Retrograde Jupiter 2021 in Aquarius and Capricorn

Jupiter is right now in his Atichar movement (post here) and is running full tilt into Aquarius on 6th Apr 2021. In the current Vedic year Shri Sharvari naam samvatsara (post here), Jupiter has crossed Sagittarius, then Capricorn and now he is due to enter Aquarius. This extreme speed, 3 signs in a vedic year, has caused the extreme upheaval which we witnessed in Shri Sharvari .

During the next few months Jupiter will be,

  • Transiting to Aquarius – 6th Apr 2021  
  • Going retrograde – 20th Jun 2021
  • Entering Capricorn – 14th Sept 2021
  • Going forward – 18th Oct 2021
  • Entering Aquarius again – 21st Nov 2021

Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn and conjoint its owner Saturn in transit. When he shifts to Aquarius it will be with an overall sense of relief. There will be improvement from what is going on at present, on all fronts, global to local, there will be increase in positivity. Then Jupiter will turn retrograde on 20th Jun, partly undoing all that he will have done Aquarius till then. He will move backwards again entering Capricorn, again debilitated. There will be some confusion during this period. Things will move positively forwards when Jupiter finally enters Aquarius on 21st Nov. 

This Jupiter’s transit is going to be influenced by Saturn who owns Capricorn and Aquarius both. At present Saturn is powerfully placed in his own Capricorn (post here) and will be in Shravan nakshatra (post here) during this period. He too will be going retrograde from 23rd May to 11th Oct. 

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Back to Jupiter’s movement, if we consider the Nakshatra-s involved

  • Jupiter is currently in Dhanishtha
  • Entering Shatataraka – 22nd May 2021
  • Entering Dhanishtha in retrograde motion – 20th Jul 2021
  • Entering Shatataraka again – 2nd Jan 2022

Jupiter will enter and then go retrograde in Shatataraka, causing a roll back of all that he was upto during his forward moving phase. Then he will go backwards into Dhanishtha, enter Capricorn. Things will be revised and redone until he resumes his forward motion again. Jupiter will be staying in Dhanishtha for an unusually long time, ie 5 and half months. (Real permanent gains will be seen only when Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada which is linked to him and more so when he enters his own sign Pisces, all in 2022.)

Dhanishtha is ruled by the deity Vasu and linked to Mars. There is a rhythm to life and Dhanishtha embodies this beat. Each one of us has to create our own drum-beat, by using our personal energy and the energy of time together. Jupiter in Dhanishtha is generally unable to perform well so during this period there will be some confusion. Mass media will go on an hyper-drive and create issues. The entertainment industry will create newer opportunities and the older ways of entertainment will slowly die out. Wealth generation will be affected and the divide between the very rich and poor will increase. Arm-chair activists and social media activists will use digital outlets to create tension in the society. Mass movements involving sections of the public will create disruptions. There will be a sense of aggression and pro-active feeling about these, a desire to change the present situations at any cost. 

On a personal level, it is advisable to budget and use your resources sensibly during this period. Assess the resources you have before taking up any new venture. You might feel that your opportunities are as wide as the horizons but keep yourself rooted in practicality. People in the media, artists, people who need to be creative, IT professionals, all sorts of managers, financial wizards, scientists etc can make use of this energy productively. There will either be a resource crunch or an expansion of opportunities depending on your personal birth chart.

Shatataraka also called Shatabhishak is ruled by the deity Varun and linked to Rahu. The base energy of this lunar mansion is protection and healing which you can access depending on your birth chart positions. Jupiter is unable to perform well in this lunar mansion too. On a general level, there will be an increased focus on consuming all that one can, but this will not give genuine satisfaction. There is a possibility of sudden or unusual events in life which may not be very auspicious. Unethical people will try to create a polarisation of the different groups which make up the society which will cause harm to the general population. The Jupiter in Shatataraka energies can be used for research into medicines, poisons, sociology, mass movements, electronics, technology, etc which need a strong moral compass to be put into positive use. 

On a personal level try to heal yourself in some way, especially when Jupiter is direct in Shatataraka. Get in touch with nature or learn energy healing modalities like Reiki. If you are suffering from some long term health issue, you just might get the solution now. Learning new subjects would be good for refreshing yourself mentally. Try to learn learn useful things, you will uncover secrets, or come up with some new ideas. Doctors, media persons, IT professionals, scientists, security agencies, spiritual aspirants etc, anyone who deal with secrets or hidden things can make use of this energy to some extent. Also those professionals who manage things from the background. Invisible things which make a deep impact on us will be more active during this period.

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As per our Jyotish texts (post here), Jupiter’s transits counted from the birth Moon are said to be generally favourable in the 2nd 5th 7th 9th and 11th houses (subject to the Vedha conditions). And he is said to give unfavourable results in the houses counted 1st 3rd 4th 6th 8th 10th and 12th houses from the birth Moon. We analyse transits from the birth Moon for the effect on the mind/ emotions/ perspective/ astral self etc. This aspect is given more importance in Vedic Jyotish. But if your ascendant or your birth Jupiter are powerful, then you can analyse from these two additional perspectives too. (If you count from your ascendant sign, you will get the effect on your physical environment and physical body. When you count the transiting planet from its birth position you will get the subtle effects on the things which this planet represents.)

So as far as only Jupiter’s transit in Aquarius is concerned – Aquarius, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Virgo, Cancer, Taurus and Pisces will face issues. The others, Capricorn, Libra, Leo, Gemini and Aries will have a more favourable time. But, and this is very significant, at present Saturn in Capricorn is favourable for only Pisces, Scorpio and Leo. So Jupiter’s results during this period will be modified by this major factor. At the present time, Saturn is more powerful than Jupiter, he is in his own sign. Also the Kings of Karma, Rahu Ketu are in Taurus and Scorpio throughout this time adding their influence to this mix (post here)

So to summarise,

Aries birth Moons have an average to low time, with several ups and downs. Saturn, Rahu/Ketu are not very favourable. Family, finance and rest will be an issue. But Jupiter going forward in Aquarius will offer opportunities from 6th Apr to 20th Jun, do make use of these. Jupiter when retrograde in Capricorn can take away some benefits so be alert. However things will improve once Jupiter finally enters Aquarius again ie after 21st Nov. 

Taurus birth Moons will have an average to good time. Rahu/Ketu are not favourable. Separation from spouse/family or finance crunch may be an issue. Saturn will give positive results if you perform some activities related to the 9th house (post here). You need to be more careful on the professional front specifically when Jupiter transits retrograde in the Aquarius sign, ie Jun to Sep. Do not trust anyone more than you need to. 

Gemini birth Moons have an average to low period. The period where Jupiter moves forward in Aquarius will be better than his stay in Capricorn. Jupiter in Aquarius aspects Gemini so you are generally protected. However Saturn is in the 8th house throughout and Rahu/ Ketu are also not very favourable, so best be careful. Do try to make use of the opportunities that Jupiter in Aquarius will be providing from time to time.

Cancer birth Moons have an average to low time. Jupiter in Aquarius phase will not be pleasant. This coupled with Saturn in the 7th house and Ketu in the 5th house can make a mess of relationships, finances and health. Break-ups and humiliations, as things do not happen as your desire. Do not trust anyone unnecessarily, if you have made new friends in 2020, they might betray you now, do not take unwonted risks, avoid arguments and stresses. There will be some ups and more downs as Jupiter goes retrograde/ forward and changes signs. 

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Leo birth Moons are on a better ground as Saturn is favourable and will protect throughout. Rahu Ketu can cause minor issues at home/office. Try to create long-term partnerships with senior people who can help you in the future. Be careful when Jupiter retrogrades through Capricorn as hidden enemies/diseases can pop up unexpectedly. Overall this can be quite a good time if used appropriately. Jupiter in Aquarius aspecting Leo is a major positive energy, will allow overall recovery and progress of your health, relationships and finances.

Virgo birth Moons will face an average to low time, best be alert. Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are unfavourable throughout. The forward Jupiter in Capricorn phase must be used to consolidate whatever gains you may have made. Jupiter will be in Aquarius, 6th house, so take care of your physical and emotional health, there will be increased trouble especially when he retrogrades in Aquarius. This time will trigger your hidden enemies/ debts/ diseases, there will be bitterness in life. Be careful about trusting others and avoid speculations. 

Libra birth Moons have an average to good time. Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are not very favourable but Jupiter will grant some protection. There will be increase in positivity when Jupiter is in Aquarius as he will then positively aspect Aquarius, Libra and Gemini (1-5-9 axis). There will be a boost of positive energy, relationships, finance, health, blessings will be available, so use this time well. Be careful when Jupiter turns retrograde in Aquarius. And especially alert when he comes back in Capricorn as he can tigger negative results.

Scorpio birth Moons will see an average to good time. Rahu Ketu are not favourable, but Saturn is capable of positive results so he will help you, control things before they go too out of hand. Be careful during the Jupiter retrograding in Capricorn phase as health, relationships, office work and finance related stresses can erupt. Jupiter in Aquarius will restore you so use this time period for consolidating your gains. He will allow you to recover your health, family comforts and finances in this time. Overall an average to good time.

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Sagittarius birth Moons have an average time to low time overall. Last phase of the Sade-sati but Rahu is favourable so he will destroy your enemies /diseases /debts. But do not ignore any health issues, you might suffer especially due to negative energy or evil eye. Jupiter in Aquarius can create problems especially in finances and profession. There will be some stresses with your siblings and extended family. So try to use the Jupiter forward in Capricorn energy the best you can. 

Capricorn birth Moons have an average time. Middle phase of Sade-sati can get tiring. Rahu Ketu are not favourable. Relationships, emotional/ mental and physical health can cause stresses. Disappointments and bitterness can prevail, so avoid risks or new ventures. Be especially careful during the retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn phase. Jupiter in Aquarius will give some relief in terms of family support and financial gains, there will be an increase in overall positivity. 

Aquarius birth Moons will have an average to low time. The starting phase of the Sade-sati and Rahu Ketu too not very favourable. This will be a tough time for you as transit Jupiter is favourable neither in Capricorn nor Aquarius. Be very careful, avoid unnecessary risks of all sorts, ie invest in safe options, not a time to start new jobs/ventures etc. And take care of your mind and body both.

Pisces birth Moon will be having the best time overall. Health, family, finance, opportunities all will be more positive. This is a fortunate time for you, as Saturn in Capricorn has the ability to convert all your issues into opportunities. Rahu Ketu are favourable. Jupiter in Capricorn will be better able to give pleasing results than than Jupiter in Aquarius. Still 2021-2022 are your wish-fulfilling years, possibly the sort of years that come in once a life time, so use this time well. Be careful when both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde together as there may be some temporary setbacks during this period.

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When it comes to analysing for individual charts, a lot depends on the power of Jupiter in the birth chart, which houses he controls, is he a functional benefic/ malefic, which planets he is aspected by or conjoint with. All these factors will modify the transit results for the individual charts.

If you are born with Jupiter retrograde in your birth chart then you are introspective. You have a unique approach to education, religion, spirituality, culture etc. Kind hearted, benevolent by nature, you like to teach your own concepts of philosophy. If he is powerful then you are an evolved soul. You do not accept ‘modern philosophy’, stick to the proven systems. Hard-working, you use all possible, but ethical means to achieve your goals. You have a different perception, you can see hidden things, anticipate issues in the future, pick up subtle cues, and predict things accurately. You can be cheated by ‘gurus’, so choose your spiritual guides carefully. During this retrograde Jupiter period, you can gain significant spiritual goals. Two major graha, Saturn and Jupiter are going to be retrograde together. But this time is not very suitable for material goal, so proceed with due caution here.

Also analyse Jupiter transiting over which house (post here). More important is if Jupiter in transit crosses over any planet from your birth chart (post here). Here pay attention to what this planet signifies in your birth chart. eg If your Ascendant is Libra and your ascendant lord Venus is in your 5th house, Aquarius. Now when Jupiter transits over Aquarius, he will influence this Venus which will give favourable results but as he is transiting over your ascendant lord Venus, this will be a very auspicious transit for you, irrespective of his transit counted from the birth Moon and all that. So when analysing an individual chart, you will have to keep your eyes open for all sorts of patterns which the planets make.

Also Jupiter aspects the 5th 7th and 9th houses from his position and enhances their positive and auspicious results (not their unfavourable results). So when Jupiter is in Aquarius, whatever Gemini, Leo and Libra mean to you in your chart, you can expect some benefit from these areas of life. Sometimes he gives better results in the houses he aspects than the house he occupies in transit.

  • eg if you have Aries birth Moon, Jupiter is to give overall average to low results. But as he aspects Gemini, Leo and Libra which are counted 3rd 5th and 7th from Aries you can gain some positivity from your siblings, children, spouse etc aspects of life covered by these houses. 

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The Mahadasha and Antardasha you are undergoing at the present time will play an important role. Individual predictions are made by a combination of the Dasha sequence and the transits. So if you are under the dasha period of a benefic planet then expect better results. Else be careful. (use the index page for the posts on Dasha analysis)

Additionally depending on your level of study you can open your Asktakvarga table (post here). If your Jupiter has more than 4 points in Aquarius, then this transit will definitely help you in some way. And in addition if the total for Aquarius sign is more than 28 then there will be all around progress for all the things that Aquarius stands for in your chart. If this is so, use this period the best way you can.

The Janma Navtara table (post here) can be used for quick analysis. The general effect of Jupiter in transit in Dhanishtha and Shatataraka lunar mansions. For this you will need your birth Moon nakshatra, this will be your starting point for drawing your personal Janma Nav tara table. 

The Ashtapadmadala chakra, also called the Kota chakra (post here), is a good way of visualising the transit energies. This can be a bit confusing for beginners, but if you can draw your own Kota chakra then the basic concepts are easy to understand (post here). Locate Jupiter in the nakshtra-s which he is going to be transiting (Dhanishtha and Shatataraka) and see how it will affect you.

A general rule, always consider the overall power of the birth chart first. A strong horoscope has the power to tide over any unfavourable transit. And if your ascendant lord is powerful, the ascendant sign is influenced by benefics and and the birth Moon is powerful then you are in a position of strength. Whatever happens in life, you will be quite capable of dealing with it and be able to convert the possible negatives into opportunities. 

I wrote quite a few posts on remedies, Daan and Mantra. Rishi Parashar has prescribed only these two ways to reduce the negative effects of the graha on you. (do use the index page or the search bar to locate these posts). But as a general note, it would help if you do some Daan or recite some Jupiter mantra on the days when he transits into a new sign. Or recite a Jupiter mantra every Thursday. Or wear his yellow color (post here) on the days you need his specific blessings. Or the fragrances (post here) linked to him or even eat the food (post here) that he controls. Or do some simple spiritual practice as a daily routine so that you increase your overall spiritual strength which will help you in all ways.

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Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter

Jupiter tends to be retrograde for about 4-5 months every year. So, you can expect Jupiter moving in the apparent reverse motion in about 22% of your client’s charts.

Retrograde motion happens quite regularly, most of us have at least one graha retrograde in our horoscopes. These retrograde planets affect deeply on the psychological levels, on growth and development. Their energies are channelised differently, turned inwards towards the non-rational dimensions. They offer subtle challenges, and if you can over come these, you are granted greater access to your inner self. If you consciously use their energies, they will support heightened intuition and self-awareness, but if left to themselves they will deny access to these. These are the subjective, unconscious motivations of your self, you cannot understand them in the context of your rational, objective, conscious and motivated actions.

Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter

Jupiter is considered the biggest benefic planet in the chart, benevolent and gentle. He is the agent of knowledge and wisdom. Depending on what he signifies in your chart, he can help you on the material or spiritual paths. Based on what Jupiter means in your horoscope, he will make you understand and experience its true value. Education, career, law, religion, metaphysics, spirituality, philosophy, marriage, children, he gives and expands the potential for all these. Jupiter is also about being ‘visible’ in public, fame. Jupiter matures rather early in life so generally by the time the individual enters active society his thought processes have already taken a definite direction. Colleges and Universities are the places where these thoughts are first expressed, this patterns then continue throughout life.

A retrograde Jupiter increases the psychological dimensions of the experiences he controls. He will be successful in the roles assigned to him, but now he will look for the inner subjective meanings, the patterns linked to these roles. He might have money and fortune, but he will question the use of these things in life and in a broader social perspective. Jupiter retrograde is the courage of conviction. Questions like ‘what is good for me/society’, ‘what is personal/societal progress’, ‘what is personal/societal good’, are pondered upon. He will think very deeply on the matters of the house he is placed in. Jupiter retrograde will have an inner hope, righteousness and faith. He knows himself to be right, will never give up hope and can turn into a crusader of his faith, in benevolent but insistent ways. He is quite positive in approach. A retrograde Saturn thinks for a change in material benefits for the society. A retrograde Jupiter thinks about the society’s collective ‘soul’!

Jupiter is the natural owner of Sagittarius and Pisces. Both these signs are located in the second half of the zodiac. These energies are directed outward from the person, more social in context, more distributive. This is where the personality diffuses, the larger picture comes into focus. He sacrifices his individuality for the sake of the larger perspective. So when Jupiter turns retrograde, he thinks and rethinks on larger issues very deeply. He develops his unusual perspectives on philosophy, religion, law, learning, losses of the material, gain of the spiritual, etc. Such a Jupiter values subjective humanitarian values, like kindness, generosity, compassion etc in an abstract way. He might not actively give money to a charity but might prefer being a spokesperson motivating others to contribute. This ‘visibility in public life’ usually happens after mid-life, for the simple reason that in his younger years, his unusual opinions will not be taken seriously or he may lack opportunities. The initial years may be accompanied with self-doubt or lack of self-confidence but there is usually a complete change with middle-age.

Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter

Retrograde planets are always linked to a ‘inner voice’ who evaluates the gifts linked to the planet very strictly. You will not bother about how your opinions are being received in public as long as your inner conscience is satisfied. You prefer to learn from your own experiences and reactions to them, rather than from others. You will also not expect returns for the actions you perform, e.g. you know that this is your life path and you are following a greater force, so walking on this path is satisfaction enough.

Retrograde planets in the horoscope invariably delay some things in life, e.g personal achievements, marriage, wealth, etc can come later than you expect. And spiritual growth and philosophical understanding will invariably come earlier than you’d expect it!

If your retrograde planets are conjunct with a direct moving planet, e.g. retrograde Jupiter conjunct Sun, you should analyse the Sun and Jupiter as a combined unit, as Jupiter will subconsciously influence the actions indicated by the Sun in your horoscope. Jupiter will in a way, use the Sun’s energy to express himself. And the Sun will use retrograde Jupiter’s thought processes as his back up.

As with Saturn, Jupiter is retrograde for a significant period, 4-5 months, every year. So if you have retrograde Jupiter in your birth chart, these transits of retrograde Jupiter will  be felt quite intensely. You will seem to work overtime without a break during this period. If you observe yourself over the years, you might notice that you take decisions which have far-reaching impacts during this period. Jupiter retrograde at birth has marked out whatever is stunting your personal and spiritual growth. Transiting Jupiter retrograde will make you resolve these issues in earnest. And this will happen every year. These 4-5 months is where life will be in fast-forward for you. So try to remain aware of events. Try to clarify your internal understanding. You will reap the benefits of your this hard work when Jupiter goes direct in transit again.

‘Fulfilment’ is a very subjective. To be really satisfied about the aspects of life controlled by retrograde planets, you will have to tread on unusual paths. There will be hard karmic lessons or extra effort required this life to be genuinely happy and content. So be patient and persevere.

And finally, because he is Jupiter and he is retrograde, replaying the lesson of faith, ethics and values, you will not follow established religion blindly. You will find your own truths and deeper meanings, with time. There may be disappointments on your spiritual journey as you follow others. Try and listen to your own inner voice and have faith in yourself. Be kind to yourself and you will find your own way, which will be perfect for you, with time.

 

Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter