[This is a continuation of the previous post.] In the following posts, I will address Jupiter in Signs, which in turn, will be followed by Jupiter in Houses and then Jupiter Aspects. Please keep in mind that these are some possible baseline interpretations, which may be radically altered by the presence of other factors in the chart. This particular post offers a basic explanation of Jupiter in Gemini, Jupiter in Libra and Jupiter in Aquarius:
Jupiter in Gemini
Jupiter as Expansion:
Jupiter in Gemini tends to symbolize a flexible philosophical approach to life, one that is based on constant inquisition and curiosity. Gemini represents motion, data-gathering, and variety. Therefore, Jupiter in Gemini may signal that our philosophical framework is open to a variety of possibilities, and may even change throughout life. The psyche is relatively comfortable with the idea of juggling new ideas or experimenting with new aspects of understanding. In some cases, the person may literally find prosperity in all that is symbolized by the Gemini archetype: motion, verbal exchange, media or manual activities.
Oprah Winfrey is a great example of a comfortable Jupiter in Gemini: her material prosperity comes from her TV show and her airy ability to engage a variety of people in spontaneous conversation. Incidentally, in her case, Jupiter is also situated in a grand trine, connecting her Gemini-flavored philosophy of life with her Aquarian stellium of personal planets and a generational Neptune in Libra which can be translated to “a collective appeal”.
Jupiter as Meaning:
Jupiter in Gemini may signify that the best way of finding meaning in life is by keeping an open mind and a fresh attitude. In other words, life is to be perceived as a series of possibilities which one can choose from, and if needed, one can replace. The philosophical agility of Jupiter in Gemini may thus help an individual deal with difficult experiences in a more light-hearted manner, as the “meaning” can be freshly obtained at any moment by changing the philosophical lenses if necessary.
A comfortable Jupiter in Gemini can, therefore, help us reframe our traumatic experiences in a way that is more in harmony with our ultimate goal of recovery. In other words, by re-interpreting the trauma, we may be able to shift our psychological focus from the “pain” to the “lesson” of that experience and thus accelerate and facilitate our recovery process.
An uncomfortable Jupiter in Gemini, however, may signal that we tend to prioritize “information” to “emotion”, i.e. we may want to “learn” about our problems without necessarily “feeling” our issues and sorting them out on an emotional level. In this case, we may tend to partially skip the psychological re-encounter with any traumatic experience, and just decide to “distract” ourselves from it by, ironically enough, gathering information about it and not ever really addressing it on a heart level. As conveyed before, sometimes the ability to re-encounter the wound is necessary for the healing process to take place on the level of the “emotional body”. An uncomfortable Jupiter in Gemini may, however, dismiss this fact.
Jupiter in Libra
Jupiter as Expansion:
Jupiter in Libra tends to symbolize a philosophical search for the inclusion of dualities in life. Perhaps best illustrated by the crescents of Yin/Yang symbols complementing each other and thus creating the full circle of existence, Libra is the archetype of binaries forming a balanced whole. Jupiter in Libra, therefore, indicates a philosophical mind frame which constantly seeks to balance itself by considering equal portions of contradictory concepts. Jupiter in Libra, in other words, seeks wholeness by finding all the scattered ideological, religious or philosophical pieces of the puzzle and looking at them as complementary rather than contradictory.
We can thus conclude that the key to prosperity for Jupiter in Libra is strictly relational, i.e. developing a life philosophy through considering the “other”, why the “other” exists in the first place, and how the “other” is similar or different from us. Jupiter in Libra learns through relating, be it to oneself, to a tree, or to a lover.
Excluding all other factors in the chart, individuals with a healthy Jupiter in Libra are normally eager to embark on a journey towards the “other” in order to explore the many wonders of relating and connecting. Negatively, however, this placement may signify philosophical issues or psychological blocks with regards to the concept of relating.
Either case, on a mundane level, this placement may literally show that relationships of any sort, splendid or horrible, can bring unique opportunities for growth to the life of the individual. Often the most profound levels of spiritual and philosophical growth take place through interaction and connection with the “other”. In this case, a bitter divorce can be as conducive to obtaining unmatched wisdom as a happy marriage. With this placement, therefore, whatever that comes to pass in a relational sphere is meant to be cosmically “meaningful” and somehow “planned” by the individual’s higher consciousness.
Jupiter as Meaning:
Jupiter in Libra may signify that the best way of finding meaning in life is by developing an ability to dwell in an ideological space of paradox. This approach is a reminder of the wisdom imparted by Hexagram 15 of the ancient oracle I Ching, also known as the “Give and Take” principle: anything true which excludes something else being true is only a temporal, short living truth.
A comfortable Jupiter in Libra, therefore, stays open to “truth” as a notion containing many layers of contradiction. After making such a philosophical commitment to the paradoxical nature of “truth”, we can then delineate an ethical system which is ready to stay forever poised in a space containing incongruous dualities, instead of simply tilting towards one side of the equation and thus relegating the “eternal” truth to a “temporal” one.
On a mundane level, Jupiter in Libra may signify that relationships may literally form or modify someone’s ideological and philosophical frame of reference. An uncomfortable Jupiter in Libra, in this case, may form a rather embittered vision of the world or experience a complete loss of meaning in life just because a lover said something bad or did something wrong. In a constant effort to balance the scales of Being, Libra may indeed fall into Abysmal extremes. After all, nothing is easier than tipping the scales of a constantly rope-juggling mind.
Jupiter in Aquarius
Jupiter as Expansion:
Jupiter in Aquarius tends to symbolize a degree of philosophical objectivity and idealism. The archetype of Aquarius is generally linked with altruism and a concern for the well-being of the collective, thus it is easy to see why Jupiter in Aquarius may produce a philosophical tendency towards Utopian dreams or ideals emanating from higher consciousness.
On the other hand, according to the theories derived from the teachings of Evolutionary Astrology, any planetary placement in the sign of Aquarius may also hint at the possibility of trauma with regards to the archetype represented by that planet. Therefore, Jupiter in Aquarius may alternatively be interpreted as the possibility of an unconscious trauma regarding Jupiterian themes, such as religion, higher learning, or a search for meaning in life.
In this case, an uncomfortable Jupiter in Aquarius may signify that the individual possibly carries past-life residual memories of religious dogmatism, learning disability or challenges regarding interaction with foreigners or those coming from a different cultural or ideological background. More profoundly, the individual may have experienced a general loss of meaning in life at one point in the prior cycles or early on in the current life.
Either case, Jupiter in Aquarius may find prosperity in connecting with the collective, either through art (as in the case of internationally-renowned composers Miles Davis and Peter Gabriel), as a politician (as in the case of Barak Obama), or through performing simple acts of philanthropy and helping social causes.
Jupiter as Meaning:
Jupiter in Aquarius may signify that the best way of finding meaning in life is by considering what is “meaningful” to the collective and aiding others to achieve their dreams in life. Through shifting focus from “self” to “others”, we can build lasting social structures and help humanity move forward, even if on a small scale.
Alternatively, as the energy of Aquarius is generally connected with sounds and the faculty of hearing, one may be able to find a meaningful career or develop a soul-satisfying hobby regarding sounds (e.g. as a musician) or listening ability (e.g. as a counselor or politician). Interestingly enough, an individual with this placement may often notice that exposure to exotic music or indecipherable languages can somehow open the door to higher perception.
As this placement may also signal a degree of traumatic experiences regarding Jupiterian themes, one may find meaning in life by helping others heal from those very themes. For example, a politician who himself or herself has experienced racism or sexism may very well campaign against this type of prejudice. Similarly, if one is already in a religious or political position, one may be more open to addressing Aquarian themes in an effective manner. For example, as a legislator, one may support LGBT community or endorse freedom of religious minorities. In other words, with this placement, healing arrives through championing the cause of others and making sure that one has lifted oneself above the limitations of prejudgment.
In the next post, I will address Jupiter in Water Signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.