Jupiter Retrograde – a Primer


A modern analog to Jupiter could be Santa Claus. Everything Jupiter is largesse, generousness and excess (which could portend a dark energy but not necessarily)

Unlike Mercury Retrograding, Jupiter and Saturn – often called the Transpersonal Planets because they are both giants sitting in the middle of our solar system – take longer to appear to change direction because of their distance.

When a planet slows down and appears to “hover” in degrees and minutes – this is called stationing. A planet about to make the appearance of changing direction in relationship to the Earth when preparing to go “retrograde” is called stationing for retrograde. For example:

April 8 to April 12, 2019

Jupiter appears to stand still (stationing for retrograde) from April 8th at 1:55 am PDT to April 10th at  10:01 am PDT when it retrogrades. Jupiter is considered to continue to station in retrograde until it appears moves 1 minute backwards on April 12 at 6:09 pm PDT. During this entire station retrograde period the energies of the planet – in this case Jupiter are more intense during the entire retrograde cycle until Jupiter stations to go direct.

August 9 through August 12, 2019

Jupiter stations for direct from August 9 through August 12 – It will be the most intense period of retrograde 8/9 to 8/11 and less so for 8/11 to 12. Jupiter goes direct on August 11, 2019 at 6:37 am PDT.


Jupiter is in Sagittarius from 24 degrees 21 minutes retrograding to 14 degrees 30 minutes (inclusive). It will affect Sagittarius Sun Signs from December 5th or 6th to the 13th to the 15th blending the energies of Jupiter in retrograde with the natal sun of that person (see notes at the end of this piece on how to find out if you were born with Jupiter in retrograde). This could be favorable to unfavorable depending how the persons respond to the intensity. ­ If you were born with Jupiter in retrograde (in your birth chart) no matter what your Sun Sign you may have expanded intense spiritual experiences, expansion of business or work opportunities, feelings of prosperity and abundance – beware of over-extension and excess.


Jupiter Retrograde Expansive Opportunities  

  • intense spiritual experiences
  • expansion of business or work opportunities
  • feelings of prosperity and abundance
  • expanded / intense love and generosity
  • and more…


Capricorn Sun Signs born between the 5th to the 15th of the month will have a pleasant and uplifting moods from Jupiter retrograde. This mood may be utilized for work within Jupiter Retrograde Expansive Opportunities (see above). Taurus Sun signs may be influenced by a fated passionate feeling on the high end (regarding issues from the list) to low end obsessive-compulsive issues – also from the 5th to the 15th of your Sun sign.

The two fire signs of Aries and Leo between birthdays of the 5th to the 15th in particular will be gifted with harmonious expansion of whatever they choose to work on see list (Jupiter Retrograde Expansive Opportunities).

 Aquarius and Libra Sun signs from the 5th to the 15th of the months of these signs will experience an easy benevolence and a dreamy uplifting of energies during Jupiter retrograding. If you’d like to utilize these energies then pay attention to opportunities that may arise from the Jupiter Retrograde Expansive Opportunities list. Those with Sun in Gemini may experience wild swings of excess that could be very good or not so good depending on how attentive you are (see list above).

Pisces and Virgo Sun signs may experience excitement adventure and growth for those born between the 5th and 15th of the months in relationship to Jupiter. Scorpio Sun during the same birth dates may experience a pleasant Jupiterian time. Cancer Sun (5th to the 15th) could be involved in highly passionate fated actives on the high end and obsessive-compulsive energies on the low end (don’t lose your shirt).

Other Birth-dates out of the Range and other Planets in your Birth Chart

 Those born between the first of the month and the fifth; and the fifteenth to the thirtieth or thirty-first may be affected by Jupiter retrograde in other ways.

As you may know or may surmise there are other planets in astrology:


  • Sun*
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Moon*
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Pluto
  • Eris

Sun, Moon and Pluto are considered planets in Astrology-Speak. Sun and Moon are never retrograde.


 Because Earth is the origin point Earth is not included in most astrology systems except Helio center.


In each natal or birth chart 11 planets are found within 12 constellation systems or zodiacs of the 12 signs. These will be in relationship to Jupiter Retrograding. Also, your Birth/Natal Chart as a gestalt or whole may have an affinity to Jupiter and Jupiter Retrograding. Consult your astrologer. Or contact me: at the.kai9@gmail.com


For more on retrograding planets in 2019 see:

2019 Retrograde and Direct Motion Planetary Chart









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