The Blessing and the Wound: Jupiter Square Pluto

In the past day two people I was casually talking to spontaneously burst into tears. All of a sudden they realized how overwhelmed they were. They needed to cry it out with someone. 

On Friday, Jupiter will make a final waning square aspect to Pluto. Usually I write about the cycle between the sun and the moon, but the slower-moving planets have cycles, too. The cycle between Jupiter and Pluto occurs over a period of about 12 ½ years. The current cycle started in December 2007 and will end in the Spring of 2020.   

What does this all mean? Symbolically, Jupiter represents expansion, blessings, risk, wisdom, and the confidence to reach our potential. Pluto represents our deepest wounds and the empowerment that comes from facing a monster or walking through hell. Their conjunction in 2007 represented a melding of these themes for the next 12 years: Empowerment through risk and expansion; wisdom through truth, change, death and rebirth. But in the sign of Capricorn, it wasn’t the easiest task. This was going to take doing the right thing over time, with persistence, maturity, commitment, and maybe more solitude than we actually wanted.  

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Venus Retrograde: Recreating Art, Finding Peace

Having to face interviews after almost nine years of being a Stay-at-Home Mom is humbling and utterly demoralizing. Part of me feels compassion for these employers: At this point I'm overeducated but also unproven. My last full-time job was in 2000-freaking-7. If I were the Hiring Manager I'd probably go with the person who worked in say, 2011 even. And so I've sunken into a funk of despair and self-doubt. Venus brings us peace, and since she's been retrograde it's been very hard to feel soothed or settled. I've been an emotional wreck. What exactly have I been doing for the last 8+ years?!!

Thankfully, even in the darkest moments, Astrology, like any spiritual practice, can offer a remedy. Any planet's retrograde period is the ideal period for the re-do: Revisiting that planet's themes and archetypes. And since Venus also rules art, I decided to recreate a series of photographs I took almost seven years ago: Lyndon's first trip to the Barbershop.
 

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