses you need to heed this cycle, because they represent the expansion and contraction of your business – rather like the heartbeat of a body. So they can show when it is a good time to expand and spend on resources and when it is good to pull in, and look at savings, pension funds and wastage. They are the heartbeat of our Solar System and therefore for the workings in our lives.
Key periods in this 20 year cycle – from their conjunction through Taurus in May 2000; first square through most of 2006, a very long one; to opposition (180 degrees) from May 2010-March 2011; and now in the final squares as described above. The cycle then closes in 2020 as they both conjoin in Capricorn/Aquarius. On the 5th May 2000 there was a New Moon that also included ALL the visible planets conjunct each other in Taurus. A rare occurrence. A few days later, 8th May, Russia’s new President – V. Putin was sworn in. This could be something to watch carefully through the next 7 years, as we head towards the end of this cycle and beginning of the new cycle in 2020. Remember the birth of Kings?
The present squares are interesting because they span signs and qualities: Leo and Scorpio are fixed signs, slow to move and change; Virgo and Sagittarius are mutable signs which are famously changeable and stimulating. We may notice a shift in the energy around us when Jupiter leaves fixed Leo and enters mutable Virgo (not his favourite sign) on 11th August and Saturn leaves fixed Scorpio and enters mutable Sagittarius on 18th September.
I have written about Saturn entering Sagittarius earlier in the year, covering 2 articles – you can find them in the archive – so will concentrate on Jupiter in Virgo at this point in this article. I will catch up with their mutable squares later when Saturn finally leaves Scorpio, not to return for another 30 years. And I will bring Neptune into the mix, then, as well.
Please note that Jupiter will be in Virgo for a year and Saturn in Sagittarius for two years
Jupiter in Virgo in Your Zodiac Signs – Sun, Moon or Ascendant
NB – The readings below can either be read from your Sun Sign – ie your birthday – or your Ascendant sign, which is calculated form your time of birth. Try also reading it from your Moon Sign, as Hindu astrologers suggest. You may even read them all together for an even broader picture of your life.
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I commented above that Jupiter and Virgo aren’t an easy combination. And this is why: Jupiter loves loud fun, rich food and enjoyment while Virgo prefers to do things quietly, with careful planning and little advertising. Bearing that in mind, please read on.
Aries : 21st March – 20th April: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 9th House of higher education, long distance travelling and learning; placed for the next year in your 6th house of health and everyday work issues can bring frustrations as you will want to leap forth in your usual Arian manner and find it hard to do. This is a year of knuckling down to the details of your learning programmes and getting yourself on a health care system that keeps you fit for your life. I know it’s boring but it has to be done.
Taurus: 20th April – 20th May: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 8th House security through the resources of others; placed for the next year in your 5th House bring together issues around shared finances, loans and taxes with the needs of your children, your creative pastimes and basic enjoyment of life. This could bring a need to watch how much you spend on setting your children up in their own lives and monitor how much it all costs you in terms of your own fun.
Gemini: 21st May – 21st June: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 7th House of personal relationships, business partners and clients; placed for the next year in your 4th House you will be in danger of filling your home with too many demanding people who could cost you dearly. The health of a parent could be of concern during the year which
could mean a change in your domestic situation, such as expanding and adding new living space to house an elderly parent could be on the cards.
Cancer: 21st June – 23rd July: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 6th House of health, routines and everyday work; placed for the next year in your 3rd House could bring you some shared paperwork with your siblings or neighbours – for instance, you could be making changes on shared boundaries with next-door and need to have official agreement with them. Or you may be going into self-employment with a cousin or sibling that will need delicate handling at first. You may take many exhaustive short trips, to and fro, to iron out the finer points.
Leo: 23rd July – 23rd August: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 5th House of children, creativity and fun; placed for in your 2nd House it could draw your attention to the details of how you pay for whatever it is you want to achieve over the next year. A child may cost more than you had planned on their future. A holiday may be part rest and part work – such as writing reviews about the various venues you visit. So it is fun, in a measured way, but you’ll get paid for it as well.
Virgo: 23rd August – 23rd September: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 4th House of health, routines and everyday work; placed for the next year in your 1st House the indications are that you are making changes in your domestic situation – the kind of changes that need walls knocking through and the like. This is all about you this year – so expansion is on the cards – it just takes some work to achieve it. You may even take an allotment and grow your own food – all in the name of good health.
Libra: 23rd September – 23rd October: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 3rd House of siblings, cousins, short trips and your neighbourhood; placed in your 12th House it will focus you on clearing out those boxes that you had hoped would magically disappear out of your life. As you do you may find things that you hold fond memories for you and could spark a period of writing poetry or that book you’ve talked about for so long. A neighbour or cousin may unearth something of their own that is useful in this project.
Scorpio: 23rd October – 22nd November: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 2nd House of personal finances, security – your comfort zone; placed for the next year in your 11th House of friendships, group work and future projects suddenly things look as if they are brightening up for you after the gloom of the last few months. Life gets interesting again and you feel as if a whole crowd of new people has been waiting to meet you. This will expand your horizons and bring a new sense of security.
Sagittarius: 22nd November – 22nd December: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 1st House of personal desires, objectives and interests; placed for the next year in your 10th House of career and vocation means that you will be stimulated to find new ways of working and running your career. Your public profile will take a huge lift and others who are interested, will be seeking you out on hearsay alone. You may even have an offer to work abroad. Service and spirituality are your keywords.
Capricorn: 22nd December -20th January: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 12th House of spirituality, meditation and long held secrets coming out into the open; placed for the next year in your 9th House could bring an offer to take a course or a trip abroad that you’ve long dreamed of doing. This is a year of careful expansion which may surprise you as to how quickly it actually works through. If you are climbing the mountain of ambition then this is a period of maybe taking another path altogether.
Aquarius: 20th January – 19th February: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 11h House of friendships, groups and projects; placed for this next year in your 8th House could bring you some opportunities to make profound changes in your life, especially in your relationships. All kinds of financial matters demand your attention – particularly those that you share with others. You may decide to invest in your own ideas, so loans, mortgages and taxes could be in your face during this year.
Pisces: 19th February – 20th March: Jupiter, the Joy Bringer, is the ruler of your 10th House of career, vocation and your domestic set-up; placed for the next year in your 7th House of relationships. Putting these elements together you may find yourself trying to make a decision about whether to share your life with a close friend or lover. It could be the other way round, of course with them wanting you to change country to be with them. This could mean an upheaval in your career.