On May 16, 2023, Jupiter moved to Taurus and will remain in this sign until May 25, 2024. As the planet of expansion, Jupiter plays the role of broadening things swiftly. Often referred to as the planet of happiness, this is because Jupiter magnifies matters, money, and emotions, leading people to happiness. Jupiter stays in one sign for about a year, bringing “expansion of fortune” according to that sign to everyone. Thus, Jupiter is the planet that continues its journey, bringing us changing luck each year.
However, the fortune and expansion of this year won’t be on a straight path. That’s because at some point, Jupiter goes retrograde. This time, it will go retrograde from September 4 to December 30, 2023, approximately for 4 months.
Retrograde is a phenomenon where a planet appears to move backward (to be precise, from Earth, it appears to move in the opposite direction). In astrology, this retrograde movement holds deep significance. A period when a planet moves in a direction opposite to its usual path is seen as a time to adjust one’s current destiny. It can be likened to a “Destiny’s Stretch”. Just as stretching involves moving muscles or joints in a direction different from the usual to increase their range of motion, similarly, when planets move in the opposite direction, they stimulate our destiny, attempting to regain their original path.
Retrograde also implies a “return to the past”. It’s a period when you might re-encounter challenges that weren’t resolved in the past or meet people you were supposed to meet. It could essentially be called a “period of redoing good fortune”.
In the following sections, we will discuss:
① The luck and expansion that Jupiter brings to Virgo from May 16, 2023, over the year.
② The “Destiny’s Stretch” brought by the retrograde period from September 4 to December 30, 2023.
Retrograde is not something to fear, and it’s fundamentally positive. The sediments accumulated in the gears of fortune by the usual movement get shaken off by the stimulation of the retrograde. Please spend these 4 months with the image of your luck aligned with destiny being polished anew.
① The luck and expansion brought to Virgo by Jupiter from May 16, 2023, over the year.
Jupiter is often spoken of as the planet governing fortune and expansion. With Jupiter’s influence, everything it touches seems to magnify. For instance, when Jupiter graces your career, sales and the people you interact with experience a surge. Alternatively, if Jupiter plays a part in your love life, feelings of affection expand immensely. Additionally, the expansive power Jupiter brings extends to wealth, friendships, familial relationships, and even your life’s purpose. Imagine feelings of happiness multiplying with momentum; that’s the influence of Jupiter.
For the year Jupiter resides in Taurus, Virgo, distant matters in your life are set to expand. To put it simply, places or people that once felt far off or unattainable now feel increasingly close. Another way to frame it would be that your connections with “distant” and “elevated” realms grow stronger. By “elevated”, it means worlds beyond your daily life or profession. This could be service beyond the world of economics or spirituality beyond the world of science; essentially, it refers to lofty realms beyond the mundane. On the other hand, “distant” places can mean foreign lands, people or places you’ve never connected with before, or even hobbies that never piqued your interest. Whether physical or psychological, these are matters where the term “feeling the distance” fits perfectly.
This year, you’ll find yourself gravitating towards these “distant and elevated” matters, gaining them in your life. To offer a relatable example, you might form ties with someone you previously thought was out of your reach or land a job you once deemed too challenging for you. It’s a year where things that once felt remote are now magnifying and becoming closer within your life. This pattern holds true whether in romance or in work.
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