When Jupiter gets your attention

I’ve won three raffles in the past five days. It’s almost like Jupiter is having fun with me: You were asking when we would get to the good part? Voila.

I don’t usually win things. But my job has had a series of fundraising raffles in the past week, so I gave to each of them. I just considered them donations. But then the emails came: You won the wine basket! You won the soccer tickets! You won the Louis Vuitton bag! Naturally I pulled up the transits to my chart. Is this all about Jupiter in Sagittarius? Why am I winning everything??!!

I’ve heard that Jupiter/Uranus aspects are common in lottery winners. Currently my progressed moon in Scorpio is conjunct my natal Uranus. In the past five days the transiting moon joined with my natal moon, then transiting Uranus, and then my natal Jupiter. Is that enough?

Maybe. Jupiter also stations retrograde today on my natal 9th-house Mercury. In less than two weeks I’ll teach a class about Jupiter in Sagittarius for Fresh Voices in Astrology. In the class I’ll be explaining that natal houses with Sagittarius and Pisces on the cusps are part of our Jupiter story. For me those are houses 9 and 12. Two of the raffle tickets I bought with the intention of giving away the prize if I won: The soccer tickets and the fancy, pricey bag. Two of my friends wanted the prizes more than I did. And so I had my friends in mind when I bought those tickets, and when I won I gave them the prizes.

I don’t know if I had never really won anything before because I was missing that 12th-house element of non-attachment or intention beyond my own ego. But today I feel overjoyed and deeply at peace.

I did buy a lottery ticket and scratch-offs last night, just in case. The scratch-offs didn’t win; maybe the lottery ticket will. If not, I still have great friends, and a great husband, and those several bottles of wine. Today’s Gemini moon is ruled by Mercury, the messenger. I’ve gotten the Jupiter message loud and clear. My cup overflows, and I’m grateful.

Mercury in Sagittarius: It's time to remember to dream

Today Mercury enters Sagittarius, where it will stay until January 11, 2018. That’s an especially long time for fast-moving Mercury to stay in a sign. Just to make sure we REALLY get the Sagittarian message, Mercury will be retrograde December 3rd-December 22nd. How can this help us?

Mercury in Scorpio brought some extremely uncomfortable topics to our attention: Death. Power. Secrets. Shame. Corruption. We needed to see these things and name them so they would no longer have power over us. We needed catharsis, and in facing something honestly and bravely we learned more about our own resilience, our own ability to renew ourselves and bring healing energy to others. But Scorpio energy can get so heavy and dark it’s hard to see the light. Some of us have been drowning.

The sun and Jupiter are still in Scorpio: What makes us uncomfortable is not going away. Our own inner power is still growing and is yet to be fully revealed. But Mercury in Sagittarius now symbolizes a mindset of meaning and expansion. For the next two months our challenge is to see patterns and integrate wisdom into our push beyond the familiar. Can we find opportunities for joy, success, and growth even while understanding the darker sides of reality?

Sagittarian energy exaggerates. It can be grandiose or overbearing. Sagittarian aim sometimes misses the mark. But it searches for the truth. It reaches and tries. And there’s something beautifully heroic about reaching and trying.

In these last hours of Mercury in Scorpio, acknowledge your feelings. Face some of your grief, shame, or darkness. But start to be able to frame it and to believe you can move through it. Sagittarius reminds us of our freedom. Start to see how embracing freedom can be a great gift to you and the people you love. And start to infuse your thoughts and your words with understanding, hope, and faith.

(Moon in Gemini. Mercury enters Sagittarius 3:18 p.m. EST.)

The Moon conjunct Saturn: The child and the tough old bird

Gertrude Box, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Gertrude Box, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Steven Forrest calls Saturn the inner tough old bird.

When the moon and the tough old bird come together every month, can they both come away happy?

I‘ve always been intrigued by tough old birds. Two from my childhood were my neighbor Dolores and my piano teacher, Mrs. Box.

When I was three or four I used to join Dolores on her stoop. What I loved about Dolores was how real she was. She faced the world in her housedress, wearing no bra or makeup. She was usually smoking. And we’d sit in silence, or we’d talk. She was cranky, but so was I. She was fairly negative, but she could make me laugh. Like many of us on the block, she was Italian. Something about her was solid, familiar, and safe. She rented that house only a few years and I don’t remember our conversations, but I loved her company. I was fiery and opinionated and would often argue with my siblings or other kids, but Dolores and I never fought. We were happy to see each other. We sat together and watched the activity of the block unfold for the day.

Mrs. Box was completely different. She was wiry and unexpected. She was Native American. She wore her silver hair flowing all the way down her back and loved to perform tricks for us, like playing the piano backwards or through a dishtowel. Years before she had divorced her abusive husband and pursued a Ph.D. while raising her eight children alone. She taught at the Riker’s Island jail. She also dated and danced every weekend, and told me about the shimmery outfits and wigs she liked to wear. I used to beg her to wear them to teach me piano. She laughed, but never did. Eventually I had to stop taking piano lessons, because it was getting expensive and I wasn’t very good, but we kept in touch with Mrs. Box. She showed up at my 6th grade graduation party wearing a shimmery dress and a wig, completely out of place among my relatives. She winked at me and smiled.

Today as the moon joins Saturn, let your inner child and your inner tough old bird spend time together. Maybe they’ll teach or surprise each other and maybe they’ll both be comforted. Either way, it doesn’t have to suck.

(Moon conjunct Saturn 10:31 a.m. EDT. Moon sextile Jupiter in Libra 11:38 a.m. Moon trine Mars in Leo 9:27 a.m.)