Jupiter provides expansion, growth, wisdom, knowledge and is considered the most benefic planet of the nine because he mostly gives positive results. Sometimes his results may not seem positive at the outset, but often he provides a silver lining or some protection ultimately in the long run. I like to think of Jupiter as a provider- the planet who offers us support and some sense of ultimate comfort because he gives us awareness and expanded thought. Awareness and personal expansion are powerful tools if used properly. His satva (purity) is a sustaining force that brings happiness, grace and peace with him.
The effects of this transit will be felt specifically with all things related to Jupiter, the 5th house and Leo, as well as Leo’s ruling planet, the Sun.
Themes connected to father, the masculine, ego and personal power, will be strong influences effecting us in this cycle. How these details of your personal chart express themselves, will determine the effects you feel during this cycle. Other prevalent themes surface with regard to relationships, passion and power dynamics.
Will You Roar?
To determine the personal effects of this transit, first find Leo in your natal chart. What house does Leo occupy in your chart?
Jupiter will be enlivening this area of your life and the themes of this specific house. Remember that Jupiter is expansive and increases wherever he sits or gives his gaze. Expansion is usually considered positive. However the process can be very uncomfortable at times. As Jupiter opens doors, other doors will naturally close. What areas of your life will be expanding and what parts of your life will you be pruning or releasing as a result?
To determine if Jupiter is a positive influence on your chart, notice where this spiritual planet sits in your natal chart. Do any challenging planets give their drishti (gaze) to him? The house and the house lord, as well as any other influences upon him from the other planets, will determine how he is able to express himself in your chart. If he feels compromised in any way, this will effect how well he is able to share his expansive, benefic qualities.
Leo’s ruling planet, the Sun, is also a vital piece for assessing this transit. The solar qualities of this sign will determine a lot about our experiences of self, ego, father, masculine and soul matters. If the Sun is a challenging planet for you, the effects Jupiter amplifies may be extra difficult as a result. If the Sun is able to express itself more positively in your chart, Jupiter will naturally support expansion in these areas in a more life affirming way.
Sun, Leo and the 5th house all connect us to the father and masculine energy in general. In many regards, Jupiter can also be an indication of the father, or the extension of the “father” because he represents our teachers, guides and those who provide support.
This cycle will certainly influence our personal mythology with father and authority figures, as well as our relationship with these parts of our life story. Jupiter will bring learning, growth and new wisdom as well as personal development in the realm of father and all things father figure, authority, teachers and power issues.
What parts of your relationship with your father and power need attention, healing or extra support? Now is the time to put some focus on this part of your inner and outer life.
The body part connected to the fifth house is the upper gut- a place of intuitive insight and the seat of our inner power. Deepening our relationship with this part of the body will be helpful to increase healing intentions connected to power, ego, trust and sense of self.
We need a healthy relationship with our ego in order to thrive. Gut wisdom can help us find this truth within, while also deepening balance and harmony with inner and outer dynamics. Pay special attention to your digestion, agni, inner fire and intuition during this cycle as there will be ample guidance available.
Relationships, Ego and Power
As the Jupiter cycle kicks off, he will be passing through the first pada (part) of Leo which is influenced by Magha nakshatra. This lunar constellation is actually ruled by the deity Pitr, who has intimately involved with the ancestors, lineage matters- especially the father’s side.
Jupiter moving through Magha will amplify the effects of father and sudden changes within our masculine dynamics- both inner and outer. The ruling planet of Magha is Ketu, who is notorious for bringing sudden change, quick awareness and shifts in perception. Spirit and spiritual tendencies are increased with Ketu and his influences.
The Magha nakshatra part of the Jupiter transit lasts until September 14th, so for the first three months expect inner and outer shifts with regard to father, lineage and the masculine on a very intimate level. This may also surface in more spiritual ways. Look for insights and connections to your ancestors as well.
The changes that occur during the first part of the Jupiter in Leo cycle will impact how we move forward within our relationships during the rest of the cycle. As Jupiter shifts into the first half of the Phalguni constellation, Purvaphalguni, sparks of shakti increase and expand us. This nakshatra is notorious for increasing romance, sensuality and sexuality.
We may know this energy as the inspiring and addictive feeling that creates passion in the early stages of a romantic relationship. It is a highly creative star, one that brings increased life force energy with it. The Phalguni stars are like the potency of spring- flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and there’s a tangible increase of life force energy available and flowing.
As Jupiter brings his expansive qualities to the Purvaphalguni lunar constellation, we will get many opportunities to work with relationship dynamics and our masculine energy. How does our relationship with our own power, effect our ability to relate, create and co-create. Do we take powerful steps forward or negate our potency? Do we jump in with passion or wait cautiously? Do we jump into relationships without pause, or listen carefully to our needs with self and others?
The effects of this process will be supported by ruling deity Bhaga, who is responsible for offering fertility and relationships as well as increased sexual energy. Its ruling planet, Venus, does the same. Consciously working with themes connected to art, creativity, women, vitality and relationships, will provide maximum growth and learning.
The effects of Bhaga and Purvaphalguni last until November 28th, when Jupiter shifts into the latter half of the Phalguni constellation, Uttaraphalguni. The effects of this nakshatra and its ruling deity, Aryaman, have more to do with the sustaining factors of relationships and the pieces necessary to make connections last and solidify.
He is less concerned with passion and more pleased by family ties, maintaining the flow of love, and solidifying relationships through marriage contracts. The planetary ruler of this nakshatra is the Sun, which will certainly amplify any issues we may have with our masculine/father self, especially within relationships. We may feel the passion wearing off, the fertile and expansive joys dwindling, and a need for more clarity with our needs and wants at this time.
A new commitment to growth and inner work may increase or we may feel a need to differentiate between our self and others more strongly. Some may feel a stronger pull to solidify relationship contracts, while others will feel the need to break them.
As Jupiter retrogrades on January 7th, he begins to retrace his steps back through Uttaraphalguni and then into Purvaphalguni until he goes direct on May 9th, 2016. Retrograde planets intensify the effects of a transit as the backward motion is an expression of the shadow nodes, Rahu and Ketu. The first half of the Jupiter in Leo cycle will provide us with a taste of what’s to come in the second half.
After January 7th, we will receive more opportunities to look at our personal mythology connected to power, relationships, masculine and ego more closely. Track the insights that come from July to January closely as these will likely be areas of your life that will intensify and increase in the second half of the Jupiter transit.
To increase the intensity during Jupiter’s retrograde cycle, Rahu will join Jupiter in Leo on January 29th, kicking up cravings, desires, confusion and uncertainty. He also brings worldly increases with him, however, Jupiter is spiritually oriented. Their energetics bring conflict which can bring a heightened confusion with it. Additionally, Saturn will be giving his gaze to Leo during this Jupiter transit which will request diligence, consistency and commitment. He insures hard work and struggles, but we must trust he has our best interest in mind in the long run.
This Jupiter cycle is one of increase and expansion, one that will ultimately help us deepen our truth and a commitment to our own strength and power. How we get to this awareness of inner strength will vary, but the effects will undoubtedly be transformational.
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Power and Passion: Your Vedic Horoscopes By Rising Sign
*Vedic horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Taurus: Your heart passion expands you and motivates you. Let the lion out of your chest and listen carefully to its messages as it won’t take no for an answer. There is spiritual growth possible as you commit to your sense of self and well being. Nurture your intentions for life and living. Home, land and property matters intensify, while career receives a dose of your expanded heart wisdom as well. Trust your passion to lead you from the heart. Spend ample time in quiet reflection, meditation, on retreat and pausing to listen through contemplation. This is where you will find the answers and wisdom that you seek.
Gemini: Expand your creativity, self expression and artistry. Be courageous and bold with your hands and words. Use these to communicate your passion through writing and the arts. Gains come with more authenticity and being true to your inner power and strength. It’s important to be clear on your wants and needs- especially within your relationships- or you will be doing a lot of clean up along the way. How can you communicate your needs more effectively and clarify your desires? Your success and creative expansion depends on this clarity.
Cancer: Increase nourishment and ingest satvic, pure foods, experiences, relationships and environments. Clean up your diet and how you feed yourself- on all levels of life. Cravings for sweets and intoxicants may increase during this cycle so be intentional about your choices. Wealth and money expand as do desires for more worldly success. Consistent action steps and a strong savings plan will help you feel safer and more supported. Early childhood issues will surface around safety and security. How does this impact your ability to give and receive money? Seek inner and outer nourishment.
Leo: Expand what you think is possible for your life and your path. It’s time to be bold and ask for your deepest desires, while being open to receive more from life. Your sense of self, inner power and personal growth increases, is tested and strengthened. You rise to the occasion, stepping into roles of teacher, guide and guru. These roles will provide you with challenges and uncertainties, while testing who you are. Trust that a new resolve and clarity will result in the long run. Your lion power is increasing. Are you ready for the surge of strength and power coming? How do you channel it for maximum results?
Virgo: It’s a cycle of pausing and listening more deeply. Are you taking enough alone time, rest and vacations? Your expansion and your relationships will be supported with pausing and listening, stopping and slowing down frequently. Make sure you are taking time to meditate. Plan time away, travel long distances and learn along the way. Deepen your healing abilities and be healed as you share your truth. Use your heart wisdom and emotional body messages to help you land, ground and find deeper support. What do you really need for your own awakening process? Do that.
Libra: Gains and increase arrive with worldly pleasures, wealth and desires, but at what costs? Your choices help you create increases for your self, but only as a result of strategic actions and intentions. When one door opens, another one must close. Can you let go, release and not let your ego get overly attached to the outcome? Relationships are an important part of your options and choices in this cycle. Are they impacting you positively or negatively? Can you make choices that are courageous and aligned with your inner power? Or are you still just trying to please others?
Scorpio: Expand what you think is possible for yourself and your work. Share, shine and be seen. Test your inner strength and power. Show up in bolder and bigger ways, just don’t let your ego get out of control. As you increase your worldly awareness and help others do the same, you grow as a human, as a power house. You are learning how to land, ground and stabilize yourself in the process. Increased nourishment and support arrives as a result. Enjoy some surplus and the fruits of your labors. It will not come without effort, but suddenly you feel up to the challenge. Make bold statements and align with your truth, power and inner wisdom. Listen to your heart and let it help you shine and share.
Sagittarius: Now is the time to recommit to your dharma, strengthen your life purpose and deepen your intentions for being alive. This is a powerful cycle of self development and inner awareness- which will be intensified by being in service, standing in your power and using the support of your father and gurus. Give and receive guidance, higher learning and support from spirit. It’s time to express, create, write and share your wisdom. Don’t hold back. Start taking action steps for deeper fulfillment. Take plenty of time alone, meditate, go on retreat and find time for playfulness, romance and children.
Capricorn: In many ways, this will be a rest cycle for you as Jupiter dips into your 8th house, the most hidden house. It’s a time to dig into your past, harvest from your depths and deepen your introspection. A more authentic alignment with your sense of self and power will result from your efforts, so take the challenges in stride and trust that they are bringing you depth and purpose in the long run. Spend ample time meditating, on retreat, and grounding. This will be time well spent and good use of your efforts and energy. The inner work you do in this cycle will prove useful to dharma and life path in the next Jupiter cycle, so use this time wisely.
Aquarius: Relationships are your main source of learning, growth and wisdom in this cycle. Your power, strength and inner wisdom will be tested, confronted and provoked. How do you find a new sense of stability and support, greater grounding and landing? Who are you in relationship to others and how do relationships either support or challenge your needs and wants, your strength and power? Do you know how to express yourself and get your needs met or do you need to find new pathways for sharing? Gains arrive when you can find harmony with boundaries, while navigating inner and outer dynamics more consciously. Use relationships as a mirror for necessary change.
Pisces: The coming transit of Jupiter in Leo is a powerful time to align more firmly with your healer path. Deepen your role as a healer and be of service in more intentional ways. Clarify your ability to lead and be in leadership. How can you find greater nourishment yourself, by providing nourishment and support to others? Your inner strength is the essential ingredient for expanded career and more potential in worldly ways. Filled with uncertainty, fear and inner turmoil? Now is the time to consciously overcome these inner hurdles, the parts of yourself that undermine your strength and power, that keep you playing small. Stop questioning and just do it.