Jupiter is the planet associated with luck and abundance. When Jupiter is transiting, it is seen as a lucky time.
Modern astrologers recognize that “luck” is in the eye of the beholder, as are many qualities. Jupiter represents abundance, which has a positive connotation. An abundance of money is a nice thing but an abundance of carpenter ants in the basement is not.
If you have Mars in Pisces in the 4th house, for example, and Jupiter transits Pisces, you might receive a “lucky” offer to live by the ocean or you might find, unluckily, that your basement isn’t sealed properly and your basement is an ocean every time it rains.
Jupiter “expands what it finds” I learned from an astrologer at the 1992 American Federation of Astrologers convention. That valueless statement is the best one, I believe, when dealing with Jupiter transits.
Jupiter can expand waistlines, too, by the way.
Jupiter is the planet that rules the mutable fire sign Sagittarius. Sagittarius, you may remember, was also branded by OHA as Clumsiest Sign of the Zodiac.
Are luck and clumsiness related?
I think they are.
Look at it this way. Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are known to be routine. If you know someone who gets up at the same time each day, eats at the same time each day and pretty much has the same routine all the time, you’re probably looking at an earth sign.
If every day you do the same thing, most likely every day you will have similar experiences. You certainly may run into some new people or situations, but after a few days of routine, the staff at Starbucks will soon know your order upon hearing your voice, the waitress at the diner will give you “the regular” and your pet will know to wake you at 6 a.m.
When following routine, magic rarely happens.
I think what’s called “luck” occurs more to the Sagittarius simply because Sagittarius (and its polar opposite Gemini) is unpredictable. Sagittarius follows the scent of the sublime and that scent may lead it to a stick of incense or a perfume shop or to a million other places.
When you are open to unique and different experiences, “luck” may occur.
When you’re open to new experiences and your head is in the clouds, you may also trip on uneven pavement invoking the title of clumsy.
Two Shades of Luck
Luck comes in two varieties – good and bad. Both are ready to strike a blow at the individual who opens to experience and looks at each day as a unique moment of time and space.
Being open, I’m learning, means holding back on the value judgment and experiencing the experience. Often when perceived “bad” experiences occur, we shut down the path to any experience that may resemble the bad experience. If “good” experiences occur, we seek more of the same type of experience.
Sagittarius has good “luck” because it accepts both the good and bad that comes its way without judgment. Sagittarius may be headstrong and opinionated, but it is not judgmental. Sagittarius, then, has both “good” and “bad” luck.
“Luck,” then, may simply represent unique experiences rather than unique experiences leading to “luck.”
If you’re not a Sagittarius, you can have “good luck” too. You simply have to be open to all luck, both “good” and “bad.”