Jupiter entered a new sign this month after being in Leo for one full year. Yep, Jovial Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo on August 11th and he stays there until September of 2016.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our galaxy, which is perfect symbolism as astrologically he's also the planet that urges us to grow, to expand and to reach for the stars. He rules higher education, the law, international travel, philosophy, not to mention just having a really good time. He's a party animal, that one. Everything to excess, he always says. Growth and expansion are his thing, and not just on the mental level either. Jupiter is usually around when women get pregnant and expand on the physical level. He's also around when people gain weight (typically when Jupiter hits the Ascendant). For the most part, Jupiter brings opportunity and he helps us to feel confident in ourselves.
Jupiter in Virgo is a little different however, because here Jupiter wants us to expand by actually making things smaller - by streamlining procedures and cutting back on excess. Yes, as you can probably already tell, Jupiter is not at his happiest when he's in Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo is actually in its detriment. He can't just throw caution to the wind and expand willy-nilly. Nope. Here he has to be more refined and cautious.
Jupiter in Virgo seeks to improve things, to expand and grow by cutting back on the non-essentials. Here he's going to get rid of excess and focus on what really works. For example, Jupiter also rules publishing. So here, in Virgo, Jupiter can help someone grow and expand in the publishing world by editing and refining copy and being particular about which words to words. Virgo is a master wordsmith by the way.
Another good example is picking off the deadheads off your flowering plant. If you pinch off the faded flowers, the plant is coaxed into produced even more buds and flowers.
Jupiter in Virgo is where less really is more. Here he's not going to be the big party animal. Here's he's going to be urging you to go the spa and to go on a juice fast and to take up pilates. He'll urge you to put down the Snickers bar and to be more particular about what you eat. Jupiter in Virgo is great for anything health-related or diet related or fitness related. He supports you in your journey to better health - that's how he's supporting you in growing. Restaurant trends will be for healthier food, and there will be more allowance for dietary restrictions, thank goodness.
Virgo is picky and detail oriented, so Jupiter in Virgo is the time when the small picky details are going to be magnified. People are going to see the trees instead of the forest.
Jupiter's sign sets the trend for the coming year. It shows what will be in favour, and also what industries will expand. Business astrologers say to invest in business and industries that represent whatever sign Jupiter is transiting in, because their profits will increase.
So, what will be trendy or in favour for the coming year? Health! Anything to do with being as healthy as you can be. Super green smoothie drinks, even better blenders, spa packages, new and better diet tips and tricks, meditation and yoga. New and better ways to meld body, mind and spirit. Because the whole planet is waking up in consciousness, I wonder if the trend will be for people to adopt a higher vibrational diet. More plant based food, and perhaps more compassion for animals and how we treat them. Walter Palmer killing Cecil the lion and the outrage around it happened just as Jupiter entered Virgo, and it raised awareness of the collective responsibility to protect and respect all of earth's animal life.
Getting a massage is a pleasurable way to maintain good health - very Jupiter in Virgo. And on a tropical beach is even better, as Jupiter does like to travel.
Virgo also rules craftsmanship, or anything you do with your hands. Crafts of all kinds will be a big trend, and the more skillful and detail oriented the better (Martha Stewart has Venus in crafty Virgo). Knitting, needlepoint, decoupage, or any kind of home improvement or decoration projects are all likely to be this year. Hairdressers use their hands in a skilled way, and they will have a good year, or people will want to train to be a hairdresser. Precision and skill are definitely favoured. Virgo also rules small pets, as well as vets. Perhaps adopting pets from the SPCA will be an even stronger movement than it is right now.
As far as fashion goes, Virgo looks tends to be more on the conservative side. It may bring back the 'buttoned up' look. It can still be very sexy...think of tall laced up boots. Or blouses with a zillion little tiny buttons on it. There will be lots of detail and exquisite designs. Understated elegance is the trend here, such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Jennifer Aniston or Audrey Hepburn or Chanel. Nothing too showy or dramatic or colourful. It's more about subtlety, like a super expensive watch or amazing bag. There will be clean lines and elegant simplicity. Expect to see even smaller, yet even more amazing and adaptable versions of tablets and phones and electronic gadgets. We may see more smart cars, or minis. More fuel efficient and smaller cars.
Virgos are going to be having a great year as Jupiter comes up to conjunct their Sun. All earth signs will too, as Jupiter trines their Sun,
So, in general, look to see where you can grow by cutting back or refining or better defining techniques. You have celestial permission to simplify your life! That's the trend for the coming year and you will be celestially supported in doing so, and in fact great gains, rewards and growth will occur because of it.