Jupiter in Gemini: Double Your Luck
It’s a big day in the stars! Jupiter, planet of luck, expansion and opportunity, ends a yearlong visit to Taurus (it’s been there since June 4, 2011) and enters Gemini until June 25, 2013. Eager Jupiter hasn’t been so comfortable in methodical, plodding Taurus. It’s required a delicate dance between taking chances and careful planning—a year of planting and watching for signs of slow, steady growth.
As Sagittarians, we eagerly await Jupiter’s annual move and the fresh burst of fortune. Jupiter is our sign’s ruling planet, so it sort of feels like Christmas morning (or how we imagine Christmas morning would feel if we weren’t Jewish – haha). We can’t wait to see what Jupiter, the cosmic Santa Claus, will bring for us and all of our friends.
Jupiter will be in Gemini for the next year. Gemini is an air sign (indicating the spread of ideas and messages) that rules communication, pairing up and new media. Finding our cosmic complement or “other half” can bring luck with Jupiter in the sign of the Twins. Social media, online and digital publishing, apps, and all other forms of mass communication are favored.
While Jupiter is known as the planet of luck, it’s not necessarily just GOOD luck. The mantra “you reap what you sow” rings true, so under Jupiter’s influence, you’ll harvest an abundance of whatever you’ve planted. Choose your crops wisely!
The last time Jupiter was in Gemini was June 30, 2000–July 31, 2001. Since Jupiter takes 12 years to complete a full cycle through the zodiac (it moves into a new sign every 12 to 13 months), we can look back to the beginning of the century for clues to what might cycle back around.
Case in point: Jupiter is the sign of the gambler, and Taurus rules the economy. This is especially evident in the turbulent financial crises of Greece and Europe. Interestingly, Greece was accepted into the European Union on June 19, 2000, the tail end of Jupiter’s last visit to Taurus 12 years ago. Although Greece met the EU’s acceptance criteria, a 2004 audit revealed that the budget deficit had been underreported. Now the entire continent is in upheaval as a result. While the euro was first introduced as currency in January 1999, it was during Jupiter in Gemini that Greece’s problems began, due to an inability to reconcile the difference between the Greek drachma (its former currency) and the euro.
Social reforms are certainly possible now, as open-minded Jupiter visits couple-centric Gemini. During Jupiter’s last visit to Gemini, the Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage. Now that’s back on the radar here in the U.S., with Obama recently voicing his support for marriage equality.
Jupiter rules publishing, and its last visit was during the dot-com boom, when titans like Amazon.com rose through the digital ranks and the Internet boom was officially born. Gemini rules all form of communication, and the last 12 years have brought us Skype, smartphones, tablets, Web TV, SMS and a complete revolution in how we exchange information. It will be fascinating to see where Jupiter in Gemini takes us next.
While there will be an abundance of opportunity, the key during Jupiter in Gemini is not to get scattered in too many directions. Jupiter is in its “detriment” here, since its natural ruler is Sagittarius, the opposite sign of Gemini. Balancing between thinking globally and acting locally can be a challenge. Jupiter tempts us to overshoot the mark and to bite off more than we can chew (hence, the memorable 2000–2001 crashes of many dot-coms with overambitious plans).
With Jupiter in Gemini, it’s best to slow down and test-drive ideas on a smaller or local scale. That may not seem as exciting to thrill-seeking Jupiter, but it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond than to drown in the ocean. For business owners, if you can nail down and perfect your formula regionally, from there, you can take over the world. Another metaphor: Strive to get coverage on the local news before trying to meet Oprah. Dream big, but focus moves close to home. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — and that’s your mantra for Jupiter in Gemini!