Jupiter in Scorpio

SO powerful and so aggressive is Scorpio, that its influence in modifying any planet which comes into its “war zone” can hardly be estimated too highly. Mars and Jupiter make the most forceful combination of any two planets, and the Martial energy which Jupiter receives from the Lord of Scorpio is even more effective than that in Aries. For Jupiter is the Father of the Gods and has a strong creative instinct, while Scorpio is the sign of Sex. Hence, people with Jupiter in this sign have the religious idea developed to an overwhelming extent and indissolubly linked with that of generation. Whatever views may be generally held today as to religion, there is no doubt that the deepest reverence for the natural forces of creation makes for enormous strength, and especially for sincerity of religious conviction; since, in such a case, to deny one's own physical power is to fail in faith. 

If Jupiter is strong in this sign, we find people with a positively fanatical faith in themselves. God is omnipotent, and He abides with them; how, then, can they ever falter on the path? The effect of ill-dignity – say an evil aspect to Jupiter from Saturn or Mercury – would be to upset the mental balance in this respect and to give evidence of deep-seated perversion. {379} 

To take such weak and perverse configurations before the others, we have two remarkable cases of what evidently amounts to sex-mania of a religious type. The case of Edith Allonby, who committed suicide in order to call attention to a book she had written, shows Saturn and Uranus square to Jupiter, one on either side, and Mercury is near a conjunction. On the grand scale, this type of religious hysteria is exhibited by Tolstoi. Venus and Saturn are square to Jupiter, but the sextile of Neptune adds a touch of mysticism intensified by the conjunction of Mars and Neptune. Here is a case of a bad affliction transformed into exaltation and issuing in comparatively harmless channels; but it explains the spirit of the “Kreutzer Sonata.” 

We find two instances in women of normal sex instincts raised to a high power and made useful in securing material advancement. The Jupiter of Nell Gwyn is trined by Mars, giving exceptional potency; while the Moon, also trine on the other side, adds a softness, which, in view of the strength given by Mars, is decidedly an advantage, especially as the square of Venus tends to prevent too great sentimentality. Cleo de Merode has the Sun and Venus semi-sextile to Jupiter and Neptune square; the Moon is sextile on one side, and Mars on the other. Each of these combinations is very strong and subtle. 

Among writers with Jupiter in Scorpio, we see great preoccupation with, and insistence upon the importance of, the sex-nature. One need only quote Rossetti, Zola, Thomas Hardy, Alphonse Daudet, and Sainte Beuve; and one might also include Cicero on the strength of the hidden implications of “Scipio's Dream.” Rossetti's Jupiter, softened by the trine of Venus, and afflicted by the square of Mercury, becomes decidedly sensuous, while the will power is weakened by a square of Uranus. The sex-feeling is strong, but very feminine in quality; and the religious instinct is somewhat unsettled by this combination. 

Very different is the case of Zola, whose Jupiter, although trined by Venus, is redeemed by the trine of Uranus which is in conjunction with Venus; and, though the square of Neptune contributes mysticism, yet Jupiter remains extremely strong on the plane indicated; and creation, virility and constructiveness mark his feeling and his work. Venus, especially through her conjunction with {380} Uranus, accounts for much of the animalism which has been criticized in his writing, but the Uranus-Jupiter trine elevates all this in the grand result. Indeed this case should be very instructive to the student, illustrating how each planet and aspect has its particular effect, persisting in spite of contrary aspects, and becoming reconciled in a higher complex. This principle is immensely important; it explains the infinite variety of mankind, and shows the folly of attempting the solution of astrological problems by mere consideration of the superficial elements of a horoscope. 

Thomas Hardy's sex-religion complex very closely resembles Zola's. Here however, the Moon, instead of Venus, is trine to Jupiter; and, though Uranus is also trine, it is from the other side and not in a conjunction. It is a magnificent figure; but, unfortunately, as the Moon is in the mid-heaven in Cancer, the centre of gravity tends toward her rather than to the greater planets, thus diminishing the intensity of both Jupiter and Uranus. Had Jupiter been in the ascendant, Hardy would have been much greater than Zola. The Jupiter of Alphonse Daudet has also the trine of Uranus; it is evidently a most important aspect for constructiveness. Mars, Venus, and the Sun all come near to squaring Jupiter, but hardly succeed. There is, therefore, not the same vivid direction to the force which we have seen in the previous cases. The Scorpio influence, however, is evident as dominating the Jupiter motive, while a semi-sextile of Saturn may be responsible for the touch of melancholy which one perceives in this mood. In the case of Nero, who has Jupiter in this position, the Scorpio influence upon Jupiter took a decidedly troublesome form; the insane perversity of his action toward Sporus is conclusive on this point. The conjunction of Mars and Venus in opposition to Jupiter doubtless determined this sex-madness. 

In a much more heroic shape was molded the grand nativity of Napoleon. Jupiter is just within the second house, but rising; he has Uranus in opposition, but Mars is sextile. It is not to be wondered at, that he had faith in his star. And here a word of explanation may be in place. This sublime self-confidnce appearing to be a kind of insane egoism, it may be asked, “Why not rather judge this quality from the point of Napoleon's Saturn?” But it really is not fundamentally egotistic at all. Napoleon's belief was a true {381} religious feeling; in him self-aggrandizement was a secondary matter; he quite seriously believed himself to be the divine instrument to right Europe, and that such a belief should take an apparently egoistic form involves no real change in its Jupiterian character. 

Benjamin Disraeli is another instance of a man who rose through an extreme belief in himself. Indeed, in his earlier days, he was much of a coxcomb. Here Neptune and Venus are both in conjunction with Jupiter, which gives just the fantastic affectation which distinguished him. The semi-sextile of Uranus prevented him from going too far on this line, especially as the Sun is also semi-sextile on the other side. The Moon, too, is square, and the result of this was a skeptical feeling in religion. Asked what his religion was, “The religion of every sensible man.” “And what is that?” “No sensible man ever tells.” Such an attitude is very characteristic of this aspect. 

From Scorpio's tendency to scientific investigation, Jupiter in this sign may sometimes have a very technical application to eminence in medicine and surgery, as in the case of Richard Quain. Jupiter is in the fourth house, trine to the Moon and semi-sextile to Neptune, not very notable dignities. Saturn, too, is square. The Sun, excited by the conjunction of Mars and the trine of the Moon, is Lord of the Ascendant, and is applying to Jupiter within eleven degrees. It is only in this indirect way that Jupiter becomes at all important, and such secondary and obscure indications rarely lead to the highest pinnacles. Exact aspects, with elaborate complexes, and simplicity and directness in the references, are characteristic of the greatest sons of the earth. 

As an exception to the general implication of the sex-element in the religious idea, we have Sir William Hamilton. But this is through no fault of Scorpio; it is the conjunction of Neptune that turns the religious instinct to metaphysics, and the square of Venus that neutralizes the sensual quality of the sign. The skeptical side remains, and is indeed accentuated by a near square of Mercury, who is Lord of the Ascendant. This is a very interesting and instructive complex. 

In music, we have two composers of the first rank in whom the sex-idea may be considered paramount, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. The latter has Neptune square to Jupiter, and Mars and the Sun {382} in opposition, indicating the inversion of sex-impulse; but Uranus is trine, giving constructive ability, which the bad aspects also tend to transpose into a minor key. Strauss has a Jupiter of much greater power; he is not interfered with by any other planet, and is culminating. It is a grand example of “splendid isolation.” 

From all the cases cited, it will appear that Jupiter in Scorpio indicates an active, self-confident mind, well centered upon its object, with much perseverance and generous enthusiasm. The position is favorable for success in engineering and chemistry and also for matters of transportation, especially marine. Many surgeons, dentists, machinists and railroad officials are found among those born under this combination. 

While the imagination and the emotional nature are strengthened, the native will be extremely fond of pleasure and have not a little of showiness in his personality. 

The following well known persons were born with Jupiter in the sign Scorpio: 

Barney Barnato 

John Jacob Astor 

Palmer Cox 

The late Thomas E. Mitten 

Thomas F. Ryan 

Thomas Coleman DuPont 

Perry Belmont 

Lee Shubert 


Edward W. Bok 

George F. Baker 

Edward Markham 

Col. George Harvey 

Robert J. Collier 

William McAdoo 

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael's Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Jupiter is in the sign Scorpio are as follows: {383} 

From January 1st through November 23rd 1840 

October 12th 1851 “ November 7th 1852 

September 25th 1863 ” October 22nd 1864 

January 13th “ March 20th 1875 

September 7th 1875 ” February 9th 1876 

April 24th “ October 3rd 1876 

December 17th 1886 ” April 28th 1887 

August 16th 1887 “ January 14th 1888 

June 3rd ” September 10th 1888 

November 27th 1898 “ December 25th 1899 

November 12th 1910 ” December 9th 1911 

October 27th 1922 “ November 24th 1923

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