Today, Jupiter embarks on his retrograde cruise, and all are welcome aboard the ship. But be forewarned: This four-month journey through Scorpio’s deep waters is not for the faint of heart. Buried treasure awaits, but to discover it we’ll have to take a leap of faith into the darker areas of the soul.
Jupiter stations at 24 degrees Scorpio: “Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one inspired man,” while tomorrow’s fourth quarter moon squares the sun at 19 degrees Pisces: “A master instructing his disciple.”
As we navigate uncharted waters, we may be drawn to seek guidance from those who seem further along on the journey. But choose your teachers wisely. Charismatic, self-styled “masters” like Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) may not be all they claim to be.
This week, masterful Saturn in Capricorn comes under fire from Mercury and Venus in Aries. If we’ve given external authorities too much power in our lives, these squares (exact on Saturday and next Tuesday, respectively) challenge us to start thinking and speaking for ourselves. But it isn’t just about rebellion. To achieve our heart’s desire, we’ll eventually have to become our own authority figure and develop self-mastery.
On Sunday, a Mars-Uranus trine (in Sagittarius and Aries) can make us feel as restless and impulsive as Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), the drifter who stumbles drunkenly onto the Master’s ship one night and becomes an unlikely disciple. But it can also inspire us to reach new heights so long as we’re driven by loftier aspirations and not animal instincts.
Sunday’s other major aspect, a sextile between the sun in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn, encourages this more spiritual focus. Transcendent, transformative experiences are accessible through meditation and other Piscean pursuits, but it’s easy to lose your bearings and get swept away. Ground yourself, connect with your center, and maintain healthy boundaries to remain the master of your own fate.