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The Greater Good (and Cyclone Bombs)

Posted by Lauren on January 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM

January 5th ~ 12th

You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It’s very real. It’s very strong. ~ Bono

Last week Uranus, the planet of the unique and unexpected, stationed and concurrently a rare meteorological phenomenon also came on the scene: the ‘bomb cyclone’ (also known as explosive cyclogenesis!). How apt for a Uranus station, the planet of chaos. As of this writing, the Eastern Coast of the US and Canada are under high alert as they succumb to this windy and dangerous storm. That’s Uranus for you: A little surprise, a little excitement, and quite a bit of shock and awe. What we should also not ignore, is the inventiveness and creative innovation that Uranus can bring… which can also sometimes feel like chaos too! Anything that requires a little extra adaptation can feel somewhat unnerving.

2018 presents with a few new transits concerning Jupiter which entered powerful and intriguing Scorpio last October. One of the prevailing aspects for the year is a harmonious sextile between Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. The first exact sextile will be on January 15th. This coming week deserves watching, for the personal planets (Sun, Venus and Mars), are going to be up close and comfortable with this configuration. Mars, strong and powerful in its own sign of Scorpio, will be conjunct Jupiter (which always magnifies and makes things even larger) on Saturday (while also sextile Scorpio co-ruler Pluto). Coincidentally this week, the Sun and Venus, which are traveling together in Capricorn, will be conjunct Pluto Monday-Tuesday (and sextile Jupiter). Mars is about action, and often acts as a catalyst, as it will for Jupiter in Scorpio; while Sun/Venus are shining a light on the Pluto in Capricorn story. So, let’s break it down.

You can’t have everything, Where would you put it? ~ Steven Wright

Issues: Although sextiles are considered harmonious, creative and ‘easy’ aspects, there can still be some issues with this transit. Jupiter has this capacity to make things even larger, and traveling in Scorpio, its sextile to Pluto magnifies and intensifies the Pluto in Capricorn story. Pluto in Capricorn is exposing decadence and weaknesses in the infrastructures and government that have become outmoded, and need to be brought up to date. Pluto in Capricorn represents the gradual demise and overhaul in our lives of our status, our careers, the economy and the government. Pluto also has to do with Power on High, when in Capricorn, and the leveraging of that power into the hands of a few. Jupiter in this case, can help to fortify and further consolidate that power: Big money, power and control: plutocracy. As Matt Taibbi wrote way back at the end of 2010 when Jupiter was square Pluto:

“This tax deal, frankly and unequivocally, is the result of a relatively small group of already-filthy rich people successfully lobbying an even smaller group of morally spineless politicians, to shift an ever-bigger share of society’s burdens to the lower and (what’s left of the) middle classes. This is people who already have lots of shit just demanding more shit, for the sheer rotten sake of it.”

Solutions: Jupiter is also a planet of ethics, magnanimity, justice and largesse. When it works with Pluto’s power, wealth and influence, it can do great and good works. This is a window in time when we are given the opportunity to use whatever power or influence and resources we have, to be the better able to benefit others. People who have these planets strong in their charts often do have extraordinary influence, wealth or power at their disposal. This transit can be used to acquire even more personal wealth, fame and power; but (and this is key), Jupiter/Pluto transits are even more powerful, and even more influential, when used for the greater good of all concerned. Jupiter/Pluto is also associated with philanthropy; with rebuilding economic structures; and for major philosophical and ethical shifts that impact society as a whole.

The questions for the week are: Given the resources and gifts that we each have at our disposal, how can we be a better instrument for the greater benefit of the whole? How can we walk the walk, as well as talk the talk?

Some opportunities for Jupiter sextile Pluto:


  • Placing oneself in service to the greater good of humanity.
  • Think globally, act locally.
  • Using one’s influence, resources, skill and expertise to benefit others.
  • Seeking and receiving guidance along one’s path.
  • Holding those in power accountable for their moral and ethical decisions.
  • Looking at the way we use our power and resources, and whether or not we are living up to our own ethical and moral standards.
  • Opportunities for growth and the fulfillment of a larger vision.


If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little give of your heart. ~ Proverb

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