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Jupiter represents the divine, benevolent father. He is like the Pillar of Mercy in the Kabbala. In India, he is
called Guru, meaning a spiritual teacher who leads us from the darkness of ignorance into the light of wisdom and
enlightenment. He is also referred to as Brihaspati, the original priest or Brahmin. He represents the father in all
birth charts as well as the husband in a womans chart. As teacher of the Gods and guide of the world, Jupiter
represents and directs the light (the galactic center) into our solar system. 1
From a psychological standpoint, Jupiter is the
super-ego, the conscience, and the inner
parent. It is our high aspiration, faith and
confidence in self and life, our best intentions. It
is the wider, deeper vision of who we really are
(which truly brings us good luck). High hopes,
expansiveness and optimism are symbolized by
Jupiter. Our philosophy of life, and our
philanthropic actions are manifestations of the
Jovan impulse.
Perhaps because it is so broad and inclusive in
nature, some say Jupiter is the least understood
planetary energy. It correlates to the impulse that
drives us to open up and include greater
dimensions within our being. The amoeba is a
good analogy, for this creature flows out and
around whatever lies in its path and expands to
include it within itself.
Whenever we feel the desire to improve
ourselves, to become more than what we are
right now, to educate ourselves and become
better in some way, we find Jupiter energy is at
work in us. There is the urge to join with others
in communion and ritual; to be an accepted
member of a larger community: a club, school,
social class. It is the need to have relationships
beyond the ego (but within the norm), to
expand, to be free, but free within the limits of
the community, or within consensually approved
value systems.

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Jupiter lies within Saturns orbit; so its freedom is not unbounded. There is no desire to
break with tradition (unless aspected by Uranus), nor break social taboos (unless
aspected by Pluto); nor does one seek limitless expansion (unless aspected by
Neptune). With Jupiter, we want to be free within the system, free with conformity, to be
praise worthy in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, to be admired. It is the urge
toward being good/better/best. Contrast that to Venus, the other benefic, who wants to
be nice and pretty.
Jupiter is hierarchical. As the best planet, value judgments are involved along with the
need to feel or to be superior. It can represent very conservative attitudes or quite liberal
ones, depending on how it is posited in the chart and the nature of the aspects to it. Generally, in water and earth

signs, it tends toward the conservative, while in fire and air signs, it is more liberal.
The mentor, the sponsor, the patron, the positive role model these are the Jovan people in our lives. We have
a desire to emulate superior others, for we need to experience self-esteem, to honor and to develop the best in
ourselves by expressing those things in which we believe. Jupiter in the chart shows where we feel entitled to
good fortune, abundance, and where we expect to excel.
Negatively, Jupiter represents arrogance, waste, excess, ego inflation, the opportunist, the con artist, overweight,
greedy, superiority complex, Messiah or God complex. At worst it is hubris; that arrogant, self-inflation which leads
one to think he or she is equal to or better than the gods. In the eyes of the Greek gods, hubris was the only sin a
human could commit and it was always duly avenged.
The qualities of Jupiters sign in our charts tend to become expanded, inflated, may grow larger than the rest of
the signs. Earth signs want to see real things increase, like lots of money. Air signs want more learning and
knowledge, more books, more education. Fire signs need extensive personal liberty and opportunities to be
creative, more fun things to do, bigger adventures. Water signs seek powerful and deep emotional freedom of
expression, more tragic operas to cry over, more passionate love affairs to grieve about, and a greater erotic and
ecstatic relationship with the godhead.
About the author:
Eleanor Buckwalter has studied, practiced and taught astrology in Los Altos, CA for more than twenty-five years,
including three years with the late Richard Idemon, a psychological astrologer. Her primary astrological focus of
interest is parent-child relationships and family dynamics.