Jupiter went direct the day before my last final. I hate couching my feelings, however, in terms of astrology: yes, clearly my last post smacks of a Sagittarius feeling stuck during a Jupiter retrograde, forced to look within than to move forward to the next thing. I was born in the middle of Jupiter stationary; it went retrograde the next day. This is innate. And my Jupiter is in Virgo. I had a Jupiter return and then it went retrograde. But there is more going on with me, astrologically, as there is with you and everyone else around us.
However, I find that in counseling, reminding people that retrogrades or transits will pass is of limited help. Sure, all things pass, and we carry the lessons with us, and even when despair is far from over, we still have a sense of when the worst is over.
But emotionally, it isn’t healthy to sweep feelings under the rug and use astrology as an excuse. And Jupiter retrograde is the time where you have to deal with that mound of dirt that was swept under the rug because you were too busy dealing with other things.
We have to use the inverted energy! Even if a client contacts you because they are seeking cosmic permission to be their authentic selves, the motivation comes from somewhere. Yes, they are stuck, but behind the scenes, the wheels and gears are grinding away.
Jupiter retrograde is actually not that bad. Actually, no retrograde is bad: they are personally enriching. All retrograde planets still manifest according to their nature but just in a different, inverted way. Jupiter retrograde expands perspective and grit by denying persons the luck, generosity, and ease that it normally blesses with. Instead of material or social abundance, it gives you one big great thing. Of course, that one big great thing may be some sort of lesson. Can you learn to live without getting by on your charm? Can you focus on one thing you would rather not do simply to get it done? Can you live without material abundance for a while to gain intangible abundance? Can you have faith even when your faith is severely tested?
Can you stay in one place, mentally, physically, or spiritually, and grow from there?
The problem is that we cannot see the forest for the trees.