Jupiter in Scorpio

So powerful and so aggressive is Scorpio, that its influence in modifying any planet which comes into its “war zone” can hardly be estimated too highly. Mars and Jupiter make the most forceful combination of any two planets, and the Martial energy which Jupiter receives from the Lord of Scorpio is even more effective than that in Aries. For Jupiter is the Father of the Gods and has a strong creative instinct, while Scorpio is the sign of Sex. Hence, people with Jupiter in this sign have the religious idea developed to an overwhelming extent and indissolubly linked with that of generation. Whatever views may be generally held today as to religion, there is no doubt that the deepest reverence for the natural forces of creation makes for enormous strength, and especially for sincerity of religious conviction; since, in such a case, to deny one’s own physical power is to fail in faith. If Jupiter is strong in this sign, we find people with a positively fanatical faith in themselves. God is omnipotent, and He abides within them; how, then, can they ever falter on the path? The effect of ill-dignity say an evil aspect to Jupiter from Saturn or Mercury would be to upset the mental balance in this respect and to give evidence of deep-seated perversion. To take such weak and perverse configurations before the others, we have two remarkable cases of what evidently amounts to sexmania of a religious type. The case of Edith Allonby, who committed suicide in order to call attention to a book she had written, shows Saturn and Uranus square to Jupiter, one on either side, and Mercury is near a conjunction. On the grand scale, this type of religious hysteria is exhibited by Tolstoi. Venus and Saturn are square to Jupiter, but the sextile of Neptune adds a touch of mysticism intensified by the conjunction of Mars and Neptune. Here is a case of a bad affliction transformed into exaltation and issuing in comparatively harmless channels; but it explains the spirit of the “Kreutzer Sonata.” We find two instances in women of normal sex instincts raised to a high power and made useful in securing material advancement. The Jupiter of Nell Gwyn is trined by Mars, giving exceptional potency; while the Moon, also trine on the other side, adds a softness, which, in view of the strength given by Mars, is decidedly an advantage, especially as the square of Venus tends to prevent too great sentimentality. Cleo de Merode has the Sun and Venus semi-sextile to Jupiter and Neptune square; the Moon is sextile on one side, and Mars on the other. Each of these combinations is very strong and subtle. Among writers with Jupiter in Scorpio, we see great preoccupation with, and insistence upon the importance of, the sex-nature. One need only quote Rossetti, Zola, Thomas Hardy, Alphonse Daudet, and Sainte Beuve; and one might also include Cicero on the strength of the hidden implications of “Scipio’s Dream.” Rossetti’s Jupiter, softened by the trine of Venus, and afflicted by the square of Mercury, becomes decidedly sensuous, while the will power is weakened by a square of Uranus. The sex-feeling is strong, but very feminine in quality ; and the religious instinct is. somewhat unsettled by this combination. Very different is the -case of Zola, whose Jupiter, although trined by Venus, is redeemed by the trine of Uranus which is in conjunction with Venus ; and, though the square of Neptune contributes mysticism, yet Jupiter remains extremely strong on the plane indicated; and creation, virility and constructiveness mark his feeling and his work. Venus, especially through her conjunction with Uranus, accounts for much of the animalism which has been criticized in his writing, but the Uranus-Jupiter trine elevates all this in the grand result. Indeed this case should be very instructive to the student, illustrating how each planet and aspect has its particular effect, persisting in spite of contrary aspects, and becoming reconciled in a higher complex. This principle is immensely important ; it explains the infinite variety of mankind, and shows the folly of attempting the solution of astrological problems by mere consideration of the superficial elements of a horoscope. Thomas Hardy’s sex-religion complex very closely resembles Zola’s. Here however, the Moon, instead of Venus, is trine to Jupiter ; and, though Uranus is also trine, it is from the other side and not in a conjunction.

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