Jupiter Retrograde 2022
Astrology encourages us to stay in tune with celestial cycles. They can be short – just 28 days – as is the case with the Moon (the cycle of renewal). Or, a planetary cycle might take years.
Jupiter energies are about luck, opportunities, faith, values, growth, and expansion. They are also about long-distance travel, other cultures, and higher education. When any planet goes retrograde, we’re encouraged to reflect on the energies represented by that planet, and how they are playing out in our life at this time.
Jupiter Retrogrades are annual. This year, it’s July 28 to November 23. It’s time to reflect on our relationship with “growth”: are we growing spiritually, emotionally, or in the practical matters, such as career or finances? And, are we expanding in the right direction, aligned with our soul’s purpose?
When Jupiter challenges your natal chart, it can bring opportunities that don’t deliver. This year, it’s particularly relevant for:
- Gemini born June 20-21
- Cancer b. June 22-30
- Sagittarius b. Dec. 20-21
- Capricorn b. Dec. 22-30
Should you experience that, you’re encouraged to consider two things:
Was the opportunity to your greater good, to start with?
Did you have a similar experience approximately 6 years ago? If you did, and the situation repeated itself, there is a lesson in the situation that might still need to be learned.
This Jupiter Retrograde is good news for you if your birthdate is mentioned here:
- Pisces born March 18-20 (you will have the energy of opportunities and expansion available to you between October-December 2022)
- Aries b. March 29-30 (you will have an extended stretch of opportunities into February 2023)
- Cancer born July 20-22 (you will have an energy of opportunities and expansion available to you between October-December 2022)
- Leo b. July 23 - Aug. 2 (you will have an extended stretch of opportunities into February 2023)
- Virgo born Sept. 21-23 (you will have the energy of opportunities and expansion available to you between October-December 2022)
- Libra born Sept. 24 - Oct. 2 (you will have an extended stretch of opportunities into February 2023)
- Scorpio born Nov. 20-22 (you will have the energy of opportunities and expansion available to you between October-December 2022)
- Sagittarius b. Nov. 23-Dec. 2. (you will have an extended stretch of opportunities into February 2023)
If you’re interested to learn more about the celestial energies affecting YOUR natal chart (and your life), and what they might mean for you, try this reading.
Luck is in the Eye of the Beholder: a Personal Story
I’ve been using astrology to time events in my own life for 23 years, which is long enough to start seeing patterns. In 2019, I was watching Jupiter approaching my House of Career. It takes Jupiter roughly 12 years to circle all 12 Houses of the natal chart, and it usually brings good luck and opportunities to the House (area of life) it’s visiting.
12 years prior to that, under a similar Jupiter transit, I applied for a promotional opportunity to lead a huge project. I got the job, and while it was a LOT of work and long hours, another promotion followed when Jupiter moved into my 1st House of Self – which shows how others see us. I was advancing at a rapid speed.
Now, I have a strongly Saturnian chart: achievement-oriented, which never allows me to rest and pushes me to do more and aim higher. So of course for me, “luck and opportunities” in the House of Career means one thing and one thing only: a promotion and a raise. I was hoping that the events from 12 years ago would repeat themselves.
A promotional opportunity did come along, but the optimist in me chose to ignore another energy in my chart, that wasn’t there the last time: an adverse Saturn aspect, showing blockages. (Of all people, I should know the importance of looking at the entire chart!!) I interviewed with very good results, but….there was a restructuring, and the position was converted to something for which I didn’t have the skillset.
“What about all that wonderful Jupiter energy??”, I was thinking to myself.
And then I realized something. The entire time under this Jupiter transit, I was in a new job. I was working with a brand new group of people, and I was appreciated in my role as never before in my professional career! There were days when I had to pinch myself. I wasn’t nearly working the hours I was used to; my bosses valued me; my team gave me glowing reviews. My work life was much easier and more pleasant than it had been for years and years.
So, this Jupiter transit brought me a different kind of luck: I was working with a tremendously supportive group of people. While my new position had more responsibility than my old job, I didn’t have the same pressures (my two bosses turned out very competent people who didn’t shy away from their own responsibilities).
I say luck comes in many forms and shapes… How do you define yours?