Nature brings us renewal in April and we also see renewal astrologically this month.
During the pandemic Saturn has dominated Jupiter. They are both transiting the sign Capricorn right now. Saturn is strong throughout his transit in Capricorn, while Jupiter is not. Saturn’s restrictive power is good for self-preservation. But Jupiter’s natural expressions of expansion have been obstructed. Jupiter rules over such things as travel, higher education and wealth. Even his ability to express a higher dharma has been at a low point.
Jupiter moves into the sign of Aquarius on April 5th.
In order to understand Jupiter’s transit in Aquarius, let’s first talk about the qualities of Aquarius.
Aquarius is symbolized by a water bearer. While the image of Aquarius looks like a water bearer pouring water from a vessel, Aquarius is actually an air sign (not a water sign) and the image symbolically portrays inspiration, hope and ideals coming to humanity. The inspiring thoughts of Aquarius are deep universal blessings meant to uplift the consciousness of mankind. Old ways of thinking may need to be replaced by new and untried concepts.
Aquarians can be self-negating, thinking more about the highest good of all rather than coming from self-interest. They emphasize community and being part of a collective.
Saturn and Rahu both rule Aquarius. Saturn gives structure while Rahu is eccentric and pushes the boundaries of that which is established. Rahu thinks out of the box and is at the cutting edge of technology and innovation.
Rahu has ambition but can also be restless and changeable. Saturn’s discipline can help the Aquarian person to focus and structure the ideas of Rahu. However, it is within Saturn’s nature to slow things down and to delay action. Sometimes Aquarius expresses ideas but will procrastinate the execution of them.
Jupiter spends about a year in each sign. He goes retrograde for four months every year. This year he will retrograde from Aquarius back to Capricorn for two months.
Jupiter in Aquarius will attract us to learn new things and to do things in new ways. This transit of Jupiter can bring technical innovation, new discoveries in health and medicine, and scientific breakthroughs.
Aquarius is an air sign and Jupiter will cast an aspect from Aquarius to the other air signs; Gemini and Libra. Jupiter will also aspect Leo.
The world needs to work together now in addressing global warming and other environmental issues. Jupiter’s transit in Aquarius is suited for this since Aquarians are universal and humanitarians. Many countries also need to work on their infrastructure which is also an excellent use of this energy.
Aquarius is strong during this time, because both rulers of Aquarius are also strong by transit. Saturn transits the earth sign Capricorn which emphasizes work and organization. Rahu transits another earth sign, Taurus, where he is exalted. Rahu understands toxicity as well as detoxification.
Mars is currently with Rahu in Taurus. These planets are enemies and we are seeing expressions of unrest. The coronavirus is connected to Rahu and in spite of vaccines the impatience brought by Mars/Rahu has led to continued outbreaks. Rahu also rules immigration and we currently see the influence of this forceful conjunction on the American/Mexican border.
On April 13th, Mars will go into Gemini and this will end the Kala Sarpa yoga and ease up the tension between Mars and Rahu.
As we approach summer, the Sun goes into his exaltation sign Aries on April 13th. The Sun gives us energy, life-force and vitality. It is fitting that we will soon come out again from a long period of isolation. The Sun is exuberant in Aries, a sign that expresses new beginnings and new life.
The best to you!
Rahu and Ketu will transit into new signs on November 28, 2023, where they will remain until May 2025. Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets that reveal collective karmic influences and show individual karma. Let’s gain a deeper understanding of their influence over the next year and a half.