On June 11th, 2012, Jupiter enters Gemini for its year-long transit of the Mercury-ruled Mutable Air Sign.
One of the most prolific contemporary pop composers of recent times has been Burt Bacharach. In 1968, Bacharach wrote the lyrics to ‘Promises, Promises’. He came to mind as I decided to write about Jupiter in Gemini, the transit of which is a year-long transit and begins on June 11th, 2012, and continues through June 25th, 2013.
Ruling Sagittarius, Jupiter is in detriment in Gemini. Jupiter is an expansive energy and considered one of the ‘two good guys’ of the zodiac [the other being Venus]. Jupiter is considered lucky, and fosters confidence, optimism and expansion. The opposite qualities of contraction, restriction and delays are associated with Saturn, often referred to as the ‘great teacher’, since whatever we get from Saturn we have likely learned through hard work. Saturn is not lucky, whereas Jupiter is.
In Gemini, Jupiter continues to be expansive but the expansiveness of Jupiter in the Mutable Air Sign is likely to increase the number of activities we have going on. We might be juggling a variety of things, all with a little here and a little there but possibly without much depth. We may have breadth but little depth.
Jupiter in its own Sign of Sagittarius is philosophical and an energy of incredible integrity. In Gemini, Jupiter’s philosophical nature goes out the window and integrity is thrown overboard to winning the moment, to gaining one’s success, even if only fleeting, by whatever means possible and usually with a good tagline and an appealing ‘song and dance’.
With Jupiter in Gemini, we do have to be wary of ‘promises, promises’. People may talk their talk, but we might experience that few people actually walk their talk.
This is a time of hucksters, of those individuals who can sell their wares by a scintillating presentation but perhaps with nothing to truly back up their claims. People can paint pretty pictures and offer grand solutions. But with Jupiter in Gemini, we might discover that we are living in a world similar to Hollywood sets where the appearance is one thing but once you get behind closed doors it becomes readily apparent that everything is but a façade, a pretty image held up solely by two by fours — no substance, all appearance.
This energy can have a dizzying effect, somewhat mesmerizing and like a moth to a flame we could be seduced by promises made by tricksters who are more interested in winning the moment rather than delivering valid results on the long-term.
During this year, we shall need to be on our toes, discerning and with a jaded eye to everything that is presented to us. As the Missouri state slogan indicates, ‘show me’ would be an important next step after the initial presentation to see if true reality matches the verbal promise.
Although a somewhat jaded approach, we might want to repeat mantram-like over the next twelve months the classic idiom: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.’
Welcome to the dizzying world of Jupiter transiting Gemini.