On June 4, Jupiter entered Taurus for a nice, leisurely stay, until it enters Gemini on June 11, 2012. This time around (unlike his forays into the sign of the bull in 1988 and 1999/2000) Jupiter will remain in Taurus for a full, uninterrupted year, without retrograding into Aries or retrograding back into Taurus after having entered Gemini.
Settle yourself down on a nice, comfy cushion, grab a tasty snack, and take a moment to contemplate what this continuous, year-long feast for the senses will mean for you in the year ahead.
First of all, a planet transiting through a sign exercises its essential character through that sign. Jupiter urges us to grow, expand, and seek meaning. In Taurus, Jupiter seeks ways to increase prosperity, security, and pleasure. He looks for meaning in nature, in the enjoyment of the world’s bounty, and in the senses. He favors gradual, steady growth over sudden, dramatic growth spurts.
For thousands of years, cultures have revered the cow or bull as a symbol of wealth and of earth’s bounty. The blessings of both Jupiter and Taurus are many: a sense that anything is possible, that security is within reach, and that pleasures are abundant. But the combination of Jupiter’s respect for doctrine and Taurus’ conservatism has a potential downside: the unwillingness to confront needed change. The idiom ‘sacred cows’ (based on the reverential treatment of cows by Hindus and in other cultures) refers to something that is held to be immune from question or criticism. While Jupiter is in Taurus, we’re unlikely to see critical examinations of entrenched attitudes or policies, however inconvenient, outmoded, or even harmful they may be.
Jupiter in Aspect
A transiting planet is also colored by its aspects to other transiting planets. Jupiter begins its Taurus journey with a sextile to transiting Neptune (June 3 – 13), a relatively quick transit which nevertheless sets a tone for the unfolding of this transit. Both Jupiter and Neptune are associated with religion, but while Jupiter’s realm is philosophy, beliefs, and religious doctrine, Neptune’s territory is faith. One is thought-based, the other comes from the heart. Jupiter in Taurus brings common sense to the table, while Neptune in Pisces offers uncommon sensitivity and imagination. With the two in sextile aspect, there exists an opportunity – however brief – to bring the two together, to their mutual advantage.
Then, between July 1, 2011 and March 18, 2012, Jupiter forms a series of trine aspects to Pluto. Pluto is often overlooked as a planet of wealth, but the God of the Underworld is also known as the Wealthy God. His natural house, the 8th, is a house of shared resources, insurance, legacy, and investments. I suspect while Jupiter (another planet of prosperity) and Pluto are trine in earth signs, the rich will continue to get richer. But if Jupiter and Pluto also connect positively with your birth chart (say, in good aspect to Venus, Jupiter, and/or Pluto), you may see a bump in your own bottom line as well.
Transits and your chart
Finally, there’s the house of your birth chart that contains Taurus, through which Jupiter is now moving, and its aspects to your natal planets. Each time it moves through Taurus, Jupiter touches these same areas of your chart in the same way. So you will probably find connections between previous Jupiter in Taurus years (such as 1988/89 and 1999/2000) and this one.
Pay attention, too, to the houses that oppose and square your Taurus house, especially if they have planets in them. These areas of your chart will also feel some Jupiterian pressure to grow. In my chart, Jupiter in Taurus falls in my sixth house and aspects planets in my 12th, 2nd, and 9th houses. In late Taurus, Jupiter will form a beneficial grand trine with my natal Saturn (2nd house) and Mars (10th house). Not surprisingly, Jupiter in Taurus years have brought improvement in my finances (2nd house), career advancement (10th house), travel, education, and publishing (9th house). I also tend to start taking a bit better care of my health (6th house).
Taurus has a reputation for being easy-going, but when Jupiter in this sign bumps up against planets in your chart in Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, expect to feel a surge of motivation and an urge for adventure – to feel rather like a charging bull who’s just been released from a holding pen at the rodeo.
Getting the Most from Jupiter in Taurus
Count your blessings! If each New Moon finds you writing down a list of intentions and “wishes” for the coming month, consider prefacing that list with an equal number of things for which you are grateful. Watch Jupiter in Taurus’ steady, encouraging hand as he touches your birth chart, bringing a wealth of vision and optimism where you previously felt none. Commit to Jupiterian endeavors, such as education or writing, that require Taurus’ patience and stamina. Invest in knowledge. Grow a garden. Spend time in nature. Hug a cow.
Recent Jupiter in Taurus years:
- June 28 – Oct. 22, 1999; Feb. 14 – June 30, 2000
- March 8 – July 21, 1988; Nov. 30, 1988 – March 10, 1989
© 2011 April Elliott Kent. All rights reserved.
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