Jupiter in Aries

Aries increases the energy of Jupiter, and makes him decidedly militant. If Jupiter is not afflicted seriously, the combination promises a generous, ardent, and high-minded disposition, with a strong inclination to the study of science, literature, or religion. The more purely benevolent qualities of Jupiter, however, are somewhat repressed, and, at times this position may even mean the complete transmogrification of the religious instinct into something very like ambition. It will, in any case, make the native, to a considerable extent, a pioneer or an innovator, with a very positive and material outlook on those subjects which are accepted by the majority of men with passive reverence ; and, while actual atheism is not necessarily implied, there is very likely to be a tendency to that unspoken skepticism which is characteristic of those who regard religious organizations as a branch of politics. The most typical example of this is, perhaps, Pope Alexander VI whose Jupiter, conjoined with the Moon, is in the third house squared by a rising Saturn. Jupiter is weakened by the latter aspect, and here the power of Saturn quite overwhelms him; such religious instinct as may remain is due to the conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter. But the complete obliteration of any noble or generous quality in the character is clearly marked. Sir Richard Burton, on the contrary, has a very strong Jupiter, both Mercury and Saturn being in conjunction with him. The conjunction of Uranus and Neptune gives deep mysticism, but the Aries position keeps him in the middle path. Hence his strong leaning toward the religion of Mohammed, and the sentiments so splendidly expressed in his “Kasidah,39 one of the greatest religious and philosophical poems ever written. Very different is Alfred Tennyson, whose Jupiter is softened by the sextile of Venus (but what amazing good fortune it brought him!) and is somewhat irritated by the square of Mercury. Both weaken and conventionalize Jupiter; hence we find the religion of Tennyson quite orthodox and ritualistic, picturing rather its sentimental spirit. Contrast this with Baudelaire, where the Sun, Venus, Mars, and Saturn are all in conjunction with Jupiter. The man is all religion, his whole life one strenuous protest against the limitations of earthly life. That he failed to find a solution of his problems is due to the fact that, like Burton, he had Uranus and Neptune square to this immense combination. Bernard Shaw is a good type of the sceptic. Saturn squares Jupiter, as with Alexander VI, but fortunately Venus is trine and the Moon sextile. Here, then, we get a soft hearted and kindly man, but with his religious instincts quite inhibited from ordinary channels by the fact that the inspired vision is denied to him. Even the trine of the Sun does not make up for this defect ; it acts here more on the material plane, and gives him great success, but does not illuminate. Had Jupiter been in a more religious sign, belief would have been easier for Shaw. Consider, in this connection, Chopin. Here Jupiter has Venus sextile, the same softening influence as with Tennyson; but Mercury is in conjunction with Venus, and his religious feeling is of a deeper intelligence than that of England’s laureate. In the case of Madame Steinheil, we see much greater strength of Jupiter, who is in conjunction with the Sun and Venus and not far from conjunction with Mercury and Neptune. But Jupiter is- not by any means the strongest of these planets, and so does not control the complex; Saturn in the tenth house, trining all these planets, dominates the horoscope, so that all these varied impulses of her nature tended to subserve her selfishness. Had Jupiter and Saturn been in each other’s places, we should have had in her horoscope the figure of a great religious leader. These cases should be sufficient to indicate not only the nature of the limitations which Aries imposes upon Jupiter but also the favorable indications of natural success and prosperity which the combination furnishes when Jupiter is not badly aspected. It gives ability in managing large enterprises or organizations, self-confidence, and a desire to be at the head of the undertakings.

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