High on the throne he shines: his coursers fly
Between the extended earth and starry sky.
But when to Ida’s topmost height he came,
Fair nurse of a thousand fountains, and of savage game
Where over her pointed summits proudly raised,
His fane breathed scents, and his altar blazed:
There, from his radiant car, the sacred sire
Of gods and men released the steeds of fire:
Blue ambient mists the immortal steeds embraced;
High on the cloudy point his seat he placed;
Thence his broad eye the subject world surveys,
The town, and tents, and navigable seas.
From the Illiad, trans. A. Pope
Jupiter in Capricorn always reminds me of this scene in the Illiad. Zeus atop Mount Ida, watching the little humans strive. So far away from them, yet so near. Nothing escapes his gaze and his judgement is clear.
Jupiter, the spouse of Juno, King of Gods, the Wanderer glides through each sign of the Zodiac for about a year. All through 2019, we have been experiencing his journey through the jovile sign of Sagittarius. Yet the party is about to end and who will clean the house ? Capricorn, of course. The world felt extra comfortable this year, we were wearing large and comfortable clothes and we had many opportunities for growth despite the heaviness of Saturn and Pluton in Capricorn. Jupiter is always about growth and getting bigger. We had a year of expansion. Look behind and see the gifts of the last year, it is a good day to cherish them.
Ptolemy informs us that Jupiter’s temperament is warm and moist. This is a friendly temperament, thus Jupiter is a benefic planet. King of Gods is wise, he grants glory and wisdom upon whom he wishes. Thus in Astrology, Star of Zeus signifies Fortune, favours, opportunities, prizes, success and awards we get after long time of toil and turmoil. Yet sometimes Jupiter can signify false hopes, great expectations or exaggration. Despite his reputation with positive sides of life, we often find Jupiter also involved in hard and heartbreaking situations. Some ancient astrologers do not favour Sun-Jupiter conjunctions.
Jupiter can be a significator of growth and activitiy, thus production. Jupiter makes things grow, remember the stories when Zeus could manage a myriad of ways to get the maidens pregnant with more life ?
Jupiter is a social planet, hence his diurnal quality. Jupiter is there when we are out there, socializing and making our path in life. He has little to do with our personal lives. Star of Zeus is a significator of social recognition, popularity and philosophy in life: how we relate to the society and how the society behaves us: how we are rewarded by the society.
On 3 December, Jupiter steps into the realm of Capricornus.
So, what is Capricorn ?
Capricorn is the Tenth Place of the Zodiac. This is where we make ourselves visible to the World. The cold and judging gaze of the society falls upon us. Capricorn knows how to effectively allocate the resources. Here is where we gather up and materialize all our efforts, passion, relationships, labour, intellect: all our experiences of this life. We put forth all the gathered experience in a systematic and consistent way: that is how we build our career. The society happens to know us by our titles, relations and social status. It does not concern itself with our highest fantasies, dreams and aspirations but the titles we carry and what we can give to the society, hence our career. Capricorn is where we build our reputation and it takes a very long time. Remember Captain Shake Spear’s quote in Stardust: “Reputations, you know – a lifetime to build, seconds to destroy.”
When the King of Gods arrives at the unforgiving peaks of Capricorn, he is ready to enter his own mountainside. He will not – of course – bow to the norms and rules of others. A song of greatness follows him through the winds, he rules over the world and fates of men with his Eagle’s view.
Things get serious.
2020 will be a serious year. No Neptunian fantasy lights, little fairy dust, no dreamshow. 2020 is our reality check time and this is exactly what we need. We have been “off” far too long. In Capricorn, Jupiter is not a jovial giver, a generous, warm hearted benefector, an open handed gift-giver. He demands. He lives up high at the peaks and demands from us. We have to be hardworking and realistic this year. Our responsibilities, responsibilities for Earth, society and each other can come to the fore. Things get serious. It is better to be prepared. The Jupiter-Neptune square has kicked our spirituality to the top top top level in 2019. In 2020 we will arrive at a more materialistic place. On the other hand, Uranus in Taurus demands us to understand that the only riches come from the Earth. Gates of true Wealth are about to be opened. This broken system of world economy is about to collapse. And a new time of Wealth will be born out of the belly of Time. Trust in the process 😉
Blessings to One and All