Please refer to my April 11 post about Jupiter’s influence in each of the 12 houses. When I cover a planet, I do so two ways — first, I cover each of the 12 houses; second, I cover the planetary lines. I don’t usually do both in the same post, as there’s a lot of verbiage to unpack (the article would easily be well over 2000 words).
Today I’ll cover the different Jupiter lines — the ascending, the IC, the descendant, and the MC (midheaven). To review:
- The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
- The descending line is the locaiton on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
- The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
- The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.
Ascending and descending lines are usually diagonal, especially if they’re near the Gemini-Cancer cusp or the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp. Midheaven and IC lines are always vertical.
Jupiter is considered by many astrologers to be the ‘great benefic’ — the planet of good luck, fortune, expansion. Other astrologers are more neutral and many astrologers would also acknowledge that Jupiter can also correspond with excess — for example, someone with Jupiter in their first house would have more of a propensity to gain weight.
I’ll be covering what influences you should expect if you are on or very close to one of the Jupiter lines. Different astrologers have different interpretations as to what constitutes a strong influence — I would tend to conclude that being within 20 or 30 miles (less than half a degree) of a line is very strong, but there’s still influence up to 100 or more miles (about a degree and a half). But there are astrologers who consider up to 300 miles (5 degrees), or even more. Needless to say, the orbs are everything.
I typically use interpretations from Time Passages, one of the better astrological software packages, as well as Dan Furst in his book Finding Your Best Places, a 2015 book from
Here’s Jupiter on the Ascendant.
In this client’s map, we can see the Jupiter ascending line travel southwest through eastern Europe, coming near Warsaw, Poland, through Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, near Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and eastern Italy, through the Mediterranean, and near Benghazi, Libya, and south through central Africa.
The Time Passages interpretation goes as follows:
With Jupiter on the Ascendant, no matter how crowded this place may be, you will experience a great sense of expansion here. In this location, you are likely to have abundant energy and good luck with the material side of life. This place may also bring out your love of the outdoors, along with the freedom and independence to just be yourself. You could be inspired to take the good energy you feel here and throw a party, create an adventure or throw yourself whole heartedly into the quest for higher knowledge. You experience yourself as a confident, optimistic and generous person while visiting or residing in this part of the world. You may also enjoy fulfilling your appetites, but you benefit when you take the time to rest and reflect as well. Although your expanded sense of self in this location is wonderful, you may want to temper it with a healthy sense of groundedness and limitation. In other words, faith in yourself is entirely positive so long as you don’t get lost in ego.
Dan Furst has it as follows:
A Jupiter on the Ascendant line is even more likely than the MC line to make us so ebullient and confident that we exert an irresistable charismatic appeal to others. We may embody the hope for a better life than can lead others to invest us with the spiritual power of a God-touched faith healer leading a train of enthusiastic devotees. We can gain such professional success and prosperity, and display such largesse, that we become like Lorenzo the Magnificent looking for some Botticellis to patronize, so the risks of attracting sycophants, and getting carried away with the huge importance others see in us, can bring some hard lessons in humility.
Here’s Jupiter on the Midheaven.
This client has the Jupiter Midheaven line cutting southward through central Mongolia and central China, not really near any population centers although there are some cities in southern China it goes close to; then, through southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, before going through the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles west of western Australia.
Per Time Passages:
With Jupiter on the Midheaven, this is a great place for you to succeed in your endeavors on the public stage. In this locale, business success will follow you wherever you put your energies. Your social goals are expansive and the results of your vision are likely to be returned to you on the same grand scale. In this locale also, you might meet up with influential people who will help you on your way. The sky is literally the limit for you here; in fact, the lack of perceived limits might be the only drawback. In this part of the world you must beware of even too much optimism, of the tendency to have such belief in yourself that you take what could turn out to be foolish risks. If you keep a dose of healthy pessimism handy when you visit or reside in this place, you can indeed work wonders here and set your world on fire.
Dan Furst says:
A Jupiter on the MC line points up to the professional and spiritual sphere, this is where we are apt to rise in business and social status, to achieve public office and a position of leadership in medicine, music and religion, even to attract devoted and zealous fans and followers. This line’s values are conventionally religious rather than spiritual, and we are more likely here to become a pillar of the establishment and an exemplar of bbourgeois morality than to rock anyone’s boat, so the corrupting temptations of money and power, and the pursuit of pleasure, can come to outweigh the altruistic motives that first led us into the public arena.
This client’s Jupiter Descending line is not really a good picture, to wit:
Suffice it to say it runs south from Russia through the Bering Strait, and mostly southward through the Pacific Ocean to Antarctica withough hitting any land, although it goes perhaps within 1000 miles west of the Hawaiian islands, although the Mars Ascending line is closer.
Per Time Passages:
Jupiter on the Descendant makes this place one of the best in the world for you to meet others! You may find you connect easily with people, young and old, rich and poor, foreign and domestic. Relationships in this location tend to expand your horizons while offering you generous amounts of good will, intelligence and cheer. The folks you meet here tend make a deep impression on you that will last long after you leave. They may perhaps launch you into world travels, introduce you to new schools of thought, or join you in a spiritual quest. In its most challenging aspect you may find yourself in relationship with people here who take up a lot of space, who live life to excess, or who act in arrogant or dogmatic ways. At its best, you experience a lot of joy, ease and celebration with your partners here, aligned in a shared quest for knowledge, inspiration and adventure.
Per Dan Furst:
A Jupiter on the Descendant line means professional, financial, and social connections, so that here we may excel in business, sales and the practice of law or medicine, and gain high prestige in professional associations. Our chances of “marrying well” are high under this line, and we may attract help from powerful allies who seem miraculously to appear whenever needed. As Jim Lewis notes, “this is one of the most fortunate areas possible, one in which forces beyond your control seem determined that you are to have an easy time of it.” Jupiter’s special status as the “happy, lucky planet” may be more evident here than anywhere else, so that even when we blunder, we land on our feet not just like a cat, but a very sleek, smooth, and well-heeled cat.
Jupiter on the IC/nadir:
You can see the Jupiter IC line going, from north to south, through Ontario, Western Pennsylvania, central Virginia and North Carolina, near Miami and through Cuba, a part of Central America and Ecuador.
Per Time Passsages:
With Jupiter at the Nadir, when in this location you will be especially tuned in regarding issues of home and family, and your core process. This applies at the physical as well as the figurative level, and you might do very well here with real estate investment or discover the joys of home decorating. You will likely feel a spiritual connection with family and tribe while in this place. People that you meet here are helpful aids in becoming better acquainted with the internal dynamics of your family and also in getting to know yourself at a deep level in ways that you had perhaps never previously explored. Your home is likely to become a source of inspiration, with many visitors and lively discussion, or perhaps a treasure trove of wisdom in your library. When in domicile in this locale, as well as being expansive you are perhaps more than a little restless, so that you could leave your home as much as you reside there, or bring the world back with you when you return. In any case, you will find abundant joy here in your abode.
Dan Furst has it this way:
Jupiter on the Nadir is the most prosperous line in the map, and marks the place where we are most likely to gain a life that is solidly and richly rooted in material wealth and substantial, even ostantatious, possessions. We are apt to retire in status and comfort here, to enjoy a fine home and, as landlords, to gain from building and managing homes for others. We are apt here to put down roots, start a family and continue established patriotic and religious traditions, or start new traditions of our own. We may become noted for our generosity as donors to charity and patrons of the arts, sharing our bounty not only with those closest to us, but with those whom we assist through funding and education to create a better life for ourselves.
And that’s it. Not everyone has the opportunity to live near one of these lines, and, noting our restrictions (such as, most people are not comfortable leaving their country), we might only have the opportunity to leave near one of our Jupiter lines. I live about 300 miles or 5 1/2 degrees from my Jupiter ascending line, so I have a weak influence; you may or may not wish to prioritize a Jupiter line if you have a more favorable Venus, Sun, or Mercury line that works well for you. We do the best we can with what we have.