Jupiter is going to leave air sign Libra on October 10th 2017 at at 9:19AM ET, entering water sign Scorpio until November 8th 2018 (7:38AM ET). Jupiter has been in Libra for the last year, and it's been a challenging one for the world, to say the least, as we went from a mutable t-square with Jupiter in Virgo to a cardinal t-square with Jupiter in Libra. Once Jupiter enters Scorpio, we finally get a break from t-square mayhem! That alone is something to cheer about after the last 2 years.
With Jupiter in Scorpio, we can take on a more serious focus, and deal with more serious aspects of life, but we can handle it better and work to not get stuck in pessimism and depression. Jupiter rules optimism and is the happy planet, while Scorpio rules the darkness and seriousness of life. They can be opposite ends of the spectrum, but together, they can combine to help us traverse the muddy waters without getting so dirty, or at least learning to play in the mud.
While Libra rules relationships in general, Scorpio rules intimacy, so Jupiter in Scorpio can help us work on forging stronger emotional bonds with the people we care about. We can be more comfortable with intimacy, and have less patience for superficial connections. We want our connections to have depth and meaning, to be solid and strong. Issues or blocks with intimacy can be worked on with Jupiter in Scorpio, and we can working on sharing emotionally. Sharing in general can be worked on too.
With Scorpio ruling sexuality, we may also see more open views on sex and sexuality, what sexuality is and means to us as individuals and societies, what we enjoy and don't, what we accept and won't. We may see more work being done around the world to gain more rights for the LGBTQ community.
Scorpio energy can be obsessive and researching, so the world can get really wrapped up in whatever stirs its interest with Jupiter in Scorpio. We can focus on something until we get to the heart of the matter, understand everything there is, and have exhausted every resource. It can be good for learning and achieving and progress, but we may need to work on taking a step back sometimes.
Scorpio is also ruler of "other people's money" - taxes, loans, debts, inheritances, joint finances, business finances, stocks, etc., so Jupiter in Scorpio may end up being a great time for the world financially. We may see some countries finally turn things around or get the help they need, some companies hitting new highs, and hopefully get some economic boosts. On a personal level, you can see opportunities for shared prosperity in the areas of life ruled by the house Jupiter in Scorpio will be touring.
The last time Jupiter was in Scorpio was October 2005 to November 2006, so look back at what occurred in your life during that period to get an idea of what this next transit may have in store for you.
Early on, we'll get a surge of good energy with Jupiter in Scorpio as Mars will be in Scorpio December 9th 2017 - January 26th 2018. Mars did not tour Libra while Jupiter was in Libra, and in fact, the last time they hooked up was late-September to mid-November of 2015, and that was back in Virgo (and had the nasty mutable t-square involved). No t-square time, though we do have Mercury retrograde to deal with for part of it (December 3rd - 22nd). That retrograde is entirely in Sagittarius though, not in Scorpio, and may seem more linked to Saturn than Jupiter, but once we get out of it, we're hitting the ground running and starting 2018 with some great energy. The first month of 2018 may be a big one! Focus on the areas of life ruled by the house Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio will be in for you during that time, and start working on plans now. Scorpio is unrelenting and focused, so this may be excellent for working on something that's difficult and trying as we've got the will to push through and make it work.
It's not all sunshine and roses, of course. We do have a t-square for part of the time Jupiter is in Scorpio, a fixed t-square with Jupiter in Scorpio opposite Uranus in Taurus (Uranus begins to enter Taurus in 2018), and Mars in Aquarius mid-May to mid-August and mid-September to early November. The main time to focus on is when Mars is retrograde in Aquarius June 26th - August 12th. That may be the time to watch for some major fixed drama energy, and we're super stuck in some stubborn energy. The missing sign will be Leo, so we'll need to work on being more generous and playful, loving and light-hearted, fun and joyful. Sourpusses will probably be swarming! Mercury will retrograde in Leo for part of the time, July 26th until Mars goes into Capricorn in retrograde on August 12th, and that window can either be super crazy unbelievably STUCK, STUBBORN, IMMOVABLE energy, or we can get a break from everything and feel a little calmer. Let's hope for the latter!
Venus is also going to partially retrograde in Scorpio in 2018 while Jupiter is in Scorpio, October 5th - 31st, and this can be a period where we're having a hard time coming together and being intimate, sharing and opening up emotionally, and can be a little too angry and rage-y in love and relationships. We have to work harder to get along, and not be so all-or-nothing. Resist the urge to dominate, and work to find the middle ground.
Jupiter will retrograde in Scorpio March 9th - July 10th, starting at 23 degrees Scorpio and ending at 13 degrees Scorpio. When Jupiter is retrograde, the time for pursuing opportunities may slow, and we can feel frustrated sometimes at the lack of them, but we can work on being more reflective, and using the Scorpio energy positively by deep-diving into ourselves.
Those of you who are a Scorpio Sun, Moon, Rising, or Midheaven can have the best experience with Jupiter in Scorpio as this energy funnels into your being and life. Make the most of it! For everyone else, look at the house(s) Jupiter will tour while in Scorpio in your chart, and if you have an Scorpio planets, they can get some of Jupiter's expansive energy. Special note for Millennials: Most of you have natal Pluto in Scorpio, so transit Jupiter in Scorpio will conjunct your Pluto. Enjoy a surge in personal power and growth!
So Jupiter in Scorpio plays a little bit better than Jupiter in Libra and Virgo played, and has some very nice spots to look forward to. Just be weary of midyear 2018!