Jupiter in Aquarius: January 5, 2009 – January 17, 2010

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Jupiter, the planetary energy of growth and expansion, begins a new one year cycle in Aquarius on January 5, 2009.

Jupiter energy tends to be jovial and optimistic, preferring to view the glass as half full. As the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter energy does everything in a big way. Usually considered the energy of luck and abundance, Jupiter also represents excess and exaggeration. In the stock market, strong Jupiter energies tend to manifest as large moves that create overbought but can also create oversold conditions.

From December 18, 2007 to January 5, 2009, Jupiter’s growth got contracted in Capricorn, a sign ruled by Saturn, the planetary energy of pessimism and risk aversion. In Aquarius, Jupiter’s energy continues to be contracted as Aquarius was ruled by Saturn until Uranus was discovered in 1781. Saturn is traditional and Uranus energy is rebellious, unafraid to stand up for a cause.

Jupiter energy represents wealth, higher education, the courts/judicial system, publishing, long distance travel/foreign matters, ethics, philosophy, and religion. Uranus represents the winds of change, and Jupiter in Aquarius will likely bring innovation and reform to these areas. Aquarius is the humanitarian, an inventive and eccentric energy that’s not afraid to “make waves” to institute the change it craves. Jupiter in Aquarius energy favors metaphysical spirituality (what the media calls “New Age”) over organized religion.

Previous cycles of Jupiter in Aquarius:
January 22, 1997 – February 5, 1998
February 7, 1985 – February 21, 1986
February 24, 1973 – March 9, 1974
March 16, 1961 – August 13, 1961; November 5, 1961 – March 26, 1962

What makes this particular cycle of Jupiter in Aquarius unique is that Saturn and Uranus, Aquarius’ planetary rulers, are currently in an opposition cycle that began on Election Day and continues to mid 2010. Uranus seeks reform by shaking up and braking up the energies of the status quo (Saturn) that have ceased to properly function. Saturn represents formal structures and hierarchies, such as the government, the financial system, and society at large.

In 2009 (May 27, July 10, and December 21), Jupiter will conjoin Neptune in Aquarius for the first time since 1843. Aquarius energy embraces equality. Neptune energy dissolves barriers and boundaries. The last Jupiter/Neptune cycle in Aquarius saw the rise of the abolition movement to end slavery. One Neptune cycle later, Barack Obama who was born with Jupiter in Aquarius, will become the nation’s first African-American President.

Jupiter conjoining Neptune represents the true (Jupiter) believer (Neptune) of change (Aquarius). Wall Street and the world have high expectations for President Obama who made this theme the centerpiece of his campaign. Since the Jupiter/Neptune alignment will conjoin the USA Moon, the Obama administration’s policies must benefit the public at large for his presidency to be a success. Jupiter conjoining Neptune represents the gigantic economic stimulus euphorically advocated by Jupiter-ruled Lawrence Summers* who will head the White House Economic Council. As Summers wrote last week, “doing too little poses a greater threat than doing too much.” And as much as our Jupiter-ruled Fed Chairman is obsessed with deflation, Jupiter/Neptune energies create inflation. (The only area experiencing actual deflation is Uranus/Aquarius ruled electronics.) Bernanke is unable to spot a bubble even if it’s directly in front of his face, yet he has assured us that he will raise interest rates the moment he detects the first whiff of inflation in the air. Put all these energies together and the overall influence for the stock market in 2009 is likely to resemble a rollercoaster ride that swings from periods of euphoria that rapidly takes the market higher than anyone expected, only to panic and rapidly fall through support levels to hit a lower low. The stock market is likely to end 2009 lower than where it began. You cannot recover from a bubble by creating another one.

Weather wise, the Jupiter/Neptune alignment could create large and powerful storm systems that bring increased high winds, flash flooding, and power outages. A lot of the scientific advances and technology under development during Jupiter in Aquarius will begin to make their debut later in 2010 and 2011 when Uranus enters pioneering Aries. Jupiter’s alignment with Neptune will see a resurgent interest in space exploration.

*Lawrence Summers and Ben Bernanke were both born with their Sun (self-identity) in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius.

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