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Jupiter is on the doorstep of my fourth house right now. The planet officially makes its move into that part of my chart on Tuesday. It will remain there until the first week of July before it moves back into my third house during its retrograde phase, and it will return to the fourth house in mid-November.

I’ve had so much going on over the last couple of weeks in my chart that I’ve barely been able to keep up. Of course, I’ve had so much going on in my life, as well, that it’s been difficult to keep up with all of that. As the world has gone into lockdown and I’ve become housebound, my IC has been an astrological hotspot. I couldn’t have written a more prescient horoscope for myself even if I’m still struggling to put it all together in a context that might point me in a particular direction.

Astrodienst has an interesting interpretation of Jupiter’s transit through the fourth house that alludes to being “rooted.” I’ve used the same analogy several times over the past few weeks as I’ve discussed the cavalcade of planets that have been parading past my IC. Anyway, it defines the Jupiter/IC conjunction as follows:

“This is a time for expansion and growth in your innermost personal life, a time when you will seek security at home and with your immediate family. It may be necessary to reexamine your past life to find out what it can teach you about yourself. But this should not be a source of anxiety. In fact, you should feel quite good about what you learn at this time. Your parents may be able to assist you considerably in this process.

The symbolism of this influence is that you incorporate more and more of the outer world into your innermost life. On the material level, you may buy a larger, more elegant or more spacious home. Certainly it would be a good expression of this symbolism to improve your existing home and make it more comfortable.

At this time you should do everything to ensure that your personal life is as comfortable and secure as possible. You need to have a feeling of inner peace and security in order to continue to move out in the world. In fact you should not think so much about outward success now as about the more personal and inward needs that we have discussed here. And you should realize that your real need now is not land or a larger home, but a feeling of strength and inner growth.

This is the time to tie up any loose ends in your personal life, straighten out any relationships that are not working well, any leftovers from your past life that are still affecting the present adversely. To do this you may have to speak to others very openly about yourself and your innermost thoughts.

So this is a good time to settle and put down roots. The feeling of belonging to a place and a group of people is very important to you now. You don’t have to do this in a way that limits your freedom of movement, and during this time it is very unlikely that you will do so. But everyone needs a solid home base so that they can feel at peace in their other activities. If you don’t make an effort to construct such a base now, you will have difficulty later when your principal concerns are turning elsewhere.”

I’m going to take that last paragraph as gospel and try to do what I can to not let this period of “self-isolation” get to me. I already understand that I am a rooted, grounded person — I have the sun in Capricorn and the moon in Cancer, after all. But I’m also a social person with the third and ninth houses most-prominently featured in my horoscope. “Freedom of movement” is as important to me as having a “solid home base.” Looking at the grass in the photo, I’m inspired. My rooted nature provides me with the opportunity to grow and flourish even while I’m virtually stuck in one place.

So, I’m just going to have to figure all of this out. On the bright side — as I’ve mentioned a million times before on this blog when discussing all these planets lingering at the bottom of my chart — the only way to go is up.

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