If you can find a common thread of similar events, you may be able to anticipate the kinds of energies you will be dealing with this time around. Of course, there are many other things that are different now than in these other times. (The planets move through space in a spiral, not a circle!)
Jupiter tells us where we’re growing, extending ourselves, and expanding our horizons. Jupiter is larger than life, optimistic, loves adventure and risk. He can be an accomplished gambler, weighing risk against reward, or a foolish spendthrift who presses his luck and loses it all at the track.
When Jupiter enters Sagittarius, his home sign, he is all that, turned up to 11. A planet in its own sign expresses its pure energy. Jupiter loves adventure, and in Sag, he is in the sign of adventure, optimism, and learning. Go, grow, and know. Trust that knowing– just keep things in perspective. Jupiter’s downside is that he can go too big, risk too much, forget to pause and get grounded.
If we think of Jupiter as growth, then we can predict that those areas of industry associated with Jupiter/Sagittarius are due for a growth spurt. Those industries are travel, gambling, teaching, publishing, loans, appraisals. People ruled by Sag are aristocrats, celebrities, attorneys, judges, juries, brokers, clergy, professors, promoters, Senators, jockeys. Places are churches, colleges, stables, race tracks.
I have several case histories of people disappointed by their Jupiter transits. They expected the planet of good luck and abundance to treat them better. Instead of goodies raining down from above, they found they had no luck in love, or they got fired from a job. Okay, not the “good fortune” promised in the astrology books. But on closer inspection, it turned out the guy was attracting the wrong kind of girl and had some personal growing to do. The other guy wasn’t all that thrilled about his job anyway. And guess what— eventually he became a professional poker player!
Jupiter is a traveler, he calls you to explore. This is unsettling for people who don’t like change. Since when does good luck equal same-old-same-old? If you’re really lucky, he won’t let you sit on your butt and settle into a mediocre situation. Jupiter wants MORE for you.
“The desire to carry through reforms in accordance with religion or outlook on life, fanaticism, far-reaching aims. A love of adventure. A tenacious clinging to strange ideas, restlessness, the fight against traditional or conventional norms.”
—Reinhold Ebertin, Combination of Stellar Influences
“[Jupiter in Sagittarius] seeks to grow and improve oneself through aspiration toward a far-off goal and following one’s innate faith in life.”
—Stephen Arroyo, Chart Interpretation Handbook
Jupiter is known as the “higher octave” of Mercury. If Mercury governs your mind and thoughts, Jupiter represents your “higher mind,” your worldview and beliefs, the “larger perspective” through which you view everything and everyone in your life. Hopefully, there’s room for other opinions in your worldview. You’ll get a lot more out of this time if you don’t presume you know everything already, and a lot less if you do. Jupiter likes to be “right” and can be rather dogmatic and annoying in that pursuit, sometimes even bending the facts to fit their worldview, rather than letting the facts shape it.
Jupiter’s downside is excess. So we may see an explosion in diseases and problems related to excess, such as pollution, excess weight, obesity, diabetes, liver disease, bankruptcy, etc. Many of these problems are already at worrisome levels.
In the body, Jupiter rules fat and fat metabolism. Many health problems could be solved by eating more fat, and the right kind of fat. The government and medical establishment have been telling us for decades that fat makes you fat. Naturally, people think that to lose weight, you should eat a low-fat diet.
But low-fat means high-carb, and dietary carbohydrate, a.k.a. glucose is what is actually making people with metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes store body fat, via the action of the hormone insulin (also ruled by Jupiter). Insulin signals the liver to stop burning energy, to flip the metabolic switch and store it instead. When blood glucose goes up, your body cranks out the insulin, causing you to store the excess glucose as fat. So why is the medical establishment still recommending low-fat, high-carb diets for diabetics? (Hint: the processed food companies have a lot of lobbyists.)
When people cut processed foods and increase their intake of healthy fat, they aren’t as hungry between meals. They eat less sugar and starch. Their blood sugar, triglycerides, and LDL come down, and HDL increases. Win win win!!
Jupiter also rules the liver. The liver helps you digest fat and performs miraculous metabolic transformations for you every day. It detoxifies you, makes your enzymes and hormones, helps you make blood cells, recycles old blood cells.
Having a good time, traveling, fast food– all of these Jupiter in Sagittarius things can take a toll on the liver. Foods that support the liver are fresh citrus, especially lemon, BEETS, cruciferous vegetables, natural fats, liver (of course) and other high-quality proteins.
Whatever is going on with your health, Jupiter’s association with nutrition and nourishment makes this a great year to reach beyond limiting beliefs and try a new approach to nutrition and nourishment.
Herbs of Jupiter are Dandelion, Hyssop, Meadowsweet, Melissa (lemon balm), Red clover, Sage, Burdock. These herbs nourish and enrich the blood and liver. (Apply wisdom and common sense when using herbal medicines. If you don’t know what you’re doing, consult an experienced herbalist before using them.)
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