Today marks a highly anticipated day in Vedic astrology, or Jyotish. Today is the day that the great benefic planet Jupiter moves from Gemini into Cancer. Jupiter in Cancer is its place of exaltation or greatest strength. The placement of Jupiter in Cancer can be a very momentous time for many people.
In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is known is the planet of wisdom, spirituality, fortune, optimism, philanthropy, generosity, and philosophy. With Jupiter in Cancer, these themes can be activated in an individual’s life. Which ones come to the forefront will be dependent on your personal chart.
While those in a Jupiter planetary cycle will most feel the effects of Jupiter, we are all influenced by this transit as Jupiter stays in a sign for approximately one year and leaves its mark. This is a time where we can make the most of our spiritual practices as well as our philanthropic endeavors. We can commit to a course of study – whether it be ancient traditions or modern topics.
In India, it is common for people to try and have children while Jupiter is in Cancer, as their children can have the grace of Jupiter throughout their lives. Jupiter also represents children, so the times with Jupiter in Cancer can be quite beneficial to working with children or engaging in activities that involve children, i.e. teaching, working on products geared towards children, or humanitarian efforts involving children’s organizations.
In Sanskrit, Jupiter is the Guru, or a spiritual teacher. Jupiter is also known as Brihaspati, the teacher of the Gods. This time with Jupiter in Cancer can be ideal for studying ancient topics with a learned teacher. Retreats or ashram life can also bring fulfillment and happiness.
Even when Jupiter moves into Cancer, it remains in the nakshatra or star of Punarvasu until July 4, 2014. Punarvasu is associated with rituals, spirituality, and home life. Its deity is Aditi, the mother goddess. So you may feel even more inclined to nurture and feed people. You can find that you are better able to keep involving spiritual disciplines and they bear greater fruit.
Saturn will be influencing Jupiter until early November. This can be somewhat destabilizing to Jupiter’s optimism and discernment. Be careful about rushing into judgments, having stiff codes of what is right and wrong, and misunderstanding situations.
Thursday is the day associated with Jupiter, thus spiritual activities done on Thursdays may be enhanced. Jupiter is associated with the color yellow, fruit bearing trees, sattvic foods, ghee, honey, dates, berries, squash, pumpkin, cream, sugar canes, and garbanzo beans (chick peas). In Vaastu Shastra, it is recommend that your puja or alter be placed in the Northeast corner of your home. You can make offerings to your spiritual teacher with these items or give dakshina, especially on Thursdays.
Jupiter enters Cancer at 8:15 PM PST on June 18, 2014 and remains until July 13, 2015. The last time with Jupiter in Cancer was July 2002 to July 2003. Jupiter will not return to Cancer again until 2026. To make the most of the time with Jupiter in Cancer, consider having a Vedic astrology reading to guide you through this powerful transit.