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Jupiter in Aries 5/22-5/23: Confidence in Action

A bird doesn’t sing

Because he has an answer.

A bird sings

Because he has a song.

Maya Angelou

Jupiter's Journey Through Aries

  • May 10th, 2022 enters Aries

  • July 28, 2022 turns retrograde in Aries

  • October 28, 2022 leaves Aries and returns to Pisces

  • December 20, 2022 re-enters Aries

  • May 16, 2023 departs Aries and begins its year in Taurus

More is offered on the significance of the above dates near the bottom of the newsletter

Jupiter is the Great Benefic, Gracing us with Growth, Optimism, and Faith

During its 12-year cycle, Jupiter spends roughly one year in each zodiac on its journey around the Sun. When Jupiter changes signs as it did on May 10, we are cued to open ourselves to a new area of growth associated with the fire sign, Aries.

Jupiter the planet of growth and expansion. Its placement in the sky reveals where we can anticipate the wind to be at our backs, supporting growth and forward movement in our lives. Tracking the movements of this planet helps us know where to focus our efforts to yield the greatest benefits.

Jupiter transits happen within the context of the transits of other slower moving planets. Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the meat and potatoes of the transiting energies, providing challenge and transformation. I view Jupiter as the garnish to the transit meal. Transiting Jupiter is what gives the meal of our ever-evolving life some zest, spice and flavor. Jupiter is showing us where there is expansion and ease amid the changes and transformations that are occurring at any given time.

Jupiter Shifts from Pisces to Aries

Jupiter began a new cycle when it cross over into the first sign of the Zodiac, Aires. Thus, this month marks a new 12-year cycle of growth for each of us.

Last Year's Growth: Jupiter in Pisces (May 13, 2021 – May 10, 2022)

Something significant in our lives was coming to a natural completion - as Jupiter traveled through the realm from where all creation emerges and to where everything returns. The last year was a time of integration and surrender as we readied for a new spark that is beginning ignited now with Jupiter's entry into Aries. To maximize the benefits of the new opportunities, we will have benefited from last year's growth of Jupiter in Pisces: acknowledging how our compassion for self and others has grown, how our trust in forces larger than ourselves has grown, how our intuition sensibilities have grown, and how we have grown in our capacity to accept ‘what is and what has been.' The degree to which we embraced last year's opportunity to honor our sensitivity and ground ourselves in love, is the degree to which we can move readily and easily with the opportunity of Jupiter in Aries.

To appreciate the profound shift from Pisces to Aries, we can ponder what happens annually in nature as the Sun makes from Pisces to Aries. The Sun is in Pisces from February 21 to March 21. Winter is coming to a close, the deep freeze of the northern hemisphere is subsiding and there is generally more moisture and mud. We anticipate the new life that will soon burst onto the scene and ready ourselves to embrace the new growth we know will soon arrive. Part of readying is to become quiet within ourselves, integrate the lessons of last season’s growth, and dream about the buds and bloom and crop of the coming season. There is a moment of surrender as we stand on the precipice between the old and the new. Then, suddenly, as if from nowhere, trees bud, daffodils flower, the first birds return, the hills green and we can feel a new warmth in ourselves and the world as the Sun travels through Aries from March 21 – April 22.

Pisces is quiet where Aries is boisterous. Pisces is completion and integration. Aries initiates and breaks new ground. Pisces wanders and Aries takes hold of the reins. While Jupiter in Pisces emphasized the spirituality and sensitivity, Jupiter in Aries has no patience for contemplative pursuits and is ready for decisive action. Instead of waiting for the right moment, Jupiter in Aries creates the right moment.

Jupiter’s entry into Aries (May 10) marked the moment when the sap within us began to rise

and a desire for life and activity was reignited. We are ready to kick-start our life. There is a burgeoning confidence to stride boldly forward. The courage to trust our gut impulse and not second guess ourselves is on the increase. Next year, beginning in May when Jupiter moves in Taurus,we can stabilize and tend the nature of what we initiate now, but for the next year, we are to feel the rekindling of confidence and let it propel us to create, act, engage, and. initiate. It is a year to forge ahead into unexplored territory that is teeming with potential. Chances are we already know what we want to see happen and have just been waiting for the confidence and right time to make some dream a reality. The motto of Jupiter of Aries is: Carpe Diem - Seize the Day!

You don’t figure it out.

You just climb up on

the beast and ride.

Rebecca Wells

Aries: The Pioneer, Warrior, Fighter

The first sign of the zodiac, Aries, lays at the threshold of new beginnings being initiated and is associated with the vigor of youth. While Jupiter is in Aries we can reclaim a childlike approach to life, where each day is an adventure that unfolds by feeling and acting an impulse which naturally leads to the next impulse. We can reclaim that fire in the belly that once led us to go play in the yard and then suddenly guided us to sprawl in front of the TV and moments later to knock on a neighbor’s door and then into the garden to chase a butterfly. Life was felt and rejoiced moment by moment as a process of discovery where we trusted and followed the desire of what we wished to do next. There is little or no thought of tomorrow or some distant future, only a belief that if we act fully on our impulses now and remain true to ourselves, each action taken will naturally lead to the right next thing and to the future that awaits us.

We are to restore and reclaim the innate confidence to follow our gut that existed before our parents, teachers and world taught us otherwise. We can unravel learned behaviors about what is appropriate, what will please others and what actions will best engender respect, love and acceptance. We are to allow the analytical, strategic mental processes to quiet and listen to what lights us up and let it find its expression moment by moment. We embrace this moment, this day by taking resolute action based on what we are inspired to engage.

Many of us may think, "Well, that is all good and fine for children, but as an adult I have responsibilities, people that count on me and there will be unfortunate consequences if I just do as I please." Jupiter in Aries brings us to a point where we realize that doing something out of obligation or commitment, is not enough. We need to feel the motivation, the joy, the love of doing it. With each activity or conversation we have, we need to feel how it is worth our focus, our time and our love. It is about reigniting the spirit that had us make a commitment in the first place, and to fall in love with life all over again. We reclaim authorship of our life and feel emboldened to bushwhack a trail where there had previously been no path, to fight for something we deeply believe in a new way, and to discover a renewed freedom that arises by being true to ourselves.