This coming year brings many changes, one of which is Jupiter transiting from Cancer into Leo. As a simple reminder to people more aquainted with Western Astrology, Jyotiṣa utilizes the Sidereal Zodiac. For more on this difference, go here.
Jupiter’s movements from sign to sign takes about 13 months, marking July 15th as the beginning and August 11th, 2016 as the end, when Jupiter moves into Virgo.
Jupiter’s sanskrit name is Bṛhaspati (Bṛha-vast and spati-spirit), which is indicative of his vast intellect and his prowess in metaphysical matters. He rules over law, both man made (judges, litigators) and God made (priests and clergy). According to Hindu Myth, he is the Guru of the Gods, or the forces of unity.
His transit from Cancer (where he is exalted) to Leo brings his powers from the sensitive, nurturing, motherly love of the Queen to the robust, fatherly throne of the King.
For fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) this transit feels empowering, as it enkindles the fire back into your belly and supports your optimism with motivated action. Jupiter’s sojourn through Cancer has left your inspiration feeling damp and sluggish. This coming year is sure to burn clean and remove the smoke from your big plans and broad vision. However, be careful not to burn those around you with your fiery zeal.
For earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) this transit highlights the sense of expansion through surrender and inner peace. Last year was a great incubator for your personal growth, relationships and community support. This coming year invites you to nurture these things from within. Sustain these seeds as a noble King does the subjects of his kingdom and exercise detachment from the ones that don’t make it this season.
For Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) this transit brings a time of experimentation and social expansion. Last year was emotionally heavy on your light and agile mind. This transit offers a feeling of a rainbow after the storm. Delight in the wonders of play! Pick up a new hobby or skill and notice how good it feels to be out of the cocoon. Go out and meet new people and be the social butterfly that you are.
For Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) this transit involves managing and organizing your business and values. Last year, Jupiter inspired you with a growth spurt of love, intuitive clarity and creative intelligence. This year, these things are going to be tested, and boundaries will need to be drawn. Create a container for it framed around last year’s insights and harvest the fruits of last year’s abundance.