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Sun square Jupiter: be careful not to overdo things

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Feeling restless? Perhaps you’ve got big plans but know deep down the energy and resources are not in place yet to make your venture a success. Maybe you’re impatient; feel like you’ve waited long enough. Maybe you’re even thinking, ‘Hell, let’s go for it anyway…’

Well take a deep breath, count to ten and think again. The overly optimistic feelings you may have during this transit could lead you to jump in before you’re really ready.

Sun square Jupiter is exact on 21 May and is active for three more days, although with the Sun involved some people may feel it for a lot longer. While it is active, be cautious of the tendency to get carried away. Sun square Jupiter loves to indulge and if you’re not careful you may find yourself with a severe case of indigestion, if not a hang-over!

Sun square Jupiter is a transit of short duration which happens twice a year, but it’s a pressure point that could have you taking chances and overextending yourself in ways you regret later. The Sun is stimulating the expansive energy of Jupiter so right now you’re keen to show the world exactly what you’ve got to offer. Trouble is there’s a tendency here to offer more than you can deliver, to bite off more than you can chew (insert your own Sun square Jupiter cliche here ;)

Feelings of discontent may have you seeking out stimulation. Beware the ‘need for more’ that teacher Eckhart Tolle discusses in his book A New Earth. Sun square Jupiter wants to expand creatively but may feel blocked and the ego often tries to allay such feelings of frustration by substituting other forms of stimulation, such as loud music, alcohol, rich food or too much company. This will do nothing to help you move forward in your endeavour!

The tendency to over-extend that Sun square Jupiter brings reminds me of this beautiful article on The Disease of Being Busy by Omid Safi. Our culture has become one in which constant stress and business is considered a sign of a successful life. But such a life leaves little time for reflection, for our relationships or our own personal growth. This Sun square Saturn transit will intensify this compulsion to be busy. Temper it by taking a moment each day to ground yourself: sit under a tree, meditate, drink a cup of tea in full mindfulness. It will help you maintain your centre and avoid the tendency to over-do things.

The bright side is that, as with all ‘difficult’ transits, Sun square Jupiter represents two powerful energies that need to be balanced and reconciled. If you keep a cool head and take things one at a time you will find there is powerful creative potential here for you to tap.

Sun square Jupiter can make us a little excessive and there will be a tendency to overdo things, however it can also bring unexpected, and at first unwelcome, change that turns out to be just what we need.

When I think of Sun square Jupiter I think of the adage, ‘Everything in moderation including moderation’. We are lucky that this transit only lasts a few days!

With Sun square Jupiter we are also prone to biting off more than we can chew. Beware of making promises you can’t keep and take things one step at a time. This is not the time for multi-tasking! Stay present with the task at hand until it is completed before beginning something new.

How will Sun square Jupiter affect you?

Those with planets or points between 1 and 3 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will be most affected by Sun square Jupiter. These people should look to see through which houses the Sun and Jupiter are currently traveling to gain more insight into the areas of their life that will be most affected by this transit.

If you don’t have one yet, you can get a free birth chart at To understand how to read your birth chart, and follow the transits in your own life, download my free ebook The Language of Astrology.

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