In astrology, Jupiter is considered the planet of expansion and growth.
As the ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces, it presides over the realms of philosophy and mysticism. Jupiter is a cultural signifier, a teacher of belief systems, and an expression of spiritual ideals.
Jupiter is often viewed as a benefic planet. For example, when Jupiter has a strong presence in your birth chart, you’re considered lucky. When it makes a favorable aspect in transit, opportunity knocks on your door. Yet, its current 13 month stay in Scorpio (October 2017 – November 2018) provides us with deeper insight and another perspective. Jupiter’s giant presence in outer space is symbolically relevant, as it connects to how we take up space in society.
Jupiter is akin to Zeus in Greek mythology.
Zeus was known as the supreme ruler, ultimate patriarch, and father of the gods. Generally thought to be magnanimous, his position granted him the capacity to enjoy life in an indulgent manner. Yet, he was also known for his poor treatment and public humiliation of his wife, Hera. Because of his position of power, his reputation remained in tact, while she became known for being his ‘angry and spiteful’ wife. This dynamic is an expression of the all-too-common cultural phenomenon of victim blaming.
On the 10th of October 2017, Jupiter moved into the sign of Scorpio.
Scorpio is associated with power, sexuality, and taboo topics. As Jupiter entered Scorpio, the U.S. media was flooded with a wave of sexual assault survivors coming forward. For example, the widespread #metoo social media visibility movement erupted, influenced by the work started by Tarana Burke over a decade ago. Though we have a long way to go, we have seen a more mainstream movement toward accountability for perpetrators in Hollywood and politics.
Like most archetypes, Jupiter is multi-faceted. For instance, Jupiter can represent anyone who abuses the power they hold without consequence for their actions. This can be seen in the ‘mansplainer’, in white cisheteropatriarchy, in those who take a seat too wide for others to sit, someone who speaks over you, or who aggressively refuses to move out of the way when walking toward you down the street.
In any instance of privilege, taking up space becomes a problem when it demands that others make themselves smaller.
Just as Jupiter in Scorpio highlights the misuse of power, it can also be used in the expression of empowerment.
For example, it can be heard in the voices of marginalized folks who don’t soften their impact to accommodate others and are done apologizing. Scorpio requires honesty and addresses the pain of silence or erasure. As Scorpio is also associated with mysteries and the occult, Jupiter’s transit through this sign gives more rise to witches and radical healers. Jupiter in Scorpio supports those who work to address injustices. It broadcasts visibility and demands inclusive spaces. With Jupiter’s expansive presence, there is more than enough to go around.
Note: Locating the house that Scorpio occupies in your astrology chart can provide additional insight into the realm of your life touched by Jupiter in Scorpio’s transformative magic.
During this transit, we are inspired to reclaim the parts of ourselves we have abandoned because of shame or fear. Jupiter in Scorpio teaches us that moving through discomfort can be beneficial and is a part of healing.
It also reminds us that we all have room to grow.
About the author
Leah Samuels is a queer femme astrologer, artist, educator, and the creator of Moonlight Offerings. She approaches astrology charts with a compassionate and lunar lens. In astrology, the Moon represents intuition and the wisdom of the heart. Leah is passionate about painting, social justice, magick, many shades of lipstick, and her fluffy grey cat. She is currently located in Denver, Colorado and offers chart readings around the world. Find Leah on Instagram at @moonlight_offerings and visit her website at moonlightofferings.com.