Jupiter, Uranus, and the Moon

This week all the astrological attention is on the meeting of Jupiter and Uranus that happens on Saturday, April 20th. It’s the kind of meeting that only happens once every 14 years, and only recurs in the same region of zodiac every 83 years, so it’s worth paying attention to.

But how?

One way is to approach it through the lens of the Moon, which just facilitated awe and wonder in millions of people simultaneously when it cast itself in front of the Sun, causing a total solar eclipse.

The Moon is like a best friend and confidant, showing us our best selves, and in the best light, as though it were a magic mirror illumined by Sun and stars. During an eclipse, the soft lunar filter is removed, and we see ourselves in different relationship with the cosmos.

And then comes a meeting, like this one between Uranus and Jupiter. Jupiter is associated with wisdom, good fortune, abundance; Uranus with electricity, freedom, surprise, and change. If we look nine months before and after this meeting, we find what I’ll call astronomical research portals that lend themselves to finding ways to understand life experience beyond the ephemeral, especially given that nine months is the time it takes for one healthy human gestation from conception to birth. Nine months ago, in July 2023, the Moon was New among the stars of Gemini (sidereal zodiac); nine months from now, in January 2025, the Moon will be Full in the exact same spot.

It’s like the Moon is showing us something on either side of this week’s meeting, to ease the tension of surprise. So ask yourself, what was happening nine months ago that was a clue to what’s happening now? And also, what clues are here now that point to what’s coming in the next nine months?

Auguries of Innocence by William Blake, from the Pickering Manuscript, c. 1803.

It is as William Blake wrote:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 

And Eternity in an hour.

With the very best wishes in this dynamic time,


This episode aired on Interlochen Public Radio Monday, April 15, 2024 and can be heard on podcasts everywhere at anytime. Cover image of Jupiter from NASA, in anticipation of the gas giants meeting with Uranus on Saturday, April 20, 2024.