Jupiter transits Virgo from August 11th 2016 to September 11th 2017.
Jupiter transits are one year long and impact all levels of wisdom, knowledge, comfort and support. He leads you to your dharmic path and supports the nourishment gained along the way. Positive effects of Jupiter, or Guru in Sanskrit, bring comfort, support and understanding. He brings learning through understanding, awareness and expansion of consciousness. He is the ultimate teacher- for better or worse- providing some of the most poignant life lessons. Challenges with Jupiter include lack of support, knowledge, and dharma. Everyone can benefit from the helpful and supportive resources that Jupiter provides. Without his support, challenges and struggles increase- which often bring tragedy, trauma and chaos.
The past year, Jupiter has transited through Leo. Half of this transit he has been conjunct Rahu. These energies oppose each other in dramatic ways. Jupiter is sattvic, pure and supports expanded dharma. Rahu is rajasic and brings base level human experiences, cravings and desires. It has been a conflict between light and dark forces on multiple levels- effecting ego, power, the masculine as well as father issues and relationships.
As Jupiter moves out of Leo, he also moves away from Rahu, releasing and finalizing much of the masculine conflicts that have been unleashed in the past few months. Jupiter can step back into his role as the benefic, nourishing support that he is inclined to provide. Rahu will continue to work your ego, masculine and power issues acutely, but Jupiter can now offer his stability and support on a mental body level as he transits through Mercury's sign, Virgo, in the coming year.
Virgo carries the effects of the sixth house of healing with it and provides qualities of this challenging, yet dynamic house. The sixth house notoriously causes conflict, challenge and battles. It is the house of enemies, yet through enemies you can learn, grow and awaken your biggest shadows. Debts and financial challenges are also seen by the sixth house. Not surprisingly, Virgo is connected to commerce, money, communication and connections through the market place. The sixth house is also the seat of the lower gut, an essential part of the digestion process. It connects to hired help, workers, those in service, pets and bad habits. All competition is seen from this house as well as adversaries, competitors, obstacles and vices. Since Virgo correlates to the sixth house by default and is ruled by Mercury, the mental body, worries and anxieties are also seen from this house.
The sixth house is also connected to the Left Prefrontal Cortex of the brain which is the seat of intuitive thinking or impressions. Literally "gut" reactions. This part of the brain effects mood regulation, motivation, mental diseases, worries, anxieties and mental body functions. This cycle will directly impact the mental body, mind and communication of all realms- including intuition, energetic, language, word and senses.
Communication is a key theme for this Jupiter transit. Expand your ability to communicate- how you share, who you share with and what you share. Speaking is especially impacted by this transit as well as the voice, singing and by default music. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication- verbal, written and creative. He is highly creative and supports all of the arts, including the healing arts. Virgo brings healing through creativity, connection and co-creation. This sign also supports the market place, commerce and all things connected to money and finances.
Expanded Creativity and Self Expression
This year of Jupiter moving through Virgo will expand earth based energies, mainly the material realms. Any resistance to creating, manifesting and enlivening what you want on the earth plane will come to the forefront. As Virgo connects to the sixth house of healing and the mental body, it is also a prime opportunity to heal and transform any blockages or limiting beliefs keeping you from bringing your desires into form. This includes financial and monetary blockages. Debts and the limiting beliefs connected to your lack, scarcity and resistance to being nourished must be addressed more closely.
There is a lot of expansion available with creativity, healing and manifesting in this cycle. What resources do you need to maximize this transit? What support and guidance is missing for you right now? Where are you stuck, resistant, avoiding or neglecting your dreams, visions and creativity?
Simultaneously, life force energy will be delicate and require your attention and focus. The lower gut will be a primary focus for healing and transforming challenges into resources. Use the wisdom of your stomach to support this process and help you awaken and heal more fully. Clean up diet and what you ingest. You stomach may be more sensitive at this time. Part of this cycle may also kick up addictions with food, drugs and alcohol, so be mindful of your relationship with excess and seek healing support for old shadows that emerge around nourishment.
Virgo brings to the light purification and puritanical beliefs. Jupiter's sattvic nature can also increase puritanical belief systems, mythologies around perfection and shadows that perpetuate idealism. Jupiter is spiritual, while Virgo is more centered around the human, mundane part of existence. Thus the integration and balance between spiritual and material realms will continue to inspire and invoke personal development and healing for all this year. What is your relationship with perfection? How does this story provoke a resistance to deeper nourishment and support? What does your perfection tell you about your needs for safety and support?
Watch for overly idealistic attitudes and dogmas that keep you locked in unrealistic mindsets that perpetuate scarcity. Since perfection is unattainable on a gross, human level, these beliefs actually suppress and negate your true needs, keeping you resistant to receiving the true nourishment you need. It's time to look at these beliefs and dogmas that are holding you back. This will take a radical and realistic approach to working with spirit and shadow. Look out for spiritual bypassing and where you are avoiding chaos and messiness. Use this cycle to get into right-relationship with your shadow and light in a more integrated and balanced way.
Just before midnight on February 5th, Jupiter begins his retrograde motion back through Virgo for five months. Jupiter will be retrograde until June 9th, 2017. Retrograde planets increase in strength, intensifying their indications- acting like the nodes Rahu and Ketu who are always moving in reverse. This transit of Jupiter through Virgo, is provoking the need for clarity, certainty, purpose and alignment with your highest ideals. There is a certain naivety and innocence that is available- for better or worse. This five month retrograde motion of Jupiter brings a re-evaluation of our convictions. Virgo is known to be idealistic and often naive in those convictions. What needs to be addressed and recognized within you? What needs to be healed and transformed in order for you to expand your potential and purpose?
Retrograde Jupiter has a tendency to be fastidious about cleaning things up. Jupiter in Virgo will make this desire doubly so as this is the sign of healing, confrontation and courage to change. Retrograde Jupiter is also notorious for wanting to fix and "do it better". At the risk of activating co-dependency, make sure you are in right-relationship with this need to fix. If you are trying to heal someone else, you are wasting your time. If you are willing to heal yourself, this is a good use of your effort and energy. Make sure you're in right-relationship with any desires to fix others. There may be underlying control issues at play.
The majority of this retrograde dance will be with Jupiter moving back through Chitra nakshatra, Vishva Karma's domain. The remaining 1.5 months of the retrograde dance, Hasta nakshatra will be activated. This is a foundational transit which supports building blocks, potent action steps and support sustainable change and a strong foundation. Once Jupiter lands back in Hasta, more awareness, awakening and light will enliven. Make your steps count and don't lose sight of your visions, goals and highest truths. Gather resources, support and guidance to awaken deeper wisdom and inner knowing.
If Jupiter is a natural benefic in your chart, this transit will bring natural gains, expansion and support in the areas of healing, creativity, commerce and communication. However, If Jupiter is challenging in your jyotish chart, expect difficulties in these areas of your life to surface. Depending on where Virgo is situated in your chart, there may or may not be mitigating factors. I will share general guidelines for each sign in my horoscopes below. Please consult with me directly for more chart specific guidelines.
Jupiter in Virgo Horoscopes