At last! October brings a huge turning point—one you've been waiting for, whether you realize it or not. Lucky Jupiter, the planet of expansion and new horizons, will enter Scorpio on October 10, kicking off a fresh 12-year cycle of your life. (Yes, it really IS that major!) Jupiter only visits each sign every 12 years and stays for about a year, completely resetting your compass. Jupiter will be in Scorpio until November 8, 2018, putting your personal passions on the front burner and filling you with can-do drive. It's as though the lights have suddenly come back on after months of groping around in the dark.
And what a welcome relief! You see, the year BEFORE Jupiter enters your sign can be filled with tough transitions and internally focused energy. Since September 9, 2016, Jupiter has been in Libra and your foggy twelfth house, forcing you to reckon with unhealed wounds or to take a deep-dive into your psyche. Jupiter taught you to surrender—something humans struggle with because it requires us to relinquish control. As you've probably learned by now, control is an illusion, but that doesn't stop most of us from grasping for it. Yet the more you tried, the more it slipped away. Our friend (and Astrostyle's meditation expert) Terri Cole says, "When you're swimming upstream, flip over and float." Have you tried that yet, Scorpio?
Like it or not, Jupiter in this sleepy part of your chart insisted that you rest and conserve your energy. You may have needed more solitude and support. There was a sense that a greater energy field was at play—call it "the universe"—and that higher forces DID actually have another (mysterious and confounding) plan. For once, your struggles couldn't be solved with force and steely Scorpio resolve. Whaaaat?
Case study: It was on exactly September 9 of last year—the day Jupiter entered your twelfth house—that Hillary Clinton, a Scorpio, spoke at a fundraiser where she called Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables"—words that haunted her for the rest of the U.S. election. Two days later, she had a near-fainting spell, and her pneumonia diagnosis went public. Her loss of the Presidential race was obviously due to many factors, but in our humble astrological opinion, Jupiter in her exhausted twelfth house didn't exactly set the stage for a victory. Post-election, Clinton did what many Scorpios were already doing: disappeared into the cocoon, slept, read books, watched TV and took a whole lot of downtime.
What were YOU holding onto, Scorpio? The twelfth and final house of the zodiac rules endings and closure—and Jupiter's yearlong visit was a time to take stock of what you'll bring into the next decade-plus of your life. It's kind of like going through your closet and deciding what to toss, donate to charity and keep. The few timeless items will stick around, but the rest has to go. (Our 2018 Planetary Planner has an in-depth report on Jupiter in Scorpio for YOUR sign—pre-order your copy here!)
You probably won't be 100 percent ready to take that leap until October 23, when the Sun enters Scorpio. In the meantime, you'll need to do a bit of that wrap-up closure work while the Sun lingers in that foggy twelfth house. The Libra new moon brings an important moment to say "no"—or "no more." It’s is a powerful day to start a healing journey, therapy or forgiveness work. For artists, la luna helps you commit to your craft. As this new moon unfolds over the next six months, you could make great strides. Set an intention for where you'd like to be by spring. Done with anxiety attacks? Ready to shop your demo?
Feeling a little chaotic? A good day to get organized is October 5, when the Aries full moon illuminates your sixth house of wellness and systems. Kick off a fall fitness regimen or buy that yoga studio pass already. The moon gives you a push to sign up for holiday volunteer work or (if you're in the market) adopt a pet. You could hire (or fire) a service provider. You need people around who make your life run like a well-oiled machine—and if there's a slacker on Team Scorpio, this could the day you finally bid them adieu.
Once the Sun enters Scorpio for a month on October 23, the Jupiter effect goes into high gear. Circle October 26 as THE most magical day this year, when the bold Sun and lucky Jupiter make their annual conjunction (meetup), a day that could make every 2017 headache and heartache pay off. If you're looking for the courage to share your big ideas or put yourself out there…here you go. It could feel like you woke up and downloaded an entirely new outlook and attitude. In a certain way, you have, Scorpio. Suddenly, all that suffering and drama just seems futile. And TBH, it is. So embrace the "fresh start" energy of this new solar cycle. It's time to leave the past in the rearview mirror and hit the gas. Off you go, on to new and unchartered adventures!