Impersonal Planets: Jupiter and Saturn

 

Jupiter, personified by the "God of the Olympians", Zeus.

Jupiter, personified by the “God of the Olympians”, Zeus.

Jupiter: The Planet of Luck and Good Fortune

In Greek mythology, Zeus was the “God of Gods” and personifies Jupiter in astrology. This planet symbolizes good luck, good fortune and how we attract material abundance in our personal/professional lives. Jupiter offers generosity, talent and good fortune to the universe; so the sign Jupiter was positioned in at the time of your birth can reveal how you express your benevolence to others. When positively angled with other planets, Jupiter encourages us to be generous, warm, and optimistic; when poorly aspected, we can behave pretentiously and tend to exaggerate. Under the umbrella of “expansionism”, astrologers tie Jupiter with philosophy, ethics, religion, culture, and long distance travel. The planet’s compulsion towards “expanding” our “higher minds” links Jupiter  closely with Mercury: with both feeding off the energy of the other in our natal charts. Because Zeus was the supreme leader of Mount Olympus, the planet Jupiter acts as the “guru” of our solar system. Astrologers label Jupiter as a figure of protection and care. Material abundance is also supported by Jupiter. Jupiter is the planetary ruler of philosophical Sagittarius. It takes Jupiter 12 years to travel through the entire zodiac cycle. 

 

 

 

 


Saturn: The Planet of Responsibility
The glyph (symbol) for Saturn.

The glyph (symbol) for Saturn.

Saturn rules the cosmos as the planet of accountability, perseverance, structure and boundaries. Personified by Cronus, responsible for the imprisonment of the Titans in Greek mythology, astrologers also label Saturn as “Father Time”, and  “The Teacher.” Symbolically, Saturn reminds us of our obligations, responsibilities and limitations in life (see the “constraint connection?”. All of this, with the sign Saturn was placed in on the day of your birth representing how you react to authority, obligations, responsibilities and limitations in your life. The sign can also unveil the areas of your life where you may face the most resistance. Ultimately, the constellation Saturn is placed in on the day of our birth demands immense concentration and effort in those areas that sign manages. In astrology, this planet forces us to grow up and forces us to “self-master” in order to reach our fullest (and best) potential.

Just as each sign in astrology is ascribed certain traits, as are the planets. When working with my clients’ natal charts, I normally conjoin Saturn with toughness, introversion, wisdom and experience. When Saturn is negatively aspected in our charts (and during daily transits), it can compel us to behave cruelly and very selfishly. When harmoniously angled to other planets, Saturn encourages stability and sophistication in our personal lives. I like to associate Saturn with discipline, determination and integrity. When a person “matures”, in their chart, Saturn emanates a sense of reliability and sharpness. When we are “immature”, in our chart, Saturn exudes insensitivity and detachment. Lastly, Saturn represents tradition and material security.  Saturn serves as the planetary ruler for  grounded Capricorn. It takes 29 years for Saturn the travel through the entire zodiac cycle (at least 2 years through each sign). 

Saturn, personified by the Greek character Cronus.

Saturn, personified by the Greek character Cronus.