[This is a continuation of the previous post.] In the following posts, I will address Jupiter in Houses of the birth chart, which in turn, will be followed by Jupiter in Aspects. Please keep in mind that these are some possible baseline interpretations, which may be radically altered by the presence of other factors in the chart. This particular post offers a basic explanation of the First House Jupiter and the Seventh House Jupiter in the birth chart:
Jupiter in the First House
With Jupiter placed in the First House of the natal chart, the individual’s instinctual way of seeing the world is colored by a profound belief in the “meaningfulness” of everything that comes to pass.
As the First House of the birth chart largely operates on a preverbal level, the energies symbolized by the planets positioned here cannot be normally captured by a process of conscious thinking. Therefore, one may simply take these energies for granted, assuming that these forces are equally operative in other people’s lives as well. In fact, the planets placed in the First House, unlike what most astrology books preach, largely function in a pre-conscious manner (in contrast to the un-conscious mode of planetary operation in the 12th House). This means that the energies symbolized by these planets comprise an unchangeable, rudimentary element in the psyche of the individual, which would, in turn, affect and filter every other energy symbolized in the chart.
Faith & Folly of the First House Jupiter:
With Jupiter in the First House, one is bound to see “meaning” in everything, even if one is not particularly philosophical-minded or ideologically prone to researching and investigation. The closer Jupiter is to the Ascendant, the more emphatically this energy will assert itself. If one does not naturally gravitate towards a lifetime of learning, teaching or preaching based on the presence of other supportive energies in the chart, then at least a profound, instinctual, indescribable certainty in the “purposefulness” of life will exist at the core level of one’s existence, which will subtly guide one’s actions or decisions, even if one is not quite conscious of such an influence.
A beautiful quote illustrating how Jupiter in the First House may function on a pre-conscious rather than a conscious level comes from Hermann Hesse, the well-known German poet and novelist who had this placement in his natal chart:
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
It is important for Individuals with Jupiter in the First House (or generally Jupiter prominent in the birth chart) to understand that they may have a built-in teleological approach to existence which may not operate in the same manner in others around them. Many people can perfectly live a simple life without being interrupted by philosophical questions or spiritual quests. The fact that one may need “meaning” in order to psychologically operate does not make one better or worse than the rest of the population. Therefore, it is important for a Jupiterian individual to stay aware of the possible pitfall of pompous behavior or unmediated displays of self-righteousness.
If Jupiter is functioning in an integrated manner in this position, it will ideally imbue the internal perceptions of the individual with a degree of reception and serenity, which is the direct result of a “trust” in the Higher Wisdom and an instinctual “certainty” that everything happens for a reason. Such a subtle filtering of perception can go a long way during the times of hardship or misfortune. Often, an individual with a healthy Jupiter in the First House can survive the toughest turns of events simply because he or she instinctually “believes” that all will be fine at the end.
If Jupiter is not comfortable in the birth chart, however, one may filter too much of reality in favor of “faith”, or simply glossing over unpleasant facts in favor of a beautiful “vision”. Missing the trees for the forest will be a common phenomenon in this case, and/or an exaggerated instinctual reaction to the nature of events may exist in the psyche of such individuals, which may make it difficult for them to assess “reality” without magnifying some aspects or diminishing other aspects of it.
A helpful mantra for individuals with Jupiter in the First House would be:
“I surrender my personal will to the will of the Higher Wisdom.”
Jupiter in the Seventh House
With Jupiter placed in the Seventh House of the natal chart, the individual tends to search for “meaning” through inter-action with the “other”.
As the Seventh House of the birth chart is where we normally “project” onto (as the geometric “opposite” point to the Ascendant), it may also comprise what we traditionally refer to as the “shadow” content of the psyche. In other words, what we may tend to dispossess in our one-to-one inter-actions will largely be symbolized by the condition of the Seventh House, its sign and planetary ruler, as well as any planets residing in it and functioning as dispositors of other planets in the chart.
Faith & Folly of the Seventh House Jupiter:
With Jupiter in the Seventh House the “other” is often perceived as somehow responsible for providing “meaning” or “guidance”, and much of what one spiritually yearns for may be, in fact, completely projected onto the “other” without much intention or awareness. In this case, the “other” will be that ever-elusive entity which one may spend a lifetime searching for, and yet never quite manage to catch up with. Alternatively, one may simply perceive life as void of “purpose” or “meaning” if the “other” is not ready to partake in the game of existence. The highly-praised Russian novelist and literary critic Vladimir Nabokov, who had this placement in his natal chart, beautifully encapsulated this energy by appealing to his readers of Lolita:
I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.
In a similar manner, an individual with Jupiter in the Seventh House may experience a degree of existential crisis if the “other” fails to cooperate or respond adequately. The inter-active nature of “meaning” in the psyche of such an individual elicits a certain degree of collaboration and relation. Therefore, it is not uncommon for individuals with an uncomfortable Jupiter in the Seventh House to become “besotted” by a particular “other” or to perceive the “other” as their only reason for being. In most cases, all the “good” would be projected onto this object of desire, while all the “evil” would be preserved for oneself (e.g. “What did I do to make him leave me?” or “She cheated on me because I was not good enough”).
Such a “good/evil” polarity which is thus created in the psyche of the individual will hold an enormous erotic power, and as long as the “other” is seen as “white” and the self as “black”, there always exists a possibility of being taken advantage of, controlled or played with. In fact, the two main characters in Nabokov’s Lolita, the middle-aged professor Humbert Humbert (the repetition in his name perfectly symbolizes his tendency to get fixated) and the teenage Lolita both reflect such dynamics.
It is, therefore, important for individuals with Jupiter in the Seventh House to pay close attention to their possible tendency to project onto the “other” their own “higher self”, or to simply expect philosophical or spiritual orientation coming from the “other”, which is precisely what they should reclaim in order to heal: one’s orientation in life may be improved through interaction with the “other”, but it should not fully depend on the “other”. If we expel our own sense of “meaning” and then wait for it to be handed back to us by the “other”, we will create a psychological “dependence” and even “obsession” with the “other” which may very well interfere with our ability to establish a mutually-satisfying relationship on equal terms.
If Jupiter is functioning in an integrated manner in this position, the “other” may bring us many blessings, including the gift of self-knowledge through a meaningful interaction or exchange. We may benefit from the expertise of the “other” or we may receive a valuable psychological or philosophical insight through acknowledging the presence of the “other”. Alternatively, the “other” may come to us in the guise of “God”, the ultimate “Other” who provokes in us a philosophical yearning or spiritual quest which would give us “meaning” or “direction” in life. As the Persian Sufi poets believed, the moment we yearn for God, we can be certain that God is yearning for us, as no lover can walk the path of love without the implicit invitation of the beloved.
On a purely philosophical level, Jupiter in the Seventh House symbolically invites us to stay open to the possibility of infinity and unknowingness. As the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas eloquently stated:
If one could possess, grasp and know the other, it would not be other.
To be able to maintain a degree of psychological openness to who the “other” is and what he or she brings to us, which may also include the possibility of change, and yet not to completely “lose” ourselves in the “other” would be the ultimate form of integration of the energy symbolized by Jupiter in the Seventh House.
A helpful mantra for individuals with Jupiter in the Seventh House would be:
“I celebrate myself in the “other” and the “other” in myself.”
In the next post, I will address Jupiter in the Second / Eighth House axis of the birth chart.