How to interpret a Jupiter transit…

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First up, you need to understand a little about the potential of Jupiter transits. If you missed Saturday’s post on that very subject, it’s here. As we saw, Jupiter is not some sort of celestial Santa Claus. The number of times I’ve heard people say stuff like ‘Jupiter came through my 10th house and I thought I’d get a new job out of it. But look at me, still in the old one.’ Sigh.

A little questioning and it comes out…usually something like, ‘sure there were opportunities, but they weren’t the right ones. Jupiter’s supposed to make it happen, isn’t he?’

Sure…he’ll present the chance or the opportunity, but you have to do your bit too. You have to recognize it as such and have the faith to open the door and see what’s behind it. You’ll then need to make the choice to do something with what’s been presented. Sitting back and arrogantly expecting that everything will just happen and someone else will take care of the details won’t cut it.

Like the person having the 5th house Jupiter transit who expected her social life and romantic life to be bubbling over with joviality. It could have been- if she hadn’t kept saying no to invitations, to playtime, to short term relationships that could potentially have meant something. Because, at first glance, the invitations she received weren’t the exact ones she’d wanted. Shoulda. Coulda. Woulda.

Get it?

Jupiter presents the doors- it’s up to you whether you open them or not and what you do with whatever is behind them. And another thing- Jupiter opportunities don’t come with an iron-clad guarantee of success. Much of that depends on the work you’ve already put in- and that’s Saturn’s domain.

While Jupiter is in Libra, be aware of the tendency to prevaricate or umm and ahhh before making your decision. If you delay too long, you could miss out.

Know your Jupiter story

What house is your natal Jupiter in?

Look for this symbol.

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This part of life will always be where Jupiter transits are felt first. If you don’t have a chart, instructions to cast your own are here.

If you want to know more about what Jupiter represents, check out this edition of the Toolbox.

What house/s does Libra occupy in your chart?

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This is the area of life that Jupiter will be asking you for expansion in. It’s where you’re selling yourself short, or under-estimating yourself. It’s where you mightn’t be living life to it’s fullest potential. It’s what you do here that will influence the outcome of the transit. If you don’t know your birth time to cast your chart, use the solar guide in Sunday’s post.

What houses does Jupiter rule in your chart?

These will be the houses with Pisces

Pisces zodiac astrological symbol icon.

And Sagittarius on the cusp.

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These houses will always be where the outcome of any Jupiter transit is felt.

What aspects is Jupiter making to other points in your chart?

What is the nature of the aspect?

This will tell you whether the transit will be “easy” or “hard”- and that doesn’t mean “good” or “bad.” It is more about how easily or quickly things happen.

When Jupiter is conjunct a planet or chart point, his energy is fused with that planet. He takes over that planet. His energy is stronger than the planet he is invading.

When Jupiter is opposing a planet or chart point, things are happening outside of your control that is forcing you to take action or make a decision. It’s their fault and their problem, but it’s impacting you. With an opposition there’s a sense of coming together to pull apart- and vice versa.

When Jupiter is square a planet or chart point, there is tension and frustration- something happens which will force you a sort of tipping point. You can’t bury your head in the sand even if it all seems too hard or too scary or too big. You are forced into action because of another action rather than a decision.

When Jupiter is trine a planet or chart point whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily!

When Jupiter is sextile a planet or chart point opportunities may arise. As there are masculine signs involved (Leo and Sagittarius) opportunities could fall out of the sky and into your lap. The decision will be yours as to what you do with that.

When Jupiter is inconjunct or quincunx a planet or chart point, there will be a change, separation of letting go of something- whether you are ready for it or not.

When will it happen?

Jupiter transits don’t last long- unless the transit is occurring near the station point. In my experience, they tend to also have a short tail, so I look mostly at an influence of 2 degrees before and 1 after.

What about if my Jupiter is retrograde?

You’re in good company. As Jupiter spends about four months a year retrograde, there are lots of us out there with Jupiter retrograde in our charts- me included. Have I noticed a difference in transits? No. But it’s also in the nature of Rx Jupiter to be a tad more cautious than a direct Jupiter is- we go inward before we push the energy out. We might look for more reasons not to open that door that Jupiter presents- at least at first. Same, same…but different.

Putting it all together…

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Using my chart as an example, Jupiter in my chart is in the 5th house and in the sign of Cancer. It rules my 1st (traditionally) and my 10th houses. This means that every single transit that Jupiter makes to my chart will ask me to expand within the area of life (the house) it is transiting (for me, this is the 7th and 8th while Jupiter is in Libra), but will have an and result or impact on both the 1st and the 10th houses. The way in which I will do this will be in a 5th house style.

In my case, Jupiter in Libra will make the following (traditional) aspects over the next 12 months or so:

  • Jupiter opposite Saturn
  • Jupiter sextile Midheaven
  • Jupiter opposite Venus
  • Jupiter square Jupiter

Jupiter will also be inconjunct Mercury, the Ascendant, the Sun and the Moon- given the year that this has been so far, there’s very definitely a coming ready or not feeling!

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I always jot each transit down in a sort of t-square format- it helps me see patterns. If you haven’t done this before, it helps you see patterns clearly. I usually write the dates down too, but tend to just as quickly forget about that- it’s the themes rather than the details I’m usually interested in.

Try it for yourself…