Jupiter in Pisces ~ The Last Shall Come First

Ceremony and Ritual


n 2021, Jupiter spends much of its time in the final sign of the Zodiac, Pisces, the sign of the Cosmic Fish. Jupiter first moves into Pisces on May 13th, 2021, and then retrogrades out of the sign on July 29th, 2021. He then re-enters Pisces on December 28th, 2021, and remains in Pisces through May 10th, 2022.

Though Jupiter is most usually associated with Sagittarius and the 9th house, this planet is actually considered the ancient ruler of Pisces and the 12th house and was strongly affiliated with both until the discovery of Neptune; this means that Jupiter is quite at home in Pisces and is, in a way, returning to its native ground. It is important to understand that while Jupiter, long considered one of the most beneficial of planets, is in its happy place of Pisces that does not mean that everything will be rosy and perfect during this transit. In fact, looking at the world solely through rose-colored glasses is one of the actions that can create problems during this period. Personally and for my clients, I have found that Jupiter’s influence has about a year of lag time between where it currently is in the sky and the effects we feel on terra firma. In other words, though Jupiter will be in Pisces for a good part of 2021 and 2022 the effects of his presence there may not be felt on a personal level until late 2022 and 2023. (This is one reason why so many people have hard years during their Jupiter Returns but then find the next year to be much easier).
All of this said, Jupiter in Pisces gives us some wonderful opportunities and it is a blessed time for those with Sun, Moon, or Ascendants in Pisces or those who have strong Jupiter or Neptune placements in their natal chart. The theme of this transit to me is the idea that the last will come first. When Jupiter was in Aquarius it helped foster the overturning of old, outdated systems, attitudes, and cultures. Now in Pisces, Jupiter ushers in healing and magnifies the roles of those who serve, help, aid, and assist as well as those who are humble in manner and means.

Recall that Jupiter is the planet of generous expansion – it is the only planet in our solar system that sends out more energy than it receives. This means that when Jupiter enters Pisces it will emphasize some of the most essential characteristics represented by this sign including making art and music, restoring romance, learning from history, connecting to our Ancestors, developing our intuitive gifts, working with our dreams, healing wounds on all levels, taking spiritual pursuits seriously, working positively with death and dying, and being of service in whatever ways are needed.

At the same time remember that Jupiter is also the planet that magnifies any given area of our life. This means that any habits, patterns, or tendencies that are not so desirable can also be emphasized and called out during this time. When Jupiter is in Pisces some of those problematic qualities can include our tendencies to engage in lies and deception, including self-deception, substance abuse, addictive tendencies, fixations on victimhood/martyrdom, hypochondria, depression, intense mood swings, loneliness, and unhelpful escapism. As always, the way to balance out these elements is to emphasize the positive opportunities that Jupiter blesses during this transit.

Remember that this is a period where we all feel more sensitive and thin-skinned. Amping up your protection work, practicing excellent self-care in whatever way that looks like for you, and asking for help are all essential activities during this period.

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Star Gazing Astrology

Divination and Dreams


f course every culture through time has had their own astrology and star-lore — for our own planet is cradled in stars and the celestial bodies were once believed to sing all beings on earth into slumber, action, love, war-making, and wisdom — some of us believe such songs may still be heard. It only makes sense that we would cast our eyes up to the starry vault of heaven for guidance and inspiration, as our ancestors did before us and as their ancestors did before them.

In old sacro-magical traditions every plant, animal, stone, and star was seen as having it’s own “virtue”, meaning that each object had a specific and unique nature. So it was that the planets were never simply seen as a series of luminous bodies some greater and some smaller, but rather, in our Western tradition, Mercury was the alchemists quicksilver, banner holder of ideas, intellectual pursuits, communication, and walker between the worlds who stood at the threshold or the crossroads and kept the secrets of magic. Likewise, luminous Venus held court with all lovers and would-be lovers inviting them all into her lovely and well appointed bed chamber.

Understanding astrology in this way allows us to consider the whole — specifically the whole life of any one person — and recognize that our lives and our virtues can be seen most clearly through a veil of stars and celestial bodies. Such an understanding is still available to us today.
When I analyze a client’s natal chart, write about current astrological events {link to astrology tag in blog} or teach astrology classes {link to star magic}, I find that there are two significant barriers in relating to and gleaning wisdom from the sacred art of astrology. The first is that for far too long astrology has been weighed down by the double evil of inaccessible jargon and fatalism. The second is that many people are turned off by the various symbols of astrology and the perception that one must be mathematically inclined to derive anything of use from the stars. In the first case of inaccessible jargon and fatalism there is much truth — old astrological texts are full of obscure references and even more modern books are rife with terms like “sextile” and “conjunct” that definitely can leave the would-be student feeling like they know LESS about the planets or zodiac sign than they did when they started. And for sure I have talked to many sun-sign Librans who are tired of being told that they are indecisive and sun sign Scorpios who have a decidedly sunny outlook on life despite their supposed dark and brooding characteristics.

The second complaint, that of the symbolism and mathematical nature of astrology is largely without grounds. There are thirty one symbols that the interested astrologer needs to learn — the twelve zodiac signs and the nine planetary glyphs — that gives anyone a firm foundation in the art of astrology. As for mathematics, a certain kind of computational skill was required for the old art of astrology, but with so many excellent programs out there now for chart casting, the computation is something that the beginner can learn if they want to, but by no means do they have to.

Here is what it is essential to understand about astrology as I practice and teach it: the zodiac signs, the planets, and the 12 houses of the zodiac wheel do not make us do/feel/act in any particular manner — rather the stars, planets, and asteroids serve as a celestial wisdom council. This council is uniquely arranged for every individual on the planet so the lessons, challenges, and soul knowing for each of us is also different. However, once we learn to speak with and listen to this wisdom council we can live a deeper life that is full of more meaning and beauty. And that is the reason we practice astrology.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.