I am writing about transits in this post. And specifically, I am writing about my personal natal chart and how the transiting planets are affecting it. Yes, it is a subjective topic (highly personal that is) but I will attempt to be as objective as possible.
I am going through a bit of soul searching, having paused my nursing school pursuits (see previous posts). It is difficult to go from 60 mph down to 10, in just a month or two and my mind is still gripping after ideas and grasping for purposeful and meaningful activity. Better yet, how about I work on resting my anxious mind? That is where astrology can come in. Perhaps I can spot where I am leaning in too heavily or where I am being subtly influenced by the energies around us. Let’s see if the planets’ narrative fits with my own life at present.
Jupiter – the expansive giant of grass-is-always-greener wanderlust is presently retrograde (a factor which much be taken into account) and going through the second of three passes to square my Neptune, from my second house. And soon Jupiter will move on beyond that square to oppose my natal Sun (in about four months).
It would seem (from reading Robert Hand’s Planets in Transit – see my note at the end of the post) that I have avoided most of the pitfalls of Jupiter square Neptune – no false messiahs or new bizarre spiritual teachers coming into my life (no invitations to any cults in the last 6 months). The only thing I would mention is that I have not told my job that I completely took this semester off. I told them I cut back significantly at school – so they still think I am in one class. I just did not have the heart to tell them, when they are so supportive of my success, that I am taking this semester off – rather I did not want to admit to possibly making a mistake in the process 😦 So there is a little bit of deception going on (Neptune) in my life.
As far as Jupiter in my second house goes, rather than acquiring materials or hoarding money, I think a revising of my core values is taking place. I have too many Dharma trinkets – lets tsa tsas and statues and pictures and practice booklets. I need to let go of some stuff. Not only that, deeper values are being challenged right now (which may have to do with other transits as well). What do I want out of life? Am I capable of maintaining daily Dharma practice or am I just routinely beating myself up because I only sit on my cushion a couple days a week? Is my spiritual practice shifting? I think I am not close enough with my root lama to fully explain the changes in my practice and in my body. I had a health scare, which was a part of why I pressed pause on school. My body has been having a tough time over the past couple of years. What is most important right now is that I discover joy in slowing down and relaxing more. What supports that? 🙂
The only other Neptune / Jupiter piece is being tempted with computer games. I have gone for long spells without indulging in that old vice of mine. I went for seven years from 2003 to 2010 where I focused on spiritual and academic pursuits wholeheartedly (and was never even tempted to pick up this less-than-ideal habit). And then I went for about six months more recently when I plunged into the full rigors of nursing school. But when I am faced with a full day off, and it has been raining (so I can’t go for a hike), I download an old game and play for a few hours. I would rather do more meaningful activities. This is where Neptune’s whispered mischievous advice is kicking me in the pants (although I do not blame Neptune – I am the one creating this predisposition by playing off and on).
I am a very fluid and flexible individual. I can shift and understand where most people are coming from, which is why I am a great waiter (food service) and bar tender. Therefore I do not see the Jupiter opposite Sun snags getting to me very much – maybe the arrogance and feeling that I know what is right (I am a Leo Rising after all). Otherwise, I think I can maintain some good humility to dodge any confrontations with superiors that might indicate.
So as far as Jupiter goes, I think I am doing pretty well. I am a spiritual being having a human experience and therefore I tend to avoid some of the more gross layers of astrological influence.
In my next post, I will discuss Saturn and what it is up to in my chart!
Thanks for reading. Have a blessed day and enjoy the Spring weather when it shows its inspiring and uplifting bright face.
As an aside, I must add that Robert Hand’s book on Transits, while invaluable to most and quite accurate for some, does not often accurately peg me. (And Robert Hand should go down as a brilliant scientist, empiricist and pioneer for American astrology.) But I am a bit different than most – not sure why exactly – as my intuition and psychological fluidity might indicate, I experience my astrological chart differently. That is why frequency-based astrology is so valuable and so difficult to find good practitioners of. There are some days where I’m not sure who I am going to meet after looking at the chart of a relative stranger. I am always pleasantly surprised though and I try to offer insight and a fresh outlook on their charts.