Jupiter is the planet of teachings, philosophies and how they inspire us towards something higher. The Sanskrit name for Jupiter is “guru”. There are many meanings to that word. One of my favorites is “heavy”, because something heavy sinks deeper than just the surface. Also, as astrology correlates to science/astronomy, Jupiter is obviously the heaviest planet in the solar system, with immense gravity. And so we can infer that Jupiter/our principles and philosophies, are the things in our life that have “gravitas”. These are things we pay attention to and they guide us from within to something hopeful and inspired.
Of course, all of that sounds great, and we are tempted to think it is something “good”. But these are also the corrupt principles that lead us away from our true, authentic path. We are all being taught something based on our family, our culture and our basic predispositions, or what we would call “karma”. The evolution of our principles and philosophies into something truly “transcendent” is the evolutionary process of Jupiter in you and in life itself.
The moon is “the mind”, called “Manas”, which includes what we identify as emotions, memories, moods and also the voice in our head which is interpreting all of those things, and also feeding it/looping back on it. We could simply say that the moon is “the heart”, but that can be deceptive to a Western audience. Because we in the West equate the heart with “emotions”. But the emotions are just the surface of the heart much like the waves on the surface of the ocean. Emotions are a byproduct of our inner/feeling nature, mixed with our external desires. Underneath it all, this mixture of emotions, memories, intellect and information lead to what is called the “Ahamkara”, the “I-maker” – what we would call in the West “the ego”. All of these originate in the moon, which simply refers to the “feeling of being alive”, as a separate entity. Ultimately, it is through the that we dissolve this feeling of individuation, toward a non-dual/universal self.
When Jupiter aspects the moon, through a trinal aspect, our principles and philosophies deeply imprint our mind. An individual will be strongly motivated to follow what inspires them, for good or bad. As we’ve seen, Jupiter shows what inspires us, it doesn’t necessarily mean those inspirations are leading us towards truth.
For example, we may be inspired to make a lot of money. That inspiration motivates us on a very deep level. When our philosophy is “he who gets the most toys wins”, a common Western ethos, a Jupiter aspect to the moon, will show the person’s entire consciousness and identity will revolve around following that inspiration. They will also experience the disappointment in such a failing and flawed notion of life. Eventually, as the flaws are revealed in that philosophy, they will seek a more pure version of Jupiter energy, better philosophy.
We typically inherit the philosophy of our family first, then we push up against it based on our own individuality, then later in life as we start to experience losses and our personal philosophy fails, we revert to some sort of “religion” or “belief system”, based on our own struggle. This is the hero’s struggle.