The planet Jupiter enters the sign Gemini on June 11, 2012, where he will stay until he enters Cancer on June 25, 2013. Jupiter’s last journey through Gemini was June 2000 – July 2001. Before that, July 1988 – July 1989, August 1976 – August 1977, April 1965 – May 1966. 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 Gemini, he is opposite his favorite sign (Sagittarius). Jupiter deals in big picture thinking, and Gemini draws us into details, the little day-to-day stuff. Jupiter is an explorer, and in Gemini, he is in the sign of thinking, learning. Gemini is the “jack of all trades” sign. It’s a great time to try new things. But the downside is that you may spread yourself too thin. If you have too many irons in the fire, you may feel mentally overwhelmed and overloaded. Be careful not to promise more than you can deliver.

If we think of Jupiter as growth, then we can predict that those areas of industry associated with Jupiter/Gemini are due for a growth spurt. Those industries are writing, teaching, accounting, bookkeeping, news reporting, local travel and transportation (traffic), the postal service, communications and business machines. People ruled by Gemini are students, siblings, cousins, and other relatives, merchants, editors and proofreaders, translators, truck drivers. Places are bookstores, schools, libraries, stock exchanges, transportation facilities, call centers.

Gemini has to do with canvassing – “getting out the vote” will be crucial in this year’s elections. Gemini also deals with chatter and gossip— there will be a lot flying around, much of it untrue.

Zeus statue at Olympia

“Versatility in obliging others, an aptitude for making social contacts, good manners, a love of change, the desire to have many connections. – A carefree attitude towards life, superficiality.”
—Reinhold Ebertin, Combination of Stellar Influences

“If you postpone communicating insights to others, you may experience an endless accumulation of trivial information…. As you take the leap of faith and seek information from others and yourself, trusting that there is an answer and listening for that answer, you can experience truly meaningful communication with others. You can build inner faith by sincerely listening for the right answers to your questions.”
—Jan Spiller, Spiritual Astrology

Jupiter is “lots of,” and Mercury is information. 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. Jupiter likes to be “right” and can be rather dogmatic and annoying in that pursuit, sometimes even bending the facts to fit the world view, rather than letting the facts shape it.

Jupiter’s downside is excess. So we may see more stress on our nervous systems and lungs (Gemini) due to overindulgence in caffeine, tobacco, artificial fragrances and perfumes, and overthinking.

Jupiter invites us to cultivate faith in ourselves. In Gemini, we can improve our speaking, listening, conversing, and writing abilities, and learn new technical skills. We can expand our social horizons, and meet new people with interesting ideas. It’s a good time to be a student of something that truly calls to you, whether you’re going for a degree or just reading some interesting books. Gemini rules the hands— so you are more likely to become joyfully engaged if you’re doing a hands-on project.

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.

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 offers expansion, an opportunity to broaden your horizons in some way.