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Let’s unpack Jupiter in Cancer in the 12th:
What is Jupiter about?
Jupiter is the jovial, optimistic, speculating, the-grass-is-always-greener-on-the-other-side-of-the-fence, wanderlust-filled, adventuring, mental pioneering, broadener of horizons. Typically, Jupiter is seen as one of the sources of enthusiasm in the astrology chart. Does your Jupiter trine your Sun Moon or Mercury? If so, you may be prone to bouts of enthusiastic delight. 🙂 Also, Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and it is the only planet which actually gives off energy by itself (without the Sun being involved). It’s size indicates how it tends to expand our thoughts about what is possible. Jupiter can push the envelope as it were and this can definitely show up with a potential to gamble when we have a strong Jupiter (or in fire signs). Although in this case – a watery sign like Cancer and a diffuse house like the 12th, gambling may not be indicated or recommended (look at the 5th house for more clarity around speculation).
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Jupiter in Cancer?
Jupiter is exalted in the sign of Cancer. What does exalted mean? This is the second most potent placing for the planet to be. Jupiter rules Sagittarius. Meaning it is very strong in that pioneering, studious (sometimes know-it-all sign), adventuresome fire sign, but it is also strong in the sign of Cancer. Why? Because Cancer is all about nurturing and taking care of our loved ones – be they family members or close friends and associates. When Jupiter’s natural expansion encounters Cancer’s natural love of nurturing, it is a good combination, let me tell you. In Buddhism, the word for the “highest” altruistic motivation is called Bodhicitta, which means the mind which wishes for all sentient beings (seen and unseen, known and unknown) to attain happiness and complete enlightenment. It is a very powerful motivation. However, most of us (myself included) have a difficult time maintaining strong Bodhicitta because we feel slighted by anger or jealousy or not getting our way (etc…).
Well Jupiter in Cancer has a natural leaning toward an altruistic motivation. You will not find many people with Jupiter in Cancer with a powerful cutthroat mentality unless it shows up in multiple other areas of the chart. Jupiter in Cancer types will be natural cooks, care takers, nurses, teachers, healers, and / or realtors (Cancer has a Lunar connection to the 4th house of land and real estate as well).
Jupiter in the 12th house?
Jupiter in the 12th house is said to be the Guardian Angel of the astrology chart. Why is this? Because the 12th house is the most mysterious of the Houses. It is where we subconsciously work against ourselves. It can also indicate a natural proclivity toward spiritual practices and awareness. It can even indicate psychic abilities (whether the individual wants them or not). Keep in mind that the 12th house is strongly associated with Neptune (and Pisces). Previously, before Neptune took over Pisces’ rulership, Jupiter ruled the sign of the bonded dual Fishes. So Jupiter in the 12th house is not much of a detriment when looking at planetary strengths. Normally all planets (save Saturn) lose strength when they are tenanting the 12th house. Jupiter still loses overall strength by being in the 12th, however it might confer extra intuitive abilities and not to mention unexpected luck and spiritual protection.
Jupiter in the 12th is watered down though. You will not often find crazy dare devils who are risking their lives deep into their 40’s and 50’s with this placement. Depending on what the 5th house and its ruler look like, you might take a few risks, but this individual will probably realize the fragility of the human condition sooner rather than later. And yes, I speak from personal experience… Therefore a watery Jupiter in a watery house is not going to be the wildly adventurous or overly jovial type (unless other strong indications exist in the chart).
So… My Jupiter in the 12th, in the 29th degree of Cancer indicates that I have the potential for spiritual awareness, a natural proclivity toward giving and altruism, a desire to nurture those who I care about and I might even have innate healing abilities. Hhhmmm. Well this all sounds great so far right?! And it is. I am quite blessed.
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So why am I hesitating? Because Jupiter in the 12th house indicates a strong leaning toward a nebulous Neptunian nature. And then if this individual (me) is a Pisces, which I am, with Neptune squaring his natal Sun, which I have, then there is often times too much Neptune going around. And what does this mean?
Neptune seeks to transcend this dense world of relative reality we live in – in other words, Neptune seeks to transcend planet Earth and all the physical phenomena that come with living on this great planet. Neptune is the escapist, the addict, the artist, the seeker, the poet, the romantic and the mystic. But it is never the pragmatic realist. Sorry folks. So that is why it has taken me at least 35 years to begin to realize what I am doing on this planet. And this waiting is often times hell. I would rather push push push and accomplish something (this pushing is probably Saturn talking by the way, or an unconscious double bind speaking), even if it feels empty down the road than sit around and wait for my energy to rise. (Because Neptune can also indicate a watered down immune system where your energy will literally wax and wane.)
With all that said, Jupiter in the 12th house in Cancer is an incredible blessing. I am in contact with my spirit guides. I do not “hear” them directly yet, but I have spent a lot of time working on embodying and becoming more grounded. So I feel it in my body if a decision is way off the mark. I will get a quick head-ache if I make a severe detour from my path. And my body suffers if I waste too much time with less-than-wholesome pursuits.
I hope this speaks about Jupiter in Cancer and / or Jupiter in the 12th house a little. Let me know if you have comments on this subject.
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