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here are two things that mark fall for me, even when summer lingers and there’s no change in weather: listening to my husband hoot and holler while he’s watching football and seeing kids in the neighborhood go back to school. I feel cool breezes, and I see breathtaking rust and yellow leaves, even if it’s 99 in the shade in Sacramento.
Football + School = Autumn. (And I thought I wasn’t good at math!)
I love school. When I was a child, I’d rather crawl out of bed with a temperature of 103 than miss a day. My idea of heaven would be a big sprawling college campus with a smorgasbord of classes. The best part would be having all the time, not in the world, to take them.
Astrologers and astrology students have to be life-long learners.
There’s so much to discover about the earth-to-sky interface. The nuances and applications of astrology are endless, and the sky is always changing. We’re constant explorers, learning more about the cosmic landscape and how it influences us here Below.
I’ll Show You My Jupiter and 9th If You’ll Show Me Yours
eelings. I approach 9th House issues feelings first because that’s the place where my Capricorn Moon lives. My Jupiter is in Scorpio in the 7th House trine Mars in Cancer on the IC.
What does this say about how I learn? First, if I don’t feel comfortable (Moon), my 9th House experiences won’t be very pleasant. College was a C- for me, overall, even though my grades were better than that and I went to an amazing school. I had no idea I was such a mama’s girl and so attached to my parents’ apron strings. I was miserable away from home the first time, a fish out of water on a huge University campus. Many times since, I have wished I could have had a do-over when I was more emotionally mature. I would have gotten so much more out of it. I feel cheated. This might be one of reasons I’m considering a graduate degree at my rather advanced age.
Bringing Jupiter in Scorpio into the mix, there has to be depth psychology and the mysteries of life involved or I’m bored. If there aren’t great friends (7th house) who are like an active family to me (trine Mars on the IC), I am not interested. Jupiter trine Mars is why I am the president of my local NCGR chapter. I have found my star tribe. NCGR is an organization for astrological education. And, of course, there has to be fun! See our video, below to see what I mean.
As we round Labor Day weekend, think about your Jupiter and 9th House and what you need for your ongoing education to rock. I needed emotional maturity (I think I finally got it!) and a fun family of friends to learn and play with in the process. Your needs might be completely different. Here are some tools to help you sort it out. Please Comment and share any insights!
A Self-Taught Class on Jupiter
During this three-part post, we’ll consider Jupiter, the house Jupiter is located, and any aspects it makes to other planets. We’ll also look at the 9th House because of its relationship to higher education. Let’s focus simply on the facet of Jupiter we share as astrologers and astrology students, life-long learning.
Let’s start with Jupiter by sign. Each Jupiter sign begins with keywords for its expression.
Jupiter in Aries - Self-starter, hurried, competitive, and assertive. Would likely excel in online classes that are self-paced. Pace is fast! Would be happier with many short classes rather than fewer classes over longer periods of time. If classes are taken in person, this student is likely to have his hand up a lot, waving it wildly. (Remember Hermione in Harry Potter?) Will enjoy the game of getting the top grade or in astrology class, getting the meaning first.
Jupiter in Taurus – Persistent, determined, steady, productive, practical and opinionated. This individual probably likes to study outside in the garden or sprawled under a campus oak tree. Long classes? No problem. Loves the physical aspects of learning—touching books, papers, and studying with his or her main squeeze. Will pursue those things most that bring material rewards. (Free advice: Study business astrology!) Needs regular coffee and snack breaks.
Jupiter in Gemini – Communicative, versatile, changeable, and inquisitive. How can Jupiter in Gem pare those classes down to something the Twins can manage? They can juggle twice as much as most of us. Still, they live in a body. This Jupiter sign need classes with lots of discussion, and when it comes to astrology classes, the mental stimulation might keep them up at night. A sensitive nervous system can accompany this Jupiter sign, so no coffee after noon. May need an advisor or counselor to help them determine a focus. In college, could change majors frequently. In astrology classes, might flit from specialty to specialty, tripping through Vedic, Uranian, an interest in Fixed Stars and astro-mapping, and never quite settle on a point of view. Can create great eclectic mixes of philosophies, if they can find the thread that sews them together.
Jupiter in Cancer – Sensitive, nostalgic, family-oriented, emotional, cautious, and protective. This Jupiter sign feels its way to knowing and needs a container that can hold its lunar approach to learning so all that water doesn’t spill onto his or her homework. Loves e-classes because s/he can take them from home. Likes going back to school with the kids. Needs a tight-knit campus or astrology group with a family feeling to feel safe and secure. Is likely to bring treats to class and make sure others feel comfortable there, too. In astrology classes, nurtures others through their Saturn or Pluto transits and passes the tissues, tea and sympathy.
Jupiter in Leo – Self-expressive, playful, childlike, authoritative, self-centered, dramatic, humorous. Would rather be teaching the class than going to it, but if learn he must, Jup in Leo is likely to want a big stage and a chance to be on it. Naturally, he loves drama and Astrodrama. Will spice up a dull lecture with playful repartee and look-at-me moments. In astrology class, wants the instructor and students to look at his chart and seems to think they work for him. Lady Leos are likely to wear gaudy, sparkly astro t-shirts and earrings that look like chandeliers of the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Still, they sure punch it up, and watching Jupiter in Leo flirt with the instructor is kind of a kick.
Jupiter in Virgo – Analytical, practical, specialized, intelligent, orderly and particular. “Jupergo” likes to get to the point with sharp pencils and a sharpened wit. This is one serious student, and if the instructor does not meet her high standards, Jupiter in Virgo is likely to be a harsh critic of the professor on the student grapevine, not to mention the end-of-term evaluation. In astrology class, she will stick with an interpretation till she gets it right, which can sometimes feel like Chinese water torture to the rest of the class, which has now become sick of this person’s Moon quincunx Venus—or whatever. Luckily, Jupergo applies Jupiter’s generosity and Virgo’s healing touch and is bound to nurse the headaches she has created by retreating to shyness, once realizing that she has inflicted them.
Jupiter in Libra – Relationship-oriented, fair, impartial, sociable, detached, peaceful, and charming. Needs a beautiful campus or venue for astrology meetings. Will not abide a teacher who’s rude or an unfair grader. Likes taking classes with a partner, be it friend or lover—or classes with available singles, if solo—for now. Seeks kindred astrological spirits and needs to establish some sort of personal relationship with his teacher or mentor. That relationship is as important—if not more—than the teachings s/he has to offer.
Jupiter in Scorpio – Passionate, forceful, secretive, psychic, sexual, jealous, compulsive. This student dives into the deep waters of learning with the passion of a deep-sea diver and doesn’t come back up until she’s found a gold doubloon or other learning treasures. You’ll find few people more focused on a research project, and this Jupiter sign is often drawn into sexual relationships with teachers or mentors. No matter if it’s generally a bad idea; this Jupiter sign can keep the secret and learn things she might not have otherwise because the lure of sexuality is too strong to resist. She will bring out the Scorpio stinger if anyone steals her idea, and this Jupiter sign is the King or Queen of the Hypothesis. Hypotheses are just intuitive hunches that you then prove with left-brained research. “Jupio” is often spot on, but it may take awhile to back up what she knows, intuitively, to be true. When studying astrology, this person is likely to be passionate about the outer planets because anything else is too lightweight to mean as much to her.
Jupiter in Sagittarius – Enthusiastic, optimistic, farsighted, friendly, travel-oriented, straightforward, and philosophical. Lucky you if you have Jupiter “in its own sign.” This is likely to be everyone’s favorite professor, and if you’re on the student side of the equation, learning is so much fun for you; it’s near sport. You’ll learn as much through travel as sitting at a desk in a university, sometimes more. You have the capacity to see the big picture of how life works by seeing how nationalities vary the “window dressing.” Learning ventures on cruise ships or overseas are perfect for you. In astrology class, you’re likely to want to bring laughter to the heady discussions that many astrologers slip into. You’re generous in helping others with their homework, starry or otherwise. You ask many pointed questions. What’s an arrow for?
Jupiter in Capricorn – Organized, ambitious, hard-working, disciplined, down-to-earth, practical, responsible, wise, and cautious. I suspect many educational executives—deans and headmasters—have this Jupiter placement. A good one for the head of an astrology school, too. These are the educational executives, but naturally, that’s something one rises to, climbing Learning Mountain a step at a time, starting out as an ambitious student. Learning is grounding to these individuals, and they see it in terms of dollars and sense. Their equation is work in, reward out—and if they choose their profession well, they will be taken care of by pensions and/or by being regarded as an authority or sage. Like Taurus, this is a great placement for business astrology and the mark of someone who knows how to turn astrology into a thriving business. As astrology students, these folks tend to like traditional, tried-and-true methods.
Jupiter in Aquarius – Innovative, original, intuitive, unique, independent, experimental, tolerant, liberal, reformist and visionary. This individual does well with the most unusual curriculum and educational environment he can find. If it’s at the cutting edge of education, “Juparius” is in. Does not do well in stuffy, traditional educational institutions. Takes to astrology like a duck to Water Bearer, as this sign is so often connected to all things astrological. As an astrology student, he’s like likely to understand things quickly and intuitively and to like some of the more unusual branches of astrology. May have his or her own take on astrological interpretation but welcomes the conversation and camaraderie of discussing differences. Has brilliant astro-insights, but you’ll never know when. Expect the unexpected. Jup-Aquarius lighting and thunderbolts of brilliance strike out of nowhere.
Jupiter in Pisces – Imaginative, sympathetic, aesthetic, subconscious, intuitive, escapist, psychological, and psychic. Jupiter in Pisces learns by drinking in information and feeling her way to truth. Masters of story and song, the music scene on campus and listening to songs that fit astrological concepts are as important as books to this Jupiter sign. There’s a lot of right-brain in this person’s learning style, and storytelling is crucial. She’ll see the music in the math of astrology, making it more accessible in a language she understands. She’ll know intuitively the important lessons in the myths behind the signs. Excellent at connecting the dots between parts of an individual’s chart, this person learns astrology from compassion and reading between the lines of the client’s concerns and the cosmic Mandala. She’ll take all the time in the world with you and leave you wanting more.
Next: A look at your 9th House and its role in life-long learning.
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Postscript: A Report Card on Chiron 101 Summer School
While we’re on the subject of school and learning: In case you’ve been wondering how it went, my six-week online class on Chiron was wonderful. I learned as much as I taught, and I am still buzzing with new insights about Chiron that will find its way onto these pages and into the book I’ll be writing over the next two years. Thanks to the adventurers who went with me on this maiden voyage with Chiron into cyberspace. I will be unlikely to teach this class again before fall 2012, maybe later. However, I’m taking names for those who are interested in the next “semester.” Level of interest—and other priorities—will figure into how soon I may do this again. E-mail me, if interested. To the first Chiron 101 Class, many thanks for your excellent work and open sharing. You made it happen!