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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN CANCER — JUNE 26, 2013 – JULY 16, 2014 —PART ONE

Good Morning dear Friends and Readers…  now that Jupiter is in Cancer, a  Grand Trine is in effect by transit for July 2013 as Jupiter trines both Saturn and Neptune.  Water signs are in the sweet spot and hopefully all of us will get some relief from the pressure.  It is not easy to live in the AGE OF KALI — destruction.  It helps me to remember that destruction leads to CONSTRUCTION…

We’re going to take Jupiter in Cancer by signs through the houses.  This post will be most helpful if you KNOW your Ascendant — which will help you dial in the interpretation more closely  than just using solar info.

OK, let’s start with the general background and work on out to the particular…Jupiter expands and enlarges whatever it touches.  Jupiter is a benevolent planet but can be negative through excess — too much of a good thing.  An interesting experience for me the day transiting Jupiter conjoined the Sun  on June 19th…I was taking care of 3 young children and it was like a Full Moon — minor meltdowns every 15 minutes all day long.  This was puzzling to me since Jupiter is considered the lucky planet.  I kept meditating on what had happened that day and finally saw that every issue was greatly exaggerated with all 3 kids, leading to fights, tears, and melodrama in the extreme.  None of it was serious, it was just the JUPITER energy magnifying everything.

Jupiter in general encourages us to stretch our boundaries and horizons.  This is why Jupiter (the ruler of SAG) symbolizes foreign contacts, foreign travel, and higher education that expands the mind.  Jupiter takes about a year to transit through a sign, so all of us will have Jupiter conjunct our Sun once every 12 years.  This year it’s Cancer’s turn.  What we begin in our lives on a Jupiter-Sun conjunction will grow in importance over the next 12 years.  This would also apply to Jupiter on our Ascendant or on our Moon.  I watch the people in my life because I have their charts.  Family, friends, my private clients — it’s a great source of education.  I’m old enough to have watched these cycles for awhile now and the passage of time has brought a bit more perspective.  In the Tarot, Jupiter rules the FORTUNE card.  When we’re in a good cycle, we think it will always be that way, but it won’t.  When we’re in a difficult cycle, it feels like everything will be terrible forever, but it won’t.  People with major Cancer placements need to move forward on the goals and plans most dear to them.  Don’t wait for things to fall in your lap.  Put out the energy to achieve your dreams and Jupiter will help you for the next year.
You can attract supportive energy through your focus, concentration, and enthusiasm.  And don’t make the mistake of thinking of support only on the physical plane — support means on all levels — mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.

Cancer is the sign that rules home and family, unconditional love and nurturing the young and also the elderly.  Cancer rules islands, history, geneology, antiques and archeology, the stomach.  Cancer is one of the signs ruling nutrition along with Virgo.  Cancer rules food, the kitchen, and domestic life.  Cancer is also the ruler of the USA and CANADA.  Places like Scotland and Madagascar are also assigned to Cancer, though I’m not sure if it’s due to the birthday or because they are islands.

Cancer people love to be home and they are very protective of their families.  They don’t like to be far from food and drink and they like to snack.  They like to socialize around a meal.  They do well when they get a good proportion of their nutrition through liquid, like the other water  signs — juice, soups, stews, smoothies, etc.

JUPITER in CANCER expands the home and family.  People may  remodel or move to a new home.  There can be engagements, weddings, new babies on the horizon.  This transit is excellent for improving your diet and being healthier through what you eat.  Remembering that Jupiter rules excess, don’t eat so many carrots that you turn orange :))  I actually knew a guy who did that; he was Aquarian, definitely a  radical…

It’s a fun cycle to teach  children the joy of cooking, to try new foods and recipes, to bring the best of foreign foods into your home.  Sometimes I think if we appreciate the food from other countries, it will help us appreciate  and celebrate other cultural differences instead of fighting about them.

Since I study the USA chart, it would be  so nice to be able to tell you guys that Jupiter in the USA 2nd house will improve the economy and the crops and bring good harvests.  Looking at the trines to Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, you would think that there would be enough water.  We seem to be in a cycle where there is too much water in some places and not enough in others.  In addition, you need to remember that the Uranus-Pluto square is lurking strongly in the background and even though Jupiter in Cancer would seem favorable, the reality of the whole picture is that Pluto in Cap  is opposing the USA Cancer planets and Uranus in Aries is squaring them, setting up a T-Square that sucks a lot of energy through the empty spot — Libra.  The bottom line for food and crops is not nearly as favorable.  This is definitely the year to watch what you eat and try to grow your own garden or shop at the local farmers’ markets.  If you don’t have garden space, maybe there’s a senior nearby who has the space and would share with you in exchange for some fresh produce.  If you live in an apartment, you can still plant a cherry tomato in a large pot or bucket on the balcony.   We used to get those 5 gallon plastic buckets from restaurants and use a hot nail to poke drain holes in the bottom.  You can grow two peppers or one zucchini in those buckets.  The newest research shows walls with thin metal trays hung together with chain all the way down a south-facing wall and people grow lettuce and greens and spinach and the shallower crops in them.  If I was more computer literate I’d post a picture.  There’s the whole issue of the GMO seeds which I will address later.  Bear in mind with the exit of the T-square in Libra, that there are going to be major problems with our trading partners over this issue.

Tomorrow we’ll begin going over Jupiter through the houses.  Blessings, Jenae

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WISH UPON A STAR — VENUS IN CANCER — JUNE 2 — June 27, 2013

Good Morning, dear Friends and Readers,  all you Cancers should find yourselves  in the catbird seat at the moment, the sweet spot with Venus now moving through Cancer.  Other water signs should feel like their life is flowing pretty well, too, since we have Grand Water Trine transits setting up with inner planets in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, and Neptune moving very slowly through Pisces.

Venus in Cancer symbolizes unconditional love and nurturing.  Cancer people are very protective of home and family.  Cancer represents the home but especially the kitchen and cooking and socializing  around food.  It’s a great month for potlucks and celebrating various occasions with a nice meal together.  Lots of Cancer women are good at catering, decorating cakes, publishing cookbooks, etc.

Venus in a man’s chart symbolizes women, love, and attraction.  When Venus in in Cancer, the women theme still applies, but can include female relatives, too — the mother, sisters, in-laws, daughters…so there may be a lot of interaction with them this month.  Venus in a woman’s chart symbolizes socializing with women, but also shopping for items for family and the home, particularly the kitchen.  For example, if you wanted to buy a juicer, this would be the time to do it, but before the 26th when Mercury goes retro.  Painting and remodeling the home are also favored at this time.  This is a great month for weddings, family reunions, showers, graduations, celebrations of all kinds…

I’ve covered a lot of the conjunctions in earlier posts, so let’s see what else Venus is doing this month.  I like to allow a day on either side of an exact Venus transit for orb.

On June 7th, the  day before the New Moon, Venus trines both Neptune and Saturn.  Grand trines mean  people can be self-sufficient and don’t need other people to jump-start them.  So this  period is a  time when water signs especially can really be in the flow with their life’s events.  What this means is you can feel very stable and grounded, lucky, too.  There’s some challenging transits leading up to the Full Moon but most people should be able to sail right around any difficulties.  An old phrase comes to mind…”you can keep your head straight when all about you are losing theirs”…  This is a good time to teach children to swim or start swimming lessons, to enjoy water activities  in a sheltered environment, not the open sea (Mars square Neptune).  Great for  groundbreaking for a pool in your yard, or a fountain, or even installing a new sink or shower or bath.

I like June 10th,  when the Moon in Cancer conjoins Venus.  Wonderful for a party, a celebration, for shopping,  for hanging out with women.  I will be cleaning my home getting ready for a family reunion.  Probably go to the grocery store that day, too, since the items I will need are likely to be on sale :))…

The 11th and 12th look a bit challenging as Venus opposes Pluto and then squares Uranus.  These transit form a T-Square which pushes a lot of energy out the empty spot — Libra.  This means people want their own way and are not in a mood to compromise.  Do your best to remain calm and diplomatic.  If it was me, I wouldn’t be signing any kinds of important paperwork or legal agreements or contracts on these days.  Mostly, though, I think you’ll find that people either aren’t in a mood to commit to social plans, or they keep changing their minds at the last minute.  Frustrating, but not a problem if you just stay flexible.  Using my own life as an example, the 12th is my family’s arrival date and I figure just have food cooked and whenever they show up is fine.  I fully expect them to show up late and hungry.  That’s one of the keys with Cancer, and ESPECIALLY with people with Cancer planets in their natal.  They need to snack frequently and they don’t like to get too far away from food and drink.  When my family leaves, I will be sending a care package with them.  Good thing I understand astrology :))  And now you do, too :))…

The 14th is a good day for medical as Venus trines Chiron.  The 15th is a good day for gatherings of women or a party as Venus sextiles Moon in Virgo.  That’s actually a fabulous time to learn more about diet and nutrition, too.

On June 20th and 21st, Mercury conjoins Venus and the Sun enters Cancer.  A sweet time for a wedding or family reunion with lots of laughter, jokes and affectionate speech.  A wonderful time to visit parents and grandparents.  It’s an interesting thing about Cancer, that while it rules babies and the love and nurturing required to care for them, Cancer also symbolizes the later years, too.  Not death like Scorpio, but more the cherishing and reviewing the family legacy — memories, antiques, the family history and geneology, passing on the treasures of the family to the next generation.  This is a great transit to “interview” the elders in your family and catch the memories, the details, the family history on video or cd.   There’s a  reason that Cancer natives are usually the ones   to inherit the family antiques, and that is because they treasure them and take care of them properly.  Those of you who like  scrapbooking could find this is a  great time to put collections of photos together to pass on to the younger generations.

The Full Moon is the 23rd at 2 degrees Cap/Cancer.  I think these mellow transits should smooth out the prelude, but the day AFTER the Moon will oppose Venus, which can be disruptive.  This transit reminds me of brides-to-be fighting over wedding dresses at a big sale in a department store.  Mostly, though, people may not be able to agree on social plans, like which movie or which restaurant to go to, or even who to socialize WITH.   A few people, with helpful aspects in their natals, will be able to have a heart to heart talk and clear the air of any misunderstandings.

Looking at  the month overall, if you need to buy a new home or move to a new one, this is probably your best time to find a great fit.  Try to schedule showings on the 10th, and the 19th to the 21st.  If you’re buying, plan to close after July 20th for best results…

People who work in the restaurant or food business should do well, also people in retail businesses that supply home and kitchen items, appliances, and baby items.  Same with farmers and ranchers — a busy time and remember the weather will continue to be unsettled.  Jupiter in Cancer should increase harvests and productivity, but with the lurking squares between Uranus and Pluto and the stress they put on Jupiter in Cancer, all bets are off.  More on this and the US chart in another post to come…

Venus enters Leo on June 27th and since Mercury is retro, Leos will need to postpone any major shopping and/or beauty treatments.  So get your hair or nails done early :))

More soon, Blessings, Jenae

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OTTERSPACE ASTROLOGY — MERCURY IN CANCER — MAY 31 – AUGUST 8, 2013

Hello dear Friends and Readers, yesterday was some more wild and damaging weather here in the USA.  Mercury at 29 degrees Gemini and then moving into Cancer.  You’ll remember from earlier posts that the 29th degree of anything is considered a critical degree.  Plus there’s the ever looming square between Uranus and Pluto, it’s still in a very tight square and these tornados seem to be never ending.  Be aware that there will be a lot of discussions about sustainable food and sustainable housing as Jupiter enters Cancer.  More on that in upcoming posts.  But for now, Mercury leads the planetary energy moving into Cancer.  Note that Mercury will go retrograde at  23 degrees Cancer on 6-26 and into direct motions again at 13 degrees Cancer on 7-20.  By now you all should know the routine…doublecheck all dates, times, meetings, paperwork,  etc. when Mercury is retro.  Not the easiest time for travel, however this particular retro would be very good for looking up old school friends and for family reunions, and for visiting the places of your childhood.  So if there’s someone you miss from your past, there’s a lot of tools available to help you find your loved ones — Red Cross adoption website, Facebook, etc.

The Mercury  transits this time mostly take place early in the cycle.  This time there are not the repeated transits — fwd, backward, fwd that you see so much.  Remember that I write about the transits in a general way as they occur,  but this is NOT the same as the transits to YOUR PERSONAL CHART.  For example, I wrote about Jupiter conjoining the Sun on May 27, but this doesn’t mean Jupiter conjoined YOUR SUN — unless you are a 22-23 degree Gemini.  I do hope you understand the difference.  EVERYONE should have a copy of their personal birth chart and seek to understand it thoroughly because it is a map.  For all of us, the journey is different but the destination is the same…      

 Mercury in Cancer is all about food, home and family, protecting the family, having  conversations in the kitchen, fixing up the house, and nurturing the young.  I had a Cancer friend once who came for a visit, and he put his bare hands in the soil around my vegetable plants and fluffed the soil and the next day the plants  grew an inch !!  Water signs are healers and Mercury in Cancer would also underline that theme of using the electricity in our hands.  Mercury in Cancer is a great transit to study healing, diet and nutrition, early child development and education, and DIY home repairs.  Since Mercury rules the local neighborhood and short trips, you could use this transit to visit a Home and Garden show and see the latest inventions, building techniques, kitchen improvements, etc.

OK, let’s take a look at some of the Mercury transits…Mercury trines Neptune and Saturn on June 3rd  & 4th. These are good days to be in the flow spiritually.  Excellent for healing, for medical, for meditation and/or spiritual practices.  I have the impression that some of you will be writing down memories — family history, geneology, memoirs, a tribute to someone who has passed….there is a good current of inspiration at this time.  Could be good for writing music and lyrics, too…

I have noticed that there are glitchy and challenging transits around the New Moon this month and again around the New Moon in July.  In my experience, the day BEFORE the New Moon acts almost like a Full Moon — wacky, unsettling, out of control people acting very emotional.  The day before the New Moon is June 7th and Mercury is opposed by Pluto.  Defintely not a time to get into an argument with someone who has to have the last word and be right all the time.  Additonally, Mars is square Neptune ( possible deception and hidden agendas)  and the 8th, the New Moon in Gemini, features Mercury square Uranus.  In view of the current weather events, this time frame could have a lot of wind, lightning, and rain, causing emergencies.  I hope you guys realize I want to be wrong about this — my preference is gentle weather and great crops.  I write what I see in the hope you will be sensible and make preparations for yourself and your loved ones.  Remembering that Gemini is ruled by Mercury, there will probably be more transportation problems, too.  To sum up, if you will be travelling, get there early and leave late, on June 10th when Mercury is conjunct the Moon in Cancer.  MUCH easier… Looking at this more on the psychological level, these challenges mean keep your ears open and mouth closed.  People around you will be excitable and not particularly cooperative because they’re distracted.  Just try to be helpful and postpone important discussion and/or decisions.  On a practical level, back up your computers to protect from possible power  outages.  I know some people who turn off the TV when they’re going to be gone, to protect from power surges…  Just to be clear, people who are having family reunions, gatherings, graduations, etc. — these can go well, but you’re going to have to stay sharp and observant. Your event can go well, but you may see a lot of news reports from other places that are experiencing  difficulties.  I’m a big believer in taking food with me when I leave home.  I always have a cooler in blue ice in my car.  Comes in very handy in emergencies…pack stuff that can be eaten without cooking it first…

Mercury conjoins Venus in Cancer on June 20th and 21st.  This should be quite pleasant — happy conversations with affectionate people.  Wonderful for shopping for food or kitchen equipment, planning menus, hosting a party or a potluck.  This conjunction may ease the Full Moon on the 23rd.  Really folks, I don’t see much problem this time with the Full Moon ( Sun 2 degrees Cancer/Moon 2 degrees Capricorn), it’s the period  around the next 2 NEW Moons that look difficult.  You’re going to see a lot of energy building over the next year around food, nutrition, new positive ways to feed the planet.  Jupiter in Cancer stuff…

New Moon in Cancer on July 8th with Mercury retrograde conjunct the Moon , too.  No problem there, other than seeking clear communication and practicing active listening techniques to work with the retrograde. This conjunction just means don’t have important conversations when people are hungry.  People can be illogical when they are hungry.  Food first, talk later.  People with Cancer energy need to have frequent snacks close by and they stay healthy by getting a lot of their nutrition through liquids — smoothies, soup, vegetable juices, stew, etc.  This is a good time to clear up left over chores and details that were postponed previously.   Mercury retro means it’s fine for research and planning, just not the right time to start NEW projects.  The problem with this New Moon comes the next day when Moon moves into Leo and squares Saturn in Scorpio while Mercury conjoins the Sun.  Remember, the Cancer energy is unconditional love and emotional security as well as a  stable home.  So children are featured even more strongly on the 9th.  Sometimes when people get divorced there are problems about raising the children.  Mercury retro means this is NOT the time to get into power struggles about how to raise the kids.  Even couples who live together in the home should watch what they say in front of the kids at this time.  Looking at it another way, a united front will actually let a manipulative child know that divide and conquer doesn’t work.  Most families are on tight budgets these days.  Your children may want to decorate their room and do some kind of art projects.  Saturn challenges YOUR creativity to come up with innovative but less expensive ways to help your children express themselves. 

On July 11th, Mercury is semi-sextile Venus in Leo.  Mild but helpful.  This continues the theme of communication at home with families and children.  A lot would depend on which houses are taking the transits in YOUR chart.  For example, if it was your 4th and 5th houses, your kids might be happily composing their own  show to present on a pretend stage in the backyard.  But if it was your 8th and 9th houses, you might be budgeting for a family trip that included education along with the fun — historical parks, museums, week-long summer camps for kids that take place at a college, etc.

Mercury is again conjunct the Moon on August 5th, in forward motion. New Moon in Leo on the 6th, but this time without the challenging transits of the previous cycles.  Great for drama in the creative sense    — art, music, theatre, dancing — it’s party time :))  There’s still a lot of accent on family life, children, and encouraging children to play creatively.  Imagination is a gift.  I watched a little boy playing a superhero with an apron as a cape and a stick for a sword.  I made him a blue and red satin cape and spray-painted a stick with gold.  Really, folks, I think he preferred the imaginary costume that HE came up with, rather than my humble efforts… taught me a good lesson :)) 

In a general sense, Mercury on the Moon means giving voice to feelings.  It’s not just conversation; it could be writing songs, poetry, letters, journaling, or even writing a creative lesson plan if you happen to be a teacher.  Lots of possibilities…

Well, that’s it for now, next up is Mars in Gemini…Blessings, Jenae

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