Jupiter in Taurus, Neptune Retrograde in Pisces
Extra, extra! Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance, has just moved from fiery Aries into earthy Taurus, where it will remain for a year. Whatever Jupiter touches expands, so we can expect to see all things Taurus-ruled becoming hot topics between now and June. Work, money, simplifying life and “quality over quantity” will reign.
Not that we’ll be TOO practical — both Jupiter (named for the mythological god of the feast) and sensual Taurus are associated with indulgence, sparking a taste for the good life. Already in our New York City neighborhood, “artisanal” ice cream and gelato stores have had their grand openings this week. Yet we found ourselves shelling out $7 for a cone of the “handcrafted” dessert — more than even a pint of Ben & Jerry’s costs. That’s Jupiter in Taurus: We can justify spending extra for the (literal) cream of the crop.
Since we’ll all be feeling so generous, blend the grounded energy with Jupiter’s benevolence. Put your money where your morals are in the year ahead. Invest in companies that are doing good, especially for the environment (Taurus is an Earth sign). The last time Jupiter visited Taurus was in 1999, during the dot-com boom. There were definitely some risks that didn’t pay off (Jupiter is the gambler), but the era also gave rise to companies like Amazon.com that have revolutionized how we consume information (publishing is also Jupiter’s domain).
Meanwhile, a little spiritual reflection is in order. Dreamy, artistic and soulful Neptune is retrograde (moving backward) until November, urging us to tune in a little deeper. Neptune is in its home sign of Pisces for the next several years, which will hopefully spark an artistic renaissance and more widespread compassion. Neptune also rules the seas, so during beach season, let’s all make an extra effort to keep our oceans and lakes clean. Neptune retrograde is a good time to conserve water. Do your part by taking shorter showers and carrying a reusable SIGG bottle instead of buying plastic containers. Neptune retrograde can also affect pipes, so make sure yours are leakproof and in good repair. (Like clockwork, we had a visit from the plumber to unblock a pipe right when Neptune went retrograde this weekend.)
Have you been too busy to nurture your creativity? Get back to it, with Neptune’s encouragement. Set up an easel and watercolors outside for a still life. Take your journal to the beach. Sign up for a dance class. Read a creativity-sparking book like “The Artist’s Way” or Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit.”