Jupiter in Aries: Law and Order Enters the Temple of the Warrior
Note: if you are new to astrology or lack any astrological knowledge, please read my Astrology 101 post, and then come back to this post.
The planet Jupiter enters the sign of Aries at approximately 6:30pm CST this evening, and this is huge astrological news. Jupiter orbits the sun roughly every twelve years, so the god of philosophy, convictions, higher truths, exuberance, and abundance hasn't been in the Mars-ruled sign of Aries since 2010-2011––a worthy exercise to complete before reading further is to think back to your life during those years. What was going on in your world? What themes were present? What major events occurred? What life decisions did you make? Aries is also the first sign of the zodiac, so this Jupiter transit marks a new cycle for the planet. Or, in Jupitarian terms, the planet begins a new experiential journey in some area of your life.
For me, 2010 is when I left my career as a Registered Nurse to begin a graduate program studying rhetoric and argumentation. It was also when I decided I wanted to write fiction and when I decided to write a stage play. I started reading all the dramatic plays I could get my hands on (I should note, I have Aries in the fifth house, so this Jupiter transit relates to all things creative, romantic love, entertainment, and risk-taking for me). I also got married under this Jupiter transit. Funny, my marriage began when Jupiter entered Aries and ended when Jupiter entered Pisces last year––it took an entire zodiacal cycle for me to figure out my worth. Anyway, back to 2010/2011. In 2011, one year into my MA program, I applied and was accepted to a doctoral program. So under this transit, my career shifted, what I did for pleasure shifted, my relationship status changed, and I took the risk of moving across the country to start a new education program. Your experiences will be different depending on what house Jupiter activates for you, ie, what house do you have Aries in? Because remember, what matters most is planets in houses; signs are just the flavoring (again, see the astrology 101 post if this isn't clear yet).
Okay, back to Jupiter. To talk about Jupiter in Aries, we need to discuss Mars. Mars is the planetary ruler of Aries, the sign of the ram. If you remember in my Taurus season post, I used the metaphor of planetary gods renting an Airbnb from one another. For this transit, then, that would be like Zeus (ruler of Jupiter) renting Mars' temple of the ram. Zeus brings his own characteristics to the rental, but what he's capable of is heavily influenced by the decor and structure of Mars' house rules. What are some of Mars' house rules in Aries? In the fiery temple of the ram, Mars is a warrior. He's strong-willed, decisive, highly competitive, and confrontational. He can invite challenges just to prove himself. He might lack empathy. He might get so focused on his battle at hand that he can't see what's going on around him. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is the spark that ignites the next chapter, the pioneer. It is a sign heavily focused on the exertion of its own will. Aries can also be a warmonger. I think you can already see that adding Jupiter––a planet that wants to expand whatever it touches––to this climate carries some risks.
In addition to the terms I've already used, some keywords associated with Jupiter include higher education, universities, the justice system, spirituality, wealth and prosperity, and government. Given our current political climate, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court leak of the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade, we can see how the god of law and order, or justice and government, moving into the house of the warrior––the fighter of the good fight––may suggest an escalation (a growth) of the debates and protests around that matter and many more. In Aries, Jupiter wants to fight for justice, to take up the battle of the higher cause.
For you, again depending on what house is activated, Jupiter might motivate you to take action on a new skill you've been wanting to learn or start a new business you've been contemplating. Letting go of past baggage and moving forward will probably be easier under this transit. You'll definitely feel more energized. Jupiter has been in the watery sign of Pisces for awhile, and when a planet moves from a water sign into a fire sign, we all feel it––energized, more motivated, but also possibly impatient and closed off, risk-taking gone too far. That's the thing to always remember about Jupiter: the energy wants to expand, but it doesn't care what it expands. That's where conscious thought and intentional decision-making come in to play.
Jupiter will be in Aries from May 10, 2022 through October 28, 2022. Then again from December 20, 2022 until May 16, 2023. Needless to say, we're all going to have plenty of time to see what Zeus does when he's kicking back in Mars' abode. Jupiter transits are growth transits, so some area of your life is about to get a boost. Collectively, some area or areas of our larger socio-political, cultural climate is about to expand as we begin a new twelve-year cycle with the cosmic Santa Claus. Just remember, sometimes Santa brings you coal.