Jupiter entered Libra on September 9th, and because my own natal Jupiter is at 3º Libra, I’m having a Jupiter return this month. It’s an exciting event because it only happens once every 12 years. It’s like a very special birthday celebration that happens nowhere near your birthday!
What is a Jupiter return? It’s when transiting Jupiter returns to the same place as your natal Jupiter. If you look below, you’ll see my natal Jupiter inside the wheel (looks like a fancy number four). On the outside of the wheel, transiting Jupiter is in green, next to the Sun glyph. This image is on the day the conjunction will be exact, September 24th.
(If you want to see what house Jupiter is transiting in your own chart, go to astro.com, create a free account, plug in your birth information, and choose “Natal Chart and Transits” under the extended chart selection.)
A little recap on what transiting Jupiter represents: it expands the part of your natal chart it’s passing through, like a tiny magnifying glass that slowly circulates around your whole chart every 12 years. The house it is currently in represents the area of your life that you are broadening your horizons. If it passes over a natal planet, that’s even more significant because it expands the energy of that planet and the activities of whichever house(s) it rules.
A Jupiter return is the beginning of a new cycle of opportunity. Your natal Jupiter is where you are most optimistic, and can gain rewards with a disproportionately small amount of effort. A lot depends on what sign/house your personal Jupiter is in. For example, if yours is in 10th house Aquarius, it could mean using originality in your career to gain rewards. General Jupiter-related themes regardless of sign or house placement are education, travel, law, spirituality, and freedom.
One caveat: Jupiter brings opportunity, but if you are negative or expect things on a silver platter, it’ll pass you by. In fact, a lot of people report awful things happening under Jupiter’s influence, but this often happens to get you out of a bad situation. When Jupiter transited my natal 6H moon (direct, retrograde, then direct again), disaster struck with each pass. My boyfriend broke up with me, then my cat died during the retrograde, and I got fired from my job. But in hindsight, each event was for the best. None I would have left willingly, but each provided a new sense of freedom.
The approx. 12-year Jupiter cycle is similar to the lunar cycle. A Jupiter return is the new moon phase, when possibilities are unseen. 3 years later, you are in the “1st quarter” phase when Jupiter squares Jupiter, building on your opportunities. Jupiter opposite natal Jupiter (6 years) is the “full moon” phase, a culmination of your efforts, and possibly a major change in direction. At the 9-year point (“last quarter” phase), you become disillusioned and begin to withdraw energy from your Jupiter projects. A year or two prior to the next Jupiter return is the “dark moon” phase, when you are directionless, waiting for a new challenge to come.
What are the themes of your current Jupiter cycle?