Traditionally known as the greater benefic, Jupiter
rules Sagittarius, mutable fire, and Pisces, mutable water, which
it co-rules with Neptune. Jupiter is in detriment in Gemini and
Virgo and is in its fall in Capricorn. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer,
in which sign it gains kindliness and gentleness, and expands
the sympathies of the sign.
Jupiter is the largest of the planets and the traditional great
benefic is obviously more pleasant than the traditional great
malefic, Saturn. However, an afflicted Jupiter can lead people
into terrible difficulties, a common example is that under the
influence of Jupiter people tend to become overweight.
Jupiter is true conscience wanting to do
its own thing. Being an entirely mutable planet, its action
is largely on the mental plane, and makes the philosopher, scientist,
theologian, and speculative thinker of all kinds. It has also
great power in the moral and material worlds, making the nature
kind, generous, hopeful and loyal, while the fortunes are improved.
Indeed, Jupiter, unless badly afflicted, is the planet of luck,
good fortune not clearly attributable to merit, and those with
the planet angular and in a congenial sign are usually fortunate,
especially if they possess common sense and a sense of moderation;
otherwise they tempt their fortunes too far. Jupiter’s
faith can become an unbound belief in luck and a reckless disregard
of consequences, so that, although seldom anyone’s enemy
but his own, the Jupiterian personality often ruin themselves
by pushing their luck too far, taking unreasonable hazards,
gambling, and wasting time, money and energy. Jupiter has much
to do with sports, hunting, athletics and also a fondness for
As Robert Hand points out, Jupiter relates to two apparently
different but closely related sets of energies: the energy of
expansion and the energy of integration.
In the desire to grow, the need to handle details and deal with
the minor aspects of living tends to get overlooked. Jupiterian
people may live life reaching out to comprehend and experience
as much as the universe as possible. Breadth of experience prevents
this person from taking narrow-minded positions based on short-term
goals at the expense of long-range objectives. Such a person usually
has a strong sense of social consciousness.
The integrative side of Jupiter expresses itself most typically
in its association with religion. Religion is a consciousness-expanding
system for giving one a relationship to the universe. Jupiterian
religion is the religion of the priest rather than the mystic.
Jupiter’s association with the law is also a function of
its integrative side. Insofar as the law is a set of rules and
restrictions, it is Saturnine, but insofar as it is the fabric
of formal agreements that bind a society together, it is Jupiterian.
In some ways Jupiter aspects are the easiest to interpret, for
one of Jupiter’s most reliable major characteristics is
its tendency to expand whatever it touches. The planetary principle
contacting Jupiter is simply made bigger. But bigger isn’t
necessarily better. If Jupiter expands what it touches it will
also exaggerate and inflate already difficult aspect patterns
in a chart.
Jupiter urges us too look beyond the immediate facts and the
current situation and see a deeper meaning, significance and purpose.
To find meaning and purpose in life is a need which cannot be
too highly estimated. Jupiter is also associated with the broadening
the mind, understanding and wisdom, and as such it has rulership
over long-distance travel and higher education, both of which
broaden the mind.
Where we find Jupiter we tend to be greedy, we tend to
want more of whatever that planet signifies. It is also where more and
more is available to us. Thus Jupiter is associated with wealth. Our
Jupiter aspects will describe the ease or difficulty with which
we attain, use or recognise wealth. They will also show, together
with the sign and house placement, what the nature of that wealth
might actually be.
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