Jupiter is getting ready to move into Virgo on August 11th and we have written about this earlier. When it is at the last degree of a sign it is a bit unsettled–like a person changing jobs, moving or changing relationships. Jupiter moves into a new sign every 12-13 months and the impact is like a person changing jobs or moving–there is this lack of settledness. These kinds of things can also happen to a person as the house connected to Leo is losing Jupiter’s energy and it will moving into Virgo so a new house’s energy will be supported.
During the transition, Jupiter is a bit weaker than normal. A weak Jupiter may have bad judgement, allow one to be too generous, or be overly optimistic.
My friend Juliana Swanson has noted the significance of the 29th degree: “The 29th degree in astrology is often called the critical, karmic or fated degree. In western terms it is anaretic which means “that which destroys form,” and is often associated with some sense of not being able to see one’s way forward. It is at the end of the sign which can mean that certain of the associated planetary qualities are feeling used up, frustrated or at the end of their rope.
The 29th degree placements for some can represent a turning point and the possibility of some great relief coming now or ahead.”
The deity associated with the first 1/2 of this degree is Bharmana which if you were born at 29 degrees of an odd sign would create a sense of wandering and not knowing one’s direction and creating confusion. This energy could prevail a bit this week as one is having to make major decision about transitions but judgment may be off so find a good clear friend to bounce your ideas off.
In India, when Jupiter changes signs 12 days before and after, there is a ritual of bathing in the 12 sacred rivers associated with each sign. As Komilla Sutton has written, Jupiter will be blessing the River Krishnaveni which is associated with Kanya or Virgo. During Pushkarams, people believe that their sins will be washed away and that they will become healthy, wealthy and purified if they take a holy dip in the rivers. If you are not in India, a symbolic dip in a river and being a nature could be auspicious.
Jupiter is connected to the liver which has over 700 major functions in the body and can be harmed by this transit particularly if you have this combination in your natal chart or have a tendency toward liver problems. Make sure to drink warm water with a fresh squeezed lemon every morning which is the best way to keep your liver toned up. May be a good month for a liver cleanse if you can handle it. Avoid taxing your liver by over-eating or eating very complicated fatty foods. Jupiter also has connections to the pancreas so will be important not to eat too many sweets or over-indulge.
The spinal twist is a key posture for the next 2 weeks as it supports the liver and you may need to do the cow pose which also strengthens the liver.
So get ready to ride the wave of Jupiter bringing new energies into your life and expecting shifts to happen but feel the exhilaration of a surfer moving into new territory as we are luckily dealing with Jupiter.