Jupiter, the Great Expander, moves into the group-oriented sign of Aquarius on Jan. 5, 2009.
Twelve years ago, the last time that Jupiter was in Aquarius, I made some grand predictions for a friend of mine born under the sign of the Water Bearer.
I predicted fame and fortune, but what came to pass is that my Aquarian friend became a member of the board in the Manhattan co-op where she lives. She also became a de facto volunteer in her building, looking in on elderly neighbors and bringing them food.
The moral of the story? Jupiter is likely to step up your involvement with groups, associations, networks, and other organizations during its year-long trip through the sign of Aquarius. It may not expand your bank account, though.
Later in the year, when Jupiter meets up with visionary Neptune, which is also in Aquarius, you may have the opportunity to pursue a cherished dream or project, or you may get involved in a charitable or spiritual group.
As blogger Nancy Schorr points out, Jupiter and Neptune will be conjunct for most of the summer. The last time this aspect happened in Aquarius was in 1840, which many historians equate with the beginning of various socialistic and utopian schemes.
The Moon in the U.S. chart is in Aquarius, so volunteerism and group action could become quite important in a nation that has just elected a former community organizer as its President. Stay tuned: The number of friends you have on Facebook or the number of folks who follow you on Twitter may indeed be the ultimate status symbols.