Jupiter in Aquarius: You’ll Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends

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.

My Ever-Expanding Blogroll: Links-a-Go-Go!

Even though I’m a blogger, I’ve remained a wallflower at the social networking dance. You won’t find me or my picture on Facebook, MySpace, or the like. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to make friends in cyberspace; I just want to do it on my terms.

However, the people who hang out at the social networking sites quickly learn the etiquette about “friending” and the like. I’ve had to make my own rules, which, of course, have evolved over time.

When I started Astrology Mundo back on March 17, I decided to be quite selective about whom I added to my blogroll. At first, I was going to link only to astrology blogs. But I started getting so much help from foodie friend Regina that I added her blog Gastriques.

Then Groffoto provided me with my first photos and showed me how to upload pics. So then I had a photo blog on my blogroll, and another one when SFMike at Civic Center touched base over our mutual interest in Palm Springs.

A former college roommate likes to keep in touch and has a blog, so he made the cut with My Non-Urban Life.

The floodgates weren’t exactly open, but I had become more expansive than I had originally planned. Now, I’ve got links to blogs about my hometown of Beacon, N.Y. (Maykr) and revitalizing Main Streets, something near and dear to my heart.

I just noticed with the nifty tools that WordPress provides that I’m getting traffic from Collaborating With Fate so I’ve added a link to Kathryn Cassidy’s unique blend of trends, cycles, and astrology. Ditto for Learning Curve on the Ecliptic, which has a lot of great space and UFO sighting news.

Seduction Central is another new addition to my blogroll. My cyberpal Beth Turnage often posts there, and Seduction’s host, Jeffrey Kishner, just added me to another site of his, AstrologyBogger. Thanks, Jeffrey! If you want to find out whether love is in the stars for you, Seduction Central is a good place to start.

I’ve been resisting adding Out the Comet’s [you-know-what] because of its name, which is expurgated here. But Comet is a great site that plays off current events the way that Astrology Mundo does.

Still, I’m not ready to get raunchy with my blog. I’ve got a foul mouth in real life so I’m trying to clean up my act in cyberspace.

Finally, given all the traffic I got on my post about the Frenchwoman who didn’t come to lunch, I’ve decided to add the food and lifestyle blog of my favorite Frenchwoman, Anne de Ravel, who’s blogging from Languedoc.

Welcome, new blogroll buddies!