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March 17, 20135 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged,” by Deborah Smith Parker

My last blog post was about the astrological implications of Mercury’s role as guide to the underworld for the newly dead. How I wished (briefly) I had been among them after promising the ambitious undertaking to describe Mercury’s pairing with other gods in subsequent blog posts.

But then I also realized that in that rash pledge I had demonstrated a key tenet of how Jupiter and Mercury (my Mercury Jupiter trine) together can lead you without critical thinking or second guessing to boldly go to a place you never planned to go and then you go. So here I go.

To recap: Mercury is our guide to those borders between the known and unknown territories of our consciousness. Sign, house and planetary aspects (the gods in action) impact our decisions about how we are to navigate those borders. We do this over and over. Depending on which god is front and center with Mercury on the journey we do this cautiously, or aggressively or sometimes we just sit frozen.

But when Jupiter is traveling with Mercury in our charts we don’t fly tourist, we don’t go first class. We do better than that. Like Lois Lane flying with Superman, we feel we are the ones flying the plane. Intoxicating stuff.

Here’s a little god history to explain how this happens.

Jupiter is King of the gods of Mt. Olympus and the head of their government. He is the great convener, calling the immortals together when there are problems to address, new issues to consider. These assemblies seldom produce immediately discernible results, but that isn’t the point and it bears remembering when dealing with Jupiter. Or more accurately when Jupiter is dealing with you.

The point is that the inadequacies of the old ways are to be acknowledged and addressed so a new concept can emerge. We call that creation. And creation is messy. Why? Because the gods are driving it through initially unconscious participants – you know, us mortals – into manifestation.

Without this partnership between the gods and us there can be no creation. However, for us mortals it often doesn’t seem like much of a partnership. The gods outrank us. We have no wiggle room for negotiation. We’re basically taken hostage and there is only one direction to go—forward. The Mercury-Venus post coming up will demonstrate this dynamic more thoroughly.

While Jupiter is the great convener, he is not the great decider. Jupiter’s method of ruling—and that is a term I apply loosely here—is that if the dynamics of the conclave get too far out of hand, as is usually the case, he uses his largeness of being and thunderous powers to keep things moving. The guidelines or intended goals of how this occurs aren’t his first priority since details take a back seat to movement, a key point to remember about Jupiter. A very key point.

Everything about Jupiter is large. He is known as the Great Benefic, overflowing with gifts of abundance and expansiveness. Just as he keeps the god’s convocations moving so does he keep us moving. And he does it with a lot more carrot than stick.

He fills us with confidence, sometimes over-confidence; whatever is necessary to get us to move.

He makes us not only want to part the curtains of rules and fear drawn around our lives so we can enter new realms, he makes us feel that everything is in place to do so. We make that risky move, take that leap of faith, and chase that big dream because it seems so right at the time. How else could we break out? Sometimes—a lot of times—it pays off. Sometimes it doesn’t, but with Jupiter we always think it will.

And if we mess it up, well that’s OK too since Jupiter’s lessons are not like Saturn’s where you find yourself shamed, flattened and bleeding from your bank account. With Jupiter those things can happen but you don’t feel so badly about it. That’s because Jupiter’s ultimate goal for us is to find increased knowledge and wisdom that only the journey can bring.

So when Jupiter is linked with Mercury in our charts natally, by transit or progression we can face a lot of those borders of our conscious and unconscious states confidently and with amazing results. After we get a little equity in the process we find we want to fly across those boundaries. Sure, we may have to come back to tidy up a few things but we got into the new territory, often bringing many others along with us. Remember, Jupiter keeps everyone moving.

Next post: Mercury and Venus.

 (Deborah Smith Parker is the author of Humanus Astrologicus available both in soft cover on this site and now on Kindle—for a ridiculously low price. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter (@astro_logicus) and Facebook click to the right of this post.)


About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. Deborah, I miss your company terribly. Thank goodness for these amazing posts. You are SO clever … and SMART.

  2. Thanks Debra – Mercury sq Jupiter here – I spend a lot of my life editing, then editing more, then more…Virgo AS helps – you are so right about the abundance with the approach to the boundaries. It is fun though…

  3. Jill Estensen says:

    Thank you Deborah! I learn so much from your blog and all of your other writings, you are Brilliant!

  4. Jim Hennum says:

    Great stuff, Deb (as always).

    I am wondering about a flip side of the Mercury-Jupiter connection with regard to the mythology. To wit: Mercury as trickster cohort to facilitate Jupiter’s notorious dalliances with various nymphs. Specifically I’m thinking of one young lovely that Jupiter’s wife, Juno, placed under the guard of Argos (the thousand-eyed dog who never slept) when she discovered the affair. Jupiter sent Mercury to play the lyre (or liar, perhaps!) to put the dog to sleep so Jupiter could have his way with the young woman.

    Seems to me it can equate to our compelling Jupiterian desires impelling our mercuries to play very loosely with the concept of integrity!

    • Yes, there’s definitely that side to those two also–and the fun cut-loose side. In day to day we certainly experience the Trickster and Jupiter’s conquests. However, in this series I wanted to shine some light on the highest expression of the gods in their associated planets because it often gets left out of the analysis. I think it ennobles us to do that and God knows we could all do with strong doses of ennobling.

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