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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN SCORPIO — 10-10-2017  PART TWO

Back again, dear Friends and Readers… Let’s talk about the glorious possibilities of Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio.

As far as the world, further archeological exploration can discover some amazing things about the earth’s greatest mysteries.  These discoveries may be underwater since Scorpio is a water sign, but the use of science and technology and the NASA maps could mean there are great new discoveries buried in the earth, too. I love reading about people in England discovering ancient treasures from the Vikings, and  the beautiful tile work discovered consistently all over the MidEast and around the Mediterranean.  Depending on where you live, you could have great fun with a metal detector, or digging for rocks and gems.  For those who like shopping, you can use Jupiter to find hidden treasure at garage sales, junk stores, and antique stores, too.

Medicine will continue to make great discoveries. Jupiter expands whatever it touches. The medical research will be like a snowball, gaining traction and momentum. We are on the verge of huge breakthroughs to cure diseases and bring better health to people. There are a lot of ethical questions to be decided with the research into the very keys of life. Switch off the Alzheimers gene, or the cancer gene? Sounds pretty good.  Start tinkering with designer babies?  Not so good. I think it was Edgar Cayce who said when we started playing God, look out world! Expect the great debates on this, with people very divided on how far the scientists should be allowed to experiment.  Animal research is one example.  IS it fair to the animals? I see both sides of the argument.  At the very least, all animals in captivity should be treated kindly.

Jupiter in Scorpio will sextile Saturn in Capricorn. This is a great year to invest in your future. This could mean retirement accounts, or education, or simply trying to get some savings together. With finances, Scorpio is anything of yours that someone else has a hand in or an interest in. Scorpio rules inheritance, insurance, taxes and government money, big corporate money, and investments like mutual funds.  I’m not a big fan of mutual funds, especially the ones with a high front-end load. But the closed end funds and ETF’s have their place in a portfolio. Those are the ones you can buy and sell on the exchanges and not have to wait to the end of the day.  If you’re young enough, and have the time to weather the ups and downs, then the Vanguard funds are a good example of the lower fees and decent returns over time. The older you get the less you should have in risky investments, so for you that might mean this is a great year to start studying bonds. For those with young children, this Jupiter transit could mean you begin investing in a 529 plan, which is college money for your children or grandchildren. But investing begins after you have some emergency savings in liquid cash. And the way things are going, achieving that is harder than it used to be! Read Suzie Orman for practical financial advice.

If you have Jupiter transiting your 8th house this year, it will be easier to get credit or a loan. Just don’t go overboard. Loans have to be paid back!  A business partnership would be governed by both the 7th and the 8th houses.  In general, this could be a good year to start a business with a partner, but much would depend on the individual charts.

Looking at the long-term trends, tech, biotech, robotics, and cyber safety are going to be front and center for a while…

Maybe we should look at a few not so glorious possibilities….Jupiter transits in trine to Neptune. While this transit is good for medicine and healing, it’s not so good for taking action regarding the sea. We are killing the ocean as if we had no care for the generations to follow. I say this on a world level, not pointing the finger at any country in particular, though I dearly wish the USA would do more to protect the oceans and the fish and sea creatures. There are inventive young people who have won grants and they are building filters that suck the tiny particles of plastic out of the ocean. There’s already some in Baltimore harbor that collects the larger garbage. It’s a start, but considering how much toxic waste, sewage, garbage, etc. is dumped daily….there are floating islands, miles long, of nothing but garbage.  There’s a big dead zone in the Gulf where nothing lives. Watch the coral, folks, the coral reefs are  the canary in the coal mine of the ocean.  And, sadly, they are dying at an unprecedented rate.

I think what bothers me about this trine is the possibility that people just sit around and daydream and do nothing. Granted, daydreams are valuable, too, but sometimes it takes a square to get anything done.  Squares are challenging, but they can also represent huge accomplishments.  Watch and see what happens next summer and fall when Mars in Aquarius squares Jupiter. We’ll see… I hope enough people work together globally to demand that the clean-up begins. For example, why should ships be allowed to dump their garbage in the ocean?  Why can’t all ships have composting toilets?  There are small islands in the Pacific that are doing more to help the ocean than the bigger countries. They are miles ahead of us. They plant mangroves to protect against erosion. They limit fertilizers in certain places so the run off doesn’t feed the algae,  and algae smothers the coral. They prohibit commercial fishing in some areas but they still make the money with tourists and scuba diving. The reason Cuba’s reefs are in better shape is they don’t use the commercial fertilizers that are causing the nitrogen run-off.  TG!  The most hated company in the world is Monsanto. With good reason.

Social media is both a blessing and a curse. Jupiter in Scorpio could go either way. Bullying could increase and hurt more children, or enough people could stand up and stand together that schools and communities put new rules and laws in place to stop it.  Have you noticed the trend ever since Pluto entered Capricorn? That high profile people with skeletons in their closets are getting exposed?  It’s in the news almost every day — politicians, celebrities, athletes, corporate Ceo’s and Cfo’s.  Expect this to increase even more as Saturn joins Pluto and Jupiter in Scorpio makes research even easier. The truth will come out. IMO, all parents should keep an eye on what their kids are doing on the internet and on social media. I tell my young clients that they might want to be mayor at 40, so they better keep their lives clean now, because if not, it WILL come out.  The young don’t always have perspective; I’m not sure if they believe me.  Watch and see what happens in the next year or two. Meanwhile, we ordinary people should live our lives as if WE will be  tomorrow’s headlines.  I didn’t make that up; my Dad told me that many years ago.  It was good advice…keep it clean, folks, these are tricky times we live in…karma seems to be speeding up.

If you want to write in and tell me where Jupiter in Scorpio is transiting in your chart, post a message, and after you tell me what you think it might mean, then I’ll share my opinion, if you like. Even though I write these posts, I enjoy dialogue more than monologue. Till next time,  best wishes, Jenae…

 

 

 

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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN SCORPIO — 10-10-2017 to 11-8-2018

 

Hello dear Friends and Readers, it’s been quite a while since I posted. I’ve been busy, as I know you have, too. Life seems to be roaring by these days.  I’m a 6th house Sun and I like to be of service to others.  A few people requested that I post again, so here it is…

First, let’s remember one very important principle about Scorpio. This sign symbolizes shared power, shared money, love and intimacy. Everyone has Scorpio somewhere in their chart. Wise use of power and/or wealth requires that we evolve past the win-lose philosophy, the adversarial mind-set so prevalent these days. People who are insecure, who bully, who gnaw on imagined slights and wrongs like a dog with a bone, who want revenge at any cost, even if it takes them years and they end up with colon cancer because they insisted on holding onto old crap — both figuratively and literally — these people are not using their Scorpio energy in a positive way. We get back what we put out.  How can we expect positive results? By aligning our individual will with the Universal Will. By doing our best to ask for Heavenly guidance when making decisions. By truly wanting to make decisions that allow everyone concerned to benefit.  True, this can be very challenging. We live in challenging times. I didn’t make the rules; I just do my best to point out how to make the magic happen. The positive people are seeing miracles every day by using this principle. Better authors than I have written much about how to achieve the life you want.  I think Pope Francis said something like the more power a person has, the more serious responsibility on his shoulders, and the more humble he should be…

SO… the positive use of Scorpio, evolving past the scorpion, is the snake and the white eagle. The snake symbolizes healing and transformation. Check out the medical license plates on cars. There’s a snake entwined on a wand, a caduceus. The symbol of the healing profession since the ancient times in Greece and Rome. The white eagle  symbolizes Scorpio as the defender of the weak and helpless…power used wisely and well.

My experience with Scorpios is they tend to be suspicious at first, testing people to see who they really are. IF a Scorpio decides you are worthy of their trust, there’s no better friend to have in an emergency. They are very protective of those they love.  They also tend to take good care of their possessions, especially their tools. NEVER  casually borrow something that belongs to a Scorpio. Ask first…

You may be asking, Jenae, what do you mean, sharing power with the Universal? Here are some examples.  Martial arts would be one. Even though the Asian cultures are ruled by Libra, I classify martial arts under Scorpio and this has been my experience with the clients’ charts.  At the dojo, the students are taught not to resist, but to use their opponents’ energy in their favor.  Reike would be another example; the practioner surrenders their will and energy to the Universal Energy in order to be a channel  of healing for the client. Prayer and meditation also illustrate that process of being open to the Higher Wisdom in order to receive guidance and inspired solutions.  As soon as I post this, I’ll probably think of other examples, but for now think of the Universal Energy as a flowing river. We don’t need to be a salmon fighting our way upstream. Neither do we need to be a beaver, blocking the river to build our home. The easiest way to be in tune is to imagine ourselves as a little leaf or a feather, floating along and not being too concerned with the destination, but enjoying the journey.

Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches. Jupiter is considered a benevolent planet — luck, growth, expansion, abundance, generosity and tolerance. Jupiter in Scorpio will increase the Scorpio qualities. Going along with our water analogy, I think we will have a wet winter.  Add in Saturn entering Capricorn on 12-20-2017 and that gives us a cold winter, probably a lot of snow in places that usually get it, and maybe some snow even in places that don’t normally freeze. Oh, how I wish it were otherwise !!  We had so much snow AND  ice last winter that we couldn’t even leave the house for a couple weeks at a time.  Mother Nature is reacting to all the imbalances we humans have caused.  If we want less ferocious weather, we must start being less ferocious ourselves.  Jupiter is offering us some fabulous opportunities this year to begin turning things around. There’s only two ways I know to change the world. Change ourselves, and plants seeds of kindness with the children.

Do I think things will get worse before they get better? Yes. Do I have any faith in government or political solutions? No. Personally, I think things are such a mess that I’m not going to feed it or waste my time by commenting about politics. The best and only lasting solutions are spiritual. One human heart at a time…

Tomorrow I will write about the opportunities I see coming with this transit of Jupiter in Scorpio. Stay tuned…Thanks for reading.  Jenae

 

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OTTERSPACE ASTROLOGY —WISH UPON A STAR — JUPITER IN VIRGO — 8-11-2015 to 9-9-2016

Dear Friends and Readers. Jupiter transits through each sign in roughly one year, so Jupiter entering Virgo last occurred 12 years ago. There’s a lot of talented astrologers posting about Jupiter in Virgo. Some posts are quite technical. My preference is not to write for other astrologers but to write for everyday people who have some background and familiarity with astrology and would like to know more. I write these posts with teaching in mind. Planting seeds…

In 45 years I have never lost my passion for understanding people through astrology. I like helping people by bringing astrology down to earth and focusing on solutions to problems they may face, as well as alerting them to opportunities. Gee, folks, have you guessed? Yes, I have Virgo 1st house :)) (late Leo rising). Lately, I find myself with a keen desire for organizing shelves and drawers :))  Bringing order to chaos might be one theme in the coming year, but on all levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We’ll explore that shortly.

I noticed that some astrologers are charging money for their Jupiter in Virgo posts. I may do that next year when Jupiter enters my 2nd house. It will probably be $12 because I like the number 12 — 12 signs, 12 houses, etc. But this year I still want to shake things up a bit and not use the old format of going through each rising sign. One, I don’t have time. I’m very busy. Two, I want fresh growth, something new…

So here is my idea. I want a few people to write to me on the private reading page and give me complete birth data. Then we’ll put up the chart for all to see ( initials rather than names) and I will point out where the Jupiter opportunities are occurring in that chart. If I get swamped with requests, I may not choose your chart, but I can do some and we will all learn from them together. Learning should be fun !! I want to bring Jupiter in Virgo out of theory and into real life…

OK, if you know where the Virgo energy is in your chart, that’s where Jupiter will expand your opportunities. The only caveat is Jupiter is so expansionary that sometimes a bit of moderation is required to manifest the best luck and growth. In addition, this year is a little tricky for Mutable signs since Saturn will square Virgo from Sag, and Neptune in Pisces will oppose Virgo. This forms what is called a T-square and impels a lot of energy out the empty spot — Gemini. In fact, late May and June 2016 when the Sun, Mercury, and Venus transit through Gemini and create kind of a mutable grand cross. Time management and clear and careful communication will be critical. Mars retrogrades in Sag at 8 degrees and goes back to 23 degrees Scorpio 4-17-16 to 6-29-2016. Same time frame. Mercury is retro 4-28 to 5-22-2016 but in Taurus. Still, next spring is a time to be cautious regarding travel, communication, and important documents and/or contracts. Probably a good time to stay home and organize your filing cabinet as well as making copies of important papers !!!

Virgo is one sign associated with health, nutrition, cleanliness, small pets, gardening (Virgo = the harvest), accounting and bookkeeping, troubleshooting problems and finding brilliant solutions. Jupiter brings you opportunities in these areas. Check which house is Virgo in your chart for further clues and fine-tuning…

Virgo at its best means finding joy in small domestic tasks and chores, not making any difference between work and fun, finding joy through being of service to others, letting your work or hobbies be a labor of love, mastering the details and bringing all the small parts into a beautiful cohesive whole. Like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. I think Jupiter here will help us keep the big picture in mind, even while sorting through a bunch of details. IMO, if we can find the joy in doing the dishes, the floor, the laundry, cleaning the bathroom, etc. as a daily process without lust of result, if we make no difference between pulling weeds and harvesting our garden, if we find joy INSIDE ourselves no matter what we are doing — that is a successful life in the spiritual sense. All other earthly rewards follow and will manifest in your life as a result of that inner peace and happiness. On a more mundane level, this passion for excellence and order and organization may well manifest as a raise, a promotion, a new job, etc. There may also be opportunities for travel and/or further education at work that will be paid for by your employer.

I have noticed that men with either Mercury and Venus in Virgo or Venus and Mars in Virgo are excellent with building and woodworking. Must be that precision applied to the details :))…they do beautiful work.

Jupiter in Virgo offers us a chance to improve health and wellness through incorporating new information, possibly new research coming out about the food we eat. Food is the best first line of defense against illness. And there is more new research already about the benefits of exercise and movement vs. being sedentary.

Virgos are famous for spotting the flaws, and Jupiter here could exaggerate that tendency. Sometimes Virgos are so hard on themselves they get headaches. Jupiter could also be helpful to be more positive and optimistic about who you are, helping your inner thought patterns lighten up, help you be more TOLERANT of yourself and others. I think we have a choice here. New information and philosophies about our thinking and analyzing processes can help reprogram how we view ourselves. Besides, isn’t it more fun to be a Santa Claus instead of a sourpuss?

Most Virgos are wonderful about organizing stuff. Whether its on the mental or physical level, this is a great year to organize your home, your work environment, your hobbies and tools, your health — both mental and physical, and your outlook on life in general. One of my daughters found a great website a few years ago — www.flylady.com   It’s about making housework easier, being organized, and they sell great tools for household chores.

Time management will be more important for all of us this year, no matter where your Virgo energy is in your chart, and this is due to so many mutable sign transits. Be on time or even a bit early. Avoid gossip, rumor and innuendo. Let people tell their own news. Strive for the ideal but keep in mind that perfection does not exist on the material plane, so don’t kick yourself for honest mistakes. Strive for CONSTRUCTIVE criticism rather than harsh words that immediately put other people on the defensive. And you guys know me by now — don’t forget to grow a garden !!! Even if it’s just a few herb plants. That makes you a producer and not just a consumer. Virgos get a great sense of satisfaction from being productive :))… Blessings, Jenae

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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN CANCER — PART FOUR — 2013-14

Back again, dear Friends and Readers…there’s a lot of writing involved with this particular transit.  But I want to be sure you have the information you need since I may take a break during canning season.  Let’s pick up where we left off…

If you have LIBRA RISING,  Jupiter in Cancer is transiting  through your  10th house of career,  reputation, and public life.  There’s a lot going on in your life since you have planets on the Cardinal angles of your chart.  This adds some pressure and intensity.  Uranus in your 7th and Pluto in your 4th form a T-square which exits out the sign without a planet — in this case YOUR Libra Ascendant.  Good communication with partners is essential.  Remain diplomatic, even if other people are flipping out.  You’re going to have to exercise a lot of discipline to handle all the needs of  the people around you and keep things moving smoothly.  Your leadership abilities are very important this year.  It’s a heavy year but it can bring out your best.

Jupiter in your career house could bring a new opportunity.  It could be a raise or promotion at work, or something in your current career improves.  You could change fields, possibly start a business, or perhaps your boss will change and this brings the improvements.  Increased responsibility usually comes along with more money, and you may even feel that your family and/or partner are not being as supportive about the extra time spent on career.  A little sabotage at home?  It’s up to you to make that list of chores or groceries and be clear about what needs to be done.  That way there’s no room for “oh, I forgot” from the people you are counting on to cooperate with the plan.  Put up a big bulletin board with a calendar in the kitchen.  If your loved ones eat well, there will be less crankiness.  Buy the items you know will be eaten, buy them in bulk.  Pluto in the 4th doesn’t have to be sabotage, overall it’s a sign of transformation of the home or  within the family — people moving in, people moving out, etc.  But you DO need meals in the freezer ready to heat at a moment’s notice…

The food theme also applies to your boss.  Feeding people at work or having some trail mix on your desk — something with protein — will make them more cooperative.  Sure, it’s not your responsibility to feed them (unless you’re in the restaurant business J) but we’re talking how to make YOUR life smoother this year, and food is one of the keys.

This is a great year for you to expand your career skills.  Short classes or workshops may be offered by your employer or there may be some reimbursement for training.  See what’s out there and what you might need to add.  Be on the lookout for continuing education  in your field.  Jupiter in your 10th could also symbolize foreign language training or some travel out of town.  Another possibility would be you setting up the  technology IN your home to work FROM home one day a week, still in your current job.  At the very least, Jupiter in Cancer in your 10th is suggesting that you improve your office area at home.  Maybe you need a bigger filing cabinet, or a pretty desk, or a more comfortable chair, or a computer upgrade.  If you want to have a home business, the same would apply — an attractive and efficient place to meet with customers.  Naturally, there are a lot of variables.  If you’re marketing a cookbook, you don’t need to have customers at home, but you do need a well-organized shipping area.  You get the picture.  LIBRA RISING is sensitive to color.  Make sure you like the colors in your office, wherever it is.  Add touches of your favorite colors…

If you have SCORPIO RISING, then Jupiter in Cancer is moving through your 9th house of foreign contacts, higher education, long distance travel, and philosophy.  You get more of the benefits of the Grand Water Trine this year and even next year, Saturn and Jupiter will still make trines, which is great for finances and economics and making important long-term purchases or investments.

Usually Saturn in the 1st lowers the vitality.  You may be working so hard that you don’t  get enough rest or eat well.  Jupiter in  Cancer in trine helps smooth that out.  This transit can bring you more travel, or friends and family travel to see you.  Often it’s both.  Besides travel, some kind of schooling is indicated.  Of course, they say travel is the best education, but anything that expands the mind is favored.  You may be thinking quite a bit about your future this year and next, trying to formulate some long-term plans.  The real power and magic in life happens  when we put our individual will in the hands of the Universal Will.  So try thinking about your plans, and then letting it rest for awhile.  See what happens, what new information comes in.  Re-formulate or discuss plans again in light of the new info, and let things rest for awhile again. These water trines really help you with the intuitive connection  and as long as you don’t get fixated that things HAVE to be a certain way, I think you’ll be amazed and surprised and very grateful at how well things come together for you.  The key is to be humble and flexible and not push yourself to make immediate decisions about long-range important stuff.  Sometimes what appears to be an obstacle is  really an opportunity in disguise.  The great thing for you is you will actually get to SEE that; it’s not just philosophy, you’ll get the direct experience.  And this is the time in your life that you’ll really assimilate  what you have learned.  Metaphysics is simply the hidden structures supporting our physical reality.  I guess we could call it the hidden physics.  You have a terrific opportunity to expand your awareness of the more subtle energies guiding you and the clues to help you make good decisions.

There is a lot of information out there if you stay alert — lots of synchronicities. The “coincidences” will be both fun and interesting.  My Moon is in the 9th and is the same sign as my cousin’s Moon.  The other day I was about to push the button on the phone to call him and before I could, he called me :))  And we don’t talk that often.  It made us laugh.  The 9th house is one of the spiritual houses.  Studying comparative religion and/or foreign philosophers can be helpful.  The Jupiter in Cancer transit isn’t so much an indicator of going to church or doing yoga every day — it’s more to do incorporating new spiritual concepts and ideas into your everyday mind and life activities. The 9th is the Sag house in the natural wheel of the zodiac.  You’re at your best when gathering information and sharing with the people who need it. This process also enriches you…

Foreign food is indicated with Jupiter in its own house and in Cancer — sign of food.  Eating lower on the food chain is generally considered healthier — less meat, more vegies,  combined grain/legume proteins.  The newest research indicates so many health benefits from fermented foods.  Many cultures have known this for centuries — the science only confirmed what they already knew.  Anyone with  strong Scorpio placements can benefit from fermented foods — sauerkraut is one example.  The fermentation process is ruled by Pluto — transformation.  Liquors are ruled by the 9th, too.  Maybe you’ll decide to have some  fun making your own beer or liqueurs…

If you have SAGGITARIUS RISING, the Jupiter is your chart ruler.  This gives it added importance in your chart and you should study the nature of Jupiter thoroughly.  Jupiter transiting through Cancer is moving through your 8th house now.  The 8th, the natural Scorpio house, rules shared money, shared power, love and intimacy.  Jupiter in the 8th usually makes it easy to get a loan or credit; Jupiter is only negative through excess, so don’t go overboard and max out your debts.  People with natal planets in this house often work for the government or very large companies.  Jupiter in the 8th will usually bring an increase in funds for you.  It could be a raise or an insurance settlement;  inheritance is also 8th house, though I would think in Cancer this might mean land, a house, antiques and collectables come to you, not necessarily cash.  Since the 8th house is shared finances, your life could improve due to a partner’s luck.  If you want to play the lotto, go for the local contests and share the numbers you pick — you pick some and your partner picks some and play them over and over.

This is a pretty good transit to buy or sell a home.  Another possibility is your children are getting ready to move out of the family home.  It might be hard to let your chickies fly from the nest, since as a parent, the 8th house tends to be VERY protective.  Maybe you have children about to leave for college and you worry are they ready?  Are YOU ready?  Maybe not.  You have an opportunity to focus less on the physical plane and develop your intuition like a muscle — sending your mind to where your children are and tuning in.  Practice now by sending mental messages back and forth while they’re still in the home.  Make it a fun thing and pretty soon you’ll see yourselves improving.  At the end of the day, they are God’s children, as are we, and we are only the very temporary earthly custodians.  We only have control over our own attitudes, thoughts, and responses to events.  Another possibility is an grown child wants to move back IN, or you are considering  an elder’s needs and making plans to move them in with YOU.  The best decisions with the Scorpio energy of the 8th mean all parties involved see benefits.  Win-lose does not work and will incur karma.

Your mate or closest partner is symbolized by the 8th house in sense of shared decisions and being stronger together than you would be apart.  You could have some very special love experiences if you are tuned into the more subtle energies together.  You might want to read together about tantric practices.  I know a guy that fell in love with a girl that was somewhat younger than he was.  Their relationship was proceeding and he was happy and so was she.  One night they both had a mutual past life experience, simultaneously, and saw they had been in love and separated by war, both killed by the enemy.   He started crying, my Scorpio friend who was such a tough guy.  He got so in touch and in tune with his emotions as a result of this experience, he was the better for it.  Deeper, wiser,  more thoughtful.  She, on the other hand, was maybe too young and moved away.  He was crushed and called me.  I didn’t know what to say about how to get her to come back.  I said, maybe she can’t handle a long-term relationship with you  at this time. Maybe she needs time to mature.  Maybe the point was to show you we’re never truly separated from those we love.  There’s a lot of mysteries connected with the 8th house.  A deep rapport is possible with those you love.  Jupiter symbolizes kindness and generosity.  Affirm how precious the trust is between you.  Guard it and nourish it.  Protect each other.

Well, we’ll finish up tomorrow…Blessings, Jenae

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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN CANCER — PART THREE — 2013-14

Back again, dear Friends and Readers, with more on Jupiter in Cancer.  Picking up where we left off…

If you have CANCER RISING, then Jupiter is now moving across your Ascendant and into your 1st house, depending on the degree of your Ascendant.  From the earth’s point of view, planets appear to move backward in their orbit from time to time, so you need to know that Jupiter will go retrograde at 20 degrees Cancer on November 7, 2013, and then in direct motion (forward) again at 10 degrees Cancer on March 5 & 6, 2014.  Which day depends on your time  zone.  So if the degree of your Cancer Ascendant is from 10-20 degrees, then you’re going to have Jupiter move over it 3 times, which is important.  Some background… the meaning of the 12th and 1st houses are VERY different.  The 1st house is a public house — your personality, your physical body — the mask worn over the soul — the “you” that other people see.  The 12th house is a spiritual house, a hidden house, a house of mysteries and souls lessons and the reservoir of the collective unconscious.  I see a musician is now following this blog so let’s use music as an example.  Let’s say you’ve written a beautiful  song, inspired by a dream or daydream.  Channeling inspiration from the heavenly realms down to earth through the arts is one definition of the 12th house.  To publish this song, or perform it publicly, you would want Jupiter in your 1st house, for sure.  So, you can use astrology to pick your moment for optimum reception by making sure Jupiter is in your 1st house in forward motion with some supportive transits from other planets.  This applies to ANY important project — publishing, a business meeting, filing building plans for a house, starting a new business, signing up for school, etc.   Since Jupiter is in Cancer, you would also want the Moon in a compatible sign.  People who have Cancer rising have the Moon as the chart ruler, so study the Moon — there’s lots of books and articles about this, not hard to find.

For the purpose of this blog, we’re going to assume that Jupiter in Cancer is in your 1st house,  since that will be true sometime in the next year, depending on your Ascendant degree.  The Jupiter retrograde just means you may need to backtrack, review, and  fine-tune your plans.  Not a problem.

Remember, Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts.  Jupiter in the 1st can expand your waistline, especially with Cancer rising because they are usually great cooks.  So watch the calories :))  Since Cancer rules home and family, it can expand your waistline through pregnancy, too :))  On a more subtle level, your role within the family may change…Jupiter is the planet of teaching — your family may listen to you more closely and seek your advice and opinions more often.  This can be both a blessing and a burden, depending on the particulars. It’s a great transit to teach classes, too.  Good for elementary teachers especially.  Jupiter symbolizes generosity and optimism.

Whatever you begin with Jupiter in your 1st will grow in importance over the next 12 years.  Here’s an example.  A college student  called me and shared some information — she had signed up for three different possibilities at school — a group that did political surveys on campus, a seat on the council for the Greek system (sororities and fraternities), and helping the foreign student club.  I told her Jupiter was on her Ascendant and moving into her 1st house, so it looked like the foreign student club.  I reminded her that she had Jupiter in Sag, very strong in its own sign, too.  Sure enough, the foreign student  club picked her.  And she went on to travel the world and work overseas as the years passed…and she learned a lot of foreign languages, too.

With Jupiter in Cancer in your 1st house, you are encouraged to grow, to try new things, to be a bit more public, or possibly open your home to the public — like a tour, or a book club group, or meetings, even something like a boarding house or a B&B would work well.  Maybe it’s a quilting club or a scrapbooking club that rotates where they meet.  I don’t want to limit you, these suggestions are only a drop in the bucket…

Day care or foster parenting would be a strong possibility,  along with arranging play dates for young children if you are a stay at home parent.  Elder care, or a part-time job nurturing the elderly could also work.  If you wish to adopt a child from far away, Jupiter in Cancer is favorable.

New activities can lead you in directions you never imagined and prove very satisfying over the years.  Anything that fits with food, kitchens,  home and family, sentimental art, geneolgy and antiques, and unconditional love is a winner for you…Jupiter in  Cancer — what a great combo for a food blog J)…

If you have LEO RISING, then Jupiter in Cancer is moving through your 12th house of the unconscious mind, spiritual aspiration, and behind the scenes activities.  Jupiter in the 12th is the best transit for getting in touch with your own guides and teachers, both visible and invisible.  This transit is great for meditation, self-examination, journaling, counseling, and learning from your dreams.  The 12th is considered a private house and Jupiter expands your inner life.  It’s great for writers and artists and people who need alone time to do their best work.

I read years ago that Jupiter in the 12th is help at the 11th hour, or at the last minute when all seems lost.  There’s a beautiful opportunity here,  with the Grand Trine of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune all in your water houses in 2013, to understand yourself better, and to understand nature and animals.  If you ever wanted to be a pet psychic, now is the time to develop your skills.  I’ve seen a set of tapes on this and there may even be classes.   It is important, with this transit, to incorporate some kind of spiritual practice into your everyday life.  Meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, etc.  For best results you should be on a search for truth and spend some time examining any assumptions and neutralizing biases.  In order to receive information from the heavenly realms, we need to be open, receptive, and as clear a channel as possible.  If we were perfect we wouldn’t need to be here, so do your best and don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes.  Regret about the past can actually be a convenient block to keep from growing and moving forward.  The 12th house is all about our motives, whether conscious or unconscious.  Hidden agendas create karma that is eventually going to backfire.  Self-honesty and sincerity count 100%.  People that spend a lot of time getting their head straight and cleaning up their thoughts may not have fancy certificates hanging on the wall, but their accomplishments are every bit as important.  We are tested rigorously before we graduate; it’s the same thing with the 12th house.  In the ancient Egyptian system, their art showed this process as a pair of scales, with a human heart on one scale, and the white feather of truth and purity on the other.  No dummies, those ancient Egyptians…and what did the ancient Greeks  say ?  KNOW THYSELF.

Another way to look at Jupiter in Cancer in the 12th is to understand the family dynamics better.  IF there’s any heartache from your past, forgiveness empowers you and sets you free.  Spiritually, it’s important to forgive those who have played the role of the evil villain in our lives, too.  What if those roles were reversed the last time around?  Wouldn’t you want to be forgiven?  Jupiter is helping you resolve karma.  I think one of the hardest things we have to deal with in this life is to learn how to love and forgive ourselves.  But it CAN be done, and you have a lot of help to get there this year. J)

If you have VIRGO RISING, then Jupiter in Cancer is moving through your 11th house of friends and group activities, and hopes and wishes for the future.  This is one of the prophetic houses and Jupiter is comfortable here.  You may have lots of insight about the overall trends in the world, or your country, or the town you live in.  You may be able to tell what those trends will be far in advance of their manifestation.  You have an instinct this year for what will become popular.  You can use this for fashion trends, home trends, car trends, vacation ideas, new forms of education — limitless possibilities — but what comes to mind here for me is health care.  For many years now, the alliopathic model of health care has been opposed to the naturopathic model, and finally, this is starting to change.  There are illness and conditions that NEED traditional medicine — surgery, pills, etc. but now we are seeing that sometimes the simpler, less invasive healing arts can be more effective and there’ s less danger of adverse drug reactions, side effects and crossovers ( one prescription working against another).   I think the key here is to be versatile.  Even insurance companies are now funding massage, chiro, acupuncture, etc.  Some hospitals now allow midwives in the birthing centers.  There will be such a need in the near future to keep medical costs down that there will be more emphasis on wellness in the first place.  IMO, doctors should be bonused for keeping patients healthy, not for how many surgeries they perform.  But I am speaking generally here — doctors that perform the miracles for children, like fixing cleft palates or clubbed feet — they are the heroes and you want to reward them for how many children they help.

Anyway,  along the lines of these trends will be a new emphasis on the food we eat as a path to wellness and good health.  Jupiter in Cancer celebrates food, herbs, and recipes from around the world.  The scientists are finding out just how helpful various foods are — superfoods  — kale, seaweed, mung beans, blueberries, goji  berries — those are just a few.

Jupiter in the 11th is the best transit to either take a class or teach a class outside the mainstream classrooms, to join with kindred spirits who are interested in the same subjects — this helps you build new friendships and a sense of community during Jupiter’s transit of Cancer.  People with Cancer on the 11th cusp often find their friends feel more like family than their own family.  Sometimes it DOES mean you are  good friends with your family, but not as often.

It’s curious to me, what I see going on in the world with food these days.  It’s almost like there are two different  worlds existing simultaneously.  Real food and fake food?  I’m not sure what to call it.  On the one hand, there are some terrific advances in fighting hunger in the world, though we still have a long way to go.  There’s a new form of what we would call an energy bar — made from combined proteins and using legumes and grains familiar to the culture that needs the help.  The world hunger agencies can air-drop these to people and they don’t need cooking.  The poorest cultures often do not have access to fuel for cooking, so these protein bars are a big help.  If a child does not receive adequate protein in the first 5 years of life, their brains never develop to their fullest potential.  And some agencies are trying solar cookers in places where the sun is strong, to save fuel.

Then there’s the GMO seed issue.  I think the GMO foods are potentially very harmful to human and animal health.  I  think of the companies that produce them as the evil villains of the world, megalomaniacs  who want to control the world to make more money for themselves and rob the common people of the power of choice.  Of course they see themselves differently.  They think they’re on a mission to combat world hunger and by filling a need they will make money, just like any other business.  Europe has banned some foods but do they realize that they’re still consuming GMO through the animal feeds  they import?  In the USA, consumers want the foods that have GMO labeled clearly, and the producing companies are making very sneaky end-runs around the situation, with the result that we are all consuming these foods without realizing it.  Reports are coming in from other countries about long-term health effects, and the news is not good, particularly for people already suffering from chronic illness.  I read one article last week that said they tested people from many different  European countries and found the glycophage in their bodies.  And the bees are in very grave danger. Kill the bees and you kill the chance for many of our food crops to be pollinated.  Save the bees to save our crops.   Probably we need to move on to cover the astrology, but I urge you all to educate yourselves about what you eat.  There are groups that list prepared food products using GMO crops; you can find this on the Internet.  You can raise plants yourselves that bees like.  Use less chemicals to kill weeds — white vinegar and a little Dawn sprayed in full Sun is a lot safer.  Regular hybrid seeds are not GMO seeds; raise a garden if you can and please support your local farmers’ markets.

I know all these Mom’s and they are very conscientious about what they feed their children.  And there’s people like me who grow as much as they can and share the garden with others.  And then, particularly in the cities, there are people who never cook, who never eat together as a family, and they’re living on fast food.  And they  think this fake food they eat has no effect on their body, mind and emotions?  No wonder things are breaking down…

There IS a point to all this digression — Jupiter in Cancer is about protecting and saving our land, our food.  Food co-ops come under the rulership of the 11th house.  VIRGO rising is at its best when bringing better health and hygiene to others.  NUTRITION should be taught in every  school, at every parenting class, and you should share recipes and knowledge with your friends.  Start a potluck club — when you eat with people you like, the food digests better.

Regardless of where Jupiter in transiting in YOUR chart, you are going to see these food issues come to the forefront over the next year.  Very serious crises are brewing and we all have a role in protecting this planet we call home.  You heard it here…

Another possibility with the 11th house is labor unions.  Those of you with VIRGO rising may be employed in the health care field.  Expect a lot of union activity for the next year.  Collective bargaining could actually bring some beneficial changes to your workplace.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow…Blessings, Jenae

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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY – JUPITER IN CANCER  — PART TWO — 2013-14

Hello Dear Friends and Readers, back again with more info on Jupiter’s transit through Cancer.  Yesterday, I wrote about some of the general stuff.  Today we’ll begin looking at the specific houses, so you need to know your rising sign, or Ascendant.  There’s lots of sites on the internet with free charts these days.  Your Ascendant is based on your TIME of birth.

If you have ARIES rising, then Jupiter is transiting through your 4th house of home and family.  This is the natural Cancer house looking at the wheel of the zodiac.  People with Aries rising will have an easier time understanding how the houses work in astrology since the meanings of their houses fit  with the signs on the cusp of their houses.  Where it starts getting more complicated, for example, would be a passive sign like Pisces on the Ascendant, on the cusp of the 1st, which has an Aries definition.  There a million possibilities but in this example, the person might be competitive but the tendency would be to be secretive about it, or the ambivalence of Pisces could manifest as shy and retiring one minute and in the next  minute they’re a heroic lifeguard saving a child from drowning.  This is why astrology has fascinated me for so many years — each person, each chart, is like a snowflake — unique and irreplaceable.  Always something new to learn, too…

OK, back to ARIES rising…Jupiter in your 4th will expand the home and family.  Part One from yesterday would especially apply to you.  Typically, there are new homes or remodeling the current home, weddings, engagements, new babies.  On the emotional level, Jupiter can solidify family ties and loyalty, but it can also magnify family members’ emotions to the point of irrational melodrama.  IF you see this happening in your home, one of the best things you can do is see that everyone has a good meal together — make it nutritious food — protein, salad, some veggies.  Often that will be enough to settle things down. 

You’re likely to be quite busy on all fronts, Aries rising, since you have Pluto in Cap bringing big projects and the desire for change  to your career house, Uranus in Aries in the 1st  seeking excitement and  more free time to do your own thing, and Jupiter symbolizing family who need you and want to spend more time with you.  Squares are signs of challenge and the need to make adjustments.  Uranus can inspire you with solutions to problems and help you figure out your priorities.  IF you have grown children moving OUT of the house, since Jupiter can also symbolize wider horizons, be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your partner.  If you assume that your partner is fine with little time and attention from you, there could be trouble down the road…

Yes, you could feel over-booked this year, but the worst way to play it would be to pick a fight just to get some space.  Selfishness will backfire while leadership and TEAMWORK will transform the problems into wonderful opportunities.  You DO have a right to enough alone time to recharge your batteries —  try going to the gym or putting gym equipment in at home.  Power naps help, too…

Watch your head this year — be aware of your thoughts and inner monologues and self-talk, and protect your head on the physical level — safety helmets, bike helmets, no diving in shallow water, avoid motorcycles, etc.  If you have headaches, get your vision checked.  There is a  strong connection this year between how you feel and what you eat.  Be more aware of how various foods make you feel; the information is there if you look for it and pay attention.  If food allergies run in your family, then get this checked out, too…

One of the roles you may play this year is the protector of the home, in the sense of holding fire drills, buying a fire ladder, seeing that you have a first aid kit at home, going over safety procedures of all kinds.  We’ve been having such weather emergencies — this could lead to helpful  discussions  as well as better preparedness.  Make sure hazardous materials are locked safely away from children, and do the same with sharp tools.  If you HAD to evacuate, what would you do and what would your family do?  Let’s hope and pray that this never happens to you, but if you read the news just in one week many thousands of people faced this  calamity —both fire and water.  Aries is the sign of the pioneer — strong, courageous, prepared and calm in the face of emergencies.  

If you have TAURUS rising, then Jupiter in Cancer is transiting through your 3rd house of communication, the neighborhood, childhood education and technical education,  siblings, local travel and regional transportation.  In general, Jupiter in the 3rd is a pretty good time to buy a car, but you need other supporting transits and also avoid Mercury retro.  You may be in the car and on the go more than usual for the next year, lots of short trips.  People in the transportation business will have lots of work  — trucks, trains, limos for rent, etc. 

This is a great transit to either take or teach a cooking class, or even publish a cookbook.  I have a client with Taurus rising and she designs kitchens — not a doubt in my mind that she will be very busy this next year and I told her to make the most of it…

This can be a profitable year for people with Taurus rising.  Just remember to save some of the money for later.  There needs to be a balance between spending and saving.  Taurus energy tends to want a well-stocked pantry.  This is fine as long as you can use up what you buy.  If you buy too much food and it doesn’t get used and spoils, then you’ve incurred a loss.  I have Taurus Moon and this has happened to me in the past and more than once.  One of my resolutions this year was to avoid wasting food.  Then I read that the new Pope said wasting food is like robbing poor people.  Made me want to try even harder…  really good cooks find creative ways to use left-overs…

There’s some interesting energy for you around siblings.  There’s a few different possibilities.  Some people with Jupiter in their 3rd will experience a new closeness with a sibling or siblings.  They could physically move to the same neighborhood,  purchase property together, or maybe it’s closeness on the emotional/spiritual level.  Others could experience the opposite since Pluto and Uranus are still in square in your 9th and 12th. In addition Saturn in Scorp is in your 7th.  There could be bitter battles over money, property, wills, estates, etc.   Much would depend on your personal chart, whether you harvest reunion or betrayal.  Just because Saturn is in your 7th,  it’s not cast in concrete that you’re going to have problems with partners.  Saturn is about completion and bringing things into physical manifestation.  I’ve seen a lot of people get married when Saturn is in their 7th, and happily so, too.  Making good long-term decisions together, financial and otherwise, is important and Jupiter in trine from your 3rd will help you achieve clear communication and solid future plans.  The goal should be long-term protection and security, for yourselves, each other, and any dependents in your care.   One more possibility is some kind of family meetings concerning the care and long-term well-being of elderly dependents.  We have to remember that Cancer represents the nurturing of both the very young and the elders, too.

If you have GEMINI rising, then Jupiter has just left your 1st house of how you project yourself to the outside world and now it is in the 2nd house — YOUR money, YOUR values, and the gifts and talents available to you.  This house has the Taurus flavor; the 2nd rules your possessions, finding deals and bargains, turning a hobby into a part-time business or even a new career.  I can see some pretty cool possibilities for Jupiter in Cancer in the 2nd house — a cake decorating business, or catering, re-purposing flea market finds into beautiful furniture, learning to upholster or re-finish furniture, taking ANY class that teaches you how to make a beautiful home, a beautiful kitchen, or beautiful  food. 

Since we have a Grand Water Trine this year, what about making novel and inventive  flies for fly-fishing?  Anything to do  with  water is favored this year and the houses would be the 2nd, 6th, and 10th, which is encouraging you to express your talents and expand those potential career skills.  If you like fishing and boats, think of something clever that boaters would want and use.  GEMINI rising usually has excellent manual dexterity, so maybe it’s painting the boats, painting the names with  fancy lettering.  People paint their cars with all kinds of art — why not boats?

Jupiter in Cancer in your 2nd points to an expansion and an increase in the funds available to you.  Most likely, it means you can earn more,  but the sign of Cancer represents the legacy that you inherit from your ancestors, so besides talents you pursue on your own, this  placement could symbolize antiques.  Cancer is the sign of the collections of beloved objects, whether it’s baseball cards, porcelain tea cups, shot glasses or sewing thimbles, etc. etc.  You could inherit some kind of collection or even recover stuff you saved from YOUR childhood that is now worth money, and you could use that as a springboard to fund a new business idea or career.  The opposite is also a possibility.  You may invest in something now that will increase in value over time.  Cancer has a good eye for art.  Collect what you love,  though.  You could begin some kind of investment program — stocks, real estate, coins, stamps, musical instruments — whatever…just keep in mind that conditions changes and we have all  learned that these are not without risk.

Looking at Jupiter in your 2nd on a more subtle level, there should be a comfort and a sense of solidity through living in harmony with your core values.  You’re more attuned to ethics in everyday life and  wiser about who you want to hang out with — kindred spirits who also respect themselves and seek to manifest their full potential.  There may be some opportunities to mentor the younger people in your life. You could even teach them about nature.  Did you know that Taurus rules trees?  Jupiter in your 2nd is a good time to plant trees and work with the land available to you.  Jupiter in Cancer in the 2nd is great for outdoor time and enjoying nature, for trips to the seashore, and for making a kitchen garden — herbs, greens, etc. 

The bottom line with this transit is the time and effort you spend in building your skills will reward you for many years to come…

More tomorrow…Blessings, Jenae

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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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