The cosmos predicted that this year would be a grueling test—how did you fare?
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JUPITER COLLAGE BY DARCIE WILDER
Every year, Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, protects Earth from space debris thanks to its massive gravitational pull. Considering its size and status as Earth’s protector, it’s no wonder astrologers have deemed Jupiter as the greater benefic (or do-gooder) in astrology, a symbol of abundance, philosophy, and wisdom. Jupiter is often known as the planet of luck, and its placement in your natal chart points to the area of life where you’re granted gifts and blessings.
Jupiter indicates your philosophical and spiritual world views, perception of wealth, and your experiences of travel and long journeys. Jupiter is a planet of faith, showing a glimpse into our beliefs and what kinds of risks we’re willing to take based on intuition rather than facts. Jupiter also hints at our sense of purpose, and its position indicates what we’re interested in learning and what we’re capable of teaching others. Being the planet of growth and expansion has its pluses, but Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches, and too much of a good thing can sometimes not be so great—Jupiter could even expand a situation that isn’t serving you! Knowing your Jupiter sign can be enlightening if you want a better understanding of your approach to learning, what you’re being schooled on during this life, and which experiences open your mind most.
Jupiter spends approximately 12 months in a sign, so it can be anywhere in relation to your sun sign, making it important that you check your chart to know where Jupiter was located when you were born. To find your Jupiter sign, plug in your birth date, time, and location to your preferred birth chart generator and find the symbol that looks like a crescent moon attached to a cross, or an elaborate number four.
Once you’ve figured it out, read what our team of astrologers at Astro Guide have to say about your Jupiter sign!
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As a Mars-ruled Jupiter sign, you’re inclined to take initiative and follow the path you believe in, regardless of what anyone else says. Faith in yourself is a powerful thing and you are here to teach people how to embrace their truth. Courage is one of the traits people notice most about you because you don’t let your mountain of goals scare you away. One way or another, you always find a way to win, which is also why you’re more likely to point out that you don’t succeed on luck alone. You have the guts to go after what you want and you take learning opportunities in stride. Of course, when you do win or get ahead at something, you still feel lucky enough to thank your stars! You’re a resilient trailblazer, inspiring those around you to believe in themselves, which often earns you leadership positions. To you, abundance is about having the opportunity to explore your passions, and the purpose of wealth is to live life with no desire left unexplored! You want to see the world and look back on your life knowing you’ve done it all.
With Jupiter in this intuitive fire sign, you’re usually eager to learn more about psychology, especially when it comes to the art of war! Your competitive nature can turn anything into a game of the fittest, but you’re more interested in what you can learn from the situation (like how to become stronger) than dominating it out of malice. Having Jupiter in the first sign of the zodiac also suggests you’re also highly curious about the origins of just about anything, especially trying to understand people’s identities (including your own). This gives you plenty of incentive to travel to exciting cities or bustling towns—you love to be the first of your friends to find a cool spot! Although you can be a bit overzealous at times, leaping before you look, your love of life’s adventurous journey lends you a type of wisdom that naturally attracts others.
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As the earthiest Jupiter sign, you experience nature as a major source of higher knowledge. You’re always excited to learn more about food and fashion, plus topics concerning history, embodiment, physics, and finances. The ability to create and surround yourself with abundance is significant to your growth as a person, giving you a taste for all the luxuries the world has to offer. You have a strong desire to know what the finest products in nature look, feel, sound, taste, and smell like. To you, prosperity means getting to experience that for yourself—not just reading about it in a book. For example, food can be a favorite way of expanding your knowledge of culture and geography, earning you the status of a true foodie in your social circle.
As much as material wealth is important to you—you crave comfort and security—your idea of true abundance means feeling grounded, stable, and serene. The body’s innate wisdom is one of your greatest guides through life, and you’ll notice this by how fond you are of being attuned to your senses. It’s not enough for someone to pass down information to you, you must embody those experiences for yourself, in your own way.
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Jupiter is a planet that favors wisdom and experience over book smarts, but Jupiter in Gemini suggests that you’re more drawn to numbers, language, and quantifiable data. Wealth is an exciting topic to you and if you keep your eyes open, you’ll notice that you’re presented with a lot of lucky opportunities to learn about sales and investing. As a very social person, your definition of abundance means having a crew of friends you can always rely on. When you’re part of a group, you can make anything happen, which is why your luck is often tied to networking opportunities and the formation of friendships. Meeting the right people at the right time is the catalyzing event that sets you up for personal growth sooner or later.
Having Jupiter in Gemini gives you massive scope—you can see the big picture and the fine details, but all that information is a lot to absorb. Staying organized is key to working with your natal Jupiter. With Jupiter in an air sign, your idea of fun relaxation is a bit more active because your mind is always on. You love being in the know, so you’re always ahead of whatever your local scene is interested in. Learning about people, patterns, cultures, and language gives you energy, which means you’ll often venture away from the tourist route when you’re abroad because you really want to practice new languages and learn about various customs. That said, geography doesn’t hold you back from learning opportunities. You get bored easily, so when you’re not traveling abroad, you love exploring your own neighborhood, getting acquainted with all the small or unusual spots others might not know. With a Mercury-ruled Jupiter in cerebral Gemini, it’s also important to make sure you don’t over-commit your time and energy when you’re multitasking…you’re always multitasking, so a planner is a must-have to make progress and grow through your mentally consuming projects.
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As a Jupiter in Cancer person, living your best life revolves heavily around home, family, security, and tradition. As domestic as you are, you love to travel—not just traveling the world (and visiting its magnificent beaches, where you love to connect with nature), but also exploring the astral realm or your own mind. With Jupiter in a water sign, you’re someone who easily appreciates non-linear forms of learning, which makes novels and emotionally touching literature appealing to you. Psychedelics, art, history, philosophy, service, religion, and spirituality are all topics you’re excited to learn more about. You’re a natural empath and regardless of your spiritual views, you have a way of making people feel like they belong—because ultimately, you value connection and community.
Metaphorically speaking, Jupiter in Cancer makes you extremely fertile, so your idea of abundance is all about tapping into your marvelous creative potential. It wouldn’t be far-fetched for you to want a large family, blood or chosen. Having Jupiter in moon-ruled Cancer doesn’t just point to signs of fertility, it’s also a sign that you possess a talent for nourishing hearts and minds, and part of your life’s purpose centers on helping things reach their fullest potential. Whether it’s a person, project, business, or garden, your support is a resource that many are lucky to have. While you’re not a materialistic person at heart, you don’t discount the need for security—and when it comes to wealth, it’s important for you to have a solid living situation, savings for the future, and access to plenty of food that’s comforting yet wholesome. That said, Jupiter is very happy in the sign of Cancer, which means that attracting wealth and prosperity comes quite naturally to you! In fact, luck just seems to find you whenever you need it, which can sometimes lead you to overlook that you’re truly blessed. When you acknowledge the heights of your own luck to compared to those less fortunate is when you’re most open and able to make the greatest impact on your global community.
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Having a solar-ruled Jupiter grants you the gift of resilience, conviction, and a bounty of confidence. As a fire sign, Jupiter in Leo people can be a bit extra, but personality gushes from your being! You’re personable, so despite whatever drama you might stir up, people can’t help but be drawn to your charisma. Although you sometimes need to be mindful about coming across as arrogant, you possess a spark that others admire, which makes it relatively easy to find yourself in leadership and teaching positions where you can pass on knowledge. Much like a lion, you’re known for your courage, and at your best, you shine by showing up as no one but yourself. While a love for humor and improv makes you talented at holding the spotlight, it’s your way with storytelling—coupled with your ongoing dedication to knowing yourself—that grants you the capacity to act as counselor and guide to followers, students, and friends. When you show up authentically, people want to follow suit, so it’s important that you forego the impulse to keep up certain appearances instead of just keeping it real.
With Jupiter in sunny Leo, you’re also blessed with an abundance of health and vitality. Your body and spirit are hearty and you might seem to luck out when others get sick around you, but you’ll need to be mindful that you don’t take your wealth of energy and wellbeing for granted. You’re fortunate in the health department, but sometimes you forget that you’re not untouchable. It’s wise for you to modestly mind your limits if you want to avoid burnout. When you think of abundance, you picture opulence—you love things that are larger than life, and you believe in surrounding yourself with the best of the best. Your castle has high ceilings, gold encrusted accents, and jewels everywhere—plus, books about everything from love to war, leadership, prayer, and humankind’s relationship to god. Wealth to you is exactly that: bags of gold. While some people dislike budgeting, you find it thrilling and are excited to learn the ins and outs of keeping money organized. You love spur-of-the-moment travel, and no trip is complete without a little drama—which, to you, means passion!
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Bringing your visions to fruition is all about your dedication to mastery, but can you step out of your own way to see the forest for the trees? Having natal Jupiter in Virgo points to your knack for discernment and noticing subtle differences that others might miss, but it also means you can have trouble zooming out to see the big picture because you’re so focused on getting all the details right to your liking. Jupiter is a planet that favors intuition, faith, and knowledge that comes from within, but in Virgo, the planet signifies trusting in systems and standard procedures. You don’t want to make mistakes, but it’s wiser to let yourself make them once in a while rather than avoiding them at all costs. Your practical nature lends you the talent of objectivity and technical smarts, but it can also lead you to treat the process of self-development too mechanically. Whether you’re measuring your nutritional needs, tweaking your appearance on a microscopic level, or analyzing your work with a critical eye, your growth largely depends on not being too judgmental with yourself. With Jupiter in Mercury-ruled Virgo, you possess the luck of finding small objects or vital information buried in obscure, chaotic, messy, or disorienting places. If anyone were to find a needle in a haystack, it would be you!
To you, abundance is a state of being and you feel that most when the world is in harmony. Observing nature brings you to a state of peace. While you’re known for being modest, the truth is that you do indulge in a splurge as long as you know that it won’t throw things off balance. Although you love to be spoiled, your ability to receive is matched by your ability to give. Jupiter in the practical earth sign of Virgo also points to your love for creativity, learning (especially about the process of building things), and any topic with rules or details that tickle your logical mind. When it comes to travel, you love to go to beautiful places with delicious food, music, and art. You’re as sensual as you are practical, and for you, growth and knowledge mean feeling things as much as learning them. It’s not enough for you to read about how something tastes, you want to experience it for yourself!
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Jupiter in Libra people encounter emotional and spiritual expansion in the act of good, fair deeds. In Venus-ruled Libra, Jupiter turns your attention to partnership dynamics, which makes you highly aware of proportion and specifically the balance of give-and-take. Although you have a taste for the beautiful—and expensive—things in life, you aren’t at peace with the idea of abundance unless you’re able to share and spread the wealth. You give others the benefit of the doubt and your beliefs revolve around harmony and justice.
For you, abundance means harmony—you love it when things just click . You’re delighted by synchronicities, and of course, relationships mean the world to you. You know how important emotional support is, especially when it comes to collaborating with others toward mutual goals. You’re always seeking ways to align with others in the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, and mutual financial interests. You also love making time to visit friends when you travel, but even when you’re visiting a place where don’t have connections, you’re unlikely to leave without a new pen pal. Having Jupiter in Venus’s domain also makes you a lover of language arts, communication, law, and art in its many forms. To you, most things can become an art if they’re done with finesse. The art of relationships, however, is an area of life that you’re most suited to teaching others about, with time and experience. In fact, it might feel like the domain of intimate and business partnerships is the fulcrum from which your life pivots. While many people feel limited by or tied down in relationships, you find expansion through partnership. Having someone that can mirror both the good and bad aspects of yourself back to you is a huge source of personal growth.
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The dark and mysterious experiences in life are your treasure chest with Jupiter in the watery domain of Scorpio. Mars-ruled Scorpio is fascinated by the phenomenon of death and the philosophy of rebirth, and with Jupiter here, you’ll often find yourself contemplating the wisdom that endings offer to the living. You’re drawn to hidden knowledge, especially when it comes to the subconscious. Psychology, shamanism, hypnotism, neuro-linguistic programming, sex, forensics, taxidermy, psychedelics, and alchemy are examples of knowledge that appeal to your desire to see beyond appearances. For you, mental expansion often comes through emotionally intense and sometimes painful experiences. But pleasure is the other side of that coin, and you have a knack for teaching others how to embrace their carnal desires in a way that is liberating, bringing deep healing to people and their relationship to intimacy. You have a talent for reading between the lines, but you also have a tendency to fixate on your objects of affection as well as your enemies. While this can make you an amazing detective, it can also keep you stuck in learning the same lesson over and over again until you’re able to move on. Learning to let go is crucial to your growth. When you do dive deeply into mysteries, however, it encourages you to learn more about yourself which ultimately grants you the ability to read people like a book. Having such sharp perception gives you a lucky edge in strategic games, which usually makes your competition unlucky!
Abundance for you entails metaphorically digging in the places no one wants to wade through, where you excavate secrets, turn trash to treasure, and find nuggets of wisdom within hellish experiences. You’re highly aware of the suffering that goes on in the world, so you seek to satisfy your worldly desires in ways that don’t inflict pain. Having Jupiter in Mars-ruled Scorpio is less about offense than it is about protection, which you aim to share with others. You personal collection of wealth, on the other hand, might contain valuable historical texts filled with knowledge people would fight to get their hands on, books on tantric sex, poisons that are actually medicinal given the right dosage, and an arsenal of weapons that you admire for their craftsmanship. The currency of intimacy and trust is also high on your list of desires and you tend to work toward achieving it in any relationship that calls for closer interaction. When traveling, you’ll find yourself drawn to sacred and alluring destinations like temples, graveyards, caves, oceanic depths, and underground pathways that are haunted with history, secrets, and obscure treasures.
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If there is one word to describe Jupiter in Sagittarius people, it would be lucky! Fortunate circumstances often lead you to the kind of exciting adventures that are written about in epic tales. A seize-the-moment kind of person, you’re not one to let an opportunity go to waste. Your tendency to wing it might lead to several flops, but things usually end up working out for you, so you don’t see much reason to plan because you’d rather enjoy living spontaneously. You’re not fond of being tied down to plans and commitments, but you absolutely love to imagine where you’ll be in the future. Jupiter is home in the sign of Sagittarius, so knowledge, travel, abundance, and wealth are generally very obvious themes in your life. In fiery Sagittarius, Jupiter bestows you with foresight, zeal, curiosity, and a thirst for life that means others have trouble keeping up. Although you’re fond of life’s pleasantries, your version of abundance is to have the luxury to travel as you please. You’re very free-spirited, and you don’t mind living out of a backpack or suitcase so you can wander the world without roots and responsibilities weighing you down.
When you do want to build wealth, however, you want your possessions to reflect your appreciation for culture, philosophy, and worldly travels. For example, you might love collecting frequent flyer points, currencies from around the globe, unique art with a story behind it, books in a language that you haven’t yet learned, souvenirs from famous attractions, or soil from lands all over the world.
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Jupiter in Saturn-ruled Capricorn offers a more practical perspective on the idea of growth, abundance, and expansion. Jupiter generally likes to broaden our horizons, and its placement shows where we’re encouraged to explore and roam freely, but with Jupiter in Capricorn, you’re not likely to stray far from your duties. With Jupiter in an earth sign, you’re very grounded and might not travel as often as someone who values being untethered. When you do travel, it’s likely for business opportunities or to participate in traditions and spiritual matters that you hold dear to your heart. You have a lucky streak when it comes to gaining positions of power and authority, which makes it possible to rise to the top of the ranks in your career, regardless of how close to the ground floor you were when you started. Keep in mind that your growth depends on your awareness of your privilege and the influence of hierarchy. To you, status is the greatest symbol of wealth. If you’re not mindful, you can get caught up in materialism, but your longing to leave a memorable impact on the world through your work reminds you to strive for more than material riches. Ultimately, abundance for you is a matter of having stability, respect, a good credit score, and a counsel of elders you can go to for sound advice.
Your greatest teachers are your failures, which you take pretty seriously. Of course, you don’t ever truly fail because you always learn from what doesn’t work out. While Jupiter in Sagittarius likes to wing it, you prefer to plan out your goals years ahead, factoring in the ups-and-downs of your journey to success. As the planet that symbolizes hope and visions, Jupiter in Capricorn points to a more stoic and silently determined mindset. You don’t lack ambition, but you might sometimes underestimate what it takes to achieve your ambitious endeavors. Thankfully, you’re no stranger to perseverance. As long as you make an effort to maintain a reasonable pace and approach your larger-than-life goals with humility, you’ll always find a way to succeed… even if it takes you longer than you thought it would.
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Reason and logic are a central focus to Jupiter in Aquarius people, which often leads you to study technical topics like science and systems analysis. Aquarius is the third of the air signs, but unlike Jupiter in Gemini or Libra, Jupiter in Aquarius is more concerned with understanding where their hypothetical ideas intersect with reality. In other words, having Jupiter in a brainy air sign reflects your love for intellectual discourse, but you’re also quite grounded and concerned with tangible circumstances. The progress of civilization and its technologies, for example, is an interest that provides the framework for many of your beliefs.
To you, abundance is a matter of information and education. You thirst for knowledge is not just for the advancement of humanity, but for the sake of understanding the laws of nature. It’s this quality that suggests you’re often attracted to unique and eccentric academic fields and spiritual traditions. Conventional wisdom and fields of study usually make you feel too boxed-in and limited to dogmatic thought processes, when what you truly crave is a drink of knowledge from the places most people aren’t talking about. This is true for your perception of wealth, too. You’re not completely disinterested in material wealth, but the power of knowledge is what you really seek. Heady Aquarius is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus, which makes it important that you find a path that allows your unconventional quirks and flashes of genius to flourish. Science fiction, astronomy, astrology, and unorthodox or occult spiritual traditions all offer the type of thrill and wisdom that you seek in your pursuit of growth. If given the option, you’d probably travel to space and spend time living on another planet to see what you could garner from the experience. But chances are you’ll be earth-bound, so your deep space travels are more of the metaphorical type where you’ll venture outside of society’s conventional philosophies and areas of study to encounter the weird, taboo, and pure genius.
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Having Jupiter in the sentimental water sign Pisces suggests you’re the kind of sensitive soul who’s adept at teaching others how to be more compassionate. Pisces is the sign of limitlessness and Jupiter is the planet of growth—how could things possibly get any bigger?! For you, dear Pisces in Jupiter, you feel abundance when you’re tapped into your spiritual center, feeling oneness between yourself and the universe. You love studying the occult, healing, poetry, and history—you want to know about anything that teaches you not just about yourself, but about the rest of the world and its mystical magic. Mostly, you long to understand your part in the world and how to be of service. You’re as much of a problem-solver as Jupiter in Virgo, but you simply go about it in a different way.
To you, wealth is the ability to heal yourself and others. Of course, Jupiter is comfortably at home in the sign of Pisces, so manifesting material abundance also comes quite easily to you—sunken treasure isn’t hard to find when you are the deep ocean! While you’re fond of travel, your experience reveals that it’s all about the journey and not the destination. Your growth is largely dependent on your relationship to contemplation, and you thrive in the presence of teachers who encourage you to look within for answers. As you develop throughout life, you too become a beacon of wisdom for people looking to make sense of cryptic mysteries of the universe. Jupiter in Pisces is like a natal promise that opportunities to travel abroad and encounter blessings of a spiritual nature will arrive at your feet, but ultimately, it’s your love for inner exploration that will bring you the most fortune. You’re a traveler of this plane and many others!
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The full moon will rise in Aries on the evening of Sunday, October 13, and it will appear full from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning. In astrology, full moons always represent completion and fulfillment, and this moon is no different.
This full moon is called the Hunter’s Moon, the name given to the first full moon that falls after the Harvest Moon. Unlike other traditional names for full moons, the Hunter’s Moon can occur in October or November, depending on when the Harvest Moon — the full moon closest to the fall equinox — falls. In folklore, the Hunter’s Moon was so named because it meant that it was time to go hunting, in preparation for winter.
“This luminary will bring sudden and drastic change — falls from grace and power, as well as transformation within relationships,” Stardust explains. “Abuses of power and triangular relationship will blow up, as we are all standing up for ourselves.”
This means it’s time to take action. “This full moon will force us to take charge and not be ignored or bullied anymore by anyone,” Stardust says. “We will also be able to squash fears and psychological chains that hold us back. The result will be freedom and confidence. No more standing by the sidelines and accepting negativity — it’s now time for us all to take charge of our lives once and for all.”
Burning magick is about “releasing and banishing things,” Herstik says. If there’s something you want to release, “write it down and burn it.” Herstik suggests thinking back to the new moon in Aries, which happened in April. “Think back to where you were at the beginning of that time, reflect on what needs to come to a close, write it down, and burn it.
Sex magick is particularly potent right now because this full moon has “a balance of sexuality with Aries, ruled by Mars, and sensuality with Libra, ruled by Venus.” She suggests working “with kink and BDSM in a conscious way,” such as incorporating spanking, floggers, or temperature play.
“It’s a really powerful time to work with themes of transformation,” Herstik adds. “There’s an exciting energy towards trying new things, since Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. There’s full energy in embarking on an adventure.”
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Pluto spends about half the year in retrograde, so the effects are far less dramatic than Mercury retrograde. Pluto rules the subconscious, so the retrograde was a time for personal growth. “During a planetary backspin, we can bring growth to areas where we are unsatisfied — relationships, sex, money, and work. Allowing oneself the chance to transform and awaken old yearnings will help soften the Plutonian energy,” astrologer Lisa Stardusttold Refinery29 back when Pluto first went retrograde.
Now that Pluto is going direct again, it’s time to reflect on how we changed the retrograde. “Pluto retrograde has made us all face the hard facts about ourselves and truth within,” Stardust tells Refinery29. “We’ve all been forced to dive inward and embrace our psychological nature and sexual desires.”
Pluto is moving direct in Capricorn, and we’ll notice the influence of the sea-goat in our lives. “As Pluto starts to move forward in Capricorn, we will be forced to embrace our deepest needs and the shadier aspects of ourselves,” Stardust says. “Also, the hardcore truths about our actions.”
Our love lives and work lives alike will show the effecs. “We may be tempted to drop triangular situations (love triangles) and power struggles with others,” Stardust says. “Sex will become more scintillating, as we will know how to express our lusty needs in the boudoir to our partners. We will want to conquer the world, get the promotion, speak up, and get paid the rate we deserve.”
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Opposites attract, or so they say. But here’s the thing: It ain’t always easy. Anyone who’s dated their polar opposite knows it takes work to make it work. In the stars, as in life, opposites are a thing. The zodiac has cosmic pairs called polarities, which are two signs that sit directly opposite each other on the elliptic and are six signs away from each other (like Aries, the first sign in the zodiac, and Libra, the seventh).
As two sides of the same heart-shaped necklace, a pair of opposites glistens with a head-turning aura that can leave us wondering, What makes these two hotties tick? (Capricorn Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, a Cancer, are a cuh-lassic example of this.) Whether it’s an epic friendship, marriage, or steamy one-nighter, there’s a definite written-in-the-stars vibe to opposites.
Read on for starry insight into astrology’s six cosmic couplings:
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Since Mercury goes Retrograde 3 to 4 times per year, for 3 weeks at a time, many of us are born with Mercury Retrograde, I was. If you don’t know if Mercury was retrograde at the time of your birth, you can probably just Google it, or have your chart done. I found this to be incredibly accurate. Calleen
If you were born during Mercury Retrograde, what does this mean for your personality, per astrology?
When Mercury is in Retrograde, it brings some craziness into your life.
You will probably find that you have lost all common sense and logic.
You most likely will start making some abnormal choices.
You are going to find that every irritating thing that could possibly happen, will, such as awkward conversations, data crashes, traffic, unfortunate run-ins with your ex, and many more inconvenient and uncomfortable situations.
You will most likely find that you are full of unanswered questions, confusion, and you are constantly messing up.
If you think that being born when Mercury is in retrograde that you are going to have the worst luck in life, you are wrong.
But what does it mean when you were born during a retrograde cycle in your natal chart?
Most people who are born while Mercury is in Retrograde can be some of the most innovative and creative people ever to be born.
Being born while Mercury is in Retrograde, you may feel misunderstood.
The people who are born when Mercury Retrogrades are very unique.
1. You think inwardly and need more downtime.
You probably have noticed that you think much deeper than everyone else and you are more skeptical.
2. You like your me-time and need to think before taking action.
You may also find that you are more introspective and you are thinking deeper than anyone else.
3. You love to learn.
When Mercury enters Retrograde, you will find that you will experience a boost of energy and intelligence.
So, here is how each zodiac sign will fare if you were born during a Mercury Retrograde when the planet is rx in your natal chart.
Aries, when Mercury is in Retrograde, you will be frazzled. You may find that you are much more impulsive and you get frustrated easily.
Be aware of your actions so that you don’t say something you don’t mean and then cause you to lose your friendship.
Taurus, you need to make conscious decisions while Mercury is in Retrograde.
You need to slow down and actually think things through, which is the complete opposite of what happens when Mercury is in Retrograde because it is common to be impulsive.
So, to avoid that, think things through.
Gemini, prepare yourselves, your lives are about to be turned upside down. You will find that your usually good communication skills are going to disappear.
You are going to be prone to miscommunications while Mercury is in Retrograde.
Cancer, mayday, mayday. You are going to expect some very bad annoyances.
You are going to be irritated that what projects have been started haven’t been finished.
During Mercury’s Retrograde, expect the unexpected and don’t let anything overcome you.
Leo, stop and think before you make any big decisions during Mercury’s Retrograde.
You don’t want to be compelled to make certain decisions that aren’t what you normally would do.
You have to be aware of what you are doing, so take a minute, make yourself think, so you can keep the mistakes you make to a minimum.
Virgo, during Mercury’s Retrograde, you will find that you are going to be challenged beyond your wildest dreams.
You will notice that you are much more cranky and irritable. Some mistakes may even slip underneath your nose.
Always double check your work.
Libra, you need to accept yourself for who you are during this Mercury Retrograde.
You need to learn to love your body and see how beautiful you are on the inside as well as on the outside.
Don’t be afraid to take some time to pamper yourself, you need it so that you can relax and regain your strength to tackle what’s coming.
Scorpio, be aware that emotions are going to go haywire during Mercury Retrogrades.
You need to avoid the possibility of falling in love because you will fall hard and fast into something that may not be what you think it is.
Sagittarius, during Mercury’s Retrograde, you really need to consider halting your travels.
You need to take care of things at home so that you can resume your traveling schedule later on.
Capricorn, you may want to hide the credit cards during Mercury’s Retrograde.
If you go about making some big purchases, be prepared for some mistakes to happen, such as paperwork problems, directions, moving times, deliveries, etc.
If you do decide to take risks and do some excessive buying during Mercury’s Retrograde, pay very close attention so you don’t have any details that slip through the cracks.
Aquarius, if you were born during Mercury Retrograde, and then Mercury enters retrograde, you will find that you will be prone to starting arguments.
You will easily misunderstand things and miscommunication with people around you, sparking anger. So, be aware when Mercury is in Retrograde so you can watch over your actions.
Pisces, you will find that you will be a bit more in la-la land during Mercury’s Retrograde.
You will easily start daydreaming because you want to escape reality.
So, it’s not a negative time in your life, just be aware of how much you are not actually present in your everyday life.
Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.
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No, they don’t go boom.
Let me just start by saying, no, a combust planet doesn’t mean it’s exploding.
When planets are in combust in astrology, it’s actually more complex than that.
Being new to the practice myself, I found that this particular event has a lot going on and the process can get kinda confusing, not to mention inaccurate in its spatial placement.
I’m going to try to keep this as simple as possible, both for you and myself.
Essentially, what a planet being in combust means is that all of the positive effects a planet may have when it’s in your house or with a zodiac sign become negated.
Another way of putting it is that the positivity burns up. And why does it burn up? That’s where positioning comes in.
As people know, planets move in space. When it comes to astrology, where the planets play a big role.
With there being 12 zodiac signs, that divides a 360-degree circle into 12 equal 30-degree parts.
In those 30 degree parts, planets enter and exit those while going through their orbits. As they get closer to the Sun, they get “heated” which “burns off” the positive qualities that each planet brings.
Each planet that is combust has a certain degree for when they go into combust too.
For instance, Mercury begins to go into combust when it’s within 5 to 10 degrees to the Sun.
However, the degree that a planet will combust can honestly vary depending on who you ask.
The reference that I’ll be going off of uses one consistent degree (about 6 degrees) and says what the combust is for each planet at that degree.
Oddly enough, not every planet is actually combust, and you’ll find that one of the six available isn’t like the others. So let’s see what each one does when it combusts.
This is the planet of logical thinking and quick decision-making, so when it combusts, it can become very difficult to make decisions.
Your mind becomes lazy and slow and it can be hard to decide on anything you want to have or do.
The second planet from the Sun represents the finer things in life, like luxury cars or romantic excursions.
When it combusts, you lose those things. You might crash that car, or your marriage that’s seemed perfect may suddenly turn nasty, maybe even resulting in a divorce. Anything nice becomes rotten.
Yeah, the moon is not a planet. But in astrology, just like all the other objects floating around in space, it has a role to play too.
In this case, the moon represents emotions, so when it combusts, your mind darkens. You’ll feel more angry than usual.
In essence, the moon getting close to the Sun makes your mind hot, which means anger.
This is the planet that represents drive and energy, so when it combusts, you sort of lose the self-control that allowed you to keep pushing forward.
Your motivation goes out the window and you become very lazy. Any willpower you had will dissipate and you won’t feel like doing anything.
The biggest gas giant of the solar system is just as big a factor in astrology. Specifically, though, this planet rules over money-related things like savings or investments. So when it combusts, you’ll find it’s very difficult to save money and investments may not pan out like how you thought.
This last one can already be a planet of hardship, but it’s meant to filter that hardship into refinement.
However, when you take something that’s already a little negative and make it worse, it results in problems with careers and health.
You’ll end up in constant arguments with your bosses and you’ll have health issues you never had before, especially at a young age.
Jesse Oakley is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care and spirituality/astrology.
Article Source – YourTango.com
Your guide to the lunar cycle.
Basically, the phases of the Moon refer to how the Moon appears to us on Earth. Each phase repeats every 29.5 days on a cycle.
Some fun facts about the Moon are that it is about 4.5 Billion years old and about 250,000 miles from Earth.
The Moon also moves at an average of 2,288 miles per hour around the Earth.
A lunation is a term for the complete lunar cycle of the Moon from New Moon to New Moon.
During this cycle, the Moon makes one complete rotation around the Earth.
From an astrological standpoint, you go to the Moon on your horoscope chart to figure out what your emotions are.
You turn to the moon for peace and comfort so that you know your emotions are normal for each specific time in the Lunar cycle.
But the moon affects all of us differently, so you need to further research what each lunar phase is and what it means to you specifically, by zodiac sign.
It’s important to start paying attention to the Moon Phases because the Moon correlates with our moods.
So if you are stressed, irritable, frustrated, sensitive and you may lack assertiveness, you are most likely suffering from a case of the Full Moon.
When the Moon begins a New Moon cycle, you will probably feel a sense of calmness overwhelm you.
You will find that your emotions will stabilize and you will regain your determination to do things.
Good-bye procrastination! You will also feel like you have more energy and are more tolerable of others.
So, to get more familiar with the lunar cycle where you can explore each phase of the Moon, look below for more information.
See how each phase will affect your personality and how it will change at different points of the lunar cycle.
In the first 48 hours of a New Moon, it’s the best time for new beginnings. You will find that it’s a good time to set plans for the future because it will come true later on.
You will feel enthusiastic and the atmosphere will be full of excitement. You will want to go ahead and start the projects you have been wanting to start for a long time.
During a New Moon, it is important to let yourself have impulses and let yourself make a new start in an aspect of your life.
You will find that during a Crescent Moon phase that there is a slight decrease of enthusiasm because you are not so open to the unknowns anymore.
You want tangible results for all of the hard work you have been doing.
This moon phase is good for continuing to move forward in what you started in the New Moon Phase and you will need to gather some more information to help shape up your plans a little more.
You are starting to become highly emotional during the First Quarter Moon phase. You will start to become anxious about making sure that you are making everything you do worthwhile.
You don’t want to put in all of this effort for nothing. Follow your gut instincts and let them guide you in the next phases of your plan and how to navigate through obstacles that arise.
You will find that distractions are going to start to encroach on your plans.
You may start reevaluating your plans and how you are going about accomplishing your plans.
You may want to find a way to do a cause and effect. Like if I do this, this will be the outcome.
You are able to look objectively and clearly. You will find that you are reflecting on what’s inside you and whether or not your heart is in it for the long run.
The Full Moon phase traditionally means that emotions will start swirling.
This moon phase is the last stretch of the race for the finish line. You may find that you have a burst of creativity and you will get everything done.
You will find that you are naturally seeking guidance from someone who knows what they are doing so that you can make sure that you come out of this phase successfully. This phase is all about sharing what you have learned with your peers.
The Last Quarter Moon phase is when you have completed all that you have set out to do. You will realize all that you have done and how far you have come since you started down this path.
This phase is a more reflective time, not a time where you start something new. It’s important to take responsibility for everything you have done and be proud of your accomplishments.
This is the phase where you are at the end of the road. You now have time to rest, relax, reflect and reevaluate everything you have done.
You will find that through this reflection that you will reconnect with your inner strength.
The Balsamic Moon phase is the perfect time to rest and regain your strength mentally and physically for the next cycle.
Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.
Article Source – YourTango.com
You know how the FBI has an entire team dedicated to psychologically profiling murderers? Well maybe they should just use astrology instead. It’s cheaper. And bizarrely on point.
Let me explain: In the zodiac, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are known as mutable signs, meaning they’re adaptable and frantically indecisive.They’re like chameleons, experiencing episodic and frequent change throughout their lives. Combine that with these signs’ energies and personalities and you’ve got a recipe for people living double lives. No, really….
• Geminis are symbolized by twins and known for having multiple sides or hidden personalities. A charming outer persona and a darker, disturbed inner one? Yup, a real possibility.
• Virgos are meticulous and systematic—they live for patterns and routine.Serial killers tend to commit acts that follow a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern. So.
• Sagittariuses are charismatic and thrive on adventure. It makes sense that thrill-seeking Sags might be more likely to take a chance on going through with a heinous act.
• Pisces are empathetic, but that empathy could backfire. Since they have the ability to feel collective pain, they can get overwhelmed and turn way inward as a coping mechanism.
Round up a few of America’s most notorious serial killers, and you’ll get: Ted Bundy (Sagittarius), Jeffrey Dahmer (Gemini), John Wayne Gacy (Pisces), Andrew Cunanan (Virgo), “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz (Gemini), Richard “the Night Stalker” Ramirez (Pisces), “Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo (Virgo), Randy Kraft (Pisces), Larry Eyler (Sagittarius), and “BTK” Dennis Rader (Pisces).
And it’s true that in comparing some of these criminals’ birth charts, patterns emerge. Bundy, Cunanan, Ramirez, and Kraft all share three key aspects in their chart: a harsh and tense one with Pluto, the planet of death and repressed psychological behaviors; a soft and supportive one with Mercury (the planet of communication); and a Rising sign that is conjunct with another planet.
Translation: Pluto can bring positive transformations, but when poorly aspected, it can also cause troubling self-sabotage—even a fixation with death. A Mercury connection enhances the gift of gab, a necessary skill for luring new victims. And when any planet forms an aspect to your Rising sign, it can amplify that facet of your personality. Bundy, for example, has a Venus in Scorpio that forms a stressful square to his Leo Rising. When Venus, the planet of love, forms an unforgiving aspect like this, there is a tendency for the person to struggle with self-worth and to act out as a result.
YIKES. But before you freak out because you live with a Pisces, remember that birth charts are only a map. Everyone still has the power to exercise free will. Plus, “I’m a Gemini” won’t hold up in court, so, yeah. Please don’t kill anyone.
Article Source – Cosmopolitan.com
While this is relatively simplistic, it does bring insight into the MAJOR meaning of each of the planets, a few stars, and other important astrological points. So sharing it with all of you.