Jupiter in Cancer
June 2013 - July 2014
July 2001 - August 1, 2002
Jupiter's orbit takes 12 years to complete and so Jupiter spends approximately a year in each sign. Jupiter visited Cancer in 1989/1990 and again in 2001/2002. This is an auspicious event because Jupiter is "exalted" in Cancer, meaning that Jupiter works especially well in Cancer. Let's break it down to see how well and why.
Jupiter, named for the chief god of the Romans, and formerly Zeus to the Greeks, has long been considered "the great benefic" and like a gift from the gods, works to give us whatever we need; to grant our wishes, and to protect and provide us with more wealth, encouragement, and optimism for the future. And this protection and security is what makes Jupiter feel so at home in nurturing Cancer. But this placement can also make us so happy and fat that we don't really care about doing anything too tough or challenging, or so optimistic that we take on every opportunity that comes our way, which can get exhausting.
Next, we need to look at Cancer and Cancer's ruler, the Moon. If you're a Cancer, or wherever you have Cancer or the Moon in your chart, is where you'll be making the most progress, expanding the farthest, and enjoying the greatest success in the year ahead. The Moon in astrology symbolizes what is basic and automatic, what is most deeply ingrained and rooted in you. It's your past, your family, your home, your body. Anything that contains, holds, or provides your basic security is the domain of the Moon. The most obvious effect of Jupiter in Cancer can be a move to a larger home, but it can also provide us with greater awareness and respect for basic human values, for whatever protects and sustains us. It's not just a bigger house, car, or family -- it's the kind of building materials you use, the Earth-friendly products you purchase, and the way you take care of your home, family, land, and the Earth itself.
Jupiter rules your potential for growth and expansion on many levels; physical, intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and the accumulation of material assets, power, and status. It describes your optimism and aspirations. It represents your father and his position in society. Jupiter is the astrological ruler of Sagittarius and the ancient ruler of Pisces.