Jupiter Astrology: The Ultimate Planet Guide

Bigger, stronger, faster! Mighty Jupiter is the big daddy of the solar system. In astrology, Jupiter inspires us to grow, expand and take risks.

What Jupiter means in astrology

Named after the Roman supergod (aka Zeus in Greek mythology), Jupiter directs the laws that shape our society. There are certain truths we collectively hold to be self-evident, and these governing principles are Jupiter’s main domain.

In astrology, the red-spotted planet also presides over philosophy, religion and wisdom traditions. His influence inspires us to be curious and to stretch our minds; to follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of it.

Your Jupiter sign reveals what you have to teach and to whom.

Jupiter is the planet that reveals our comfort level when taking a gamble. Someone born with Jupiter in analytical Virgo will probably need to research statistics and data (exhaustively!) before taking a bold leap. While a person with Jupiter in mystical Scorpio may rely on intuition and the general sexiness of a situation, before deciding whether or not to pull the trigger. 

Jupiter can also act like a giant magnifying glass, exposing all our flaws and weak spots. Thankfully, this planet embraces experiential learning, self-development and vision quests. Awareness (Read: seeing your own bullsh*t) is the key to creating lasting change. Jupiter might show you your lemons, but it will also give you the recipe to make sweet lemonade.

Working with Jupiter is ideal when making a one-year plan, because he chills in a single sign for about 12.5 months. This planet also goes retrograde annually, napping in a low-power mode for about four months. Mercifully, Jupiter’s timeout tames our gambling instincts and slow our rapid expansion before the sprawl becomes too stressful.

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How does Jupiter affect personality?

Jupiter’s larger-than-life influence can also help us shine! Like loving Venus, Jupiter is one of the “great benefics”: a planet that has a mainly positive affect in our charts. Where do we feel most loud and proud? Where do we excel naturally and with ease? Someone born with Jupiter in ambitious Capricorn could crush it in the boardroom, while Jupiter in expressive Leo folks may have performer-presenter skills worthy of an Academy Award or a TED talk.

Jupiter governs higher learning and can be an “edu-tainer,” schooling in an entertaining manner. Got knowledge to pass on? Your Jupiter sign reveals what you have to teach and to whom. This planet has a whopping 67 moons orbiting around it, much like the pupils (or disciples) one can gather when tapping into Jupiter’s mojo. Caveat: with this winsome planet in the mix, your cult following could turn into a full on cult if you aren’t too careful. (Look out, Jupiter in future-forward Aquarius people!)  

Whenever we’re feeling venturesome and entrepreneurial, Jupiter has a hand in the equation. This planet inspires us to take more risks in the business realm.

Our philandering, promiscuous urges are also Jupiter’s territory. This indie-spirited, hedonistic planet awakens wanderlust in the erotic sense. Mythology is packed with tales of Jupiter’s/Zeus’ many affairs, and the rage this spawned from his wife Juno/Hera. The red spot on Jupiter is actually a giant storm that’s been raging for over 300 years—fitting since our unchecked “Jupiterian” urges can wreak havoc on relationships and cause chaos for days. But they sure are fun to experience in the heat of the moment!

What does Jupiter represent spiritually?

Through feminine/yin Pisces, Jupiter’s spiritual side emerges. This is the planet that governs religion and wisdom traditions, and Pisces is the sign that ponders the soul’s life beyond the body.

But there is another way that Jupiter can get us in trouble, giving in to compulsive hedonism and ignoring safe, healthy boundaries. There’s a paradox with this planet, as it can swing wildly from the wise teacher to the self-indulgent nomad archetype. But if we don’t make mistakes how will we ever learn? So maybe we stick our hands in the fire a few times before we realize it burns. At least we’ll understand the concept of heat and passion in the process!

What does Jupiter mean in your birth chart?

Wise, wild Jupiter is the galactic gambler, the global nomad and the eternal seeker. The fastest spinning planet in the solar system, developments happen rapidly in this powerhouse’s path! Jupiter’s job is to push us out of our comfort zones and into uncharted territory—even if that means leaping before we look. The point is that we jump, as far as Jupiter’s concerned. With each clumsy dismount we figure out how to do it better next time. It’s all about failing faster and then getting up to try, try again.

All about a Jupiter sign or natal Jupiter

Whatever zodiac sign and house Jupiter was orbiting through at your time of birth determines your “natal Jupiter” or “Jupiter sign.” More specifically, this will guide you in the following ways:

  • Risk-taking: The galactic gambler’s chart position shows where you’ll roll the dice
  • Expansion: Where are you free and open to broaden your horizons
  • Enterprising spirit: Where you love blazing trails and kicking off initiatives
  • Learning: the planet of higher education guides your lifelong studies and personal growth
  • Truth-seeking: Where are you a no B.S., filters-off, call-it-like-you-see-it king or queen
  • Principles: What are your core ideals, truths and beliefs
  • Travel style: Are you red-eye royalty or a road-trip regulator?
  • TMI: Everyone can get “extra” and Jupiter reveals how that tendency shows up

Jupiter is the first of the outer planets, which start here and span to Pluto. Because of its further distance from the Sun, it has a large orbit to make. Jupiter takes 12-13 years to circle el Sol, spending an average of one year in each one of the zodiac signs. This makes Jupiter a great “annual planner” planet, revealing where you’re set to expand and explore for a twelve-month cycle.

How do you find out your Jupiter sign?

Use our cosmic calculator to discover what zodiac sign and house Jupiter was in when you were born. To accurately determine the house, you will need to know your birth time.

What if the zodiac sign and house are different?

This is common! Read both the sign and house description below. Do these interpretations pull you in two different directions? That’s not unusual. We human beings have range. Astrology is an interpretive dance, a tool which provides a fascinating layer of self-discovery. Do some “astro mixology.” Reflect on how you can work with both energies to enhance your life.

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Jupiter astrology facts

Planetary Stats: Jupiter

  • Changes Zodiac Signs: Every 12-13 months
  • Zodiac Sign It Rules: Sagittarius (and secondary ruler of Pisces)
  • Day of the Week: Thursday

What does Jupiter govern?

  • Wisdom & Higher truths
  • The law
  • Growth & Expansion
  • Higher education & Teaching
  • Risk-taking
  • What we expose/reveal

What zodiac sign is ruled by Jupiter?

Jupiter is the ruler of worldly Sagittarius and, secondarily, dreamy Pisces. In masculine (yang) Sagittarius, he expresses his worldly curiosity as the traveler, seeker and cultural ambassador. Jupiter’s placement can push us to explore new corners of the world and connect to people of diverse backgrounds. Those born with Jupiter in homespun Cancer may love traveling to remote islands while Jupiter in dramatic Leo folks may prefer a wander through the palace of Versailles.

What are the special positions of Jupiter?

Retrograde

Jupiter is retrograde four months of every year, so it’s not unusual to be born with this planet in reverse. You may have to work harder to muscle through its lessons, but once you nail this planet’s energy, your additional effort may actually lead to a rock-solid mastery of working with Jupiter in your life. 

Domicile: Sagittarius & Pisces 

The planet’s home base, an easy flow if placed here in the chart 

Detriment: Gemini & Virgo 

Opposite sign of home base, may need to work harder to integrate the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart

Exalted: Cancer 

The planet’s most powerful position; indicates ease and added fortune with using the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart 

Fall: Capricorn 

Opposite sign to the exalted position, can indicate struggles with utilizing the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart 

What does Jupiter represent in the houses?

The meaning of the placement of Jupiter in a birth chart, for each of the 12 houses

Jupiter in Aries or the 1st House 

This trailblazing Jupiter placement makes you a true self-starter. Waiting for permission or consensus? No way! You’d rather take bold initiative as you carve out a unique path. For you, life is a game of Create Your Own Adventure. This thrill seeking Jupiter placement whets your appetite for things like adventure sports, extreme travel, and basically any activity that brings an adrenaline rush.

Life is about constantly pushing past your edge, even if it leaves your loved ones both terrified and in awe. If you’re not the athletic type, this trait may play out through a series of high-octane romances. You may have a fast-paced career that comes with an edge of danger or thrusts you into the spotlight. 

Read more about Jupiter in Aries

Jupiter in Taurus or the 2nd House 

Sensual and sensible, you are a natural curator. While this Jupiter placement whets your appetite for the finer things, it tempers some of the red-spotted planet’s proclivities to overindulge. Your favorite activity may be treasure hunting for the best and most luxurious of everything. Whether you find it at a Parisian antique market or a Madison Avenue couture house (or on eBay) is up to you!

Your possessions are part of your “story” or “branding,” and you may prefer to let them speak for you. Good taste is a quality you admire! You might even become a skilled “maker” yourself or a specialist in some rarified field. While you may spend larger lump sums, you have a low risk appetite. That said, you may burn through cash while refining your personal style. But once you become clear about your desires, you are a savvy investor who can spot a killer deal! 

Read more about Jupiter in Taurus

Jupiter in Gemini or the 3rd House

So many options, so little time! This mercurial Jupiter position bestows a raging case of FOMO and astrological short-attention span. A born seeker, you’re endlessly curious about life. You may be an avid reader, devouring books about history, philosophy and world cultures. Intellectually, you are sharp as a tack. This is a fantastic placement for writers, documentarians, journalists and educators. There’s no question you aren’t brave enough to ask!

True, the quest for answers may lead you down a never-ending rabbit hole, but process IS the journey for you. From conspiracy theories to trends in fashion and financial markets, tracking data is your specialty. You’re an ideal teammate for trivia night, but your communication style can give friends mental whiplash. Learn to pause and take a breath! Conversations are a two-way street, after all. Allow people to fully make their point before you start formulating questions. With practice, you can master the art of active listening. 

Read more about Jupiter in Gemini

Jupiter in Cancer or the 4th House 

Hosting the planet of global adventures in this domestic zone is quite a paradox. But it’s not an unlucky one! The red-spotted titan is “exalted” in Cancer and the 4th house, which makes this THE most fortuitous Jupiter placement to be born under! While you’ll trek many miles in this lifetime, your most profound journeys are the ones that foster emotional evolution. You are here to master the wisdom of the heart and to elevate your empathy.

As you gain fluency in the “universal language” of feelings, you become a masterful ambassador who connects to people across culture, class or other perceived barriers. Since Jupiter rules publishing, you might pen a self-help book, or gain celebrity status dispensing wise advice on interpersonal relationships. If your kitchen table doubles as a workspace, we wouldn’t be surprised! You’ll do your best work in the sacred oasis of your home sweet home. 

Read more about Jupiter in Cancer

Jupiter in Leo or the 5th House 

Bigger, bolder, brighter! This spotlight-stealing Jupiter placement blesses you with larger-than-life presence. Like a born celebrity, you command every room you step into. After making your entrance, you’ll be busy sparking conversations, moving people from the bar to the dance floor and flirting with shameless abandon. And with your outré style, you’d rather give people something to talk about than fade into the background. (Fashion police citations, be damned!)

Exaggeration is certainly a tendency for you—and so is dramatizing. While you may think you’re “speaking your truth,” you could stir up intense feelings in others, from rivalry to rage. Still, your colorful stories can draw quite the audience. Performing, broadcasting and stage acting may call your name. 

Read more about Jupiter in Leo

Jupiter in Virgo or the 6th House 

Give the world service with a smile! With maximizer Jupiter in helpful, industrious Virgo (or the 6th house), your supportive nature knows no bounds. Whether you’re in medicine, data, media or quite literally in the service industry, nothing pleases you more than a day of honest labor. Quality control and damage assessment are strong skills, as this analytical Jupiter placement gives you a sixth sense about what COULD go wrong. Inspecting, auditing, or insurance work might be a great place for you to make your fortune.

You’re also a heck of a critic! Since Jupiter rules publishing, the writers among you could amass a fanbase that relies on your advice and opinions. Self-help writing is also strong since you are constantly on your own “make better” missions and have lots of field notes to share. You may use your platform to spotlight underrepresented voices, or since Jupiter rules universities, submit your findings to be published in journals.  

Read more about Jupiter in Virgo

Jupiter in Libra or the 7th House 

Two is more than a magic number for those born with Jupiter in Libra and the 7th house. It’s your access to expansion in every way! This partnership-powered placement gives you a gift for harmonizing with “attractive opposites” who pick up where you leave off. With abundant Jupiter here, you may be half of many dynamic duos—in business, creative collaborations, even juggling multiple relationships with the planetary libertine spurring your mojo.

While you love joining forces, you’re not a fan of being possessed or restricted in any way. As such, you pair best with independent, open-minded people who are more interested in co-creating magic than putting rules and labels on your relationship.  

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Jupiter in Scorpio or the 8th House 

Magnetic doesn’t begin to describe the bewitching powers of those born with Jupiter in Scorpio or the 8th house—the ruler of sex, shared finances, death, and transformation. With the red-spotted planet’s expansive powers working their magic in this seductive zone, you’ll have them BEFORE hello. That is, if you want to. This “all or nothing” placement can be as stormy as it is supremely spiritual. One minute you’re launching a charm offensive, the next, it’s a full-on war. This charged placement gives you obsessive focus, amplifying matters to a “life or death” intensity, whether they need to be or not.  

Read more about Jupiter in Scorpio

Jupiter in Sagittarius or the 9th House 

Double down! Lady luck is on your side—no matter how many times you test her limits with your daredevil antics. Somehow, you always manage to land on your well-trodden feet, and often on a generous friend’s couch to “recover” between journeys. As the ruler of worldly, fortuitous Sagittarius and the 9th house, Jupiter is right at home here in its “domicile” power position.

Naturally nomadic, you may disappear for long stretches, leaving friends wondering of your whereabouts. Often these are purposeful journeys like consulting gigs, visiting residencies, or studies abroad. But sometimes, they’re purely for adventure: backpacking into the wild, living amongst an indigenous population in a tiny surf village. With this idealistic Jupiter sign, you might even join the military or Peace Corps for the bonus chance to travel the globe.  

Read more about Jupiter in Sagittarius

Jupiter in Capricorn or the 10th House 

Like a cosmic CEO, you were born with a great head for business. This achievement-oriented Jupiter placement makes you naturally competitive, whether you’re racing after the No. 1 spot in your industry or simply working tirelessly to gain mastery in your field. No one has to raise the bar for you. You’ll keep elevating it higher with the next challenging mission. It doesn’t matter how many times friends tell you to “take a weekend.” You won’t stop until you reach the top—and even then!  

But when is it enough for you? Thrillseeking Jupiter is “in fall” in cautious Capricorn and the 10th house, considered its most difficult position on the zodiac wheel. If the jovial, risk-taking qualities of Jupiter aren’t muted in you, they may create a self-defeating, “never say die!” stubbornness. Sometimes you NEED to throw in the towel in order to get to the next stage of the game. Mistakes and failure are part of the roadmap to success. To overcome this block, cultivate humility while learning to set aside perfectionism and your tendency to worry about every move.  

Read more about Jupiter in Capricorn

Jupiter in Aquarius or the 11th House 

Viva la revolucion! With liberated Jupiter in this avant-garde position, you prize freedom above all else. From thought to speech to lifestyle and beyond, rules were meant to be broken…or at the very least, questioned from every angle. And not just for you! In communal Aquarius and the 11th house, collective action is the name of the game! With Jupiter in this position, you’re here to change society, perhaps through equity work, boots-on-the-ground activism, or as a board member of a non-profit. You’ll get down in the trenches with “the people,” making sure underrepresented voices are heard.

In your personal life, you host an ever-expanding friendship circle that welcomes folks from all walks of life. Group travel, festivals, voluntourism and humanitarian missions: your nomadic spirit comes to life when you’re around other folks. Just like the  social butterfly, Aquarius, you can never have too many friends—but do make sure you don’t get so caught up in the “one love” vibe that you forget to develop intimate relationships.  

Read more about Jupiter in Aquarius

Jupiter in Pisces or the 12th House 

Jupiter is in its power position (domicile) as the secondary ruler of Pisces and the 12th house, along with  ethereal Neptune. With double the mystical mojo, people gravitate to you when seeking non-obvious answers. A wise guide and compassionate counselor, you draw from a deep well.

This soulful Jupiter placement expands your empathy, which means supporting others comes naturally to you! But take heed: Hosting no-limits Jupiter in this empathetic sign makes you a psychic sponge who can easily get lost in other people’s problems. Until you learn to “shield your field,” you may struggle with codependency, attracting energy vampires and user-friendly relationships. Sometimes you zone out, not realizing when you’re risking danger. A good wing(wo)man can be your saving grace. 

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AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.