[HOROSCOPE HIGHLIGHTS] The Final Judgment w/ Christopher Renstrom
Pluto & Jupiter Sextile
This week, Jupiter and Pluto will form their final sextile on May 2nd, bringing an end to their relationship as Jupiter moves into Aries and Pluto reaches its nearly 15-year stay in Capricorn. Christopher brings us the story of King Solomon and a judgment he once cleverly handed down in his kingdom. Not only does the tale reflect the nature of Jupiter in Pisces, but it raises the question of the choices we make, our motivations behind them, and how they can reveal a truth so great that no judgment is ever needed.
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0:27 Subtlety of this Sextile
1:13 Jupiter & Pluto as Judges
4:58 Why this Sextile is Extraordinary
6:14 The Notion of Judgment
6:46 The Story of King Solomon
17:01 King Solomon as Jupiter in Pisces
22:05 Two Faces of Justice
23:36 Final Jupiter-Pluto Sextile
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Amanda Pua Walsh 0:07
Hi there, and welcome. This is Amanda, the founder of astrology hub. And you’re listening to our week ahead snapshot with world class astrologer, historian and author of the cosmic calendar, Christopher Renstrom. This show is designed to give you a quick overview of the week ahead, enabling you the gift of choice and how you navigate and weave these energies into your daily life. Enjoy.
Christopher Renstrom 0:35
Hello, my name is Christopher Renstrom. And I’m your weekly horoscope columnist here on astrology hub. And this week, I wanted to talk to you about the upcoming Jupiter Pluto sextile on May 2. Now this sextile is a very significant and a very important sextile it almost takes place this week, kind of in the background. I mean, a lot of the focus this week is really on the sun, Uranus conjunction and the different sextiles that the sun will be making to Mars and Uranus will be making to Mars as well. This is kind of very exciting in your face sort of stuff. But this lovely sort of Jupiter, Pluto sextile that’s really kind of like taking place in the back ground, something that’s very subtle, something that’s very nuanced. And something that’s very profound. In my opinion. This is the one that I really want to talk to you about this week. Now, in Greek mythology, Jupiter and Pluto are both judges, okay. In other words, they are both gods that are the head of their realm. And they are rendered judgment upon the citizens who inhabit it. Jupiter is the king of the Greek gods, he’s the king of Mount Olympus. And so basically, he renders judgment upon his citizens that are of this world, that’s mortal folk, like you and me. Okay, so we’re the ones whom he judges, but the judges of Jupiter really have more to do with the awarding of benefits. Basically, the rewarding or the recognition that comes from being an exemplary person, that might be a very good person, or that might be a winner at the Olympics, or that might be an especially wise person or an especially devout one. But Jupiter has a tendency to render awards and rewards upon people who are outstanding in some way, in this world. And in some examples, he will even take a favored hero or a demigod or a creature and lift them up into the heavens and make them a constellation, thereby immortalizing them for for all time. So as you might imagine, Jupiter is also planning a planet that’s very much associated with the idea of fame and everlasting fame, as bestowed upon a constellation or a name that is always remembered centuries later. Okay, this is this is the way that Jupiter judges
Pluto is the lord of the underworld. Okay, so he rules over corpses and things that have died and ruins that have been buried under the Sands of Time. And so when you die, or when someone died in Greek mythology, you would descend as a shade down into the underworld, and you would face Hades or Pluto. And Pluto would decide whether you would go and live a blessed life in the Elysium fields where you get to dance and frolic and listen to panpipes and, and just live a carefree after life existence. Or if you were an dreadful, awful human being in your life and did dreadful, awful things, you would be cast into the belching pits of Tartarus, where you would suffer great humiliation and great punishment for the rest of time. I think you can sort of see where this has sort of where the idea of Pluto had laid the foundation for ideas of our current ideas of afterlife and people who are blessed and rewarded versus those who are shamed and, and, and, and condemned. Okay, so so these are the two ideas of judgment that these two planets represent. In astrology, they’re very different types of judges. Jupiter is really, as I said, a judge of things that are done in this world. You know, was this a heroic feat? Did you prove yourself to be innocent? Actually exemplary person. And if you did, I will raise you and set you in the sky like a constellation and, and your fame will live forever. Or Pluto who’s basically, you know, separating the wheat from the shave chaff, separating the good people from the bad people and dispensing with with the bad. Okay, so So here are these two planets, as I said planets of judgment, and they’re forming this extraordinary sextile this week. Now why is this an extraordinary sextile it’s an extraordinary sextile for a couple of different reasons. First of all, it is the last sextile that Jupiter will make to Pluto while it is in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. It is the last sextile that Jupiter makes to Pluto and Capricorn with Jupiter being in its own sign, Pisces. Alright, so Jupiter is the ruler of Pisces. And then when we also remember that it just completed a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, that also gives us a sort of like, Hmm, this, this might be a real, extra special significance. And we’re also kind of dealing when we’re talking about Jupiter and Neptune and Pluto, we’re dealing with the three brothers, okay, the three brothers who ruled over their own separate realms, Jupiter ruled over heaven or sky, Neptune ruled over the oceans and the waves, and Pluto Pluto ruled over the underworld. So whenever you have, whenever you have aspects that are taking place, between planets have this kind of significance, and especially slow moving planets. These are especially important. So I got to thinking about the notion of judge and judgment. Those people who, who exercise judgment over the law over the rest of our lives, you know, are the people who make these judgments? Are they good? Are they fair? Are they impartial? Are they wise? Are they crooked? Are they shady? Okay, these are these are these are questions that have been asked about judges and judgment since probably at the beginning of our of our civilization. But one episode, one episode struck me as being
particularly resonant, or I don’t know if it’s resonant, but it’s an episode. It’s an episode from the Bible that I think actually illustrates this sextile really quite nicely. And this episode comes to us from I think it’s kings 316. And it deals with King Solomon. And this is the episode that I wanted to share with you. It begins with two prostitutes who come to the king, the king is hearing court cases that day, in his in his throne room. And and different people are coming with their disputes or their problems, or they’re asking, you know, for justice in their own particular way. And so the King Solomon was a king who was also a judge, and he was known as a very wise king. And indeed, this episode, this episode, the Judgment of Solomon takes place pretty early in his career. He’s he’s just taken over the throne. And I think he’s in the process of building his great, great temple. So So here, he’s listening to court cases that day. And the next ones on the docket, I guess, are two prostitutes. So two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. And the first prostitute, the the first woman says, If it pleases you, my lord, this woman, she’s pointing to the other woman who’s arrived in the chamber along with her. If it pleases you, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house. And while she was in the house, I gave birth to a child. Now, it happened on the third day after my delivery, that this woman also gave birth to a child. We were alone in this house. We were alone in this house together. There was no one in the house but us. There was no one in the house with us. It was just the two of us. Now, the first woman continues. One night, this woman son died because she overlaid him in other words she had rolled over in her sleep and had inadvertently suffocated him. And in the middle of the night, she got up and took my son from beside me. She put him to her breast and put her own son to mine. When I got up to soccer, my child there he was dead. But in the morning, I looked at him carefully. I looked at him carefully. I looked at him very carefully, and I realized he was not my child. Not the child, I had board at all. And at this point, the other woman speaks up. And she says, That’s not true. That’s not true. My son is the live one, yours, yours is the dead one. And the first one retorted, that’s not true. That’s not true. Your son is the dead one. Mine is the living one. And so they wrangled before the king. So basically, it’s two prostitutes, which is fascinating, because we’re dealing with two women who are without men, okay? They don’t have husbands, they don’t have families. And this is very important at this point in the story, because there was no one to bear witness to what had really happened. Okay, there was no husband who would have been alerted or family member or anything along those lines. It’s just these two women who are living together in this house, two women who have both had babies, and who are both unwed. And this is a very, this is a very intriguing point, but I’m going to loop back to that a little bit later. And so here they’re getting into this cat fight, right? You know, I’m, I’m the mother of a, I’m the mother of the living child, yours is the dead one mine mine, you know, and they’re disagreeing over this living child who has been brought in with them, this little baby who has been wrapped up and maybe perhaps, you know, some servant is holding to the side as, as the two women scream at one another. Okay. So they wrangled before the king. That’s what the Bible says they wrangled before the king. So I don’t know if it’s quite a catfight or pulling hair or whatever. But they’re the heat of an argument. So I’m Solomon, you know, gestures. And they both are quiet, you know, because they are subject to him. And he says, so um, this one says, My son is the one who was alive, your son is dead, while the other one says this is not true. Your son is the dead one. Mine is the living one. Hmm. And both women are like,
and he’s like, I’ve got this right. And both women are like, yeah, some of the details are maybe left out. But yeah, you’ve got it. Right. So it’s like, so then King Solomon turns to one of his soldiers, and he says, Bring me a sword. And, and, and he says that, and both women are like, what, you know, and, and, and soldier, immediately goes and presents his sword to, to the king. And, and the king takes the sword. And he looks at it, and he passes it back to the soldier and the soldier, you know, nods or a sense. And the king says to the soldier, at that moment, cut the living child into, cut the living child into and give one half to these, this first woman and give the other half to this second woman. That is what I want you to do. And it shocks the entire court, it was like, wasn’t he going to refer to a law book? Wasn’t he going to depart from the chamber and maybe, you know, hear about what they had to say, was he going to maybe ask for witnesses or testimony? Or perhaps, perhaps, maybe he was going to cross examined women himself. But no, he asked for a sword. He looked at the sword passed it back to the soldier and has now commanded the soldier to cut the child into and give one half to one woman and give one half to the other woman. And he looks completely unmoved, and that’s going to take care of the matter. And so of course, the soldier immediately takes out his sword, he asks for the child to be passed to him. The servant is is, is disturbed, but nevertheless passes the trial begins to pass the child to the soldier, who’s who’s gesturing with it, holding a sword. And it is at that moment that the first woman speaks and in little more than a whisper, she says, If it please you, my Lord, if please do my Lord, she says, Let them give her the child only do not let them think of killing it. So in other words, she’s saying if it please the Lord, please ask the servant of the soldier to give the other woman the child and do not think of, of killing it, please just just, you know, she she holds up her hand, she can’t, she can’t bear the sight of what’s going to take place. And then it’s the other woman who says he shall belong to neither of us. Cut him up. Okay, that’s her response to this soldier taking the child and now raising the sword over it. She says he shall belong to neither of us cut them up. You know, then the kids In stands, you know, King Solomon stands. And he says, Give the child to the first woman and do not kill him. She is his mother. And it’s at that moment that all of Israel, everyone in the court, all of Israel, the entire country of Israel, came to hear of this judgment of King Solomon, and pronounced that he was the greatest king of all, the wisest king of all. And he, and they all held Solomon in all recognizing that he possessed divine wisdom for dispensing justice. Now, I’m sure if this is a story, or an episode really, that many of you are familiar with. I’m familiar with it as well. But what’s kind of fascinating about it is as I had mentioned before, Solomon, is approached by two prostitutes. These, this is the lowest station that you could possibly have in any ancient civilization is to be a prostitute. It’s bad enough if you’re an unmarried woman, okay? Or, or living in your parents house or something like that. But, but but to be a prostitute is really the lowest of the low, and they refer to living in same house together. Now the house that they’re living in together is not a brothel. Okay? Because there would have been other prostitutes, as well, other prostitutes who would have seen what had happened in the middle of the night with the exchange of children and with the exchange of babies and so forth. What where they’re living isn’t a tavern, and taverns at this time, in that the story is being told. taverns are where, you know, men go to drink, and where women who are given lodging in the tavern, come forward and prostitute themselves. So what’s extraordinary is that, you know, it’s the lowest, it’s the dregs of society, who come forth to the king of Solomon, okay, most kings would never have allowed these women within their presence.
In fact, they probably wouldn’t even have heard of these women, they would have been turned away by, you know, some sort of supervisor or manager or, or advisor to the king, they would never have been allowed to make their presence known. But Solomon early in his career makes it known that he will hear the cases of everyone of everyone in his kingdom. And that’s where I really want to sort of share with you this idea of Solomon as a Jupiter in Pisces figure, okay. Jupiter, as I mentioned is is is a planet named after a god that’s associated to judgment and to justice. Jupiter in Pisces is a very particular place, if you have it in your horoscope. Because Jupiter in Pisces gives you this kind of natural affinity for people that other people don’t go near. Okay? It On one hand, it’s an affinity for the common folk. But then it’s also this, this this natural ability to get along with people who other people would disdain or avoid at all costs. In fact, Jupiter and Pisces people are rather sort of famous for walking down, you know, for walking along the wrong side of town at the wrong time of day, or whatever, and just really having this feeling that no one’s going to bother or hassle me. And more often than not, people don’t. Okay, because there’s this sense of, of humanity. There’s this sense of, you’re one of us with that, that someone with the Jupiter and Pisces gives off that they sort of like exude in their in their astrological chart. They’re the ones that are welcoming to other people’s homes. That might be you know, the lowest of the low but it also might be the content, cantankerous old, rich, the or critic that nobody talks to? Well, that’s the person whose heart also opens to the person who happens to have Jupiter in Pisces in their chart. So Jupiter in Pisces gives people who have that in their horoscope and ability to sort of really open up the doors and open up the hearts of other people. And there’s also a very genuine interest in the way that everyone lives. You know, Jupiter is supposed to always place you in a very higher social strata, it’s a Pacific and so that’s that’s where it goes for it rewards something, someone who is exceptional, but people with Jupiter in Pisces have this natural sympathy and rapport with just about anyone. What also makes King Solomon very much a Jupiter in Pisces figure is that I think he’s got like, hundreds of lives. Okay, he’s got like, hundreds of lives that he keeps, you know, and it’s not just one wife for King Solomon, it’s hundreds of lives. And probably I guess, at this time, maybe concubines as well or something like this. So what we have here is that Jupiterian a flavor of sort of philandering. You know, Jupiter in the Jupiter ruled signs like Sagittarius or Pisces can have a real reputation for well sleeping around, I guess is the way that we put it. And the reason for this is that Jupiter was always associated with fertility is a sky god who, who, who’s who, who seeds, the clouds with his with his fertility, and the clouds rain upon the plane, and they make things grow. Okay, so So we see that in nature and then we also see that in Greek mythology where Zeus is always sleeping with various and sundry goddesses and mortals and nymphs and and and he’s very polyamorous and, and all sorts of things. Okay, so so so all of these things are associated with with Jupiter and Pisces, and all of these things we see appearing in the character of King Solomon. So Solomon agrees to hear the case of really two people that nobody cares about bickering over a child that honestly nobody cares about either, okay, it’s, it’s, it’s what’s this boy going to grow up in, you know, poverty, the lowest of the low, but to King Solomon, to King Solomon, every life is precious, you know, everyone in his kingdom is precious to him. And so of course, he opens up the doors, and he agrees to hear their case. And he hears this case. And as I had mentioned before, there are no witnesses, there’s no testimony, there’s no evidence, it’s clearly simply one woman’s word against another. And so he can sort of like sit through this, this, this, this hollering and screaming at each other. And, or he can sort of push the point. And what he does is, of course, he asks for the sword, and it’s when the sword is held over the baby, the innocent baby, much to the shock of the entire of the entire palace, who’s in attendance of this moment, that’s the moment where the real mother is revealed. And the other one is not. The real one, of course, is the one who says, Give the child to her. And please don’t think of killing it. Just just give the child to her. And the other woman is like, she’s not even going to be satisfied with that. She’s like on a roll. Okay, she’s like, No,
cut him up. He’ll belong to neither of us. And what we’re seeing here is two facets or two faces of justice. All right, the first justice is or, yeah, justice, or actually, maybe what I should say is response to a judgement that’s being made. Okay. The first one is she she immediately yields the child, she immediately yields ground her her love of this baby, her love of this baby, that’s probably not going to not grow up in a great situation. But she still loves this baby, her love of the baby. I mean, this is such an unheroic person. Okay, she’s she’s, she’s prostitute most low, but it’s her love of this baby that says, Give give the child to the other woman. And it’s the other one. And what is she motivated, motivated by Is it is it spite? Is it envy? Or is it this kind of like literal justice, you know, of just like, you know, cut them up and and that way he belongs to none of us. It’s it’s not even a literal justice. It’s actually using justice in a very hostile act. It’s using justice to get at the other woman to get at the other person. And and so the other one relent, she, she she gives up her hold, and the other one is like, doesn’t even say, Oh, give me my baby. She says cut it up. I mean, like that’s, that’s really, and this is something that is really worth reflecting on now. With Jupiter making its final sextile to Pluto. And the sextile that Jupiter is making to Pluto is in the last degrees of Pisces and, and and Capricorn. Its Jupiter’s at 28 degrees Pisces and Pluto is at 28 degrees Capricorn. So it’s in the latter last degrees, and it’s departing sextile. So so it’s already sextile. The Pluto before, in the zodiacs when Jupiter was in Capricorn, but now it’s departing the sextile. So it’s this kind of like closing judgment. It’s this kind of final note that’s taking place. And this and this, and this is what I asked you to think about in your lives this week, which is the rendering of a judgment that’s being made. Okay. And this perhaps is a judgment maybe it’s a personal judgment. Maybe It’s an actual court case that you’re facing. Maybe you’ve been involved in a very long dispute. Maybe you are aggrieved. Maybe you are appealing. Maybe it’s a simple dispute over a charge or cost. But what you’re going to see, you know, with this departing sextile, what you’re going to see with this departing sextile is a kind of not a con, what you’re gonna see with this departing sextile is an answer. Okay, is an answer. And the answer may not be as clear cut as you expect, you know, it may be something in which well, it’s like what Solomon does in the episode, he throws it back onto the women. Okay, Solomon doesn’t render a judgment. You know, that’s the irony of this episode, he doesn’t render a judgment at all, he actually calls for soldier to take out a sword and cleave the child and two, okay, so what Solomon has done is that he’s thrown this judgment back on to the two women, okay, they’re going to decide, okay, with the sword being held over a baby, and one of them decides to give up the baby. And the other one just wants to see that woman suffer even more. Okay. And, and it’s remarkable, you know, not all judgments not all cases, not all disputes are going to be solved by winning and losing. Not all judgments not all cases, not all disputes are going to be solved by eloquent argument, looking through the law book, relying on precedent, you know, reciting precedent, taking it up with debate, throwing it to a jury, witnesses coming forward, DNA being tested, or something like that. Not all judgments are going to be like that. And this is where I think the planets in their wisdom, or the planets rather well in their wisdom, but also in their act of collaboration with us here in this world. This is where these two planets Jupiter and Pluto are throwing the judgment back onto you. Are you going to relent? Are you going to give up your claim?
In order to serve a greater good? Are you going to be like the person who the first mother who says no better that I give up this claim that the child you know, live, okay? Or? Or are you on the side of being so angry, and being so aggrieved and being so like, you know, I’ve got you my opponent where I want you, you know, which is cornered, you know, that I’m going to ask, you know, for the ultimate kill, you know, type of thing. I doubt very, I doubt very few of any of you listening are in that category, but you may be dealing with that as an opponent, or an adversary, or a person who’s on the other side of the dispute, you know, and you may have exhausted your ability to prove them wrong, or to plead or to appeal there that, you know, committed to really seeing you screwed over for lack of a better way of putting it, my apologies. But you know, that that that vendetta that revenge, you know, so what do you do in that moment? You know, what do you do? Has justice abandoned you? Or, or, like this first Mother, this first woman does in the story? Or do you exercise your own judgment? Do you exercise your own judgment, and that is to, to release your hold so that something may or may, may live and grow? So these are, this is the sort of motif that I really want you to entertain this week, and to really think about as Jupiter and Pluto form their final sextile and the zodiac signs of Pisces and Capricorn.
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