It’s September. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in the last stages of Summer. The weather (except for hurricanes) is usually gorgeous. It’s back-to-school time, too. Which is perfect this year, as Jupiter is in Taurus. Back to the basics as the god of learning and teaching rides through the sign of understanding the world via the senses of the body. Good things come from learning and knowing, from experiencing the world and discovering meaning and creating philosophies based on that knowledge.
Jupiter has just turned retrograde in Taurus, meaning he looks like he’s going backwards in the sky. There are many interpretations of retrograde motion: some say the energy that the planet represents becomes weakened, others say it turns inward. Most astrologers believe that when a planet retraces the area of the sky it’s just come through, you, too, will tend to retrace what you’ve just been and done. You get a second chance, and this time, you can travel that territory with more conscious awareness about it.
For me, this has been a wonderful time in many ways. I opened the Café Aquarius Astrology Center (CAAC) on the day Jupiter entered Taurus. It’s the perfect combo for the king of the gods in the sign of Earthly pleasures: Astrology and food. We think of Jupiter as our patron planet, and always say a prayer of gratitude and honor when we open the center. Jupiter has been good to us. The CAAC has grown in the past few months, and we’ve gotten lots of good feedback. We have lots of folks who come to our events, who like us on FaceBook, who connect on MeetUp, and who are expanding their knowledge about themselves and others via our metaphysical services.
For us at the CAAC, having Jupiter retrograde is just fine. We’re happy to retrace our steps, to expand, to think bigger, to grow and serve more. Jupiter will stay in Taurus during this retrograde; he’s not going all the way back to Aries. So it’s more good fortune and growth for us, but with a bit more meaning behind it. Now that we’re past our first phase, we can look back and see how all the work to bring the CAAC together helped us grow. I, personally, have been through some massive internal transformations that were brought about by starting this business, dealing with people, and realizing my own trips about power, organization, perfection, leadership, centeredness, relaxation, and confidence. I’ve gone back over childhood incidents that informed patterns of my behavior, things that I’m only just now recognizing and learning to let go of. I’ve met wonderful people, and tried to learn from them how to view life differently, more positively (Jupiter is the king of upfullness.)
I’ve noticed that many other metaphysical places are starting to connect food with consciousness. I’ve seen bookstores bring in salsa salesmen, social event planners focus on astrological dinners, and even a new brand of Zodiac beverages being sold at Café Aquarius.
At first I was uptight, thinking “hey, this is my idea, you can’t steal my thunder!” But then, and I’m happy to say, rather quickly, I let all that go. Jupiter’s in Taurus for everyone; we’re all on the same wavelength. Let’s get together and have a banquet, learn how to help each other with our businesses. We’ll collaborate instead of compete. That’s true Jupiter spirit, right there.
So I’m happy to live through this Jupiter retrograde. For me, and for us at the CAAC, it means another four months of our founding energy of grounded, simple, sensual expansion. We’re opening our minds, growing our connections, and munching on cosmically delicious food that helps us keep our feet on the ground. What could be better?
Next post: CAAC offerings for September.