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Transit Jupiter Retrograde

Jupiter is retrograde for approximately 4 months every 13 months. When Jupiter is retrograde, it appears to be moving backward from our perspective on Earth.

During the Jupiter retrograde, we tend to go back over (like Jupiter appears to be going back over the same ground it has just been over) our feelings of optimism, enthusiasm, growth, and desire for expansion related to topics that the natal house that Jupiter is transiting. This often leads to a review of our personal moral and ethical codes.

In 2020, Jupiter will be retrograde from 14 May 2020 to 12 September 2020

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Jupiter will station retrograde at 27° Capricorn 14′ on 14 May and station direct at 17° Capricorn 24′ on 12 September 2020. 

The retrograde shadow period dates are 18 February 2020 and 6 December 2020.

If you have natal planets or chart angles at 26° to 28° or 16° to 18° of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra, you may find yourself feeling the effects of the retrograde more strongly than others.

All dates given are U.S. Central Time (C.T.).

What to expect when Jupiter is retrograde

When Jupiter is retrograde, you may find yourself reviewing your personal moral compass, particularly in regard to the affairs of the natal house that Jupiter is retrograding through. You may also find that you have less enthusiasm for topics associated with the natal house.

It could also be that your interest in these issues may not be dimmed, but that situations arise that make any progress in these areas difficult or impossible. This does not necessarily mean that you have to accept defeat with delays or obstructions. You may need to develop more flexibility and allow events to unfold in their own time frame instead.

Retrograde Jupiter aspects to natal planets

Some will find that Jupiter retrograde seems to have little or no effect in relation to the concerns of the natal house that it is transiting. It is when retrograding Jupiter makes an aspect to a natal planet or chart angle that you are more likely to feel the limiting effects of the retrograde.

You may find that areas and subjects related to the planet or angle no longer seem to work at optimum levels. You may find that innate gifts or talents related to these planets no longer seem to work for you during this time.

If a natal planet is aspected by the Jupiter station retrograde, then any disturbances or upsets experienced during the retrograde are likely to be alleviated when Jupiter crosses over that degree again, in direct motion (at the end of the shadow retrograde period).

Jupiter retrograde shadow

There is a phenomenon known as the retrograde shadow period which takes into account the degrees that a planet retrogrades from (station retrograde) and retrogrades back to (station direct). 

In the case of Jupiter, when a natal planet or chart point is aspected by the Jupiter station retrograde degree (the start of the retrograde phase),  then when that degree is reached once more after the retrograde period (the end of the shadow phase), any issues that have been problematic during the retrograde are likely to be alleviated.

When a natal planet or chart point is aspected by the Jupiter station direct (the end of the retrograde phase) degree, there is often a link to matters that were occurring approximately 7 months prior, when Jupiter first crossed that zodiac degree before the retrograde phase (the start of the shadow period).

Jupiter retrograde through the natal houses

You can get an idea of what to expect personally during a Jupiter retrograde period by looking at what natal house/s Jupiter is retrograding through.

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Jupiter retrograde transiting the 1st house

The 1st house is about ourselves, our appearance, health, and how others perceive us. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 1st natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 2nd house

The 2nd house is all about your income, finances, and possessions. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 2nd natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 3rd house

The 3rd house is associated with our siblings, our local neighborhood, day to day encounters, and communications in general.  Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 3rd natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 4th house

The 4th house is related to our home and family, and our parents in particular. Real estate matters, our homeland and our family roots or history are also included in this house. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 4th natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 5th house

The 5th house is related to our children, love affairs, creativity, sport, and all the things that we find fun such as socializing. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 5th natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 6th house

The 6th house is associated with our work, day to day routines, our health and fitness, and pets. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 6th natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 7th house

The 7th house is associated with our close relationships. This includes our business and romantic partners, and good friends. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 7th natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 8th house

The 8th house is the house of other people’s money. This includes such matters as shared finances and possessions, insurances, inheritances, taxation, and loans. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 8th natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 9th house

The 9th house is associated with overseas travel, higher education, philosophy, religion, and beliefs, along with the law and publishing. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 9th house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 10th house

The 10th house is associated with our career or public reputation. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the natal 10th house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 11th house

The 11th house is associated with groups, friends, and organizations. This is also the house of our hopes and dreams. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the 11th natal house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Jupiter retrograde transiting the 12th house

The 12th house is associated with the hidden and more private matters in our lives. This is also the house of our undoing,  places of confinement, and nonvisible ailments such as mental health issues. Jupiter retrograde transiting through the natal 12th house may have us losing enthusiasm and interest in matters to do with this house. We may find that we don’t have the same luck we may have come to rely on in these areas of our life, or that obstacles seem to strewn in our path. This may lead to us doing some soul searching in regards to the matters of this house. 

Important phases of the Jupiter retrograde period

As the superior planets (those further from the Sun than Earth) take longer to orbit the Sun than Earth, the Earth eventually catches up and passes them. When this happens, the planet seems to slow down, stop and reverse its direction (station retrograde).

A superior planet is retrograde when it is leading up to, during and leaving its opposition to the Sun (with Earth being between the Sun and the superior planet).

Superior's Planet Orbit
Wmheric, Positional astronomy, Changed inner to inferior and outer to superior, CC BY-SA 3.0

Jupiter Station retrograde

As Jupiter comes up to its station retrograde there may be an increase in enthusiasm and optimism related to projects associated with the natal house that Jupiter is currently transiting. This is because the upcoming trine, of the Sun to Jupiter, is likely to be felt prior to the aspect becoming exact.

Up to accelerated Sun trine retrograde Jupiter

At the time of the station retrograde, and up to when the trine from the Sun becomes exact, it may be realized that much more time and effort will be needed to achieve the aims and ambitions that so very recently seemed within reach. Any momentum that has been built up may tend to come to a standstill at this time, and it may take until Jupiter stations direct before any real progress is made.

Sometimes, this slowing down of momentum can be more a case of losing enthusiasm for or being unable to follow through on your plans in some way. When looking back on the situation at a later date, you may come to the conclusion that things worked out for the best in any case.

Accelerated Sun quincunx retrograde Jupiter

As the Sun comes up to quincunx retrograde Jupiter, there may be an urgency to achieve your aims in relation to the house being transited or planet or angles being aspected. Alternatively, this may be a time when you feel the need to take evasive action. In both cases, the need to act quickly seems to be especially strong. After the retrograde period, there may be a need to go back and revisit these decisions and make any amendments necessary.

Sun opposition retrograde Jupiter

The opposition from the Sun brings to a head the events that have been suppressed or delayed by Jupiter’s retrograde motion. As Jupiter is associated with expansion, this may result in over the top or excessive reactions to any impediments encountered. The more fervently desired the event or situation that has been repressed was, the more likely the reaction is to be extreme.

Decelerated Sun quincunx retrograde Jupiter

After the opposition, the Sun comes up to again quincunx retrograde Jupiter. This is a time when decisions and plans made at the accelerated quincunx and opposition, are likely to be put into effect. The need to wait for events or situations to evolve is likely nerve-wracking and optimism may be over-inflated at this time.

Decelerated Sun trine retrograde Jupiter

As the Sun moves towards the decelerated trine, the speed of Jupiter slows, as it gets ready to station again before going direct. While the trine is considered a helpful aspect, in this situation it serves as a release from all the built-up tension and expectations. When the expectations have been overly optimistic or unrealistic, any disappointment is likely to be intense and dramatic.

Jupiter Station direct

Not long after the decelerated trine from the Sun, Jupiter will station before turning direct again. At this time, unexpressed emotions may come flooding out and optimism may be at a higher than realistic level. A sense of anticipation and nervous energy is likely to be experienced in the run-up to the station direct. The actual station direct itself may be a time when some sort of illumination of direction is given and momentum may start to increase again.

If a natal planet was aspected by the Jupiter stationary direct degree, then events that took place when Jupiter first transited over that degree (start of shadow retrograde) are likely to come to some sort of completion at this time. This is usually a period of about 7 months previous to Jupiter stationing direct.

Jupiter direct

As Jupiter will be in direct motion for approximately 8 months after its retrograde phase, this is a time when plans and ideas related to the natal house that Jupiter is transiting in are likely to go well. Naturally, the influences of the other planets may counteract or override the benevolent features of Jupiter’s direct motion.

Any difficulties experienced during the retrograde period may have meant that a newer perspective or approach has been adopted to what was being inhibited during the retrograde period.

Between the stationary direct and the time that Jupiter transits over the stationary retrograde degree (a period of about 4 months) is likely to be a time filled with tidying up details related to long-range projects related to the natal house that Jupiter was transiting.

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Lynda

Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, I have had a fascination with astrology since I was a child. Currently studying Hellenistic Astrology and incorporating it with modern astrology.