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The zodiacal sign of Libra, analogous with judgment and equality, was originally created from the Scorpion's claws, fixed stars alpha and beta. Together they symbolize the scales of justice. The planet of justice was Jupiter, regarded by the sages as the ruling imperial magistrate. Everyday words such as judiciary and judgment are derivatives of Jupiter. So it figures that when Jupiter appears in Libra, as it does approximately once in every twelve years, matters of equality, balance and liberty assume utmost importance.

So it was on September 22, 1862 when Abraham Lincoln first issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation, granting freedom to slaves. Equality was again stressed on October 28, 1886 when the Statue of Liberty, sacred to this principle, was dedicated in New York Harbor. Even the United Nations, representing international law, was formed on October 24, 1945 with Jupiter symbolically setting on the western horizon in Libra.

But, astrology works on multi-levels and sometimes in an enchanting manner. Born under the same judicious influence as the Statue of Liberty was Erle Stanley Gardner. Gardner, an attorney, became the most prolific author of his time, penning over one hundred novels topping the million mark. They were based on personal court experiences. In 1933, with Jupiter in Libra, he introduced his alter-ego, exultant attorney Perry Mason. The title, which would have done the ancients proud, was The Case of the Velvet Claws. At 7:30 pm, on the evening September 21, 1957, the CBS network unveiled Perry Mason as their inaugural law drama series. With Jupiter (success) yet again in Libra (scales of justice), Perry never really lost a case in a nine year run, notching actor Raymond Burr two Emmy awards.

But Jupiter isn't only about law, it's about exuberance and popularity, and Libra combines art and pleasure. While Jupiter in Virgo produced a prolific list of female tennis greats, in the more artistic sign of Libra it pumps out the divas. From Judy Garland to daughter Liza Minnelli, Cher, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton and Madonna, the list goes on. Mozart steps in for the guys.

On the current affairs front we're already noting the seeds of some of the universal correspondences likely over the next year? The sacred law (Jupiter) of marriage (Libra) is being challenged by gay rights activists, and the once deadlocked wedlock of Royal Prince Charles and long-time lover Camilla now sees the church (Jupiter) waiving prior objections. Partnerships are bound to hit the headlines just as they did when a naked John and Yoko publicly invited everyone to join them in a “love in.”

International law courts are adjudicating deposed leaders like Saddam Hussein, while simultaneous investigations probe worldwide POW rights. The fight for international justice is making the world more painfully aware of that division. This is the ideal time to address such issues and take a leaf from Lincoln. Can Jupiter in Libra manifest the spirit of the Statue of Liberty in real statutes of worldly justice? Will a visionary leader cast national interest aside and work for the betterment of humanity? What is the real relevance of the United Nations? These are the sorts of questions Jupiter will begin to answer. And, most of us would agree that George Bush and Osama bin Laden could be making a more positive use of their Jupiter in Libra. On a more personal level, what growth opportunities does Jupiter in Libra (September 24, 2004 - Oct 26, 2005) open up for you?

(For additional information on the meaning of Jupiter in Libra see StarIQ's PlanetIQ.)

Jupiter in Libra Influences for Each Sun Sign

(Editor's note: The following comments are based on the use of solar houses that are based on Sun signs, not on individual birth times. The house where Jupiter in Libra falls is the basis for these interpretations, which are considered to be a general guideline for each sign. For a detailed personal analysis, see a professional astrologer.)

Aries - Jupiter in your partnership house implies meeting your guru. The truth is nobody is that smart, (except for you, of course), but you can learn some valuable lessons from intimate encounters if you open to others more. The mere fact that you have Jupiter opposing your sign implies a realignment of your philosophies, especially where relationships are concerned. But if you think you see Buddha on the road, hand him your Rubik cube, and tell him you'll pick it up on the way back.

Taurus  - Sometimes life is like dancing. It's not what you do, but the way that you do it that counts. The lesson taken in over the next year is one of successful organization. Overlooking details can lead to you tripping up. Twinkle toes Fred Astaire used to put an eight-hour day into some of those “effortless” routines. You're learning it's all in the preparation. Diligence in the face of obligations will bring its own rewards. There's some learning on this very path, and health and nutrition are the appropriate avenues to explore now.

Gemini  – Your personal playpen gets bigger as Jupiter expands your recreational activities and creativity. It's twelve months of being a kid again. Is the world really applauding or is it simply your imagination? Yes, they do love you, but it's important not to spend too much time in front of the mirror as it's other people who are the best judges of your spontaneous self-expression. A time to take chances? Certainly! How big those chances are is your call. Remember the gamblers’ axiom, “money lost, nothing lost—confidence lost, everything lost.” It's not completely true, but the idea is there.

Cancer  - Jupiter provides the confidence or opportunities to the restore balance and equilibrium to your home and family circumstances. This is all about living in comfort. If you feel cramped and restricted in your current circumstances, you'll seek to improve them. And that applies on a physical or emotional level. Bigger isn't necessarily better, but chances arrive to make it so. You're also in a more generous position to resolve family issues as Jupiter encourages domestic justice.

Leo - Get ready to network some new connections as Jupiter encourages the contacts. Your love of change and variety should see you breaking patterns of stagnation and instead welcome a fresh information overload. Your curiosity can lead to new subjects being broached, increased study and classes. Short trips are reflective of your restless nature and may be information based. This is a great time for breaking the bars of your mind set. Your tolerance toward divergent opinions allows you to see both sides of an issue.

Virgo - Your far reaching plans and enthusiastic initiatives are seeking a sponsor. Do you have the resources to carry them forward, and/or are you being rewarded for your current efforts? It's important to put a value on ideas now. You can also be gathering the wood to light a fire, so to speak. Jupiter is in your counting house, making it easier to put your hands on the things that you desire. Take only what you truly value and watch for wastefulness, as there can be a tendency to squander through over-estimation.

Libra - Does having the royal planet in your sign make you king or queen of your surroundings, or are you simply acting imperiously? Could be a little of both as opportunities for self-realization appear, almost without asking. There should be plenty of chances to display your skills over the next twelve months. The rewards will be proportionate to what you give, and you now have the confidence to give plenty. Nobility and quality of leadership are among the attributes you can use to become the true captain of your ship.

Scorpio - You may feel a greater desire for seclusion, a love of solitude. This is impelling you on an inward journey. Answers come from sleeping on the question. Your intuition can be your greatest teacher. The karmic law of you get what you give is working for you. Time to cultivate true altruism and start giving. Even those things that bring you down can be your great teachers, if you look beyond indulgence to the root cause.

Sagittarius - Unity is strength as Jupiter aligns you with the like-minded. An idealistic year beckons when the good daemon forwards your hopes and dreams to those on a similar wavelength. Associations offer mutual benefits. Your sense of social justice is also firing up and you may take to a cause like a true Sagittarian preaching to the masses. Sharing your knowledge brings genuine benefits as you realize that you're learning every bit as much as you are giving.

Capricorn - Be conscious of your goal. It's about keeping your eye on the target. Your ambition is your reward center. All that can bring you down is overblown plans or grossly inflated ego. Opportunity comes via stepping up to the mark. Professional breakthroughs may involve travel, teaching or study. In effect you're learning via the role that you play in the world. And for those who simply aren't into profession or status, it's time to take the reins among your family or peers.

Aquarius - When Marco Polo traveled across cultural boundaries he opened eyes to new and hitherto unknown potentials. Our assumed limitations are often the result of a failure to explore our environment and ourselves. Imagine that you have just been given a travel ticket to your future. It's “rosy” talk but it's true. While Jupiter incites your temple of faith and future, your dreams are the life script. But it’s the acting out that will determine whether you ever qualify for a starring role.

Pisces - When the old astrology texts wrote about death and inheritance they were describing the area where your Jupiter is now. No need to go for the heart pills though or hire a lawyer for that matter. This is really a case of reaping what you sow. And you could be in for a bumper crop, or more realistically you may get overpaid here. What it boils down to is you can benefit through involvement with other people's resources. They have what you want and they're more willing to give it. This is not to encourage a more materialistic outlook, but rather to cultivate a greater sense of belonging and sharing.


Ed Tamplin is a consultant, writer and researcher of astrology specializing in mundane. He is a regular lecturer on the Australian circuit and co-hosts an astrology talkback show on Sydney radio 2GB-AM every Saturday night. With partner and fellow astrologer Sherrynne Dalby he teaches at the Sirius School of Astrology and maintains an active personal practice.

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Other StarIQ articles by Ed Tamplin:

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  • Uranus in Aries   5/5/2012
  • Saturn in Libra   10/30/2009
  • Saturn in Virgo   8/31/2007
  • Jupiter in Sagittarius: Nothing Exceeds Like Excess   12/8/2006
  • Mars and the Commonwealth Games   3/17/2006
  • Grand Cross or Southern Cross   11/11/2005
  • Gods or Monsters: Jupiter in Scorpio   10/25/2005
  • USA, Uranus & Iraq   9/5/2005
  • Saturn in Leo   7/8/2005
  • Election 2004   10/29/2004
  • Election in Oz 2004   10/1/2004
  • Jupiter in Virgo   6/18/2004
  • Australia: Birth of a Nation   5/14/2004
  • Terror in Spain   3/25/2004
  • Pluto and Mars - Fiery Encounters   1/22/2004

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