Monday, January 30, 2017

Jupiter in the 8th House

Quite a few of you with Jupiter in the 8th House requested this placement next in the Jupiter series. So, let’s get to it. What does it mean to have Jupiter in the 8th House of your birth chart? Well, I have spent this series pointing out how Jupiter is not “all good” and how it can, in fact, bring so much excess into your life that it ends up becoming a drawback. But, to have Jupiter in the 8th certainly means that your Jupiter is not going to manifest in an absolutely benevolent way all the time. This is because the 8th House is the dark side of the birth chart. It’s where all of our personal demons and emotional issues reside, creating the psychological shadow material that can stay hidden until it rises to the surface destructively. So, it’s safe to say that there is a fair share of darkness that manifests when one has this placement.

But, of course, the house that you have Jupiter in is also the place where the most positive things happen for you and they can happen quite effortlessly. We can sometimes just fall right into the circumstances of our Jupiter’s house, in the way that resembles the luck that is so associated with Jupiter. When Jupiter is in the 8th House, it goes to show that you gain the most positive energy out of life by exploring, confronting, and transforming these psychological problems of yours. Because of this, life opens up for you when you are not afraid to dwell in the darkness inside of your own soul. You must be eager to face your sadness, rage, grief, obsession, or paranoia. Ironically, these seemingly threatening and dangerous emotional states are often a very good thing for you.

When you believe that it’s good to face that darkness within, you will be able to heal long-held emotional wounds and conquer that internal instability. But, it may feel as if it takes a tremendous amount of courage to do so. True to Jupiter’s form of going over-the-top, it might seem as if once you unlock that emotional Pandora’s Box, it is very difficult for you to put a lid on it again. Jupiter in the 8th House can make you feel highly overwhelmed by all sorts of grievances, resentments, and compulsions. It’s enough to make you feel as if you have transformed into an outright monster. But, the sign that Jupiter is in shows how this monstrous inner self can emerge. Jupiter is in the 8th in Aquarius, you could become so utterly detached and indifferent that you wreak havoc all around you. The 8th House Jupiter being in Cancer would turn you into a total emotional hurricane of ever-changing moods while Jupiter in the 8th in the sign of Leo would bring out an inner pride and willfulness that expresses itself in a downright dictatorial manner. 

The funny thing is that Jupiter is what brings expansion into our lives. So, if you are not exploring this dark side within yourself, you cannot truly broaden your horizons. This is why this can be a particularly difficult placement for Jupiter because it may seem as if that’s really not going to benefit you or your life. You might think, “What’s the good of being that hateful, depressed, enraged, or fearful?” But, it’s when you are capable of exploring these inner depths of yours, no matter how frightening they are, that you will awaken your ability to achieve and sustain magnificent emotional healing. You have to confront those demons of yours because it’s only through doing this that you will be able to confront the painful source of your demons; just where all of that hate, depression, rage or fear is coming from.

The 8th House of the birth chart is what I like to think of as the deeply wounded part of ourselves. No one escapes life without an emotional scar or two. We all have emotionally difficult and even traumatic things occur to us that forever change us and can instill an inner pain that has to be dealt with, sooner or later. If it’s not dealt with, this pain will keep repeating. The 8th House is also a symbol of how “the cycle repeats”; not just the cycle of disappointment, turmoil, dysfunction, or even abuse that we inherited from our family (depending on your family situation) but the situations that will keep repeating until we deal with this inner wound and find a way to heal it.

So, with Jupiter in the 8th, you may actually be enormously wounded. Not everyone with this placement will come from a very traumatic background. But, it’s quite a common pattern. However, the difference between this placement and other planets in the 8th is that the positive energy of Jupiter prevents the person from seeing their past as having been that traumatic. Jupiter in the 8th House people can often lose a parent during childhood or endure abuse at some point in their upbringing, either of the physical, mental/emotional, or sexual variety. Yet, these are people who are true survivors. The 8th House also tells us how we can survive on a psychological level and those with an 8th House Jupiter have some of the most amazing survival skills around.

Since the 8th House is about emotional resources, you have those in spades. No matter what happens, you are capable of drawing on an inner resilience, hope, and faith. This is because something happened to you, at some point in life, to really damage your faith. Often times, this is being affected by death or abuse as a child. Many Jupiter in the 8th House children grow up quickly by having their childish ideals shattered by the harsh inevitabilities of life, whether it’s the fact that we are all going to die one day or the realization that people can be horribly cruel and destructive to one another. Something happened to rob you of your innocence and it might even be something that you’re not entirely conscious of. This consciousness doesn’t happen, though, until you have to stop and realize just why you are so easily triggered when life proves itself to be not all that it’s cracked up to be.

Whatever is in the 8th House feels really damaged until we can take it, reshape it, and bring it back to life. With Jupiter representing your faith, you really have to revive your seemingly dead sense of faith because, in the end, you are capable of extreme inspiration and hope. The 8th House’s energy is extreme and whatever is in there is amplified with great intensity. It’s just that a person can also stifle or even deaden their 8th House planet because they are too afraid of the pain that could come with expressing it. Jupiter in the 8th means that you have to stop being afraid of being let down by life. You can feel deeply tormented by this sense of the rug eventually getting pulled out from right under you. So, why even bother? Everything’s going to go to ruins anyway. But, of course, this is not the attitude to have. You have to be strong enough and resourceful enough to have hope.

This is something that can heal those inner wounds of yours. If you’ve survived any sort of abuse, which could also be a sexual assault of some kind in adulthood (another common experience of 8th House people), you must dig deep and unlock the inner faith needed to overcome that. You have to believe that you had to experience this pain in order to become a bigger, better person. By believing this, you can regard the trauma with a certain positivity. This does not mean pretending that it never happened, sweeping it under the rug, or being okay with it happening. It means knowing and trusting that you’re a survivor and that whatever happened to you is done. You don’t need to let it define you anymore. Just let the awareness of how you survived it give you strength. It's a strength that will allow you to push through other emotional difficulties in your life, trusting that if you got through one painful time period, you can get through another.

Jupiter in the 8th House can create an amazing release of any sort of built-up resentment, to the point where you feel like a completely new person. The Jupiter sign shows why you will feel the need to not hold on to any emotional pain from the past. If the 8th House Jupiter is in Pisces, it’s because you believe it’s important to forgive, to let go, to let the Higher Power do its will. Jupiter in Capricorn in the 8th means that you would release this inner pain because you want to be mature and take responsibility for yourself and adopt the more efficient route. It’s an attitude that should extend to anyone who’s hurt you, particularly anyone in your family. While your emotional issues may be traced back to them, you have to make sure that they end with them, as well.

People with planets in the 8th have the power to be the one who breaks the cycle. Many can struggle with this, though. But, with Jupiter in the 8th, as long as you take the positive approach to your emotional issues, you will find it easy to rise above the emotional turmoil and dysfunction you might have inherited. More than the average person, you can also benefit greatly from going to therapy. Anything that requires you to be truly honest about your emotional issues and move on from them will continually bring a lot of positive energy into your life. Also, journaling and just sheer introspection can work in this regard, especially since you may have an effortless way of hashing through all of your psychological “stuff.” But, you can also go overboard by being too immersed in introspection and the analysis of your own psyche. It’s good to know when to give it a rest, so you’re not constantly obsessing over your trust issues or fear of abandonment.

I always say that the infamous “deaths” of the 8th House can be metaphorical. It’s often not so literal, simply meaning that, as someone with Jupiter in the 8th, you can possess a tremendous knack for killing off a destructive part of yourself that is holding you back. At the same time, it is also wise to remember that your dark side can be quite enriching, when properly accessed and expressed. You can be the artist who is unafraid of primal, terrifying emotional states, getting lucky in terms of knowing how to go deep, often because you’re all too familiar with trauma, loss, or suffering. You can also use your rage as a motivator, in moderation, or find great compassion for others through your recurring spells of sadness and despair. This is just another way for you to turn those demons of yours around, killing off an unnecessary fear of them instead.

But, of course, the 8th House can also represent literal death. 8th House Jupiter people can go through a time where it seems as if too many folks they love are passing away. It’d be tough to find a person with this placement who wasn’t profoundly impacted by the death of a person they love. It’s very possible that it’s more than one person but there will be one that feels especially tragic or heartbreaking. Of course, we all unfortunately lose someone close to us or important to us at some point and it is something that hits us all hard. However, the death of a loved one affects the Jupiter in the 8th House individual in an incredibly powerful and undeniable manner. Your life will absolutely never be the same after that person is gone but, again, you have this ability to turn that around.

If this loss occurs during childhood, this heightened awareness of your mortality can bring a maturity and urgency to your perspective that most children don’t have. You might have spent a lot of time dwelling on death but this could have positively prepared you for life. Because you knew how fragile it was and how easily a life could be taken, you became empowered and intent on always being appreciative and grateful. For Jupiter in the 8th, gratitude becomes a survival skill because it not only helps you push through the bad times, it attracts the kind of situations your way that show you that, while life can be depressing and sad and can end all too suddenly, there are still plenty of reasons to appreciate and enjoy being alive. 

I’m not going to tell you that this helps you avoid death because I just don’t think a person can predict anyone’s death by looking at their birth chart. Jupiter in the 8th House people do not necessarily live longer. I do feel like they have the potential to live more fully, though, to the degree where at that moment when they die, when their life flashes before their eyes, they don’t have any regret because they lived as wholeheartedly as they could. This is an attitude that can also help you cope with someone else’s death. 8th House Jupiter people can be very positive presences at a funeral or a wake. You might understand that they did all that they needed to do while they were here. A lot of people can just say “it was their time” because it’s the standard phrase people say when someone dies. But, you probably really believe that, even if their death really pains you.

Getting through the grief process can be much easier for those with Jupiter in the 8th, especially if they happened to lose someone in their formative years. All of the stages of dealing with death can happen quite seamlessly for you, especially if you are living with an embrace of your dark side. The anger, denial, sadness, etc. can all hit you like a tremendous wave, though. In fact, when you experience that first major death in your life, it may feel as if you are downright drowning in grief. But, you can see that grieving period as a real growing experience that’ll teach you how to deal with the deaths of other people with a greater perspective and understanding of the mysterious reasons why these things just have to happen. You can see the positivity in letting someone go.

It's hard to tell which house is more mediumistic: the 8th House or the 12th. Both houses deal with death and the dead, in different ways. The 8th is more about conjuring spirits, as in a séance, while the 12th is about co-existing with them, as in a haunted house. Jupiter in the 8th can bring certain experiences of speaking to the dead, especially if it’s a loved one. I’m not saying you can actually speak to ghosts. Yet, it can just be through the form of certain signs or even visions. It can scare you and freak you out or utterly fascinate you. Regardless, believing that there is an afterlife, that we do go somewhere once we die (even if it’s not of the Heaven/Hell variety), is very beneficial for you. If anything, you can gain a lot of comfort from the sense of knowing that the person who died is “out there” somewhere and feeling their spirit with you, often times as a protector.

As far as the inheritance thing goes, I’m not going to tell you that Jupiter in the 8th means that you will gain a huge inheritance financially from someone else. I just don’t like that interpretation of the 8th House, as I have said before, because I think it’s disempowering. Yet, it is a thread through 8th House people’s lives. You might get the best part of your grandfather’s will when he passes. You may also find yourself living off of someone else financially in a major way. It’s not uncommon for those with this placement to very easily find themselves a sugar daddy or mama to live off of, especially if Venus is involved here. Hopefully, you will eventually realize how that is just sucking the power away from you in the situation and set up a financially independent life for yourself.

Jupiter in the 8th also amplifies the intimacy in your life, since the 8th House stands for how we engage in emotional and sexual intimacy. The sexy part of the 8th House is legendary and you could be so eager to be intimate with someone else that you do end up sleeping around. But, it can be hard for the sex to remain casual because you expect so much else to come with it. There has to be passion, intensity, ecstasy, thrills! You believe that a truly substantial, memorable sexual experience should be mind-blowing. This should draw you toward a more secure, long-term relationship, where the sex is more than casual hooking-up. However, this is why, on the flip side, you may adopt the perspective of needing to abstain from sex until you find that really important sexual connection and chemistry, which can happen after a string of lackluster or half-hearted lovers.

You will also find that you can have many positive experiences in terms of being intimate with someone. I’m not just talking about great sex. I also mean being able to really share yourself emotionally with another person. The chances of this are even greater if you have worked through your emotional issues and are not held back by the pain of your past. In fact, Jupiter in the 8th House individuals may want to share everything with their partner, to the point of them knowing more than a few things about you that you’ve never told anyone. You also love being able to be a vault for their secrets, gaining their trust and making them feel safe in an amazingly healing way.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Venus conjunct Mars in Pisces Transit: The Women's March

Yesterday, an incredible event took place called The Women’s March, organized as a response to the Trump administration and centralized in Washington DC. But, it was a peaceful protest that involved women, men, and children not only in the Capitol of the US but virtually everywhere around the globe. In countless cities and countries, other marches took place as a display of solidarity. Venus has been transiting the sign of Pisces and is now conjunct transiting Mars in Pisces. With the Pisces Mars transit, it’s becoming clear that the best way to fight is to fight through compassion. 

People want to fight back in a way that stresses unconditional acceptance and empathy. The anger and passion is coming from a place that is disgusted by a lack of humanity. What I found most heartwarming about this event is that many parents brought along their children, who had made their own signs taking a stand against hatred and bigotry. The massive turnout in so many cities and places meant that this was a chance to really love thy neighbor and take a stand for that love with them. Venus conjunct Mars in Pisces has the power to be a faith-renewing transit, energizing people enough by reminding them of the humanity they share with others and that love and acceptance still matter and are still worth fighting for.

Also, Pisces represents the collective unconscious and this seemed to be a day where so many of us, all around the world, felt deeply connected and on the same wavelength. I think we have felt that all throughout the ongoing Neptune conjunct South Node in Pisces transit (I am seriously going to be so glad when this is over in May). But, this time, it was felt very positively. The transiting Sun has also just entered Aquarius, meaning that it is the perfect time to have a heightened sense of equality, change, and civil rights for all. Now that I see I’m an Aquarius Ascendant, I’ve realized that the time of year when the transiting Sun is conjunct my Ascendant, which is happening now, is when I feel like I’m undergoing a “new start.” Something always happens near the end of January or so that renews my confidence and helps me embark on a new beginning. This event was a part of that, as I’m so glad to see that there are so many people who care and who are willing to stand up because of that. So, please, keep at it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jupiter in the 6th House

Those with Jupiter in the 6th House are going to get the most positive energy out of life from their day-to-day living. The house that Jupiter falls in is where things happen best for us, whether we realize it or not. When we’re truly grateful for the gifts that Jupiter bestows upon us, we will find ourselves reaping that famous “luck” that this planet is known for. The 6th House represents your work ethic. Whatever is in our 6th House tells us the ways in which we will feel most productive and efficient. Basically, it’s how you roll up your sleeves and get stuff done! Jupiter in the 6th House individuals have a huge ability to roll up their sleeves and get stuff done. But, at the same time, they can also go overboard with this, if they’re not careful. 

With this placement, you feel most productive and efficient when you maintain a very positive attitude. You must take a look at that to-do list and instead of sighing and complaining, simply say “I can do this” and tackle all of those tasks. The thing is that few people have the ability to be on top of their to-do list as much as a 6th House Jupiter person does. You can find yourself checking off one item on the list after the next after the next until you look around and notice that everything is taken care of. So, there must be more for you to do, right? This busy-bee syndrome can swell out of control. As I keep saying through this series, Jupiter does represent excess. It’s how we can go over-the-top and just be way too extra for our own good. With Jupiter in the 6th, your potential for excess is to never know when to stop working, organizing, correcting, and/or doing. 

There is that saying that goes “we’re called human beings, not human doings.” But, you, of all people, would probably scoff at that. This is because life really opens up for you when you are constantly doing something. Jupiter in the 6th House people feel very stagnant when they are suffering from a case of idle hands. It’s to the point where you can create unnecessary things for yourself to do. You just cleaned the shower? Oh, well, the kitchen needs to be straightened up. You might have made a mess. Oh, no, you didn’t make a mess. Well, might as well clean out your closet. You haven’t done that in about a week or so. But, not before you change the sheets on the bed! 

It’s to the point where the people around you may wish that you could just take a break. Since the 6th House is the house of work ethic, Jupiter in the 6th House people can be downright workaholics. However, it’s not exactly like how a Saturn in the 6th or Pluto in the 6th House people can be obsessed with work. For you, it’s generally a very positive thing. Being busy with work combats all sorts of feelings of anxiety or stress for you. Many people with this placement can even find themselves overcoming or managing their depression just by remaining busy, especially if Jupiter is in a square or opposition to another planet, representing a certain inner tension or imbalance that needs to be worked through. 

However, it can be a case of “the chicken or the egg”. Do you use work as a healthy antidote to anxiety, stress, or depression or are those mental and emotional states the “withdrawal symptoms” you experienced when you’re not doing something productive, showing the signs of some kind of work addiction? Jupiter in the 6th can get a bit tricky, in that sense. But, either way, you are capable of manifesting really positive results by just staying productive. You are also often the hardest working person in the room, running circles around other people. I don’t exactly agree with the interpretation that the 6th House is how you are “on the job”. That is more so the 10th House. The 6th House doesn’t just involve your literal work performance, though it can. Whether you’re finishing up a project at the office, washing the dishes, or exercising at the gym, this irrepressible work performance can manifest in many different ways, including you leaving other people in your dust. 

In fact, you might be too much of a taskmaster in this sense, without even realizing it. Saturn in the 6th House folks can have nothing on you in terms of critiquing someone else’s efforts. They, at least, know how to show some restraint. With you, if you see someone “getting it wrong”, you can find it really, really hard to refrain from letting them know. “That’s not the way that you do it!” can be one of your go-to phrases. It can be showing the new guy the ropes or telling your friend how to best handle her diet and exercise regimen or insisting that your roommate get his act together when it comes to cleaning the shower. There’s still a ring around the tub! Suffice to say, when your Jupiter gets out of hand, you can become a complete nag. 

But, the thing is that you aren’t doing it maliciously. Since Jupiter is such a positive energy, you nag with really excellent intentions. It will often come off that way, as well. Even during the times where you annoy the hell out of someone else, it will also be easy to point out that you’re just trying to help. Jupiter in the 6th House just means that you believe in your own form of perfect order and want not only to benefit from that yourself but to have other people benefit, as well. The sign that Jupiter is in can show how this perfect order comes out. If Jupiter is in Cancer in the 6th, you have a very intuitive gut-felt sense of how things should go. If the 6th House Jupiter is in Libra, this ideal of correctness is to make things equal and lovely for everyone and if Jupiter happens to be in the sign of Capricorn, it’s so things go very successfully and everything has a purpose. 

It will help you, though, to remember that not everyone believes in the sense of correctness that you do. So, when you correct them, you are more so just doing it according to your own beliefs. And there will be times when people don’t appreciate that, even if you mean well! It’s also good for you to remember that it’s impossible for everyone and everything to be correct all the time. This will allow you to not freak out so much when you fall short of those high standards. As positive as you are, in terms of getting things done, there are those recurring times where you are an absolute ball of nerves. The 6th House represents stress and how we deal with it. While you are capable of bouncing back very well from stress, you usually do because your stress levels can hit you like a runaway train. So, you have to be resilient or else you would collapse under the pressure! 

This stress will inevitably end up manifesting on a very physical level. The 6th House is also the link between the mind and the body. It’s how your thoughts end up affecting your health. And Jupiter in the 6th House can show huge stress levels that mean that you are always getting sick. It can get to the point where you end up having this nagging cough that just won’t go away or these sinus reactions that just keep flaring up. The psychosomatic element of the 6th House shows that when you aren’t being truly resilient and buoyant in the face of stress, you will feel by it getting sick. 

It can just be these little symptoms that are easy to ignore until they get bigger and bigger and, one day, absolutely can’t be ignored anymore. Jupiter also symbolizes how we can push our luck. With Jupiter in the 6th, you can push your luck in terms of your health. Some people with this placement can harbor the habit of never going to the doctor, even when it’s clear that they should. You might believe that you’re being resilient by doing this but you’re really just believing that you’re utterly immune to any sort of sickness or ailment. This is not true resilience and you will inevitably pay for it with some disastrous health scare or emergency that forces you to see a doctor. 

Still, even when this happens, you do have a knack for coming out of it unscathed. Unfortunately, this is the kind of thing that can encourage or re-instill your foolishness in terms of your health, in the future. It’s best for you to find a fine balance, putting in the practical efforts to stay healthy while also knowing that certain times call for a mind-over-matter approach. In terms of something mild like a cold or a sore throat, you can be one of those people who “thinks it away”, using the power of your thoughts to eradicate those symptoms. Some may scoff at that but there is rather substantial evidence that it’s possible. You inherently know that it’s possible and it’s been proven to it. But, still, remember that everyone benefits from medicine and a regular check-up. 

The other end of the spectrum is the 6th House Jupiter person who is an all-out hypochondriac. Again, this is more likely if there is a square or opposition to Jupiter. But, since this is the planet of going over-the-top, your concerns for your health can be highly unnecessary. You may either rush to the doctor or hop online and browse WebMD at the slightest physical symptom or sign. You may even begin making up certain symptoms in your head, especially if Jupiter is in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces, which I imagine can express itself in rather neurotic or paranoid ways in the 6th House. Instead of eliminating sickness with your mind, you can create sickness with your mind. So, of course, this is something to watch out for. Your friends or family may get exhausted with reminding you of this and it may take a professional to tell you, “This is all in your head.” 

The hypochondriac-type Jupiter in the 6th House person may just be making all of this fuss over their health just to keep their day-to-day life exciting. There is a humdrum element to the 6th House; a kind of “not much interesting going on here” thing. We’ve all caught ourselves saying, at least once, “Oh, the same old, same old” or “the usual” or “it was alright” when asked about our day or how things are going. Jupiter in the 6th House people can experience a lot of that. In fact, this is really the way they prefer it. With this placement, you get a lot of positivity out of having a predictable schedule and an average daily rhythm that you can count on. It’s to a degree where you don’t see it as boring, like others might. You see it as the thing that keeps you afloat. 

And depending on the Jupiter sign, the day-to-day boringness may not even be all that dull. If Jupiter is in the 6th in Aquarius, for instance, you will love being able to count on a certain unpredictability, such as eagerly and abruptly changing your plans and always scheduling things around the unexpected. Consistent inconsistency is what keeps you going on a daily basis; the regular feeling of anything being able to happen at any time. In a way, you experience great freedom through consistency and functionality. It’s why Jupiter in the 6th House people really benefit from their lists, their schedules, their planners, their work calendars, or whatever else you use to keep yourself organized. When you finally establish your own form of order, you feel free. In fact, being able to schedule your day in any direction you like is your ticket to freedom. 

We crave lots of different experiences through our Jupiter. The house that Jupiter is in is where we have no limits. With Jupiter in the 6th, it’s as if the limits you impose gives you a sense of no limitations. Once you know what you have to get done, once things have been laid out, you feel as if you can do anything. When those with the 6th House Jupiter really get down to work, they gain a sense of anything being possible. You believe that there is no limit to the tasks that you can accomplish and may display a seemingly endless ability to be curious (Jupiter in Gemini), responsive (Jupiter in Cancer), creative (Jupiter in Leo), thoughtful (Jupiter in Libra) or whatever skill your Jupiter specializes in for the purpose of getting the job done. Jupiter in the 6th House people are very multiskilled and life opens up for them when these skills are really being put to practical use.