I am gaining momentum. Shaking off the retrogrades of the last several months, I am ready to move forward with what I have learned and enact the kind of real, productive change I’ve been looking for.
Jupiter in Scorpio
Scorpio is in my 6th house of self-improvement, health, and work. My ideal kind of work involves research and digging, unearthing that which is hidden. When Jupiter first set foot there in November 2017, I first thought this transit might indicate a promotion, and with it, a shift in my responsibilities. I had just talked to my boss a few weeks earlier about moving teams and taking on more responsibility. How Scorpio fit into the mix I wasn’t sure, but I was open to finding out.
Jupiter went retrograde in early March, when my partner was in the hospital and I had to take time away from work. His accident had little if anything to do with Jupiter, but its retrograde certainly mirrored this setback. Fortunately, during this time I was able to devote plenty of time to learning astrology, and more importantly, understanding what type of work I enjoyed doing. The probing nature of astrology research (Scorpio!) was an interesting comparison to my day job, and with a break from the latter I was able to see clearly what I found fulfilling.
Jupiter went direct in July, months after I’d both gone back to work and subsequently quit. My unemployment benefits had been denied, I had no job prospects, and city life was beginning to feel suffocating. I’d been casually eyeing rental properties for a while, but finally my partner and I settled on a new apartment further outside the city, in a much quieter town, for less money. We knew this was a much-needed change of scenery for several reasons, not least of which was our self-discipline. We moved in with a list of new intentions for managing our day-to-day lives, our well-being, and our responsibilities. This period felt like a reset in a lot of ways. Our old apartment carried a lot of emotional baggage with it, and leaving it all behind left me freer to move forward.
Jupiter, now direct, leaves its shadow period in October, crossing my Part of Fortune before moving along to Sagittarius the following month. I started a new job last week, and for the first time I feel cautiously confident in my ability to make a good impression. It’s an organization I’ve been in before, near some familiar faces, doing work I have experience with (!). I feel like I am possibly the best version of myself ever, confident in who I am, how I carry myself, and what I’m about. Most importantly, I’m going into it with no expectation for what this means for my career. With astrology as my hobby, I know how to feel fulfilled while working a 9-5, something I’ve been struggling to understand for years. This new job is a huge step toward determining what I want my work life to look like.
I’m not sure what Jupiter’s brief stint with my Part of Fortune will bring, but I hope it gives me the last little boost I need to find a sense of direction. So far, its retrograde through my 6th house has allowed me to dig into the kind of work I find fulfilling, and reexamine what kind of work is worth doing.
Of course, there are plenty of other things going on in the sky right now. Jupiter’s not responsible for all of this change I’ve been experiencing. Mars’s retrograde, after all, involves my MC (and let me tell you I have been feeling it) and Uranus is on its own adventure in my 12th house, but as always, I am grateful for whatever little nuggets of insight astrology brings me. I am tremendously excited for the next six months.