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I should have known as soon as a bunch of nitpicking scientists state that astrology is rubbish that Jupiter must be heading into Virgo (see footnote). After all an Australian judge had just jailed ex-politician Pauline Hanson for three years on the technical breach of not registering her political party correctly. It meant little legally that the same party had over a million supporters nationwide. The sentence was the sort of legal (Jupiter) pedanticism (Virgo) that made a whole nation sit up and take notice. Hey I'm not having a go at Virgos here, but they are the only sign that would have pulled Elvis Presley up mid-song to point out that he'd mispronounced a word here or there.

Captain Bligh had Jupiter in Virgo and we all know what a stickler for the rules he was. Not only did his own crew mutiny on the Bounty and cast the good captain out to sea. But when he was installed as Governor of New South Wales he again incited rebellion amongst the officers and had to be exported back to England for his own safety. Then there was Joseph McCarthy and the anti-communism purge of the US in the fifties. Good old Joe had Jupiter in Virgo. So did religious reformist Martin Luther, who wrote not one but ninety-five thesis to show where the church had gone wrong and dutifully nailed it on the wooden door of a Wittenberg church. At least Martin, acting out of a love of truth, was trying to put Virgo (order) back into a belief system (Jupiter). Religious fundamentalism and moral crusading are strong manifestations of Jupiter in Virgo currently self-evident in our world. But let's look at some of the other possibilities.

Jupiter travels through Virgo from August 27, 2003 until September 24, 2004. It does this every twelve years. But only twice in the last two centuries has it opposed Uranus at the same time. Virgo is traditionally a health sign and 1837 coincided with the detection of cerebella cells, and the identification on neuron nucleus and processes. Hopefully, the current cycle can introduce a breakthrough in further degenerative brain and nervous diseases such as Alzheimer's, or multiple sclerosis.

The most recent occasion Jupiter in Virgo opposed Uranus in Pisces was in 1921, a pivotal year for flight. The first practical helicopter appeared in France. The Australian Air Force was also formed and Melbourne's Essendon Airport opened. Expect further newsworthy events connected to flight and associated industries, including space and satellite technology plus missile development.

1921 also triggered the popularity of commercial radio with the groundbreaking broadcast of Jack Dempsey's world heavyweight boxing title defense in the U.S. Travel by air also included information conveyed by airwaves. Expect the combination of Jupiter in analytical Virgo opposed by Uranus in boundless Pisces to oversee significant technological advancements in the entertainment and computer related industries.

Lastly, in what seems to be a remarkable sporting coincidence, the precision tennis greats Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Venus Williams were all born with this placement. Here's how you can serve aces while Jupiter travels through Virgo. Keep in mind that Jupiter is ultimately all about self-growth and developing renewed faith in your future—so go to it.

(For additional information on the meaning of Jupiter in Virgo see StarIQ's PlanetIQ.)

Jupiter in Virgo Influences for Each Sun Sign

(Editor's note: The following comments are based on the use of solar houses that are based on Sun signs, not on individual birth times. The house where Jupiter in Virgo falls is the basis for these interpretations, which are considered to be a general guideline for each sign. For a detailed personal analysis, see a professional astrologer.)

Aries - Jupiter bestows its benefits upon your health and routine work. Utilize this period to gain a greater sense of purpose and reward from your day-to-day routine. It's not a matter of personal advancement as much as fulfillment and enjoyment. If you're looking for work, you may well find it now. Ideally, it will promote your self-growth and education as well keeping you plenty busy. Develop the ability to organize. Health wise your only danger would appear to be over-indulgence. You benefit by with greater health-awareness, improved nutrition and exercise wherever possible.

Taurus  - Having the planet of opportunity in your house of self-expression is one of the best possible placements. Now you can confidently display your creative potential and enjoy being yourself. All relationships should benefit as a result of this, but especially romantic ones. Children and their education can also become more important. The inner child in you is revealed, and your self-growth hinges on adopting the innocence and faith in life that only a child displays. Artistic talents should be encouraged and may provide instant rewards. You excel in recreational and sporting activities. Your only real danger lies in excess self-gratification.

Gemini  – Ideally, this is a time of settling family issues as you seek inner tranquility. This will reflect upon your living conditions, which you may seek to improve or extend. Jupiter's natural benefits relate to domesticity and property, areas where you should shine. Your attention can turn away from outer ambition now and focus instead upon how “at home” you feel in the world. Jupiter being an expansive influence may coincide with travel but in the end it is a time to put down roots, and the opportunity may well come to do just that.

Cancer  - Communications are increasing rapidly. You can find yourself a virtual information exchange and could be learning new subjects or experience increasing involvement with computers or the Internet. It's likely you will travel intermittently during this cycle. If you're in business for yourself, networking, advertising and commuting will be vital. There is an accent on education and learning along with a challenge to deliver your message clearly and concisely. Personal contacts should increase and your only test will be in giving your mind a break. This is generally excellent for writers and researchers.

Leo - You may experience an increased urge for financial security. It's now that you seek to capitalize on your futuristic ideas. You are putting plans into practice and testing their commercial viability. Overall, this can be a time of financial bounty and finding that you have resources that you can put to better use. Additionally, it is a period of drawing assets toward you. Re-examine your financial planning now with particular regard to the immediate future. Support is essential. Be sure of what you want as you may well get it. Your danger lies in extravagance, or believing that money will provide answers to everything.

Virgo - While Virgo is traditionally a modest and disciplined sign, having upbeat and expectant Jupiter here can bring you into line with your greater potential. Expanding your experience through study or travel, or the adoption of a new philosophy on life, are all possibilities. Driving these is a more futuristic and optimistic outlook. The effect of that will be to attract more confident and beneficial associates around you. This is a once in twelve-year opportunity; your generous benefactor has arrived, so move with it. The downside would be doing a Captain Bligh and ultimately landing in the drink.

Libra - Jupiter is the spirit of benevolence and seat of wisdom, hence its Hindu title of “guru.” Its arrival in your house of compassion and karma is a call for understanding and empathy with those not so fortunate as yourself. The suffering you see can move you to action. The development of your intuitive sense will be like having a constant guardian angel. Even if you didn't have any interest in spiritual development, religion or the occult, such interests may well develop now. The more pragmatic Libran will find this the best period for facing their hidden fears, or dealing with and overcoming chronic habit patterns.

Scorpio - Fulfillment is found within the collective, there is joy in groups and through others your hopes may come true. That's the benefit of having Jupiter (Jove or Joy), in the house of friends. Associates can bring opportunities and gifts. All the same, this is a give and take situation, rather than a one-way street, as you excel in the team atmosphere. Self-growth comes via taking your dreams to the people and sharing with others. The opportunity abounds to do what you want to do, rather than what you feel you have to.

Sagittarius - Far reaching plans and career success are strong possibilities during this fruitful phase. Public recognition and promotion, along with travel or study, are often the evidence of having the planet of good fortune expand your status. You may be expected to lead by example. Work can be plentiful, but the warning is not to be too accommodating of yourself or others. You may have an exaggerated sense of duty. Trust your subordinates and delegate where you can once you've passed on the necessary skills. Also take advantage of any on-the-job learning facilities. Over-estimation and ego are your only enemies.

Capricorn - The current position of Jupiter is asking you to extend your potentials. You may feel restless in your current circumstance, believing that your talents are not being recognized, or that you could do a lot better for yourself. In order to move from your present situation you may need to acquire further education, qualifications or even physically travel. If you don't actually do this, you are bound to attract others to you who are more educated, traveled persons or who somehow broaden your world view. You are also redefining your belief systems and the important end product here is to arrive at a more cultivated and tolerant outlook.

Aquarius - Jupiter is the reward center of the solar system and for you it turns up in the area of legacies, inheritance and partner's finances. Finally, fate may be landing sunny-side up, or should I say money-side up. Even your partner's assets may grow. Predictive astrology texts considered this a good time to apply for assistance, or negotiate loans, or enter a business partnership. More poignantly, it is asking you to claim what is rightfully yours. This can also trigger a time when there is a significant life change that ultimately turns out for your benefit. However, it may not seem so beneficial at the time.

Pisces - Relationships can seem like a mutual admiration society. Partnerships are one of your major sources of pleasure and personal evolvement as Jupiter enters your house of associates. Marriage is one of the possibilities. You learn a lot from the people around you and you can also greatly benefit your partners. Often you meet people of a different heritage or culture under this influence and each of you should have a willingness to stretch beyond your individual boundaries. Jupiter is known for its charities, and as it currently opposes your sign, even your enemies may unwittingly do you a favor.

Footnote - The irony of the scientists’ attack on astrology is right on time. Statistical astrological research has determined against irrefutable odds that Saturn is the planet most identified with the exacting scientists. The last time that science made a significant public attempt to discredit astrology was in the September/October edition of the Humanist magazine back in 1975 when Saturn was traveling through Cancer. The Saturn return every twenty eight to thirty years is one of astrology's oldest cycles. It's back in Cancer now, and so the scientists are right on time in emerging from the woodwork. Who says that the solar system doesn't affect life here on Earth?


Ed Tamplin is a consultant, writer and researcher of astrology specializing in mundane. He is a regular lecturer on the Australian circuit and co-hosts an astrology talkback show on Sydney radio 2GB-AM every Saturday night. With partner and fellow astrologer Sherrynne Dalby he teaches at the Sirius School of Astrology and maintains an active personal practice.

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Other StarIQ articles by Ed Tamplin:

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  • Uranus in Aries   5/5/2012
  • Saturn in Libra   10/30/2009
  • Saturn in Virgo   8/31/2007
  • Jupiter in Sagittarius: Nothing Exceeds Like Excess   12/8/2006
  • Mars and the Commonwealth Games   3/17/2006
  • Grand Cross or Southern Cross   11/11/2005
  • Gods or Monsters: Jupiter in Scorpio   10/25/2005
  • USA, Uranus & Iraq   9/5/2005
  • Saturn in Leo   7/8/2005
  • Election 2004   10/29/2004
  • Election in Oz 2004   10/1/2004
  • Jupiter in Libra   9/24/2004
  • Australia: Birth of a Nation   5/14/2004
  • Terror in Spain   3/25/2004
  • Pluto and Mars - Fiery Encounters   1/22/2004

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