Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Jupiter Retrograde 2011

Cook Straits. Pic by me.
Cook Straits. Pic by me.

Jupiter is stationary and will be retrograde by tonight all the way through until Christmas. Heavy sighs all round from this fishie.

Jupiter is known as the Great Benefic. Often labelled as the “lucky planet”, Jupiter makes things bigger. This is great if you have really good things happening- they happen even more easily, but isn’t so good if there are problems on the horizon. This also isn’t so good if he is transiting across your Ascendant (literally speaking, your physical body often gets bigger…).  Check out Dare to Dream for more of Jupiter transits.

Jupiter is generally so optimistic, exuberant and dream/ ideal/ future driven. Nobody can keep up this pace for ever, so when he turns retrograde, he does so for a few months at a time. And when Jupiter turns retrograde, the expansion… stops. Just like that. Good if you are planning a diet but not so great if you are in the middle of a project. Things that seemed to be sure may just stop. Physical energy may just dry up. Optimism and faith may falter. It can be like having a great big Jupiter 12th house transit…and for more on that one, check out Watch Me Come Undone.

This is especially true if Jupiter is strong in your chart. Generally speaking, in my case, my wings tend to be clipped and if I am going to feel less than exuberant (in mood or in health), now is the time.

So, who is impacted? Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces (as traditional ruler). You may be regarded as strongly Jupiterian if:

  • you have your Ascendant, Sun or Moon Pisces or Sagittarius
  • If Jupiter is in close aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Midheaven (especially conjunction, square or opposition)
    • If you have Jupiter in Cancer, the sign of his exultation
    • If you have a number of planets in the 9th house or the 12th house.

Look also at the houses which Jupiter rules in your chart- those houses with either Sagittarius or Pisces on the cusp- this area of your life will feel the Jupiter influence the most. For this particular retrograde you will also be impacted if you have planets in the 1st few degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn and Cancer, or in the last 7 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini & Virgo.

Jupiter also represents integrity and honesty, so the retrograde period is a great time to look objectively and realistically at what you are doing. Are you really investing enough of yourself in what is important? What do you do out of fear or because it is expected of you? How do these actions impinge on your real life goals and where you are meant to be? Have you stopped believing? Are you dwelling too much on coulda woulda shoulda?

Jupiter has a habit of removing those things from your life which you think you need, but actually are doing you no good at all. But with Jupiter, there is no maliciousness- anything you lose now, or anything that stops now is simply not necessary to your growth and will usually be for the best.

What else is there to say? Firstly, the Taurus things in life will be intensified (for more hints on this one check out the post- Too Much is Never Enough. And the affairs of the house Jupiter is transiting and, in particular stationing, is exaggerated. For more info on where this may be for you, check out the Jupiter tab at the top of the page.

This retrograde will have Jupiter back-tracking through the first 10 degrees of Taurus- all the way back to 00Taurus. The key points of this transit are at the station points ie 10 Taurus and 0Taurus, so if you have planets or chart points here, check out what else may be raised as the station will magnify the impact of any natal patterns already in you chart. Eg say you have the Moon at 10 Taurus opposite Pluto natally. When Jupiter stations at this point, that natal Moon-Pluto will be brought out into the open in a pretty big way.

Oh, and another warning. Whilst Jupiter can be very much be careful what you wish for, during the retrograde period, everything should come with a don’t count your chickens before they hatch warning- what is promised during this period may never actually happen. So that sure thing may not be quite as sure as you think it is.

So, what to do? Look inward and be honest with yourself. Now is not the time to embark on any activity that requires material expansion- unless it is a new charity or spiritual retreat or something that is of a higher purpose, so to speak. Whatever you do this Jupiter retrograde- don’t stop thinking about tomorrow…it’ll soon be here and it will be better than before, so don’t you look back!

If you wake up and don’t want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You’ll see things in a different way.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Don’t you look back,
 Don’t you look back.

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, by Fleetwood Mac


  1. Hi Jo, I have my I.C. (Nadar) at 11 degrees Taurus, how do you see this, since you did not mention the I.C.? I am trying to move but it is feeling very difficult…and now that the retrograde has begun should I just give up till after the New Year trying to find somewhere? Or is there something else this Jupiter in Taurus is good for?? It affects nothing else…except opposes my MC of course, in my chart. Many thanks, Shawn 🙂

  2. Hi Shawn, you are correct, I rarely talk about the IC or DC, but they are important as primary angles. Jupiter moving across the IC may instigate a move, but moving backwards across it would usually indicate that there is more to think about before you actually do it! I recall a similar situation where I so wanted to move move move & it almost delivered, but never completely…until Jupiter went direct. Remember Jupiter delivers lots of stuff, it just might not be right. Use the retrograde to work out what you need, what you can afford & also the risks- a Taurus IC likes to be sure.

  3. Hi Jo. I’m a bit spooke now. I’ve got a 4 planet stellium in Virgo, covering the frist 10 degrees – just those degrees Jupiter will retrograde. Jupiter is transiting my 6th and 5th house, it’s trining Pluto in Capricorn, so most of the year these two planets have been making a grand trine with the stellium. (Pluto is in 2nd, ruled by Jupiter). I have Natal Jupiter in Pisces, opposing the stellium, so these to transits are sextiling that. I’ve had a great year work wise, and the prospects look really good. Would the retrograde – even if it’s a trine – slow things down on this kind of progress? Thanks! Natalie

  4. Hey Natalie, don’t be too spooked. Natal Jupiter in Pisces is a fall on the feet sort of Jupiter. The sextile is always one of making the most of opportunities- you open the door rather than the door opens if you know what I mean. It may slow down the progress, but if it does, it will because it needs to slow, if you know what I mean.

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