Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.” Anne Sullivan
Effective Date: September 9th, 2016- October 11th 2017
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Jupiter in Libra– Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our new paradigm, and is it ever a big one…. I honestly have never looked forward to any Libra transit (despite what my ceaseless bitching during any Virgo transit might suggest), but this one I have been positively giddy over, visualizing what it might mean for us. Before we get into all of that, why don’t we take a minute and all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that Jupiter will be leaving Virgo FINALLY!
Now a cursory internet search tells us that the Renaissance period is what links the modern world to the Dark Ages (what is typically presented at most Renaissance fairs) and while I knew that in an academic sense, I suppose I never quite connected the dots on what that means til now. There was a point in time when all we were capable of as a species was hacking each other to bits, living in squalor and being ruled by superstition, and being ruled by a rich elite class, whereas now…. well we tend to shoot each other at the very least. Regardless, there was a period where the western world started to pull our heads out of our asses and try to figure out the world around us and our place in it- A time of unprecedented scientific, cultural, and societal growth never before recorded in our history. Of course now we look back on the leeches, alchemists and trepanning with ridicule and derision, but at the time it was cutting edge and game-changing. The orthodoxy was shaken to its core during that time and the flaws were exposed. That needs to happen again, and there’s no time like the present. Right now, there is a huge swell of hope in the collective consciousness, and a feeling that we are finally coming out of a dark age and into a new light.
Your mission during this transit is to make peace with yourself. Think back to 2010. Something awakened in you, something major and important. You were exposed to a vitality you didn’t know before. During this time, you will be called on to use what you have learned since then and what you have done with that vital spark. There have been challenges galore to push you past what you were comfortable with, and challenged both your worldview and sense of who you are. You have been punishing yourself and been cutting your own throat over this, two factions in your heart warring for dominance. This must end. Libra is the sign of the peacemaker after all, the opposite sign of conflict. Head vs Heart, Body vs Mind, You vs The World… This way of thinking cannot stand during this transit. Libra is also the sign of Union, the ultimate triumph of Venus.
Speaking of union, yes the focus will be on Relationships, of course. To get the most out of it however, you have to reignite the flame within you that was kindled during Jupiter in Leo, all those grand dreams you had and all the hope you had in your heart; and you have to marry it to the lessons of Jupiter in Virgo, focusing on the refinement of your Self, taking the setbacks and defeats and turning them into lessons, sharpening your edge. It is time to dare greatly again, but with purpose and far more skill than you have shown up until now. You must seek to build a life of meaning, more than just barely getting by in drudgery that Jupiter in Virgo loved so much. In doing this, let joy be your guide. I was thinking about how to make this transit actionable, how to make it work for us, but I eventually realized that’s not what Jupiter is here for. Jupiter is the teacher, the Guru. Right now, seek out beauty, joy, and hope where you can find it, and find it for it’s own sake (not to mention your own). Whatever makes you happy has value. If Jupiter in Virgo taught us one thing it’s the value of those ephemeral constructs, and how crucial they are to life. If you’re not living a life you love, what are you doing? What’s the point of you? Trust Jupiter, and he will show you the way.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Jupiter in Libra-
Cards: XI Strength, I The Magician, XVI The Tower, Page of Cups (used the Hexen 2.0 Tarot)
*mumbles something about 11’s*
Let me remind you what I pulled for Jupiter in the Full Moon Pisces analysis.
My gods is this transit coming at the perfect time. We had our final sucker punch of Virgo with the Solar Eclipse that just passed, a Mercury retrograde in Virgo, a pummeling of integrity in our partnerships from Venus in Virgo right before that, and Mercury in fucking Virgo as well. With the last degrees of Jupiter in Virgo, you should have finished honing your weapon. You don’t think you’re ready? Too fucking bad. It’s time to start the Renaissance, and either you’re in it and contributing your soul to the cause – or you’re watching it from the side lines. I don’t know about you, but if I’ve been placed in this multiverse, I might as well play. You can only fully experience this existence, fully learn from it, if you finally decide to immerse yourself in it and the others who are also here with you. Jupiter in Libra is the time of the couplings – finding your soulmateS.
There have been some amazing couplings in the past. Mark Twain was known to fiddle around in Tesla’s lab. Freud and Jung did a dangerous dance with each other over the subconscious and how it manifests. Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson were a scientific powerhouse couple. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre helped shift a consciousness when they became celebrity philosophers – and their relationship itself challenged the way people did relationships. The list goes on and on and on. What’s the most interesting part, though? You have multiple, extensive couplings like this in your lifetime, just like great thinkers learn and grow from interacting with many other visionaries. Expand your horizons – don’t stick to just one mode of thinking. Ever. Hey, everyone, I have a theory as to why Libra can never choose. Because you don’t fucking have to. It makes no sense to limit your connections because you are anxious about losing one connection. There will always be connections, as long as there are people on this planet. Find your soulmateS. There will be one, or many, for each and every aspect of your life. You have your musical soulmates. Your intellectual fire soulmates. Your explosive sex soulmates. The list goes on and on. Now find the ones that form the team of your life, and you their’s – like gears moving and propelling each other. No one person has all of the skills to get humanity to the next level. Jupiter in Libra will show us we have to do this together.
I The magician. Hey, that’s you! All this goddamn Virgo should have made you the Magician; someone who has learned how to use the tools they have been given in order to craft something. You know what you are capable of. You may have your doubts that you can actually carry out your plan, but you know what you can fucking do now. Without the knowledge that we can make change – that each little action brings about massive repercussions for the future (Virgo is the seed), we might as well just be sediment. It’s time to break out of the ground. It’s time to build our forest. Together. XI Strength. As you can see, from the Strength card I have presented from the Hexen 2.0 deck I am using, we can garnish strength through combining our powers. This is what Libra is about, Heretics. You can only bring about peace, you can only bring about the Eden of Venus, if we partner up and work together. You in particular have a special skill set that no one else on this entire goddamn planet has. Your particular arrangement of atoms is capable of so much, yet you sit there and you doubt yourself and you give yourself hate and anxiety instead of love and encouragement.
To be confident, to be able to implement any positive change in the world, you need to realize that you don’t need anyone to accept you. Only you can accept yourself. This will be the hardest part about Jupiter in Libra. We will be experiencing couplings to such a higher, new degree – and philosophically diving into these ideas as well – that being alone will seem… well… devastating. The way to get out of this? Remember. Remember the lessons of Virgo (who is The Hermit in the tarot). You can make it, regardless of anyone else’s acceptance, as long as you are following an inner truth. The Tower. Follow that light, that lantern, and you will be guided to those that do accept you – guiding you to the lessons of Jupiter in Libra. Don’t worry if your entrance into this transit is a rough one. A lot of us haven’t cut out the gristle from our lives like Helios and I have been urging you to do since January. That’s fine, don’t listen to us *huffs*, but please do keep in mind that during individual consults we will say “I told you so.” Everything brings about change, because the world is constantly in flux. If you choose to be passive, you are voting for a certain type of world. It will come about and it will effect you. You can’t hide, so you might as well fucking try.
XVI The Tower. We have had our power taken away from us, and Jupiter in Virgo has shown us just how demolished the idea of service has become in this society. The ancients believed political service was a duty, where now politicians are essentially celebrity criminals that we allow to swindle us left and right and the populace takes very little to no action in molding their political climate. The resources have been pooled to the top, and we have been left with nothing but our collective voices. Let’s bring them together and shout and bust this tower down. If this card showing up during the Jupiter Libra isn’t an indicator that Tower Year is coming to a full culmination, I don’t know what would be. The only way we can bring about this Renaissance that is possible with Jupiter in Libra is to bring our voices together to shatter what Jupiter in Virgo has shown us is false service by those who deem themselves our “leaders.” It is time to lead ourselves in collective revolution – through art, through speaking out, through bringing ourselves together. Stop fearing the people around you. It is time for love. It is time for Venusian influence on this shaken earth. It is time to fight for our sisters and brothers. It is time to merge ourselves with our external reality.
The Page of Cups. Here is your cherry on top. How is this Renaissance going to look? In the Hexen 2.0 deck, the Page of Cups is Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Who the hell were the Merry Pranksters? The Merry Pranksters were a group of 13 intellectual tricksters who boarded a bus named Further back in 1964. They named their bus Further because, well, you should always go further and prod the human psyche until it blossoms for us and shows us new secrets. This is how Renaissance happens – a trigger that opens up humanity to a brand new way of thinking. These pranksters traveled the US and gave LSD to famous thinkers like Timothy Leary (who happens to be on the Magician card in the Hexen 2.0 deck). They had many stops along their way and influence many, many visionaries at the time. This is quite the metaphor for what will happen. Merge your reality, your unique way of thinking with those who you connect with, and watch out for the explosive social movement that will form from this. In order to have this happen, we need to learn the lesson of the Page of Cups. She is opening herself up, finally, to new emotions. They may be overwhelming at first, they may be frightening as well, but she is opening up and knows the only way to mastery is to overcome this fear. She is learning how to trust. Stop the lies. Virgo should have taught you the importance of integrity. How can we move on from these lies if we continue to feed them? How are we to move toward truth (Libra is the Justice card in the tarot) if we can’t TRUST each other and have integrity? The only way into this Renaissance is through TRUTH. Open your fucking heart. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love. That is your key. Open your fucking heart up WIDE. You may be anxious about the mind diving we will be doing in this transit, but don’t fear, Heretics, because you are about to get so much closer to all of your best friends. Let us alchemiclly merge together and form something further….