Associated signs: Sagittarius

Mythology: It’s no surprise that the largest planet in our solar system is named after the divine head of classical antiquity. Jupiter — and his Greek counterpoint, Zeus — was the King of the Gods in Roman mythology. Jupiter claimed the regal titled after his father, Saturn (who previously held the title), became increasingly paranoid and tyrannical. Afraid of losing the throne to his successors, Saturn began eating his newborn children. When Saturn’s wife, Ops (the Earth Mother) discovered she was pregnant again, she delivered the baby Jupiter in secrecy, tricking Saturn into eating bundled stone molded as an infant. Finally, Jupiter returned from hiding, and overthrew Saturn by forcing Saturn to regurgitate his children. Reunited with his siblings, Jupiter divided the universe into three distinctive parts: Jupiter governed the heavens, Pluto governs the sea, and Pluto governed the underworld.

Transit: Jupiter is an outer planet, and takes approximately 12 to 13 months to transit a sign. It goes retrograde each year for around 120 days.

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What it means in your chart: Within the natal chart, Jupiter’s position reveals your innate luck and fortune. Its placement also showcases where your broaden your horizons through emotional consciousness and philosophical expansion. Jupiter is extremely auspicious, but even the Great Benefic (Jupiter’s title in traditional astrology) can overindulge. Jupiter loves to eat, drink, and be merry — especially through gambling (Jupiter is represented by the “Wheel of Fortune” card in tarot — so always keep an eye on Jupiter’s hedonistic tendencies.

Retrograde lowdown: The outer planets spend much of their transits in retrograde, so these colossal celestial bodies are no strangers to spinning backwards. Surprisingly, Jupiter actually enjoys gliding in reverse: the backpedal helps reinforce Jupiter’s generous offerings, encouraging us to dive deeper into growth and expansion.

Herbs and offerings: Carnation, milk thistle, hyssop, sage, magnolia, olive oil, grapefruit, rum.

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