There’s no denying that the past week or so has been intense, with the planet of war (Mars) aligning with the King of the Gods (Jupiter). Jupiter represents our desire to expand our horizons and grow in confidence and knowledge, we long to interact with other cultures and to become knowledgeable and even perhaps famous.
When Jupiter is involved we seek to be as one with the gods – to be our best selves. This can sometimes make us a little cocky and perhaps even arrogant or self-righteous, and when aggressive Mars gets into the picture the atmosphere can really heat up.
Mars and Jupiter aligned on July 22nd, but there has been little peace since then because Mars went on to oppose Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld and Destruction on the 27th of July as Jupiter began to move into position to join Mars in battle with Pluto.
Pluto, despite certain astronomers deciding that it’s not really a planet, is the most potent force in the astrological pantheon. Pluto empowers us and strips us of any veneer that is holding us back from self-realization. But it also can break us down so that we are forced to surrender our ideas and ideals of what life is supposed to be like and force us to begin anew.
Jupiter will oppose Pluto (in a 180 degree aspect) three times between now and April 2014, and the first exact alignment is August 7th. (You’ll be reading more about that in my Planetary Illuminations column – sign up in the sidebar if you’re not already on my mailing list.) This is particularly significant in light of the cycle involving Uranus and Pluto (catch up on this in the sidebar article) which […]