July 10th, 2018
This apparent station of Jupiter is on the fixed star Alphecca in the constellation of Corona Borealis. Corona Borealis represents the garland given by Venus to Ariadne on the occasion of her marriage to Bacchus after she had been forsaken by Theseus. [V. Robson, p.40.]
It is 2 days prior the New Moon/Solar Eclipse and Jupiter’s Station on Alphecca holds a potent message that is like a prelude to a story that will gradually unfold to do with an inner process of transformative understanding that has been taking place since March 9th, and is preceding a deeply purifying experience.
This is not a superficial year, and the planetary energies are not promoting the preservation of things for appearances sake. This particular period with Mars Rx, Jupiter in Scorpio turning direct and the first Eclipse of the season in Cancer opposite Pluto, is an opportunity for a deep purification process, a soul and emotional detox that will lead to a very transformative renewal in an area of our lives. It is a challenge to transformation. The challenge lies with identifying or reconciling with what we need to abandon, or that we may feel abandoned in areas we had expected things. Since March 9th when Jupiter Stationed Retrograde, we went through a process of internal understanding of a vision, a truth or faith that was of a strengthening nature. This kind of journey is temporarily over and will start to gradually manifest conclusions or results. It may have felt like Zeus had an intense meeting with his brother Hades where they discovered the underlying truths and revealed what is of actual value both above and below. Hopefully we have become a little wiser and possess a clearer view of why we seek what we seek, why we are where we are on the truths we profess and what needs to go.
As Jupiter stations on fixed star Alphecca we are reminded of the myth of Ariadne marrying Dionysus after she was abandoned by Theseus on the island of Naxos. After a great disappointment she is found by Dionysus who falls in love with her. Dionysus throws the garland that Venus had given Ariadne into the sky where Ariadne is remembered forever as a heroine. There is something to be abandoned yet not forgotten as we transcend and proceed into a cathartic new chapter of life. Jupiter on Alphecca is speaking of honour and preferment, a compensation reminder for all the potential hardships or inner stirring we have been going through.
© Eleni Kostika 2018
*[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].
-Painting by Titian, 1522-23, this work was based on a poem by Ovid and commissioned by Alfonso Del’ Este. You can see the garland up on the top left as the constellation of Corona Borealis