Backward Luck of Jupiter Retrograde

By Holiday Mathis

May 14, 2020 6 min read

From the curse of winning the lottery to the good fortune of rain on a wedding day, Jupiter likes to blur the lines between good luck and bad luck by sometimes insisting that it's impossible to know the difference, if there even is one. Now Jupiter retrogrades to drive home the point. Look for the flip side of fortune during this four-month transit.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's once again time to check in with yourself on the higher thinking levels. Stop and ask yourself what you believe. Sure, you've done this already, but things have changed, and so have you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In a sea of retweets and homogenized opinions, you have a chance to put something out into the world that wasn't there before. People need to hear something that's not being said. You're the one to say it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You think of someone, but you're not exactly sure what you need to share about that thought process. Relationships are a dance, and you'd rather err on the side of not stepping on toes.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everyone wants love, attention and credit where it's due. Some want passion, all the attention and all the credit, too, due or not. Place your effort where it's going to be reciprocated.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). No one is you. You make sure that your work reflects this, too — that no one will be mistaken for you. Self-critique and quality control will set you apart from the competition.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Confirmation bias suggests that humans tend to believe first and then find supporting evidence second. This order makes it impossible to root out factual truth. Fight the phenomenon. Question your own motives.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). For greater clarity and insight, consider the hedonic treadmill. Humans tend to stabilize to their own set point of happiness, despite the temporary highs and lows that life offers.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've been amenable to the suggestions of your crew, and occasionally, there are those who will take advantage. Now it's time to be particular — difficult, even. What's in it for you?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're not looking for validation, agreement or even support. You don't need anyone else to approve of you in order to approve of yourself. That said, you deserve respect. Don't accept less.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Maybe it's true that you already have all you need, though it doesn't exactly feel true today. Ironically, you actually feel like you need fewer things.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The criticism we have of others is self-criticism, and the same goes for the praise. When working on self-love is difficult, switch to other-love. It will have the same effect.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Though you may be all too aware of the mistakes your loved ones have made, you're also loyal. With loyalty comes discretion and a willingness to focus on strengths as you support your tribe.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 14). You'll have two significant victories this year. One will come very easily, and the other will be hard-won. You'll enjoy taking part in communities, though you'll be connecting differently than how you once would. You'll share good vibes with a new person and by this time next year be fixtures in each other's lives. Capricorn and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 27, 18, 44 and 29.

JUPITER RETROGRADE REPORT: Jupiter turns it around in Capricorn today, going for a four-month retrograde journey that is sure to shake up our ideas about luck. It's as though the planet of plenty wants us to know that all is well as he wastes no time forming auspicious angles to the other planets, beginning with a very positive angle to the sun in Taurus. Taurus is the sign of material possessions and stability, and when the sun is in this station, it roots for a robust abundance mentality.

Consider that individual humans, having a limited scope of destiny, may actually have no idea whatsoever what is good or bad about luck. As evidenced in "the lottery curse," people can get everything they want and have that occurrence be the worst thing that ever happened to them. The fable about the son who falls off a horse and breaks his leg (bad luck?), which, in turn, disqualifies him from a military draft (good luck?), comes to mind.

Perhaps it is best to define luck as simply the hand of fate, the intervention of destiny or random occurrences affecting the outcome and leave it at that. The point is not to know who it favors and how; rather, it's to leverage opportunity with the best and highest intentions and then observe what that does to the plot.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Cate Blanchett is a critic's darling as the conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly in the recently released Hulu drama miniseries "Mrs. America." Blanchett's Taurus sun surrenders to Neptune, planet of emotional highs and lows, discontent and uplift. Her Mercury in the roving sign of Gemini makes her a keen observer and communicator of the human experience.

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