Jupiter in Virgo: Use What You Know

Jupiter transited by Io and Europa, as seen from Voyager 1 spacecraft, February 1979.

“I’ve got good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style.”
— The Man from Another Place, from Twin Peaks, Season 1, Episode 3, 1990

Dear Friend and Reader:

In astrology, Jupiter represents style trends, among many other things. The largest of the planets (1,200 times the size of Earth) orbits our Sun in about 12 years, exerting so much gravity on our central star that the Sun oscillates as Jupiter tugs on it. By the way, you can tell that to anyone who claims that the obstetrician exerts more gravity on the newborn baby than does Jupiter (by which logic astrology cannot possibly be true). I’ve never seen a doctor cause a star to wobble.

I don’t think astrology is based on gravity, though. Reading the charts is the art of reading symbols, whether they have any mass or not. That factors with no mass, weight or size can have an influence is plainly obvious. For example, what is a ‘sign’? It’s a direction in space. Is there really a young woman up in Virgo?

Virgo, the sign of the virgin or the young woman, in classical astrology is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury is neither male nor female, but androgynous. There is a tantric hint here about the synthesis of the sexual polarities being in service of the Goddess. Graphic courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In our minds, there is. Virgo is the astrological home of the Goddess. It’s true that other signs are ruled by Venus and that Virgo is ruled by Mercury, who is androgynous. But you might think of Mercury in this capacity as a servant of the Goddess, capable of doing something that’s nothing less than tantric: bridging the gap and opening common space between maleness and femaleness.

Last week, Jupiter arrived in Virgo. It was last in that sign between August 2003 and September 2004. Those were difficult times, at the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, during the first term of the Cheney-Bush presidency.

Despite the rawness of emotions and the still-open and infected wound of the Sept. 11, 2001 incident, there was a feeling in the air: we must do something about this.

I don’t miss the Cheney-Bush presidency, but I do miss the spirit of devotion that was infused into the peace movement, especially in the form of documentary journalism.

That is to say, actual thought, analysis and reasoning, mainly emerging on what was then a much smaller, simpler and decidedly less commercialized Internet.

In traditional astrology, the sign and concept Virgo represent food and the places where food is stored, in particular, grain and dairy. For modern humans these are essential. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun passes through Virgo during the time of harvest, when the crops are coming in and being processed, preserved and stored. This is a central concept of civilization; the difference between humans roaming around as small bands of hunter-gatherers, and humans as the dwellers of towns and cities, is our ability to grow and preserve food.

By a series of associations, Virgo in modern astrological thought includes service, medical care, healing and teaching. In my experience there is a larger concept: Virgo, and the axis it forms with its opposite sign Pisces, represent the holistic principle. Everything is related to everything else. When we really want to address a situation or problem, it’s helpful to invoke whole-system thinking: that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Any aspect of the environment can also influence the whole environment.

Said another way, what we think of as physical and spiritual are aspects of the same thing, accessible through one another. This idea is slowly catching on. For example, a scant few people are starting to notice how they feel after drinking two liters of diet soda, contrasted with how they feel better after drinking some water. The ‘mind-body connection’ is a popular phenomenon most easily found in yoga.

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Yoga is the most commonly seen practice of the mind-body connection. I’m not sure whether this is a proper yoga pose or an illustration of meditation, but it’s sure a gorgeous image.

In astrology, the concept of an axis of two signs — in this scenario, the Virgo-Pisces polarity — is essential to understanding just about anything. What we have with Jupiter in Virgo is the planet representing Pisces visiting its opposite sign.

This is relational; it’s an image of seeming opposites morphing together. It’s an image of fertility — of the cosmic waters of Pisces soaking into the earthy territory of Virgo. Virgo and Pisces depend on one another, as do all the opposite signs. Now we get to experiment with what happens when there’s a real mutual union between them.

Why I say mutual is that Chiron is presently in Pisces. Chiron does not ‘rule’ Virgo, as it was not a factor in classical astrology. But it’s certainly a representative of Virgo, in terms of Chiron’s devotion to service, healing and teaching. Chiron is still on its long but not long enough visit to Pisces (spanning from early 2010 through early 2019). This invokes the ancient astrological concept of reception — Chiron in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo are vibrating together, receiving one another’s energy.

Planet spotters can note that the exact oppositions between Jupiter and Chiron will take place on Nov. 3, 2015, Feb. 23, 2016 and Aug. 12, 2016. These dates represent potential thresholds, turning points or peak moments in whatever relationships, projects or transformations are represented by the Virgo-Pisces dynamic.

Let’s add one more thought — Jupiter also represents Sagittarius. So therefore, clever, practical Virgo is also being infused with the at-once worldly and unworldly wisdom of Sagittarius. This will expand the scope of Virgo, giving it a wider range of perception and more tools to use in its journey of healing and service. Jupiter also stands for the benefits of whatever we do. With Jupiter in Virgo, it will be easier to consider the benefits of taking care of one another and taking care of the planet.

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Baking is more of an applied science than it is an art. It requires precision, planning and adaptability — and like any authentic science, a streak of true creativity. Image is of master baker Lionel Vatinet. Watch his video.

I have an official sign description of Virgo, which I recently saw quoted somewhere:

“Virgo is a mentally oriented, highly intelligent, nervous sign that needs to remember it’s made of the element earth, not air. That’s another way of saying that your life is a constant process of translating from idea to reality and back. Ideas are not enough. Yours is not the sign of science but applied science.

“The difference is similar to that between working in theoretical physics and learning how to be a master baker, or using your skill in chemistry to be an expert hair colorist. Applying ideas can be challenging because the mental world changes so much faster than the often-stuck dynamics of the physical world, and we’re often at a loss for how to translate between the two. That would be your job: to identify ideas and how to apply them; to match up problems with corresponding solutions.”

Of all my concepts of Virgo, applied science is my very favorite one. This resonates with an idea offered by Woodstock-based therapist, philosopher and gem-cutter Joseph Trusso, who has Virgo rising: Use what you know.

Imagine all that wisdom flowing into Virgo by way of Sagittarius and Pisces — that’s a lot of opportunity to apply the things you’ve learned to the life that you’re living, and to the world situation.

Speaking of.

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ABC News reporter describes a whirl, or fire tornado, describing the unpredictable and dangerous conditions in Washington State right now.

The world situation is so dire that most people seem to have given up doing anything about it, or even wanting to think about it. There seems to be maturity and wisdom in the notion that you can’t do anything anyway.

That idea, of course, is bait for apathy and inaction: so why bother? Rather, just take care of yourself, feed your habits, and either a) trust that everything will work out for the best or b) that nothing drastic will go wrong. Have a good time; don’t worry about anyone who has it worse than you, because that’s bad luck. It seems as the divide between the haves and the have-nots grows more canyon-like, people think they have to take sides. And given the chance, most would side with the haves, even though they’re not one of them.

Meanwhile, I am often amazed when I think of the number of self-help books that have been sold and read, reaching the top of the bestseller lists, and the healing workshops that have been taken by so many people, and the years and years of spiritual practice engaged in by millions of people — and meanwhile we are still witnessing the world in what appears to be a serious slide into the abyss, much of which is emotional.

It’s also true that wars and wildfires are raging. Major economies are wobbling. The wealthy are gobbling up things like $100 million Manhattan condominiums as investments that they plan to leave vacant. There exist a vast number of people with so much wealth they seem to have no idea what to do with it. The reality is that doing something with it — that is, taking an active role in the world, and focusing one’s mind on what we might contribute — directly contradicts the way of life of possessing, amassing and keeping. This too is largely about matters of spiritual and emotional healing. Many seemingly different topics are drawn in, like survival, death, how we treat the other, and how far our scope of existence expands into time and space.

Said another way, do you think you’re part of something larger than yourself? Do you notice the extent to which your environment actually does nourish you? What is your role in the exchange?

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I often wonder, with so many self-improvement workshops taught over the past 50 years, where the change in the world is. In reality most self-improvement programs are not about what the Garrison Institute calls “engaged action.” Knowledge and information are inert unless actively used or passed on. The future you’ve been waiting for is now.

When we talk about the concept of using what you know, and applying the wisdom you’ve gained from so much study and reflection, we’re talking about action; that is, what you actually do. There seems to be a contemporary concept that in living the best way I can, I am doing all I can. In being the best person I can be, I am doing what I can. That is true, if we’re talking about the beginning of the process, not the end.

The idea that “we’re all in this together” has taken a beating in recent years. It is directly contrary to the prevailing political views of our time, which are all about being rich, getting richer, laws which favor only the extremely wealthy, and elections determined more and more by money rather than issues. This is largely on the political level, but applying the holistic principle, we can see that politics is a method of organizing not just society but thought, and the frameworks of ideas — that is, the ideas that make up who we think we are, and therefore how we should act on any given day.

Using what you know is the same as the spirit of service. That might be in service of what actually makes sense for you personally, or what makes sense for you to do within a wider concept of your environment. It means not pretending to not know what you do know, i.e., recognizing the problem with denial. The fact that denial is such a popular mental habit does not mean that it’s good for you or for anyone.

But it takes real focus and intention to come out of denial (and dealing with what you denied). You might say that’s the whole purpose of spiritual training, of therapy, of community work, of political participation, of nearly anything that requires you to say to yourself, “Yes, I get it,” and to then take the next step of doing what makes sense in the context of knowing; of getting it.

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Living room view from the penthouse of One57, which sold for $100 million. Multiple news reports say condos like this will not even be used; in many cases, they are merely investment properties.

I would propose here and now that a great deal of the pain or discomfort or fear or depression that you may experience from time to time, or often, could be resolved by “getting it” and doing what makes sense in that context.

Said another way, not feeling good is often the result of not doing what you know is right. It’s possible to feel much better about yourself, by which I mean to feel better, by acting in the way that you know is correct — and teaching yourself to do so consistently. Habituation is essential in change of viewpoint, attitude and action. Young people are taught by habit, and older people must remember to learn by habit. This is of course difficult for people who relish being ‘set in their ways’.

The 1960s were an extraordinary time in history. I don’t want to romanticize them but there was, in fact, a spirit of awakening and of action and participation. It was not all hallucination and revelry; for many, there was a bold practicality to that era, coupled with the sense of urgency for action. The notions that we’re all in this together and that we share a common space, and of doing something with what you know, were more widely practiced.

The essence of 1960s astrology involved Virgo and Pisces. There were many breakthroughs in that era, and in some ways we are still riding on its coattails. I think the most significant experience of that era was the actual sensation that we’re all in this together.

We still are. And the idea that we are has never counted for more than it does today. It may be easy to live in a bubble, but I assure you, it’s lonely and eventually you’ll run out of air. Meanwhile, it’s very likely you know exactly what to do, because you’re called to do it every day.


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Deborah Taj Anapol, doing her thing somewhere tropical — probably Hawaii.

Deborah Taj Anapol: 1951-2015

I am saddened to report the death of Deborah Taj Anapol, who died in her sleep while visiting friends in England overnight Tuesday to Wednesday. The circumstances of her transition were reported by her host, who said that Taj showed them a video about orgasmic death before going to bed. She then went upstairs to her room and did not awaken.

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Deborah, teaching sometime, somewhere.

Taj was the author of a number of books and is considered one of the founders of the American polyamory movement — that is, consensual nonmonogamy. Her most famous book was Love Without Limits.

I first met Taj when I invited her to be a guest on my radio program on Radio Woodstock in 1996. She then invited me to be the keynote speaker at her Celebration of Sacred Sexuality in Harbin, California a few weeks later. You can read a memoir of that here.

I would not say we were close, but more like mutual admirers. I did her chart from time to time, which gave us an additional bond. Unfortunately her birth data eludes me at the moment; if you happen to have it, please send it to me. She was indeed a Scorpio, so she got the connection between life, sex and death — as demonstrated in her gesture of showing that video. I like to think that she went to bed and masturbated herself to an ecstatic exit from the physical plane.

Taj was a trained and licensed psychologist (in California — an accomplishment), so she introduced a dimension of reason and of understanding to the discussion of polyamory — and she gave it credibility. That was mainly due to her well thought out ideas and her clear, even speaking style. She was a bit like Julian Bond that way, in that she was a radical who spoke with the voice of reason.

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Deborah hard at work.

Taj had a gift for holding open a space of erotic freedom. Her work is evidence of what is possible when moralism, judgment and false inhibition are checked at the door. She loved life in every way she could, but was not a giddy person. She did not give the impression that she was hanging all that loose — she was often serious and intense and highly focused.

But the purpose of that clarity, that carefully woven integrity, that keeping to the schedule and everyone knowing their job and doing it well, was to hold open a space where others could experience some freedom to move around.

Unlike today’s sexuality and polyamory movements, Deborah’s scene was never laced with political correctness, anti-maleness or strict rules except your basic notion of consent between adults.

Deb loved men, she loved the women that surrounded her, she loved sex, she loved to teach and she commanded respect. She certainly commanded my highest and deepest respect for what she said and for the space she could hold open. And she was a fantastic radio guest. It was always fun to talk to her and to read her astrology, and I’ll miss her dearly.
Threefold Goddess in a Field of Grain

Dear Friend and Reader:

El Sol will arrive in Virgo on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at 6:37 am EST (10:37 UTC). Virgo is the mutable earth sign (the only one). Mutability is a form of changeability; earth is a form of stability. We have some tension manifesting through that contrast.

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Grain field in West Branch, Iowa. Photo by Theresa Luttenegger.

Of course, the Earth is in a constant state of flux and change, especially in our era of Earth changes. We live with that tension, as we expect the climate and geography to be reasonably stable, though so often in our moment of history it’s anything but.

Virgo is the third sign of the summer up here in our part of the world; as a mutable sign, it’s the disseminating phase of the season. (Note that all the seasons end with a mutable sign — Gemini ends Northern Hemisphere spring, Virgo ends summer, Sagittarius ends autumn and Pisces ends winter.) That is part of what makes the sign mutable: it arrives in a moment of transition. Mutable signs can also express themselves as a cardinal sign or as a fixed sign — another example of their changeability.

Associated with Mercury, in the traditional ruling planet we get another image of changeability. Mercury changes directions six times a year, more than any other planet (three stations retrograde, and three stations direct). Its speed is varying constantly, and it accelerates and decelerates (in and out of its stations retrograde and direct) more quickly than any other planet.

If you look up Virgo in a dependable old text, you’ll find that it’s associated with dairy production, cornfields, granaries, malt-houses, or places where barley, wheat, peas, cheese and butter are stored. In other words, going back to the significant agricultural roots of astrology, Virgo is the sign that’s about having enough to eat. Not surprisingly, given the time of year that it occurs in the Northern Hemisphere (where our astrology was developed), Virgo is the sign of the harvest.

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The Truth About The Art of Living

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Paintbox by Eric Francis with Lizanne Webb.

I’ve heard from a few people that they think The Art of Living / Astrology for Artists is not for them, because they’re “not an artist.” Actually this reading is for you if you want to live more intentionally, with greater involvement with your world. It’s for you if you care about having a more fulfilling life — and if you like astrology, because this is very good astrology. I cover Venus retrograde, Jupiter in Virgo and the Saturn-Neptune square, among many other events. You can listen to a free preview to Astrology for Artists – The Art of Living at the highlighted link. There are two introductions; the first is on the topic of art and healing, predicting that art therapy is the therapy of the future. Link to purchase here. — efc



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This is an animated gif showing the craters, the epicenter of the blasts at Tianjin, and then the satellite photo of the same area prior to the blasts. News reports say that the explosions originated in a building, though apparently that’s not true, as there were no buildings at the epicenter. The fire was a separate event. Graphic researched and produced by Lizanne Webb for Planet Waves.

Something Strange in China, Jupiter in Virgo and Julian Bond

In this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM [PLAY PROGRAM], I look at the strange situation in Tianjin, China. I report several facts for the first time — that last Wednesday’s explosion was one of several in that region of China this year; that the blasts could not have originated in a warehouse, because there was none at the scenes of the blasts.

Nobody has explained how chemicals can create explosions so powerful that they leave craters. It’s not easy to form a crater, because the explosive force will dissipate into the air rather than dig into the ground.

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Phillie-based GRANDCHILDREN.

I don’t come to any conclusions as to what happened, though I raise the possibilities and look carefully at the chart of the event, which is below.

The chart has evidence of meticulous planning, not an accident. I would note something I did not say in the program, which is that we Americans live in a society that spends a trillion dollars a year on the military and weapons programs. There are a lot of possibilities as to what this could have been.

With Mercury opposite Neptune in the chart, we need to proceed cautiously, and not believe a word of what we’re hearing in our own media or via China’s state news service.

In the second segment of the program, I look at the current astrology — Jupiter in Virgo, Mercury conjunct Juno and opposite Chiron, Mars quincunx Neptune and Saturn square the Sun.

In the third segment of the program, I look at the astrology of the eminent Julian Bond, who left this plane of reality last week. Julian was one of founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a Georgia state legislator, a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and president of the NAACP. He was one of the great civil rights leaders of our times, and someone I consider to be the voice of reason.

My musical guest is Grandchildren, the Philadelphia-based band.



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Your Monthly Horoscopes — and our Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscopes for August on Thursday, July 23. Your extended monthly horoscopes for July were published Thursday, June 25. Your Moonshine horoscopes for the Aquarius Full Moon were published Tuesday, July 28. Please note, we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.
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Weekly Horoscope for Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 #1063 | By Eric Francis


Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Your desire seems to be pulling you in two directions. The way it looks astrologically is that being passive is not working as well as it usually does. By this I mean you know you have to assert what you want, though you often end up just allowing things to happen; this in turn leaves you with people, things and circumstances that you don’t necessarily want. The other direction is newfound confidence in bold experimentation with desire. You have the moxie to go for what you want, by which I mean who and what you want. This involves taking various risks, such as rejection, or discovering that you don’t like what you discover. I suggest you allow a spirit of curious adventure to override all such concerns. Tempt yourself with what is possible. Allow yourself unfettered desire for exactly what interests you, be it someone or some creative endeavor. You will discover that this is a very different approach to life than hoping what you want notices you, or responds to your signals. Quit the Morse code and just plunge into the experiences that you want.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — The Sun’s ingress into Virgo is an invitation to explore your ideas, bringing your body along. You’re being called beyond the mental experiment, and into the journey that you take with your hands, your senses and your sense of adventure. Treat any hesitation that you may feel as an ankle-high fence that you could hop over with one leg if you wanted to. You may have the sensation that your emotional experience will not translate into a specific form of expression that you want. I would propose that the most significant use of your emotions is for motivation; feel your energy in motion and embark on a conscious experience. You will tend to believe what you tell yourself, so therefore use language that describes curiosity, desire and craving for truth that goes beyond some concept of what is supposedly true. Use discipline gently as a tool fully under your control; return to any activity daily if you want to make it part of your life. What you’re experiencing is not a temporary phase but rather an opportunity to reorder your priorities and access a deeper level of what some call talent.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — If the potential expressed by your ancestors was really the thing that limited you, you would have little to look forward to. Therefore, I suggest you use what your parents and grandparents accomplished as a baseline; as a kind of low-water mark that you were born to exceed. Much of what you know about their lives involves the struggle that they went through. You may have some feeling that in order to honor them, you have to honor that struggle, which may mean attempting to repeat it on some odd, unconscious level. Actually, their modest achievements are what has opened the way for your greater ones, including happiness that exceeds what they believed was possible. I would call your attention to an issue that is passed on from generation to generation: jealousy as a birthright. As twisted as it is, toxic, competitive envy is often handed off from parent to child as some kind of unalienable privilege. It’s nothing of the kind, and I suggest you replace it with the wholly positive response to what others do and what they have. Think of any good thing you see as the expression of your own potential, because that’s what it is.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Events this week may take you past a personal limitation you’ve felt, particularly one involving your privacy. Or rather, your perception of what is to be private and what is to be public. I would propose here that these are merely mental concepts, since eventually, everything is known. For you the question is: do you harness more energy by trying to seal up and sequester your personal truths, or by revealing them? Think of the region of your psyche that contains what you might conceal or reveal a battery, full of energy. You get to use that energy any way you want, though you can only tap into it if you’re real with yourself and with others. To put it in somewhat hokey (but no less true) New Agey terms, your truth is your power, and you get to use it any way you want. Any form of accessing one’s true power requires at least a moment of daring, as it well should. You’re now being invited to do just that. Remember, if you ever get stuck, opening up a little goes a long way — and opening up a lot can go even further.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — If you want to improve your financial situation, be more generous. This counts for yourself and with others, in that order. Your astrology bestows you with a natural obsession with money, which may manifest as anything from being hyper-cautious, to thrifty, to a spendthrift; none of these are really virtues. None of them reflects the deeper underlying nature of money, or of resources. You tend to over-think things, rather than allowing your ingenuity to work for you. It would help if you thought in larger, wider ways about your potential and about the amount of whatever you need being available to you. One thing that might help is noticing every time you encounter a thought of lack or scarcity. Ask yourself whether that’s really true, which may in turn lead you to ask yourself how you came to that conclusion. What facts support it, and which suggest that something else is possible? There is a belief that wealth is created by pinching pennies. Actually, it’s created by efficiency and the conscious use of resources. To this end, interesting ideas count for a lot. And so does letting things flow.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — The Sun is about to join Jupiter in your sign, ushering in what may be one of the best birthday seasons in years. Mercury, the Virgo planet, is also in your sign, and you have a lot going for you — this is not an illusion of some kind. Yet you may be feeling anxious or hesitant. This appears in your solar chart as some form of not knowing what you want; at the same time you may feel overly aggressive about wanting something you’re not sure you want. What they have in common is the way you manage desire, which is the most potent force in the human realm. As you may have noticed, very little can stop you or anything when you really, really want it — which is why many different philosophies try to define desire as a bad thing. Whether good or bad, desire exists, and you can think of it a little like voltage. Electricity must be managed carefully or it becomes a dangerous force of nature. But used with awareness and intention, it can be applied to nearly any need. Your desire is that strong, so be clear what you want and what you don’t want — and notice when others try to impose their will on you.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You’re headed for a deeply meaningful personal encounter of some kind, though it’s different than you may be expecting. In case you’re inclined to worry that some facet of your public image is at stake, you can relax; what’s unfolding is much closer to the core of your self-perception and your inner life than anything that others would even care much about. But if you’re concerned what others might think, it would help if you made notes on your worst fears and best expectations, because those will provide you with a mind-map. Expectations and anxiety are more closely related than is obvious. We tend to think of hope, or expectation, as a good thing and anxiety as a bad thing. But they are part of the same concept, which is trying to manipulate the future in an uncreative way. That said, fear is a valuable teacher right now, because it describes a certain contour of your mind in which you have a tendency to get trapped. You may expect this to be a permanent feature of your inner landscape, though I assure you that’s not true. You really can work with this situation and work it out beautifully.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — If someone seems to be interfering with your success, or your forward momentum, look right at the situation. Others may have strong opinions, though that’s different from having power over you. It’s essential that you see this difference now, and really get the distinction. Otherwise you will invest way too much energy in the views of others, or what you perceive as their viewpoint, and ultimately prove yourself ‘right’. What I suggest is that you do what you want until someone tells you that you can’t. If you do, you might make the pleasant realization that nobody is going to stop you. This might even inform you that your concerns about what others think have no bearing in reality, and amount to little more than tying your own shoes together. You have a bold mission right now, and you don’t need collaborators. What you do need is to cooperate fully with yourself. You would benefit from applying some push energy to your goals and your surroundings. Once you do, you may wonder why you waited so long, and decide that asserting yourself with some mojo would be a fine way of life.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Your sign has the reputation of being the ‘big-picture thinker’, the one that can’t be bothered with the details. But the details matter, and you know they do. The fine points of what you’re doing are central to your success. Yet being a micromanager could be detrimental. So you need to know which details to focus on and which to leave to others, or not worry about. Take full charge of whatever requires your specific technical competence. Take responsibility, clear through to every stage of follow-up, about things that are specifically about your own ideas. For example, make sure you do the final edit on anything you write, prior to its being sent out. You also need to be the judge of the critiques of others. Be generous with the wastebasket on this one; only rarely are opinions worth much, so take a moment to extract a potentially valid point from everything and then discard the rest. The key to using your astrology the most effectively is being specific. Vague generalities are a liability now. So break everything down to steps, state the end-goal in concrete terms, and stick to your process.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — What would you do if you had a year to live? Most people would live very differently; for one thing, the endless squander of time would be the first thing put to a halt. Time would suddenly be seen as the precious resource that it is. For most people this is a scary thought, since it tends to remind them of two things — one being how much time is wasted, and the second being the uncertainty of the amount remaining. You would go a long way toward finding some real strength by admitting both of these things, and asking yourself what the logical conclusion is. So, give it a try — inquire within what you would do, and how you would live, if you had just one year. One thing I’d propose is that this will help you get your priorities in order. You will see the connection between your day-to-day way of life, and your longer-range goals that absolutely depend on the wise use of time, including what we humans might consider long spans of time. You have a real agenda for this life, and it will take some skill to make it happen. Let that begin with a moment of clarity.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You will benefit from some real cooperation, though this will come in the form of someone with specialized intelligence. Look around and pay attention, and don’t settle for anyone who seems to know less than they claim. The puzzle you seem to be facing is how to let go of certain responsibilities that weigh you down — yet doing so in a fully responsible way. This will take some ingenuity, and very likely from a viewpoint not colored by your emotional attachments. In other words, you need some applied intelligence, to a specific situation. One of my favorite lessons in A Course in Miracles is about recognizing the problem so that it can be solved. State whatever you’re trying to address in a way that can in fact be resolved, so you’re that many steps closer to actually having that happen. If a situation is resisting being worked out, I suggest you state it in a different way. Turn it backwards, upside down or inside out. Imagine what your life would be like were everything in perfect order. That vision will be truly informative. Really, stop and consider how things would be.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — The question that you want to call into focus repeatedly over the next few years is: what is true, and what is not? This includes variants such as, what is true for me, and what’s true for this other person? You may find yourself in various circumstances where there are different versions of the truth, or two main alternatives that seem unable to be reconciled. This is a trap, and you can sidestep it by staying awake. If you’re tending toward a more complicated version of events or possibilities, experiment with simplifying things. Notice where the complication enters the scenario, and see if you can get an understanding of that influence. Try to break things down to their very most basic elements. You’re entering a phase of your life where your success depends on your clarity. Yet clarity will require an ongoing process of observation and assessment. Look, listen and feel. Always trust yourself above and beyond the trust you put into others, since you have the power to be the most dependable person in your life. As long as you stay awake and aware, nothing is beyond the power of your own intelligence.

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13 thoughts on “Jupiter in Virgo: Use What You Know

  1. Eric Francis Post author

    Note to Mark Stahlman, digital theorist, historian, polymath intellect…

    So…astrology in the Sixties was a kind of mystical thing, it was very mysterious, the astrologer had some special power, and ultimately it sought to answer the question, When am I going to get laid? I call this the Groovy Astrology phase.

    “Her Moon will love your Mars,” etc. Hey it just might. There was the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius forthcoming…um…

    Alternately, there were the tin foil hats certain that astrology would be vindicated by science, if only we can correctly program the computer to do it. Some of them are still crawling around.

    I seek to demystify astrology (and anything mystical); to cast it as a study in practical knowledge and ethics. It’s a way to wake up rather than go to sleep and dream. I also edge in the other direction (away) from “psychological astrology,” the dominant trend; and I am not part of the Hellenistic trend going on among many of the young astrologers. I am curious about those techniques, though, and I do use some of them.

    As well, I respect and seek to learn the basics of classical astrology, of which a revival began right at the dawn of the digital age in the early 1990s. This bears out your theory that “digital retrieves Medieval.”

    I’m really in my own territory, particularly with my narrative storytelling approach, writing designed to be understood by mortals and my blending astrology with investigative reporting. I view interpretation as a form of symbolic fiction, or a source of leads. I am one of the most adept spokespeople for the new discoveries (centaur class, TNOs, etc.) which are very hard to describe or talk about, but they really speak to me.

    I am friends with as many astronomers as I can get the attention of; they tend to be friendly with the astrologers who like what they do, such as discovering centaurs and TNOs. There are a few of us who really care about those bits of ice in the Kuiper Belt.

    Notably, in the Sixties there were nine planets and for the scant few who cared, four asteroids. Today we know that more than 750,000 objects orbit the Sun; there are probably many millions. That is postmodernism. Or maybe Chaos Theory.

  2. Amy Elliott

    Regarding the question of self-improvement ideologies translating into the real world:

    There is a streak running through a few branches of the holistic community that may be rather damaging; and this is always a risk when a phenomenon becomes fashionable. Firstly, there are a lot of false gurus about – generally they promise easy answers and virtually immediate superpowers. And people are being actually taken in by this – because easy answers are precisely what our culture seeks. Enlightenment and personal peace without all that pesky hard work, compassion for others, or abstention from luxuries – for anything more than a token period anyway – then we can all feel good about ourselves again, and understand that “asking the universe” isn’t really about greed and wish-fulfilment, but about honouring our personal claims.

    Sorry, I appear to have woken up this morning in full rant mode 🙂

  3. Len Wallick

    Eric: Your opening quote is appropriate – a lot to chew on here (and all of it very tasty to me). Of course, reliably among the most delicious courses in this feast are your horoscopes which are without equal, representing the distillation of all you have described of your unique approach to writing, current events and astrology.

    Many thanks to Amy as well for her part in this weekly edition.

  4. P. Sophia

    Thank you Eric. I throughly loved your opening article. So much is related and of truth, both personally and collectively. Nothing to add, but overall what ran through your discussion and prompted me in my thinking was to a little book I read some almost 30 years ago titled, Love is letting go of Fear.

    This was written by a local of an aditudinal healing center here in Marin, in response to sumize the studies of, The Course in Miricles which we have discussed here before.

    There really is no way to get to action/Love without this step. One comment to the sixties is drugs and alcohol, not to mention any patterned addictive behavior is an escape. And personally as I was listening to a friend today speaking about a client who was addicted to marijauna, as in turning off his life. I realized in me some patterns of emotionally holding myself in the same way. An addiction is an addiction and no matter how you rationalize it it is an escape from fear. Breaking that pattern is the only way to fully let go. The aspects in time, and the Virgo/ Pisces healing energy continues to keep working on us. This I now clearly am beginning to understand and see.

    The North Node will be traversing here in this Virgo territory as well. So with the help of the Nods, heres hoping our thinking, emotional responses, attitudes and energy, condition in life and seevice is conciouness expanding the Karmic condition is our soul mission , and Soul growth cycle continues to advance.

    Virgo “I analyze”

    Sagittarius “I understand

    Pisces “I believe”

  5. Pisces Sun

    What beautiful writings, all of you. I have always had the opinion that fear is the absence of love, I couldn’t even pinpoint how I have come to know that just that I always have it seems for the longest time.
    I have been through one of the toughest challenges of my life and watching cycles occur it seems so often the same thing, more than anything, when I consider my role, I think of my Aries Moon being so impetuous it seems and Chiron being so strong in my chart these past few years to force me to witness, well, me and my own behavior. Sure, I can point to others (can’t we all) and see where they have “wronged me” (again, can’t we all) but there comes a point, I guess where it doesn’t seem to matter in the growth pattern (for want of a better term). If life is about coming to terms with who you are and how you behave, believe, feel, and react to others, should you be as concerned with the behavior of others, at least more than the behavior of yourself? This has become my reflection the past 30 hours or so, a strong contemplation about timing, behavior, mine, there’s and life’s lessons (again, for want of a better term).
    One of the wonderful things about this website and community is that we ponder these things in community fashion, I am so grateful that I can share and read others thoughts on these subjects when they occur, in addition to the astrology and outstanding journalism and feature articles (and of course the tarot cards)! I am glad that I can share sometimes the agony of my soul and that I have read others share their agony. But I am also grateful to read of bliss.
    Right now, I have been through some agony, but as I have posted here before, there is a thousand different ways to kiss the ground (Rumi) and when you are so humbled, your perspective changes (if you let it by not projecting your situation on others). Its very hard not to fall into the blame game, to own up to whatever it is that was your share. But sometimes, as a close wise friend tells me, it really is none of that, it really is that the time was not right for what you wanted but it was right for what you got. In other words, it is always the right time. That is worth repeating, it is always the right time. The question is, how will you spend that time? Running to the habit, the addiction, or escape? As some described in their postings as what can be a problem. Or run to something else to ignore what is going on (drown yourself in work, activities, etc.). Or clearly face it all and know, as my horoscope for my natal sun is described says, that the one who knows the most about you, is you.
    Thanks for letting me release a lot on my mind (and soul) here tonight.

  6. Lizzy

    So touched by your comments, dear Pisces Sun. Not really in the place, either mentally or physically these days to write much. but wanted to say that Ive been rereading Krishnamurti recently. he-s not easy – but is helping me to focus on how to consciously stay with and observe without judging our thoughts and feelings, so that we can ultimately be released from their tyranny and contact the incredible life force that runs through our lives – that is fearless and just is. Take good care of yourself.

  7. P. Sophia

    ((Pisces Sun!!))

    The Virgo Goddess is being illuminating in you!  And by what i feel in group is being expressed here we are in a time of choosing responsibility, in understanding; resulting in creating change.

    In the nature of Action/Love, Expansion  and our Path of Service (Jupiter in Virgo greets the North Node), opposite (Pisces) healing past patterns, ‘The stories we tell ourselves’  – towards, Letting go of Fear..

    Here is the crystal reading I just pulled tonight, from left to right. I hope you find it interesting. 🙂

    Azurite:  Insight

    The inner eye. With the power of insight, deep perception and intuitive understanding we can see (penetrate the veil) the foundation, and motives of a situation or person, the true nature of reality. With insight we gain valuable information that can aide us in making choices (to action) that best serve one’s path, allowing the guidance, and (as Eric interprets, ..’apply’) the right use of personal and Divine Will.

    Golden Topaz:  Intentions

    A powerful force for creation and manifestation, Second and Third Chakras, of motivation, passion and will, with intent become clear and transparent. Unconscious misuse of intention occurs when we have deep feelings of unworthiness (holding on in fear) and a lack of self love. Which can create experiences that prove our own self abusive attitudes, rather than coming from the clear intent of manifesting our true joy.

    Carnelian:  Action

    The balance between connecting with the Divine and actually taking action on the guidance and inspiration we have recieved. Resonating with the physical  (earthly) levels of our being, we can strengthen our connection to the Divine. Without action there is no creation; and we have chosen to come into this world in order to learn to co-create with the universe.  DO NOT FEAR ACTION BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF FAILURE..

    I believe Chiron and the South Node will be helping us to dissapate these antiquated ‘stories we tell ourselves’, and in Virgo, continue to expand in us new territory.

  8. Pisces Sun

    Thanks Lizzy and P.Sophia. One thing is true, we must be open to who we are and know we are creators and that creating our reality springs forth from our intentions, so the question is, do we create from a place of love (for ourselves, others, the world) of from an absence of love (of ourself- expressed as feeling unworthy, towards others, expressed in hatred, jealousy and contempt, and towards the world in violence, abuse and disregard, for example).

    Not to judge is hard, Lizzy, and just to “be”–the human being, that we all talk about often on this site, is almost harder, since I personally don’t know anyone who has made a living by just “being.” So we tend to get wrapped up in “doing.” But the doing aspect is also creating, and it is by creating that we get to apply our choices very often because it lends ourselves to the exposure of relationships, because obviously, if we were all on separate deserted islands, we would measure our self worth so differently, wouldn’t we?
    I don’t know about the Virgo Goddess being found, P. Sophia, but thanks, it is the striving towards my north node, I have learned for lifetimes I have been told and maybe this life time I will apply those learnings- my mercury and south node are conjoined in pisces right next to chiron. For me, personally, I need to heal (and my inner voice says “grow up”!). But something tells me that my Aries Moon will never let me grow up. Len tells me to love her, but don’t let her run the show, but that I will always be young. So to quote a line in caddy shack, “So I’ve go that going for me…” Gotta put some humor in the deep conversation somewhere.

    Everyone have a wonderful weekend, exploring, loving and creating!

  9. Pisces Sun

    I would like to add, Lizzy, thank you for the reference, I didn’t mean to infer that just being and not judging your thoughts is unimportant, because I do think this of great import and something towards striving. I meant to express that it is so difficult and I think it starts with the seed of love, work on that towards yourself, others, the earth and loving thoughts flow. when that happens, its hard to judge.

    Regarding the crystals, P. Sophia, they are aligned in our thinking expressed here and you have inspired me to ensure that which ever ones I choose to wear today that I choose with good intentions! Thanks

  10. Kathi

    First off – Liz, I am so impressed with the gif you did for the Tianjin explosion! So professional, and most importantly, REVEALING! Your image and the satellite image of the smoke from the explosion rising above the clouds tell so much about the enormity of what occurred. And the major news agencies are now silent. I get that it’s China and all, secretive, but talk about denial….

    Great article, Eric and staff. When I see the unchanged state of the world, global warming (yet I use my car and fossil fuels), wars (with my tacit approval through my US taxes), hunger (ok, I donate in my county, paid for food for students out of my pocket when I was a school nurse), homelessness (now seeing cities supporting homes for the homeless, they can’t be fined for sleeping on a bench, but what about all those who lost homes in the financial crisis while the banks got paid for it?), all of it, I ask “When will we wake up?!” Are we truly in the Matrix…? It’s so easy to become overwhelmed, and then numb out; it takes vigilance to self-monitor and correct for effective action, a human being and doing.

    The view from the penthouse looks too perfect to be real. Maybe I have a weird sense of humor, but I actually saw a rag-tag group of post-apocalyptic survivors looking through the window to the hell-scape below and one of our heroes saying “Do you know this would have gone for $100 million in the old times?” Poignant when money doesn’t matter any more.

    On a serious note, I have been compelled to research and watch videos about 9/11 recently, and Dr Judy Woods’ talks on You Tube have again left an impression. The word COLLAPSE used over and over again while the towers turn to dust before hitting the ground. Clearly they wanted us to see collapse when it was disintegration. And maybe I’m mistaken, but isn’t that when the news tickers started at the bottom of our screens, and never went away?

    I could go on…. But I have to rewatch all the episodes of Mr Robot after the revelations of this weeks’ episode and before next week’s season finale – how did I miss what was coming?! Escape – who me? I am joking, but it is a smart show about hackers, they even mentioned Ashely Madison being hacked in the first episode which filmed in April and aired in June. Hmmmm….

    Blessings to all,

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