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Opportunities and Breakthroughs – Jupiter Opposite Uranus


What a powerful week this is! One of the most important astrological events of the last few years is peaking on 28 September. Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries for the third and last time in these signs for many years – until 2099!

Every 3 years or so, Jupiter will align with Uranus. When these two cosmic giants come together, an irresistible urge towards change, progress, and personal freedom takes hold of us. We rebel against what is holding us down, react irresponsibly, become intolerant, and are desperate to give up everything and move forward, towards the future. Jupiter always wants more, and Uranus delivers in disruptive ways or via technological shifts. When these two progressive planets met in Libra in 1969, man walked on the surface of the Moon for the first time in the history of humanity, a dream that seemed unattainable up to that point!

Jupiter is often referred to as the Greater Benefic, and is traditionally associated with luck, growth, hope, success, abundance, and excesses. It represents the opportunist side of our nature, where we are at our most joyful, enthusiastic, generous, and often also over the top. Boyant with confidence and optimism, it infuses us with a strong belief in ourselves, our future, and our abilities. Embodied in catchphrases such as ‘Bigger and Better’ and ‘Onwards and Upwards’, Jupiter’s expansive nature inspires us to expand and enlarge our personal landscapes, and to search beyond the horizon, be it physical, spiritual, or intellectual, in its relentless pursuit for meaning and progress. Foreign cultures, long-range travel, the media, learning and higher awareness are all enhanced by a Jupiter transit.

Uranus is the planet of revolutions, explosions, and shocks. Like Prometheus in the fire myth, it urges humanity to progress and individualize, often upsetting the cart in the process. Convention, imperfection, adaptability, and tolerance just won’t do! Change can’t be stopped, and when it comes about, it’s sudden, disruptive, and meaningful. As the Awakener in astrology, this planet is the single voice daring to see and state the obvious, that the emperor is naked. Sometimes to be true to ourselves we must take a stand and swim against the current. It’s also where we have a complete vision, boundless inspiration, and an ideal of utmost perfection. In nature Uranus is a powerful force often portending deadly, catastrophic events such as earthquakes and lightning storms.

This Jupiter-Uranus opposition is our third and final chance this year to enliven and electrify our lives through this transit alone. We’ve already experienced sudden shocks and flashes of brilliance, a sense of something big happening, and sudden fame and recognition giving us an exhilarating high. Jupiter will increase our likelihood of taking advantage of a situation at hand, and will lend us enthusiasm and overconfidence. The Libra-Aries polarity is all about individualism and self-assertion in relationships and partnerships, including the one with ourselves and our future. It’s about daring to go solo in our hero journey, daring to change, daring to do what we believe is right, instead of putting others first. We may find ourselves buzzing with restlessness and excitement, being less able to sleep or relax, and finding our mind firmly set on what we know must change.

Depending on where this transit falls in our charts, we might decide to do something completely uncharacteristic and somewhat irresponsible, such as resign from a job we’ve been doing for years, move abroad, start a new business, join a new group, or come out of a long-standing relationships – all with a great sense of invincibility. A novel shift in technology is also possible, and likely to transform our lives. Some of us could also gain instant fame or a sudden windfall, get media exposure, or find ourselves in a freak accident that results in a lucky break. Embrace something new, go on an adventure, pursue new opportunities, surround yourself with fun and exciting people, free your soul!

To understand how it will affect you personally, check which house have Libra and Aries – and specifically 27° – in your birth chart to get a sense of which sector of your life will get a boost. There will be an impulse to transform and revolutionize that part of your life. Also, you’re likely to feel its effects much more strongly if you have any natal planets or angles around 27° of the cardinals (♈, ♋, ♎, and ♑). If you’re unsure about where that is in your chart or what it means, please feel free to get in touch.

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