Jupiter in Aries

Jupiter entered the astrological sign of Aries in June for a period of three months, giving us a preview of this transit, and then moved back into Pisces by retrograde motion. Jupiter reenters Aries in mid-January 2011 and will remain direct in motion until entering Taurus in June 2011. This relatively short and speedy passage through Aries is in character with the combination of planet and sign.

Jupiter in Aries is an exciting, inspiring and enthusiastic blend of energies. The natural expansiveness of Jupiter is happy to experience the adventurous nature of Aries, resulting in dynamic and vigorous expression. Jupiter expands whatever area he visits, so while he moves through Aries we might see a growth of pioneering ideas. Jupiter wants more and bigger of everything, embodying the principles of inspiration, abundance, optimism and philosophy, so Jupiter has plenty of room to move in Aries. This compatible combination can generate abundant ideas on a big scale, and there is energy and enthusiasm to carry them out. Especially if those annoying details can be delegated to Virgos.

There can be a sense of destiny in this combination of influences that gives an intense courage of conviction that borders on a crusader’s intensity. The pioneering quality of Aries is infused with the optimism and growth of Jupiter, signaling an almost gold rush mentality with the potential for enhanced gain in chosen endeavors. Aries rules the head, and Jupiter’s god of light aspect can be seen as a positive influence, perhaps contributing the element of foresight to counteract Aries impulsive fire-first-aim-later tendency. Jupiter likewise adds a somewhat scientific and philosophical bent to Aries headstrong qualities.

The Jupiter in Aries blend contains the kind of confidence that attracts abundance. This expansive combination desires to broaden horizons, reaching out to explore the larger world. This mindset could aid global diplomacy as Jupiter in Aries might engender a curious and tolerant open-mindedness about other cultures.

Jupiter in Aries will blaze a trail into the unknown if a path hasn’t already been cleared. The downside is an unwarranted level of optimism that tends toward rash action and overconfidence. Jupiter in Aries loves new challenges and is willing to take on situations that others think are impossible. However, it can be difficult to live up to the magnanimous promises that were made in a moment of well-intended largesse. On its own, this combination nobly, and with the best of intentions, believes that anything is possible. But Jupiter in Aries becomes easily bored and wants to move on to the next new, stimulating idea, so it’s vital to choose a qualified second-in-command well in advance.

Since Jupiter is seen as a god of light, who might have become a star, we can hope that his capacity to “see the light” will be increased in the first six months of 2011. Jupiter in Aries may prompt the quest for truth and meaning so evident in his own sign Sagittarius. It’s tempting to imagine that Jupiter’s inability to catch fire left a tremendous void in his planetary psyche, making him a more powerful prod in the quest for illumination.

In late February, Jupiter, at 6 degrees of Aries, will form a square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. This is an intense cardinal friction that might bring new insights into old forms that need to change. As a nation, the focus might be the ongoing revelations of corruption in financial sectors and corporate campaign financing. Jupiter in Aries could provide an impetus for real change, but the confrontations could be tumultuous. For individuals, it’s a chance to examine where we might have compromised ourselves for the sake of perceived power or security. If we find ourselves in an ethical dilemma, it’s time to take stock.

Jupiter will then oppose Saturn in Libra at the end of March 2011 at 14 degrees. Old patterns of relationships and partnerships demand to be reevaluated. This is true individually and collectively and the dramatic political climate is evidence of these tug-of-war energies. This also sets up a powerful dynamic in the chart of the US. Saturn in the sky conjoins Saturn in America’s birth chart, and that conjunction opposes Jupiter moving through Aries, In addition, the opposition forms a T-square with the US Sun at 13 Cancer.

At issue, I believe, is who we are as a nation abroad, and what we stand for at home. Both can seem to be at odds with how the country acts out relationships and partnerships. This intense configuration will also mark the second pass of the country’s Saturn return at 14 Libra. What’s at stake, I believe, is profoundly influencing our future destiny as a nation. Will we become an increasingly corrupt plutocracy, or will there be enough collective will to realign with our founding ideals of a true democratic republic?

Even though dwarf planet Eris is larger than Pluto, she hasn’t yet made her way into mainstream astrological interpretation, and it’s too soon in the game to know how aspects to these newly identified solar system objects will express astrologically. Coming after the aspects of February and March, Jupiter will conjoin dwarf planet Eris in April and May of 2011, at 21 and 22 degrees of Aries. Eris may dramatically upset some apple carts in the status quo, asking some hard questions. Where do we need to examine situations from a completely different perspective, and how might a complete reversal of thinking change things for the better? This conjunction triggers the US Mars and could provide some helpful energy to make needed changes.

Jupiter’s transit of Aries will make issues and opportunities seem larger in scale, and perhaps this will create a sense of pressure to find solutions and seize the moment to make changes that will lead toward positive growth.