We associate Jupiter, the first of the “superior” or outer planets (affecting the collective rather than the personal) with growth, expansion and luck which, if exaggerated, can also lead to greed and dissatisfaction in some cases, making us believe that the grass is greener elsewhere and so prompting us to explore further.
Jupiter has been transiting the sign of Libra since September 2016. Libra is about connection and relationships, it is ruled by a rather extrovert version of Venus (who also rules the more pragmatic Taurus) so it also has to do with fairness and equality in partnerships, which don’t always mean the same thing! It is also a sign that desires compromise, not wanting to rock the boat, thus giving a tendency to consider others before ourselves.
Thus Jupiter in Libra can be associated with truth, justice and kindness towards ourselves in first place and then towards others as a consequence.
After his four-month retrograde cycle Jupiter will station direct at 13°13’ Libra on 9th June and this retrograde transit that has now ended will have involved those persons with planets or angles between 24-12° of the Cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra. Worth taking note of is also the antiscion degree of the direct station at 16° 47’ Pisces.
Since Jupiter is the ruler of the traditional 9th (Sagittarius) and the 12th house (Pisces which he co-rules with the modern ruler Neptune), the axis involved in the traditional zodiac are the 9-3rd and the 12-6th houses. The 9-3rd axis highlights our awareness of the process of integration and understanding of our ideas and thoughts (3rd) in relationship to their usefulness in our worldly philosophy (9th) and the 12-6th axis wants our soul (12th) to recognize our body (6th) as a vehicle.
We have had an opportunity during the last four months to turn inwards and gain deeper insights into spiritual or philosophical issues since our wisdom will have flowed with more ease from the subconscious to the conscious self. This has also been an excellent period during which to seek out underlying truths concerning current matters of the house where Jupiter is transiting in our natal chart. In this way we may have come out of this retrograde period with an inner sense of contentment and optimism about our future potentials. For some however, this period may also have involved matters regarding partnerships or delays and/or problems with long distance travel and finances, perhaps because more money than expected has had to be spent for it!!
Now is the time to push forward with the insights gained over the last months as the planet slowly achieves full steam over a period of several weeks (it remains at 13° until the end of June) remaining in a quincunx aspect (150°) to Neptune in Pisces during June….
dreaming big is great
but putting too much faith in our imagination
is not always so
We all look forward to Jupiter transits, even the so-called “harsh” ones because we believe that they will bring us luck in that sector of the chart in which the planet is transiting, only to remain disappointed when nothing seems to have changed for the better in our lives after the transit has passed. In whatever house this planet is transiting in our natal chart it helps us to, so as to say, “grease the wheels” and backs projects that we have in mind as well as encouraging us to gain new perspectives in that sector of our chart where it is transiting.
Jupiter, in his positive form, expands, smooths the path, helps us along the way BUT we have to start the action, we have to take that leap of faith, then he will aid us on our way but if we fall into waiting for the good things to happen then we’re going to miss the whole point of this transit….Jupiter is lazy…he needs to be prodded so it’s up to you and you alone to pick up his energy. Got it?
The Sabian symbol for 14° Libra: “In the heat of the noon hour a man takes a siesta”. Indicating the need for recuperation within the social pattern of everyday activity.
“So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.” Charlotte Eriksson
Like to tell how this Jupiter retrograde went for you?
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 180-181, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Tierney B. (1983) “Dynamics of Aspect Analysis”, Chapter 10, Retrograde Planets, pp 222-223, CRCA Publications, Sebastopol, CA, USA