[This is a continuation of the previous post.] In the following posts, I will address Jupiter in Houses of the birth chart, which in turn, will be followed by Jupiter in 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 the Second House Jupiter and the Eighth House Jupiter in the birth chart:
Jupiter in the Second House
With Jupiter placed in the Second House of the natal chart, the individual may feel “larger than life” or may display behaviors which carry traces of self-aggrandizement.
The Second House of the birth chart is usually associated with the psychological stage of developing “object constancy”, which normally occurs around the age of two or three. This means that, at this stage, a child starts realizing that people or objects continue “being there” even if they are temporarily out of sight. The presence of uncomfortable social or collective planets in this area of the chart may, at times, hint at possible interruption or arrest in this process. In this case, later in life, the individual may develop an excessive attachment or display an exaggerated level of detachment in relation to people or objects around him or her.
Alternatively, if heavy energies are present in this area of the natal chart, one may tend to register a rather “fixed” sense of the world, demonstrating an unusual degree of resistance to change regarding his or her environment or personal habits, as if one is trying to compensate for the unreliable parents or the unpredictable childhood environment that failed to provide certainty and constancy when one was going through this developmental stage.
Faith & Folly of the Second House Jupiter:
With Jupiter in the Second House, one will need his or her “space”, be it literal or metaphorical. There usually exists an internal “largeness” which may also be reflected in the individual’s colorful lifestyle, his or her generous attitude, or habitual episodes of indulgence. If the individual does not naturally gravitate towards a degree of frugality or control based on the presence of other elements in the chart, he or she may end up wasting material resources or may have difficulties saving time and energy in an efficient manner.
It is important for individuals with Jupiter in the Second House to understand that they may have a tendency to surpass their own natural limits and may, therefore, feel burned out at times. One has to reach for the stars, but it is equally important for one to also have one’s feet firmly on the ground and plant the seeds of success here and now. Many individuals with this placement have quite a clear vision of success in their mind, but they also have to be careful not to turn into mere visionaries without an inclination to act, or even worse, into tyrants whose only goal is to keep themselves satisfied in the process.
The reason for this cautionary note is that with the Second House placements, there may still exist a “toddler” in us who wants it all (as the Second House symbolizes this particular stage of life when “object constancy” is formed). Toddlers are rightfully “selfish”, as they are going through a developmental process which requires them to establish a secure sense of the world by retaining and owning things. An adult whose psychological development has been arrested at this stage, however, may display the same “self-gratifying” behavior out of the context. In this case, the individual may feel that things or people have to “belong” to him or her; otherwise, he or she may not be able to appreciate or love them in a mature way.
If Jupiter is functioning in an integrated manner in this position, it will symbolize material comfort and an appreciation of finer things in life. At a higher level, this placement may bestow a Buddha-like quality to the individual, which is an ability to just sit and enjoy oneself. Abundance may come in the form of satisfying moments of bliss or sensual pleasure, or even a lottery win, especially if Jupiter aspects comfortable planets in the Fifth, Eighth or Eleventh House of the birth chart. Alternatively, with a comfortable Jupiter here, we may simply “value” (a “Second House” word) Jupiterian themes, such as traveling, foreign interactions or expansion of material or intellectual resources.
If Jupiter is not comfortable in the birth chart, however, we may become “greedy” or “insecure” with matters concerning money or material resources. We may never feel quite satisfied with what we already have, including our body, talents or personal possessions. Alternatively, we may feel that we are not “living up” to our own standards of ourselves, and thus we may tend to reside in a psychological space of disappointment and self-pity. We may somehow feel that we are supposed to be much bigger or better than what we already are, or we may feel underappreciated by our immediate family or environment. In this case, we have to be aware of our own psychological tendency to exaggerate or diminish certain aspects of ourselves, and therefore we have to strive for achieving a less-biased, more-balanced point of view regarding who we are and what we are meant to do in this world.
A helpful mantra for individuals with Jupiter in the Second House would be:
“I have all I need, and I love all I have.”
Jupiter in the Eighth House
With Jupiter placed in the Eighth House of the natal chart, “meaning” or “growth” would tend to come to one’s life through the act of “uniting” with the “other” or psychologically, sexually or emotionally “exposing” oneself to the “other”.
As the Eighth House of the birth chart is where we normally tend to “ditch” aspects of ourselves we are not comfortable with, Jupiter here may symbolize a psychological tendency to “go beyond” our “woes” through humor or by applying Jupiterian means, such as seeking adventure or appealing to alternative frames of reference.
In traditional astrology, the Eighth House also literally symbolizes the “possessions of one’s partner”, therefore Jupiter in the Eighth House may also signify material abundance or a rise in social or economic status coming to one’s life through partnership or marriage. Grace Kelley would be an apt example: she was an actress who became a Princess after marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Jupiter is placed in the Eighth House of her natal chart, conjuncting Vertex (the point of fated connection) and opposing Juno (the asteroid of marriage and commitment) which, in turn, is placed in Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter.
Faith & Folly of the Eighth House Jupiter:
With Jupiter in the Eighth House, one is usually a receiving vessel for Jupiterian themes rather than an active advocate of them. In other words, Jupiter in this part of the chart usually operates in a “yin” fashion, i.e. through inviting “meaning” and “wisdom” to the life of the individual rather than compelling the individual to launch a spiritual crusade or live a life of religious activism. Similarly, if one has any spiritual or religious tendencies with this placement, one will normally keep them to oneself, as the Eighth House is a private area and planetary functions here normally tend to stay under the radar.
Precisely for this reason, the energy of the planets in the Eighth House may become “eroticized” in different ways, as what is “hidden” in the psyche of the individual normally generates a highly-polarized, expulsive energy field which can also largely define or explain the individual’s patterns of attraction on a psychosexual level. The “exotic” may very well become the “erotic” in the case of an individual with Jupiter in the Eighth House of the natal chart: most of the sophisticated Jupiterian functions such as spiritual expansion or intellectual openness seem to come to the life of the individual through a primal contact with the “other” in this case, which is absolutely in contrast with the elevated nature of Jupiter.
Therefore, the individual may feel a degree of psychological discomfort in this regard (as is the case with most Eighth House placements) and may thus “banish” certain aspects of Jupiterian functions from his or her consciousness. The inevitable result in some cases would be the generation of an erotic energy field around Jupiterian objects or themes in the psyche of the individual:
One may feel inexplicably attracted to religious objects or spiritual symbols, or to Jupiterian figures such as priests, teachers, mentors, overweight people, foreigners, comedians, or even certain animals and hybrid fantasy creatures (in accordance with the symbology of the Zodiac sign associated with Jupiter: Sagittarius as the mythical centaur). The fact that there may exist a social “taboo” around some of these types of attraction in civilized societies will make the erotic hold of such objects or figures even stronger in the psyche of an individual who is prone to suppression or self-condemnation.
If one wishes to release oneself from such a powerful grip in order to use this energy in a more conscious manner, one has to understand that, in fact, there is no actual division between the “higher” and the “lower” in the psyche of human species, and that an essential part of the human experience is, precisely, to accept the fact that one has the dark within the light and the light within the dark of one’s soul. By embracing the “elevated” Jupiterian functions through performing the all-too-human “lowly” activities such as eating (oral stage), mating (genital stage), and defecating (anal stage), one would erase the gap between the “high” pole and the “low” pole in one’s psyche, and thus will be eventually released from the unconscious erotic hold generated precisely by maintaining this gap.
If Jupiter is functioning in an integrated manner in this part of the chart, one can experience the most elevated form of spiritual grandeur in the most ordinary moments of connection with the “other”, i.e. through a touch, a kiss, or during the primal sexual union. One may “learn” and “grow” as a result of intimacy with the “other”, or may feel that the world is a better place when one shares his or her body, memories, money or affection with the “other”.
Jupiter here resides in the mansion of Pluto (as associated with the Eighth House), therefore God or spiritual enlightenment may arrive in the guise of crisis, near-death experiences, or inexplicable obsessions or fixations. As manure is essential for the perfume of a rose, the most beautiful things sometimes grow out of misery and ugliness, therefore a well-integrated Jupiter in this House will stay open to receiving the “Grace” or “Charism” in any shape or form it arrives.
If Jupiter is not comfortable in the birth chart, however, one may stay psychosexually “fixated” on certain themes or fantasies, compulsively repeating behavioral patterns which may harm other aspects of one’s life. For example, one may lose an ability to rationally evaluate one’s partners or sexual mates simply because one is infatuated with certain characteristics of them. Alternatively, one may attract lower-vibration Jupiterian types, such as religious fanatics, delusional spiritualists, or people who would want to play the role of “God” in the life of the individual. Similarly, sexual mates or partners may tend to ideologically “brainwash” the individual or to impose their own beliefs on him or her.
Alternatively, one may become sexually or erotically involved with a Jupiterian figure such as a priest or mentor, which may later cause complications. An excessive attachment to an animal, religious ritual, or an ideological system can be other possible manifestations of an uncomfortable Jupiter in the Eighth House.
On a philosophical level, however, Jupiter in this position symbolizes a divine invitation: one is asked to directly “participate” in the divine scheme of things, as if to co-create with God, hence there is an enormous creative potential hidden here, which is waiting to be tapped. As the French Nobel-Prize author, André Gide, who had this placement in his natal chart, beautifully summarized:
God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
A helpful mantra for individuals with Jupiter in the Eighth House would be:
“My heart is open to receiving all that is bestowed upon me.”
In the next post, I will address Jupiter in the Third / Ninth House axis of the birth chart.