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Jupiter in Aries: expansion through self-belief and courage

Jupiter enters Aries on 10 May and stays there until 28 October when he dips back into Pisces for a final visit to his own sign. He returns to Aries on 20 December and stays there until 16 May 2023 when he goes into Taurus. The following months should be an exciting and energetic time with lots of potential for new ideas and adventures…

Jupiter in Aries expands your need for self-expression and assertion and your need to be first. It boosts self-confidence and courage, giving you a strong desire to take action towards a meaningful goal or quest. This is a good time to follow your instincts, believe in yourself and go after positive opportunities that come up in the Aries part of your chart.

The energy of this time is fiery and restless and it should provide a huge burst of motivation and inspiration. But you may also push too hard, becoming insensitive and impatient, especially if you’re already overly confident. You could get yourself in trouble by jumping into things without thinking them through, so try to slow down and count to ten – and be careful with fire and sharp pointy things!

Aries is good at starting things but might not follow through, leaving behind lots of half-finished projects and abandoned relationships. Be careful of overexpanding or extending yourself, and take the time to ground your ideas in practical reality. You can learn a lot now by testing ideas and actions to see what happens, and you could also teach others what you’ve learned.

The last time Jupiter was in Aries was from 6 June to 9 September 2010 and 22 January to 4 June 2011. This coincided with the Uranus Pluto square while Uranus was also in Aries (and dipping back into Pisces). It was a revolutionary time and there was lots of people kicking off and starting fights. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Arab Spring continued with the Egyptian revolution and the first Libyan Civil War which triggered a price rise in oil leading to an energy crisis. The Syrian War also expanded to include a civil uprising and protests against Assad.
  • The Israel Defence Force intercepted a short-range missile launched from Gaza for the first time.
  • Osama bin Laden was killed in a US military operation.
  • Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb Army commander, was arrested for genocide and war crimes.
  • Wikileaks released material about the war in Afghanistan and published its Guantanamo Bay files.
  • The Solar Impulse completed the first 24-hour flight of a solar-powered plane.
  • Several plane crashes around the world.
  • Multiple oil spills including one at Jebel al-Zayt in the Red Sea, the largest in Egyptian history, and the Red Butte Creek spill in the US caused by a pipeline rupture.
  • Multiple deadly earthquakes: two in New Zealand and the massive one that hit Japan and triggered a tsunami that killed thousands and caused emergencies at four nuclear plants, including Fukushima.
  • A couple of volcanos also kicked off and disrupted air travel in Iceland and South America.

Oil spills, plane crashes, earthquakes, and bad weather in general happen all the time so we can’t read too much into this. And there’s always someone fighting somewhere, so the same applies to the wars and uprisings, although Jupiter with Uranus may have increased the heat, making military ‘solutions’ more likely than diplomacy.

Tahir Square in Egypt, February 2011

Before that, Jupiter was in Aries from 12 February to 27 June 1999 and 22 October 1999 to 14 February 2000. There was lots of fighting and killing as usual, plus several earthquakes, plane crashes and bad weather. Here are some highlights:

  • President Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings began the day Jupiter entered Aries.
  • Alex Jones created InfoWars.
  • The Kosovo War heated up when NATO launched air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the first time a sovereign state had been attacked by NATO. The war ended in June 1999.
  • Slobodan Milosevic was indicted for war crimes in Kosovo at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
  • Nigeria ended military rule with the start of the Fourth Nigerian Republic.
  • Several nail bombs were detonated by David Copeland in London.
  • Two students opened fire on their classmates and teachers in the Columbine High School massacre.
  • Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were the first to navigate the Earth in a hot air balloon and Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone.
  • The Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station for the first time.
Space Shuttle Discovery visits the ISS, May 1999

To get a feel for how this transit may work in your life, look back to these times to see what was happening for you. Aries is intercepted in my 2nd house and back in 1999-2000 I was working part-time at a music development agency and getting frustrated with the low pay and bad blood between some of the staff.

During the 2010-11 transit I received my first death threat from a neighbour, and later lost my job and got redundancy pay. I was also writing a lot and learning my craft and completed the first draft of my first novel. I wrote many screenplays that came to nothing but one of the story ideas later became the seed of my second novel.

This sounds like 3rd house stuff rather than the 2nd house but there were many other transits happening at the time, including Uranus opposing my natal Mercury – hence all the writing. It also represents the planting of seeds: Jupiter encouraging me to invest in my future by discovering new talents.

Check the possibilities for you here: Jupiter Transits in the Houses

The feel and energy of Jupiter in Aries is very different to Jupiter in Pisces so you should notice when the shift happens. Having said that, the day that Jupiter enters Aries, Mercury also stations retrograde. This might create some interesting tension between wanting to get moving on something but also needing to rethink the details or go over old ground. Look out for inspiration and new ideas but be prepared to think them through, and watch out for miscommunication and confusion.

When Jupiter enters Aries, he joins Venus who is already there, but Mars – the ruler of Aries – is still in Pisces at the start of the month. That means Venus and Mars are in mutual reception and neither are particularly happy about it. Mars conjuncts Neptune on 18 May and this whole period could feel confusing and lacking in energy and/or direction despite Jupiter’s presence in Aries.

This changes on 24 May when Mars enters Aries and Venus enters Taurus a few days later, returning them both to their own signs. Mars conjuncts Jupiter in Aries on 29 May and this will increase the heat and energy, and possibly bring out the worst in Aries, although Jupiter might smooth things over with optimism and wisdom.

You may have to wait for Mars to enter Aries before you can take action on any new ideas or inspiration that comes up early in the month. But you have a whole year to make the most of this energy so don’t be in a rush. Use this time to follow your intuition, start new projects, go on adventures, take risks, and act on your dreams to make them real.

More on Jupiter here and Aries here, or listen to Rick Levine discuss Aries on the Astrology Podcast here.

Images: Egypt; Space

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3 thoughts on “Jupiter in Aries: expansion through self-belief and courage

  1. My Natal Mercury is retro so I always seem to do better during the retro periods. Lots of other people are having their electronics die, etc and I finally feel like Murphy’s Law is giving me a break😂

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  2. idk about aries but sextile my 29 cap mars has been helpful. also venus at 2.2 aqua, i hope.
    never keen on anything to or fro venus.
    usually just a bullhorn shouting : you are alone and always will be.

    well, i’ve pluto sq aries mc, and con that cap mars . who knows.
    maybe …

    aries is one of those signs i’ve not been friends with until recently.

    though my daughters moon is there, same place as that of the man i love.
    so ….

    re: Osama bin Laden was killed in a US military operation !!!

    seriously, a big bad terrorist is killed by the USA and his head is NOT paraded on a stick? lol.

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