Astro-insight: Jupiter in Libra – balance in relationship

Astro-insight: Jupiter in Libra:
Our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves go a long way in shaping our ability to bring about positive change. The coming year the area of our life related to belief, conscience, our ability to think and plan ahead, our sense of meaning, will come up for review. On Friday (9 September), Jupiter planet of faith, hope, philosophy, religion, understanding, learning, goodness and truth, moves into the sign of balance, Libra. Given that Saturn is currently in Jupiter’s sign Sagittarius, and Libra is the sign in which Saturn has its exaltation, you could say that the planet of form and the planet that ultimately helps us to believe in ourselves, enter into a very fruitful relationship. More about how I think this will benefit us – later in this text.

Astro-insight: Jupiter in Libra:
In the build up to the Jupiter/Libra ingress, the Sun in ‘hands-on’ Virgo trines old slave driver, Pluto in Capricorn. Add Mercury retrograde into the mix – and we have good energy for finally attending to the niggling pile of little things that have been building up, but that somehow still haven’t got done. This is a call to attend to business, to look closely at the details and if necessary to take responsibility for something that hasn’t worked out as expected. This is ‘own up’ and ‘sort the mess out’ energy because this trine is a prelude to bigger things to come. So, we really do need to clear the table NOW. Our conscience might be triggered, something of the past might need to be put right. The trine is exact on Wednesday but will be within orb of exactitude most of the week. Wednesday also sees Venus in Libra sextile Saturn and shortly after, make an inconjunct with Neptune. Venus exalts Saturn and is perhaps inclined to make more of a gesture than was intended. You could say Venus desires what Saturn represents, which could be security, structure, commitment, safety, etc.. Neptune in the picture, perhaps serves to remind Venus that all life is ultimately change and that disappointment is often the penalty for over idealizing or over estimating relationship. The theme of balance in relationships is very evident in the days before the Jupiter in Libra ingress and will become progressively more important in the months ahead.

Astro-insight: Jupiter in Libra:
One way to look at Jupiter is as the jovial teacher whose encouragement and praise evokes a spirit in pupils that makes them desire to learn, to achieve and ultimately to do well. Jupiter endows us with self-confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude that is beneficial to personal growth. The Saturnian teacher on the other hand, is much more likely to wield authority, will emphasize the importance of achievement and remind pupils what will happen if they don’t comply with examination requirements. Saturn will evoke – if he must – the crushing fear of failure. Saturn won’t bend the rules, if the cause is just, Jupiter will. So where Jupiter provides the inner inspiration and vision necessary to move in new, growth promoting directions, Saturn must provide the structure, the staying power, the steely determination to stick to the chosen path. Saturn also represents society and its potential rewards. When these two planets work harmoniously together – as they will with Jupiter in Libra – the potential for growth in some areas of life increases. Look to house rulership & transiting position in your birth chart for an indication of which specific life areas are now ready to expand. What Jupiter touches it enlarges and things quicken and can expand sevenfold (Saturn) during Jupiter’s sojourn through Libra.
Part of the challenge will involve creating and maintaining fruitful partnerships, working together and importantly, finding the right balance in what are potentially beneficial relationships. The UK, for example, has its ascendant in Libra and the Sun in Capricorn (Saturn ruled). Bargaining skills will prove very valuable in the difficult process the UK faces of extricating itself from the EU. Jupiter will bring good will, talent, expertise and most importantly communication and networking skills to the negotiating table. One of the key concepts is balance: you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.  Uranus is in Aries – Pluto is in Capricorn so in the months ahead, Jupiter will come up against some fierce challenges and opposition. I find it very reassuring that Jupiter has assistance from Saturn, which adds fortitude. This combination makes us less afraid of making life changes and encourages us to look forward with confidence.

Astro-insight: Jupiter in Libra:
Sunday’s Venus/Pluto square is a little taste of things to come. Venus in Libra’s desire to maintain peace and harmony at all costs, can lead to an uncomfortable or turbulent relationship mood. Pluto relates to unconscious undercurrents that need to find positive expression. With Venus opposing Uranus next week – it might be wise to get things out in the open. Retrograde Mercury is currently opposite Chiron so much can be gained from grasping the nettle and talking things out.

Astro-insight: Saturn square Neptune
Sagittarius has a lot to do with the concept of and search for ’truth’. The mundane square between Saturn and Neptune in Pisces has shown the relativity of this concept. Neptune in particular, has driven fear about weak borders and tsunami’s of unwanted immigrants destroying the fabric and structure of our society (Saturn), to new heights. Sadly, under this transit lots of our idols (Neptune) have died (Saturn). Though I personally am stuck with transit Neptune square my radix Saturn until Spring 2017, I am pleased to say that collectively, the current series of Saturn/Neptune squares ends on Saturday. Have a great week ahead…

Liz Hathway, MA, DFAstrolS, Horary Craftswoman

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Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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