Jupiter in Libra September 9th 2016 October 10th 2017

Relationships are under the spotlight when Jupiter enters Libra, the sign that we most associate with partnerships. If you are looking for love, it's worth making a serious commitment to meet that someone special during the next year. Jupiter is nick-named the 'Greater Benefic' as it is said to open the way for opportunities and blessings when it contacts an important or sensitive point in our horoscope. But even when not directly influencing our own chart, paying attention to its message can be very beneficial to us. And while it is in Libra there are many aspects of all our lives that can be improved!

The essence of Libra is harmony and it is a sign that fosters compromise and co-operation. With Jupiter here there will be plenty of scope for you to mend fences and re-establish friendships that may have suffered in the past from one of you refusing to see the other's perspective. Libra is an air sign, and as I am sure you know, air is the element that encourages communication. It is also a Cardinal sign, meaning that it is inclined towards initiating new enterprise and interaction. This is not a time to hold back if you really have a burning desire to get a project off the ground and you need another person's input or you want to rekindle a friendship that has stalled. Bear in mind also that asking for help under this configuration really can pay dividends.

A side effect of new partnerships whether personal or professional can be that we experience person growth in some way. It may be that we are fiercely independent and during this time we learn how to join forces with another individual or an organization for mutual benefit.

Alternatively it is important to remember that Jupiter tends to exaggerate by its influence and if you have felt that in one relationship in particular, or in general, that all the concessions are being made by you, this year is a good on for learning how to create healthy and secure personal boundaries. Libra is all about balance and being able to say 'No' sometimes is just as valuable as trying to avoid conflict at personal cost to yourself. If this is something that you struggle with, investigating simple techniques that help you to get your needs met without jeopardizing your closest relationships could be a positive option for you.

Generally this is a fortunate transit but as always there are a couple of issues to be aware of so that you can make the most of its benefits. Remember Jupiter is the planet of large appetites and Libra is ruled by Venus: this is a classic combination for over doing it so it might be worth keeping an eye on your portion sizes especially if you find it a little too easy to gain weight!

Jupiter is most concerned with the 'big picture' and there can be a tendency to overlook the detail. While you will definitely benefit from associations with others that doesn't mean you can take your eye off the ball especially where joint financial circumstances are in the frame. Some folks still need to prove that they are worth the investment of your time, energy and feelings!

Lucky breaks and fortunate meetings are most likely while Jupiter is in forwards motion. It goes retrograde on 6th February 2017 and backtracks until 9th June. You might feel that some plans or friendships seem to have stopped in their tracks but there is a lot going on behind the scenes, so best be patient for these few months.

Something else to bear in mind is that Jupiter makes us unwilling to see reality while we are caught up in the excitement of a new association or relationship. It's great to have your head in the clouds, gazing at the heavens but it is extremely important to keep our feet on the ground at the same time. Remember above all that Jupiter transiting through Libra highlights balance and harmony about all else and any situation or relationship that manifests serious one-sidedness needs really careful and clear eyed scrutiny right at the start!

However this could be a wonderful period for us all when we meet new people that stimulate us and help us towards greater understanding of ourselves and our place in the complex and magical world of human relationship!