Jupiter in Leo

Leo brings out to the full the frank, expansive, exuberant nature of Jupiter, but the materializing influence of the Sun, as Lord of Leo, is felt markedly, and therefore the religious qualities of Jupiter are not very strong. In the case of Rudolph Steiner, the only definitely religious type on our list, Jupiter is very strong, being in the ninth house near the cusp of the Mid-heaven. The Leonine materiality of Jupiter’s religious nature is shown very clearly in Brigham Young, who was more of a theocratic statebuilder than a truly spiritual descendant of Joseph Smith. His Jupiter has the Sun, Venus, and Mercury sextile, all accentuating this influence of Leo ; Uranus, too, is sextile on the other side, giving that touch of originality which has made Mormonism & living force. The floridity of Jupiter in Leo is well illustrated by Wagner and Swinburne. The Jupiter of Wagner has Mars in opposition, Venus and the Sun in sextile and Mercury square ; an ideal combination for the production of theatrical effect, Swinburne’s Jupiter has Mars in conjunction, lending an extreme passion to the higher emotions, and a trine of Venus and Mercury rendering their expression harmonious, sensuous, and lucid. There is also, however, a direct opposition of Neptune to Jupiter which gives a strain of instability and lack of balance. It must not be forgotten that the great poet was also a bitter pamphleteer and a polemical critic. Similar considerations apply to the Jupiter of Huxley. We are to look here not far the science of the man, but for his religious feeling and his general outlook on life ; we are to consider the man by his fireside and not in his laboratory. Saturn and Venus are sextile, giving a sort of conscientious bonhomie, and the Moon is trine ; he must have been a singularly indulgent father, and tender to human weakness. A similar case is found in Arthur Balfour. As a statesman, he was callous and caustic ; but he was universally beloved in private life, even by his bitterest opponents. The Sun and Venus in conjunction with Jupiter, and the Moon sextile, fully account for this radiant warmth of his private feelings; but Jupiter’s position on the cusp of the house of friends makes the effect even stronger. As a contrast, consider Marie Bashkirtseff, with Jupiter on the cusp of the tenth house, but with no help beyond a sextile of the Moon. Fame she has had, and to spare; but her hopes were all thwarted, and her nature repressed and blighted. She was constantly trying to expand, and was invariably balked. The opposition of Mars to Jupiter was sufficient to account for the thwarting of her impulses. So, too, with Louis XVI, whose hurnanitarianism was so ill-suited to his period Jupiter is conjoined with the Sun and Mercury, and their forces tend to overwhelm him. Some distant support, such as a trine, (or even the counter action of a square) seems always desirable to moderate the vehemence of a major conjunction. Henry VI was the Louis XVI of England. He, too, wtender hearted at the wrong time and place. His Jupiter has a rather distant trine of the Sun; but this may have developed his religious instincts and his gentleness. Some sterner element is valuable in the emotional apparatus of a king. The late J. Pierpont Morgan had Jupiter with Mars conjoined, Neptune in opposition, and Saturn nearly square on the other side. This restricts any great outpouring of the higher emotion ; Jupiter is tied down very firmly to the material plane, but on that plane he is made very strong. He is externalized, as it were, to signify good fortune within the limits of the ambition. The native with Jupiter in Leo is sincere, generous and magnanimous, ambitious, fond of power, often with much of the dramatic in his make-up, and usually well-fitted for success in public life. The position increases the intuition and strengthens the vitality, and it is most favorable for the development of such genius as may be indicated by the horoscope.

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