I’m finding Jupiter’s 12-year cycle to be an excellent way of introducing someone to how astrology works beyond the Big Three (Sun, Moon, Ascendant).
This has been especially useful for anyone over the age of 24, who’s experienced at least two full cycles. Because Jupiter represents growth and abundance, and it spends about 13 months in each sign, its influence is easier to track on a longer timeline.
When I did this with clients, I started with Jupiter’s transit across their Sun. It helped that both had Sun placements near an angle, which added a bit more oomph to the transit. We started by exploring Jupiter’s journey through the houses, how each realm of life took center-stage, one by one over time. I noted each house transition by year and season to help jog their memory, then asked them to write a couple words about what they remember from each 13-month period.
The results were not dramatic, but rather a very curious, “…huh!” This was delightful. They were able to understand how astrology speaks to us in broad, general themes rather than specific answers. The growth they felt in each house during the transiting year wasn’t because of Jupiter, it was probably for a whole host of other reasons.
“As above, so below.”
The themes we experience in our lives mirror the themes playing out in the sky.
I fucking love astrology.
One of the most challenging things about introducing someone to astrology is managing their expectations. They think astrology has answers, that it can point to a specific transit and say, “Ah! That’s why you’re experiencing XYZ; here’s what you can do about it…” But it’s not like that.
No transit exists in a vacuum.
We can look at our charts, identify transits, and read a variety of interpretations on them; but we can’t find ready-made interpretations that account for all the other transits we’re experiencing at the same time. Each chart is unique, and it’s impossible to fully comprehend the chart of anyone beyond ourselves, though we may try. With astrology, only the individual can harvest all the wisdom it has to offer, because only they know what they’re experiencing; the tough part is that they must be willing to put in the work to find it.
Each archetype of the zodiac has three levels of maturity, or evolutions. How we use the energy of those archetypes is up to us through the use of free will. Our job when studying our charts is to examine these archetypes from all sides, and consider how we might be utilizing them, intentionally or not.
Then come the added layers of planets and houses, a flux of information that can quickly make you dizzy — astrology is a lot of work. Go slow. Take your time. Meditate.
Astrology requires an honest assessment of ourselves that is both challenging and uncomfortable, and it doesn’t give us clear-cut answers. Approach each transit with an open mind, and keep an eye out for opportunities to grow. That is, essentially, the ultimate wisdom of astrology anyway:
“All things shall come to pass — now grow, grow, grow.”