Tibet & Dalai Lama – faced with an unbeatable dragon



The Dalai Lama has been urging the EU to voice constructive criticism of China for its continued suppression of the Tibetan people. How much effect he thinks that would have is questionable, since China has always acted belligerently to any adverse comments or indeed contact with the Dalai Lama. Tibet sadly always was a lost cause as indigenous Chinese have been transported in great numbers to live there, with strenuous efforts to obliterate the local culture.

The Dalai Lama, 6 July 1935 4.19am Takster, Tibet, has a very Watery chart with a Cancer Sun trine Jupiter in Scorpio trine Saturn in Pisces, formed into a Kite with Saturn opposition Neptune Moon in Virgo. Undoubtedly talented and a healing presence for many,  he could never achieve his life’s dream. His compassionate Saturn opposition Neptune Moon is being affected this year by tr Saturn in square and tr Neptune conjunct and opposition – so he must be feeling less than upbeat. He’s also got tr Pluto square his 4th house Mars in 2017/18 which is acutely frustrating and stuck. He does have health issues, unsurprisingly given his age, and with tr Saturn now moving into his 6th house should be taking it easier in the time ahead.

There’s no real chart for Tibet though an early one of 23 Oct 127 BC JC (OS) seems to work not badly; and there is one for the Tibet National Uprising of 10 March 1959 6.45am Lhasa.

Both would indicate tough times ahead, especially when tr Saturn moves into Capricorn in 2018/2019. There may be more internal unrest but no real sense of liberation.


Great Bake Off – not an uplifting move



The Great Bake Off, the UK’s most watched television show, syndicated to 196 countries, will move after its seventh season from the BBC in a three year deal to Channel 4. Though minus its two main presenters who were not consulted about the move.

It first aired on 17 Aug 2010 producing a very strong chart with a lucky Uranus Jupiter opposition Saturn Venus Mars in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn – high-enthusiasm, charm, grit and an enduring quality.

Moves to a different channel often fizzle out and this one will plough through myriad frustrations in 2017/18, before grinding to a halt in 2019 when Solar Arc Pluto squares the Mars and is conjunct the North Node; with Solar Arc Saturn conjunct Mars and square Node.

Guy Verhofstadt – the EU sending a weighty message



The unwieldy juggernaut that is the EU has now fished out another arch-federalist to be a Brexit chief negotiator. The appointment of Guy Verhofstadt, ex Belgian PM, is sending shudders down UK spines, being shoehorned in for the European Parliament, to add to the woes of having Michel Barnier, the hardline French chief negotiator for the European Commission. [Don’t ask me what the difference is.]

Verhofstadt described the Leavers as rats leaving the ship – sinking? Titanic? David Davis, chief UK batsman for Brexit, referred to him cheerily as Satan. Senior sources in the EU say the policy is to be so tough on the Brits that it will make Brexit less likely to happen. The EU, with such an incredibly Fixed chart (Moon Taurus square Uranus opposition Venus in Aquarius square Node and Neptune in Scorpio), always acts as if the world was going to adapt to them, rather, heaven forfend, than that they might bend or be pliable themselves, let alone realistic.

Verhofstadt, 11 Apr 1953, is a Sun Venus in Aries trine Pluto and opposition Neptune Saturn in Libra square Uranus – so tough, a touch of the megalomania, a fanatical idealist; with a pushily confident and ruthless Jupiter Mars in Taurus square Pluto. He’s facing an extremely bumpy ride ahead with tr Uranus conjunct in his Sun Venus and opposition Neptune Saturn in 2017; and a stuck-stuck Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Saturn and opposition Venus in 2018.

David Davis, 23 Dec 1948, has his Mars in Capricorn square GV’s Sun Venus and Saturn Neptune and opposition GV’s Uranus – so sparks will fly.

Davis’s relationship charts with both Verhofstadt and Barnier look swamped in confusion (and scandal) in 2017/18. And Davis’s natal Mars is completely deadlocked in 2018/19 with tr Pluto conjunct Mars.

I can’t see what Theresa May’s strategy is at all – since the three Brexiteers she thrust into key negotiating positions are none of them serious players. Fox and Davis appear to be living in never never land – and Boris is just bumbling Boris. She is supposedly micro-managing the exit and certainly dislikes both Barnier and Verhofstadt, and there’s a fair amount of huffing and puffing on those two relationship charts, especially from mid 2017 onwards.


Uranus – bright mind, pity about the split from the body

uranusaquarius                       water-carrier



Uranus is the awkward squad, the outsider, the troublemaker, the flag-waver for freedom at all costs, even if the price is chaos and anarchy. It doesn’t care what others think, isn’t one of the crowd, so it can think out of the box and lead the way into the future. Known as the torch-bearer it can be enlightened, a reformer and activist. Certainly rebellious, its instinct is always to upset the status quo which it finds suffocating and stagnant, overly restrictive. Uranus hates barriers, boundaries, cages of any variety and will rattle the bars until they collapse.

Co-operation and compromise don’t come easily since they mean giving up a chunk of individuality for the sake of others’ needs. Strongly Uranian types can come across as selfish and obstinate. They demand partners be just as independent as themselves, so relationships can drift apart since there is no real engagement. Often underlying the detachment or the ‘I’ll jump back and leave first’ is a fear of abandonment. They pre-empt what they see as the inevitable by baling out in advance. Uranus in hard aspect to Sun or Moon suggests parents who were erratic, unpredictable, didn’t relate well and fostered a forced independence on the child, which is not a great model for adult relationships.

There’s always an ambivalence or paradox about Uranus – it is deemed to be the epitome of tolerance and applauds difference, yet can be quite dictatorial. Aquarius ruled by Uranus (and Saturn) is supposedly humanitarian yet also has a considerable number of fascists and extreme right-wingers amongst its number. Maybe that’s a Fixed Air sign trait – ideology is prioritised over empathy.

It is renowned not just for an interest in pushing back boundaries into the future, but is also fascinated by the distant past.

In mythology Uranus was half of the first divine couple, the sky god married to Gaia, the earth mother. In time she came to dislike him so demanded his children despatch him. Only Saturn (Cronus) took up the challenge and castrated him. The blood that was spilled turned into the Furies, and the genitals thrown into the sea reputedly created Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who arose out of the foam. The other myth associated with Uranus was Prometheus who gave mankind the divine secret of fire and thence knowledge, for which he was punished by Zeus, by being chained to a rock and having his liver torn out nightly. He is the symbol for Aquarius, the water carrier  who is not pouring out feelings but handing on the water of knowledge.

So the Uranian/Aquarian inclination towards ideas, scientific knowledge, and all matters up-in-the-head (in the sky) comes at a significant cost in terms of the physical body. There is something against-the-biology about Uranus, in contrast to his earthy, prolific wife. Which, if the myths hold true, causes great anger (the Furies) and suffering (liver also = anger). Consciousness, which is almost certainly ruled by Uranus, was a splitting away from the animal kingdom, the key thing which separates human beings from nature. In becoming ‘intelligent’ beings we lost the sense of being comfortably in our bodies.

What is intriguing is that many of the ‘sexperts’, who studied and wrote about human sexuality were Aquarius – Havelock Ellis, Alex Comfort, Germaine Greer, Betty Friedan, Helen Gurley Brown and Rabelaisian writers like Rabelais, Lord Byron, William Burroughs, Robert Burns. Some plunged happily into the experience but the impression left is that a detached interest in what their temperament couldn’t fully engage with was also part of the equation.

Detachment is a key word for Uranus/Aquarius, which has a dislike of jealousy or possessiveness, since it brings with it a fear of being corralled and tied down.

Uranus rules television (as opposed to Neptune ruling film) and IT/computers/the internet. Television, although it is thought of as domestic, was an early form of digitalisation which seems to strike a chord with Uranus, as does the here-today-gone-tomorrow feel of much television. The social networking world suits Uranus admirably since it gives a sense of connection with a wide circle of friends without the hassle of messy, face-to-face engagements.

Rock musicians often have Uranus in the performing 5th house, so it promotes a quirky, anti-authoritarian, highly individualistic creativity which is not great art, but appeals to the young at heart. Where high artistic ability comes is when Uranus is tied into visionary Neptune. Historically religious art was connected to Uranus Neptune, which is an inspirational mix.

The house that Uranus falls in is always where the individual wants to go against the grain. Uranus in the 6th dislikes the corporate team world, so prefers to go freelance. Uranus in the 9th veers towards alternative philosophies or ideas. In the 7th dislikes conventional relationships, opts for open marriages or constant travelling; in the 8th has a leaning towards experimenting in sex; in the 4th rarely stays living in the same house for long. Whatever everyone else wants, Uranus wants something different.

Uranus in strong aspect to Pluto leads to revolutions and constant churning change, as the Uranus fights for freedom against Pluto’s repressive control. Uranus Pluto’s drive is to collapse old structures precipitately which can lead to chaos if there is no impetus for re-asserting stability once the necessary reforms have been put in place. Getting rid of bad is only part of the process, as we’ve seen only too clearly with Iraq and Libya. If Uranus gets the upper hand for too long it can be very destructive.

Uranus Saturn in the right balance can bring about golden ages where the best of the old is married to the best of the new.

Jean-Claude Juncker – in a political snake pit



Hardliner Jean Claude Juncker has given his state of the union address to the EU, saying it faces an existential threat and battle for survival against nationalism and populism; and aiming a few spears at the UK along the way.

[Juncker is the most powerful office holder in the EU as President of the European Commission, till 2019, similar to a Prime Minister but not making foreign policy or tax decisions. Donald Tusk is President of the European Council, until May 2017 if not extended, which is similar to a head of state. There are also three other EU Presidents for the Eurogroup, EU Parliament and ECB.]

His next eighteen months looks like a mix of bullish confidence, bitter arguments, high insecurity, rising tension and a fair few banana skins. Insiders say he is increasingly unpopular within the EU because of his dictatorial attitude and he is even marginalised in his own Commission since he prefers to work from Luxembourg and seems to be in frail health, which may or may not be alcohol related.

His Term chart, 1 Nov 2014 12am has more than a wobble coming with Solar Arc Pluto square Uranus, exact in 3 months time. It has an aggressive Pluto Mars in Capricorn in the grandstanding 5th house square Uranus opposition Mercury – so it was always going to be a crises-ridden term.

His relationship chart with the EU looks excessively fraught and bad-tempered from March 2017 onwards for two years with tr Pluto conjunct the composite Mars and a disappointing tr Neptune opposition Jupiter from April onwards; plus a separating tr Saturn conjunct the composite Sun. So he may not make his full term.

He has bad chemistry with almost all the main players. His connections with Angela Merkel, in place as German Chancellor till at least autumn 2017, will wobble precipitously from mid 2017. He and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, are an ongoing power struggle with a composite Sun Mercury opposition Jupiter Pluto square Saturn; and an un-mutually supportive Mars opposition Neptune in an explosive square to Uranus. Tusk may have his term extended beyond May 2017, in which case watch out for ructions from June 2017 onwards. With Theresa May, Juncker’s interface is no better with a game-playing-for-the-upper-hand composite Jupiter Pluto square Saturn and an argumentative composite Mercury trine Mars and square Uranus.

The EU’s real crunch point comes in three years by 2019 with Solar Arc MC conjunct Pluto and Solar Arc Pluto conjunct the 2nd house Neptune – a dead halt and financial meltdown.

One thing is for sure, Juncker won’t go easily, unless nature takes over and forces his hand.

Saturn – laughter as well as tears



Saturn in contrast to the other outer planets has an undeservedly malefic reputation. Death, disaster, failure, depression, delays, lack of self-worth. All gloom, doom and misery.

I’ve always been very grateful for my Saturn – it induces a strong work ethic, instils a sense of discipline over time, is practical, realistic and provides a backbone when the mush threatens to take over. Even better, where Saturn is marked in a chart, it gets easier the older you get. The negative side reigns over the first third of life; it mellows through the middle third; and the final third becomes everything that wasn’t there at the start – warmer, more supportive, consolidated.

Saturn is essentially about structure in earthly terms. It plans, prepares, thinks long term to a feasible goal, then gets foundations laid, builds slowly and securely so its achievements stand the test of time. The end result of its endeavours is not necessarily aesthetic, since it isn’t concerned with cosmetic fripperies, but it is enduring.

Ruling Capricorn, it has the same steady ambition, which is willing to forego instant gratification for long term goals. Like the symbolic mountain goat, it starts in the foothills and works its way up to the peak, along a winding path if necessary.

Saturn restricts, so oversees limits and boundaries which may not feel like fun but are essential, psychologically as well as practically, in life. Neptune dissolves boundaries, Pluto invades across them to grab all the territory, Uranus blows them up, but Saturn stands firm for order, delineation, marked borders. In action, it is like a gardener who prunes plants back, lopping off overgrown branches, to stimulate fresh growth and produce a more manageable shape.

Often called a money-grubbing scrooge, Saturn is concerned with material security and can be less than generous and open-hearted. Again that’s down to its earthly nature and liking for boundaries. ‘Me and mine’ come first.

Not that Saturn is a delight at close quarters in intimate relationships. It can be cold, putting up a defensive wall against any encroachment, tending to put things above feelings, and is better at ‘doing’ than ‘being’.

The myth of Saturn eating his children depicted in a horrific Goya painting is apt, since it ties into his obsessions with time and mortality. Saturn was scared of being overthrown by his sons so he ate them at birth. Deep down he knows he is going to die and his children represent a future that he can never possess, since his is limited by his mortal span. He both loves and loathes the boundaries of his life, so he tries to over-ride them and stop time.

Having Saturnine parents means facing two things – their envy and their ability to induce misplaced guilt on their child. The Saturnine father pushes and pushes his children to be a success, being excessively critical of any failures, making them feel they never achieve enough to satisfy him, so damaging the child’s self-esteem though it can helpfully induce a driving need to be a success. But deep down the father’s fear is that they might outdo him, become more successful and outlive him. It’s difficult to cope with since if the child grown to adult became stratospherically successful, the father would shrivel, feel worthless himself and be consumed with envy. So it’s a no win situation, until the child/adult separates enough to understand it’s the father’s issue, not theirs.

The Saturnine mother on the other hand insinuates into the child a sense that they are responsible for her depression; and their role in life is to look after her and make her happy. She makes a bad, under-nurturing mother but expects her offspring to give her the caring she never gave them.

The mythological Saturn showed his other face at the autumn festivals of the harvest, when the agricultural bounty of the year was brought in and drunken celebrations ensued after the hard work was done. Earthly delights are also his preserve and his reign was seen as one of peace and plenty. Despite the devouring father, he’s associated with the flow of the seasons, especially winter when everything dies back to be reborn in spring.

Capricorn as a sign is unfairly dubbed as the cold, materialistic workaholic, but in fact has a highly creative and (indulgent) side. The old Capricorn symbol was half goat half fish. He operates in two realms – in the watery realm of ideas and visions and then makes them real on dry land. He is the stander on the threshold between the unconscious and the conscious; just as Capricorn stands on the cusp of the year that has past and the year that is about to come. He both mourns and celebrates.

Successful people tend to operate in a Saturnine way. Maggie Thatcher’s career moved to the transits of Saturn – into the Cabinet when tr Saturn moved up across her Descendant into her third quadrant, became PM when tr Saturn moved across her midheaven. Then she ignored its hints in the latter years of her tenure as it moved into her lower-profile first quadrant, when she should have been winding down, but given her temperament couldn’t do it. She was summarily ejected when her Solar Arc Saturn was exactly square her focal point Sun. Saturn can raise to great heights through excessively hard work, but it is a hard taskmaster when lessons are not learned.

Richard Nixon on the other hand was forced to resign facing impeachment charges when tr Saturn was moving through his 10th (supposedly the peak). That was when Saturn’s iron rule ‘you reap what you sow’ came into play, and Nixon’s chickens came home to roost. The god of the harvest knows that only careful preparation at the right time, clearing the ground, sowing seeds, tending to the growing crops, sticking to the rules, will provide the cornucopia. If you don’t put in the sweat and planning and try to bend the rules, it brings retribution.

Harmony of the Seas – tragedy on a paradise cruiser



Harmony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise liner, has been involved in a fatal accident, with one crew member dead and four injured during a safety exercise.

It was laid down on 9 May 2014 when there was an accident-prone and risky Uranus Venus in Aries opposition Mars square Pluto opposition Jupiter and a Sun opposition Saturn – so it was always going to have a crises-strewn life. Not as bad as the Titanic, whose hull laying had a Sun Saturn square Neptune and a Mars Uranus conjunction inconjunct Pluto, with a weak Jupiter – but still prone to hitches, glitches, breaks, maybe explosions and other problems.

At the moment tr Pluto has closed the square to Uranus to exact; and Solar Arc Mars will move to square Pluto and then oppose Uranus in late 2017 and late 2018 which are both edgy, insecure and prone to injury.

It is a solid chart in one way with an Earth Grand Trine of Sun trine Pluto trine a Virgo Moon, formed into a Kite by Sun opposition Saturn; and the heavily aspected Jupiter gives testament to its gigantic size as well as rescuing it from a few mishaps. But there will be more to come until the Grand Cross clears all its aspects which will take a couple of years or so.

UK politics – clearing old baggage but no clear signs ahead EU-wise


The squabbling Brexiteers in the Cabinet are about the only sign of movement in the great unknown of the decoupling from the EU that lies ahead. PM Theresa May, from all accounts, will micro-manage the process but there’s no hint of the hows and whens. And apart from the odd fly-swat seems content to allow Liam Fox (Secy for International Trade) to shoot his mouth off, irritating Boris Johnson and the FO, and insulting business leaders.

Fox is in for a considerable shock in 2017 with a whole raft of insecure, explosive, panicky influences bringing major setbacks and muddle. He has his Solar Arc Uranus conjunct his Mars and square Saturn in 2017 – which is a major major jolt, high levels of tension, even an accident. Plus tr Uranus opposition his Mars, square his Saturn and opposition his Mercury from March onwards; and from March 2017 also till late 2018 he has tr Pluto square his Sun/Neptune which is confusion, scandals, low energy, suffering. He could even be moved from that job come next May or thereabouts as tr Uranus squares his Jupiter/Saturn.

Though having said that, Theresa May’s most problematic relationship is still with Boris Johnson (see previous post).

She’s managing quite ruthlessly to machete her way through David Cameron’s policies, and having junked George Osborne with maximum humiliation, will now no doubt be heartened by Cameron’s exit from Westminster. She disliked both of them – her relationship with Osborne has a Mars Saturn conjunction and with Cameron a Mars Pluto square – so major, though clearly hidden hostility.

Her Government chart, 13 July 2016 5.44pm London, hints at worries and uncertainty from 23rd Sept to 6th Oct this year as tr Saturn returns to square Neptune exactly. But the major hiccups start late January through Feb 2017 when tr Uranus squares the Sun; with another jolt from April onwards as tr Uranus returns to its natal position. But for all that she looks to be powering ahead confidently with tr Pluto trine Jupiter from Feb 2017 to late 2018.

The Daily Mail is floating the idea that David Cameron may go west to New York to allow his wife Samantha to launch a fashion business. New York would suit him as a home since it puts his Sun in the 4th there, expansive Jupiter Moon in Leo on the Ascendant and Mars in flamboyant Leo in the money-making 2nd house. He’s got the final, heavily pressured and needs-to-transform tr Pluto square his Libra Sun through this autumn. Then tr Saturn will head in 2017 across his IC which does suggest a move of domestic base into a new phase of his life.

It won’t be a spectacular new start since he has tr Saturn square his Uranus Pluto opposition Saturn through 2017 which could be discouraging. His relationship with Samantha, was always very work-oriented with a composite Sun square Saturn; and indeed Saturn on the focal point of a composite Yod – with both the composite Sun and Saturn getting tr Uranus hard aspects from early 2017 onwards, so change definitely in the air. She’s a late Sun Aries square Mars Moon in Capricorn and all of those are being subject to upheaval through 2017/18.

Emily Thornberry, who bats for the opposing team, and is shadow Brexit minister, was born 27 July 1960 has Sun, Venus and Uranus spread through Leo, with a formidable Mars in Taurus square Uranus and square Pluto; with Mercury in Cancer opposition Saturn. So she has an edgy temper and her outburst after being asked on television about the name of French Foreign Minister, which she fluffed, did her no favours since she should have known.

Jupiter – for the birds



Jupiter being a sky god and a seer into the future, it makes sense that prediction based on the flight or song of birds would be connected to him. Indeed he is often represented by the eagle.

I’d have to confess a personal interest since years back I had a couple of striking experiences seeing birds (magpies initially) which fitted in with outer events, so became fascinated. And I have a very strongly aspected Jupiter in my chart, tied in to my Sun, Mercury, Moon, Uranus, MC, Saturn and by minor aspect to Pluto and Mars Venus, Ascendant.

The first was connected to the death of a horse in odd circumstances which succumbed to a rare cattle gangrene. A magpie and a dead calf had appeared a few days beforehand on the road when I was exercising. Magpies are ten a penny but that one gave me a shudder and stuck in mind. The second was seeing a magpie on the back of a sheep, like a tic bird, which coincided with the death of a pet sheep, which I was only told about later. The third, more cheerfully, was when I sold a flat astonishingly and unexpectedly well, having seen six magpies that morning on the heath – ‘one for sorrow, two for joy – six for gold’. So I became hooked and read up the nature myths.

Magpies have become less birds of death for me, than indications of a traffic holdup on motorways. If I see a black and white bird then everything jams up ahead. Greenfinches are sickness, not necessarily terminal, just slump. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker – wonderful red, black and white handsome birds – turned up in my London garden for the first time the day I got a significant work opportunity. The day I bought the house I’m in now, a golden eagle flew low over the road just above my car –  magnificent and velvet brown, with a huge wingspan. Hawks which fly the highest are supposed to be messengers of the gods – and presumably a gift from Jupiter. Herons and storks are a symbol of the morning and therefore new life.

It’s not something I talk about too freely lest I sound a complete basket case. But many people (and certainly their grannies) will have had similar experiences. It’s such a shame that we are so hidebound by the Saturnine rational diktats that we don’t admit to an inexplicable layer of life that can’t all be written off to coincidence or delusion.

Jupiter – not always wise, wonderful and supportive



Jupiter, supposedly the bringer of health, wealth and happiness was conjunct the midheaven when the first plane struck on 9/11. Other disasters also have a prominent Jupiter. So it does have a dark, destructive side.

When Maggie Thatcher was unceremoniously dumped as prime minister tr Jupiter was moving through her 9th heading for her midheaven and 10th house, normally thought of as a success phase, during a time when she melted down. Celebrities who die often have tr Jupiter moving through their 10th, with their image back the spotlight, but they are no longer here.

In Michael Baigent & Charles Harvey’s Working with Astrology, there’s an example of a man who over the times (every 12 years) when tr Jupiter was opposing his Sun, lost his father, his mother and a long-standing relationship. Not what you’d expect, except that his Sun natally was in aspect to his Moon/Saturn midpoint. So when Jupiter came round to trigger his Sun it also, in its expansive way, homed in on a Moon/Saturn sense of mourning and sadness. So Jupiter’s tendency to exaggerate and expand can produce bad as well as good.

Indeed at 9/11, tr Jupiter was just over the conjunction to the USA 1776 natal Jupiter, Sun/Jupiter midpoint and within two degrees of being conjunct the US Sun – so on the optimistic view of Jupiter, it should have been an exuberant and successful time. But big and spectacular isn’t necessarily better as 9/11 showed. What you also have to watch is not (as we all do) prioritise Jupiter transits over others since it feels good. It will always be outweighed by tr Pluto, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn.

Which isn’t to say that a strong natal Jupiter doesn’t bring an ‘unfair’ advantage to those that have it in their charts. It brings a combination of luck and what I once wrote off as delusional optimism. Those who survive horrendous childhoods and emerge, if not unscathed, at least as functioning, usually have a prominent Jupiter. No matter how bad life is, Jupiter always thinks there’s a light at the end of the tunnel or a guardian angel somewhere who’ll swoop in for a rescue, and hey presto, they do, though usually at the 11th hour and 59th minute. Sagittarians, ruled by Jupiter, have that sense, as do the other two Fire signs, Leo and Aries.

JK Rowling, a Sun Leo, of the Harry Potter juggernaut, has a focal point Jupiter in Gemini square Saturn opposition Moon Uranus Pluto in Virgo. Her struggle to get published all hinged on an 8 year old girl liking her story and getting her a toe in the door with a tiny publishing deal, which then expanded and expanded, through winning competitions to a US contract, when tr Jupiter was starting to oppose her Uranus Pluto, and triggering her T Square. Success needs talent and a huge dollop of luck.

In mythology Jupiter was a sky god, part of a triad of brothers with Neptune (water) and Pluto (underworld). He was the wielder of thunderbolts (hence the disasters), ruler of weather and the flight of birds, from which predictions were drawn (the auspices). He was the divine witness to oaths, the guarantor of good faith and associated with justice and good government. He was not a god of war who wins through fighting, but one who changes the morale of the opposing sides.

The senior god, sometimes also associated with Zeus, king of Olympus, he radiates sovereignty and triumphalism. The expression ‘By Jove’ comes from Jupiter, who was thought of as jovial, optimistic – when he wasn’t casting down thunderbolts and lightning. Zeus was infamous for his promiscuity, being serially unfaithful to his jealous wife Hera – so not great at commitment.

Although Jupiter/Sagittarius always carries an image of a mischievous, happy-go-lucky, laid-back, comedian or sporting gambler who relies on the gods of chance to make it all come right, there’s a different side. The pedant, the philosopher, pompous, narrow-minded, the know-it-all who comes across as self-righteous. Lawyers are often Sagittarius, which relates back to the mythological witnesser of oaths. Sagittarians are often well-read, think and talk about social issues, are interested in how the world ticks.

In combination with the other outer planets Jupiter is not always beneficial. Jupiter Pluto does mix positive thinking with huge determination, so can move mountains; but it can also act as if it is above the petty rules and regulations which ordinary plebs have to respect, so ends up in conflict with authority and loses everything. Jupiter Neptune has dreams of stratospheric wealth; and can be overly impressionable when it comes to believing a master/guru has all the answers. Jupiter Uranus is a gambler but usually lucky, so not a bad mix.

Jupiter Saturn is an oddity. In square or opposition it can be wobbly, veering between optimism and pessimism, scared of failure. In conjunction it can be understated as the individual tries to balance their idealism with making their way in the world. But for a few, it shoots them sky high to an iconic reputation and then crashes them down as Saturn’s all-too-human, grim reaper cuts down Jupiter’s godlike hubris – John Lennon, Princess Diana, JFK. There is a manic, messianic side to Jupiter which can get out of control.

Jupiter in aspect to the Sun or Moon usually prevents the individual from getting a realistic view of that parent. They see them as better than they actually were. Jupiter’s positivity defends against seeing the shadow side of life. The Moon Jupiter mother tends to feed sweeties/food and platitudes rather than making a deep emotional connection.

Just a stray thought – Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a heavily aspected or well-integrated Jupiter; while Donald Trump does, in trine to his Sun and Uranus, sextile his Moon. Bill Clinton’s Jupiter is trine his Uranus, sextile his Leo Sun, so it has done him well over the years.

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