[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 Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and Jupiter in Capricorn:
Jupiter in Taurus
Jupiter as Expansion:
Jupiter in Taurus tends to symbolize a degree of perseverance regarding one’s ability to secure the material aspects of one’s life. As one of the most tenacious energies in the archetypal zodiac, Taurus represents our need for consistency. Therefore, Jupiter in Taurus may signal that our psyche tends to gravitate towards familiar experiences or unchanging contexts rather than shake the status quo or initiate something completely brand new.
This, however, does not suggest that the individuals with this placement cannot be innovative or inventive. It rather refers to the type of innovation or inventiveness these individuals may find appealing: an artist with Jupiter in Taurus, for example, would probably enjoy creating something new based on existing artistic styles, perhaps by rearranging or refining the already-existing elements, rather than absolutely disregarding what is already there in a tangible form in the sphere of mundane life. The best example would be Andy Warhol, whose artwork explicitly displays a passion for repetition and utilization of mundane objects. In fact, he once stated:
Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
Jupiter in Taurus may also symbolize a general psychological tendency towards appreciating the “yin” values such as patience, persistence, and receptivity, rather than the “yang” values, such as initiation, motion, and action. It is, therefore, important for individuals with this placement to cultivate opportunities for silence, solitude, and contemplation in their everyday life in order to help the expansive energy symbolized by Jupiter in their chart flow naturally and fruitfully.
Jupiter as Meaning:
Jupiter in Taurus may signify that the best way of finding meaning in life would be appreciating simple, concrete aspects of life which are right there in front of us. Also, a desire to establish and maintain material and physical comfort may guide many of our everyday activities, and apropos the Venusian side of Taurus, we may, indeed, base our life philosophy on mundane beauty and simple sensual pleasures rather than abstract principles or complicated codes of ethics.
There may also exist an inner attraction towards whatever that is “pretty” and “present”, as the meaning of life (Jupiter) is very much flavored by the Taurean aversion towards moving away from what is sensually verifiable or concretely accessible. In fact, a great literary case that beautifully exemplifies how Jupiter in Taurus may function is the novel Ulysses written by the universally-celebrated Irish author, James Joyce:
In more than 700 pages, Joyce poetically and at times in a banal manner chronicles the random thoughts and mundane encounters of a character during the course of one day. In contrast to its title which promises extraordinary characterization and heroic events, Ulysses is nothing but a glimpse into the beauty and banality of ordinary life, as it contains many details and nuances of our mundane existence. The novel is not exciting to read, and probably quite difficult to finish (as it is loaded with endless allusions and references) yet isn’t this precisely how life is? In its seemingly superficial, repetitive structure, every single day contains hundreds of unique moments and profound mysteries, mostly overlooked and forgotten by us:
Folded away in the memory of nature with her toys. Memories beset his brooding brain. Her glass of water from the kitchen tap when she had approached the sacrament. A cored apple, filled with brown sugar, roasting for her at the hob on a dark autumn evening.
If Jupiter functions in an extreme manner in this sign, however, the individual may stay on the “surface” of things, focus all his or her energy towards securing a materially comfortable life or overlook the possibility of the existence of multiple or deeper dimensions of meaning.
Jupiter in Virgo
Jupiter as Expansion:
Jupiter in Virgo tends to symbolize a degree of perseverance regarding one’s ability to sort out the seemingly chaotic mass of things and develop a judicious approach regarding one’s underlying belief system. In other words, Jupiter in Virgo may very well signal that our psyche is operating from a highly critical standpoint, and is always striving toward becoming better, be it regarding oneself or others.
In its positive form, therefore, we may experience this energy as an imperative to “improve” ourselves and our environment, to take care of those hierarchically beneath us (such as plants and animals), or to want to “learn more” about these issues. In its negative form, however, this placement may denote a fanatical attachment to logic and deductive thinking, an almost-obsessive belief in “precision” and an ideological intolerance for chaos in any form.
Also, Jupiter in Virgo may denote a practical tendency towards minimalism, i.e. getting rid of all that is not absolutely necessary. The artistic or literary expression would usually reflect this penchant as well. Guy de Maupassant, the French novelist who had this placement in his natal chart succinctly stated:
Whatever you want to say, there is only one word to express it, only one verb to give it movement, only one adjective to qualify it.
In its extreme form, however, Jupiter in Virgo may get too “caught up” in the minutiae and lose sight of the bigger context in which all the details are placed. Errors of judgment may thus occur rather easily, as what is “right” in one context may prove to be “wrong” in another.
Jupiter as Meaning:
Jupiter in Virgo may signify that the best way of finding meaning in life would be paying attention to details and approaching life experiences with a discerning eye. In other words, every component has a function within the system, so the best way of understanding the system is to understand the function of each component. This will probably summarize the basic life philosophy of an individual with Jupiter in Virgo.
The mind may also be fascinated by the technical aspects of things, no matter how non-technical those things may seem to be. In other words, the “mechanics” which exist behind each operating system and the particular “codes” which allow that system to function properly may be quite intriguing for an individual with this placement. For example, the American poet Ezra Pound, who had this placement in his natal chart, considered poetry (which seems to elude a systematic understanding) a technical art:
Poetry is a sort of inspired mathematics, which gives us equations, not for abstract figures, triangles, squares, and the like, but for the human emotions. If one has a mind which inclines to magic rather than science, one will prefer to speak of these equations as spells or incantations; it sounds more arcane, mysterious, recondite.
There may also exist an inclination towards dismissing that which cannot be logically proved, therefore the abstract systems of thought and belief which function on pure theory may not be appealing to an individual with this placement. On the other hand, life philosophies which bring the physical and spiritual together, such as yoga, may be quite fascinating, and the individual may even choose to study and practice such doctrines.
Jupiter in Capricorn
Jupiter as Expansion:
Jupiter in Capricorn tends to symbolize a degree of perseverance regarding one’s ability to strategize one’s approach to life, focusing only on what matters, rather than wasting energy sorting out what is trivial. Jupiter placed in a sign ruled by Saturn may also signal that our psyche is prone to a degree of self-monitoring with regards to the notion of “expansion” in general. In other words, growth in our life may tend to take place in a premeditated rather than a spontaneous manner. Individuals with this placement, therefore, will benefit from consciously planning their moves and risks in life, rather than leaving things to chance or fate.
As the expansive energy of Jupiter is being brought to consciousness (Saturn), Jupiter in Capricorn may also symbolize a persistent tendency to gain consciousness regarding one’s true motives or the nature of one’s morality or codes of behavior. As the English poet and satirist Alexander Pope, who had this placement in his natal chart, remarked:
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and foe.
Jupiter in Capricorn may also symbolize a degree of “perfectionism” with regards to one’s adherence to ethical principles, however those principles are defined by the individual. As someone with this placement can be quite aware of his or her true motives, he or she may have a harder time forgiving himself or herself after committing an error in judgment or exhibiting any form of unplanned reaction to someone else’s unsettling words or unjust behavior. The critical voice of conscience, in this case, usually tends to target the individual himself or herself, rather than the guilty party.
In its positive form, as the individual tends to hold himself or herself to high ethical standards, he or she may be quite scrupulous regarding his words and behavior, at least in public. In its extreme form, however, Jupiter in Capricorn may symbolize an inner tendency to hold oneself “above” the ethical codes and laws which apply to mortals and instead devise one’s own system of ethics or law, which may not necessarily cater to others.
Jupiter as Meaning:
Jupiter in Capricorn may signify that the best way of finding meaning in life would be by defining a goal and taking strategic steps towards reaching that goal. As the energy of Capricorn is also connected with one’s vocation in life, with Jupiter in Capricorn one can also make a career out of Jupiterian themes, such as “religion”, “comedy”, or “philosophy”.
The pursuit of “meaning” can also turn into a life-long project with Jupiter placed in the sign associated with longevity. In its extreme form, one may never feel satisfied with one’s understanding of life, and may constantly search for a more “practical” or “useful” philosophy that can help one go through life on a daily basis.
As the archetype of Capricorn is associated with a relentless focus on the “usefulness” of things, with a concentration of this energy in the chart, one may easily come to the conclusion that if something is not useful, it is not relevant. With Jupiter in Capricorn, this may very well become a life philosophy: that the meaningful experiences are those which prove to be practically useful, either for the individual or for others. This pragmatic approach is exquisitely reflected in a line by the American poet Emily Dickinson (who had this placement in her natal chart):
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
However, taken to an extreme, an individual with Jupiter in Capricorn may tend to dismiss the “meaning” implied in things that are not necessarily “useful”, such as “beauty” or “stillness”. It is important, therefore, for individuals with this placement to consciously develop an appreciation for the “meaning” of life as reflected in its many forms, useful and useless, and to meditate upon life every now and then as a beautiful, inexplicable miracle, and not just as a highly efficient system which can be approached pragmatically all the time.
In the next post, I will address Jupiter in Air Signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.