In the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas is celebrated under a Sagittarian Sun, culminating in the Winter Solstice and a seasonal handoff to Capricorn. Jovial Jupiter raises a glass and recognizes dour Saturn’s return, even as the party is in full swing. In Celtic myth, the Holly King bows and recognizes the Oak King’s dominion, as the longest winter’s night gives way to daylight’s return. So let the yule log burn, for the New Year’s sobriety is nigh.
The Spirit of Christmas Present is an updated Jupiter archetype in my favorite British film adaption of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Filmed in 1951, this black and white production stars Alistair Sim as Scrooge who over one night, comes to know the true meaning of Christmas through his experiences with 3 spirits: Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
Francis de Wolff, (born Jan 07, 1913) a Capricorn mostly known as a character actor depicts Christmas Present with true Jupiterian bravado. The Spirit is garbed in a velvet robe with fur collar, enthroned before a roaring fire and surrounded by bountiful food and drink. Jovial in spirit, Christmas Present reacquaints a reluctant Scrooge with those who are not financial secure but who share the good will of the season.
At the very end of the Spirit’s time, he pulls back his robe and allows Scrooge to see the two thin and ill-dressed children who search for comfort there. “The boy is ignorance and the girl is want. Beware of them both, but most of all, beware of this boy,” gravely cautions the Spirit of Christmas Present. Then in mocking tones he says, “But have they no refuge, no resource? Are there no prisons? Are there no work houses?” Words used by Scrooge in defense of his own miserly philanthropy.
Jupiter challenges us to celebrate the best in this life while meeting the need that is hidden in plain sight. This leads to questions of justice, resource allocation, and other philosophical and cultural questions that many people struggle with in public and private life. In any Jupiter inspired tale higher education, the rule of law, philosophical queries and spiritual yearnings will play a major role. Look to the planet’s restless mutable quality for clues as well as to the inspiration the fire element lends.
A native born with a Sagittarian Sun finds Jupiter calling the individual to place their edgy feet on a journey in search of the highest ideals that the world aspires to while lending a helping hand for those coming behind them. A Sagittarian Moon will need to nurture a belief system that defeats skepticism and doubt. A Sagittarian Ascendant will physically gallop into life, traveling far and wide to discover truth and inspire others to follow their lead.
Look to your own natal chart and observe where Jupiter sits. The house placement will offer a clue as to what sphere of life Jupiter themes will echo in. A 10th house placement puts Jupiter in the public spot light while a 5th house placement will signify a merry and creative sense of play. Excess is always possible…so too inevitable deflation and is part of Jupiter’s role of the dice in the area of life it influences. Jupiter will return to its natal placement roughly every 12 years and signifies a reorientation in ethics, morals, worldly outlook. It is not accidental that the first Jupiter return in many spiritual traditions, around age 12-14, centers on recognition of the young person’s beginning journey towards full adulthood.
Jupiter’s natal zodiacal sign will offer descriptive context. A Jupiter in Capricorn will be quite sober and perhaps miserly, while a Jupiter in Leo purchases another round for the whole bar. Jupiter moves through each astrological sign in about 13 months. Currently, the planet entered Scorpio in October, 2017 and will remain there until November, 2018 when it enters Sagittarius, the sign which represents its purest energies.
Review natal Jupiter’s relationships with other planets. Consider the consolidation of energies in a conjunction, the seesaw swings of an opposition, the pull this way while pulling that way of a square, the ease of communication in a trine and the hey, let’s talk of a sextile.
All of these preliminary musings will illuminate the current Jupiter transit in Scorpio within the context of your natal chart. In the larger culture, it is not surprising to see the conversations around psychosexual power dynamics between people have come to the fore. Use the laser like Scorpio energy to transform the area of your life where Jupiter now transits in your natal chart.
Most importantly of all, embody the best of Jupiter during the holiday and into the new year. Extend a hand to those in need and much like Scrooge experienced with Tiny Tim the joyful blessing of the season.
Merry Solstice everyone!