Intuitive Astrology: The Jupiter Return

jupiter return astrology

You may have heard of a Saturn Return but another significant return in astrology is your Jupiter Return.

A Saturn Return occurs every 28-29 years and indicates a time of growing up, taking responsibility for your life and awakening.

Because of the intensity of a Saturn Return this astrological transit often receives a lot of attention. I meet many people who know very little about astrology in general but seem to know a lot about Saturn Returns.

This is perhaps to be expected as the amazing life changes that come along with a Saturn Return are often enough to make you stop, take notice and perhaps even investigate as to what the bleep is going on.

Jupiter Returns happen every 11 to 12 years and seem to fly well under the Saturn Return radar.

Jupiter Returns however, are almost just as significant and more and more I am starting to see this through my clients, family and social circles.

Jupiter is the considered to be the lucky planet so it has often been assumed that a Jupiter return is an extremely lucky and prosperous time, but there is a deeper side to all of this too.

In order to receive all the luck and prosperity from the Universe, Jupiter often has to first create a pathway.

This pathway can sometimes involve the breaking down of old structures, beliefs, ideas and thought patterns. It can also involve the breaking down of relationships, dreams, goals and values.

Even though Jupiter is considered to be “lucky” it is also the planet of the bigger picture. This means that things may not appear very lucky at first until you have been able to take into consideration the bigger picture vision.

During the first Jupiter Return which happens around 11 to 12 years old, usually the focus is on preparing to enter adulthood.

It is the year before officially becoming a teenager and often there is a huge shift in the way that you think and feel. You long for more independence, you want to separate yourself from your family and you tend to rely and trust your friends more than your parents.

The first Jupiter Return can be hard to understand as it is at this time that most of us are really only starting to become aware of who we really are. Because of this, it is the second and even third Jupiter Return that is often the most transformative.

At age 23-24 we experience our second Jupiter Return and often this can be a very critical point in our lives. Perhaps think back to what was happening in your life at 24 to see if you can piece together what Jupiter may have been trying to show you.

Jupiter Returns are all about bringing positive growth and sometimes Jupiter needs to change and clear things before this is possible.

Sometimes Jupiter needs to throw in a few challenging lessons in there so you can really learn to appreciate or find the “luck” in all situations.

At the time when I was going through my Jupiter Return I didn’t think much of it, but now looking back I see how it shaped the future road ahead.

During my Jupiter Return I quit my acting career. Even though at the time this felt like a huge and devastating loss and failure, it allowed me to give birth to my creative energy in a different way which evolved into me starting this website.

I also started my first serious relationship during my Jupiter Return, which was also a huge learning and growing process as prior to this, I was always afraid of commitment and opening myself up to others.

At the time, the impact of my Jupiter Return didn’t really dawn on me. It is only now looking back that I see how my Jupiter Return brought incredible change into my life. It didn’t really feel all positive at the time, but now I see just how special it all really was!

Before the starting of a new Jupiter Return, it may feel like a closing to a cycle that has been unfolding over the last 12 years. Whatever themes that unfolded over the last 12 years usually come to an end and are cleansed and purified for good.

Jupiter cycles always bring something new and a new opportunity for positive growth, so most people going through a Jupiter Return will feel like they are starting a brand new chapter in their lives.

If you want to know specifically what themes your Jupiter Return will bring, you need to look at the astrological sign Jupiter was in when you were born.

The astrological sign that Jupiter falls in your chart as well as any other corresponding aspects, will indicate the lessons that Jupiter is sent to teach you in this life.

(To discover what astrological sign Jupiter was in when you were born click here).

The key words for those with Jupiter in a fire sign like Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are leadership, expansion and bringing new ideas into the world.

The key words for those with Jupiter in an earth sign like Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are stability, discipline and healing.

The key words for those with Jupiter in an air sign like Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are innovation, compassion, courage and communication.

The key words for those with Jupiter in a water sign like Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are imagination, creativity, intuition and emotional healing.

Feel free to share your Jupiter Return stories in the comment section below!

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  • Jasmine

    Im currently experiencing my 2nd Jupiter return it all makes sense why I quit my day job and created, gratitude Tanaaz for helping raise the vibration of the Universe.

    • thank you Jasmine and all the best with your creation!!!

  • RV

    How long does Jupiter return last?
    For example my last 4th Jupiter Return was 4 years ago, am I still going thru it or where am I as today?

    • good question!! I should have included this in the article. Jupiter Returns follow roughly a 12 year cycle, so the same “lesson” or theme will continue for that period of time. Jupiter Returns are most noticeable when a new one is about to begin and this happens every 12 years roughly. This period between leaving the old cycle and starting the new cycle is often felt most strongly for 1-1.5 years so as you switch from age 11 to 12 or 23 to 24 you are most likely to feel it in that time frame. Hope that helps!

  • Joanne Kelly

    When I was younger I never wanted children but at my 2nd Jupiter return I had 2 unplanned pregnancies, 1 straight after the other. My children are the best thing that could have happened to me. I have Jupiter in Cancer.

    • that’s amazing! Cancer has a very nurturing, mothering energy so that makes sense!

  • Alyssa

    what does it mean if Jupiter is in retrograde in your natal chart?

    • Alyssa

      (It seems I’m in the middle of my own return–Jupiter is in retrograde in Libra right now? &….I have had close to no consistency in my life over the past 1 1/2 years. It’s been quite stressful.)

      • yes, Jupiter is currently retrograde in Libra. If you have Jupiter retrograde in your chart it does indicate that Jupiter themes are stronger for you, or perhaps they are felt on more of an internal level than an external one. Usually people with retrograde planets feel the energy more strongly but have a harder time rationalizing what that energy really means…eventually over time however, those with a retrograde jupiter can learn to make the energy work in their favour. My jupiter is also retrograde 😉 I am still figuring it out!

  • Ashley Shaver

    Interested in the 3rd jupiter return at 35-36, as I am approaching that! Am feeling a strong transformation that really has made me look at all aspects of my life and break them down and reevaluate. It feels like a huge beginning is about to start. I’m a Virgo, so the themes of stability, discipline & healing really resonate with me. Looking forward to feeling more of that as I settle into this new stage!

    • as you approach the beginning of your next jupiter return you are going to be feeling an ending to the theme that started back around age 23-24. Whatever theme presented to you during this time is likely to give you a clue as to what is in store for your 3rd return…almost like a graduation of sorts to the next level. it is hard to say without looking at your whole chart, but there is often a pattern or consistent thread that runs through all of your jupiter returns and you can find clues by looking back over your previous ones.

  • Tyana Barnett

    After reading this article, I just found out that I am currently going through my Jupiter return…Jupiter was in libra at the time of my birth and has now been back in Libra since sept 2016 if I’m not mistaken. I think it’s also interesting to mention that Libra is my sun sign as well. I’m just curious what this all means for me.

  • Peretz

    Going through a grim divorce from a narcissistic spouse – whom I met nearly 12 years ago. Going through a period of emotional healing, feeling grateful for being released from an unfulfilling life, following his desires and career at the expense of my own and looking forward to a time of renaissance!

    • sorry to hear about your difficult time, sending lots of light and loving energy your way! better things are to come!

      • Peretz

        Thank you. It certainly feels that way. 🙂

  • Mary Ann Gullo

    so I am a sun in scorpio Jupiter in leo moon in libra…I read Jupiter will transit from libra which is my 12th house into scorpio in the fall of 2017 will that be my Jupiter return? can you share insights Tanaaz..I think it could be a 5th return..hmmthanks…..mare:)

    • So, jupiter would be moving over your moon at some point between around October 2016 to October 2017- this is beautiful energy! represents a very positive time in your life, of course you have to look over whole chart. Your jupiter return will occur when Jupiter returns to the sign of Leo

  • Sandy

    I met my ex husband in 2003 upon my 2nd jupiter return and just got divorced a year ago. Does this mean I am meeting my 2nd husband when my jupiter returns in October. My jupiter is in scorpio 5th house.

    • you very well could, but astrology is not as literal as that. The starting of a your jupiter return represents the starting of a new energy. being that it is in the 5th house it could be a new lover but also a new understanding of love, a new understanding of what you want in love, creative ideas etc. etc. Its an energy, and then what you do with that energy will depend on how it manifests

  • James Joyner

    I’m a sun in Leo, currently 22 years old and my 2nd Jupiter will be returning this summer when I turn 23. I know this will be a time for me to expand my ideas to the world, and to also become the leader I’m destined to be. I also believe that I’ll be involved with my first serious relationship as well. I’m so excited!! Thank you 🙂

    • woohoo! lots to look forward to! jupiter return is a very special time, enjoy!

  • Bob Stevens

    Hi Tanaaz! Well, I’ve had this tab open in my browser for a LONG time and finally got around to checking my ephemeris…and…my Jupiter return happened on July 27th! I was awarded a project that day which took me from LA to Austin and also represented my first formal partnership with a new agent. Not too shabby! My Jupiter is at 5 degrees Libra, 1st house right on my ascendant, although tightly conjunct with Chiron (always scary, that guy! ). I subscribe to everything you create and would be grateful for any thoughts you might have. Also, my Venus return (if that’s significant) is coming uo 3 days before my birthday next month….and yesterday’s eclipse was smack on too of that Venus in my natal chart. Holy Starseeds! Much Love. Bob

    • Hey Bob! Happy Jupiter Return! This energy will be with you for the next 12 year cycle so whatever energy was present on the 27th is likely to linger for this time period! Seems like it will be a prosperous time for your career. Venus return is not as significant as she moves quickly and hence, it happens more frequently. The Eclipse on your Venus is beautiful, romantic and creative! it’s hard to say without seeing the whole chart but hope that provides some food for thought 🙂

      • Bob Stevens

        Thanks so much Tanaaz! I believe a reading is in order….I’ll go online and be in touch.

  • Mikki

    What a fantastic article. I will be experiencing my 3rd Jupiter return (9 deg. Scorpio) on November 24th and I am just getting through my divorce. My husband was a serial cheater and he finally met someone he loves more than anyone in the world, worth ending the marriage for (“sarcasm”). We met about 12 years ago when I was experiencing my previous Jupiter return. It was in my 1st house the last time around, now it will be in my 4th house, which I guess makes sense as I am transforming my family life and the entire family hierarchy. It will be square my ascendant and trine Neptune, so I am wondering how that will go this time.

    • Inana

      How does your Jupiter Return change houses?

      • Mikki

        I am doing my Jupiter return – it moves through the houses – just as Sun does for your Solar return. The planet makes a “circle” to the same position as when you were born.

        • Inana

          Aaah, you did a Jupiter Return chart. Sorry. I had a lapse of deduction there for a second.