The planet Jupiter represents the symbolic world and intuits its meaning. Its function is to enlarge, make fruitful and bestow a feeling of being protected. The planet embodies the immense spirit of hope and optimism. Psychologically, it is from this archetype of paternal benevolence that we derive self-confidence. Jupiter helps us to extend our horizons, to take life as it comes. More importantly, it is symbolic of our deepest urge to grow – physically, mentally, and spiritually. It enlarges all that it touches and, as a result, it can lead to exaggeration; either the tendency to take risks because of an overdeveloped sense of optimism, or the depletion of resources because of over expansion.
The influence of Jupiter can lead to an overinflated idea of our own importance, and a desire to “play god.” When we lose our connection with Jupiter, we may experience feelings of inadequacy, negativity, skepticism, sluggishness or pessimism. Our Jupiter position by sign, house and aspect will describe where we seek to grow, to expand, to find meaning in life. This is where we seek to be expansive and do things in a Big Way. Being that it is such a huge planet it is symbolic of those areas which we need quite a bit of space in order to do everything described. Above all else, Jupiter represents our ability to grasp meaning and urges us to look beyond the immediate facts and the current situation, towards a deeper significance and purpose. When Jupiter contacts a planet in the chart, we tend to philosophize about the things represented by that planet, we ask what that planetary principle actually means. We want to spread our wings in that area, taking as much as possible on board, and traveling tremendous distances with it.
Now I would like to move onto Zeus- Jupiter. You are probably all familiar with portrayals of him seated with his eagle and the sceptre of rulership in his hand, looking every inch a king. But what does he really rule? Certain mythic figures are regularly portrayed bearing the celestial globe or the wheel of the zodiac, and Jupiter is one of these. This is not because Jupiter teaches knowledge of the cosmic order to human beings. He is the cosmic order. He is the cosmocrator who ensures that the whole system continues to operate according to divine law. Jupiter, like Apollo, can symbolize the mind of God, the divine will behind all manifestation. The Greeks favoured Apollo in this role, but the Romans favoured Jupiter – perhaps because he is more imperial. Also, he had a more interesting love life. The Astrologer, the Counsellor and the Priest: Two Seminars on Astrological Counselling
The house where Jupiter is placed is often an area where we are lucky, and where we can get away with things. Our Jupiter placement describes an area of life where we can enjoy a certain measure of protection. Jupiter pushes our boundaries, taking us away from the personal and immediate to wider horizons. It represents an individual setting out to explore destiny or to make their fortune. The influence of this planet takes us away from the preoccupations of the self and makes us much more aware of the larger whole. Our knowledge is therefore expanded and we are able to intuit all future possibilities.
Jupiter represents the function which enables us to see the grand scheme of things, the wider implications, and in seeing the whole picture we are better able to make judgments. Being hampered, limits one’s capacity to grow. The Jupiterian impulse prompts a dislike of responsibilities and a dislike of limits of all kinds, in Jupiterian mode, we like to be at liberty. Our beliefs dictate the extent to which we may be visionaries. The overly Jupiterian individual believes anything is possible. Without either self-belief or belief in some kind of higher power, basically without the notion of positive thinking, nothing is possible. Jupiter will have much to say about our search for meaning. Life becomes much more joyous if we believe it has some kind of larger significance, and without a sense of meaning and purpose, life can feel very bleak indeed.