The planet Jupiter enters the sign Sagittarius on November 23, 2006, where he will stay until he enters Capricorn on December 18, 2007. Jupiter’s last journey through Sagittarius was December 1994 – January 1996. Before that, December 1982 – January 1984, January 1971 – February 1972, February 1959 – March 1960. If you can find a common thread of similar events, you may be able to anticipate the kinds of energies you will be dealing with this time around. Of course, there are many other things that are different now than in these other times.

Jupiter indicates where in your life growth is taking place. Jupiter is larger than life, optimistic, loves adventure and risk. He can be an accomplished gambler, weighing risk against reward, or a foolish spendthrift who presses his luck and loses it all at the track. Jupiter shows an urge to grow, adventure and expand your horizons.

When Jupiter enters Sagittarius, his home sign, he is even more so. A planet in its own sign expresses its pure energy. Jupiter is a wanderer, and in Sag, he is in the sign of wandering, adventure, and learning. If your motivations are superficial or not grounded in a strong sense of self, you may feel like a balloon with no one holding the string, perpetually traveling from place to place.

If we think of Jupiter as growth, then we can predict that those areas of industry associated with Jupiter/Sagittarius are due for a growth spurt. Those industries are travel, gambling, teaching, publishing, loans, appraisals. People ruled by Sag are aristocrats, celebrities, attorneys, judges, juries, brokers, clergy, professors, promoters, Senators, jockeys. Places are churches, colleges, stables, race tracks.

Zeus statue at Olympia

I have seen several testimonies from people having Jupiter transits, that they expected the planet of good luck and abundance to treat them better. Instead of goodies raining down from above, they found they had no luck in love, or they got fired from a job. Okay, not the “good luck and abundance” promised in the astrology books. But on closer inspection, it turned out the guy was looking for the wrong kind of girl and had some personal growing to do. The other guy wasn’t all that thrilled about his job anyway. And guess what— eventually he became a professional poker player! See, Jupiter is a traveler, he calls you to explore. This is unsettling for people who don’t like change. Since when does good luck equal same-old same-old? If you’re really lucky, he won’t let you sit on your butt and settle into a mediocre situation. Jupiter wants greatness for you.

“The desire to carry through reforms in accordance with religion or outlook on life, fanaticism, far reaching aims. A love of adventure. A tenacious clinging to strange ideas, restlessness, the fight against traditional or conventional norms.”
—Reinhold Ebertin, Combination of Stellar Influences

“[Jupiter in Sagittarius] seeks to grow and improve oneself through aspiration toward a far-off goal and following one’s innate faith in life.”
—Stephen Arroyo, Chart Interpretation Handbook

Jupiter is known as the “higher octave” of Mercury. If Mercury governs your mind and thoughts, Jupiter represents your “higher mind,” your world view and beliefs, the “larger perspective” through which you view everything and everyone in your life. Hopefully there’s room for other opinions in your world view. You’ll get a lot more out of this time if you don’t presume you know everything already, and a lot less if you do. Jupiter likes to be “right” and can be rather dogmatic and annoying in that pursuit, sometimes even bending the facts to fit their world view, rather than letting the facts shape it. So it’s unlikely the political pundits are going to stop their craziness anytime soon.

Jupiter’s downside is excess. So we may see an explosion in diseases and problems related to excess, such as pollution, obesity, diabetes, liver disease, bankruptcy, etc.

Herbs of Jupiter are Dandelion, Hyssop, Meadowsweet, Melissa (lemon balm), Red clover, Sage, Burdock. These herbs nourish and enrich the blood and liver. (Apply wisdom and common sense when using herbal medicines. If you don’t know what you’re doing, consult an experienced herbalist before using them.)

Zeus and Ganymede

The mythological Jupiter’s Greek name is Zeus. His father is Cronus (Saturn), and his mother is Rhea. His grandmother is Gaia. Even though he is married to Hera (Juno), he has many sons and daughters by different mortals and goddesses, including Ares (Mars) and Venus. He also has a famous young male lover named Ganymede.