A lot of people struggle with the idea of co-rulers in astrology. This is understandable, it creates a lot of confusion. This blog post isn't aimed at an academic approach to the co-ruler system, but more of a relatable and understandable one. Let's start with the zodiac sign that Neptune and Jupiter rule: Pisces.

Pisces is the natural sign ruler of the twelfth house and a sign associated with mysticism, religion, intuition, imagination, and belief. It is often said that Pisces is a combination of all the signs, carrying each to them within them. This is because Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac, right before Aries comes to start everything anew. But it's because Pisces sees what each of the signs carry: and that is belief. Belief about themselves, others, and the world. We see how beliefs shape every facet of our lives through Pisces's co-rulers.

Jupiter rules both Pisces and Sagittarius, and is the planet of luck, expansion, and growth. Beliefs have a way of governing our entire lives. From the way we choose to live, to how we expect others to live. That's the thing about beliefs, we think of them as silly little abstract spiritual things, but in reality they're quite forceful. Almost pervasive, like the ever expanding Jupiter. They can also be quite extreme - something else Jupiter is associated with. Think about it: the offense that comes when discussing beliefs, the wars that have been started over beliefs, and the unwillingness to budge on what we believe is almost unruly. You could even say it's blinding, which is where Pisces's other ruler, Neptune, comes in.

Neptune is associated with illusion, fogginess, and dreams. Sometimes what we believe affects our very reality. Our beliefs have a way of blinding us to what really matters sometimes. They can really get in our way. Our beliefs about ourselves, especially, can help us or hinder us. If you believe you can do something, you can do it. If you believe you can't, then you won't even try. That's the hard thing about beliefs: there's a fine line between ideas and action.

The twelfth house, often associated with Pisces, is affiliated with exile, self undoing, and karma - but our beliefs drive this. We get what we think we deserve, and can become a self-fulfilling prophecy in the process. Our confidence in ourselves can turn us inward, and our beliefs can be projected onto the world and others. Our beliefs drive us to act, and some could say they even make us who we are, as we look at the bridge between the twelfth and first house. The twelfth house scares a lot of people, but when we look at it through the context of inner work, self-belief, and healing, we can really illuminate a lot of what Pisces is about.

Beliefs are a driving force. Neptune and Jupiter show us just how powerful they are, and the ways in which they manifest. Beliefs build character, and they can say a lot about us. In an age where everyone is telling you want to believe (or what not to believe), sometimes it is best to check in with yourself and see where you stand. Pisces is a sign of indecisiveness, so it's okay to not have an opinion, and allow yourself that. People chalk astrology up as a matter of belief, but astrologers see it everyday. Sometimes it's not about what we believe or don't, but creating peace despite that.