A reader wrote to me: “I am supposed to have Jupiter in my first house of Sag all year but it’s been just awful!” And asked me why this was so.
Here is my response.
This is a good question.
1. We tend to over-egg the whole luck thing with Jupiter in an attempt to look on the bright side, and forget that above all Jupiter magnifies. So in your first house he can make you somehow “larger”. This has a good side. Do you want to be noticed? Or be pregnant? But it also can go the other way. Do you want your enemies to notice you? Become a bigger target? Gain a spare tire?
Look at the condition of Jupiter in your natal chart anyway, and of the planets he’s magnifying by aspect. And look at what aspects transiting Jupiter makes to other planets in your chart too.
2. (The reader also has also had a bereavement.) Jupiter is associated with death in my opinion. You often see a Jupiter transit when someone dies. More often than a Saturn or Pluto transit. These latter show one grimly carrying on, but Jupiter shows a release beyond the boundary.
I also believe that a Jupiter death is probably lovely for the one departing.
3. Jupiter is squaring Neptune this year. This is boundlessness to the power of 10. Super-duper boundlessness. Again, this might be great: real spiritual or artistic breakthrough and awakening; the potential for washing clean long-held wounds is enormous. Or it might be awful: a feeling of disintegrating, a loss of proper boundaries, a reversion to drug dependency, that kind of loss of control.
4. The Full Moon in June brought all this out & we’re then crashing into the eclipses but that’s another story.
5. Jupiter goes direct in August, and you should feel the beneficial side of this transit more than the tragic side after that.
6. It may help you to look back at previous Jupiter transits to see how it worked for you. Although, of course, each time is different, you may see some themes emerging.
That’s for starters.
Here’s more on Jupiter and Death, written when I was still being kind about David Cameron.