Jupiter begins its retrograde motion in Gemini on Thursday, October 4, continuing “backwards” until January 30, 2013. Just like any other retrograde planet (including that trickster Mercury), periods of retrograde are periods of “re:” renewing, reflecting, restarting, etc. Instead of being viewed negatively, these retrograde periods are a positive time to slow down (especially as Jupiter now turns retrograde, and for the next few days) and possibly make some necessary changes.

Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius and the 9th house, symbolizes luck, fortune, and prosperity, so now is the time to reflect on any sources of frustration in your life caused by these things (or a perceived lack of; perhaps you never feel satisfied with what you have). Now is not the time to start new projects but rather to finish up any Jupiter-related business left unattended. Jupiter in Gemini provides us a time to realize goals by means of communication, and perhaps this is what needs to be re-evaluated (again with the “re”) with certain aspects of our financial lives.

Pay attention to what house in your chart Jupiter stations retrograde in, as that is where you will be most impacted (depending on the house, the focus of your re-assessments could be money, relationships, career, etc.). Use this time to gain insight and grow, making plans for the changes you will make when Jupiter goes direct on January 30.

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Written by Anna
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