Sunday, June 5, 2011

Jupiter changes from Aries to Taurus

“Tis a gift to be simple/’tis a gift to be free/’tis a gift to come down where we ought to be/and when we find ourselves in the place just right/’twill be in the valley of love and delight.” Shaker song 18th century

Jupiter rolled out of Aries and stepped into Taurus on June 4th. For nearly a year we have experienced the expansive energy of Jupiter present itself as impulsive, fast and inventive. Aries is the first sign; it is the me-first sign. Much of what we have seen in Washington, D C are examples of individuals thinking they are right even if their ideas are selfish and childish. That is the shadow of Aries. Jupiter is one of the money planets in astrology. Where are we with our prosperity? There have been many proposals for how to manage our collective money problems, e g Paul Ryan’s budget that would turn Medicare over to private insurance businesses. Is his plan an Aries inventive plan, or is his plan a “give everything to private sector to profit from” selfish plan? Jupiter in Aries has stimulated inventive thinking about our social/financial problems. However, we do not have the final solutions as yet. It amazes me that we can elect people to represent us in Washington and those people make us feel guilty for expecting anything in return for the taxes we pay. Sometimes they talk like it is the working person’s fault that our country is in debt. Yet, they have no problem spending $100 million per day to drop bombs on Libya. I read that somewhere. Can that be right? Maybe I should fact check that figure. It takes my breath away.

Jupiter in Taurus has the capacity to manage money and resources correctly and beneficially for all.

Now Jupiter has moved its big planetary self into earthy Taurus. Taurus is one of the money signs of the Zodiac. Ideally Jupiter in Taurus has the capacity to manage money and resources correctly and beneficially for all. Our resources are on loan from Planet Earth and from some Eternal Principle of Life. If we begin to believe that the resources are ours because the Divine loves us more than others, then we lose our generosity of spirit. For example, there are many people who believe that they are ordained by the Almighty to have more than others. The writer, Ayn Rand (1905-1982), wrote Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. She is popular among some Tea Party politicians. Rand believed that a person was entirely self-made and entitled to every penny made. She rejected all forms of social altruism. Early Calvinism held that if a person was wealthy, then God favored that person. In other words, there was an early “manifestation plan” in Calvinism. Working hard and making money meant you had pleased God. If you didn’t have money, then you were a failure. Sound familiar? Much of the New Age speculation about manifesting has its roots in Calvinism and also in Ayn Rand philosophy of the 20th century. The challenge for all of us (including those leaders in Washington, D C) is to think rationally and to put aside these antiquated belief systems. How can we create a new system for distribution of resources or solve a debt problem when we cling unconsciously to old beliefs that have created the problems to begin with?

Jupiter in Taurus teaches us that we are stewards of the earth

Ideally Jupiter in Taurus gives us the opportunity to realize on a spiritual level that we are stewards of the earth and its resources; we are not owners and possessors of those resources. Your diamond ring and your iPhone are yours and they are also on loan. You are not taking them with you. People born with Jupiter in Taurus usually attract wealth. They have the money. Some may be generous to a fault. Others may be stuck on possessing all they have and failing to share. Others may create beauty with their wealth. Some may build big things of stone (The Age of Taurus was the Age of Stone Temples!).

Somewhere in your horoscope you have Jupiter transiting through your Taurus House!

Starting now we all have Jupiter in Taurus sitting in our horoscopes for an entire year. It’s a great time for doing business. It’s a fine time to put our ideas into solid form and to benefit from our actions. It’s a time to constantly pay attention to the balance we need as we live Jupiter’s expansive nature in earthy Taurus: How do I balance being financially prudent with staying open and generous in my spirit? If I have a lot of wealth, how do I refrain from extravagant display of my ego? If I do not have a lot of wealth, how do I refrain from extravagant use of my credit card? Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac. It is the second house of the Zodiac, the house of self-worth, values and resources. At its best, Taurus stays simple. I mean Taurus values the simple things of life: a beautiful sunset, good food and laughter with old friends. I wish us all a prosperous year with Jupiter in Taurus.

Ultimately Jupiter in Taurus says to me: save every penny you can; invest wisely and don’t be selfish about it!

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