The zodiacal sign of Libra, analogous with judgement and equality, was originally created from the Scorpion's claws, fixed stars alpha and beta. Together they symbolise the scales of justice. The actual planet representing justice was Jupiter, regarded by the sages as the ruling imperial magistrate. Everyday words such as judiciary and judgement are derivatives of Jupiter. So it figures that when Jupiter appears in Libra, as it does approximately once in every twelve years, matters of equality, balance and liberty assume greater importance.
It was so on September 22 1862 when Abraham Lincoln first issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation granting freedom to slaves. Equality was again stressed on October 28 1886 when the Statue of Liberty, sacred to this principle, was dedicated in New York Harbor. Even the United Nations, representing international law, was formed on October 24 1945 with Jupiter in Libra symbolically setting on the western horizon. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has Jupiter in Libra along with nuclear activist Karen Silkwood, and although it's not a common Presidential signature George Washington found his Jupiter in Libra impossible to ignore.
works on multi-levels and sometimes in an enchanting manner. Born
in the same Jupiter period as the Statue of Liberty's dedication was
Erle Stanley Gardner. Gardner, an attorney, became the most prolific
author of his time, penning over one hundred novels topping the million
mark. They were based on personal court experiences. In 1933, with
Jupiter in Libra; he introduced his alter-ego, exultant attorney Perry
Mason. The book title, which would have done the ancients proud, was
'The Case of the Velvet Claws'. At 7.30 p.m., on the evening September
21 1957 the CBS network unveiled Perry Mason as their inaugural law
drama series. With Jupiter (success) yet again in Libra (scales of
justice) Perry never really lost a case in a nine year run
Partnerships are bound to hit the headlines just as they did when a naked John and Yoko publicly invited everyone to join them in a 'love in', as Jupiter found Libra. Currently the sacred law (Jupiter) of marriage (Libra) is being challenged by gay rights activists, and the once deadlocked wedlock of Royal Prince Charles and long-time lover Camilla sees the church (Jupiter) waiving prior objections.
law courts are adjudicating on deposed leaders like Saddam Hussein,
while simultaneous investigations probe POW rights. The fight for
international justice is making the world more painfully aware of
its obvious division. Can Jupiter in Libra manifest the spirit of
world equality? Will a visionary leader cast national interest aside,
and work for the betterment of humanity? We'd have to say that George
Bush and Osama bin Laden could be making better use of their Jupiter
in Libra. What is the real relevance of the United Nations? These
are the types of questions Jupiter will ask. On a more personal level,
what persoanl growth opportunities does Jupiter in Libra (25th Sep
2004 - 26th Oct 2005) open up for you.
Jupiter in your partnership house implies meeting your guru. The truth is nobody is that smart, (except for you of course), but you can learn some valuable lessons from intimate encounters if you open up to others. The mere fact that you have Jupiter opposing your sign implies a realignment of your philosophies, especially where relationships are concerned. But if you think you see Buddha on the road, hand him your Rubik cube, and tell him you'll pick it up on the way back.
life is like dancing. It's not what you do but the way that you
do it that counts. The lesson taken in over the next year is one
of successful organisation. Overlooking details can lead to you
tripping up. Twinkle toes Fred Astaire used to put an eight-hour
day into some of those 'effortless' routines. You too are learning
it's all in the preparation. Diligence in the face of obligations
will bring its own rewards. Health and nutrition are appropriate
avenues to explore now.
personal playpen gets bigger as Jupiter expands your recreational
activities and creativity. It's twelve months of being a kid again.
Is the world really applauding or is it simply your imagination?
Yes, they do love you, but it's important not to stand too much
in front of the mirror. Other people are the best judges of your
spontaneous self-expression. A time to take chances? Certainly!
How much you risk is your call. Remember the punters axiom, 'money
lost, nothing lost - confidence lost, everything lost'. It's not
completely true but the idea is sound.
provides the confidence or opportunities the restore balance and
equilibrium to your home and family circumstances. This is all about
living in comfort. If you feel cramped and restricted in your current
circumstances you'll seek to improve them. And that applies on a
physical or emotional level. Bigger isn't necessarily better but
the chances arrive to make it so. You're also in a more generous
position to resolve family issues as Jupiter encourages domestic
ready to network some new connections as Jupiter encourages contacts.
Your love of change and variety should see you breaking patterns
of stagnation and instead welcome fresh information. Your curiosity
can lead to new subjects being broached, increased study and condensed
courses. Short trips are reflective of your restless nature or be
information based. This is a great time for breaking the bars of
your mindset. Your tolerance toward divergent opinions allows you
to see both sides of an issue.
far reaching plans and enthusiastic initiatives are seeking a sponsor.
Do you have the resources to carry them forward, and/or are you
being rewarded for your current efforts. It's important to put a
value on ideas now. You can be gathering the wood to light the fire
so to speak. Jupiter is in your counting house, making it easier
to put your hands on the things that you desire. Take only what
you truly value and watch for wastefulness, as there can be a tendency
having the royal planet in your sign make you king or queen of your
surrounds, or are you simply acting imperiously? Could be a little
of both as opportunities for self-realization appear, almost without
asking. There should be plenty of chances to display your skills
over the next twelve months. The rewards will be proportionate to
what you give, and you now have the confidence to give plenty. Developing
your quality of leadership can truly propel you to become captain
of your ship.
intuition can be your guide. You may feel a greater desire for seclusion,
a love of solitude. This is impelling you on an inward journey.
Answers come from sleeping on the question. The karmic law of you
get what you give out is working for you. Time to cultivate true
altruism and start giving. Even those things that normally bring
you undone can be your great teachers, if you look beyond indulgence
and toward the root cause.
is strength as Jupiter aligns you with the like-minded. An idealistic
year ahead as your hopes and dreams plug in with those on a similar
wavelength. Associations offer mutual benefits. Your sense of social
morality is also firing up and you may connect to a cause like the
true Sagittarian preaching justice to the masses. Sharing your knowledge
brings genuine benefits as you realise that you're learning every
bit as much as you are teaching.
of your goal. It's about keeping your eye on the target. Your ambition
is your reward center. The only things that can bring you undone
are overblown plans or a grossly inflated ego. Opportunity comes
via stepping up to the mark. Professional breakthroughs may involve
travel, teaching or study. In effect you're learning through the
role that you play in the world. And for those who simply aren't
into status or profession, it's time to take the reins amongst your
family or peers.
Marco Polo traveled across cultural boundaries he opened peoples
eyes to new and hitherto unknown potentials. Our assumed limitations
are often the result of a failure to explore our environment and
ourselves. Imagine you have just been given a travel ticket to your
future. It's 'rosy' talk but true for you now. Whilst Jupiter incites
your temple of faith, your dreams become your lifescript. But only
acting them out will determine whether you ever qualify for a starring
the old astrology texts wrote about death and inheritance they were
describing the area where your Jupiter resides now. No need to go
for the heart pills though, or hire a lawyer for that matter. This
is really a case of reaping what you sow. And you could be in for
a bumper crop, or more realistically you may get an overpay here.
What it boils down to are benefits through involvement with other
people's resources. They have what you want and they're more than
willing to give it. This is not to encourage a materialistic outlook,
but rather to cultivate a greater sense of sharing and belonging.
© Ed Tamplin August 18 2004