Jupiter first arrived in Aquarius in December 2020 and remained there until moving into Pisces on May 13th, 2021. It was but a short dalliance in Pisces, however, with Jupiter turning retrograde there on June 20th and on July 28th shifting back into Aquarius. This mighty planet will remain retrograde in Aquarius until October 18th before turning direct and eventually moving back into Pisces on December 28th, 2021.
Because Jupiter takes approximately 12 years to travel through the zodiac, the last time Jupiter was in Aquarius was in January 2010; the last retrograde in Aquarius was between June and October 2009.
When Jupiter retrogrades in Aquarius, its inherent wisdom turns inwards into the depths of the sign it transits. Jupiter and Aquarius are both connected to the concept of truth, but during this retrograde period, we may have to face some uncomfortable truths about ourselves.
Aquarius always seeks individuality and freedom, but when Jupiter is retrograde in this sign, we have to face up to the fact that what is good for us as an individual may not be good for humanity collectively – and vice versa.
Think back to the summer of 2009, and the lessons you were learning at the time. You may have had to face limits on your freedom, or conversely, you may have found that you’d gone too far and gained too much freedom, leaving you giddy but lost.
You may have had an activism urge, and the need to campaign for something – something that didn’t benefit you personally, but which felt crucially important nonetheless. Or perhaps you struggled to get people interested in a wider, global concept, as they were too self-interested and narrow-minded?
These are the same themes that you can expect to face when Jupiter is retrograde in Aquarius this year. Because of the global crisis the world has faced for the last year or so, the sense of collective humanity is stronger than ever – but precisely because of this crisis, too, many of us are feeling more selfish than ever before, desperately needing to focus on our own interests, even if that does not align with humanity’s interests.
We may also learn this time around that we are too reliant on technology and science – very Aquarian issues. We have been forced to push tech and science to their limits in order to handle a global pandemic, but can that same tech and science really help us to rebuild our communities, or could it become more of a hindrance, obscuring what truly matters?
Expect to grapple with these very big questions while Jupiter is retrograde in Aquarius. On a personal level, you can also expect to discover the consequences of pushing too hard for something, or not pushing hard enough. Over-idealism can be dangerous, but so can a lack of hope and optimism. Each of us must learn to strike a balance during this retrograde period.
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How Does Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius Affect Each Zodiac Sign?
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for an Aries (Aries dates: March 20 – April 19)
It’s important to listen to your own voice while Jupiter is retrograde in Aquarius. Friends and associates will encourage you in diverse directions, but where is it that you truly want to head, and why? Drown out the chorus of well-meaning advice by discerning your own unique wisdom. Set your own objectives for growth, and don’t be de-railed by the views and values of others.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Taurus (Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20)
The way most of us make a tangible difference in the world is through our careers. What is it about your career that is either pushing you too far or not pushing you far enough in this regard? Think carefully about whether your heart is truly in it and make arrangements to step away if it is not. It’s never too late to change course, so listen carefully to your instincts and your feelings.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Gemini (Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20)
You’ve suffered somewhat with information overload during Jupiter’s transit of Aquarius, so this retrograde period is a chance to catch up, sort out your knowledge, understand what matters and ditch the rest. You might want to consider limiting your time online or with devices, and instead returning to a purer sense of information and wisdom – that which your senses, including your higher senses, can tell you.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Cancer (Cancer dates: June 21 – July 21)
Your personal trauma and hurt are a vehicle by which you can alter society for the better, but this is a big ask for anyone, and it’s emotionally draining. During Jupiter retrograde in Aquarius, consider re-setting your boundaries in any activism or campaigning work you do. If your actions are taking too much out of your health or your personal life, rethink, reschedule, delegate or simply step back.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Leo (Leo dates: July 22 – August 21)
With Jupiter retrograde in your love zone, you have a chance to consider your own independence within your relationship. Use this time to create your own space and your own individuality. Even in the most loved-up of partnerships, it’s crucial to stand on your own two feet. Have a holistic, respectful conversation with your other half about how you can continue to grow as individuals while remaining close and in love.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Virgo (Virgo dates: August 22 – September 21)
Jupiter’s transit through Aquarius has thrown a lot at you – your to-do list just seems to keep on expanding. In this sense, this retrograde period is a valuable breathing space for you, and a chance to realize that you are not responsible for the whole world’s happiness. There is a limit to what you can do, and it’s healthy, sane and positive to accept that. Use this time to prioritize and focus on what truly matters to you. Everything else can wait.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Libra (Libra dates: September 22 – October 22)
You’ve been enjoying something of a walk on the wild side during Jupiter’s transit of Aquarius, but with the planet now retrograde it’s time to be the adult in the room again. With your sane head on, you can see that you’ve taken quite a lot of risks recently. While this has made you feel alive and has had many benefits, it’s also not the kind of living dangerously that you’re built for, long-term. Use this period to find a healthy balance between excitement and stability.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Scorpio (Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21)
Jupiter retrograde in your home and family zone is a signal that you should focus on the blessings you currently have, instead of searching for more. You have far more abundance than you understand. Use this retrograde period to begin a gratitude journal or to otherwise give thanks for the life you lead, with all of its quirks. Hold off on plans to move, expand the family or otherwise significantly shift your domestic life. The status quo has more to offer you than you realize.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Sagittarius (Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 20)
Your words have a true power while Jupiter is in Aquarius, and even though the planet is now retrograde, this is still the case. However, when was the last time you turned your rhetoric in upon yourself? You’re full of great ideas and excellent advice for others, but you often don’t walk the walk. Use this retrograde period to become more authentic in your daily actions. Do what you advise others to do. Be the person you know you can be.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Capricorn (Capricorn dates: December 21 – January 18)
This Jupiter retrograde period impacts your money zone, and it could herald a slowing down of financial opportunity for a while. Your finances may be impacted, and you may have to cut down on spending. However, there’s a much bigger significance than this practical reality: this is a period for understanding your inner resources better. You have skills and talents which you are not using. Why? What are you afraid of? What is holding you back? Any financial worries could be a positive catalyst.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for an Aquarius (Aquarius dates: January 19 – February 17)
With Jupiter retrograde in your own sign, you are being asked to rethink your role as the way-shower of the zodiac. You always have one eye on the future, and you are an incredible visionary, but you do sometimes forget to live in the moment, and this costs you dearly in terms of your own mental health. Use this retrograde period to focus on meditation, mindfulness or other spiritual practices, to keep your feet on the ground and anchored in the here and now. This moment is all we have – so get back in touch with reality.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius for a Pisces (Pisces dates: February 18 – March 19)
Use this Jupiter retrograde period to reassess who you trust, and why, particularly in a spiritual sense. You can be a little gullible when it comes to gurus and teachers, but this retrograde period is reminding you that you don’t need help, lessons, courses or products to reach the divine spark within you – you just need to trust your own inner wisdom. This energy strengthens your karmic understanding and prepares you to step forward with more confidence once Jupiter turns direct once more.