Jupiter in Leo (an “unhyped” interpretation…)

                                                        (Courtesy: Bill Attride)

There has been too much hype over the entrance of planet Jupiter in the sign of Leo – a few days ago. Supposedly all things are going to get better now and the optimism will sky-rocket among the people! But how can this be? According to the astrological tradition Jupiter was in a far better position in the previous sign, in Cancer where it is EXALTED! This means that from the moment Jupiter left Cancer and passed in the sign of Leo it was somehow “demoted” energetically – since Jupiter neither rules Leo nor is exalted in this fiery sign!

Undoubtedly Jupiter is not in its most privileged position when in Leo. On the other hand it is not in its most inopportune position either … You see, according to the Hellenistic astrology (and to the Medieval / Renaissance one) Jupiter is the nocturnal ruler of the fiery triplicity (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius). Consequently, it acquires in Leo certain titles and offices. Not though the ones most astrologers are thinking of. If you noticed before, I wrote that Jupiter is the nocturnal ruler of the fiery triplicity. Which means that in the sign of Leo it exhibits somehow distinctively its properties but ultimately in a different – “esoteric” I would dare to say – manner. And in any case not so exuberantly and visibly as many would expect. This is pointed out by the law of “Tao” as well: The extreme “Yang” energies (the combined ones of Jupiter and Leo) are converted – from some point on – into “Yin”ones!

The main “obstacle” for Jupiter in Leo to manifest its exuberant side stems out of its most archetypal / fundamental property: the one of “opening up” and “expanding”, the ever going on process of “dilatation and expansion”. Such a property though is not particularly compatible with the sign of Leo, which generally works in favor of the “centrality” (Leo is ever promoting the “centralization” of all things). Therefore, there can never be a true”expansion” in the essentially “centripetal” sign of Leo, which is pushing the energies from the periphery to the center – and not from the center outwards, as  the expansive planet Jupiter desires. The often narrow minded, stubborn and inflexible nature of Leo offers anything but a breeding ground for the spiritual and idealistic Jupiter, which needs a lot of dialogue, movement, freedom and open-mindness in order to flourish!

Jupiter somehow stands for the “complexity” while Leo opts for the “simplicity”(Jupiter ever interrelates isolated ideas, composing out of them complex and advanced concepts – and this mecchanism lies at the foundations of philosophy). On the other hand Leo is removing the more complex layers in order to get to the very core of a situation. Thus the two work at crosses purposes here. In addition, Leo (together with Virgo) is the sign of “purification”. It wants to purify things out of any “spurious” element. But it is imperative to define first here what is a “spurious” element according to the Leonian perspective – because what exacly is “spurious” is often debatable. And what might seem spurious to the sign of Leo might seem quite indispensable to Jupiter so that it makes a “conceptual interconnection” and extrapolate something “higher” out of various randomly lying and apparently unrelated ideas.

On a “mundane” level Jupiter has to do with goals, belief systems and ideals (the ideals of a certain society, of a state, country etc). With the presence of Jupiter in Leo the social / national ideals might fluctuate and become more rigid and authoritarian – permitting thus extreme ideologies to surface. And as Leo is a conservative sign (remember that in the zodiac it is diametrically opposed to the “radical” sign of Aquarius) it is now likely to trigger a more rigid spirit worldwide. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the first “tsunami” of conservatism / monetarism in the Western world appeared in 1979 – when Jupiter was in Leo again – with the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of England.

Despite the fanfare of many astrologers the periods of Jupiter’s presence in Leo have not been the brightest in human history! In March 2003 we had the American-British invasion of Iraq (who can really forget the hysterical Bush’s and Blair’s cries / calls to war?). In January 1991 we had the war in the Persian Gulf, with the Americans leading both the liberation of Kuwait and the invasion of Iraq. While in June 1967 we had the “six days of war” between Israel and Egypt that almost sparked an international armaggedon. All these major wars were conducted in periods when Jupiter was in Leo! And the two wars in Iraq were apparently “justified” by the pretense that the Americans had to impose their own “democracy” upon Iraq (how much “Jupiter in Leo” is this thing – enforcing my own “democracy” upon others? No true democracy is ever enforcing anything to any one!)

On another level, perhaps it is not so surprising that the unusual and deadly heat wave that swept Europe in 2003 (that has allegedly caused more than 70,000 deaths) took place under the dominion of Jupiter in Leo (representing the somehow excessive manifestation of the “fiery element”, of the “heat”).

Clearly therefore, a lot of energy is released globally when Jupiter is “transiting” in Leo. But the question is how to manage all this exuberant energy, because if it is diverted in warfares – like in the periods mentioned above – no creative results can be obtained. Obviously all this “excess energy” is better channeled  in activities like sports (which are consistent with the spirit of Leo), in recreational purposes and in “games”. Also, with Jupiter in the sign of “spectacles” there will be a “booming” in film industry, fashion and in “spectacles” in general.

However, with Jupiter in Leo ​​some historical peace efforts were made too (such as the famous “Camp David” treaty  in 1978 between the Egyptian President Sadat and the Israeli Begin, the nuclear disarmament agreement of 1979 between the U.S. President Carter and the Russian Brezhnev and the historic west/east Germany unification in 1990). Perhaps this unifying trend stems from what I mentioned before as the “esoteric” aspect of Jupiter in Leo.

Ultimately that may be the best gift Jupiter in Leo will bestow upon us: the ability to work “esoterically” with ourselves and find our true inner core, our “center” so that in all purity we follow our hearts!

Thomas Gazis

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