Jupiter in Leo: Dare To Shine

by | Jul 16, 2014 | Jupiter, Leo | 8 comments

exuberant girl and camelAlways jump in the puddles!  Always skip alongside the flowers.  The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties.  -Terri Guillemets

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. -Dr. Seuss

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.  -Jean de la Bruyere

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. -Sigmund Freud

The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.  -Eugene Ionesco

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.  -Leo Buscaglia

A grownup is a child with layers on.  -Woody Harrelson

There’s a lot we leave behind in childhood, like unicorns and our imagination. One of the better things is the ability to spontaneously live in the wonder-filled present moment. Think about the last time you lost your self for awhile, so absolutely happily absorbed in the present moment? You probably weren’t thinking about ‘adult things’. It is hard to worry about bills, wars and politics when you’re absorbed in catching tadpoles, or a game of hopscotch. I remember summer afternoons as a kid spent roller-skating. I’d get out my ghetto blaster, put on assign parts to all my playmates and put on neighborhood shows. There was nothing better in the world. Then we grow up, and as Woody Harrelson says, we pile on the layers. We forget what it’s like to let loose and let go. To throw our self a roller skating party; to make art that doesn’t care a fig about critics; to be radiant and glorious and full of light – be it in our fairy, cowboy costume or birthday suit. This is what it means to be a kid. This is Leo.

Jupiter, the principle of growth, freedom and opportunity, expands the sign it transits, and just as the seasons change precisely when they need to, Jupiter’s entry into Leo says: it is time for all to remember that we are radiant and glorious and full of light. We are Divine Children. Did you forget? Thought so. How’s your relationship to fun and play? When was the last time you got dressed up and hit the town, just because? When was the last time you celebrated and danced, just because? Or un-self consciously shared your art? Or bared your heart to someone whom you were dying to show your affection and adoration? Leo rules: artists, lovers, courtship and dating, entertainers, children, animals, play, recreation, recreational sex.  Through art-making, declarations of love and moments of contacting the transcendent child Self within, Jupiter’s transit through Leo favours all who un-self consciously dare to shine their light.

Life is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the golden fountainhead of our existence. The privilege of this human birth is not meant only to be uttered in our humble Buddhist meditation in an attempt to ease our martyred suffering. Life is meant to be shouted from the rooftops, celebrated via a life lived with bold panache, colour and artistry -not measured in grey endless time-serving days. Of a world that measures radiance and wealth in fame, love, money and celebrity, Jupiter asks, What happened to everyone’s imagination? In childhood, we measured our wealth by summer days, friendships, good music and books, ice cream flavours, the number of ladybugs in our garden.  “What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult,” remarked Sigmund Freud. Indeed.

The planets are wise timekeepers, and Jupiter’s entry into Leo marks this next 12 months as the time to step into our luminosity and brilliance. Let’s have fun again. We each have something special and unique to share. Let’s open our hearts, all together.


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  1. Linda Smith

    I am so ready for some fun! I have been looking at the muted green paint on my walls for over a week and some crazy voice in my head keeps telling me to repaint them! And I keep seeing a vivid green that I cannot name yet. I must get to the paint store and look through the samples. Green is my favorite color, all greens; the color of living things for me. And maybe some tangerine to go with it.

  2. Tracey

    Excellent essay as always Jessica. 🙂 Jupiter’s entry in Leo does feel a bit like stepping out of a prison cell (or a Cancerean shell) and being granted the permission to enjoy life again to the fullest and create with wild abandon. Jupiter is days away from my MC – maybe now I can finally let the 2 short stories that have been collecting dust in my hard drive for the last 4 years out into the bright light of day and create some more. Jupiter’s optimism is good like that. 🙂 Happy Jupiter in Leo to you and thank you for sharing your amazing gift with us.

  3. Jessica

    Thank you Tracey, Jupiter’s optimism is always timely, helping us to make that leap! May Jupiter’s breeze be at your back this year. xoxo Jessica

  4. Jessica

    That sounds wonderful, Linda!- Jessica

  5. Erin

    Jessica, you found the BEST image for Jupiter in Leo. Play on!

  6. Kimberleigh

    Iam lovin jupiter in Leo – my birth location for my moon and jupiter. After barely surviving the libra saturn and ascendant return I am hoping to move to Santa Fe….however I see you are from there and was not happy there and we both have Libra rising arrgh I found a chart of Santa Fe and it has Libra rising too. Did you figure out if any libra’s enjoy living or a career in Santa Fe? I love you website excellent job grrlfriend !

  7. Jessica

    Hi Kimberleigh, Thanks for writing, and for your kind words. Santa Fe is gorgeous! I LOVE it there. However, I cannot LIVE there due to the intensity of my astro-lines (ie, my birth chart relocated to Santa Fe is not so good for me, which you probably read about on my Travel By Your Stars article). Your experience of Santa Fe relies on your relocated chart, no one else’s. Best of luck!

  8. Jessica

    I suggest you book a session with me. In my astro-mapping session, I interpret this chart and also teach you how to do this for yourself. Go to “readings” and “astro-mapping.”

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