Introduction to Planetary Influence 7:
Jupiter in Astrology
– written by Philip Graves – 9 Jan 2004
– reprocessed for WordPress, 8th June 2016
Jupiter in Astrology
The glyph for Jupiter shows a vertical crescent of the Moon connected at its lower end to the left edge of a cross of the Soul, indicating the elevation of Matter to quasi-spiritual status, and its outpouring through experience (the Soul). This is a product of human evolution, whereby the lunar mechanism of response to material sense perceptions gradually develops into more sophisticated personal feelings and social responses, leading in turn to the growth of the higher mind with its abstract capabilities. Thus, Jupiter represents wisdom arising through a long chain leading ultimately from response to sense impressions of the material world.
Schulman interprets the glyph as showing the crescent of Soul rising from the West of the cross of Matter (the West symbolising maturity), denoting the assimilation of early material learning into later soul wisdom.
Jupiter assimilates the sensorily absorptive, material and family values of the Moon with the qualitative, aesthetic, social values and inspirations of Venus to generate an abundance of explanations, morals, and wider-ranging civic relationships. It is confined only by Saturn’s restraining handle. It evokes expansion and foresight, which when positively expressed manifest as optimism; when negatively, as extravagance. Through its high-minded, expansive nature, it serves as a very positive psychological influence on any point contacted in a nativity, and therefore has conventionally been regarded as the greater benefic.
Jupiter governs the abstract creative faculties; the acquisition of wealth; the appreciation of beauty on a grand, artistic scale; the balance of feeling with thinking; comparison; common sense; the desire for social service; growth; generalisation; good fortune; harmony, in physical form as health, in social form as law, and in spiritual form as religion; idealism; impersonal argumentation; order; positive thinking; profit; satisfaction derived from material mastery and ownership; the search for deeper meaning, purpose and understanding; and sound judgement. It is benevolent; broad-visioned; devoted; dignified; dramatic; free from miserliness; generous; genial; good-natured; honest; hopeful; integrity-conscious; law-abiding; merciful; open-minded; peace-loving; philosophical; prestigious; prophetic; prosperous; reasonable; religious; respectable; respectful; ritualistic; self-controlled; sociable; temperate; and vital; but when denied expression, potentially boastful; complacent; dissipating; gambling; hypocritical; procrastinating; and proud.
Jupiter governs charitable and philanthropic movements and institutions, the clergy, clothing, devotion, duties, education, expansion, the father’s relatives, good fortune, growth, godfathers, guardians, increase (esp. in wealth), legal affairs, long journeys, public assemblies and functions, religion, social gatherings, theatres, and wealth. It also signifies friends, happiness, honours, plenty, productiveness, protection, success and supremacy. It confers an ambitious, courtly, generous, humane, jovial, prudent and sympathetic nature.
People signified by Jupiter include bankers; chancellors; clothiers; councillors; drapers of woollen fabrics; judges; lawyers (esp. civil); legislators; ministers; philanthropists; physicians; priests and clergy; provision dealers; restaurant workers; young scholars and university or college students; and senators.
Places described include altars of churches; courts of justice; neat and pleasing places; oratories; public conventions; convocations; synods; and wardrobes. Minerals include amethyst; crystal; emerald; freestone; hyacinth; marble; sapphire; and topaz. Colours signified are ash-colour; sea-green or blue; green mixed with yellow; and purple. Flavours are those sweet and well-scented, with inoffensive, mild smell.
Herbs under its dominion include agrimony, alexanders, asparagus, avens, balm, barley, basil, beet, betony, bloodroot, borage, bugloss, bur marigold (Bidens spp.), centaury, chervil, chick pea, chicory, cicely (sweet), cinquefoil, colewort, costmary (alecost), daffodil (narcissus), dandelion, endive, feverfew, flax, garlic mustard, hart’s tongue, houseleek, hyacinth, hyssop, liverwort, lungwort, marjoram, meadowsweet, milk-thistle, milkweed, mint, ox-eye daisy, ox-tongue, paeony, pimpernel, pinks, Polygonum spp., self-heal (all-heal), rhubarb, rice, rose (esp. red), sage, samphire, scurvy grass, squinancy (quinsywort), St. John’s wort, stonecrop, strawberry, violet (sweet), water figwort (water betony), wheat, and willowherb. Trees include almond, apple, apricot, bay, beech, bilberry, birch, (sweet) chestnut, clove, fig, gooseberry, hazel, linden (lime), liquorice, manna, maple, mulberry, nutmeg (inc. mace), oak, olive, peach, pear, pine, pistachio, spruce, sumac, thorn-apple, and (grape) vine.
Animals include bees; does; dolphins; eagles; elephants; harts; hens; larks; oxen; partridges; peacocks; peahens; pheasants; pigeons; serpents; sheep; snipes; stags; storks; tigers; unicorns; whales; and all that are mild, gentle, beneficial and well-suited to humans.
Physically Jupiter governs the adipose tissue; adrenal glands; arteries; arterial circulation; assimilation; right auricle; blood haematopoiesis, and fibrin; breath; cell division and tissue building; digestive organs and functions; fat disposition; feet; filtration; genito-urinary veins; glycogen; growth; hams; liver; lungs; nutrition; phagocytes; ribs; sides; starch; sugar; teeth; thighs; and viscera.
When prominent, Jupiter describes a tall, straight, upright stature; a large, deep belly; a lovely, ruddy or brownish complexion; large grey eyes; a long or oval, full or fleshy face; long, awkward feet; a high forehead; soft, auburn-brown hair, and abundant beard; strong, well-proportioned thighs and legs; and an inclination to sober speech and grave discourse. If Jupiter rises before the Sun, the body is fleshier; the eyes large; the skin clearer; the complexion is honey colour or white-red; the right foot usually has a mole or scar. If after the Sun, the complexion is purer and lovelier; the hair light brown or close to dark flaxen; the stature shorter; the temple or forehead smooth and bald.
Illnesses include acidity; apoplexies; congestion; cramps; heart palpitations and trembling; liver infirmities; low blood pressure; lung inflammation; pleurisy; quinsy; rib diseases; spinal pain; and vein and blood diseases and disorders.
Unto character, when well placed, Jupiter confers affability; bashfulness; charity; a desire to benefit all people and to relieve the poor; a distaste for sordidity; fairness and justness; faithfulness; glorious achievements; honorable, high aspirations and nature; indulgent treatment of spouse and children; liberalism; magnanimity; prudence; religiosity; reverence for the aged; sweetness in conversation; thankfulness; virtue; and wisdom.
When poorly placed, it produces carelessness; divisiveness; a gross, dull mind; hypocritical religiosity, with tenacity to false religious tenets; ignorance; self-abasement in company; and the wasteful expenditure of one’s inheritance.
In ancient astrology, Jupiter signifies benefit; magnificence; opinion; and sociability; when well-placed, generosity, graciousness, loftiness and piety; but when poorly placed, the absence of these particular virtues unless other indications produce them (as Jupiter can only confer them, not deny them, by its placement). As a vocational significator, it produces administrators, business-people, priests and religious authorities.