Jupiter turns Retrograde

Kelli Fox

Jupiter turns retrograde in Virgo on January 7th where it will continue its backward journey until May 9th.

Jupiter Retrograde can have a Positive Effect

Jupiter, that big, fat, gaseous giant of the solar system, is retrograde about one-third of the time. Both the retrograde and direct stations — the points at which Jupiter seems to turn around in its orbit — occur when the Sun trines Jupiter, which is considered to be a favorable aspect. This leads us to suspect that, unlike the common perception of other planetsretrograde periods, Jupiter Retrograde can have a positive effect. During Jupiter Retrograde, the Sun opposes Jupiter. At that time, Jupiter rises exactly at sunset and grandly marches across the sky all night long. It is very bright and close to the earth during this time.

Jupiter Rules Expansion and Exaggeration

Since Jupiter rules expansion and exaggeration, these regular turning-back periods are kind of like a self-cleaning oven: They keep things from getting out of hand. Retrograde motion slows down Jupiter’s tendency to make things bigger. It’s almost a sort of automatic braking system.

Belief Systems

Jupiter is very much about our belief systems, and when it’s retrograde, we are more likely to follow our own path rather than be led by others. It’s an excellent time to clarify within yourself where you stand on any particular issue, and also to develop personal faith, self-reflection and independent learning.

Avoid Long-Distance Travel or Legal Appointments

At the times when Jupiter turns in either direction, it’s best to avoid long-distance travel or legal appointments, if possible. Jupiter’s energy is strong at these times, and you may find headlines that reflect Jupiterian themes.

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