Jupiter, planet of justice

Let’s take a quick look at the astrological meaning of Jupiter, planet of justice. But it’s really much more than this core theme of ‘justice’.

It’s the planet astrologically associated with wealth, growth, luck, optimism. And sales, confidence, and ‘more’.

More as in: ‘a little is good, more is better!’ This is the reason Jupiter is often associated with ‘excess’, and overdoing things.

Jupiter has always been seen as an essentially good planetary influence. It is one of the the two benefic (meaning ‘good’) planets; the other being Venus. This is because Jupiter energy brings bountifulness and one of its underlying principles is ‘justice’ at the highest level. To be wholly just and fair is considered benevolent and good.

I like to think of planets as people. It’s a good way to remember a planet’s astrological qualities.

And if Jupiter could be a person, well, I pick this guy…

I pick him because he’s a walking, talking Jupiter-type person. He has abundance (another Jupiter word) and generosity, and brings gifts. He’s jovial (ho, ho, ho!) and large. These are Jupiter qualities.

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Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions

I’m currently doing research on Jim Jones, the infamous leader of People’s Temple. Jones led his 900 followers in a mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978. This post is about one feature of Jones’s horoscope.

In his natal horoscope, Jones had a conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto (A conjunction is an aspect,  where two (or more) planets are close together in the horoscope – so their energies combine).

Jupiter is about wealth, expansiveness, confidence. Pluto is connected with power, force. Combined in a horoscope, this signature often indicates someone who is a big risk-taker.  Jupiter-Pluto often appears in  horoscopes of very wealthy people.
For instance, Bill Gates has this aspect (in his 2nd house, of money!), So does Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffett. And so did one of the wealthiest people who ever lived, John D. Rockefeller. [Read more…]