The planet Jupiter entered the zodiac sign of Leo as of July 17, 2014 and will be there until August 11, 2015. Jupiter's path around the zodiac takes about 12 years to complete. The last time Jupiter made the journey through Leo was August 2, 2002 until August 27, 2003. Think back in time to where you were, who was in your life, and what was happening, heartfully, then?
Before I share what I underwent back then (and now) let's discuss what Jupiter the planet and the sign of Leo mean to humankind. Jupiter is the largest planet of our solar system, hence astrologically brings expansion, the need to explore outside our usual boundaries, and the energy of Jupiter AMPLIFIES the sign it traverses. Makes it bigger, in your face so you'll notice, eh?
The zodiac sign of Leo (ruled by the Sun) brings us creativity, our inner child's need for fun and play, where we find romance (Leo rules our HEART, upper back and spine in the physical body). Leo can also be about DRAMA - look at me! See me! Roaring like a lion. A wee bit of arrogance, anger, Ego issues and over-playing the drama can enter the picture if we need to see/hear it for our own Soul growth. Leo is also about leadership: working as a leader within a team, being a team-player and leading by example. What example are our world leaders making these days? Our previous Alberta Premier showed us all how ineffective it is to lead via the Ego's need to be arrogant and self-serving. An over-spending spree of public provincial money ended in her resignation August 6, 2014. Interesting timing...
Now we bring in Jupiter - remember the expansion bit? Hence my calling this transit "open-heart surgery" - Jupiter is assisting all of us to open our hearts (Leo) wider and deeper - with compassion and unconditional love - if we are willing. If we are not willing, then the Ego brings in resistance (anyone been pulling back muscles or having similar back issues since July? or how about heart issues? the extreme would be creating a heart attack for yourself).
As Jupiter moves through Leo, it begins in a Direct way - focused on covering new ground, to bring in people and/or circumstances to us from outside ourselves to "see" how open our heart truly is. Then Jupiter decides to bring its energy deeply within each of us by turning Retrograde (Rx) which happened just before Christmas - December 8th. Did any of you notice how the jovial uplifted feelings we've been riding with since July seemed to be turned off in December? The closer we came to Christmas the darker it seemed - as if someone had turned out the lights! Of course we had the longest night of the year occur December 21st, Winter Solstice, and this isn't what I am talking about. The inner light of optimism and seeking our higher truths seemed darker somehow.
Jupiter continues to be Rx until April 8, 2015, when it turns Direct once more. Bottom line, what does this mean? The initial Direct energy since July 2014 brought us closer heartfully to "see" just how open all of us are with one another, unconditionally., especially with Self. As I have already mentioned, the Ego resistance can bring about breakups, stand offs and downright battles (Syria and ISIS and all that war-mongering comes to mind too).
What astrologers do understand is this: "As Within, So Without" - meaning as we struggle deep within ourselves to love self and our significant others/family/friends, we can see in the world around us a direct reflection of that struggle playing out. Jupiter brings us a gift of choice: do we love ourselves through this process (and we each have our own respective and unique process of Soul growth to undergo) or do we have a temper-tantrum because "I want what I want and I want it ALL and NOW and MY way!"?
The choice is (and the "pot of gold"): recognizing what IS working heartfully, in our lives, and what isn't. Then the next step is choosing: do I want to spend time to work this out with myself/others or do I want to walk away? OR (and this is what is playing out in Syria et al) dramatically fighting to the death - literally - to get what I want! Am I walking THROUGH the process, or running from it? Or even hiding from it? Or forcing others to DO MY WILL!?
Jupiter rules the 9th House of the zodiac wheel, and brings in our search of higher truths through the cultural philosophies we know of and the ones we learn about through higher education, travelling the world and interacting with one another on the global scale. "Why am I here? What am I meant to be accomplishing this lifetime? Who am I? Where am I going?" These are the heartfelt issues and feelings we are all undergoing. If it doesn't FEEL right in the heart, why am I doing this?
Currently we are all in the Rx phase whereby we each look back to what we experienced 12/13 years ago AND since July of 2014. Any reminders of unfinished business, heartfully? What is still operating in your life that impedes your truest creativity, romantic needs, leadership roles, balancing your life with fun and play? This Rx period gives us all time to reflect on what is heartfully working for us and what isn't. We will have the chance to make changes by April (if we haven't already done so) when Jupiter turns Direct once more.
Jupiter also brings in FAITH - what do you believe to be true? No coincidence that a lot of the extremism out in the world has to do with Faith/religious beliefs - all escalating this summer/fall. Do you believe in Faith? What does this mean to you? Do you believe the sky is falling due to war, the downward spiral of oil prices affecting the markets, and the domino effects spiralling out from there? Or do you have Faith that the more we open our hearts to love self and all others (no matter their religious beliefs, colour, culture) that all will be rebalanced and right in the world? No this isn't a magic wand moment - 'tis the belief that actions speak louder than words. Leo is Fire - inspired creative action from our inner spirit (in-spiration) heartfully lead through love. Basic. Simple. Effortless, really. Truly.
With Leo (and any planet that travels through this sign) we will know how we are operating: if we are coming from our inner deepest heart of hearts, we are coming from Love and our spirit/soul self. If we are coming from arrogance, logical will and dramatic effects, we are coming from Ego needs. It is your choice, at any given moment, no matter who or what is mirroring back to you - do I use my heart in this issue/matter/moment or will my fearful/angry/hurt Ego come forth instead to deal with it/you/me? Free will is our Divine Right, always and in all ways.
Think back 12/13 years ago - heartfully, where were you at? What did you experience in 2002/03? Post-9/11 times interestingly enough. Sharing time with our loved ones - and heartfully staying HERE and in the NOW, walking through the grief and loss, and remembering to LOVE one another, no matter what. And most importantly: to Love Self. How's your "open-heart surgery" doing?