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by Gary Brand - written January 17, 2010,
published in the February 2010 edition of Echo* newspaper
Jupiter's moon Io seems to be suspended in front of the planet. Jupiter's moon Io seems to be suspended in front of the planet.  This image was taken on January 1, 2001, two days after the Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter on its way to a permanent orbit around Saturn.  Although Io looks very close to the huge planet, it is 2.5 Jupiter diameters from the cloud tops pictured behind it.  Io is about the size of Earth's moon and has very active volcanoes.  Courtsey of NASA/JPL/UA.

Unique patterns in the ice crust of Jupiter's moon Europa. Unique patterns in the ice crust of Jupiter's moon Europa.  Low and medium resolution color images, taked in September and December 1996, were combined with a high resolution mosaic of images taked on February 20th, 1997 to produce this beautiful composite.  Courtsey of NASA/JPL/UA.

Jupiter's moons Io and Europa as crescents. Jupiter's moons Io and Europa as crescents.  Sulphur dioxide volcanoes erupted on Io when the images were taken by New Horizons spacecraft on March 2, 2007 on its way to Pluto.  This is a combination of two images taken 11 minutes apart - a lower-resolution color image captured by the Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) superimposed on a higher-resolution black-and-white image.  Although they appear close together, the moons are actually 490,000 miles apart.  Io's dark side is dimly lit by light reflected from Jupiter.  In contrast, Europa's night side is dark because Europa is closer to the camera and its night side doesn't face Jupiter.  Courtsey of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.
Jupiter spends about one year in each sign of the zodiac (astrologers call this a transit) so about every 12 years it returns to the same sign.  Jupiter entered Pisces on January 17, 2010 (EST), it remains in Pisces through June 6, 2010, spends three months (June 6 – September 8) in Aries, and then it retrogrades back into Pisces from September 9, 2010 – January 22, 2011.  For those people born when the Sun was in Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio, mid-January through May 2010 will be good months, despite what may be happening in the economy or the lives of others.

From about 400 B.C. until sometime after the discovery of Neptune in 1846, all astrologers agreed that Jupiter rules the sign of Pisces and traditional astrologers continue to assert this.  Jupiter in Pisces expands our imagination, intuition, and fascination.  However, Pisces is a mutable sign so there is little diligence or focus and fantasy or paranoia can take over if spiritual truth and vision are not maintained.  Jupiter in Pisces can be the attainment of spiritual oneness and selflessness but it can also throw us into the pit of delusion, escapism and addiction (e.g. the TV was introduced to the public when Jupiter was in Pisces).  Nasty things that power mongers do in secret are often brought to light when Jupiter is in Pisces.  Spies (Pisces) and those who commit crimes against humanity are brought to justice (Jupiter), although Pisces is a softhearted sign so harsh punishment is usually not administered.  Nonetheless, the unjust get their just due – one way or another.  Some extraordinary legal and peace related events have occurred and progressive legislation has been passed when Jupiter is in Pisces, because this transit is lofty, idealistic, peace seeking, and righteous.

The last time that transiting Jupiter was in Pisces was February 4, 1998 – February 12, 1999.  During this period, French legislators approved a reduction in the workweek from 39 to 35 hours.  A U.S. federal district judge ruled the presidential Line-Item Veto Act unconstitutional.  Demonstrations for freedom (Jupiter) forced Indonesian dictator Suharto to resign after 32 years in power.  A landmark peace settlement was reached in Northern Ireland.  Former Chilean dictator Pinochet was arrested in London for crimes he committed while in power.  President Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice (only the second presidential impeachment in U.S. history) but the Senate acquitted Clinton on the last day Jupiter was in Pisces.

The next previous transit of Jupiter through Pisces was February 20, 1986 – March 2, 1987.  During this time, Union Carbide agreed to compensate victims of the company’s deadly gas leak in Bhopal, India (Pisces rules poisonous gases).  The World Court ruled that the U.S. broke international law by mining Nicaraguan waters (Pisces).  The secret Iran-contra affair (arms for hostages) was disclosed and Reagan was forced to halt sales of weapons to Iran.  The Chernobyl nuclear disaster revealed how dangerous to the public health (Pisces) nuclear power plants can be.  Four high profile spies were convicted in U.S. courts.

The next previous transit of Jupiter through Pisces was March 8, 1974 – March 18, 1975, during which articles of impeachment were brought against Richard Nixon, who promptly resigned as president.  Nixon was shortly thereafter pardoned by his successor – the only president never elected (Gerald Ford) – who lost the 1976 election, in large measure because of Nixon’s pardon.  In early 1975, the Watergate co-conspirators were brought to justice and, though only sentenced to short prison terms (Pisces), they quickly fell from national prominence to infamous obscurity.

The next previous transit of Jupiter through Pisces was March 25, 1962 – April 3, 1963.  During this period, Adolf Eichmann was hanged for his part in the Nazi holocaust.  The Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war (Pisces represents the sea and it was a blockade), which was only narrowly avoided (Jupiter is strong and peaceful in Pisces).  Later in 1963, Cuba released over 1,100 prisoners from the failed U.S. invasion attempt in 1961 (Jupiter symbolizes freedom).  Also highly significant was the registration of James Meredith, the first black man to attend the University of Mississippi, because Jupiter symbolizes higher education and Pisces represents universal access.  In addition, France granted Algeria independence.

From April 15 – September 14, 1950 and December 1, 1950 – April 21, 1951 Jupiter was in Pisces.  During this time, North Korea invaded South Korea and captured Seoul but U.S. troops soon thereafter liberated it (Jupiter).  Later in the conflict, Harry Truman chose to seek peace (Pisces) and fired Douglas MacArthur, who wanted to attack Communist China.  The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting presidents to two terms, was ratified.  The Rosenbergs were convicted of spying.  Werner von Braun announced that rocket flights to the Moon were possible (Jupiter in Pisces is unlimited imagination and possibilities).

Jupiter was in Pisces from May 14 – July 29, 1938 and December 29, 1938 – May 11, 1939.  Germany occupied Austria, Bohemia and Moravia, then England, France and Italy acquiesced to Hitler’s occupation of Czechoslovakia – they chose appeasement (Pisces) and desperately clung to the illusion of peace (Pisces) rather than defying Hitler.  The U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was passed and the FHA was created (Jupiter in Pisces is equality and universal access).  Two national parks were created (Pisces).  Instant coffee (Pisces) was invented.  Georgia, Connecticut and Massachusetts finally ratified the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution!  The television (Pisces) was introduced at the 1939 World’s Fair.

While Jupiter is in Pisces, the best way to weather the coming economic “perfect storm” that I alluded to in my last article is to practice your faith, help others in need, abide by the Golden Rule – treat others as you want to be treated, and focus your attention on the aspects of life that are of true importance, like your spiritual development and your relationships with other human beings and with nature (Pisces is associated with the wholeness of the natural world and all of the symbiotic relationships therein).

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.

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Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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