Jupiter moved into Gemini on June 11th, and unlike some periods during which Jupiter retrogrades back into the previous sign at some point in its travels, it will remain in Gemini without interruption for about a year.
Jupiter is the planet of good fortune – of faith and optimism and our ability to encapsulate the world in a theology that provides our life with meaning. Jupiter represents the evolution of our philosophies and our shared vision of meaning that we call religion.
Jupiter is often called the “Greater Benefic” (with Venus the Lesser) because of its generally expansive nature. However, there is a dark side to Jupiter as well – the lack of practicality that blind optimism can engender, a self-righteousness that goes with strong beliefs. Jupiter’s dark side can appear relatively benign when compared with a planet such as, say, Pluto, but when expansion turns into a relentless quest for more that never ceases it can become a bit of a problem.
I like to say that Jupiter in the natal chart shows where we want to be god. Jupiter was the king of the gods, and he was always battling to defend his crown. When Jupiter goes through a sign it has a tendency to expand the qualities of that sign, and because Gemini rules all matters of communication, short travel, learning and intellectual stimulation we are likely to see a magnification of these experiences.
Jupiter is said to be in its “detriment” in Gemini because Gemini is opposite the sign of Jupiter’s rulership – Sagittarius. Of all the polarities, the Gemini/Sagittarius opposition is the least problematic because they share so much in common. Both are concerned with issues of learning and knowledge, they just approach the issues differently. […]