For the Week of: September 30 – October 6, 2023
Each week I include a meditative exercise for each sign called “Jill’s Quantum Jump.” Just find a quiet place, close your eyes, and take a few minutes to embody this parallel reality version of yourself. Keep repeating throughout the week and make notes on what arises. –JD
Aries (March 21–April 19) Archetype: The Warrior
With your ruler Mars along with the Sun transiting your house of love, and the supermoon in your sign just passed, you are surging with energy, Aries. The question is where to let it out? Even if you are not living the romantic dream, consider rehearsing the feelings you want to feel. Take a page from an Aries tarot card: the three of wands. This is the only card in which the figure has their back turned to the observer. You are already in motion. The ship is about to set sail. Are you getting on? Where are you headed? Take a selfie in front of the Amtrak station for inspo!
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Imagine how you’ll feel when you make your next big life decision.
Taurus (April 20–May 20) Archetype: The Builder
Mercury in Virgo the planet of communication, finishes up a transit in your house of creativity this week and it’s a great time to infuse more language into your artistic experiments. Follow the wisdom of the I-Ching symbol for Mercury in Virgo called “measuring.” In layman’s terms the message is: don’t just rely on what adds up on paper, put your theories into practice and see what works and what doesn’t. Thrift at Second Show and then see a tailor to get into the groove of finding the right fit.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Ask your higher self for a phrase and an image and follow where the words and picture lead.
Gemini (May 21–June 20) Archetype: The Communicator
A free-spirited Sun and Mars make a sweet trine to your sign, inducing a light-vibe week for you. To make sure you are breathing, thinking and speaking with a sense of ease consider the secret remedy of the Knight of Swords, the airiest air card in the tarot. See if your local herbalist can whip you up some wild cherry bark to get your throat chakra to open up some more. Keep the words flowing. You are at your best when brainstorming mad-brilliant ideas with your posse.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Imagine yourself as a respected figure of wisdom.
Cancer (June 21–July 22) Archetype: The Caretaker
The moon transits your sign Thursday and Friday and gives you just the self-confidence boost you need. This is a week to accept the parts of yourself that you feel critical of – especially your self-protectiveness. Much like the 29th Hexagram in the I-Ching, “Repeating Chasms,” resonant with the moon in Cancer, you have learned a lot through your years of nestling in your shell. This is the week to find other people who share the same tendency and together find your way into the greater world.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Imagine yourself surrounded by people who really understand you and be your complete self.
Leo (July 23–August 22) Archetype: The Leader
The full moon in fellow fire sign Aries has just passed and you are gearing up for next weekend’s moon in Leo. Think of this as a week of fertility and gestation. The Kabbalistic letter “Tet” is connected to this time for you and represents these very things. You have an opportunity to whip up a new version of yourself. For special inspo check out the new chef at Kitty’s and see what kind of concoctions you can invent in your own life.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Imagine your life as a work of art and feel its positive effects on the world.
Virgo (August 23–September 22) Archetype: The Gardener
Your ruler, Mercury finishes up a transit in your sign this week and your mind will feel sharper than ever. You may have been sitting on a magnificent idea over the last several months. It’s time to plan its launch and this is a great time to find a few beta-readers to test out your plans on. Virgo is an earth sign, and closely connected to the universal law of cause and effect. In that spirit, picture the end result you desire and work backwards, step by step.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Tune into the frequency of the people you admire most and make that feeling your home base.
Libra (September 23–October 22) Archetype: The Artist
The full moon in your house of love has just passed and you can still bask in the feeling of being at your most desirable. Libra is associated with the Kabbalistic letter Lamed, which represents the act of prodding. Where do you need a little extra push in your life? Answer honestly and then give yourself the prod rather than waiting for someone else to come along and do it for you. This is your season, and you have the power to create the life that fits you best.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Imagine being with someone who makes you curious…and curiouser.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21) Archetype: The Shaman
This is the most mystical time of year for you Scorpio as the Sun transits your house of spiritual matters, and the invisible world. What wonderful surprise do you sense is coming just around the corner? Make these lines from Queen Kate Bush’s song, “Cloudbusting” your mantra: “I just know that something good is gonna happen…I don’t know when…but just saying it could even make it happen…” In fact, play the whole Hounds of Love album again and again. (See if John Doe Records carries it or find something equally magical.)
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Before sleep ask your dreams to show you a glimpse of an upcoming wave of good fortune.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) Archetype: The Traveler
The Sun’s transit through your house of groups, friends and community is urging you to tap into more of your multitudes, Sag. To quote filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, “You can make a thousand different movies about the same subject.” Whether cinema is your thing, or something else, this is the week to do a deep dive into the art of storytelling. Your sign is associated with the Kabbalistic letter Samech, whose primordial message revolves around creating sustenance through story.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Embody the characters of a story you have loved since childhood.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Archetype: The Organizer
The moon transits your house of relationships on Thursday and Friday, and you really need to put work on the backburner. If self-confidence has been an issue lately, remember: Dolly Parton is your spirit animal and everyone loves her! Think about what kind of collaborator can help you to reinvent yourself without losing touch with your essential self. Perhaps the new remake of ‘90s classic “What’s Up” by Dolly and Linda Perry will get you moving. Hum it to yourself while toodling through the farmer’s market looking for other partners in crime.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Tune in to what you would feel like if you didn’t worry so much about your image.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18) Archetype: The Visionary
The moon and Jupiter make a tense square to your sign on Tuesday, but the rest of the week finds you tuned in to a higher frequency. You will feel the most connected to yourself if you check in with a sound healer or do your own drumming, or listening to binaural beats as you fall asleep. Mystic astrologer and modernist composer Dane Rudhyar said, “The Gong is a brotherhood of tones perfectly united and blended, a cosmic entity. In it the law of cohesion manifests fully.” Bang a gong or organize your own (all inclusive) lesbian drum circle chop chop, bang bang.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: When you tune into silence or the pause between notes of music, what do you hear and see and feel?
Pisces (February 19-March 20) Archetype: The Dreamer
The major arcana tarot card “The Moon” is ruled by your sign, Pisces. And in the herbal tarot it is associated with Melissa Officinalise, more commonly known as lemon balm. This herb helps reduce stress and brings out the warmth of personality in someone who may be considered cool and reserved. Despite your water sign gentility, some of you Pisceans are misunderstood as cold fish. Let this be the week that you show your tender heart.
Jill’s Quantum Jump: Imagine you knew you wouldn’t get your heart broken, what would you do first?
O.G. Astrologer Jill Dearman is the author of Queer Astrology for Men and Queer Astrology for Women, the crime novels Jazzed, The Uncanny Case of Gilles/Jeannette (set in Hudson), and many other books. She analyzed the city of Hudson’s chart for Chronogram. Jill is also a PT Prof. of Writing at NYU. If you are interested in learning more about your chart, visit www.jilldearman.com.
The above column is meant for self-reflection purposes and does not constitute medical or legal advice. (Obv!)