Jupiter is the planet of high expectations. It influences optimism, expansion, luck, speculation, wealth, hope, abundance, benevolence, cheerfulness, complacency, development, enlargement, exaggeration, excess, fortune, honesty, indemnity, justice, opulent, principals, professional people, sincerity and travel. Jupiter also influences education, philosophy, social behavior and gambling.

Jupiter is said to influence all the good and noble things of life, and lead each of us toward a higher purpose. With a favorable or prominent Jupiter, you could experience lucky serendipities at every turn. If your Jupiter has lots of frictions (squares) with major planets, you might have to make your own luck much of the time.

Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the sign of truth-seeking, learning, travel, philosophy and physical movement. For the non-Sadges, Jupiter in the birth chart shines light on an individual’s spirit quest. It points toward the arena where optimism and faith can be stirred up, since it generates a sense of the hero’s journey, life as a grand adventure.

There’s a lot of talk these days about “creating abundance” and being in the flow of prosperity. Jupiter in the birth chart points to where you’ll find rewards through risk-taking and growth. And that can mean mo’ money, but also a sense that your life is evolving toward something meaningful.

The planet Jupiter casts out more heat than it takes in from the Sun, and likewise this is symbolic of an inspired person with a self-generated internal heat source. Jupiter’s influence also helps you fan the flames of your passions, so you can fulfill your destiny. It encourages curiosity and openness that comes from the wisdom that engaging with life makes your world ever larger. In other words, Jupiter’s resonance in the chart shows how you take in new ideas, cultures, people, and allow it to add color and dimension to your life.

Jupiter’s gift is to guide you to your highest fulfillment and happiness. As the planet of expansion, some of its pathways are through learning, travel, challenges and philosophy. Jupiter in your chart drops clues about where and how to take leaps of faith. It shows the sphere of life (house) and the likely method (sign) by which you’ll make those giant leaps.