In a few minutes, Jupiter will finally be in Aquarius. Did it feel like the longest year of your life or what? I’ll be writing more personal reflections on 2020 very soon so be sure to check back in a few days. This post, featuring Marilyn Monroe, is an excerpt from my book “Growing Pains” so please don’t copy without attribution.
If you’re still looking for last minute Christmas presents, you can always buy “Growing Pains” on Amazon in hard copy or Kindle form (or you can send me an email for a signed copy), get an adolescent astrology report, book a consultation as a gift or.. . .drum roll please. . .
On Monday, I will be re-launching Rohini Academy of Astrology (RAA) in time for the exact Jupiter-Saturn conjunction just after 5pm GMT. As you will have read over and over again on social media, this conjunction is rather a big thing. In fact, I’ve been writing about it for years! I have high hope for the future of education and yes, I do believe our learning will be increasingly online. Parents may despair having their offspring around more often but this new generation of pupils only know a life on social media–unlike previous generations who have spent at least part of their lives without the internet. So until the coast is clear, RAA will be happy to be online. Check out our schedule of classes and don’t forget, the first one on Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 3pm GMT is free for anyone who pre-books this one-off session.
And now, back to the excerpt from “Growing Pains”.
It’s finally happened. That thing you never thought would never happen is happening right now. You don’t know where it came from, you don’t know what to do with it and words fail you for the first time in your life. Behold, the Jupiter in Aquarius pupils.
To say Jupiter in Aquarius pupils march to the beat of a different drummer is a bit of an understatement. These pupils seem to have an internal beat that is completely o whack to fellow pupils or to yourself and indeed seems to have no logical rhythm at all. Teaching them to read will be impossible if you have them sitting in a circle reciting the sounds of every letter the way children usually do. These pupils appreciate inventiveness, experimentation and doing what has never been done before. Stumped for ideas? Ask the pupils. Their creativity will astound, inspire and worry you all at the same time
Through creative play, Jupiter in Aquarius pupils search for ways to ensure that everyone benefits — in their own way — from educational opportunities. Of course, these pupils can’t vocalise this premise, but watch them. They excel in teams where they all understand how to take turns being leader. They strive for equality and really do seem unable to differentiate between the genders. In being eccentric, they are calling attention to themselves but give them the attention they seem to want and they run o and hide.
This group of learners requires structure, but only just enough to prevent lessons from becoming a free-for-all. Make sure everyone has the chance to be the teacher and they will appreciate your ability to play the game of fairness. At around the age of six, these pupils will take enormous pride in learning how to read and they will demonstrate their new skills anytime and anywhere — although their choice of reading material can be a little odd (you might want to keep them away from the conspiracy theory sections of the library). These pupils tend to be science fiction fans so if you have reluctant readers, try anything involving deep space, astronomy or crop circles and you should be able to win them over.
Most pupils enter secondary school determined to follow every rule. Their uniforms are neatly prepared, their books are fresh and their pencils sharpened. Not the Jupiter in Aquarius pupils. They arrive to secondary school determined to break every rule, re-vamp the national curriculum and over turn every tradition. They want revolution.
Once exam time rolls around, all the teachers are tearing out their collective hair because this group is just not interested in changing their ways. They’ve become beatnik hippies reciting Walt Whitman (who also had Jupiter in Aquarius) and singing Bob Dylan songs. They’re organising protest marches and are talking about overthrowing the government. And they’re eating everything in sight.
If you’re a parent or a teacher and the Jupiter in Aquarius pupils start manifesting these signs during exam season, take a deep breath. e more you push, the more they dig in. Relax. These are smart pupils who do everything a little differently. As exams loom ever closer, you will discover that they have found ingenious ways of looking like they don’t care, but they are actually studying like hard core academics. Getting them to surrender their mobile phones might still pose a few problems however.
If you’re a teacher with Jupiter in Aquarius, chances are that you have found your way to the House of Commons on more than one occasion. Your teaching methods are questionable, but all your pupils are progressing at the same rate so everyone is happy. In your free time (which you ensure is plentiful), you scan the night skies for your alien friends, play on the internet all night and join so many groups and have so many affliations that not even you can keep track of your schedule.
As a result of being on the internet so often, your hair has taken on a curiously electric look and your facial expressions seem to have frozen. The kids call you Mr Spock behind your back (even if you’re a woman) but they like your eclectic taste in ties and socks — even if you don’t wash them very often. By the time you’re thirty, you really do live on your own little planet, and by the time you’re sixty, you may just want to come home and see what all the earthlings are up to.
Jupiter in Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, the planet of responsibility and restriction. However, Aquarius is co-ruled by Uranus, the planet of experimentation and innovation (either or both planets can be used). It is o en di cult to merge hard working Saturn with free-wheeling Uranus. It is important to note that Uranus works on a collective basis: Jupiter in Uranus reaches and affects the masses. The interpretations below reflect how a person works towards personal freedom within the confines of society.
Saturn/Uranus in Aries These pupils naturally work towards independence, perhaps sensing a strong urge to do something to change the status quo. Teachers and other authority figures may be prime targets of mistrust. Those who operate on the verge of society are trusted allies in the fight towards independence.
Saturn/Uranus in Taurus These pupils naturally work towards stabilising major structures; perhaps sensing huge changes are imminent. Teachers and other authority figures may be relied upon to o er support during times of crisis. Banks and building societies may be viewed as catalysts for change.
Saturn/Uranus in Gemini These pupils naturally work towards innovating communication systems, perhaps sensing it is imperative to communicate faster and more efficiently. Teachers and other authority figures may be seen as facilitators of this process. Friends and social groups are used to network and distribute information.
Saturn/Uranus in Cancer These pupils work naturally towards reforming the way society views family values, perhaps sensing that this basic tradition is on the verge of revolution. Teachers and other authority figures are viewed as an intrinsic part of preventing change. Friends and social groups begin to take the place of family.
Saturn/Uranus in Leo These pupils work naturally toward avant-garde creativity and self-expression, particularly through vehicles such as mass media. High technology begins to replace traditional authority figures. Youth starts to overtake experience.
Saturn/Uranus in Virgo These pupils work naturally towards reforming work ethics and innovating health care. This generation, when they came of age, led the New Age into alternative medicines. Teachers and other authority figures are seen as dirty or contaminated and as such are rejected.
Saturn/Uranus in Libra These pupils work naturally towards uniting people by equalising their status. Unusual marriages or new laws regarding marriages are more acceptable that traditional views. Teachers and other authority figures are seen as allies who try to enforce equality.
Saturn/Uranus in Scorpio These pupils work naturally towards reforming attitudes towards sexuality and other forms of subtle power. Teachers and other authority figures are seen as abusing their powers on a collective level.
Saturn/Uranus in Sagittarius These pupils work naturally towards reforming attitudes towards religion, education and law. Teachers and other authority figures are seen as those who will not follow conventional law and order as accepted by society.
Saturn/Uranus in Capricorn These pupils work naturally towards reforming business and government practices. Teachers and authority figures are viewed as those who prevent innovation.
Saturn/Uranus in Aquarius These pupils work towards changing society. Teachers and other authority figures are viewed as innovators and leaders towards change.
Saturn/Uranus in Pisces These pupils work towards collectively accepting those who have been marginalised in society. Teachers and other authority figures may be viewed as unexpected martyrs to the harshness and unfairness of society.
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Jupiter in Aquarius ruled by Uranus in Pisces (co-ruled by Saturn in Scorpio)
Jupiter conjunct the Moon in Aquarius usually indicates a chaotic childhood and, more specifically, an erratic mother. Norma Jean Baker lived with foster parents until her mentally unstable mother (who had earlier attempted to smuggle her away from her foster parents in a du e bag) bought a house. She brought her daughter back to live with her as transiting Saturn made a series of three oppositions to her descendant in 1933. Norma Jean (Marilyn) recalled that her mother had several episodes of screaming and laughing fits which led to her being institutionalised.
The young girl was made a ward of the state with her mother’s best friend becoming her guardian. Her guardian told the young Norma Jean that one day she would become a film star and this stage of her childhood was filled with visits to the cinema and appointments to have her hair curled. When Norma Jean was nine however, the guardian married a man who later made several attempts to sexually assault the young girl in 1937 just after Saturn made a series of conjunctions to her natal Mars in Pisces. Both transiting Saturn and Jupiter made a number of conjunctions to Norma Jean’s natal planets in 1942 when she met and married her first husband. This was probably the only stable time of her life even though, at teen, she was under the legal age for marriage. In 1944, transiting Jupiter in Leo made a series of conjunctions to her natal Neptune and shortly afterwards, she was noticed as a beauty and the first photographs of her were taken. It was during her time as a model, after some experimentation, that she changed her name to the alliterative Marilyn Monroe. In 1946, as transiting Jupiter was opposite her Venus, her divorce was finalised. In 1947, as she searched for film work, she posed nude for pictures as transiting Jupiter in Scorpio was conjunct her Saturn.
As Saturn in Leo was conjunct her natal Neptune in 1947, she had her slight overbite corrected and later that year, when Jupiter made contact, she was persuaded to have a minor nose job. In March 1952, Jupiter made two squares to her natal Pluto and she was forced to explain her nude photos to the public. Fortunately, the public was sympathetic. Later that year, as Jupiter was conjunct her natal Venus was when her career really began to take off. She appeared in Life magazine and began dating the baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
In September 1954, transiting Saturn opposed her MC at the time when DiMaggio protested what would become one of her most celebrated scenes, her skirt blowing upwards as a subway train passed. In 1955, just before transiting Jupiter crossed over her ascendant in Leo, the movie The Seven Year Itch was released to the public, but by this time she had already divorced DiMaggio.
By 1956, she admitted her marriage to James Dougherty had made her consider suicide10 as Jupiter in Leo was conjunct her natal Neptune. It was also the year she converted to Judaism in order to marry the playwright Arthur Miller. In 1961, as both transiting Saturn and Jupiter made numerous squares to her natal planets, they divorced. Jupiter made its last conjunction to its natal place as Marilyn performed
“Happy Birthday, Mr President” for JFK. Marilyn died during a series of three transiting Jupiter squares to her Moon in Aquarius.