©6-28-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
For our contest to find new article topics, Lia wrote, “I can easily guess at some of the/progressions that accompany shifts in world view (9th house, Jupiter, or Neptune). I’d be really interested in your take on it and on others descriptions of times in their lives when they lost their religion or gained it, or significantly changed their view of the world in some way.”
Lia, of course, is right. The sign on the cusp of 9th house of the birth chart and any planets therein shows our religious persuasion, philosophy, and how we seek answers to those eternal big questions like the meaning of life. It’s related to Jupiter and Sagittarius, in that placements in Sag and aspects to Jupiter show additional facets of our lifelong quest to find Truth and Meaning.
The 12th house, on the other hand, has a more cloistered feel, being the house of the ashram or abbey and of devout service to the unfortunate. In that respect, it’s related to Neptune or Pisces, mystical rather than religious.
The difference between Jupiter/Sagittarius and Neptune/Pisces is that J/S is convinced it KNOWS things, has the ANSWERS and is qualified to teach them to others. N/P is convinced it knows nothing, has no answers, and therefore has nothing to offer others except compassion.
Just to warn you in advance, the line between religion and mysticism is quite hazy in my mind. I have Jupiter in the 12th AND Pisces on the 9th cusp, so for me, the distinctions between the 9th and 12th houses, between Jupiter and Neptune, between Sagittarius and Pisces are never clear.
They’re as blurred in my vision as a seriously myopic person who leaves her glasses homewhen she attends a massive fireworks display on the 4th of July.
What’s the Big Deal about a Transit to Jupiter?
Why did I call this article a journey to Jupiter’s red spot? Many astrology teachers and students assume that a transit to natal Jupiter is minor.
WRONG! There can be red hot anguish in undergoing a crisis of faith—it’s a loss of hope that leaves us in despair. We’re afraid for our own safety.
It’s that Dark Night of the Soul. It’s Jesus, crying out on the cross, “My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
In times of religious/spiritual crisis in my own life, I don’t necessarily see 9th house transits but more often transits to natal Jupiter. I’ve experienced transits to natal Jupiter from every slow-moving planet from Saturn to Pluto in the time I’ve been in astrology.
I’ve seen major transits to natal Jupiter producing a similar painful upheavals in the lives of clients and friends as well:
- They’re often experienced as a far-reaching crisis of faith where everything we thought we knew no longer seems true or valid.
- Those are the times when our spiritual teachers or others we looked to for inspiration turn out to have terribly human flaws.
- It’s those times when everything we thought made us a good person doesn’t keep us safe when the worst happens.
- Those are the times when the old answers that we firmly believed in no longer serve, and we have to expand our worldview.
Two Tough Stretches on the Spiritual Path
To give just two examples, I remember one time in the late 1980s when that Neptune-Uranus conjunction in Capricorn was opposite my Jupiter in Cancer in the 12th. I absolutely lost touch with God, felt no sense of a connection at all. I was desolate.
After a few months of despair and of seeking respite from this aching loss, I was walking down the street, and a car passed by with a bumper sticker that said, “Pray to Allah”. That’s it, a message, I thought, I’ll pray to Allah.
And I did for a few weeks. But I found I really didn’t care for Allah. Too male, forbidding, warlike, and rigid. And it finally dawned on me—it’s the same Dude!! Allah and God are one and the same.
What was happening when I prayed to Allah was that I was sending my prayers through the framework of the Muslim religion. Just as praying to a Christian God, given my original religious background, shaped my capacity to be in touch with him. So I tried praying through the cracks, and finally found a connection again. You probably already knew I was weird, right?
Then, from 1997-2000, Uranus in Aquarius and Pluto in Sagittarius were forming a Yod to natal Jupiter in the 12th. Both Sagittarius and Jupiter are related to the hips in medical astrology, and my hips had deteriorated terribly so that I was in serious pain every day. I was housebound waiting for them to be replaced, but had to wait a long time because I had no insurance.
I stubbornly refused to see myself as a disabled person, clinging to the thought that the surgery would let me return to normal. One of the hardest lessons for me as a fiercely independent person was to allow other people to help me, even with such taken for granted tasks as changing the sheets on my bed.
I slowly came to see that accepting help was part of the spiritual lesson I was learning—a lesson that nothing less than complete helplessness would have taught me.
Meantime, isolated and shut-in as I was most of the time, I was reaching a state of grace through reading Tibetan Buddhist writings for the first time. I loved them deeply, especially the Dali Lama and Pema Chodrun. I was also finally studying A Course in Miracles with some semblance of regularity and found the two viewpoints compatible.
For a more complete history of my meandering spiritual path and all the byways it’s taken, see Fitting onto a Blank.
And if you ever are in a crisis of faith, here’s a flower essence that can help: Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul.
What about you, Readers? Have you ever experienced a true Crisis of Faith? What did you do about it? How did you resolve it, and how did it change your beliefs? What transit would you pin it on?
FREE TRANSIT TRACKER: This handy one-page reference summarizes the transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto from 1990-2012. Use it to look back on past transits to your chart or your clients’ and to look forward for the next few years. Download it here: Transit Tracking Table for 1990-2012.
More Posts about Jupiter:
- How Strong is your Jupiter? Here’s the Score!
- Hyperactive Jupiter Syndrome—The Down Side of an Upbeat Planet
- What Jupiterians DON’T Know–but Think They Do
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the 9th House
- Use Jupiter Transits to the Vocational Houses for a Career Boost
- Jupiter in the 12th—When Does Good Luck Turn Bad?
- Why Saturn has as much to do with Luck as Jupiter
- Jupiter and the Astrology of Self-Justification
- The Law of Progressive Annoyance—Mars or Jupiter?
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