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Jupiter Retrograde in Libra in 2018

As we are about to enter into the retrograde season of this year where 4 planets will go through their retrograde cycle one after the other, it is necessary to have a look and be aware, as far as humanly possible, to understand what we can expect in this retrograde season. It is also apt that we should start this series of retrograde articles with article on Jupiter retrograde as it is the first one to go retrograde. Also, Jupiter is the biggest and most expansive planet among all. Its transits last for about 13 months and even its retrograde transit lasts for 4 months. This is a considerably long time in comparison to other normal transits of Sun & Moon and retro transits of  Mercury & Venus. So, if a big planet like Jupiter is going retrograde in Libra for 4 months, it is going to make some impact to Human Life. This article is little effort to get an idea of impact.

Also, we are in an year when all 5 planets will go retrograde one another. As retrograde energy is intense energy, I feel that we are entering into intense portion of year which will last till year end. We will get an idea about what kind of intensity these 5 planets will bring with these articles one after the other. Today is Jupiter’s turn. .

So, let’s 1st look at all the important factors to understand this retrograde transit –

Jupiter - Jupiter is the most benefic planet and it represents all the auspicious things like Knowledge, Wisdom, Law, Guru, Spirituality, Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Expansion of Things and Elderly People. For a girl, Jupiter also represents Husband.

Libra - Libra is the 7th sign of Zodiac Belt, hence it represents the energy and things related with 7th house of horoscope, i.e. Market Place, Business, Partnerships, Relations etc. Libra is sign of Balance, i.e. striking the Balance between 2 parties/ideologies or even at personal level between our own dilemmas. It is sign of Peace and Diplomacy. And this is what we are seriously looking for after the conflicts and disagreements of Virgo, i.e. Peace to prevail. At personal level, Libra is seen as sign of Relationships. Libra is consisted of 2 and half Nakshatra named Chitra, Swati and Vishakha. Libra's lord is Venus.

This is portion from my earlier transit article on Jupiter in Libra - Wherever Jupiter goes, it brings the knowledge and wisdom to that sign/house. It makes us learn things related to that sign/house. As it taught us about conflicts, details and managing things in Virgo, now it will teach us about relationships, being diplomatic, about peace. People will learn a lot about letting go of their past conflicts and making peace with their life. There will be lesser conflicts in relationship this year as Jupiter will make us learn how to keep a relationship. Jupiter is karaka of Marriage and Libra is sign of Relationship, so we can see many people getting into relationship and marriage within this time. We will learn the art of diplomacy. We will learn how to create a balanced deal between 2 parties. We will learn to strike the balance in all spheres of life. Libra is sign ruled by Venus, which is enemy to Jupiter. So, they “say” that Jupiter doesn’t give full results in Libra. Well, again look back at last 1 year when Jupiter was in Virgo, another enemy sign to Jupiter. Didn’t we see results of Jupiter in Virgo in last 1 year? If yes, then we will get results of Jupiter in Libra too. Another point is that Jupiter & Venus both are naturally benefic planets. So, I don’t see a problem in a benefic planet sitting in sign of another benefic planet, though its enemy. They both are benefics and known to provide, not to take away anything. Also, Jupiter & Venus are both Teachers and Jupiter is Teacher of Gods. So, all it knows to give us knowledge and wisdom related to house/sign it is going on. There is not going to be any dearth of Jupiter’s knowledge when it is in Libra. It depends upon us how much we are going to gain it? Also, see the knowledge Jupiter is going to give? It is about Relationship. Relationship is about letting go of Ego or Individualistic Approach. That means Jupiter is going to teach us that we need to let go of our ego and work for relationship and peace. Now, it is hard for everyone to make such a compromise. So, people may feel that Jupiter is not doing good in Libra but it is doing what it should do? It is giving all the knowledge and wisdom to maintain relationship & make peace, which, as I said, we seriously need. So, there will be knowledge around Libra related things. On other levels, we can see people dealing with contracts and agreements more often, Lawyers are going to have a good transit professionally as Jupiter is Law and Libra is sign of Justice. Merchants and Businessmen will benefit. People like me will learn new ways of running and expanding Business. Interaction with other people will expand. All this, at the cost of Ego and Individualism. Also, whichever house Libra falls, people will be additionally learning about keeping relation regarding things related to that house. Like, if Jupiter is in Libra in 4th house, person will learn how to keep a balanced relation or peace with Mother or at Home. If it is in 8th house, then people will learn how to keep a balanced approach amidst all the changes and transformations. One thing we must remember. Jupiter is in Libra now, exactly opposite to Aries, Aries is the sign of Ego. Hence, next 13 months is time to Let Go of Ego, doesn’t matter who you are? If you are able to do that then it is going to be a great transit for you. We can see the same in last transit also. Pisces is sign of Imagination and Virgo is sign of Practicality, those who remained practical in last 1 year or so, gained from Jupiter in Virgo Transit. I am not saying that being imaginative or individualistic is a bad thing. I am just saying that now is the time to focus on relation rather than ego. We will focus on Ego when Jupiter is in Aries again.

Jupiter’s Transit so far – Now, this Jupiter transit in Libra started in Sep, 2017. As Libra is sign of relationship, we have seen the biggest awareness campaign since then with #MeToo movement. This was at Global Level but even at individual level, I have seen through the people I deal with that people got some new awareness or knowledge in relationship matters. And through checking all these charts and lives, none got more benefited than me in relationship matters. One thing I realized that relationship is not only about compromising or adjusting with other to sustain the relation but relationship is all about keeping a balance. One person can’t compromise whole life. So, Jupiter in Libra also brought this awareness among people to check if there is a balance in relationship or not. If both partners are adjusting and keeping a balance or one is being taken for ride by other. So, Jupiter in Libra made people to see if their relationship is balanced one or they are making some undue compromises. We can take non-living significances of Jupiter in Libra too where people tried to start their own business or they prospered in already running business. This has also been a good time for counselors or teachers like me.

Retrograde Planets – Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn go through retrograde phases. These phases are of different time periods from 21 days to about 4 to 5 months. Retrograde is actually when a planet is closer to Earth and that’s why, while looking from Earth, it looks like planet is moving backwards as it is slower in its speed than Earth. So, retrograde is actually an optical illusion. Planet doesn’t move backwards but it only looks-like moving backwards. So, 1st thing retrograde time brings is confusion related with the planet that is retrograde. Also, as retrograde planet is closer to Earth, the best way to understand a retrograde planet is to imagine someone just standing right next to you and looking at you. How would you feel? You will definitely be impacted by the intense energy of that person. The same ways, when a planet goes retrograde and come closer to Earth, its rays are reaching us with great intensity. That’s why; retrograde season when most planets go through retrograde cycle can be the most intense time on Earth. It also means that retrograde planet will almost push/force us to act in matters related to the planet or house/sign where it is retrograde by creating some or the other situations. As retrograde time is about moving backwards though only as an illusion, retrograde motion of a planet also shows that we reflect back on things related to that planet or house/sign where it is retrograde. Basically, during direct motion of planet, planet gives us many indications about things to correct or sort-out but if we don’t take any proactive measure then planet is forced to create some events and circumstances during its retrograde motion under which we will be forced to take actions in those matters. So eventually, retrograde cycles are good which force us to take actions which were long overdue. Last but not the least, a person born with retrograde planets also follows the same path where in early life he makes mistakes related with retrograde planet and in later life, he improves or corrects those mistakes.

Jupiter Retrograde Impacts – Now, we can split the impact of Jupiter retrograde in following parts –

  • As per Karaka – First of all, Jupiter retrograde will make us reflect on things it is karaka of and push us to fix those things. Like, Jupiter is karaka of knowledge, education, religion, spirituality or Guru. So, we will be reflecting on all these things if we are getting good results of all these things. If we are getting right higher education or if we have right person as teacher. And if this reflecting back answers in negation then we may not hesitate to takes corrective measures for things or people need improvement. Like this, we will reflect on all the things which Jupiter is karaka of and improve if necessary.
  • As per Sign – As Jupiter is going to retrograde in Libra and as Libra is sign of Relations, people will be reflecting back on their relationship/marriage. People will think back if they are in right relation or with right partner. In a way, this is where the balancing aspect of relation will come into picture where people will seek a balanced compromise in relationship to sustain it. We can say that relations which are dependent on one person’s compromise can go through a rough time and there is much introspection required in coming months. As Libra also represents Business, Business People will be focused to improve their business with innovative ways.
  • As per Houses – Also, Jupiter retrograde will make us reflect on things related to the houses it rules, house it sits in birth chart and the house it is transiting in Libra sign as per your chart. Like for me as a Scorpio ascendant, Jupiter will make me reflect on things related to 2nd house/Sagittarius, 5th house/Pisces, 9th house/Cancer as I have Jupiter there and then 12th house/Libra as Jupiter is going retrograde there. So, any Scorpio ascendant person will reflect back at things related to these houses and take necessary actions for improvement.

Jupiter’s Aspects – We will only cover the house Jupiter will transit as per the Ascendant as the biggest impact will be there. But we need to be careful about Jupiter’s Aspect during this transit. Jupiter will aspect 5th house, 7th house and 9th house from its house of transit and impact those houses. As I said, Jupiter’s aspect is always benefic, even if Jupiter is debilitated at exact degree. So, we need to keep an eye on where it is aspecting from Libra in your chart. We won’t be able to cover it here as this article would never end then but I can tell you in brief that Jupiter’s 5th house aspect is aspect of Education. Means wherever Jupiter aspects 5th from its place in your chart, you treat that house as where you want to learn more about things related to that house. 7th house aspect is about relations. Here, Jupiter finds the people with whom it can share the knowledge of the house it is transiting. 9th house aspect is of higher education. So, wherever Jupiter aspects at 9th house from its transit, you want to gain higher education related to that house or want to follow things related to that house as your religion.

Dashas – As always, this transit of Jupiter will be more influential on those people who are going through Jupiter or Venus (Lord of Libra) Dashas. It doesn’t mean that for others it won’t do anything. 4-5 months of retrograde period is good enough time to give some results.

Jupiter Retrograde in Birth Chart – Those who are born with Jupiter retrograde in their birth chart will get some additional intensity from this retrograde transit but as they have Jupiter retrograde in birth chart, they are used to see such intensity in Jupiter related matters in their lives.

Retrograde Period - Jupiter will be retrograde within Libra from 9th Mar 2018 to 10th July 2018.

Shadow Period – Jupiter will start retrograde on 9th March, 2018 at 29 degree Libra and will go back till 19 degree Libra on 10th July. Although, the retrograde motion will finish on 10th July, but Jupiter will remain in Shadow Period till it again reaches 29 degree of Libra. Shadow Period is when the planet is although moving ahead but still gives the results of retrograde motion till it reaches the point from where it started retrograde motion. So, we can say that now rest of Jupiter’s transit in Libra will give us retrograde or intense results till Oct, 2018 when it enters the Scorpio sign. So, from 9th March onwards, either Jupiter is in retrograde time or shadow period.

Vishakha Nakshatra – Another important thing is that except about 50 days in between June-July, Jupiter will remain in Vishakha Nakshatra throughout this year. Vishakha is its own nakshatra. So at nakshtra level, Jupiter is strong. It gives an additional strength to Jupiter and we can say that all Jupiter related things that knowledge, wisdom, spirituality, counselling & Gurus will assert themselves and remain more prominent during this transit.

Other Planets – Likewise, if a person has planet/planets in Libra in birth chart then Jupiter transiting over that planet/planets will expand the traits and characteristics of planet/planets. Jupiter retrograde will make person focus on things related to that planet too. Now, the exact result depends on the planet, its dignity and conjunction/aspects on it. So, we can’t cover everything here.

Venus Position – As Libra is ruled by Venus, its position in birth chart plus transit will impact the results of Jupiter in this transit.

Other Retrograde Movements – Finally, we have to keep in mind that Saturn, Mars and Mercury are also going to retrograde in next couple of months time. So, in the end, we will get results in a collective form of all planets impacting each other, not just Jupiter. Venus will be retrograde in Libra but it will be by year-end time in Nov-Dec, 2018.

Now, the main course.

This article won’t only tell how Jupiter will impact for all Ascendant and Moon Sign people, but it will also show how Jupiter’s role is switching for each ascendant sign and therefore why making a generalise opinion on a planet or sign may not be a prudent thing to do? As I said, this transit is going to be more fruitful for those people going through Jupiter/Venus Mahadasha but it doesn’t mean that it will have no impact on others. We all go through Antardashas and Pratyantardashas of all the planets throughout year, so this transit will show its impact in those time periods. Also, for slow moving planets like Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn, we don’t have to depend on Dashas. Because of their slow movement, they always impact our life in given time.

Please see results of this transit from Ascendant and Moon Sign both. Predictions from Ascendant Sign will show what will actually happen and predictions from Moon Sign will show what our mind desires and how mind will react to such events. Another thing is that when Ascendant and Moon sign both point towards one event that event has more probability to happen.

So, let’s begin –

Aries Ascendant or Aries Moon Sign – For Aries people, Jupiter rules over 9th house (Sagittarius) of religion, higher learning and 12th house (Pisces) of Spirituality, Charity and Hidden Secrets. So for Aries people, Jupiter is more a knowledge and travel based planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 7th house (Libra) of Marriage, Relationship, Partner, Spouse and Business etc. It shows that Aries people who are expecting a relationship will be more intensely looking for relation/marriage etc. Those who are already in relation, can reflect back at their relation or partner. It is common. 7th house activation doesn’t only mean that you will get into relation but one who is in relation can also have conflicts there. Overall, you will be focussed in relationship matters, one way or the other. It is also time to focus on other people, masses and business. Business People can make good gains through business. They can also travel a lot due to relationship matters or business matters.

Taurus Ascendant or Taurus Moon Sign – For Taurus people, Jupiter rules over 8th house (Sagittarius) of Occult, Mysteries & Other People Money and 11th house (Pisces) of Higher Cause, Gains and Income. So, for Taurus people, Jupiter takes shape of a planet of serving other people and serving higher cause. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 6th house (Libra) of Daily Work Life, Service, Debts, Diseases and Disputes etc. It shows that Taurus people need to focus on health matters during this time. Their health issues and conflicts can increase. They must take proactive step to reduce both. An occult counselor like me can gain from counselling work but some intense efforts are necessary in this period. It means that Taurus people would have to put more intense efforts in their work life and jobs to receive any good results. 11th house also represents R&R and Promotions, so they will feel obstacles in receiving R&R for their hard work which can be reduced only after intense efforts.

Gemini Ascendant or Gemini Moon Sign – For Gemini people, Jupiter rules over 7th house (Sagittarius) of Business, Other People and Marriage and 10th house (Pisces) of Career, Work Environment. So, for Gemini people, Jupiter takes shape of a Career Oriented planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 5th house (Libra) of Children, Happiness, Creativity, Romance and Education etc. It shows that Gemini People can have some intense/transformative times in career. They can plan to change their career into business. They can focus on their creativity aspects of life. At the same time, they can reflect on their relation/love/romance/partner and assess if they are in right relation or not. It is good team for creative pursuits but relationships can come under scrutiny. They can decide about going through a change in career.

Cancer Ascendant or Cancer Moon Sign – For Cancer people, Jupiter rules over 6th house (Sagittarius) of Daily Routine Life, Jobs etc. and 9th house (Pisces) of Religion and Long Distance Travels. So, for Cancer people, Jupiter takes shape of a Service and Education related planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 4th house (Libra) of Home, Mother and Peace of Mind. Cancer people can reflect back and focus at their relation with their mother. They can be away from their home land during this time. At the same time, their focus will remain their home and home land. It shows illness coming to mother and travelling to far distant lands. Their focus will be at their work life and they will be putting their best efforts in their career plus higher learning.

Leo Ascendant or Leo Moon Sign – For Leo people, Jupiter rules over 5th house (Sagittarius) of Education, Creativity & Children and 8th house (Pisces) of Marriage Benefits, Occult and Mysticism. So, for Leo people, Jupiter takes shape of planet which can give Marriage Benefits and great knowledge of Mystic Subjects. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 3rd house (Libra) of Efforts, Hard Work, Travelling, Communications, Interests and Younger Siblings etc. It shows that Leo people will focus on their relation with younger sibling. They can get a new business idea and they can be working intensely on to it. Likewise, people already in business can focus on improvising it and working more intensely on it. They will learn new ways or business and marketing. Again, it is a time to reflect on their love/romance and marriage benefits. They can focus on their education or creativity and may be interested in intense research of some subject.

Virgo Ascendant or Virgo Moon Sign – For Virgo people, Jupiter rules over 4th house (Sagittarius) of Home, Mother and 7th house (Pisces) of Marriage, Relationship and Partner. So, for Virgo people, Jupiter takes shape of a Family Oriented planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 2nd house (Libra) of Family, Wealth and Speech etc. This is a time to reflect upon the wealth aspect of life and the healthy relationship to maintain in family. They can have an idea of home based business and can be working on it intensely. Those who are already in any such business will have gains coming through it. As Jupiter is ruling 7th house, this is again time to reflect on relationship/partner and correct if things are not right. Good time to gain from Mother or real estate property. Wealth may expand but relationship can be at stake.

Libra Ascendant or Libra Moon Sign – For Libra people, Jupiter rules over 3rd house (Sagittarius) of efforts and actions and 6th house (Pisces) of daily routine jobs and obstacles. So, for Libra people, Jupiter takes shape of an action oriented planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 1st house (Libra) of Self, Life Path and Life Purpose etc. They can reflect if they are following the right life path, i.e. if they are doing what they are supposed to do in this life path. Again, a business idea or a travel can come up. They can go through a complete change in their daily work life. Their daily work can change into business from job. As Libra remains sign of relationship, reflecting back on relation and partner will be common theme. They can try to find connection or right relation with themselves. They can introspect about their own identity. Focus remains on self.

Scorpio Ascendant or Scorpio Moon Sign – For Scorpio people, Jupiter rules over 2nd house (Sagittarius) of Family, Values and Speech and 5th house (Pisces) of Education, Children and Ancient Texts. So, for Scorpio people, Jupiter takes shape of knowledge and beliefs related planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 12th house (Libra) of Spirituality, Foreign Lands & Isolation. Scorpio people can try their best to find balance in their spiritual pursuits. They can be all about following their spiritual pursuits intensely. They can travel to foreign lands and that can be the focus. Charity or Donations are also under focus. Their love life can go through a change and their creativity can be all about spiritual matters. For them, it is a transit focused on foreign lands, spirituality and spiritual Gurus. Introspection on spiritual views, beliefs and Gurus can be common theme here.

Sagittarius Ascendant or Sagittarius Moon Sign – For Sagittarius people, Jupiter rules over 1st house (Sagittarius) of Life Path, Self and Life Purpose and 4th house (Pisces) of Home and Mother. So, for Sagittarius people, Jupiter takes shape of a home and life path related planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 11th house (Libra) of Gains, R&R and Higher Causes etc. This shows a focus on their gains and manifestation of desires. They can be intensely trying for their next R&R or Promotion or better opportunity in Career. They can be trying hard to maintain good relation with their elder siblings. They can be focusing on the ways by which they can manifest their desires. Their residence can change. Their gains may increase in this time but they may still feel frustrated as gains may not be as per expectations.

Capricorn Ascendant or Capricorn Moon Sign – For Capricorn people, Jupiter rules over 12th house (Sagittarius) of Spirituality, Foreign Lands & Foreign Companies and 3rd house (Pisces) of Efforts, Travelling and Skills. So, for Capricorn people, Jupiter takes shape of an action and spirituality related planet. Now, Jupiter will retrograde through 10th house (Libra) of Father Career, Work and Duties etc. So, this is more a Career Oriented transit for you. They can be focused to maintain a good relation with their father, people in authority or work place. They can be all focused on Career matters. They can start their own business. Spirituality and Foreign Lands will be another area of life where they will be focused. They can be seen as leader or mentor or guide at their work. This retrograde is more career-centric.

Aquarius Ascendant or Aquarius Moon Sign - For Aquarius people, Jupiter rules over 11th house (Sagittarius) of Gains, Income & Desires and 2nd house (Pisces) of Family, Wealth and Speech. So, for Aquarius people, Jupiter takes shape of a desires oriented planet. Jupiter will retrograde through 9th house (Libra) of Higher Education, Guru and Far Distant Lands etc. It shows that Aquarius people can be focused towards higher learning, religious pursuits and far distant lands. They will retrospect about their religious or spiritual Gurus or Teacher. Wealth Matters can go through a change. Focus will be on wealth and finance too. They can be inclined for a long distance travel. Their luck or fortune can increase. It is time for deep higher learning, religious pursuits/travels and studies.

Pisces Ascendant or Pisces Moon Sign - For Pisces people, Jupiter rules over 10th house (Sagittarius) of Career, Fame and Reputation and 1st house (Pisces) of Self, Life Path and Life Purpose. So, for Pisces people, Jupiter takes shape of a path and purpose oriented planet. Jupiter will retrograde through 8th house (Libra) of Occult, Mysticism and Transformation/Change etc. This shows a huge change coming for them as 1st house lord and 10th house lord is transiting through 8th house of change. A major change in life path or career path can come up and they can be all focused on dealing with it. Their father’s situation can go through a major change too. At the same time, they can be intensely focused on occult or hidden side of life and they can be researching a lot. Focus automatically comes when your whole life path goes through a change. It is going to be a big retrograde transit for Pisces people.

Overall, as we can see that common theme will be reflecting on relations, beliefs, teachings and Gurus.  

Hope this helps. Please post any comment or query you may have.


Vishal S Saxena – Astrologer

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