Intuitive Astrology: The Jupiter Return

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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.

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 is going on!

Jupiter Returns happen a little more frequently, occurring every 12 years but they are just as significant.

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 that rules over 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 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.

If you are older, 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 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 failure, it allowed me to give birth to my creative energy in a different way which involved 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 and some of the themes of your Jupiter Return.

(To discover what astrological sign Jupiter was in when you were born enter your birth details here).

If your natal Jupiter was in a fire sign…

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.

If your natal Jupiter was in an earth sign…

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

If your natal Jupiter was in an air sign…

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

If your natal Jupiter was in a water sign…

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

Quick Tip! If you are turning a multiple of 12 in any given year, so if you are turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 64 etc, then you are most likely having your Jupiter Return that year!

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

About the author

Tanaaz

Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.