Jupiter in Libra

In Libra, Jupiter encounters two apparently contradictory strains of influence, since Venus, Lady of the sign, softens or sentimentalizes the religious impulses, while Saturn, exalted in Libra, is able to give at least a tinge of asceticism. These influences blend, however, in developing sincerity in the religious instincts, which are expressed with an imaginative mysticism. The influence of Libra in itself con tributes a sense of justice and impartiality. Therefore, the student of religions will not be surprised to learn that this sign held Jupiter at the nativities of Jesus of Nazareth, of Percy Bysshe Shelley, of Robert Louis Stevenson, of Swami Vivekananda, and of Maurice Maeterlinck. All these have the deepest religious instinct, combined with a sort of shrinking from the superficial facts of life, seeing humanity, as it were, through rose-colored glasses. It is the gentle spirit in these people which made them great. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Jupiter in every case above cited is prominent in the nativity, but, at the same time, the tendencies of the sign account for what must at least be reckoned partial material failure. In the nativity of Jesus, Jupiter, rising, is trined by Saturn; he suffers from the opposition of Mars, and the square of the Sun and Mercury. Without the fiery energy of Paul, the gentle teaching of Jesus would hardly have spread widely, and Christianity might have remained largely a matter of pious local sentiment. The humanitarianism of Shelley was very strong. Mars is in conjunction with Jupiter, making the poet active in protest; but Neptune, also in conjunction, seriously weakens the effect by making his revolt fantastic and intermittent. Stevenson’s Jupiter has not even so much strength. Saturn is in opposition, and there is nothing to help but a semi-sextile of Mercury. The gentle spirit is there, but it shows in a glow of kindliness, very lovable, but not to be feared by the unkindly-minded. The Jupiter of Swami Vivekananda is in all respects the best of the group. It is finely balanced by reason, and brought into action by will. A square of Venus prevents the mere sentimentality which her conjunction with the Sun might have allowed. Unfortunately, Mars is in opposition, or he might have made as successful a religious leader as Mohammed. Maeterlinck’s Jupiter has the opposition of Neptune, which gives his religious nature its wonderful mysticism. Consider, now, a very ungentle spirit, but a great religious genius, Luther. Here Jupiter has Mars and Venus conjoined, with the Moon and Uranus sextile with powerful aspects of other planets. There is a lever to move the world ; there could be no question of resistance to a bolt of this calibre! Another great builder, genial enough in private life, but adamant in affairs of state, was Bismarck. Here Jupiter Is opposed to the Sun and square to the Moon; Uranus, however, is sextile, and Mars and Saturn are in trine to Jupiter. The chief influence of Libra here is, doubtless, the sense of Justice and the balance which we have already noted as characteristic. Contrast with this the horoscope of Winston Churchill. Here Mars is in conjunction, making Jupiter powerful and energetic; but Neptune’s opposition in this complex gives eccentricity. Jupiter acts vigorously, but by fits and starts; set-backs are certain to injure the career from time to time. There is one religious genius whom we omitted in our first consideration, because her religion was orthodox, though mystical, and was expressed not in propaganda, but in patriotism. We refer to Jeanne d’Arc. Her Jupiter has Venus square, the Moon in conjunction, Mars semi-sextile, and Uranus trine. It is a magnificent combination for the peculiar gift indicated. Uranus gives the illumination, and Mars the practical power. Libra, too, assures good judgment; she was as simple and sensible as she was inspired. This is not a common quality of alleged inspiration! Jupiter in Libra favors comradeship and association in domestic affairs, especially where dispassionate judgment is a factor, and promises popularity. It gives especially good judgment in handling the money of others and in impartiality in decision; hence, judges and bankers are numerous among the natives of this position. It also promises success in occupations involving efficiency in the higher mathematics.

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