Jupiter entered Capricorn on December 2nd, 2019. The big planet will be in the Goat’s sign until December 19th, 2020, just over a year.
Jupiter does not simply appear in Capricorn. It ingresses after a whole year in Sagittarius. This transition is an important one, as it takes Jupiter from one of its preferred signs to one of its least favorite.
Jupiter is powerful and comfortable in Sagittarius, one of the two signs it rules. In Sagittarius, Jupiter inspires faith, strengthens the spirit, and offers opportunities for material and magical gain. Divine potency is on display, offering wins and opening our eyes to the edges of the possible. Yet these moments may leave us with inflated expectations.
In Capricorn, Jupiter shows a very different face. Where Jupiter in Sagittarius offers us a glimpse of the heights, Jupiter in Capricorn shifts the focus drastically earthwards. Jupiter is in its Fall in Capricorn. In the sign of its Fall, a planet walks terrain contrary to its mission and indifferent to its gifts. This environment not only impedes Jupiter’s strengths, it also highlights the shortcomings of the planet’s approach.
The mountain pass through Capricorn is especially difficult this year, due to the presence of Pluto, Saturn, and the Dragon’s Tail there, the trio which distributed a goodly portion of 2019’s suffering. Jupiter’s movement into Capricorn thus puts the do-gooder planet in the heart of the year’s hardest configuration. This is both a good and a bad thing. It is good because it inspires solutions to the Saturn-Pluto-Tail problems. It will also be felt as a boon to people with an abundance of Capricorn planets in their charts. The downside is that trying to solve the deeply rooted issues that Saturn, Pluto, and the Tail indicate will take all of Jupiter’s energy, and more. That means that instead of adding positives, Jupiter will be busy negating negatives. In practice, it means that magical work with Jupiter will be significantly restricted in its efficacy.
The people and fields that Jupiter naturally influences may experience the same difficulty as their patron planet. Would-be sages must show that their wisdom is not merely suited for idle summer moments, but vital and necessary even in the frigid heart of winter.
Though it will be trial for clerics who promise utopia, Jupiter’s time in Capricorn will be a boon for those creeds which are traditional, conservative, established, or very concerned with the material world.
Jupiter faces a heroic trial in Capricorn, as do all planets in their Fall. The planet of big vision, divine favor, and good cheer is tested mightily by the hard realities conjured by Capricorn. If Jupiter brings us visions, then Capricorn challenges us to prove them, to bring earth, stone, and sweat into accord with inspiration.
What exists solely in the mind is pure— it has had to make none of the compromises necessary for enduring manifestation. And yet it is that very possibility of reification that makes it such an exciting thing. Inspiration is wonderful, but nothing substantial was ever built without organization and effort.
In addition to the struggle with exhaustion and boredom which becoming-real requires, we must also contend with influences which threaten to corrupt our original intention. The great musician is offered the chance to become a pop sell-out, perverting art into commodity. The successful politician is offered power and wealth to set aside the well-being of their constituents, degrading service into hypocritical predation. The list of temptations goes on. The more you’ve built, the higher a price you’ll be offered to sell your soul. The real is a dirty place, and if we’re going to make good here, we can’t forget it.
Jupiter is the planet of teachers, priests, and gurus. It is therefore helpful, when trying to understand Jupiter’s work in a particular sign, to ask ourselves who this year’s teacher is. Which preacher’s sermons are most likely to hit home? Here are two teachers, one a legendary human, one an animal, which each have an abundance of Jupiter in Capricorn lessons.
The first teacher we look to is Solomon the King, the biblical patriarch around whom a host of stories swirl. Though canonical texts have much to say about Solomon, it is the apocryphal ones we are most interested in, particularly the 1st-2nd century Testament of Solomon. The Solomon of the Testament is not just a King, but also a magician, exorcist, and demon-binder extraordinaire. Much of the Testament recounts how Solomon, blessed with power by God, bound a litany of ornery and dangerous spirits to his will and purpose.
That purpose was the construction of the legendary First Temple of Jerusalem, a holy task he himself had lashed himself to. He did not bind them to merely to serve his lust and hunger, but instead to a meaningful and spiritual project which benefitted more than just himself.
That Solomon’s tale focuses on the construction of a Temple is especially apt, as it is easy to see the distorting influence of power in the formation of religion. It is one thing to keep the signal clear when it was one person giving a sermon on a mount, it another thing entirely when that teaching is embedded in a globe-spanning network of property and influence. Solomon both succeeds and fails at handling this task, and thus serves as both embodied ideal and cautionary tale.
Solomon offers a model of holiness which differs significantly from the asceticism of saints and other sacred renunciates. The saint deals with the demonic by removing themselves from contact with the world and engaging in purificatory disciplines. Solomon, on the other hand, cannot withdraw from the world without failing in his appointed duty. So he deals with the wild spirits within and without by chaining them to a worthy cause.
Though demons and desires are not one in the same, there is a meaningful overlap in the relationship we have to each. We can separate ourselves from them, as the ascetics and renunciates do. Yet we can also confront and organize them, like Solomon. The lust for praise, for example, can fuel a wide variety of pathological behaviors. Yet, when properly connected to good and valuable work, it can motivate worthy accomplishments. A horse does not have to be a model of virtue to pull a wagon.
Though the story of the Testament of Solomon focuses on the titular hero’s amazing demon-binding rampage, it is important to note that the whole story begins with a successful exorcism. The Testament shows us that contrary spirits can be bound to sacred purpose, but only once we have separated from them. From a psychological perspective, we may find a way to make our more egoic passions work for us, but we first we have to extricate ourselves from complete identification with them.
Solomon’s challenge was an ordeal of purposeful construction, which is exactly the kind of task that Jupiter in Capricorn is due to distribute this year. If you end up face-to-face with a set of blueprints, do not hesitate to draw inspiration from the wizard-king Solomon, whose methods, successes, and failures are all equally instructive.
Solomon is a suitable Jupiter in Capricorn teacher, as far as legendary humans go, but it does not behoove us to limit our selection of gurus to the human. Among animals, Jupiter has long been associated with big, impressive birds, most specifically the majestic eagle, feathered regent of the wide skies.
While Jupiter is in Capricorn, though, it operates in Saturn’s territory, and so we must look for wisdom and opportunity within the harsher sphere of the scythe-wielding greater malefic. Death and decay are natural Saturnian significations, and the copresence of Saturn, Pluto and the Dragon’s Tail in the same sign strongly reinforce said themes.
The majestic eagle does not have lessons appropriate to such a place, and so we must look to darker birds. The Saturnian birds are many, but they have one queen— the vulture.
Like the eagle, its cousin, the vulture is a huge bird. It is the largest flying scavenger on Earth. Like the eagle, it soars and drifts far above the terrestrial world, scanning for food and danger. But while the eagle hunts, the vulture does not kill. Instead, it waits for death, showing Saturnian patience and certainty. Vulture is patient because vulture is wise, and knows that whether it comes early, late, or perfectly on-time, death always arrives.
Where others see failure, rot and despair, vulture sees treasure and opportunity. Vulture sees value where others see garbage. Vulture picks through your trash for recyclables. dumpster-dives through the bins of luxury grocery stores for rejected feasts. Vulture is an aghori, a cemetery practitioner, performing worship on a corpse-seat, unconcerned that others do not see the sacred in its practice.
Garbage-collector, vulture takes care of waste. Purifier, vulture keeps your streets from overflowing with sewage. An alchemist, vulture exults in the putrefactio, transforming toxins into medicine. Yet this dumpster-queen is also a historian. Vulture knows what the dead buffalo ate the day before. Vulture knows where the bodies are buried, and where the hidden mausoleums lie. Vulture remembers the sound of dead languages, and where the forgotten texts languish.
Vulture teaches the way of thriving in the midst of decay. Learning to find the treasure hidden in trash is a key when you live in a world full of landfills. In Nassim Taleb’s terms, the vulture is not merely robust, but thoroughly anti-fragile. Vulture and Black Swan are the best of friends, and the great scavenger’s stock portfolio reflects this.
While vulture does not shy away from the getting its beak dirty, it does not live on the ground, but instead spends most of its time in the sky. Here we see the lift, lightness, and the broad perspective of Jupiter. Like its cousin the eagle, its default is a broad survey of the landscape. The vulture does not get mired in every little tragedy or drama. If there is too much trouble in a given situation, the vulture is happy to take wing and look for better opportunities.
Instead of shrinking from them, the vulture has embraced the inevitability of endings. This acceptance empowers the vulture with both knowledge of the past and clear vision of the future. As we are currently at the conclusion of a long cycle, the wisdom of the endings-which-precede-beginnings is sorely needed.
Take the vulture as teacher. Soar and survey. Do not recoil from the end of what has run its course. Peer through the vulture’s eye. Each finale is a buffet of beginnings.
Solomon and vulture both show us, in their own way, how to transform negatives into positives. Each teaches a reversal. Solomon turns spiritual opposition into aid. Vulture turns material decay into life-giving opportunity.
These strategies are appropriate for Jupiter’s situation in Capricorn in 2020. The big planet is in contrary territory and must contend with multiple malefics while it is there. What good fortune comes of this will be, in no small part, a result of our ability to see the treasure hidden in trash, and to yoke contrary forces, within and without, to sacred purpose. So slip on Solomon’s magic ring and spread your dark feathers wide— there’s work to be done.
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This was a real treat, Austin. A lantern hanging at the entrance to a Zelda dungeon. Thank you
Well written… how could I not feel triumphant in the patience of seeing the gold in the trash.
The big birds fly in the overview….Solomon is a great teacher …. thanks Austin
Beautifully written. Thank you.
An adventure is ahead of us
This was really compelling and beautiful—all the surly goats in my chart loved it. Also, referring to myself as a dumpster-queen from now on.
As someone with a Saturnine excess, I must say that this is a much sexier summation of our guiding principle than the usual “stodgy corporate whore” writeup!
I love the offering. You have created a trippy path that suggests a sacred pilgrimage. I love Maat the Vulture goddess and love the way you described the vultures attributes.
I have no words to equal those haunting cries from the mountains…thank you Austin
This is brilliant Austin. Your wisdom and writing talent conspire in works that deliver truths both poignant and beautiful.
Hi, good article. As per vedic astro. Jupiter in Capricorn ,in territory of Saturn. Its jal tatva ( watery). I think this combination will bring true value. Saturn is reality, pessimistic while Jup. is very hopeful and expands everything. The bubble will burst in all markets if they are overvalued. Real valuation will be presented in this 2020 by this combination. We may see good correction in mkts. in 2020? May have good planning but budgetary control will be always there( Restriction). One will not be satisfied with progress. You have to look in to very detailed aspect. You mentioned correctly that the Vulture will clean. Dirty game will be exposed during this time.
Thank you! Loved the section on the vulture. A lot to chew on.
Brilliant analysis. Thank you for the fascinating perspective.
Gorgeous imagery! I actually got chills a couple of times. I’m grateful that Jupiter will be in this Capricorn/Saturnian/Plutonian mix as we head into our next chapter.
Austin as always you are a goldsmith of words forged in life and magic. Thank you.
Thank you for this, it is beautiful and useful.
Thank you for the image of King Solomon holding a temple (looking remarkably like an Orthodox Church). The text on the scroll is Proverbs 9:1: “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars”, read on church holidays dedicated to Holy Mother of God.
“negating the negatives” – I’m already exhausted. Vultures – yuck.The soaring bit for the Eagle and his relative is the best part of this piece to me. But hey – all the heavy lifting will be by Saturn. He is in charge – has all the responsibility here, and at least leaves Jupiter in the house without him March 23 – beginning of June! fly Eagle, fly.
“negating the negatives” – I’m already exhausted. Vultures – yuck.The soaring bit for the Eagle and his relative is the best part of this piece to me. But hey – all the heavy lifting will be by Saturn. He is in charge – has all the responsibility here, and at least leaves Jupiter in the house without him March 23 – beginning of June! fly Eagle, fly. Hope rebounds in the face of reality.
This is a really probscribed and fear-based view of Jupiter in Capricorn, based on what the ancients thought and feared about this subject. Not all of us had a hard 2019 year. I have a lot in Cap natally and 2019 was one of the best years of my adult life. My business and financial life flourished, I met my life partner and got married, and my fortune boomed.
We should not cling so steadfastly to what texts have to say. Our lived experience is more important. I know people who won’t even petition Jupiter while it’s in Cap. It’s just a different energy, it’s not necessarily “good” or “bad”. It may or may not work for you, but the same is true of any other configuration. I know people who went bust while Jupiter was in Sag. Despite their most crafty petitions they ended up losing money and fortune.
So, who’s to say?
Thanks Austin ???
saw one ? in my meditation and now meeting it here again through you…
Beautiful and heartopening. One only love your wisdom in words.
Regards from Munich
Uranus will surprise us all, or at least distract.
Thanks for this wonderful piece Austin. Especially poignant in light of our earth being in such crisis and the urgent requirement that we harness our best potential to respond constructively to this.
You must’ve slaved over this amazing piece!! Excellent job! Thank you!! xo
Thank you, Austin! A pleasure to read…
Thanks Austin – that was a treat. Good to have you back. “Each finale is a buffet of beginnings” I can sense something here – and whatever it is – may it lead to the best.
Thanks Austin – that was a treat. Good to have you back. “Each finale is a buffet of beginnings” I can sense something here – and whatever it is – may it lead to the best.
Thank you for this, very helpful and something I will come back to all year.
I’ve really missed your insightfully profound wisdom so poetically illustrated with history, myth, astrology and allegory. Thank you, thank you for returning to these monthly posts. Cheers to 2020. I wish you all the best, Mariza
Superb and magical, thank you!
Venus in Scorpio! has a lesson here to me- the putrefying matter necessary to fertilize the abundance found in the garden, the initiative properties of desire and illusion when undertaking creative projects. When waging in the material, reflection and removal after the triumphs of hope over experience.
Very good. Jupiter also will bring blessings to those who are oppressed by Saturn and Pluto by showing them the path out of their underworld, or at least the philosophical truth that from time to time, we ALL must visit the underworld to learn to get beyond fear.
Heartfelt and beautifully written. I really missed your insights. Your Jupiter in Scorpio was illuminating and this one feel the same. Thank you and best wishes for the New Year.
White vulture feather is a repeating vision element of mine
the bird having an importance to Tibeatan Nyingma class
for it representing the Guru Padmasambhava
for the reasons quite like you mention
subject and object meet, just as emptiness is plentiness and death is the beginning of something else.
Grateful for you being back Austin, bless you and meet you in my dreams.
I read this back in December and it has helped me prepare for the year ahead (as far as possible). Reading it again now, April 4th, the accuracy of the transit delineation is stunning and described with such pertinent, evocative imagery. Thankfully it also offers both strategy and some reassurance; in knowing this too will pass! and that new opportunities will arise from the ashes so long as we can just maintain our vision to see them and adapt in order to survive and get by. Another excellent piece, very grateful, thank you Austin.
Nice! I am a new fan after watching the discussion about astrology and magic on the podcast. I had a question about your different pronunciation of Crowley’s last name? You guys got deep into it but no mention of Steiner? And really not a lot of consideration given towards Blavatsky’s contribution beyond reference to theosophical stuff. I like your writing a lot…
Re-reading this now is fucking medicine. A few months ago I was living a middle class lifestyle with my six-figure-salary boyfriend, and now I’m in a decaying queer punk art loft, deserted by the more long-standing roommates to maintain it, and now there is a bedbug outbreak, which has deterred anyone new from moving in August 1st.
Vulture is apparently coming tomorrow, in the form OF (drumroll):
“This guy named Martin; he’s a professional garbage picker. He knows how to deal with them DIY. He’s @garbagefinds on insta. He used to live in the space too and is down to share his expertise.”