Working with Jupiter Retrograde


At some point in their elliptical cycle, every planet, except for the Sun and Moon, go Retrograde. This week, Jupiter stationed to go Retrograde on June 20th and Neptune stations to go Retrograde on June 25th. Both will go direct again in October.


Jupiter is the fifth and largest planet in our solar system. It is two and a half times larger than all the other planets combined and more than three hundred times the size of Earth. Where Earth takes twelve months to orbit around the Sun, it takes Jupiter twelve years. So, every thirteen months or so, Earth catches up to Jupiter, creating an opposition, before passing him by. The next time this happens will be August 19, 2021 when you are able to see Jupiter appear brilliant white against the night sky.


In 1973, the American space probe, Pioneer 10, discovered that Jupiter exudes approximately twice the amount of heat that it receives from the Sun. Because it is composed of helium and hydrogen (the same elements as the Sun), Jupiter actually has his own internal heat source.


“Had Jupiter been several dozen times more massive,

the matter in its interior would have undergone thermonuclear reactions, and Jupiter would have begun to shine by its own light.

The largest planet is a star that failed.”


– Carl Sagan, Astronomer, Planetary Scientist, Astrophysicist, Author


In mythology, this Roman god (Zeus to the Greeks) was the supreme sky god and ruler of the heavens. He was known as all-powerful, and men everywhere feared his temper in the form of storms, lightening, and thunder. He was seen as a guardian and protector symbolizing honor, good faith, and wisdom. He rules over knowledge, higher learning, breadth of vision, and integrity. He is the planet of expansion, good fortune, and abundance. He points to where in your life you can grow and develop, as well as where you can get the most joie de vivre.


Jupiter goes Retrograde for a period of four months every thirteen months or so. Like all Retrogrades, it is a time for inward exploration. For Jupiter that means asking where you have exerted or pushed yourself too far. Your focus changes from “what can I build?” to “how can I develop?” This is an excellent time to seriously consider and reflect on what you truly want before you put your energy into manifesting it. Contemplation helps you find the answers you seek, but you must trust your intuition on what to do next.




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