Jupiter Retrograde 2018; Purify

astroscopeJupiter Retrograde 2018 begins on March 8 at 23° Scorpio and ends on July 10 at 13° Scorpio. Jupiter retrograde represents a time of philosophical or spiritual introspection and reflection. This year the main theme of Jupiter retrograde is poisoning of your personal value system and morals that affects your physical health. Just like the current moon phase, Jupiter retrograde 2018 signals the right time to start detoxifying. It is time to purify your body and soul.

Before more detail on Jupiter retrograde 2018 you will find a brief description of what it means to have Jupiter retrograde in your natal chart followed by the general meaning of Jupiter retrograde in transit.


Jupiter retrograde in your natal chart means that there was a problem in achieving goodness of the soul in an earlier life. This certainly does not mean you have a bad soul, but that there will be some lessons or extra effort required this life to achieve goodness of the soul, to be genuinely happy and content.

Jupiter retrograde by position and aspect shows the areas of life, or the personality traits and behaviors, which specifically need extra development. The optimum Jupiter nature is broad-minded, happy, comfortable and content. A healthy Jupiter is continually growing and expanding in philosophical and spiritual outlook. The aim is to be charitable, generous, friendly and welcoming to all people, regardless of social status, religion, cultural or ethnic background.

Jupiter retrograde in the chart could show as greed, selfishness, gluttony, extravagance, wastefulness or self-righteousness. Addiction, intolerance, bigotry, ignorance or showing off may be holding you back. Whatever is stunting your personal and spiritual growth is what Jupiter retrograde focuses on. This could well have been an ongoing problem hindering success over many incarnations. Events or relationships will keep reinforcing the problem area this life, especially during Jupiter retrograde phases.

Jupiter retrograde in transit is a regular cycle occurring every 13 months and lasting for about 4 months. Transiting Jupiter retrograde represents a time of philosophical or spiritual introspection and reflection. You will have to deal with particular issues involving growth and development, happiness and success.

Jupiter retrograde means that whatever area of growth you need to work on is so important, extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything in order before you continue. You may be tested to make sure you are ready to receive the good fortune, new romance, or increased wealth you seek.

Perhaps a challenging behavior like greed or addiction has got out of control. In this case, the Jupiter retrograde months will offer a chance to recognize and admit the problem. Things may get so out of control that an intervention or some drastic event must occur to shake you out of your complacency or ignorance. Once Jupiter stations direct you should have come to terms with the relevant issues and be ready to bound ahead toward ultimate success and happiness.


Jupiter stations retrograde on March 8, 2018 at 23°13′ Scorpio between two major fixed stars as shown below.

Although Agena is a little closer to Jupiter, the main stellar influence comes from Unukalhai. This is because Jupiter has already passed over this star. The full potential of Unukalhai has been unleashed, while Agena is yet to be fully activated by Jupiter. That’s a shame because Agena is a lovely Venus/Jupiter star giving friendship, morality, health and honor.

Fixed Star Unukalhai is a nasty Saturn/Mars star giving immorality, accidents, violence and danger of poison. According to Robson, Jupiter conjunct Unukalhai gives hypocrisy, deceit, banishment, imprisonment or exile.[1] In medical astrology, Unukalhai rules the top one-fourth of the colon.[2] According To Ebertin, Unukalhai is:

often really dangerous and destructive. There will be chronic diseases, which are not easily detected; these will result in a weakened state of health, and operations will be necessary. There will be accidents.[3]

So it is fair to say that the main theme of Jupiter retrograde 2018 is poisoning of your personal value system and morals that affects your physical health. The current moon phase has exactly the same theme but for different reasons. The March 1 full moon signalled the right time to start detoxifying your body and soul.

Jupiter retrograde 2018 makes this purification process even more important because Jupiter rules your liver and Unukalhai rules your colon, the two organs most associated with detoxification. However, just as with the March 1 full moon, Jupiter retrograde has a positive side to it.

jupiter retrograde 2018
Jupiter Retrograde 2018

Jupiter sextile Pluto will help purify your body and soul because it brings success through positive change. You will not have to force change or have to react to unexpected change. This is a natural development in your life associated with increased power and influence, spiritual and personal growth. Powerful forces will be working behind the scenes to promote you to a higher level.

If you have been immoral, hypocritical or deceitful, Jupiter trine Pluto will present opportunities to reform this area of your life. If you need to detox your body because of substance abuse or poor diet, Jupiter trine Pluto proves the motivation and personal power to transform your physical body. You will have more influence over your own destiny. Jupiter retrograde is sextile Pluto on April 14, 2018.


Jupiter stations direct on July 10, 2018 at 13°20′ Scorpio with the main astrological influence coming from a number of planetary aspects. The immediate or short-term influence presents some challenges but the long-term outlook is very hopeful.

Moon quincunx Jupiter suggests that after the Jupiter retrograde phase you may be left with some imbalance that needs correcting. Perhaps you have become too self obsessed, self-indulgent or greedy. There is the possibility that the changes you have gone through have upset your mother or another woman close to you. The imbalance may also be associated with the level of emotional support and nourishment you give and receive within a relationship, especially with your partner or family members.

jupiter direct 2018
Jupiter Direct 2018

Mercury square Jupiter means you will generally have a positive and broad outlook on your position at the moment, but it will be important to focus on the smaller details.  A lack of concentration or inability to focus may lead to some errors of judgement or mistakes. You will also have to pay extra attention to how you express yourself because of a tendency toward arrogance or even bigotry. Jupiter optimism could get a little out of hand, so don’t promise too much or overestimate your abilities when making plans for the future.

Jupiter trine Neptune was exact during Jupiter retrograde on May 25 and will be again on August 19, 2018. It encourages hope, generosity and community spirit. As your personal value system or morals reach a higher standard, you will find that selflessly helping others brings great satisfaction. You can follow your dreams for success without needing to sacrifice your ego or material possessions. Wealth, fame and glamour may come but above all you should feel happy and content.

Jupiter Retrograde Dates

  • 2017, February 6 to June 9 – 13° to 23° Libra
  • 2018, March 8 to July 10 – 13° to 23° Scorpio
  • 2019, April 10 to August 11 – 14° to 24° Sagittarius


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p. 213.
  2. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.94.
  3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.63.


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