Gift-giver Jupiter dives into Cancer on June 25 for a long stay (until July 16, 2014). The planet of expansion, optimism and opportunity will bring his goodies to the sign of feelings, domesticity and mothering. This is a hopeful transit for relationships, especially if you have children, want children or are interested in boosting the level of emotion in your life. Yes, this influence can fill your cup to overflowing. However, Jupiter expands everything he touches, including existing challenges. So there’s a chance that this transit will bring some hassles before you get to the good stuff.
Let’s do a quick review of what Jupiter and Cancer are all about. While it’s true that Jupiter makes things bigger, his main objective is not super-sizing — that’s a side-effect. Jupiter’s goal is to promote freedom, by expanding your sense of what’s possible. Cancer deals with a very specific kind of nurturing involving mother/child dynamics. This sign is rooted in childhood, and it represents primal security needs. Mix Jupiter and Cancer together, and you have an expansion (in some cases, an exaggeration) of nurturing/security issues, with the goal of moving beyond them. Jupiter is the planet of exploration, so he’s not going to be content with the way things have always been. Change is on the horizon.
Don’t get this confused with a Uranus transit that rudely yanks away everything that’s safe and comfortable. Jupiter transits feel good because they urge you forward, by making “forward” seem like a fantastic idea. And by making you feel like you can do it all, no matter what. The energy is mostly carrot, not stick.
Couples and Children
This is a positive time for couples wanting to have children. There’s no guarantees (and you must take the rest of your chart into consideration) but Jupiter in Cancer can have a protective influence on pregnant women. For couples that have children, this influence might increase their awareness of their needs (as individuals, or as a couple) versus their children’s needs. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Jupiter will expand what’s already there, so any existing issues with the kids will be magnified. Partners may discover that they need more couple time, or their kids may start exploring their independence in earnest. An older child could move out, but it’s also possible for an adult child to move back in (Jupiter can literally bring “more” to the household, especially if he’s moving through your 4th House of Home and Family).
In all scenarios involving children, feelings and demands can become overwhelming. Jupiter’s energy can push you to give more than you have. In Cancer, this could translate to mainlining all your energy into your kids (or domestic responsibilities), and leaving nothing for your partner. Jupiter’s rush can make you feel omnipotent (especially if he hits your natal planets with a hard aspect), but in reality there are still limits on how much you can do. While circumstances may call for you to give more under this influence, remember to leave something for your partner. And yourself. If your needs usually come in dead last (behind the care and feeding of your family) Jupiter can help you see the benefits of putting yourself first, on occasion. This energy emphasizes self-nurturing.
Your Partner, Your Parent?
For relationships in general (whether or not children are involved) expect childhood/mother issues to come up. If your relationship already has a parental vibe to it (one partner babies the other) this transit could intensify it. Helplessness and neediness can bubble over in one partner, while the other feels overwhelmed and unable to cope. If this happens, know that what’s bubbling up is based in childhood. Jupiter in Cancer will churn up the past, so view any intensified demands in this context. Partners are not parents.
Cancer’s biggest challenge is self-sufficiency, so if you find yourself demanding more from your lover, explore ways in which you might meet your own needs. Jupiter’s ultimate goal is freedom, so he can make looking after yourself feel quite good. Even better, you’ll discover that you have more to give your lover, and they have more to give to you (because you’re not draining them). This is the Jupiter positive feedback loop.
The Benefits of Feeling More
Another manifestation of this transit could be the widening of emotional channels between you and your partner. If one or both of you have been detached, Jupiter can offer a huge boost by making it easier (and often unavoidable) to express what you’re feeling. While this is not a relationship fix-all, it can certainly offer a starting point for increased intimacy. Whatever feelings are percolating beneath the surface will come out. But because this is optimistic Jupiter (and not do-or-die Pluto) the atmosphere of revelation should be positive.
If you’re single, you’re not going to miss out on Jupiter’s gifts. This transit (especially if it moves through your 1st, 5th or 7th houses) can introduce a positive, nurturing relationship. Will a partner materialize in front of you? Probably not. You’ll be meeting someone because your concept of who’s available (or who you deserve) will be dramatically enhanced. Jupiter makes the Big Dream possible, and this can include your sense of what kind of relationship will meet your needs.
This transit can be wonderfully healing and uplifting if you’ve been feeling alone, depressed, denied or neglected. When you begin to feel like you deserve more (and you express that to others) more is what you get. Whether this involves taking an emotional risk (by putting yourself out there) or simply being kind to yourself, positive energy attracts positive people. If this sounds simplistic, know that things don’t always have to be painful or complicated. If you start to feel good under this transit, just go with it. Enjoy it, don’t analyze it. You never know who you’ll meet.
Jupiter expands the good, and the challenging. So while this transit might cause some initial upheavel, the overall vibe will be positive. Jupiter in Cancer is about having the freedom to fully express your emotions. And then having the freedom to meet your needs, while giving to your partner (and vice versa). The risk with this transit lies in overwhelming someone else with your newly enhanced expectations. Or promising to give more than you’re able to. Always keep the boundaries in mind. You’re most likely to feel Jupiter’s impact in your love life if he moves through your 1st, 4th, 5th or 7th House, or aspects your natal Sun, Moon, Venus or the ruler of your 7th House.