When God of the skies Uranus (Ouranos) meets with war God Mars (Ares), frenzied, explosive, and unexpected events occur.
Mars is the warrior, the alpha, the fighter. Fast moving and desiring action, adventure, challenge, and glory – Mars asserts his position and rises to the challenge.
Hot, hasty, and headstrong, Mars loves the thrill of the chase and doesn’t like to wait around.
Uranus—who is also fast moving—is rebellious, unconventional, unique, and ‘out of the blue’ – an outsider.
An awakener, Uranus will shake you out of your comfort zone. Like cold hands on warm skin or an ice-cube down your back, Uranus can be a rude awakening, shocking you into the present moment.
Together, this high-energy planetary combo is speedy, erratic, exciting, and spontaneous.
At best, Mars–Uranus contacts are innovative, edgy, and inventive. They don’t follow convention and introduce new approaches to out-dated methods.
They refresh, excite, and inspire change. They blast away the cobwebs and facilitate evolution by removing familiarity and making space for growth.
At worst they‘re contrary, aloof, and unprepared; jumping feet first into a flight of fancy, often without considering the consequences.
Contradictory, impulsive, throwing the baby out with the bathwater, evading commitment at every turn – this instability can prevent growth by constantly craving the next fad.
Are you witnessing the arrival of a dark-horse, an unexpected competitor, feeling angry and rejected, or craving a sudden break for freedom? Then go off-grid, fight for a cause, rage against the machine, or embrace an alternative approach.
Avoid regret by relinquishing control, by removing expectation & allowing the storm to pass; life is a constant state of flux so acknowledge this and embrace acceptance.
Happy birthday Aquarius! Feeling particularly self-reflective, you are able to process the changes you have experienced since May 2018. These changes are still underway and will continue to develop as your ruling planet Uranus re-enters Taurus in March – watch this space as far as that’s concerned!
The sense of an impending shift creates the opportunity for you to have a final fling with reckless abandon before applying yourself to a project at home which requires the stamina to implement tangible results.
The beginning of the year has got off to an incredibly swift start and since things have shifted to forward motion you’ve been unstoppable.
An unexpected turn of events on the 13th showcases your unique talents and accelerates progress in your chosen field. Use the self-reflective New Moon on the 4th to release a few outdated beliefs and harness your true potential. In the process, don’t be surprised if you pique the interest of someone influential.
Once Mars enters Taurus on the 14th home life will be your main point of focus and you might start bringing work home. Try to leave the office and the office, and focus on long-term improvements of your living situation. If you are aiming to work from home, it’s a good time to prepare your set-up in order to make this a possibility.
As goddess of sensuality, Venus, approaches fun-loving God Jupiter, don’t be surprised if the desire to indulge is stronger than usual.
Both considered ‘benefic’ planets, aspects between Venus and Jupiter bring financial opportunity, space to do the things you love and an optimistic and amiable approach to encounters with others.
Valuing freedom to roam, faith in the future, and a forgiving attitude; appreciation for the little things which make a big difference improve one’s general outlook.
During this conjunction, forgetting feuds and letting go can encourage personal growth and healing on a soul-level.
It’s easy to see why people get so loved up about Venus and Jupiter. However, the benefic planets struggle to observe self-discipline around pleasure-seeking activities.
Greater benefic Jupiter’s buoyant essence moves onward and upward, and his adventurous spirit craves limitless exploration.
An insatiable appetite for discovery, Jupiter doesn’t always know when he should leave the party, stop placing bets, or put down the beer.
Lesser benefic Venus has a tendency to be lazy; a slave to the senses, her desire to indulge the pleasures of the moment lend to her buxom appeal.
Venus likes to be liked and in fear of upsetting other people and making herself less popular, is likely to sugar-coat the truth, rather than say it like it is.
Expansive Jupiter enhances everything he touches so Venusian qualities are exaggerated during this transit.
Hence, relationships get a bountiful boost. But so does the tendency to enable unhealthy habits, excessive attitudes toward the sweeter things in life, and the grateful acceptance that the truth isn’t being openly expressed – in favour of a harmonious environment.
With Mars in your sign until the end of December, your energy levels are boosted granting you the focus to tie up loose-ends and work on the various projects you have on the go. However, your professional and public commitments may be taking up a lot of your time, detracting from the projects you are truly passionate about.
Attracting career opportunities will come easily for you over the coming year with your traditional ruler and the general planet of awesome – Jupiter – in your public image zone. With the Sun, Mercury and Venus also cruising through this point of your chart, December is a bountiful time raising your public image, boosting earning potential, and providing opportunities to reach out and network.
It’s also a great time to reconnect with old friends and let go of past relationships to make way for the new phase of your life; the events of the past may be on your mind a lot during this current Mercury retrograde, which turns direct on the 13th.
On the 15th, the Moon in Pisces highlights daily commitments and your creative output, asking you to strike a balance that doesn’t leave you feeling off center and giving too much of yourself to one or the other.
The Full Moon highlights passionate endeavors and romance; if you are looking for an opportunity to flirt and have fun, or perhaps for something a little more serious, December offers some lovely relationship transits which could open your eyes to someone who has been under your nose the whole time, you just didn’t notice! If you are already in a relationship it’s a great time to have fun and rekindle the fun and romance which brought you together in the first place.
Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th, 2018 and leaves on December 2nd, 2019.
Welcome home, Jupiter! The much-anticipated transit of Jupiter in Sagittarius is heralded as the arrival of a benevolent ruler, as he emerges from his dark quest through the Scorpionic underworld. On his way, he has unearthed and brought to the surface the deepest, darkest depths that lie within the core of the human psyche.
The animalistic nature of the Centaur who is half-man, half-horse/party animal is returning to his abode where he is most relaxed, effective, and gracious. However, he might slip into his comfort zone where he can be egotistical, obnoxious and self-indulgent.
He Is Risen
At the exact moment Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th at 12:39 UTC, he will be culminating in the highest point of the sky; a grandiose crowning moment!
The Sun and Moon are both in Scorpio, having just met as a New Moon. The placement of the luminaries during Jupiters Sagittarian ingress signifies the type of work Jupiter will be doing over the next 12 months.
Birthing a new phase and releasing the stagnant and toxic situations which have outstayed their welcome – even the darkest depths have been brought towards the light, presenting a fantastic opportunity for us to seek deeper meaning, and to bring justice to those who seek it.
As Jupiter’s Scorpionic chapter closes, his exciting adventure in Sagittarius begins. Being a seeker of knowledge, wishing to educate and explore new cultures and philosophies, his transition from the underworld signifies freedom from bondage, horrors, and injustices.
The #MeToo movement has also been a way for others to find their place in the dark and oppressive grips of the Scorpionic underworld. With the initial revelations about Harvey Weinstein being revealed, shortly followed by some shock revelations about Kevin Spacey, a simple hashtag expressed something that, for most, is just too difficult to put into words.
People want justice, and as the greater benefic, Jupiter may begin to serve this on the darker aspects of the collective psyche, which he dragged into full view. He may at least provide some reasoning or closure during his homecoming.
You’ve Gotta Have Faith
We all need something to believe in; something to look forward to; something to hope for. It’s a difficult time as far as the political arena is concerned. Jupiter’s transit could be a great time to manage the more challenging aspects of the resulting actions of fellow social planet, Saturn, who moved through Sagittarius from September 2015 to December 2017.
The political pattern of the past which is being untangled is the interplay of the moral duality of human nature. The see-saw of left and right is in constant motion; whichever wing of politics is currently in public favour, they’re both wings of the same bird: the political eagle soaring above with an overarching view of how best to govern humanity. Having a vision, seeing the bigger picture and playing the long-game are all political mindsets which fall into Sagittarius’ domain.
Jupiter in Sagittarius is a time for connecting with what we believe in. It is a time for finding meaning in the area of life it touches, and it helps us to connect with something bigger than ourselves, and this existence. This is an accepting and forgiving transit around spiritual and religious belief systems – something which could do with a little lift right now; religious groups, extremism, and the crossover of politics have been an area of tension and debate for quite some time.
In general, Jupiter in Sagittarius is a time where we are optimistic. We look at the bigger picture. Things have meaning, we are open to wider philosophies and are more forgiving.
And perhaps in some way, Jupiter will kick-start a collective search for meaning. As Gemini, the opposite sign, asks: Who? What? When? Where? How? Sagittarius is the sign that asks: Why?
What you can do to find out what Jupiter in Sagittarius means for you, is look back to the last time this transit occurred which was back in November 2006.
My Last Jupiter Return
As someone with a 17° Gemini Ascendant, Sagittarius occupies the cusp of my 7th house of relationships, as well as half of my 6th house of work, colleagues, and daily life. I have a Jupiter–Uranus conjunction in my 6th house, and Neptune in my 7th.
During 2006, I started working for the UK Immigration Service, granting visas for people visiting the UK from abroad. I was exposed to a wide variety of different cultures and found myself dreaming about the foreign lands of the people I was in contact with on a daily basis.
In my diaries, I noted that a lot of my colleagues came from different religious backgrounds and I would listen to the many different creation stories, the different ideas of heaven and how to get there, and how they found their spiritual or religious path. I was seeking meaning and purpose and these people inspired me to explore the potential of religious and spiritual community.
That same year, I also met a man who I entered a relationship with for the next 10 years of my life. He opened my eyes to things I had previously thought impossible and inspired a deeper search for meaning within myself. He introduced me to the vast potential of astrology by going to The Astrology Shop in Covent Garden and getting my natal report printed in a book, as a gift for me. I’d never received anything like it and my eyes were opened to a whole new world.
Jupiter in Sagittarius triggered a deeper spiritual search within me; I was looking for answers, exploring why I was here, what it was I was supposed to be doing with my life and asking: Is there something beyond this existence and how can I connect with it to fulfil my soul’s purpose?
I remember that time in my life fondly; It was a happy, carefree time. I made friends who I am still in touch with today and I had fruitful relationships with special people who opened my eyes, broadened my horizons, and helped me to discover myself by sharing their adventures, beliefs, and philosophies.
The Moon is in Scorpio (traditionally ruled by Mars) on her approach to re-birth as she passes through the heart of the Sun. Her journey takes her into the depths of the via combusta—the fiery way—a part of the zodiacal belt teaming with malefic fixed stars.
Feeling The Shift
Intensity reigns, as we feel compelled to explore the spartan ambiance of the underworld. Are you ready to be freed from an immovable, fixed situation? Perhaps you’ve been stubborn but you realise you need to loosen your grip to initiate personal growth? Maybe you’ve been craving change and out of the blue something has freed you from your perceived restrictions?
In air sign Aquarius, Mars is in mutual reception with Uranus in Aries, giving them a free-flowing and easy dialogue. And we all know what happens when fire is exposed to air… It fans the flames. In this case, the kindling which gets the fire going is being given the much-needed oxygen it needs to keep burning. And burn it will! The projects you’ve had which required stamina and consistency are being given the breath of new life and a purifying blast of fire.
Can You Feel It
If you noticed anything today that felt out of the ordinary, inspired you to change, an out from a situation which has grown stagnant presented itself, Uranus has been moving through the earliest degree and minutes of Taurus. Entering the final and most critical point of fire sign Aries, Uranus—The phallus-free God—is visiting Mars-ruled Aries seeking dynamism, action, and quick results. Mars—the masculine archetype—is a penetrating and persistent warrior God, who loves the thrill of the chase and revels in conquest. The determination of a reluctantly-redundant soul will fight every inch he can to defy the label of impotence. With Mars’ assistance drive and ability, Uranus can leave his legacy.
The energy is dynamic – with flow and inspiration; vision and determination to accept the challenges that arise. Be bold! Dare to dream, because when Mars enters Pisces on November 16th an energetic shift will be felt once again, granting us access to the creative realms of intangible poetic artistry.
Resistance Is Futile
Uranus retrograde is an internalised experience of change, so pay attention to your thoughts; sudden shifts in attitude or long-held plans, commitments or promises you thought were forever and ask yourself if you are ready to roll with the punches. Because (to quote the Borg) “Resistance is futile.”
If it all feels a little unsteady, remember: Take a deep breath, dig your feet into the ground and be present. It’s a heady time and it’s important to remain grounded.
Great news! Your ruling planet Jupiter enters Sagittarius on the 8th for the whole year, and during this time your horizons will broaden, helping you realise that all you had to do was believe in yourself. It’s a great time for self-development.
This month you will be taking stock and reevaluating your future aspirations. As Venus turns direct on the 17th, she asks you to address how much others value your hard work, and how much enjoyment you are getting out of the daily grind. If the arrows you’ve fired have fallen flat, it’s not due to the effort you’ve put in. Whilst you think about the uncertainty you are feeling in your day-to-day life, Uranus dips back into Aries for 4 months giving you a chance to embrace fun, freedom and indulge in affairs of the heart.
You have a sense of renewed vitality as the Sun enters Sagittarius and relationships are brought to your awareness by the light of the Full Moon on the 23rd. Thinking about the future of your relationship, Mercury retrograde has you feeling the pressure to fulfil expectations of others; questioning your motivations is particularly important when making future-defining decisions.
Sagittarius | The Archer | November 22nd to December 21st