Imagine a cozy domestic scene, in a kitchen filled with good smells. Jupiter (a large matronly lady with an infectious warmth) is whipping up something nice at the stove while Saturn (a stern-looking but determined fellow with a beaky nose) gathers tools for a construction project. They are both humming at their work.
Jupiter: Ready for some muffins?
Saturn: Almost. I’ve got to fix the plumbing first. (rifles through his tool box)
Jupiter: We’re going to have the best housewarming ever.
Saturn: The house will certainly be warm if I have anything to say about it. And not at all wet. (he gets down on the floor, opens the cabinet under the sink and applies a wrench to the plumbing)
Jupiter: You’ve inspired me—I’ve created a new recipe. Here, try it—(she puts a morsel in his mouth).
Saturn: (mumbles around the mouthful) Wow, that’s really good! I have no criticism to offer.
Jupiter: You? No criticism? That’s really saying something. Thank you.
Saturn: You are open to my criticism, which makes me feel relaxed.
Jupiter: Well that’s because you get it. You get it about the importance of a happy, relaxed home life. When you provide for our home, I feel supported. It makes me want to do even more nice things to make our place more comfortable.
Saturn: Which in turn makes me want to do the same.
Jupiter: Right now I’m wondering why we ever argue.
Saturn: We represent very different principles. I’m about structure, accountability, diligence and achievement.
Jupiter: And I’m about fun, growth, and being open to possibilities.
Saturn: You do sometimes make promises you can’t keep, but I’m not really noticing that right now. Right now all I want to do is fulfill on your promises, because I’m enjoying the way you make me grow.
Jupiter: That’s nice to hear. And you sometimes can be a real stickler, making demands about the bottom line, and pressing me for deadlines. I’m not very good with deadlines, but when you provide the structure and integrity, I can meet them. Together we produce less than I’m capable of promising—
Saturn: —but together we produce something real, and it’s better than what I’d promise on my own.
Saturn: And thus real, concrete growth is possible.
Jupiter: Instead of just hot air— (wink)
Saturn: —and pessimism! (wink)
Jupiter: I think it’s because right now you’ve decided to trust me.
Saturn: More accurately, I’ve decided to trust my own instinct about you. And my instinct tells me to relax, because everything you do tells me you respect my needs for restraint and competency.
Jupiter: And everything you do tells me you value the enthusiasm I bring and the growth I long for. Thank you for that. Big hug!
Saturn: You know I’m not really into the huggy thing. But I’ll submit to it anyway.
Jupiter: Mr. Crankipants!
Saturn: Madam Thing!
They share a brief squeeze, during which Saturn tears up and Jupiter pretends not to see it. Then each goes back to what they were doing, feeling supported and appreciated and with a good will.
Is this conversation happening in your home? Perhaps it should be!
This friendly alignment between Jupiter and Saturn can allow us all to pause and appreciate the structures we often take for granted and the good things they bring into our lives. Speaking that appreciation aloud to the strong-but-bristly providers in our lives (you know—the ones who build the structures that make life run) can relax their bristles and also open up everyone in the situation to experiencing more joy, happiness and emotional connection. Spread the love!
This lovely trine between Jupiter and Saturn began in July of 2013 and finishes in May of 2014. Enjoy it while you can! Especially if your birthday falls into these dates:
Capricorns born: December 25 through January 8
Pisceans born: February 22 through March 8
Taureans born: April 24 through May 8
Cancers born: June 25 through July 10
Virgos born: August 27 through September 10
Scorpios born: October 27 through November 10
For more about Jupiter and Saturn in Water signs this year, check out these posts:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice—Saturn Enters Scorpio, part 1
Jupiter in Cancer—Endless Summer
And if you want to read about the last time Jupiter and Saturn trined, here’s a post about that too: Effectiveness Can Be Fun—Jupiter Trines Saturn in Earth Signs