It’s getting intense in here! Intrepid Jupiter plunges into passionate, power-hungry Scorpio, the zodiac’s sign of sex, emotional bonds, shared finances and wealth, from October 10, 2017 to November 8, 2018.
You already got the eclipse glasses, now how about adding some spy goggles to your collection? Life takes a turn for the mysterious on Tuesday, October 10 as expansive Jupiter makes his annual sign change. As he flows into Scorpio’s deep waters, he is simultaneously ending his tour of harmonious Libra, the sign of love and relationships, which began on September 9, 2016. We were hoping peace would descend on our planet with the red-spotted planet in the sign of interpersonal harmony for the past thirteen months. But after a year of international turmoil, human rights setbacks and political unrest, it’s clear that Jupiter’s job was to pull back the curtain on the many ways we are NOT as balanced as Libra energy would prefer us to be.
[BREAKING] As Jupiter entered Scorpio on October 10, Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and harassment by multiple actresses. This broke open the floodgates for women to share about all the ways we silently endure this kind of treatment—and are silenced, diminished and dismissed when we report it. Truth-telling Jupiter in secretive Scorpio immediately charged in to confront toxic masculinity, patriarchal abuses of power and the ways we’ve all been complicit with this systematized abuse by looking the other way. The phrase “silence equals consent”—very Scorpio—made a big comeback (as did, unfortunately, the “she was asking for it” defense of perpetrators). Jupiter in psychological Scorpio is forcing us to look at all the ways this sinister behavior and has spread, like cancer cells, and pervaded our society. Now, we have 13 months to race for a cure.
Jupiter in Libra: What did it bring us?
Outspoken Jupiter is the planetary truth-sayer, and its visit to fair-minded Libra shined a klieg light on the places where justice isn’t being served. Can we create a world that represents all? That was a burning theme during this 13-month cycle and the question remains largely unanswered.
While Jupiter was in Libra, protests sparked over everything from racist travel bans to draconian healthcare bills to white supremacists defending relics of human slavery. Pussy hats became 2017’s first fashion statement—no catwalk required. Athletes took a knee during the national anthem, daring to question why “liberty and justice for all” didn’t include “all” Americans. Fashion became inclusive of more body types, with gorgeous size-16 supermodel Ashley Graham (a Scorpio we’ll be seeing plenty of in this next Jupiter phase!) appearing on the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated. Women in Saudi Arabia won the right to drive right as Jupiter was about to exit Libra.
Many Libras were in the spotlight with Jupiter in their sign, which is common when this gas giant shines his stadium-sized beams on a zodiac all-star. Some have been notorious and even nefarious: Sean Spicer, Vladmir Putin, and alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos to name a few. Pop culture brought us Libra rapper Cardi B and her surprise hit “Bodak Yellow,” which reached number one on the charts during Jupiter’s final days in her sign and knocked Billboard darling, Sagittarius Taylor Swift—who is hosting humbling Saturn in her sign until December 19—down to #2.
Reflecting on the past thirteen months, you could argue that our world has never been more divided. But it kind of makes sense. Libra is represented by the sign of the scales, thus equilibrium was achieved through the balance of opposing forces. In the face of these polarizing energies, people have united in epic ways, rallying for marches in major cities and through the comic relief of Twitter clapbacks. (That cup of #covfefe is best served cold.) And while some have chosen to remain divided and intolerant, huge swaths of the population have aligned across differences—joined by shared outrage over civil and human rights abuses, and assaults to the democracy that Libra holds dear. A recent New York magazine article even declared activism “the new rock ‘n roll.”
Jupiter’s move into Scorpio: What’s next?
From October 10, 2017 to November 8, 2018, Jupiter descends into the swirling, secretive and sensual waters of Scorpio. This could ignite a different kind of revolution—and it might be a sexual one. Fetishwear could find its way into fashion again (time to put Madonna’s Sex book back on the coffee table) and certain taboos about kink could all but disappear.
Reproductive rights, which have been a hot-button issue for the past year for both the right and left, will continue to swell in importance. Planned Parenthood and Roe v. Wade will be huge stumping issues for the 2018 mid-term elections. So too will tax breaks and the distribution of wealth, both realms over which Scorpio reigns. Jupiter was last in Scorpio from October 26, 2005 until November 23, 2007, so page back to that time for clues of what could resurface now.
Rethinking power and control
While Jupiter was in Libra, we wanted things fair and democratic. And when they weren’t it stood out in stark relief, spurring outrage and providing nonstop fodder for nightly news programming. Scorpio’s fixation, however, is on power: sexual, financial and a general presence of, “I own the room.” Picture Scorpio momager Kris Jenner strategically directing her career-driven brood. Or Leonardo DiCaprio—who, at time of publication, is juggling several concurrent feature film roles including a Leonardo DaVinci biopic—hypnotizing the room with his devilishly charming gaze. While Jupiter is in Scorpio we all want to be special…in a way that gives us the upper hand. And those who have the allure to make us submit could leave us eating out of the palm of their hands.
Of course, there’s an apt saying here that absolute power “corrupts absolutely.” The oligarchs could either strengthen their insane stronghold while Jupiter is in Scorpio OR have their corruption totally exposed. At his best, Jupiter is a high-minded influence so there may be a new form of currency in the power game: Truth and authenticity. But beware the Svengali effect. Charming Jupiter in Scorpio might even spawn a few cult leaders masquerading as warriors of righteousness. Pro tip: Be your own guru.
What happens when Jupiter, the galactic gambler, sets up shop in Scorpio, the sign that likes to secretly squirrel away cash for retirement…or the apocalypse? It’s an odd mashup for sure and one that could bring highs and lows to financial affairs. This may be an abundant time for the stock market, as Jupiter makes people more willing to take risks with their investments. Caution: Jupiter can also breed overconfidence, so don’t be overly rosy with your Dow Jones dabbling. Keep that portfolio diversified!
Scorpio rules joint ventures, shared assets and “other people’s money”—loans, inheritances, royalties, commissions, debt and property ownership could all become hot issues. Jupiter in Scorpio is also a great time to do retirement and estate planning, to build up your savings or to get a living will in order. You might consolidate your debt, cut up your credit cards or look for ways to get tax breaks through charitable giving. Scorpio rules real estate, so this cycle could be a boon for the property market. With housing prices tipping the scales in major U.S. cities, we may see people flocking to develop midsize cities, living more communally or lobbying for rent-stabilization laws and required affordable housing units in new developments.
Truth-teller Jupiter could also expose corruption among the “one percent.” The wealthy may have to open up their confidential tax files and banks may go through scrutiny. (We may FINALLY see those notorious presidential tax documents…even if they are leaked by some Scorpionic superhacker!) Allegations of fraud and Ponzi schemes could dot the headlines. Watch out for network marketing companies that have a pyramid structure. With cocky Jupiter in Scorpio, we might fall for someone’s big promises of overnight millions and early retirement. That said, this Jupiter transit could bring legitimate ways of earning passive income through affiliate programs, commissions, royalties and other “shared economy” innovations.
Sexual liberation: Getting in tune with your soulful sexiness
Peek-a-boo! Outspoken Jupiter and private Scorpio don’t make the most natural of bedfellows, but their pillow talk can be stimulating and spicy nonetheless.
Since Jupiter rules higher education, you might take some intellectually- AND erotically-stimulating workshops, expanding your boudoir repertoire and learning more about your own sensual nature. Try tantric breathing, learn to “OM” (orgasmic meditation), find your “erotic creature” through an S-Factor pole-dancing lesson or hone the art of “sacred seduction” with Kitty Cavalier. Reading up on sexual development may also give you deeper insight into your own carnal desires, since Scorpio rules the psyche. (So that’s why you keep falling for that type!) Jupiter is wild but also high-vibe, and this cycle could lend an air of mindfulness to our intimate encounters.
Deep-diving Scorpio is known for being jealous and possessive, but experimental Jupiter is all about freedom. These energies are a curious mix that could lead to some interesting explorations and philosophical debates. Where is the line between commitment and ownership—and how do we maintain our freedom within a permanent commitment?
“Outspoken Jupiter and private Scorpio don’t make the most natural of bedfellows, but their pillow talk can be stimulating and spicy nonetheless.”
With Jupiter in Scorpio, we’ll explore how we can go deeper in relationships instead of broader. Even if you’re dating multiple people, this cycle signals a return to greater intimacy. If you’re serious about exploring—or even just looking for a new take on monogamy—you might check out a book like The Ethical Slut, which addresses the very real issue of jealousy from a more introspective angle. You could also read up on the concept of “compersion,” which is basically the flip side of jealousy: the positive feelings one gets from seeing a love interest enjoy other friends, creative collaborations and (should you dare to dabble in polyamory) even romantic relationships. Since Scorpio is the sign of power and control, a little consensual 50 Shades-style play might turn up the heat for some couples. No judgment—but privacy, please, says Scorpio!
Breakthroughs in disease research, reproductive rights
Scorpio rules research, and with global Jupiter here, certain infectious and contagious diseases could become pressing world health issues. Since sexuality, blood work and reproductive health fall under Scorpio’s domain, the Zika virus might become a more widespread health concern—or magnanimous Jupiter could illuminate breakthrough cures and vaccines! Interestingly, Jupiter was also in Scorpio from late 1981 until late 1982, just as the AIDS crisis took hold. In January 1982 the first-ever AIDS clinic was established in San Francisco. During this cycle, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis was founded and the CDC used the term “AIDS” for the first time. We may see inspiring advances in stem cell research or new cures for cancer, particularly lymphoma, leukemia, ovarian and prostate cancer.
On an international level, Jupiter in Scorpio could help with women’s sexual health and reproductive rights. Did you know that 1 in 3 girls in developing countries are married before age 18—uneducated and economically disempowered? On top of that, complications during pregnancy are the leading cause of death for 15-19 year-old females globally. This Jupiter cycle might help girls and women gain access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Women make up the majority of the world’s poorest citizens. Yet, educating girls—which is forbidden in many parts of the world—is proven to be one of the keys to ending poverty and forwarding world peace. A small microloan from an organization like Kiva can help a woman start or sustain a business in a developing nation.
Addiction and recovery
Scorpio tempts us to live on the edge, and adventure—seeking Jupiter only fans those flames. Be careful with addictive substances and obsessive pursuits, as you could be drawn to danger now. If you’re in recovery or battling with a vice, Jupiter in Scorpio demands an “all or nothing” 12- step approach of avoiding the first sip or interaction. Mental health issues might gain more attention and understanding during this cycle. It was during Jupiter’s 1994 transit of Scorpio that Kurt Cobain committed suicide, having suffered with both heroin addiction and depression. Hopefully high-minded Jupiter will bring more education and awareness to these widespread struggles.
New outlooks on death and the afterlife
Jupiter in mystical Scorpio piques our interest in the paranormal, life after death and the esoteric realm. Scorpio is associated with death and reincarnation, and if you’ve lost a loved one, you might find comfort in reading Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss (a Scorpio himself). You could book a session with a reputable medium or explore the deeper question of “Who am I beyond my body?” with texts like Kabbalah or A Course in Miracles. After all, while our bodies are finite, atoms and energy never die, so the eternal presence of the “soul” may get deeper scientific support now. Perhaps we’ll move beyond sensationalized “ghost hunter” and horror movie stereotypes and gain a deeper understanding of life after death. Some people may even explore ways to have out-of-body experiences, experimenting with sound healing, holotropic breathing or “micro-dosing” or even going all the way to the esoteric realm with a shaman-led ayahuasca ceremony.
Regardless of what actually manifests during this Jupiter in Scorpio transit (at a global or personal level), rest assured: It will anything but routine. Time to dive deep! Read our Jupiter in Scorpio predictions for every star sign to find out what this cycle has in store for you.