On 11 August expansive Jupiter moved from fiery Leo into earthy Virgo. During it’s year long transit Jupiter in Virgo will curb our tendency to over-do things and take on too much, but may also bring a certain frustration as we are forced to ground our energy and look to the fine print when we might prefer to spread our wings and fly freely.
Jupiter rules the principle of expansion. This is the part of us that is constantly learning, exploring and growing. Jupiter is all about abundance, generosity, openness and optimism and when Jupiter is strong in our lives we find that things flow naturally, we feel lucky and seem to encounter more than a usual number of happy coincidences and synchronicities.
The energy of Jupiter is often said to be the polar opposite of Saturn, who rules structure and contraction. In her excellent article on the Jupiter Cycle, astrologer Anne Whitaker writes:
“Jupiter and Saturn together form a symbolic, complementary whole: as its cycle unfolds, Saturn helps us to be realistic and to set limits without which no maturation or growth can take place. Jupiter creates contrast and balance to this. It energises that optimistic, expansive part of us that reaches out to the pleasure of new experience, new learning and understanding.”
With Jupiter in Virgo this instinct to expand and explore may feel more than a little thwarted. Traditionally Jupiter in Virgo is said to be in its detriment, as these two archetypes don’t naturally work well together. Jupiter is the adventurer, the optimist, the believer, while Virgo is concerned with perfecting systems, analysing facts and grounding us in material reality. The two simply don’t resonate with one another.
Virgo can be both critical and analytical so during Jupiter in Virgo you may find yourself setting aside your big plans as unrealistic or because you feel you’re just not ready. Although this may feel frustrating at times, the truth is we can all benefit from developing the finer details of our plans! Just be careful that you don’t take Virgo’s perfectionism and talent for critique too personally. This is a time for fine tuning, not for abandoning your grand plans altogether!
Jupiter is Virgo is an excellent time to begin a course of study that requires you to analyse a great deal of information or encompass a lot of small details. Learning a new language is a great example. A language is a great body of knowledge (Jupiter) with a lot of small and very specific details (Virgo). As I’m currently living in France and struggling to learn French I can personally say that even in the last few days my skills have improved markedly.
As Virgo is ruled by Mercury, Jupiter in Virgo is said to be ‘deposited’ by Mercury. This suggests that our faith may be challenged during this period as our minds will come up with all kinds of arguments as to why such things as synchronicity, coincidence and divine order are logically impossible. By staying present and observing our thoughts we can avoid losing touch with our sense of wonder and potential, or our faith that things are evolving as they should.
How will the Jupiter in Virgo transit affect you?
If Jupiter is a strong archetype in your chart, for example if it’s located on one of the angles (Ascendent, Descendent, MC or IC), is the ruler of the Sun or Moon, or is strongly aspected, then you will feel the energy of Jupiter in Virgo in your life more powerfully than others.
Jupiter in Virgo will also affect you differently depending on where in your own unique Jupiter cycle you happen to be. For example, if you have Jupiter in Virgo natally you will experience your Jupiter return this year. The Jupiter return often initiates a period of personally expansion, learning or growth, the beginning of some kind of new adventure. The form this takes will depend on which house natal Jupiter is placed in.
For example with Jupiter in Gemini in my natal chart I experienced my Jupiter return in mid 2013. As Jupiter is in my first house this transit completely transformed my view of myself and the person I identified myself to be. Now with Jupiter in Virgo I am coming into the first quarter phase of my Jupiter cycle and at the end of the year transiting Jupiter in Virgo will square my natal Jupiter at 28 degrees Gemini. This will likely stimulate a new move or shift in my life.
The ‘hard’ transits of Jupiter (such as conjunctions, squares and oppositions) are more typically associated with big changes in one’s life than the ‘easy’ transits such as trines and sextiles. For example the conception of a child often occurs when transiting Jupiter squares natal Venus or the natal Moon.
Have a look at your own natal chart to see whether Jupiter in Virgo will make any aspects to your natal planets. Look especially for planets or points in the mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini and Pisces) as these will form conjunctions, squares and oppositions when Jupiter in Virgo passes over that degree.
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Like all transits, Jupiter in Virgo is just one phase in the complex system of planetary cycles that together catalyse the process of human evolution. By becoming conscious of this, and mindful of our responses in daily life, we can learn to ride the ebb and flow of the tides of change.
Are you feeling Jupiter in Virgo?
Jupiter in Virgo will affect us all differently due to the unique configuration of each person’s natal chart. Are you expecting any major transits during this time? Can you recall the last time Jupiter in Virgo occurred? Have you already begun to feel the effects of this transit? Please share your thoughts so we can all learn from each other…