Jupiter moved into Gemini on June 11th, and unlike some periods during which Jupiter retrogrades back into the previous sign at some point in its travels, it will remain in Gemini without interruption for about a year.
Jupiter is the planet of good fortune – of faith and optimism and our ability to encapsulate the world in a theology that provides our life with meaning. Jupiter represents the evolution of our philosophies and our shared vision of meaning that we call religion.
Jupiter is often called the “Greater Benefic” (with Venus the Lesser) because of its generally expansive nature. However, there is a dark side to Jupiter as well – the lack of practicality that blind optimism can engender, a self-righteousness that goes with strong beliefs. Jupiter’s dark side can appear relatively benign when compared with a planet such as, say, Pluto, but when expansion turns into a relentless quest for more that never ceases it can become a bit of a problem.
I like to say that Jupiter in the natal chart shows where we want to be god. Jupiter was the king of the gods, and he was always battling to defend his crown. When Jupiter goes through a sign it has a tendency to expand the qualities of that sign, and because Gemini rules all matters of communication, short travel, learning and intellectual stimulation we are likely to see a magnification of these experiences.
Jupiter is said to be in its “detriment” in Gemini because Gemini is opposite the sign of Jupiter’s rulership – Sagittarius. Of all the polarities, the Gemini/Sagittarius opposition is the least problematic because they share so much in common. Both are concerned with issues of learning and knowledge, they just approach the issues differently. Where Sagittarius views the larger picture in order to create a belief system, Gemini has a hunger to learn everything without any discrimination. All experiences are equal for Gemini, and they usually must be verbalized.
Because Jupiter urges us to aggrandize ourselves, to become larger than life, people with Jupiter in Gemini in their charts tend to have a lot to say and a sense that others need to hear what they have to say. You can see this quality in Oprah WInfrey, whose Jupiter in Gemini trines her Aquarian Sun. Jupiter’s urge to develop a philosophy that will give life meaning can become bogged down by the Geminian quest to examine and experience everything, which makes it less effective.
Jupiter also deals with publishing and the law, and while Jupiter travels through Gemini we would expect issues such as intellectual property (Gemini) law (Jupiter) to become more important. Because we are in the middle of such revolutionary energy and change under the square of Uranus to Pluto, wars of words are likely to be more important than bombs with Jupiter in Gemini. Discussions (Gemini) about philosophy (Jupiter) will become critical, and could erupt into violence because of Uranus/Pluto.
Jupiter was last in Gemini between the summer of 2000 and 2001. During that time the hotly contested presidential election (Gemini) in the US was decided by the court system (Jupiter). Pluto was in Jupiter’s own sign of Sagittarius at the time and the relentless exuberance of that cycle (1995-2008) has been widely discussed in this column, including yesterday. During that period corporations began to merge into larger and larger (Sagittarius) companies But the merger of America Online (AOL) and Time Warner in 2001 created the world’s largest (Jupiter) media (Gemini) company in a move that shocked even seasoned industry observers. One analyst called this ”the most significant development in the Internet business world to date,” an example of Jupiterian hyperbole if ever I heard one.
This is likely to be a time of hyperbolic promises – especially in the political realm. Because Jupiter rules kingship, and we have so much change in the global political arena right now, we can expect political rhetoric (Gemini) to become inflated and self-righteous (Jupiter).
On the positive side, Jupiter’s travel through Gemini is very positive for charitable works, for Internet publishing (especially blogging, Facebook and Twitter which are all very Geminian in nature due to the short attention span required), for telecommunications, for new developments in phone and internet. Jupiter will harmonize with Uranus during the first part of its journey through Gemini, and this is a very positive influence for scientific developments and inventions (Uranus) for all things that involve communication (Gemini).
In our personal lives it will be important to be very clear in our communication and speech since Jupiter in Gemini can inspire carelessness in the sheer volume of discussion. Centering ourselves in our inner knowledge of what we intend to communicate will be very helpful. If you are a writer, or want to be one, this is an extremely beneficial time. There is a lot to say, and plenty of people who want to hear.