Dec. 27, 2019-March 21st 2019

Retrograde: April 23-August 11, 2019

Direct:  August 11, 2019-Nov. 4, 2019

Jupiter   transits into the constellation of Jyestha  Dec. 27th and stays there much of the rest of year except for a month from March 23-April 23rd, 2019 when it is early Sagittarius.  In modern astronomy Jyestha is know as Alpha-Scopionis (Antares) and Sigma Scorpionis and Tau-Scorpionis located from 16.40 Scorpio to 29.59 Scorpio.  It contains the start of Antares at 16 degrees, which is very connected to war and transits of planets over it lately have stirred up global conflicts and Jupiter going through there will be supportive to prevent conflict.

Prash  Trivedi reminds us that Jyestha means “eldest.” Its symbol is a round talisman which is a symbol of divine protection and this round circle represents authority and is connected to a kind of medal for one who has many past lives connected to occult practices and penance.

The deity of this constellation is Indra, king of the gods and is connected to rain and the abundance it brings in agricultural wealth. It is very connected to prosperity and Donald Trump has his moon in this constellation.  Indra is a bit robust, proud, vain, tricky and undefinable in the Puranic stories and it’s no wonder that Trump has some of those qualities. When poorly afflicted, the dark misuse of power, authority and vanity come forth from this constellation but Jupiter going through this constellation will bring out its positive qualities.  Still Jupiter in Jyestha should support leadership and and wisdom except when Mercury is poorly afflicted in transit.

Jyestha is very concerned about what other people think and they need respect and attention. Again in our material world, this energy can get channeled into excessive headless vanity and show and create mob leaders, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. If your ascendant, Sun  (born Dec. 3-15th) or Moon are in this constellation and Mercury is afflicted in your chart, you may be prone to moaning and groaning, jealousy and vindictiveness and wanting to put others down.  Again Trump’s personality is a good reminder of the dark side of this constellation. When Jyestha is positive and strong, people with this constellation want to help the weak, the helpless and the underprivileged and they protect others.

The gana or type created by this constellation is the Rakshasa or demonic character. Demons are not all bad and that is also true of Trump  in his quest to change outmoded and non-functioning aspects of society so there are good demons. Mercury rules this constellation which give it its deceptive, cunning and childlike nature.  Being in the sign of Scorpio which is co-owned by Mars and Ketu, the combination creates either a policing nature or one devoted to study of the Vedas if Ketu is more dominant in the chart.

The dark side of the constellation reminds us of the  Scorpion  tail  which can bring a lot of self-destructive tendencies and lead to positive transformation or just bad beating one-self up. In the end this constellation is very difficult as it does not create peace of mind. Ultimately, Jyestha’s goal is to confront the mysteries of the universe, face its fears and transform them.

Jupiter does well in this constellation as it can transform through spiritual energy, make clear decisions and honor the material world. Hence it does well with spiritual and material energies and their balancing.

Jupiter will be impacted by where Mercury is in transit as Jupiter will channel  Mercury’s energy the rest of the year.  Even Mercury in Pisces starting Feb. 24th –March 14th and April 11-May 3rd will connect Jupiter with its higher spiritual energies and not cause problems.  Mercury in Cancer with Mars  June 23-August 9th will probably be the more difficult part of the connection increasing poor judgment and decision making.

The key with this constellation is be satisfied with what one has and not aspire to pour on more material desires which lead to ultimate dissatisfaction. This constellation demands that you complete the material part of the cycle that began in Leo and get ready spiritual transformation in Sagittarius.

The first pada of Jyestha  (Scorpio 16.40-20.00) is ruled by Sagittarius and Jupiter is at home here but may get stuck in religious dogma and belief structures. (Dec. 27-Jan 12th)

The 2nd pada of Jyestha (Scorpio 20-23.20) is ruled by Capricorn where Jupiter can be too naïve and has poor judgment and may hanker more for material success and be out of its dharmic and spiritual quest. (Jan. 12-Jan. 30th).  The 3rd pada (Scorpio 23.20-26.40) is ruled by Aquarius which may require transformation as old material structures start breaking and self-reflection leads to the breaking down of the ego .  (January 30th-Feb. 20th) The 4th pada (Scorpio 26.40-29.59) is ruled by Pisces where the knowledge and wisdom of Jupiter will triumph through challenge. (Feb. 20th-March 29th and then April 23-May 30th)

Special thanks to Prash Trivedi and Komilla Sutton for their writings on this constellation.

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