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Astrology for Today by Joanna Watters

Through its Sagittarius connection, Jupiter rules the hips, the pelvis, the thighs, and the sciatic nerve. It also rules the blood, the liver, and illnesses that arise from excess and too much of the good life.
Introducing Jupiter
Introducing Jupiter

Jupiter spends approximately one year in each sign so it takes 12 years to make its circuit of the zodiac. In traditional astrology Jupiter is known as the Greater Benefic. In Greek mythology Jupiter is Zeus, the supreme deity. It is also known as Jove, root of the word "jovial," and Jupiterian types are often recognizably cheerful.


Jupiter signifies the opposite principle to Mercury, as illustrated by the fact that Mercury is weak in Jupiter's own signs (Sagittarius and Pisces) and Jupiter is weak in Mercury's signs (Gemini and Virgo). Mercury rules details and the smaller picture, whereas Jupiter rules the grand scheme of things. As the king of the gods, Jupiter's main characteristic is largeness and its nature is to enlarge and expand.


Jupiter literally rules the world and it is the natural significator of all things foreign and long-distance travel. Jupiterian types are often physically large, larger than life, or characterized by itchy feet and a horror of being restricted in any way, characteristics that are often found in both of Jupiter's signs, Sagittarius and Pisces. They will always push the boundaries, physically or mentally, and are at their happiest when roaming, exploring, and learning. Jupiter rules higher education and the concerns of the higher mind, in particular justice, truth, freedom, religion, and philosophy, as embodied in the Sagittarius archetype. Jupiter professions are teaching, law, the clergy, charities, human rights, and sometimes politics.

This concern with the serious issues of life lends earnestness to the Jupiterian type, so there is a risk of being didactic or righteous. However, the positive personality traits of Jupiter are generosity, humanity, friendliness, and optimism. A well-placed Jupiter also signifies a trust and faith in life and a belief that things always happen for a reason.

An afflicted Jupiter can signify someone who is joyless, mean, or fearful. Or there may be a tendency to place too much faith in Fate, which leads to an abdication of personal responsibility. Jupiter signifies enthusiasm, but carelessness or wastefulness are the flip side of its exuberance. This planet also rules opportunity and blessings in disguise come under Jupiter's domain. Jupiter luck is often of the 11th-hour variety, a last minute vindication of faith.

© Joanna Watters.
Extracted from Astrology For Today, published by Carroll & Brown Publishers Ltd., London, 2003

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