Illustrated Jupiter has hues of cream, brown, and orange, depicting linear striations across its round surface

Jupiter Astrology Facts:

Glyph: jupiter-glyph
Ruler of: Luck, Growth, Wisdom
Named for: The Roman King of the Gods (Greeks referred to as Zeus)
Sign of Dignity: Sagittarius & Pisces
Sign of Detriment: Gemini
Sign of Exaltation: Cancer
Sign of Fall: Capricorn
Physical Body: Liver, fat, adrenals, thighs, feet, sciatic nerves
Changes Sign: Every 12-13 months

What Does Jupiter Mean in Astrology?

Jupiter has some big shoes to fill when it comes to his namesake, the Roman King of the Gods, better known to most by his name in Greek mythology, Zeus. And, as the biggest planet in our solar system (twice as large as all the planets combined), Jupiter is the perfect fit for those shoes.

As the largest planet, Jupiter is fittingly known as the planet of abundance, luck, and expansion. Anything to do with growth and prosperity is his terrain. 

Jupiter points to our natural talents and abilities. This planet also tells of one’s tendencies towards travel and higher learning.

He also indicates one’s willingness to take risks and other grand actions to pursue something more, whatever that may be. Thus, Jupiter can indicate what direction your career might take you in or, instead, what direction you take your career in.

Your Jupiter Sign

The placement of Jupiter in the natal chart determines the ways an individual will experience growth, expansion, and luck, and in what particular areas of life.

  • Fire signs find expansion and luck in challenges, leadership roles, responsibility, and intellect.
  • Air signs find expansion and luck in learning new things, pleasure, social situations, and helping others.
  • Earth signs find expansion and luck in bending the rules, accumulating possessions, being productive (mentally), and living comfortably.
  • Water signs find expansion and luck in their nurturing relationships, possessing knowledge, and using their artistic creativity and imagination.

As a rule of thumb, you’re likely to experience your luckiest times when Jupiter is in a sign of the same element as in your natal chart.

  • For example, if your Jupiter is in Libra, you’ll probably find yourself luckiest when this planet hangs out in any of the Air signs.

Jupiter Retrograde

As you may know, a retrograde occurs when a planet appears to move backward. This has to do with the positioning of the Earth among other planets and their orbits. 

Jupiter goes retrograde approximately every nine months, for a few months at a time, bringing an opportunity for, or even pushing you towards, inner growth.

Jupiter Return

Being further away from the Sun than Earth, Jupiter takes longer to make its trip around the Sun: about 12 years. That means that approximately every 12 years, Jupiter visits the zodiac sign in which it was during the time of your birth. This is what’s known as your Jupiter Return.

This period marks a year of reflecting on your growth, aiming high, and unlocking your potential.


Jupiter’s symbol looks slightly like the number four in fancy writing. It is thought to be the initial letter of Zeus in the Greek alphabet, with a line drawn through it. It has also been said to represent an eagle

Another way to look at it is as a crescent rising over a cross, representing Jupiter’s ability to expand our awareness and encourage our growth.

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