The Ricochet Effect w/ Astrologer Christopher Renstrom

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This is your Horoscope Highlight for the week of January 23 – 29, 2023 with world-class astrologer, historian, and author of The Cosmic Calendar, Christopher Renstrom. In this episode, Christopher begins by setting the scene, describing the effects of the recent transits of Jupiter and Mars on the different signs that are impacted by their energies, either by direct transit, trine or opposition. This leads him into the astrology of the coming week — particularly Jupiter sextile Sun on January 24th and Sun trine Mars on January 29th. He explains the arrangement of planets in terms of what he calls a “ricochet effect.” To explain the ricochet effect, he describes his approach to planetary rulership, and wraps up by bringing it back around to what the most impacted signs can expect from this week's planetary arrangement.

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0:00 Intro

0:58 Good Fortune from Jupiter Transits

5:33 Transiting Jupiter Opposite Libra

9:24 Transiting Mars Opposite Sagittarius

13:03 This Week's Ricochet Effect

23:08 Jupiter & Mars Sextile by Sign

25:29 Possibilities Ahead

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[00:00:00] Hello,

[00:00:00] This week I wanted to talk to you about the Sun Jupiter Sextile taking place on January 24th, followed by the Sun Mars trine taking place on January 29th. Obviously this will favor people born under the Zodiac signs of Aries, Gemini, and Aquarius, but it will also wind up benefiting people born under the Zodiac signs of Leo, Libra and Sagittarius.

[00:00:29] People who haven't had an easy time of it lately. Astrologically speaking. Let me explain why


[00:00:42] This podcast episode is sponsored by Astrology Hubs Academy. Wherever you are on your astrology journey, we have a class that will help you get to the next level.

[00:00:53] my name is Christopher Renstrom and I'm your weekly horoscope columnist here on Astrology Hub.


Good Fortune from Jupiter Transits

[00:00:58] Everyone pretty much knows that Jupiter is the planet of good fortune and higher purpose. When Jupiter is passing through your Zodiac sign, what it does is rain down upon you. All of its good fortune. Uh, this is a period of time when people can expect to make more money. To be more fortunate in their endeavors, to be more magnetic and attractive in love, and to basically experience this booing of spirits, spirits that might have dwindled or even diminished over the past few months before Jupiter's entrance.

[00:01:34] Into your sign. Okay, so when Jupiter is going through your sign, all of a sudden you feel very robust. You feel like, like, like good things are happening to you, like the wind is blowing in your direction, and that you're going to make all of this progress. You're suddenly enliven and very much empowered.

[00:01:52] And this is why everyone celebrates Jupiter traveling through their own Zodiac sign. Now there are 12 signs of the Zodiac and Jupiter. 12 years to make one full circle around all, , 12 signs. It spends one year in a sign. So, , some of us have to wait a little while for Jupiter to come back to our sign, , and, and, and to reign that good fortune upon us again.

[00:02:18] So, Right now Jupiter is in the Zodiac sign of Aries, which means that Aries is the one that is feeling most emboldened and most empowered, and most blessed by Jupiter's blessings. , it's kind of like, , Aries is feeling like it's the winner of the beauty contest. You know, it's marched up and down the runway.

[00:02:40] It's particularly in swimming suit and singing and maybe playing a musical instrument and answering challenging questions about geopolitics. , the geopolitical situation, you know, and it has emerged triumphant. All of a sudden it's like Aries. Aries, you are the winner of the beauty contest and all the, um, sparkles fall and the roses are thrown onto the stage and Aries takes a triumphant lap and it's like, Is it me?

[00:03:06] Is it me? You know? And all the runner ups are like, oh, we're so happy for you. Not really, but we're so happy for you. Hazah, hazah, . But anyway, this is what happens when Jupiter's traveling through your own particular sign. You are favored and you are blessed. But as I just mentioned, it doesn't just favor.

[00:03:28] Only. Okay. It also has a tendency to favor the runners up, which means that if, um, you happen to be born under a fire sign, Aries is a fire sign. You will also receive a benefit of Jupiter moving through the Zodiac sign of Aries. So this would be good news for people, born under Leo and Sagittarius as well.

[00:03:51] This period of time that Jupiter is an Aries, that's a, that's a good thing. Okay. , and then it would also favor people who might not have been as close. They might not have been the second or third runner up, you know, they might have been, you know, number four, number five. , and those signs would be Gemini and Aquarius.

[00:04:11] Why? Because Gemini and Aquarius are the two air signs that sextile, the Zodiac sign of Aries. So they might not be number two or number three, but they'll still get some sort of warmth of applause and, and, and sort of, , a bump in terms of, of favor and fortune. , the people who don't really benefit are those who aren't really making a powerful aspect to Aries.

[00:04:36] Okay. And so that might be like, , Virgo and,, Scorpio and maybe even,, Taurus. They're the contestants that probably got, let go early on in the competition and they've already left the building. Packed up their makeup and packed up their things and they're out there, you know, having a cigarette, right, waiting for their ride to show up while inside everyone is celebrating Aries.

[00:04:59] But anyway, this is pretty much the way that we understand how Jupiter, the planet of good fortune works by transit in an astrological chart. So you can think of that transit, you know, as benefiting, , , people born under the sign and end of, , and under a similar, , element. , but it doesn't always work exactly that way, and that's why I wanted to talk to you about that this week, because this week it's gonna work a little bit more differently.

Transit Jupiter Opposite Libra

[00:05:33] Now. Jupiter was in the Zodiac sign of Aries from May 10th to October 27th of, of last year. Okay. And this was was a time in which Aries would've benefited just like a, like I described to you. But during this period of time, from May 10th to October 27th of last year, Jupiter was opposite. It was opposite the Zodiac sign of Libra.

[00:05:58] And during that period of time, Libra had a bit of a rough. Why. When a planet by transit, transit means a planet in motion, okay? This is not the same thing as a planet being opposite you in your birth chart or your natal chart. That's a, that's a fixed screenshot of the sky at the times that you were born.

[00:06:22] , and so it's a fixed screenshot of the, of the planets at the time that you were born. And it says, this is how your life is, is is basically sort of like set up, but it's the way that your life is set up in terms of being like a sailing vessel. Okay? The horoscope re. Bonds to energies that are coming through or coursing through the horoscope, just like a sailing vessel would respond to the weather.

[00:06:46] Okay. On, on the good days where there's a good wind, you're moving along at a clipped pace, and on days in which there is no wind, you're at a dead standstill in the middle of the ocean. Well, that's kind of what Libra was experiencing during that period of time when Jupiter was in its opposite sign of Aries.

[00:07:04] For a planet to be opposite your own, uh, natal sign, your own sun sign for a planet to be opposite your own sun, sign a planet like Jupiter to be opposite your own sun sign by transit, okay? Means that that planetary energy is as far away from you as it could possibly be. Okay? The difference would be like, imagine being on a desert island and.

[00:07:29] you know, you're like, help, help, help. And there's a, there's, there's a boat that happens to be coming around the cove and, and it sees you, and it's like, oh, yay. You know, oh, we're here and we're here to rescue you. And you're like, yay, you saw me. That's wonderful. That's great. You know, help me. And, and, and, and I'm saved, I'm rescued.

[00:07:46] Okay? So that's a good thing, okay? But if a planet is opposite to you, it's as far away from you as it can be in the, in the sky. It would be like trying to wave help. , to, to a little, ship that you see on the horizon going by. You don't have signal flares. You don't have a flame or a fire. You're just waving and calling out desperately as that planet just goes right on by the horizon and disappears.

[00:08:12] Okay? So, so oppositions talk about proximity. You want a planet like Jupiter to be close to you. You don't want it to be far away from you because when it's far away from you, It's like at the sun at sunset, okay? You don't go to the beach ready to sunbathe and have a tan at sunset, okay? You know nothing's going to happen and it's already getting chill and the light is gone.

[00:08:35] So this is, this is the difference between a planet being close to you and a planet being far from you by opposition. It doesn't mean you ill will. It's not going to do you any sort of harm. It's just not close to you. And so it's not available as a planetary energy. Okay. And so in the case of Libra, during that period of time that I was talking about May to October of last year, not only were the benefits not really coming in, , for Libra, but Jupiter in fact might have been be benefiting others.

[00:09:09] Everyone else but Libra and in particular, it might have benefited, , people who were in an oppositional stance to Libra. Okay? And that might have been the experience during that period of time, in that, in, in that part of 2022.

Transit Mars Opposite Sagittarius

[00:09:24] Now Mars. Which is a rigorous planet. It's a vigorous planet. Mars goes after what it wants, you know?

[00:09:32] If you say, I want that, Mars is like on it, you know, so Mars is, is the muscle in the horoscope and it goes after what it wants. Mars entered the Zodiac sign of Gemini on August 21st, 2022. Okay. And so that would've given Gemini's gumption and drive and, you know, it's kind of like a bit of a shot of adrenaline, you know, in . Their lives.

[00:09:52] As they went on the attack and went after things, they might have felt very focused and very, uh, purpose driven, you know, and, and, and full of gumption and drive and, and, and vem and vigor. Okay? , but at that period of time, August, late August of 2020, Mars began its opposition to the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

[00:10:13] Okay, so with Mars in opposition to Sagittarius, not only would Sagittarius have experienced a drop in energy levels because all the ven vigor is going to their opposite sign of the Zodiac and not coming to them. Okay? So not only would Sagittarius have experienced a drop in this, um, it would've been also.

[00:10:33] Difficult for Sagittarians to accomplish or achieve their aims. Uh, because Mars, the planet of gumption and drive was as far away from them as it could possibly be. And like Jupiter, with that description that I gave of the opposition, it may have been benefiting people in the opposite camp rather than people born into the zodiac sign of, Sagittarius.

[00:10:56] Now on October 30th, Mars turned to retrograde at 25 Li. , , turning a seven week stay. Usually Mars is just seven weeks in a Zodiac sign. It turned a seven week stay into a seven month one. Okay, so this, this, this question of willpower and drive direction and focus for Gemini instead of just being a seven week thing is, is, is a seven month one because of the retrograde.

[00:11:21] And for Sagittarius, this feeling of not being on top of things or not being at at, at, its. Goes from, you know, seven weeks. I can sort of like stomach seven weeks, or I can get through seven weeks, or somehow I'll make it work seven weeks, seven months, seven months. That's a long time to not be at the top of my game.

[00:11:40] And so this might have been something that Sagittarians began, experiencing. , , now Mars retrograde and remember, it turns retrograde at the end of October. Would've been challenging for anyone born under Gemini. We've discussed that in, in, in in recent episodes. Um, and, and, and so it, it would've been difficult, uh, for that, for them, but it would've been especially challenging for Sagittarius because it's.

[00:12:08] You know, it's like having the last bite to eat, you know, uh, before, uh, dinner. Like, like imagine being at a restaurant and you've had the last, you know, dinner roll and your dinner's taking forever and you're sort of chomping away at that and you're really, really hungry. And then there's gonna be even more of a delay.

[00:12:24] The, uh, you know, they're gonna take even longer to bring your meal to the table. And you're like, now getting really anxious and grouchy and, and Ill tempered. Okay. So, so that sort of happens now. On January 12th, Mars came out of retrograde, which would've been a reprieve for Geminis. Instead of feeling that backsliding or that regression, they might have felt back on track and a, and a bump and that energy again.

[00:12:49] But what's interesting about this, and this ties into this week's arrangement, so did Sagittarius. Sagittarius also would've started to feel a bump or, or, or, or pick up an energy.

This Week's Richochet Effect

[00:13:03] Let's talk about this week. This week, as I said, we're experiencing the Sun Jupiter Sextile on January 24th, followed by the Sun Mars trine on January 29th.

[00:13:14] The sun in Aquarius will be Sextiling Jupiter in Aries. Okay. , and then the sun in Aquarius will be trying Mars in Gemini. Okay. So that's, that's pretty much the pattern that we're describing. This particular arrangement of sextiles sets up what I would call a ricochet effect.

[00:13:36] A ricochet effect wherein it breaks up the oppositional energies and redirects the planetary energies to benefit signs that weren't experiencing it. Let me explain it, and it all works with rulership. Let's say you're a. Your ruling planet is the son. Now, this is the way that I work. Not all astrologers work this way, so, so I'm copping to it and I'm owning it.

[00:14:03] But the way that I work with the ruling planet, the ruling planet is simply the planet that rules your son sign. Okay? That's it. So ruling planet is like your, patron saint, your c. Sponsored your den mother and your life coach all wrapped up into one. Okay. And in the case of, Leo, it's own ruling planet, the son, which is kind of a statement because as we know, the sun is not really a planet, it's a star. So this is why Leos always feel like the star, okay?

[00:14:33] Because they're ruling planet isn't a planet at all. It's actually a star. And isn't that fabulous? Now, the sun okay in Leo is most powerful when it's in the, uh, Zodiac sign of Leo. It it's most powerful, most comfortable in the heart of the summer when the sun is traveling through aqua. Remember we were talking about oppositions?

[00:14:54] The sun in Aquarius is as far away from the heart of summer as it can be when the sun is in Aquarius. That's the time of year when it's the heart of winter. So it's as far away from, um, the, the Aquarius is as far away from summer or Leo as it can possibly be. Uh, so this is. Leos typically feel, um, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, breakdown or, or downward spiral and energy during the winter months because the sun by transit is as far away from their time of year as it can possibly be.

[00:15:30] However, However, the sun will be sex tiling Jupiter on January 23rd, and then it trines Mars in Gem in in Gemini on the 29th. The trying to Jupiter is powerful for Leo because it takes place in. In the astrological sign of Aries and Aries is a fire sign just like Leo and it's sextile to Mars. And Gemini is also powerful because Gemini happens to Sextile the Zodiac sign of Leo.

[00:16:00] So basically this opposite time of year where there would be a sinking of energies, all of a sudden perks up because there's this kind of rick ricochet effect that's taking place, which brings the light back. Leo's. Okay. So instead of looking at a sun that's kind of sinking over the horizon, the sun, which is sinking over the horizon, ricochets uh, off of Aries and Gemini to bring this surge of energy into Leo.

[00:16:27] And this is wonderful because this is marking for Leo's. That this particular week, that this particular week is auspicious for you. Not only will you all of a sudden feel a bump in your confidence and your drive, but you'll also feel a bump in your recognition. You know, all of a sudden people are like, oh, you, or maybe you should be the one, or Let's have you come on a, or I wanna talk to her.

[00:16:49] She's the only one who gets me and I wanna talk to her. All of a sudden you get this kind of like gleaning halo as a result of this ricochet where people all of a sudden take notice of you, and this is. This is a good thing when the sign is traveling through, um, Aquarius, which is the sign that is far as far away from you as it can possibly be.

[00:17:10] The other sign that gets to benefit by this ricochet energy is Libra Libra, which has been having a very hard time of it with Jupiter traveling through its opposite sign of of, of Aries waving to the ship on the horizon that still hasn't noticed. Well, on December 20th, Jupiter did reenter the Zodiac sign of Aries rebooting that oppositional energy that Libras been experiencing throughout much of 2022.

[00:17:39] However, the sun I in Aquarius, where is it? Where it is right now? Aquarius is an air sign. Aquarius is an air. Just like Libra. So the sun in Aquarius breaks up that Jupiter opposition. Okay, so, so where're that opposition. It's as far as we're con The sun of a sudden is an Aquarius. It's trying the Libra, it breaks up that oppositional energy.

[00:18:05] And moreover, when the sun, uh Mars, which is in Gemini, On January 29th, that will also rine liren energy. So this is the period of time when, you know, Libras might have felt forsaken on the, on the shore and like nobody's ever gonna notice them and the, and, and, and, and they're just gonna have to, you know, talk to the volleyball.

[00:18:28] Wasn't that cast away? Or something like that, you know, is their only companion. Well, this is the period of time where all of a sudden a ship does show up and, and the Libra cast away is like, oh my goodness, I'm saved. How did you ever know? And. because you wrote a message. You wrote a message in a bottle.

[00:18:43] Yes, I did. Yes, I did write a message in a bottle and I flung into the ocean, but I didn't think anyone was going to get it. We got it. We received your message in a bottle. We received your message in a bottle because the sun happens to be in Aquarius, which trines, Libra and Mars is in Gemini, which is trending.

[00:19:00] The sun and air is all about communication, and we received your communication and now we're here to rescue you. And, and, and I hope, I hope, I hope you're hungry. Have lots of things on board for you to eat, and the Libra is like, oh, I'm famish. Thank goodness. Thank goodness you rescued me. There is a God.

[00:19:17] There is a God in this universe. All right, so this is what Libra will be experiencing this week. Okay? Some, something that's very benevolent, where where before you felt rather hopeless and you're, and, and, and the odds were against you Now, now there's benevolence and the universe is suddenly a gentler, kinder, and friendlier.

[00:19:39] So what about Sagittarius? Remember that Mars has been in Gemini this entire time and it's been opposite Sagittarius. So Sagittarius has been having a very difficult time completing forward passes or making any sort of headway down the. Or getting to where it wants to go or accomplishing anything. It's, it's a, it's been feeling like everything has been against it.

[00:20:02] Not, not fighting against it, but just not cooperative. Okay. The wind has not been, filling your sails Well, what happened is that, when. Jupiter re-entered, the Zodiac sign of Aries, at the end of December. It began to sort of like bring the energy levels up again. Why? Because Jupiter is an Aries.

[00:20:25] Aries is a fire sign just like Sagittarius, and it begins to, it begins to bring up the energy again, but there's something else that's going on that's even better than that. Jupi. Remember when I talked about the sun being the ruling planet of Leo? Jupiter is the ruling . Planet of Sagittarius. And so Jupiter is in a zodiac sign areas, which is a fire sign, like Sagittarius.

[00:20:48] And so all of a sudden there's this sense of newness, of freshness, of heading in a new, fresh and, and, and different direction than what has come before. And so this began to increase. On December 20th. Now this grows stronger as Mars comes out of retrograde. When Mars came out of retrograde on January 12th, this, this feeling of optimism, this feeling of actually moving forward, grows stronger.

[00:21:15] When Mars came out of retrograde on January 12th, it grew stronger because Mars is no longer backwards. It's forward moving, so this is a good thing. Um, and, and, but one might say, but it's still in Gemini. It's still opposing Sagittarius. But remember that ricochet effect that I was talking about?

[00:21:31] Remember that ricochet effect that, that, that I invoked . Earlier? What happens here is that, , the Jupiter in Aries trines the sun in Sagittarius, and so it breaks up what would've just typically been an opposition between the Mars and, and, and, and, and Sagittarius. Okay? The Sun and Sagittarius, if your son is in Sagittarius.

[00:21:54] So it breaks that up. Moreover, Mars. Remember rulerships, rulerships are very important things. Mars rules the Jupiter in Aries, so it brings the energy of the Jupiter and Aries down into the Mars in Sagittarius and moves that forward. Now again, it might be like, well, isn't that still oppositional? It isn't.

[00:22:16] if the trying energy is coming from the sun and Sagittarius into the Jupiter, okay? So that the Mars is, is, is not only moving away from that opposition, but there's a feeling that suddenly the other side understands what you're trying to get to. Okay? It's, it, it's going from, maybe trying to speak to someone in, in a foreign language and they're just not getting what you're talking about and you're not getting what they're talking about and it's very frustrating or whatever.

[00:22:42] But all of a sudden you discover a couple of words, that, that, that you do understand or that you can sort of guess at, and then all of a sudden the lines of communication are open again. Okay. Um, and, and, and so that's what happens with this type of a, of a changing of, of the energy. And so the sextile breaks up the opposition, but it does even more than that as well.

Jupiter-Mars Sextile by Sign

[00:23:08] Jupiter and Mars, remember, Jupiter is in Aries and Mars is in Gemini. Jupiter and Mars will be in Zodiac signs that sextile each other from December 20th to March 25th. Now some astrologers might say, and I would actually be one of them. Okay. They're in signs that sextile, but the planets themselves don't really stay in that sextile more than maybe a few days.

[00:23:35] So Christopher, why are you talking about this December 20th to March 25th? Why are you carving out this block of time as being auspicious? The reason. Carving out this block of time as being auspicious is based on rulership. Again, coming, coming back to what I spoke about earlier, Mars is the ruler of.

[00:23:56] Aries. Okay, so it's basically picked up the air, the Jupiter energy, and it's moved forward. So even if Mars is moving out of range of the Jupiter, Jupiter is still in Aries and it's still generating that forward progression of the planet Mars. It's still giving it benevolence. It's. Lighting its way, it's still lighting its path no matter how far it gets.

[00:24:22] And so that's an energy that if you are born under the signs of Aquarius and Aries and Gemini, this is an energy that's going to benefit you all the way until March 25th because, and then it stops on March 25th, and the reason it stops on March 25th is that Mars will leave the Zodiac sign of Gemini and then it will go into cancer.

[00:24:47] And it will no longer be in a sextile, it will begin a square. And so that's kind of like, you know, last call and lights on and everyone leave. Bye. You know, so that's, that's gonna be what happens at that period of time. But for those of you who have your rising signs, In Aquarius, Aries, and Gemini, for those of you who have, um, your son in Aquarius, , Aries and Gemini, even your moon, okay?

[00:25:15] This is going to benefit you. For those of you who happen to have. Mars sudden Sextiles involving Aquarius and Aries or Aries in Gemini. This is gonna be tremendously beneficial, for you. Okay? And, and, and this will, this will move you forward.

Possibilities Ahead

[00:25:29] So, this week. Is absolutely wonderful for, uh, pushing forward on an, on an endeavor for accomplishing a task, for getting something up and going and meeting with support.

[00:25:42] That's absolutely what will be happening for this week. But for those of you, , born under, as I said, a acquires areas in Gemini. This effect is going to go on a bit longer, and for those of you who have been feeling the oppositional energy, particularly Libra and Sagittarius, the effect would become, easier to, deal with during that period of time.

[00:26:05] I mean, actually it's going to, it's going to fade. But you might get a sort of, bump when the sun goes into Aries, so that, that might be, as well. So again, this is good news for Aries in Gemini. And as I said, it was also good news for Libra and Sagittarius.

[00:26:21] The effect, the effect might not be as powerful, but it will still be working for you rather than against.


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