Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jupiter in the 9th House



Jupiter is the ruling planet of the 9th House. So, by the logic of dignities, the “best” place to have your Jupiter is in the 9th House, right? Well, not necessarily but it is a really powerful placement that can bring an abundance of positivity into your life. Jupiter already attracts positive energy into our lives, expanding our horizons when we maintain the faith in what it represents. But, the 9th House is about faith, about believing in something fully, and also being convinced that anything is possible. So, the faith of someone with their Jupiter in the 9th can seem and be limitless. However, this placement also makes for a person who is much more susceptible than the next person to the excess, naivete, and blind faith that Jupiter represents.

The 9th House symbolizes the inner compass that gets us through life and keeps us moving forward. We need this internal sense of right and wrong in order to know what direction to go in. Those with Jupiter in the 9th, then, have an inner compass that speaks to them very loudly and undeniably. Having this position means that you have ideas of right and wrong that are really well-defined, in accordance to the sign that your Jupiter is in. If Jupiter is in Aquarius and in the 9th, then your moral fiber comes from thinking freely and for yourself and being committed to equality, progress, and the bigger picture. The 9th House being in Jupiter in Aries would show that your morality comes from standing up for yourself, being independent, and fighting for what you desire.

Yet, since Jupiter can easily go overboard, those with Jupiter in the 9th can become so moralistic that it turns into a real holier-than-thou attitude. Whatever your Jupiter sign believes in, you might convince yourself of being on a higher level than others because of those beliefs. Jupiter in Scorpio and in the 9th can make you very sanctimonious about anything that you deem as being shallow, disempowering, or simple-minded. This placement is a real overload of Jupiter energy and as I always say, in its more unevolved form, Jupiter never stops preaching and never gets off of its soapbox. And you can spend so much time insisting on your beliefs and trying to force them on people that your message ends up turning a lot of people away.

However, you have really good intentions. Even when you’re pushing these beliefs on to others so overzealously, you are just trying to bring them some positivity. You feel so inspired and so uplifted by these convictions of yours that you get all too easily carried away, assuming that everyone else is going to be just as inspired and uplifted by your convictions. This is the huge naivete that you can operate under. Jupiter in the 9th House individuals experience such life-affirming benefits from following their particular path of faith that they feel like they need to sweep other people away with them on the same path. But, the truth is that we all have our own paths toward knowledge, honesty, empowerment, love, enlightenment, freedom, or whatever else. It’s not up to you to try and play God, deciding how someone gets to that path. There can be quite a savior complex to you but not in the same way as if Jupiter was in the 12th House. You can be eager to “save” people not out of pity and self-sacrifice but in order to bring good things into their lives. 



Yet, you have to step back and realize that person and that person only can save themselves. You can give all the sermons you want. It might not change their mind or they may just end up telling you what you want to hear to get you to shut up or tone it down (which people may do to you a lot, unbeknownst to you). However, it is up to them to decide what they believe and to follow the path that’s right for them. The best thing that a 9th House Jupiter person can do is to just provide positive energy as far as pointing the person in the direction they want to go in. You may have a bad pattern of “butting in” far too often. Someone can start talking about their relationship, without looking for any advice, and then you can start rattling off things that they should and shouldn’t do. People can regularly respond to you with a well-deserved “who asked you?”

But, they may become more understanding when they realize that you not only have good intentions but you often just can’t help yourself. You have such strong beliefs that it’s hard for you to not have an opinion about virtually everything. Not only that but you want to freely, honestly share such opinions. The thing is that you might be able to dish it out yet not take it. Another potential drawback of this placement is taking it very personally when others share their opinions with you. At its worst, Jupiter in the 9th can see any opposing opinion as a threat. It can feel as if this person is trying to rob you of your very belief system. But, in actuality, they are just voicing their beliefs, as well. So, you have to be able to swallow a bit of your own medicine accepting that having differing viewpoints or convictions does not have to lead to a holy war.

Speaking of holiness, I associate the 9th House with religion and it’s true that people with 9th House planets usually have very religious upbringings. Regardless of whether or not they continue to follow that religion into adulthood or go against it, that religious devotion and fervor instills a deep sense of faith that constantly lets them move forward in life with the right attitude. Thanks to Jupiter in the 9th House, you may have been particularly caught up in religion growing up, more than the next 9th House individual. Of course, this won’t be true of everyone with this placement but it is a major pattern. That avid, undying sense of belief could’ve been instilled by a religion that consistently made you feel like everything would be okay and that there was always some benevolent force watching out for you.

Religion does always instill strong ideas of right and wrong. While this can be painful, stifling, or bothersome for many 9th House people, the Jupiter in the 9th House person usually takes to this moral code with great enthusiasm. Due to the fact that any given religion tells a person that they will eventually benefit from adhering to this code of right and wrong and from believing in certain things, you took that and ran with it. This sense that good things would happen for you because you were Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, or whatever other religion became generalized and applied to all beliefs. You felt as if having faith in things and more than enough of it would make everything turn out okay. This is quite a simple concept: if you believe enough in something, it will manifest and if it’s a positive belief, you will reap the rewards. But, a lot of us have to work to understand this. Jupiter in the 9th House people understand this more effortlessly than anyone else.

Even if there are harsh aspects to Jupiter, that irrepressible positivity is still brewing inside and, therefore, can emerge in really messy or haphazard ways, making a disaster out of things just out of a desperate yearning to get lucky. And when you get in this state of mind, you might not care who gets swept up in it or left behind. It should be said that when taken too far, Jupiter in the 9th can become wildly, dangerously selfish. You might be so excessively concerned with good things happening to you that you end up robbing other people of their share or not caring that much if they reap the rewards. You can also be so blinded by your convictions that almost nothing or no one else matters as much, causing you to run someone over on your way to that pot of gold. It’s a single-mindedness that can be as much of a curse as it is a blessing. You know that you want to get to Heaven and will do whatever is needed to get there.

Yet, when it’s managed well, this is the quality that makes you unstoppable. Whatever is in your 9th House shows you how you can expand your vision and believe that anything is possible. Jupiter in the 9th House people are often far more capable of this than most. There is this inner sense that you can do absolutely whatever you set out to do. If Jupiter is in Libra in the 9th, this can make finding love seem like a total inevitability, preventing you from ever getting discouraged about relationships, no matter what happens. Jupiter in Capricorn and in the 9th would mean that your ambitions know no bounds and you will work as hard as you can toward your goals, trusting that you will inevitably achieve them. It’s a mindset that opens so many doors and presents so many opportunities your way. While many other people are too busy dwelling on the negative or avoiding their true path out of fear or passivity, you charge right toward that path, trusting that everything will fall into a place in a way that allows things to almost always do.

I also see the 9th House as representing your college-aged self. It’s the time where you get your first taste of true freedom around the age of 18, which is when the majority of people leave their parents’ home and go to college. Of course, not everyone goes to school and everyone doesn’t have to, either. But, with Jupiter in the 9th, you can actually completely relish the college experience, taking to it with plenty of gusto. Living at home with your parents, in spite of how much you love them, may have become a Hell you wanted to get out of for a long time while growing up. Since the 9th House gives us a feeling of freedom, in a way that lets us roam from one place to the next, you really believed in having that freedom. And if your parents gave you too many restrictions and limitations, it could’ve been enough to drive you crazy!

Although it’s common for people to move back in with their parents after initially moving out, Jupiter in the 9th House individuals usually leave and never look back once they turn 18. You could’ve loved your newfound freedom so much that you didn’t even visit that much during college or after. But, you were also always on the run while growing up anyway, so your family was probably used to it. Besides, college offered you a totally new world. You were presented with so many new opportunities: all these great people to meet, interesting classes to take, groups to get involved in, things to do in this new city. College is like a buffet of awesomeness for a lot of 9th House Jupiter people and you want all you can eat and all the time.

There can be two outcomes for the college student with this placement: either they become a total wild child at school or they are capable of keeping it together very well, in spite of having quite a bit of wild child potential. The first option happens because, again, Jupiter is prone to taking it a bit too far. College can be a time of too much partying and drinking for you, more than is typical for college students, as there is so much fun to be had and too much freedom up for grabs. You can take advantage of this freedom by not really doing what you’re supposed to be doing in college, like, you know, studying or focusing academically. Yet, the thing is that Jupiter is where we are most resilient, as well. So, even when you go too far with college life, you do have an amazing ability to bounce back from all of that. You were that person who could pass their finals with flying colors after drinking their face off all weekend. 



That leads to the second path, which brings out the strength of your inner sense of direction. The 9th House tells us the path to take that will lead to good things and with Jupiter here, that internal compass is heightened. So, if you went through a phase of going a bit too crazy in college, you were also able to stop and say, “You need to get on the right track.” After all, you relished the inherent meaningfulness of college in a way that many people these days do not. You believed the experience should be about growing as a person and expanding your possibilities, not being stagnant and stuck. Therefore, you were able to take advantage of your time in college in a life-affirming way. You probably had a major that you genuinely liked, not just one that others told you to study or that you just thought would make you money. You wanted to be enriched by class discussions and lectures and may have grown significantly by writing certain essays or your thesis.

By the time your college experience ended (even if you didn’t finish or graduate), you felt like a bigger, better person in a way that others, who just wanted the degree, may not have felt. This is all carried with you in adulthood by giving you a hunger to constantly be a bigger, better person than you were before. That strong sense of direction was honed in those days where you were truly free for the first time and it has stayed with you. Your inner 21-year-old is always guiding you toward what is ultimately good for you, even if it’s something that others don’t understand or believe in. This is why life opens up for you when you really listen to that inner voice and trust it above all of the other noise.

It's what makes you very adventurous, as well, because you are not afraid to go where you’ve never gone before. You managed just fine when you were in new territory back in your early 20’s. Therefore, you always relish new territory, having great confidence in that inner voice throughout the journey. I could spout off the cliché that Jupiter in the 9th means that you will spend a lot of time traveling. It’s true that you may backpack through Europe for weeks without hesitation or take a job in Japan and not think twice. It also wouldn’t be surprising at all if you studied abroad or traveled in college. The thing is that you really never get “homesick”, either, just like you didn’t in college. It’s about the journey for you, not the destination. So, being stuck in one place feels like a limiting destination. You would rather keep moving on to somewhere else.

Even if you find yourself living in the same city for a long time, you won’t stick to the same neighborhood haunts. You dare to go someplace different, loving the exotic feel of the unknown. It could be that dive bar you’ve never been to before, that side of town that none of your friends go to, or some random happening that you just found out about tonight. Whatever it is, you’re pretty much down for anything. And being the adventurer you are, you do not mind embarking on the journey alone. Anyone who accompanies you better be ready to do some exploring and if they’re not, you won’t hesitate to go in the other direction.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Open Discussion: What Sign Do You Love the Most?



For this next Open Discussion, I’m curious as to which sign you could say that you love the most. I think a lot of us, if not most of us, have a sign that has always been our favorite. This could also be a sign that has played a major influence in your life, as far as the people who have come in and out of your life. It could be someone with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Venus, North Node, etc. in that sign. But, which one would you say is your favorite and why? Do you see anything in your chart that could explain that?

For me, as of recently, I would answer Aquarius. However, as far as the whole span of my life, I have to say that it has been Leo, hands down. I’m not just saying that because I have my Sun in the sign of Leo. I’ve always somehow mysteriously known that there was something about people of this sign that I gravitated toward, even before I knew any of the depths or complexities of astrology. I always loved being a Leo and any time I met someone with the same Sun sign as me, it did lead to a pretty special relationship. In fact, I have spent my life always being close to people with this Sun sign, in one way or another. Of course, I do love people with the Moon in Leo, Ascendant in Leo, Venus in Leo. I’m very attracted to the energy of this sign, in whatever form it takes.

My chart is really set up for me to feel this way, not only thanks to me having the Sun and South Node in Leo in the 7th but Leo Descending. Because of this, the way I feel about Leo can be a bit love-hate, sometimes. I do really love the lively, confident, fun-loving, warm-hearted, and special quality that Leo people have. They are usually a very good time and keep things from getting dull. Yet, I sometimes can’t stand the self-absorbed, arrogant, demanding, thirsty for attention or for your approval side of this sign. However, I’m also a Leo, so I cannot spend too much time complaining. With so much Leo energy in the 7th, I learn a lot about myself, good and bad, through those with Leo placements, hopefully correcting many of my bad habits and flaws in the process, thanks to the South Node. The 7th House shows who is truly “the love of your life” and, for me, it’s Leo, for better or for worse. 

The session is now closed for responses from me. But, as always, it was great talking to those I got to speak to!   






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 2nd, 6th, and 10th House: Making It In The World



The 2nd House, 6th House, and 10th House serve as the three Earth houses in the chart because they are naturally ruled by the Earth sign trinity: Taurus (the 2nd), Virgo (the 6th), and Capricorn (the 10th). Now, of course, there is a big chance that these houses are not actually earthy in your natal chart thanks to the signs on the cusp or the planets in the house. You might have Gemini on the 6th House cusp, Mars in the 10th, or Scorpio ruling your 2nd. Whatever the case may be, these houses still have a fundamentally earthy function because they represent how you are able to “make it” in the world in a tangible, substantial way.

All three of these houses are working together toward your success. At least, they are trying to. You have to be aware of what’s going on in your 2nd House, your 6th House, and your 10th House to be able to live the secure, productive, and respectable life that you want to live. Even if one or two or all of these houses are empty in your chart, you still need to look at the sign that is on the cusp and, therefore, rules the house. It governs the activity that is happening in this area of life for you. If you neglect one of these essentials, you can find that you won’t be able to reach the success that you want to. So, we don’t just look at the 10th House in terms of becoming successful. We also look at the 2nd House and 6th House and how they will support these ambitions and goals.

THE 2ND HOUSE: YOUR INCOME

Whatever is in your 2nd House symbolizes how you will be able to make money in this life. It is your road to financial security. It’s also a road to personal security and self-esteem. But, for the sake of this particular topic, it is best to focus on the money element of the 2nd House. The sign on this house’s cusp or the planets in this house represent how you earn and handle money, as well as the particular value that you assign to it. The 2nd House is your power of manifestation; the attitude toward money that you possess that will determine how much or how little of it you have.

You can work as hard as you can (that’s the 6th House) and you can set lofty ambitions for yourself (10th House territory). But, without really knowing your personal value and how to maneuver your way through the marketplace, your work and your goals won’t be able to entirely get off of the ground. The 2nd House is the house that urges you to ask for a raise, that reminds you to charge what you’re worth for your services, and that allows you to pursue the income that you need to live a well-off lifestyle. It’s the pleasure and the comfort that you see as accompanying your goals. After you put a lot of effort into what you do and after you gain the recognition or the status that comes with the job, then you can kick back and enjoy your earnings. 



You could have Venus in the 2nd, which really compels you toward the finer things in life, meaning that you know you need to be making a certain amount of money to be happy and comfortable. Aries could rule your 2nd, causing you to be competitive about money, always challenging yourself to earn more or to stand up for yourself and assert your worth so you can get the money that you want. I have Pisces on the 2nd House cusp. It’s always made me very lackadaisical when it comes to the money that I make. I’ve always been one of those “I don’t care about money because I’m not materialistic” people. But, in terms of my efforts out in the world, I have learned that I need to not be so passive about making money and gain more clarity and consciousness in this regard.

Being concerned about my income doesn’t mean I’m being “tainted” by society. It just means that I am being compassionate enough toward myself to seek the income that I need to feel secure and well-off. I have really come to grips with the fact that I can’t do anything that’s not artistic or spiritual. I’m meant to make money off of Pisces things, such as the spiritual practice of astrology or something in the arts. I also enjoy these forms of income the most. The 2nd House shows you not only how you should make money but how you will find pleasure in making it. This attitude of pleasure and appreciation will help the process of manifestation, bringing an abundance of joy.

Also, just because I have accepted that I should be making a certain amount of money doesn’t mean that I am entirely certain I will be making it. Pisces is the sign of mystery and the unknown and when it rules the 2nd House, you have to just visualize the lifestyle you want and let it go with an attitude of peace and acceptance. Being trusting enough, and allowing your ideal lifestyle to unfold in a fluid manner, will bring you the income you need. Making money does require practical effort, in all cases, no matter what sign or planet is in the 2nd. But, it also requires the right kind of attitude and the proper level of gratitude. Money is an energy that circulates. It’s why it’s called “cash flow”. You can increase yours by valuing your income in the way your 2nd House demands.

THE 6TH HOUSE: WORK ETHIC

But, as I said before, you cannot make the money that you truly want unless you are willing to really work for it. The Universe helps those who help themselves and the 6th House is how we help ourselves in terms of our career and our success. What are the steps you are willing to take to reach your goals? What can you be doing every day to get there? Are you exercising the right kind of time management? Unlike some, I don’t see the 6th House as being related to your actual job. I think the 6th House is the energy you put into your job. It’s your work ethic and, of course, there are many different types of work ethics to have, depending on what is in your 6th.

If you have Capricorn in the 6th House, you could possess a work ethic that is truly impressive and efficient but that is also quite a struggle to turn on. However, once you turn it on, you become an absolute machine. Jupiter in the 6th House suggests a person whose work ethic is driven by a lot of positivity and good faith. You can express a great belief in your level of effectiveness as well as an eagerness to really experience your work, as it is more about the journey for you than the finished product. My 6th House is in Cancer and I can see the impact of this because my work ethic is driven by however I’m feeling. If I’m not in the mood to get something done, it can be very hard for me to push myself to do it. However, if I can channel my feelings into it or emotionally connect to the task in some way, then I can do the work very effectively.

The action of the 6th House is a day-in, day-out kind of consistency. This is how one’s work ethic is developed: through tireless effort. The 6th House is where we practice, practice, practice and we hone certain skills here that fuel our eventual success. You can know how much money you need to be making via the 2nd and you can meet the demands and expectations of society with great dedication through the 10th. But, if you don’t know how to truly work for those goals, and also how to work on the necessary skills needed to accomplish them, you’ll end up empty-handed. Therefore, the 6th House exists to make us constantly improve and gives us a certain discipline.

Having Cancer on the 6th House cusp means that I am actually emotionally fulfilled by this sense of self-discipline and self-improvement. When I listen to my instinct, I am a natural at bettering myself and my skills. But, this placement also shows that I often have to work with my feelings and my moods so they don’t get in the way. Having the 2nd, 6th, and 10th House cusps all in Water signs makes perfect sense because my work is always highly influenced by how I feel. I go about my daily schedule in a very reactive way. I also feel like my work will not be any good if I’m not really “feeling it”, so I am really prone to waiting to do these things until I’m in the right mood.

Your 6th House is an indicator of how you will be able to go through the daily grind of your career. There is a predictable rhythm to everyone’s line of work, even the more unpredictable or unconventional jobs. Sometimes, that rhythm can be predictably unpredictable. Either way, you have to go-about your “check list”: arriving on time, checking and sending e-mails, making phone calls, going to meetings, etc. And since the 6th House shows how you engage in these routines, you will be able to pick the right job when it caters to your sense of practical rhythm. For me, I definitely am most efficient when I am allowed to go about my work routine by following my instincts and even being sort of irrational, at times. I take a break or a day off when I feel like it and I operate more on feeling my way through the work than meeting rigid deadlines.

THE 10TH HOUSE: YOUR AMBITION

Okay, so you know what you’re worth and what money you should be making, thanks to the 2nd House, and you know how you like to work and the schedule you need to be productive, due to the 6th House. Now, you have to know what your ambitions and life goals are. The 10th House is the symbol of your actual career and job. The 2nd House is more about the quality of work you would like to have and the 6th House is the way you work. Reaching the 10th House, you see the job title you do or will possess, forming the answer to the age-old question of “so, what do you do?”

This house describes what you want to do with your life, in ways that are important, responsible, memorable, awesome, interesting, or profound. It’s what you want to be when you grow up and, even as an adult, you can be in that state of yearning to be your 10th House when you finally do grow up. The sign on the 10th House cusp, of course, is the Midheaven and it will tell you how you ultimately want to make a name for yourself, building a particular image and reputation in society. Gemini on the 10th House cusp, aka a Gemini Midheaven, wants to make a name for themselves as intellectual, witty, communicative, or ever-fascinating. Meanwhile, Sagittarius on the Midheaven shows someone who wants to be a real explorer or truth-teller, doing something with their lives that is adventurous, that will inspire others, or that requires the utmost honesty or morality.

Planets in the 10th House, of course, work the same way. A 10th House Moon wants to do something with their lives that will be emotionally fulfilling or comforting to themselves or others. I happen to have Scorpio in the 10th House. My Scorpio Midheaven has always propelled me to do something that I am truly passionate about and that I can devote myself wholeheartedly to. Making whatever is in your 10th House your overriding achievement in society is what inevitably leads to that reputation. So, as a Scorpio Midheaven, when you aim to go deep, use your insights, and feel empowered, you gain a reputation for being deep, insightful, and empowered.

So, the 10th is also the feedback you’re going to receive from the world at large. It forces you to deal with the pressure that other people can place on you. Usually, this pressure is placed on us so we can rise to the occasion of our 10th House. Those in your public sphere, whether they are bosses, co-workers, peers, or admirers, can often see the 10th House potential in you before you can. This brings situations your way that test you and expose what you’re made of. It’s not enough to have a goal and want to achieve it. You have to push yourself toward that goal and persevere on the way there. This earns you the respect of those in society and completes the cycle of success.

You know what you’re worth (2nd House) and you know what you’re capable of putting into the job (6th House). Now, you need to really step up to the plate via the 10th House and show everyone that you can take on this title, whether it’s the role of the beautifier and harmonizer, via the 10th House Venus, or of the one with the all-or-nothing passion, a la Scorpio in the 10th. I’ve had to prove just how all-or-nothing that passion can be and go to certain lengths in a way that show how meaningful my goals are. But, it’s also something that makes me feel very accomplished. In the end, success is not just measured in results. It’s also an attitude.