I had this great idea for Jupiter in Sagittarius. Publishing a sample chapter of “Growing Pains”.
I mean, after all, Jupiter is associated with publishing. I thought this would be a very straightforward cut and paste job.
After checking it was OK with my publisher (The Wessex Astrologer), I realised it might not be so easy. Just for starters, those pesky ingress dates (the ones that just about drove us insane in the second edit), could not be simply cut and pasted. So I had to do a screen grab and hope it is clear enough to be read.
And of course cutting and pasting makes it difficult to appreciate the beautiful layout of the book. So here the link of the pdf: “Growing Pains” sample chapter
“Growing Pains” can be ordered here and there’s also lots of reviews and nice comments
I’ve spent the past four months being grounded. After four months in India and the wonderful astrology conferences in Chicago and Perugia, I was going to have to be in London pretending to be a normal teacher between July to the end of November 2018. Five months being grounded! I didn’t think I was going to like it. I thought that I’d spend every day wishing I was going somewhere.
But “being grounded” took on a completely different meaning. I got caught up on my laundry, spent nearly every evening cooking and talking to my cat. I went to school to teach nearly every week day and enjoyed being with children (I have this theory that adults don’t really exist). Spending time with London friends made me really happy. And I even lunched and laughed in London with out-of-town guests. I’m really shocked by how quickly the time has passed.
My travels are just about to reach a crazy level again and I’m a little apprehensive. It’s not that I don’t want to or anything like that. I just got myself in a nice little rut here in London. Anyway, I’ll be going to Arizona for the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference with Dennis Harness. I’m so looking forward to learning more Jyotish astrology. When I get back from sunny Sedona, I’ll be off to wintry Riga Latvia to speak at their conference and hold a two day workshop on Astrology and Education. And then I’m off to India again. My full travel schedule is here.
I won’t have a consecutive 5 months in London again for the foreseeable future.
While Jupiter has been transiting through Scorpio, it has been in trine to my natal Mars, its own position and my Sun for the past year. I’ve really felt it in the most joyful of ways. Being delightfully busy with so many new projects and opportunities has been wonderful. I’ve had my head buried in writing reports on the astrology of adolescents for Astro Gold and Solar Fire after school.
In fact, I’ve been so busy I haven’t really had the chance to work on my books! But now I have no more excuses because (drum roll please. . .) The Wessex Astrologer will publish my next three books. We’ve decided I’m going to concentrate on “Zeus on the Loose” first, then “Mirror, Mirror”. Then I’ll get back to “The Wolf You Feed”.
So I thought that was pretty amazing but then I got another invitation to work for this massive astrology site for a pretty good rate of pay. I had to carefully think about how much I already have to do with writing and travelling. Once a few of the details are worked out, I’ll reveal a little more.
I’d just like to repeat that the moment I decided I was going to stop working for free was when the Universe perked up its ears to help me find opportunities to be paid as a professional. People ask me all the time about my work and I can’t say it enough: make sure you get paid what you’re worth in the field of astrology.
Having said that, I’m not stingy. In fact, if you have children or work with children or maybe just are a big kid yourself, I have some resources for you.
My website is pretty loaded with articles. the last time I checked there were over 130. A lot of these were published in various magazines but quite a few are just lurking on my website or blogs.
An old favourite of mine (I’m allowed to have my own articles as favourite because I have Mercury in Leo) is “How to Become an Astrologer in 26 Easy Steps”. This article sort of traces my steps in astrology.
The next resources are articles that you might need if you are completely new to astrology.
Each year for the past few years, I’ve written a special back-to-school article for children entering secondary school. These children will be having the first Jupiter return, an important developmental milestone.
There’s also this article for kindergarten children.
This article explains how Jupiter and Saturn work in education. The article also has lots of links to even more articles.
I have also written about the differences between primary and secondary school and why children can fall into the transition gap.
And finally, here’s an article from Dell Horoscope on the research behind “Growing Pains”.
But if you’re ready for the extract from “Growing Pains”, here it is. . .
Imagine the most raucous party you’ve ever been to. Alcohol flows freely, couples make out in every corner, there’s three fights going on simultaneously and the place is a mess. Now times that by ten. Welcome to the party of the centaurs.
Pupils with Jupiter in Sagittarius seize life by the throat, shake it all about, wave it from the flagpole, dunk it into their coffee and then come back for seconds. Or thirds. Their enthusiasm is exhausting, their questions never-ending, their energy ever-flowing. Teach them to read? Chances are they started reading well before you ever met them. Kant, Marx, Derrida, Foucault, Hume, Plato, Camus and Chomsky? They’ve been on their Kindles since kindergarten. You won’t teach these pupils anything. They will teach you.
Or so they like to think.
The trick in handling Jupiter in Sagittarius pupils is to think big. Give them something to chew on so they will stop asking questions for long enough for you to direct them towards an answer. This too is key: let them find their own answers. Reluctant learners simply have not had the right opportunities to thrive. Keep changing the seating arrangements and mix groups often. As they learn, these pupils can be shockingly insensitive. No religion, creed or culture is safe around them. To you, it’s blatant crudeness and lack of manners. To them, the knowledge they gain is manna from heaven. Ever optimistic, they often over estimate their own abilities – all the time. There will be tears at assessment time but these very tears soon dry and then they’re off again, exploring some strange new world or secretly joining the Hare Krishnas.
As these pupils continue to grow – and they will never stop growing – they become frustrated and impatient with tedious lessons on handwriting (they can probably already out-type you), reading primers (they are probably better read than you) and local geography (they are probably better travelled than you). Even at the age of six. By the age or nine, they are railing against the confines of the classroom walls but always find a route to the freedom they so crave. Getting them to accept responsibility for their own actions is an impossibility – someone else is always at fault.
By the time they reach secondary school, they will have sampled different religions, lifestyles and cultures. But they will thrive on the changes a bigger school can bring. They may drive the older pupils crazy with their boundless energy and be the sources of every teacher’s recurrent bout of laryngitis but these pupils know how to milk an opportunity. They will set up a business dealing in contraband items (but get caught), they will try smoking (but get caught), mix vodka with their juice (but get caught), will break every uniform rule several times (but get caught) and fight endlessly (but get caught).
The good thing is their naughtiness is so open, so in-your-face that you can’t help but laugh at their clumsiness. So laugh. There is just no point in getting stressed out with them. You won’t change them. Just make sure to keep a school-wide detention strategy or you will be home late every single night.
Of course these pupils do calm down. Eventually. But only a little bit. By fifteen, their lives (and probably yours) will be utter chaos and everyone wonders if they will ever be ready for exams. And then suddenly, they sort themselves out. They realise they want to do well in their exams because if they don’t, they may miss out on their big chance to blow town and hit the road to seek newer, bigger adventures.
If you are a teacher with Jupiter in Sagittarius, chances are you enjoy thinking you’re the life of every staff party and every pupil’s favourite teacher. It doesn’t matter how many times everyone tells you that you can’t sing, you’re still the first, last and middle of the karaoke queue. You’re also the first in line for the buffet, bar, dance floor but the last to call a cab.
You may have learned that physical punch-ups aren’t much fun, but you still enjoy antagonising everyone. This goes for your pupils as well. You have more complaints for stepping on your pupils’ dogmatic (from your point of view) beliefs than all the other teachers put together. The head teacher hates you and has been trying to sack you for ages but can’t get anything to stick. There is nowhere you haven’t been, no language you are unable to speak and no person living who doesn’t want to tear the skin from your pudding. You’re obnoxious, not funny, too happy and really, really, really, the rest of the staff would like to enjoy a quiet drink without you. But everyone accepts that just isn’t going to happen (and secretly, everyone enjoys how much fun you are!).
Jupiter in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter in this sign is at its most potent.
Case study – Hillary Clinton
26 October 1947, 8:00 CST
Chicago, Illinois 41°N51′ 087°W39′
Rodden rating: DD (conflicting/unknown); collector: Rodden
Jupiter in Sagittarius, Jupiter in its dignity
Saturn in Leo, Sun in Scorpio
First Jupiter return: February, April, October 1959
First Saturn Opposition: April 1963, July 1963, January 1964
Time between first Jupiter return and last Saturn opposition: 4 years, 2 months
First Saturn return: August 1977
Second Saturn return: September 2006, February and June 2007
Fifth Jupiter return: November 2006
Hillary’s foray into politics began when she was thirteen and canvassing South Side Chicago in 1960 when she found evidence of electoral fraud against Richard Nixon. During this year, transiting Jupiter began a series of three oppositions to Uranus in Gemini. She was a teacher’s pet and graduated in the top five per cent of her class. She enrolled in the all girls’ college, Wellesley, in 1965 and was the institution’s first student commencement speaker in 1969 as Jupiter was conjunct natal Neptune in Libra.
In the summer of 1973, Saturn was conjunct Uranus in Gemini and she had received her Juris Doctor degree and Bill Clinton proposed to her. She demurred because she was concerned she would lose her identity and become over-shadowed by his. Shortly after this, she was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington during the Watergate scandal. With Saturn opposite her North Node in Capricorn in the summer of 1974, she learned she had failed the District of Columbia bar exam but passed the Arkansas exam. She decided to follow Bill to Arkansas. In the spring of 1975, Jupiter had opposed her Neptune and shortly after, she agreed to marry Bill.
In October 1978, Jupiter began a series of squares to her natal Sun. During this time, she began gambling in Cattle Futures contracts, a successfully speculative venture that ended when she discovered she was pregnant with her daughter Chelsea as Jupiter was opposite her North Node in July 1979. She had made $100,000 on a $1,000 investment in cattle, but the winnings were to prove a thorn in her side. During this time, she and Bill had also become entangled with the Whitewater Development Corporation.
As Saturn conjoined her Sun in 1983, she was named Arkansas Woman of the Year. In 1992, Bill was made the Democrat candidate for presidency. Saturn in Aquarius made a series of three oppositions to her Mars in Gemini. During this time, it was alleged Bill had had an affair with a nightclub singer. To allay the rumours, they appeared on 60 Minutes together. Bill admitted he had caused pain in his marriage but denied the affair. Although credited for rescuing his campaign, Hillary had caused outrage by seeming to insult women who stay at home baking cookies and hosting tea parties. The appearance drew comparisons to Lady Macbeth.
In 1993, Jupiter was in conjunction with her Neptune when the Clintons took office. Just before the final conjunction, Vince Foster had committed suicide and Hillary had been implicated in removing files on the night of his death. She was also accused of firing White House staff and replacing them with staff from Arkansas, a scandal which became known as Travelgate (perfect for a Jupiter to Neptune transit).
By the end of 1993 Jupiter was conjunct her Sun. Her ambitious (and contentious) healthcare plan had been proposed earlier that year and had met with such opposition that in 1994 she was forced to wear a bullet- proof vest. She was eventually subpoenaed to appear before the federal grand jury over the Whitewater Development Corporation scandal, the first First Lady to have been ordered to do so. She was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing in 2000 as both Jupiter and then Saturn opposed her natal Jupiter.
In 1998 the Lewinsky scandal broke out. Bill Clinton would eventually be impeached and then acquitted later than summer. During this time, Hillary publically defended her husband and eventually decided to stand by him in light of his infidelities. In 2000, transiting Saturn and then Jupiter began a series of oppositions to her Sun in Scorpio in the wake of her husband’s relations with Lewinsky, and Hillary and her husband were forced to deal with the astronomical legal bills accrued as a result of the hearings. She eventually admitted in 2014 that they had left the White House in debt, just after transiting Saturn was conjunct her natal Sun.
Hillary’s successful bid for State Senate in 2000 took place as Saturn then Jupiter made a series of oppositions to the natal place of Jupiter and Venus in Sagittarius. In 2015, as transiting Saturn was conjunct her natal Jupiter and Venus and as Jupiter in Leo was in a series of three squares to her natal Sun in Scorpio, she announced her candidacy for US presidency. Although she would lose the election, she did become the 5th presidential candidate in history to win the popular vote but yet still lose the election.
Clinton has won many awards, particularly for her work with women, children and health. In Gallup polls, she has been named ‘Most Admired Woman’ ten times in a row.