Jupiter turns retrograde at 24 degrees of Sagittarius April 10, at 1:00 PM, EST. It will remain retrograde until August 11, when it turns direct at 14 degrees of Sagittarius.
On the same day, we have a Cardinal square in the sky as the Sun squares Saturn at 20 degrees of Aries-Capricorn. Additionally, Venus conjuncts Neptune at 17 degrees of Pisces. This is quite a planetary line up for one day!
Jupiter is at home in Sagittarius as it is in its ruling sign, making it the most expansive of any Jupiter placement. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and gain and wherever Jupiter moves through your chart is where you can expect gain.
Jupiter retrograde is a time of philosophic or spiritual reflection during its 4 month retrograde, and issues concerning growth could become front and center. As Jupiter retrogrades economic growth could slow down, overall. Any cracks in the economy or your personal financial picture will show itself during this time.
You may have been working at accomplishing something big, or becoming bigger or better at what you do with no real structure or plan for getting there.
Jupiter retrograde will be the time to step back and look at the bigger picture and how you will approach things. It does not necessarily mean loss, but is more akin to working smartly and directing your actions along the most profitable and fortuitous lines.
Many things can be affected by a Jupiter retrograde. In addition to money and finances Jupiter rules courts/judiciaries, (world view/political viewpoints), lawyers, foreigners, and foreign places, education, religion, medicine, and younger men. All of these things can shift in some way as the planet of expansion retrogrades, and we will see these matters play out in the world and our personal lives.
As Jupiter retrogrades we will step back, collectively and personally to look at the big picture and determine if we are on course, or if changes should be made.
Jupiter retrogrades conjunct the fixed star Lesath which will bring out the qualities of what this star represents. Lesath is said to be of the nature of Mercury and Mars and it can bring about desperation, immorality and malevolence. It is said by ancients to be connected with acid poisons. We can expect to see this play out on the world stage, and it is advisable to avoid the above mentioned behaviors.
The Sun squares Saturn April 10, at 20 degrees of Aries/Capricorn. This is a powerful cardinal square affecting those born with cardinal planets (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn) at 19-21 degrees over the next several days.
This transit brings about low energy, lack of creativity and ability to put plans into action at this time. This can be negative and depressing and create a level of fear, uncertainty and depression in some cases. Expect to see authority questioned, challenges to the status quo and some things may end at this time.
Venus conjuncts Neptune at 16 degrees of Pisces and it can be creative but it is important to understand your thoughts at this time may not be realistic or based on facts. This can bring inspiration to spiritually minded individuals and artistic efforts but it is important not to believe everything you see and hear in your personal life or in the world over the next few days. Dreams may be vivid at this time as well as intuition.