Personal: Jupiter in Scorpio

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.

No Answers, Just Work

One of the most challenging things about introducing someone to astrology is managing their expectations. They think astrology has answers, that it can point to a specific transit and say, “Ah! That’s why you’re experiencing XYZ; here’s what you can do about it…” But it’s not like that.

No transit exists in a vacuum.

We can look at our charts, identify transits, and read a variety of interpretations on them; but we can’t find ready-made interpretations that account for all the other transits we’re experiencing at the same time. Each chart is unique, and it’s impossible to fully comprehend the chart of anyone beyond ourselves, though we may try. With astrology, only the individual can harvest all the wisdom it has to offer, because only they know what they’re experiencing; the tough part is that they must be willing to put in the work to find it.

Each archetype of the zodiac has three levels of maturity, or evolutions. How we use the energy of those archetypes is up to us through the use of free will. Our job when studying our charts is to examine these archetypes from all sides, and consider how we might be utilizing them, intentionally or not.

Then come the added layers of planets and houses, a flux of information that can quickly make you dizzy — astrology is a lot of work. Go slow. Take your time. Meditate.

Astrology requires an honest assessment of ourselves that is both challenging and uncomfortable, and it doesn’t give us clear-cut answers. Approach each transit with an open mind, and keep an eye out for opportunities to grow. That is, essentially, the ultimate wisdom of astrology anyway:

“All things shall come to pass — now grow, grow, grow.”