Jupiter and Saturn are social planets. They have a return period of 12 years and 29 years respectively and, therefore, spend a reasonable amount of time in each sign as they travel round the zodiac. Their movement has an effect on society. Their effect is bigger than one individual but it is still possible to integrate their message, something which is more questionable with the outer planets.
Diurnal, Masculine, Hot & Moist
Rules: Sagittarius and Pisces
Joy: eleventh house
Retrograde period: Jupiter is retrograde every year while in opposition to the Sun. The retrograde period begins just before it trines the Sun.
Traverses the zodiac in 11.86 years, around one year in each sign.
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Philosophy, religion, expansion, growth, abundance, inflation, exaggeration, wisdom, wealth, belief, confidence, vision, greed, uncles, education, the liver, long distance or mind expanding travel.
Everything you’re against can be restated in such a way that puts you in favour of something else, thus promoting abundance.
Jupiter is the principal which makes you look beyond the bottom of the garden. As you lift your eyes from focusing on the garden fence you notice what ever’s on the horizon and so your world expands. It the principle which extends your frame of reference. With it comes the ability to form concepts and make generalisations which give meaning to random events; abstract thinking. Things which make you feel as if you belong to something bigger than you. Jupiter makes its first return to its natal position about the age of 12 and it is about this age that a child will develop these conceptual faculties.
It shows where you find meaning and describes your faith and belief. Generally regarded as lucky, it can also just make everything so out of control that you can only wish for the spartan touch of Saturn to strip things down to essentials. It really is true that you make your own luck. Confidence breeds confidence both in yourself and in others.
Jupiter can be one of the parental significators but is more likely to be an uncle figure – offering patronage but not the more difficult aspects of parental responsibility. It could also be a adult who isn’t a teacher or parent who acts as a mentor figure.
Associated with abundance and wealth, caution is necessary as the best use of this principle comes with a dose of Saturn to ground the vision and focus that vision to a specific end.
Jupiter joys in the 11th house, the house of good fortune, in keeping with Jupiter’s role of greater benefic.
In Mundane Astrology:
The means of regulation – religion, law, and general philosophy; further education; publishing; generosity on an international stage – linked with nation’s finances; a nation’s opinion of itself.
Diurnal, Masculine, Cold & Dry
Rules: Capricorn and Aquarius
Joy: twelfth house
Retrograde period: Saturn is retrograde every year while in opposition to the Sun. The retrograde period begins just before it trines the Sun.
Traverses the zodiac in 29.46 years; around 2 1/2 years in a sign.
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Rules, duty, responsibility, fear, boundaries, delay, divisions, reality, restrictions, essentials, structure, authority, fathers, hierarchy, pessimism, time, control, learning things the hard way, reality, bones, death, age, cold.
Lessons are not given, they are taken.
If Jupiter is the principle of expansion, Saturn represents restriction. Where Jupiter reaches to the sky, Saturn demands that you attend to your responsibilities and duties. It is the rules of the game and the associated consequences of breaking them. As no one has yet fully transcribed this rule book, it’s very difficult to know what the rules are until you break them, hence the association with hard knocks. It’s finding out what’s right by finding out what’s wrong.
Saturn was for centuries the last known planet, symbolising the end of what we knew: the boundary. Fear comes with the unknown. The more uncomfortable aspects of Saturn come when boundaries are imposed upon us, whether of time or resources or when we don’t understand the rules fully. When we work with the principle of Saturn, we find structure but we must be careful not to let our creativity be stifled.
Where ever we find Saturn we find our weak spot. By sign and house position, its placement describes our fears and defence mechanisms which will be trigged by events in these areas. Most people try to protect these tender spots by attempting mastery of this area giving the paradox of great proficiency but with little natural confidence.
The death aspect of Saturn refers to absence of growth: Saturn has overcome Jupiter.
Saturn joys in the 12th, an area which shares Saturn’s qualities of understatedness.
In Mundane Astrology:
Controller or warden of the state; all those who wield authority or are deemed to be custodians of the nation’s heritage; those wearing uniforms to identify themselves as warders of the law.