Jupiter, or Zeus as the ancient Greeks knew him, was the King of the Olympian gods. He was omniscient; knowing and seeing everything as well as dispensing good and evil not only in the Heavens but also among the mortals on the Earth. Although married to a very jealous spouse (Hera) he managed nevertheless to have many extra-marital affairs with goddesses and mortals alike thus producing an incredible number of children who he always left to be raised by others.
So we associate Jupiter 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 is now transiting the sign of Virgo which tends towards modesty, loves serving others but inclines to overthinking and worrying, far too attentive to the small details to see the big picture, especially where health and diet and day-to-day routine are concerned.
After his four-month retrograde cycle Jupiter will station direct at 13°15’ Virgo on May 9th and will affect persons with planets or angles on that degree also in the signs of Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius. Worth taking note of is also the antiscion degree at 16°45’ Aries.
Since Jupiter is the ruler of the traditional 9th (Sagittarius) and the 12th houses (Pisces which he co-rules with the modern ruler Neptune), the axes involved in the traditional zodiac are between 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 over the last four months to turn inwards and gain deeper insights into spiritual or philosophical issues since our wisdom has been able to flow 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. We may come out of this retrograde period with an inner sense of contentment and optimism about our future potentials. For some however, this has also meant delays and/or problems with long distance travel, perhaps because more money than expected was spent for it!!
Now is the time to adopt new fresh approaches about how we can separate ourselves from previous social standards that have been stifling our inner growth.
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.
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° Virgo: “An aristocratic family tree.” Indicating a deep reliance upon the ancestral roots of individual character.
“Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.” From the movie, “Miracle On 34th Street”
Which house(s) is Jupiter now transiting in your natal chart? Where have you gained insight during this retrograde period?
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 159, 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
Image: Nature Acrylic Painting by Francisco Matos titled Bailando com Jupiter, created in 2013