Jupiter is Big, and So is Its Shadow

Jupiter is the spirit of faith, hope and optimism that allows us to break free from the old Saturnian limitation. Where Saturn tries to shrink, Jupiter tries to expand. This often casts Saturn in a poor light as the bad guy, and Jupiter as the good guy.

But what if you don’t have access to the feeling of faith, hope or optimism? This could happen if the early life circumstance succeeds in crushing your spirit through abuse or neglect. Or you could live with parental role models stricken with poverty consciousness. What happens to Jupiter then?

I believe the shadow manifestation of Jupiter in this case is to expand the negative: You could make a BIG deal out of small problems in life, creating unnecessary drama and wasted (excessive) emotions.

Here is an everyday example: this morning I was about to have a nice walk in my beautiful neighborhood natural park. Then a tenant called with some problems – their lawn died after the lawn company came to apply some insecticides (I manage rental properties in my family business.)

Now we’ve spent a lot of money on this particular lawn, using the same lawn company to fertilize and care for it for the last year, and it was looking great. I started to feel upset, and noticed that there isn’t anything to do except wait til Monday morning to call the lawn company.

I realized that this could ruin the nice morning I was about to have, and maybe that I was making too big a deal out of this – no one is dying, and we’ll make sure to ask for adequate compensation for the loss. So I proceeded to put the problem in its place and went to enjoy the walk. You could say I shrunk the problem to it’s appropriate size.

The Saturnian part of the psyche might be responsible for our being able to shrink a problem into its proper size. You don’t see Saturnian business people get upset very easily, and they usually deal with problems as a matter of course, without making a big fuss about it. When we’re able to do this with every problem, I think that’s a sign of maturity.

So Jupiter’s shadow might be to magnify the problem, overreacting to trouble and expanding the negative emotions and drama. In medical astrology Jupiter is sometimes associated with the growth of tumor – a negative expansion in the darkest form.

Jupiter needs Saturn and vice versa – when we begin to be able to expand positive emotions (such as gratitude and appreciation) and magnify the opportunities for abundance while being grounded about whatever challenges that come up, that’s a powerful combination to attract success.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.


  1. Donna Cunningham says:

    Hiroshi,I've enjoyed my visit to your site and your unusual insights into many facets of experiences. I especially delighted in your take on Jupiter,which I've often called "the overrated benefic." I wonder if you'd allow me to reprint this article on my blog Skywriter, featuring you as a guest blogger. Regards, Donna Cunningham

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Dear Donna,

    Thank you for your visit and the kind words! I'd be honored to have my article reprinted on your great blog.

    Best regards,
    Hiroki Niizato

  3. This would explain for me how Saturn in Cancer in the 12th house squaring Jupiter in Aries in the 9th house operates. I've grown and matured a lot as a result of the challenging and trying times in my early life. Faith pulled me through.

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