Jupiter Gemini

27 05 2012

Jupiter has much to do with Capitalism and banking. Democratic capitalism is a system of expansion of wealth and of opportunity which are keywords for Jupiter. Additionally the idea of capitalism is based entirely on risk, on taking chances and making projections of profit in the future. It goes without saying then that the way the West is structured is largely ruled by jupiter. This is evident in the chart of the USA, the leader of the democratic and venture capitalist system; a country with has Sun conjunct an exalted Jupiter. the prognostication for expansion during this period then is weak.

In the light of these observations, a Gemini Jupiter is therefore not helpful for the expansive, and gambling system of government. One may make the observation that the great depression began during a Jupiter in Gemini year. Whatever the actual cause, in Gemini the planet of gambling runs out of luck. Or rather the luck that Jupiter signifies in any sign goes into words and into intellectual efforts. A number of famous writers have this placement.

It seems that this placement is favourable for making distinctions based on detailed observations. The suffering here arises though an alienation with the higher consciousness, or God. Humanity may be sacrificed, expansion is sacrificed and the purpose of life becomes utilitarian. If Jupiter in Sagittarius has faith in humanity, faith that a higher power is at work in the human race, then in Gemini, humanity is seen as something of an animal which can be chopped up.

Writers such as Charles Dickens, Aldous Huxley and Arthur Conan Dolye have Jupiter in Gemini, as well as Schopenhauer. The writers with this placement all demonstrate an inherent lack of faith in man as a morally superior being, rather denegrating him to the level of an animal. Dickens although counted one of the greatest writers, observed humanity in gritty “realistic” terms, where life was truly a miserable struggle for survival. All Dickens’ characters come to discover a harsh Darwinian reality underpinning life, and many of them are “self-made”, often at price of the death of those around them. No God exists in these stories, just man and the structures which he creates. Naturally these novels were novels about social problems, and observed people as human animals. Huxley likewise came to great disappointment with humanity, and his novels demonstrate a disillusion with human society, viewing the details of life without any real knowledge of the divinity within the human experience. Brave New World although a satire still depicts a world, a humanity which has been stripped of all divine experience and reduced to its physical mechanistic existence. Huxley’s characters suffer, like Dickens’ without god, and without faith that things could ever improve. Their basic observations were that human existence was just a mechanism, and that all unhappiness in our meagre existence could possibly be fixed using physical means such as organising humanity differently.

Naturally when speaking about Jupiter faith becomes the most important thing. It signifies faith not just in God, but in man too and in the benevolence of the universe at large. Jupiter is concerned with morality, which goes far beyond small details of what the lower mind observes and sees. Wilkins Micawber says that “I have no doubt I shall, please Heaven, begin to be more beforehand with the world, and to live in a perfectly new manner, if -if, in short, anything turns up. – (Chapter 11 David Copperfield)” For Micawber of course, nothing does turn up most of the time and in fact his creditors turn up and take him to prison. Faith doesn’t work in Gemini. You need to make sense of the immediate world around you, balance the books and live in peace with other people around, not to owe anything and not to be in debt.

Opportunities for this placement are to be able to observe. To observe and to make distinctions between different categories, to work with logic, and to observe mechanism in all its forms.  The dangers with this are that too much emphasis on observation and on distinction can lead to intolerance or even of sacrficing humanity.

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Jupiter Taurus

4 10 2011

Traits of Jupiter in Taurus

Taurus is possibly the most cautious of all signs, the most realistic too. It’s also a sign which is able to enjoy sensual pleasure more than any other, because the sense of touch is heightened. Jupiter in Taurus in reality has no dignity, since Taurus is ruled both by Venus and Moon, both by domicile, triplicity and exaltation. The nature of Jupiter is enthusiasm, faith, expansion and long distance travelling, the nature of Taurus is staying in one place all through existence and watching the trees grow, and waiting for the good fruit to be ready. Jupiter in essence has little patience for Taurus caution, and patience and so is unhappy in this sign, generally speaking. Taurus Jupiter is the fine artist who paints quickly, literally throwing the paint onto the canvas, because it’s fun, the fine artist who maybe has got the patience, but would rather take chances on something new, the artist who paints on very large canvasses, but hasn’t got the time to focus on minute details. Taurus Jupiter has qualities which incline it towards pacifism, both sign and Planet do not appreciate violence, in fact violence is abhorrent to this placement. Having said this, it’s not to say that Taurus Jupiter is guaranteed peace, far from it, since this is peregrine Jupiter. Those with this placement though have something that they value and wish to protect, which is why they are motivated to bring about peace, financially it is fortunate, though not necessarily on ethical or moral grounds either, since banks do have ethics by nature.

Some people with Taurus Jupiter prominent include: Pablo Picasso, F.D. Roosevelt, Howard Hughs, Virginia Woolf, David Icke, Vladimir Lenin

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Jupiter ruler of capitalism

Jupiter of itself has power over democracy and the capitalist system and it is easy to see that when Jupiter is doing well, western capitalism is also doing well, generally speaking. With the entrance of Sun into Sagittarius each year, western nations which celebrate the PAGAN festival of Christmas symbolised by a big fat man (Santa) who brings presents and puts them under a tree (Capricorn). Typically during the Capricorn phase trade dries up because all the money is spent during the preceding Sagittarius period, and Capricorn indeed requires total cutbacks and a sense of contraction in order to begin again, hence the January sales.

The forecast for 2011-2012

Jupiter goes direct in January, which will be a boon to the banks and to solid investments, because these are said to be Taurus institutions. Those who invested in “safe” investments such as gold, etc. should sell what they have during this period so as  to make a profit. The Taurus Jupiter period, which lasts until June 2012 provides some degree of financial stability in a system which is under the influence of altogether different and possibly more powerful and deep seated changes. If there was a time when capitalism dried up, it would be during Jupiter in Gemini, the detriment of this sign, and indeed if you look back to the financial crash of 1929, this placement was in effect. Gemini is of course all talk and no substance, Gemini has no faith, it relies on hard facts, and capitalism of the west is entirely driven by optimism and faith, gambling, which as stated above belong to Jupiter’s natural home, Sagittarius and Pisces. Interestingly right now is a great time for the artistic world with Jupiter in a sign which is slow and tedious and is able to create great masterpieces of not just painting, but sculpture too, since Taurus is a very physical sign. During this period, until June 2012, the banks will expand and financial services will have a certain amount of luck. The only problem with the direct station of Jupiter in January is that it is partile opposition to a Libra Saturn, since both these planets are in domicile of Venus and Venus is in Aquarius at this time, Saturn takes precedence. The financial expansion from the word go will be opposed, and the luck which the stock market has will be kept in check.





Meditation

30 08 2011

The malefics Saturn and Mars are guilty of all of our depression and anger, in this order. All unhappiness in life can be traced back to disappointment, or lack. When one goes to the core of it, it is lack of affection (Venus) and loss of hope (Jupiter) which activates the malefics within.

The only way to deal with malefics properly is to develop affection within, and to develop hope within, without depending on any external reality or force, without relying on  the love of any one other person.

Meditation and prayer as well as religion are the path which Jupiter takes. Venus takes the path of beauty and appreciation.

But the key of course is that beauty and illumination are not always in our world around us. One day is beautiful and sunny, and the next day it’s raining and the world is a hard place. The only answer is an inner answer.

In meditation, it is possible to find illumination. The key is to stop depending on the external world’s influence. The key is to stop thinking with the rational material mind.





Jupiter Aries

24 06 2010

What’s your philosophy? How do you expand and seek new horizons? This is the principle question of Jupiter. In Aries, Jupiter expands with great enthusiasm, boisterousness and aggression. Being the benign and harmless planet of philosophy that Jupiter is, when Aries puts him in a situation of aggression and raw combat, Jupiter is not always going to be happy “fighting the fight”.

For these reasons, Jupiter does not have full dignity in Aries. He has got triplicity by night in fire, which means that only in the coolness of night when the Sun’s fire is not felt so harshly, is Jupiter able to move forward. The fire by night of Jupiter here though is less likely to signify “the fight” so much as wisdom through the self, simply because Jupiter  sees and may be able to do what he enjoys, expand horizons, whether be it mental or commercial.

Because Aries philosophy is “do it yourself” and “do it now”, and Jupiter urges to have at least a little bit of forethought, a little bit of wisdom, in order to benefit, it is clear that luck is never going to be immediate, or done “by yourself”. Luck, and optimism do not come when we are impatient. Luck and the benevolence of the world are only received under circumstances when one has faith in a higher power. Therefore, the only luck that natives with Jupiter in Aries will be the luck that they “make themselves”.

Jupiter is a philosophical, optimistic, and outward looking planet. The problem with being in Aries is that there is the likelihood of getting involved in violent atmospheres or in wars. Jupiter does not fair well in war or in attacking since this is entirely contrary to his nature. Jupiter will mess up undertakings which require that aggression, he will either be caught in moral dilemmas as to whether aggression is right, and then falter because of it, or he will simply be caught up in someone elses war.

With Mars in Aries, it is obvious who is the enemy, they attack and you give as good as you get. Jupiter however, is liable to make misjudgment here. Ruling the faculty of judgement, or higher reason, it may be possible to fight and to win, but the moral reasoning may be misaligned.

When dignified, especially by triplicity and terms, this Jupiter will create the circumstances whereby it is possible to lead, or to carve out a life with enormous optimism, and energy. This placement has got speed and movement, it is a joyful and open placing in the chart.

Philosophically, “I think therefore I am” was coined by Jupiter in Aries. But this could easily be the other way around, since being, and presence generally precedes thought. Such philosophy is based on the self as the point of origin and the self as the reference to the universe. If individuals are the measure of the universe, then perhaps the universe is a lonely place, a hostile place, hence Jupiter’s possible unhappiness here.

People with this placing include: Ariel Sharon, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Salvador Dali, Nicolas Cage, David Beckham, Rene Descartes





Which Stoic? Saturn or Jupiter?

20 02 2010

The philosophical view-point by which I seem to be living seems to be more in line with what I have read to be the definition of Stoicism. In reality my philosophy is very simple. I believe in actions over words. I believe in reality over imagination despite my dabbling in poetry and astrological metaphor which describes possible future outcomes.

Generally speaking my quest in life has been contentment, just like all other people. However, I realised fairly early  that fulfilment does not breed contentment but rather doubles the desire, doubles the need for satisfaction. Certain things in life do not bring a calm mind and a peaceful soul and a sober home, the things which make people happy in the end.

The Stoics did not seek to extinguish emotions; rather, they sought to transform them by a resolute ‘askēsis‘ which enables a person to develop clear judgment and inner calm.[22] Logic, reflection, and concentration were the methods of such self-discipline.

What I find interesting about the Stoic standpoint is that it does not deny emotion. It merely acknowledges emotion as part of a deterministic universe. Human beings, like animals are thrown around by seemingly random events which have firm bases in their own actions and thoughts. The Stoic is not meant to deny that emotion exists and thus lead a repressed life. The Stoic is supposed to make judgements in calmness and consideration, in order to minimise suffering.

Obviously self-discipline is required. When one thinks about one´s life, desires, and needs, it is never obvious what is the cause of suffering in many instances. It is only possible to make inferences from previous experiences, and from the experiences of others, and without question logic does not have the power to prevent all human suffering. Logic at times may actually be the cause of human suffering, because reason can be mistaken. The causes and problems of others´ suffering are never universal, because people are different.

My personal philosophy is that the world is fortune. My emotions move up with good news and personal advancement, and in the same way they also move down, with bad news and problems. Clearly emotions will always be with the human species. And in fact emotions are often catalysts for positive action and change. The Stoic is meant to accept all emotion. With analysis, with contemplation before action, and cultivation of the calm sort of mind which is required for deliberation the Stoic does not act in disharmony with the deterministic universe, but rather accepts it and works with it.

In my personal life, I was born into a family, mother, father and sister. The parent´s difficulties with each other and the sister´s waywardness and the emotional “suffering” within the dynamics of the family are deterministic in that I personally had no choice in the matter. Whether these people were or indeed are morally good, virtuous or other, is debatable, and only they, and God will ever really know. They have in my observation been responsible for their own individual and interpersonal sufferings and anguish.

It is not in my right to judge the dignity of any of my family members. But I am able to observe that personal philosophies on their parts or perhaps lack of philosophy and a reliance on the “forces” at work on their emotions are culprits in the personal and secret miseries that do not escape the eyes and senses of a Scorpion.

I do not judge their dignity, for mine is bound up with theirs as I have stated that their presence in my life was, is and will continue to be the inevitable unavoidable circumstance of our natural state. The free will that I do exert is that my life does not have to be impulsively lead the way their lives are. I do not need to be pulled and pushed by whimsical desires and superficial judgements.

The philosophy though treads on a fine wire. The success of such a philosophy is determined greatly on my own reasoning faculties and judgement and logic. Logic of man is highly fallible, because in part desire seems to always be the most logical thing at the time of that particular emotional stimulation. Logic works on highly dubious principles. The example that I like is that of the logic of modernism. The modern world is based on the idea of caring for and providing provision for the less fortunate. You make more food, feed the poor, house the poor, provide healthcare for the poor, but in the end, all that happens is more mouths to feed, more poor and an even bigger logical problem. Those ideas are based on the fact of logic and reason, but not of acceptance, nor a grasp of the bigger, more long term picture. They satisfy immediate desires and wants, they attempt to neutralise unhappy emotions with innovation, with attempts to stop suffering.

In the end though Stoicism knows and has always known that suffering will continue. Something that I find weak and undignified about the modern world, when I read about and learn about the ancient world is that this world does not accept suffering. It is in essence an anti-stoic society based on a false reasoning. Stoics are supposed to try to reduce suffering, but the idea of reducing it through using clever means will always fall short.

For the Stoics, ‘reason‘ meant not only using logic, but also understanding the processes of nature — the logos, or universal reason, inherent in all things. Living according to reason and virtue, they held, is to live in harmony with the divine order of the universe, in recognition of the common reason and essential value of all people.

 

Living in harmony with the divine order of the universe. A man is born with his particular genetic code and with his particular appearance and nature. Ideas that man ought to be different to what he is, is antithetical to the principles of living in harmony with the divine order. There is natural dignity in human aggression, some people are born fighters and they are part of that nature, to deny their right to go to war is against the natural order. What the Stoic warrior ought to do though is to battle with dignity and honour and to accept his inevitable wounds as part of divine justice.

The noise of the world can make it rather difficult to find the “right path”. However, with contemplation and with patience the Stoic finds that path. It takes self-discipline to realise that personal desires will not be fulfilled immediately or even in the way that expectation and illusion has made them out to be.

The Stoic must always be on guard to keep his mind free from clutter, free from overindulgence and from emotions like jealousy, or anger. Eventually the stoic realises the luck that he has for maintaining such a calm and serene mind and optimism. The Stoic is aware that human emotions and situations pass and change like the seasons. But it´s only through observation of the natural order surrounding him in nature that he is able to grasp the meaning of this. The oak tree that stands alone in the field for a century is magnificent and withstands much. It is the job of the stoic to stand firm, to be unmoved by random events and emotions.

The logic which the Stars teaches me is that if I take the long-view, if I look at my life as a whole rather than my immediate satisfaction I can gain a perspective which makes me feel content and calm. When I begin to contemplate life as a whole, I begin to see that as a seed I have been fortunate to have been born in fairly fertile soil with the possibility of great growth and movement and the possibility of a very good view. I do no longer feel the discontent for things that I felt were missing in life or unjust.  Things, qualities, experiences that others possessed but which I did not were causes for my unhappiness. But in the same way that I realised that others had happiness, I´ve also realised just how temporary those happinesses were, observance of my family I have already cited.

I think that the key to understanding Stoic philosophy is that it is not in our interests to pursue, or to chase after illusive dreams, to try to alter or to change the courses of divine nature, but simply to realise its existence around us and that we are also  part of that. For there is nothing in the universe which is wrong, nature has created perfection. Human judgement creates wrong and creates “evil”. But it is also down to human judgement and analysis to put all of nature and to put our human lives into perspective.

Some of the messages which come out of the world of people without Stoic philosophy include messages that “there isn´t enough time, or money” that their lives are not good enough, that they aren´t attractive enough or that they are not respected enough or a countless other list of lacks. When the stoic stops listening to that cranky swell of human emotion which makes up the family, and the friends, when one finds other Stoics or when one is able to weather those unstable emotions that come from society and can make one doubt oneself that is when one is truly free. The divine will of the universe has created all individuals and there is inevitability for all, there are courses which are already dictated. But it is up to individuals to find personal contentment with themselves, within themselves.

Exposure to elements eventually brings resistance to those elements and this is the task of the Stoic. The elements outside of the self are constantly changing, but once inner happiness is found there is little or nothing which can destroy it. The Stoic´s job though is not to suffer needlessly, not to be slapped around, each is due his space in the world, this makes it a tough task, for one does not fight and engage with the wilderness in a war with it, with the human nature of others either.





Fortune, Destiny, God

23 11 2009

Something that I sometimes wonder about in relation to this study is the idea of destiny. The reason that anyone studies this particular unconfirmed field is to try to get a heads up  on a future which is already dead certain. What I mean by this is that somehow, there is a destiny which is already fact and that although our lives are only in the making, although our lives are incomplete and lacking at the moment, the idea that there is something definite in the future is tantalising and promising.

But, no matter how much I study, I will never fully “know” the future. I will never understand that I might be different at some future time, just as I had been different in the past. The scope of emotion that I have experienced in life, I would never have dreamed of in childhood. As a child there was no worry, no sadness, no disappointment, but those things came just as they come to all.

A chart though contains more potential than what is lived at the moment in which one looks at it. This is part of the reason for study. It´s the fact that you can find things that you would have never before dreamed of. There is more potential than what you are able to garner in one look. What is there in this life that is worth living for? What is there in the chart which makes this life worth living for? In part it requires you to remain open and unconscious about the possibilities, but in a like manner, cautious about the possible dangers. For there is the same possibility for harshness as there is for joy.

In some ways the stars appear to look a little like Heaven. According to the ancient Greeks, Heaven and Hell were in fact one place, and your life in the afterlife could be pleasant or it could be nasty, (carrying a large rock which always roles back, or carrying water with a sieve), depending on actions and deeds on Earth.

Let´s say though, for argument´s sake that there is no real afterlife, that for all purposes, this is the only life that we get. In this case, the Heavens are a kind of reflection of what´s going on down here. Only studying the paths of the demigods, (the planets) may give us clues as to the paths that we ourselves are likely to take. Heaven obviously does continue, and according to the ancient tradition, the gods, (though I don´t deny a prime mover), the gods as represented by the planets are in fact jealous of our mortality, because it makes our lives so much the more precious.

Our lives really are precious, in the case that there is only one life. But, what say, if your life is more like a tragedy? There is no chance at a replay. This is where I get stuck. This is where I find I can´t escape despite my best efforts. In one sense, it should then be our duty to have some faith, that all will eventually work out the way it ought to. Perhaps the fact that it is impossible to know all that a life contains from the start is another small aid in getting through the tough times.

What kind of life is rewarded? What kind of attitude is given happiness? The rewards that come to those that are of the nature of Mars are immediate, they are probably pleasurable and exciting, but they are gone just as fast, and the down side is that of danger. The rewards in life that come to those of the nature of Saturn or Venus will probably not be apparent at the beginning, it looks grim or shoddy, or inadequate, but it probably lasts right until the very end. With this view in mind it does not profit us to look at what other people get in life and compare notes or even try and garner what might be your own fate through similarity of planetary force.

Jupiter trine Venus persons might be incredibly lucky, they might have a permanent party, all of the friends they could wish for etc. etc. and this is cause of much misery for the Venus-Saturn person who must sit next door listening to other people having fun while contemplating the reasons for not being popular, for being a social reject. Bu perhaps in ten years time Saturn-Venus will have someone love them solidly, and permanently and despite all imperfection, while Jupiter is on the next empty and soulless relationship based on appearance and excess.

What does destiny say about the life as a whole rather than the life as viewed from the perspective of someone only interested in the “now”? IT is said that “God created Heaven and Earth.” In heaven we see the stars and planets, which in my opinion are what the ancients believed to be gods, and which in a sense are in fact forms of higher power, demigods perhaps. The final word though, the final word is that if there is a singular thought that runs through everything, then there can´t truly be anything that is bad, or rather there can´t be anything that isn´t pre-destined, or part of the plan and therefor it cannot be bad.

What is the meaning of the suffering that I go through now? Or that I went through two years ago? According to the stars it changed my attitudes in certain ways by being a transit to my third ruler. What was the meanin of that mental suffering? In one sense it was a stretching of the mental muscles. And it is a well known fact that muscles do not grow unless they are trained through the strenuous if not at times painful exercise. “No pain no gain…” A lot of people interested in the stars look at a transit and are glad that it´s over once it´s over and consider it as one would consider a tragic act of random fortune. I´ve stipulated here that there is no random act of fortune, because the stars are put there by God, whoever he may be, benevolent or not.

So what does this have to do with anything? It´s the idea of destiny, the idea of suffering the pains of life by “being good” in order to reap the rewards in the “afterlife” or more to my taste, the life which we haven´t yet lived, but which is definitely projectionable and visible on the horizon. To suffer loneliness will create the appreciation for company, not just the appreciation, but the desire and the need for partnership. To suffer stupidity or to suffer powerlessness will give rise to talent, to adaptability. The idea is not that the FATE of our lives is random, cruel and unprecedented, but that because it comes from one  mind, that there is reason behind the current suffering in whatever from it may take.

The things that are most lacked will be the things that are most compensated. It seems that humanity tilts itself in the opposite direction from where it is, whether it is instant or whether it takes years. It´s the idea that everything is not realised that is important to keep in mind. It´s what we don´t have now, and ask for and pray for that may be ours tomorrow or later on in the future. One of the steps towards this materialization is that of imagination, of thinking and creating a blueprint of what it is that you want to create. Persistence pays, this is why Saturn is associated with achievement, with things that last, with a very moderate amount of happiness each day for the rest of your life.

This dialogue isn´t finished yet, because the full extent of it´s possible realisation isn´t apparent and because the mind that has written it isn´t satisfied with the philosophical clarity which it is meant, or designed to bring. Part of it is a reason in order to have faith that the present time is how it is meant to be as a foundation for greater future things. Part of it is a reconciliation with the apparent seeming randomness of life. There is nothing random, and it is difficult to believe this. When as individuals we strive and struggle, it is impossible to think that those struggles are in fact destined in the same way that other things in life appear to be destined. When you feel pain, you do not accept that the pain is in fact part of the plan. Pain is inconceivable to be part of some divine plan, it´s practically incomprehensible. Though, as an argument it might be said that the birthpains of a mother make her realise that a child is serious business, and the pain is part of the reason for the protection she eventually gives.

There is more to this…





Jupiter Pisces

5 10 2009

Jupiter is clearly dignified in Pisces by domicile, and then by terms at 8 to 14 degrees and also by face between 10 and 20. Jupiter therefore has the most essential dignity at 10-14 degrees of Tropical Pisces. Because Jupiter is of the fire Triplicity it is probably slightly more at home in Sagittarius.

Jupiter is by the beach, enjoying the good life. Jupiter has a faith, a belief and a desire that everything works out, if you just trust in life, and trust in people. In Sagittarius Jupiter is on a quest, there is knowledge or something waiting to be discovered, it´s a restless, pacing placement. In Pisces the energy of Jupiter does not project outwards or upwards so much in order to go anywhere, but it simply allows itself to receive whatever is around it. This is a receptive placement, it is  the sign in which things can go badly simply because Pisces lacks clarity, but in the same way the advantage is that Pisces Jupiter will never miss anything good through pre-judgement. Jupiter here says, “lets just see what it´s all about and then say whether it´s good or bad”. Usually it turns out to be good because Pisces Jupiter has a way of making the most of things, of accepting the unacceptable and making it acceptable.

The analogy of Jupiter is of a spiritual mind, whether a priest or a traveller, and Pisces represents a massive ocean. It is an emotional place with fears and troubles, with the constant possibility that you might drown. As a result it´s no wonder that the traveller or mystic develops total trust over time, the ocean in comparison to the human being is practically infinite, so the idea that we humans have power over it is absurd in this situation. That´s what Pisces Jupiter is aware of, you don´t change the stormy weather by praying, you only get through it. And when they do get through, it´s always miraculously, and it appears that the ocean, or “some higher power” made sure that whatever destruction did go on, they are unharmed.

 

Some people with this placement: Quentine Tarantino, Tom Cruise, Victoria Beckham, Sigmund Freud, Germain Grere, Abraham Lincoln, Megan Fox