Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto

Remember our discussion of what’s called the Shadow Period?  When a planet turns Retrograde, it backs up over a segment of the Zodiac.  Before it does that, though, it must cross that same segment going forward.  And when it’s done with it’s Retrogradation, it’ll cross the same segment a third time.  There are no alternate routes.  That segment of the Zodiac, and the time required for the planet to cross it thrice, is called the planet’s Shadow Period.

Jupiter stands still and turns Retrograde on November 6, at 9pm PST.  Once we look at its Shadow Period, we’ll see how intimately involved it is with the Uranus-Pluto Square.  Jupiter’s in Cancer, by Sign Opposite Pluto and Square to Uranus.  At its Retrograde Station, Jupiter is 12 degrees from making these Angles by Degree, to distant to recreate the T-Square.  But the timing is there – The Uranus-Pluto Square occurred only five days before the Jupiter Station.

Here’s the full timetable…

  • August 12, 2013 – Jupiter enters Shadow Period at 11 Cancer
  • August 17 – Jupiter Opposes Pluto from 12 Cancer
  • August 20 – Jupiter Squares Uranus from 13 Cancer
  • August 7 to August 30 – Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square (3-degree orb)
  • September 19 – Pluto Stations Retrograde at 9 Capricorn
  • October 10 – Jupiter turns Stationary (1 degree from Station)
  • November 1 – Uranus Squares Pluto from 10 Aries
  • November 6 – Jupiter Stations Retrograde at 21 Cancer
  • December 17 – Uranus Stations Direct at 9 Aries
  • January 31, 2014 – Jupiter Opposes Pluto from 13 Cancer
  • February 9 – Jupiter turns Stationary (1 degree from Station)
  • February 25 – Jupiter Squares Uranus from 11 Cancer
  • March 5 – Jupiter Stations Direct at 11 Cancer
  • April 15 – Pluto Stations Retrograde at 14 Capricorn
  • April 20 – Jupiter Squares Uranus and Opposes Pluto from 14 Cancer
  • April 21 – Uranus Squares Pluto at 14 Aries
  • January 30 through May 9Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square (3-degree orb)
  • April 16 to 29 – Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Cross (3-degree orb)
  • June 1, 2014 – Jupiter leaves Shadow Period at 21 Cancer

Pallas (Boundaries and Edges), Vesta (the Sacred), and Mars (Action) also Square Jupiter three times as they execute their own Shadow Periods – Pallas and Vesta in December and May, and Mars in January and April.  Hence the Grand Cross in the last half of April in the table above.

So the 2013-2014 Jupiter Shadow Period spans 11-21 Cancer and mid-August through May.  Cancer 11-21 is the Scorpio Decanate of Cancer – Signs are also divided into 10-degree segments called Decanates.  The Scorpio Decanate of Cancer is the stage between knee-Jerk Nurturance and true Compassion.  Knee-Jerk Nurturance is our natural and positive, but indiscriminate, response to need.  Nothing wrong with that, other than the possibility of burnout.  And maybe a missed opportunity for raising Consciousness, for whatever that’s worth.

Knee-Jerk Nurturance is often a response to Introjection – Introjection is in some ways the opposite of Projection.  In Projection, we assume that another’s experience is similar in source, quality, and quantity, to our own.  In Introjection, we take on another’s experience as if it was our own.  So when we encounter Scarcity, it triggers our own Scarcity.  We could respond to that with Fear, and close down (which is an option for the first Decanate of Cancer).  Or with Sympathy, and attempt to Nurture.

In the Scorpio Decanate of Cancer we start to examine our automatic reactions, our Patterns of Nurturance.  This might be an appropriate response to burnout, to an observation that our Patterns don’t always produce the best result – or to a planet changing Decanates!  We ask ourself if our Nurturance Patterns derive from Lack, or from genuine Abundance, which is Having Enough to Share.  Folks say that it’s impossible to Love Another until one learns to Love Oneself.  Where do our Nurturance Patterns sit with regard to that?  Are we really just responding to our own Unconscious needs?

The Pisces Decanate of Cancer brings us to one of two places – Emotional Overwhelm or Compassion.  If we don’t break through into Self-Nurturance in the Scorpio Decanate, then the Pisces Decanate can bring full burnout and victimhood.  If we do break through, at least to some degree, then we Nurture not because we need to, but because it’s the Compassionate thing to do.  Compassion requires Neutrality – no attachment to outcomes.  In the full course of Cancer, we’ve gone from Nurturing indiscriminately, to wondering and exploring if we can use our limited resources to serve our Fellows more effectively, to trusting our Instinct and Intuition that any given act of Nurturance is appropriate in the moment.

So in the current August-through-May Jupiter adventures, we’re reconsidering whether or not our attempts to Nurture are serving or hindering our Planet and its denizens.  Actually, This is Exciting is very much a part of that, isn’t it!

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