Jupiter owns two of the mutable signs which have a quartile aspect to one another.
Sagittarius is a masculine sign with a combination of hot and dry qualities and belongs with the fire element signs. As a fire sign it allows Jupiter to seek external stimuli, and lives on the anticipation of something new and exciting waiting around the next corner. When Jupiter is located in two of the fixed signs – Taurus or Scorpio – it cannot see Sagittarius.
In contrast to Sagittarius, Jupiter’s other sign of Pisces is feminine in gender, cold in active quality, wet in passive quality, and together the two qualities create the element of water. Through Pisces Jupiter has the ability to explore the inner realms of possibility and many hours can be passed by Jupiter in contemplation of unseen worlds and other dimensions not easily available to those who lack imagination and insight.
The remaining two fixed signs places Jupiter in a bind as they are blind to Pisces and if Jupiter finds itself in either Leo or Aquarius then dramas can unfold for the house which has Pisces on its cusp.
Knowing that each of the four fixed signs is difficult for Jupiter is an easy reminder if the aversion signs don’t come quickly to mind. Perhaps it makes sense on some level as the fixed signs yearn for repetition or predictability and put great value on conservatism, tradition and ritual. The nature of Jupiter finds restriction abhorrent – look at its fall sign of Capricorn – and feels suffocated if change is not an option.
The fixed signs each grumble about the rut they find themselves in, but there is safety in knowing that the future is the same as the past.
For instance, fire’s fixed sign, Leo, can get caught up in an ‘ego rut’ where the individual can’t move for fear of losing face, looking foolish, or risking their reputation. Scorpio, fixed water, has the propensity to wallow about in an ‘emotional rut’, to let go of past hurts and betrayals unable to forgive or forget, in order to move forwards to a less painful emotional plane. Aquarius, the fixed air sign, clings to old ideas believing them to be factual and in this way binds itself in a ‘mind rut’. Letting go of a concept that the residing planet believes to be true takes a huge amount of energy and many times the individual succumbs to despair, rather than throwing out obsolete opinions which no longer hold any value for them. Lastly, Taurus bogs down in a ‘comfort rut’ and no matter how uncomfortable the individual becomes the earthy fixed sign resembles quicksand when it comes to initiating movement towards change or a new beginning.
For these reasons Jupiter’s troubles in a fixed sign have an inclination to double when it is not only dealing with its own type of rut depending on the elemental problems, but also fretting because one of its two signs is unattended due to the fixed nature of Jupiter’s location.
Prime Motivation for Fire Signs:
The desire for power and freedom of action
SAGITTARIUS RISING : Ruling Planet – JUPITER
In most cases Jupiter is more than willing to fan the flames of enthusiasm for its fire sign but aversion makes this a difficult task when it finds itself placed in either of the zodiac’s two feminine fixed signs.
Sagittarius on the Ascendant needs Jupiter to direct its energies and to provide it with purpose or direction from the house in which Jupiter stands. If this supervision is missing then there is a feeling of running around like a headless chicken and achieving very little in gaining power or credibility.
Aspects are the first rule of thumb when considering sight between a planet and the sign it rules by Essential Dignity. Signs which have a similarity through aspects that link by gender, element, modality or quality allow the ruling planet to reach, govern and maintain the affairs of the house with their sign on the cusp. This means that if Sagittarius is on the Ascendant, Jupiter in Aquarius (same gender), Pisces (same modality), Aries (same element), Gemini (same gender and modality), Leo (same element), Virgo (same modality), or Libra (same gender) will be capable of achieving Prime Motivation.
Even Jupiter’s signs of exaltation and fall are able to avoid aversion as these signs are protected by the ‘sameness’ created by the natural laws of antiscia and contra-antiscia. Jupiter in Cancer may be at the mercy of the Moon, but there is no blindness between Sagittarius and Cancer because the two signs share equal rising times (contra-antiscia). Likewise, Jupiter in Capricorn may have problems with its fall sign, but there is no aversion between Sagittarius and Capricorn as the two signs share the sameness of equal light (antiscia) when they move in mirror image away from the axis of zero Cancer/Capricorn.
TWO AVERSION Signs and House Placements:
Taurus (6th H) : Scorpio (12th H)
Challenge for P.M. – Jupiter in Taurus (6th)
Jupiter is inclined to get too complacent, too comfortable, or too reluctant to try something new in the fixed earth sign and that doesn’t work well for a fire Ascendant that feeds on constant challenge and yearns for new horizons.
The cold, dry qualities of earth tend to make Jupiter hesitant and lacking in confidence. The combination of blindness to Sagittarius, plus the coagulation tendencies of Taurus means opportunities can evaporate and hesitation replaces quick decisions that should have maximized advantages offered by the world.
The slowing down process is further hampered by Jupiter’s placement in the sixth house where sudden changes in the individual’s health affect the body and physical movement or accidents require a huge reassessment of life’s benefits. Jupiter is a benefic but its better qualities appear to be wasted in this difficult house where danger, exhaustion, over-work or plain bad luck seem to be silently waiting around the next corner.
Having suffered from poor fortune Jupiter in Taurus in the sixth house tends to wallow in past slights, injustices, injuries (both concrete and abstract), anxieties and wrongdoings. This wounded attitude does not help recovery or adjustments which need to be made with expediency in order to move forwards in life. All of these conditions slow down Jupiter’s ability to grasp power and run with it, or to act on opportunities presented to the individual. So much so that if the Sagittarian Ascendant is not aware of these tendencies Jupiter risks getting bogged down, losing its momentum, or failing to seize the moments when it might get its best experiences of excitement or freedom.
Challenge for P.M. – Jupiter in Scorpio (12th)
Jupiter in the twelfth house is a poor place from where to steer the ship that is supposed to leave the safe harbour and find adventure on the open seas. Jupiter in Scorpio has its fair share of paranoia without adding an aversion to Sagittarius, and a twelfth house position is not going to soothe those fears or build Jupiter’s confidence when it comes to this fire sign’s Prime Motivation.
Gaining the power you desire is one thing, but fearing that everyone is trying to take it away from you is likely to lead to many sleepless nights for this individual. Worse still, if aversion means they feel ignored or invisible to the world, Jupiter may try to reverse this feeling by creating a huge scene with loads of drama, thereby gaining a few hidden enemies along the way.
The supposed carefree nature that many assume Sagittarius rising to be, is swamped by an emotional Jupiter located in a difficult house. The twelfth sign is a house for both the imprisoned, and the one who imprisons or releases from the physical or emotional bonds which accompany a shadow house.
The last cadent house shows the individual’s attitude to where society places those who are different, denied, or seem to pose a threat to the status quo. Jupiter in this location can become a champion for those who have no voice or lack a representative who will plead their case. However, the individual pays a price for their selflessness when Jupiter is so involved in the plight of the disenfranchised, that it fails to take care of the emotional and physical needs of the chart owner. Lack of awareness to danger, exhaustion, or compassion fatigue, are all risks for Sagittarius Ascendant with Jupiter in Scorpio in the twelfth house.
Alternate Rulers to help Ascendant achieve Prime Motivation
No Exalted Ruler for Sagittarius
Term Rulers for SAGITTARIUS (besides Jupiter)
Venus: (12-17): Mercury (17-21): Saturn (21-26): Mars (26-30)
Similar to many of the signs, Sagittarius final two Term Rulers are the malefic planets of Saturn and Mars. If one of these is your only option you need to look carefully at what condition it is in, and where it is located in the chart. Otherwise there may be strings attached to any benefits gained by their distant relations with Sagittarius. The cost of gaining power and freedom of action might be too expensive if it means that trouble follows with either of these Term Rulers.
Prime Motivation for Water Signs:
The need to be loved and accepted by the world
PISCES RISING : Ruling Planet – JUPITER
When Pisces is the sign on the Ascendant there are some choices to be made over how the individual will proceed with this sign. Many of the choices may not come from a conscious place as Jupiter takes shortcuts sometimes when it comes to being practical or logical in its decisions. If habitual patterns become destructive then this can make it difficult to find other avenues, particularly if the behaviour is self-destructive or harmful to the individual’s physical safety or mental well-being.
Taking a stimulant or a relaxant in order to feel confident or comfortable in a new environment or one which might be perceived to be hostile is a temporary fix but has long-term consequences. This ‘one-off’ by Pisces Rising can quickly become a habit which cannot be maintained when the Ascendant is both the perceived personality, and the vitality of the physical body, and even though Jupiter loves excess, extended use of substance props will eventually take their toll.
Without being truly conscious of it, Pisces rising practices the chameleon effect for several very good reasons. Pisces is a combination of two qualities, cold and wet. As a cold sign its survival technique requires it to adapt and modify its behaviour in order to avoid attack. Pisces is a mutable water sign and as such it is highly sensitive to its environment, especially when it is remembered that the water element’s Prime Motivation is to be secure in being loved and accepted by those with whom it comes in contact.
Jupiter’s water sign explores and nourishes the individual’s inner resources, emotions, imagination and creativity: what better way to keep doing this than to camouflage oneself and stay safe by blending into the background. Pisces well knows that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ and having the natural skill to observe and copy the characteristics of the people in its immediate surroundings is gratifying for both Jupiter (who loves a challenge) and the exalted lord, Venus (who loves to please others).
Pisces mimicry can achieve great results for the individual and their Prime Motivation. It provides protection, social acceptance, love (via reflection) and enough distraction for Jupiter to continue its inner musings without getting caught out when the chart owner’s attention wanders, or they become preoccupied by a sudden alteration within the emotional vibes of the atmosphere.
But if Jupiter is out to lunch then they can miss the mark on mirroring the behaviour or mannerisms of those around them and can instead be accused of being false, or worse still, making fun of the other person – which is certainly not the intention of either Jupiter, or Pisces rising.
TWO AVERSION Signs and House Placements:
Leo (6th H) : Aquarius (12th H)
Challenge for P.M. – Jupiter in Leo (6th)
Jupiter in Leo has little sympathy for its water sign on the Ascendant and emotional security is not high on the list of Leo Jupiter’s priorities. This Jupiter is geared towards achievement, ambition, and career advancement, especially if it forms a favourable aspect to the Mid-heaven’s sign from the sixth house. The first house is the body’s strength and vitality and the sixth is the unexpected ruin of the body’s robustness. There are going to be times when a blind Jupiter is forced to address the emotional and physical well-being of the individual and to acknowledge the issue of neglect if it has been driving this person too hard. Otherwise, Jupiter risks being a hard task-master in the sixth house who drives the individual into a state of mental stress or physical exhaustion.
It may be a good idea to check the condition of the Sun as it is the dispositor for Jupiter’s sign and may add robustness if it is in good state in the chart, but may further undermine Jupiter if it is in some peril of its own making.
Challenge for P.M. – Jupiter in Aquarius (12th)
Jupiter in Saturn’s second sign is not in the state of debility which occurs when it is in fall in Capricorn, but it’s still uncomfortable because of house placement and aversion to Pisces on the Ascendant. Jupiter is busy assessing the strength of its hidden enemies and finding a way to lead itself and others out of the darkness of the twelfth house. It has very little interest in trying to make sure the chart’s owner feels loved and valued by the world.
Any emotional outburst from the first house is likely to be ignored completely by Aquarius Jupiter. Or, if Jupiter does acknowledge any strong or exaggerated behaviour, it is prone to act like the disciplinary father who is embarrassed by the lack of control displayed by the child who is upset, angry and frustrated by life’s situations. No comforting, very little understanding of what is needed by the Ascendant to gain Prime Motivation, and certainly no compassion for ‘paddies, wobblies, tantrums and such.’
Situated in the twelfth house and ruling the Ascendant, Jupiter in Aquarius has the possibility to manifest as the individual becoming their own worst enemy. Jupiter ruling Pisces hates the dismissive term ‘emotionally needy’ and will do everything in its power to appear to be strong and independent. But retreating from the world entirely because needing, or asking, for love is just too painful to bear or too humiliating if the request is denied, is a really isolating way to deal with this water sign’s Prime Motivation.
Alternate Rulers to help Ascendant achieve Prime Motivation
Exalted Ruler for Pisces, VENUS
If Jupiter is unavailable then Venus makes a suitable substitute as a secondary ruler, especially given that both planets are classified as ‘benefics’ and are capable of bringing good fortune if they are able to reach out to govern the mutable water sign on the Ascendant. Venus is not as vigilant as Jupiter in spotting opportunities for advancement but it does add a level of comfort and social ease to Pisces, so long as Venus doesn’t buy into the philosophy of hedonism and all restraints are removed.
Term Rulers for PISCES (besides Jupiter and Venus)
Mercury (16-19): Mars (19-28): Saturn (28-30)
Term Rulers Saturn and Mars swap degrees from Sagittarius to Pisces but the warning remains the same if the Ascendant’s degree is greater than nineteen and zero minutes. Jupiter has a difficult relationship to both of the ‘malefic’ planets through the Essential Dignity of Exaltation. Saturn becomes Jupiter’s dispositor when it is in its most unfortunate position in fall in Capricorn and the restrictions Saturn places on Jupiter’s largesse are frustrating for the greater benefic.
Likewise, the opposition between Capricorn and Cancer becomes personal when Jupiter in Cancer faces Mars exalted in Capricorn. This natural animosity is not going to help Jupiter feel as though Pisces is in good hands when both its enemies are the Term Rulers for the later degrees of Pisces.
FOOTNOTE TO JUPITER IN AVERSION
It is interesting to note that Jupiter in its two signs of detriment can still see both of its signs on the Ascendant. Unlike some planets who cannot see their signs when they are in detriment – Saturn, Mars, or Venus – Jupiter in Virgo or Gemini is able to manage the affairs of the Ascendant regardless of whether the sign is Sagittarius or Pisces. It may not do a great job, depending on whether Jupiter makes a square to its sign or is in opposition, but at least it is present and accountable, if only for the way in which it approaches the Prime Motivation from a different perspective.
Another point worth mentioning is the varying degrees by which sect dignity may alter the effects of Jupiter’s aversion to its sign on the Ascendant.
The actions of Jupiter in Taurus in the sixth sign from the Sagittarian Ascendant are likely to be mitigated by the fact that one of the first two rules of sect will ease Jupiter’s discomfort and grant (albeit reduced) benefits even when it can’t see Sagittarius. For instance, in a daytime chart Jupiter is protected by the first rule of sect whereby the nature of the chart (diurnal) favours a diurnal planet (Jupiter).
By the second rule of sect which divides the chart into two hemispheres at the horizon, a nocturnal chart will see the Sun placed below the horizon, and a diurnal planet (Jupiter) travelling in the same hemisphere as the Sun gains sect dignity. So even when there may be health concerns from Jupiter in the sixth house in aversion to Sagittarius, its plight is not further damaged by finding itself out of sect.
However, you will still need to check to see if Jupiter in Taurus is in a state of munakara (contention). This is possible if Venus (Jupiter’s dispositor) is itself disposited by a different diurnal planet (Sun, Saturn or diurnal Mercury). If this is the case, Jupiter in Taurus will have to deal with three problems: its sixth house placement, its aversion to Sagittarius, and its adverse reaction to being in contention. Sect may be a given, but Jupiter is besieged by other complications and with each one comes a diminishment in its ability to work effectively as a benefic planet.
This same sect coverage applies to Leo Jupiter in the sixth house in aversion to Pisces on the Ascendant. Sun above the horizon – Jupiter has sect dignity; Sun below the horizon – Jupiter has sect dignity by rule two, and also gains Triplicity honours in a fire sign in a nocturnal chart.
Also, no worries that Jupiter in Leo risks munakara because Jupiter is disposited by a fellow diurnal planet, namely the Sun, and there is no crossover from one sect division to the other.
Jupiter in Scorpio in the twelfth sign when Sagittarius is on the first house cusp works fine for a diurnal chart as the planet and the chart agree in sect dignity and both diurnal planets are located in the same hemisphere above the horizon. However, sect matters deteriorate for Scorpio Jupiter in a nocturnal chart as it is in the opposite hemisphere to the Sun. And it gets worse again should Jupiter be disposited by Mars in poor condition.
There is also the potential for Jupiter to be in a state of munakara if Mars itself is disposited by a different diurnal planet apart from Jupiter. Munakara can bring a whole new level of pain to a blind Jupiter – and the Ascendant – when this occurs. Jupiter is already nervous of Mars’ ability to harm rather than help it, and this can be further exacerbated by its placement in the twelfth house.
Jupiter in Aquarius is twelve signs from Pisces on the Ascendant and the same sect advantages apply for it. Jupiter benefits from a diurnal chart and indeed gains all three benefits of sect dignity, being in hayz, with chart, hemisphere and sign compatibility in Aquarius.
In a nocturnal chart Jupiter in Aquarius in the twelfth house loses by the first two rules of sect, and sign is poor compensation for missing out on rule one and two sect conditions. But at least there is no risk of munakara as Jupiter is disposited by Saturn, its fellow companion in diurnality.
Regardless of which sign creates Jupiter’s aversion to the Ascendant there are some commonalities in how Jupiter might react to its lack of sight.
One of the issues for any blind Ascendant lord is the way in which the world interacts with, and reacts to, the individual with this astrological conundrum. Clients and students have relayed to me their feelings of powerlessness, experiencing frustration through seeming to be unheard, invisible, ignored, or diminished in some way. As ruler of the Ascendant Jupiter is not a planet that likes to be denied an audience and retaliation because of hurt feelings can give rise to extreme personality traits if the individual is not tempering Jupiter’s reaction.
Jupiter’s tendency to carry an instinctive feeling that it has somehow been robbed of its natural advantages can produce extremes in behaviour by the individual with either Jupiter’s signs on the Ascendant. Mood swings from unrealistic optimism to resentment at ‘missing out’, envy or belligerence at others’ good fortune are signs of frustration or incomprehension that opportunities have not become concrete advantages. Some negative behaviours can accompany Jupiter’s blindness and are extremely unproductive especially if they amount to lack of self-control, self-indulgence, or a tendency to exaggerate the situation or create a drama revolving around the individual.
Perhaps Jupiter’s greatest gift is that it is a planet keen to learn from its mistakes. Careful and honest appraisal of a poor outcome or a distressing situation can educate Jupiter on how ‘behaving badly’ can be turned around through self-acceptance, and a willingness to see the other person’s point of view.