Jupiter, the largest true planet, changes signs once a year. On Monday, June 11 it shifted out of steady, stubborn Taurus and entered diverse Gemini. Perhaps we've discovered some simple truths with Jupiter in the sign of the Bull, but it's also likely that some of us have locked into unchanging positions of political and spiritual belief. It's comforting to have the certainty that one's worldview is superior to all the rest. The vast number of issues and experiences we encounter can be confusing and disorienting, making fundamentalist positions appealing. But one doesn't have to be a religious fundamentalist to fix onto points of view that reduce complex questions into simple black and white answers where one way is right and all the others are wrong.
Jupiter in Gemini points in another direction or, properly, directions, as Gemini is more diverse than the duality of the Twins. It represents a virtually unlimited palette of ideas and possibilities from which to view and experience life. Philosophical Jupiter's presence in this curious Air sign multiplies the angles of perception that we can bring to any situation, expanding minds and increasing options.
Astrological tradition considers Gemini to be an unfit place for Jupiter. That's because the sign is objective, curious and multi-faceted, while the planet seeks absolute answers. We're supposed to be scattered when Jupiter's philosophical perspective is split into a million pieces. It is true that we can confuse facts with meaning as data-driven Gemini overwhelms us with information. Jupiter works best from a distance where we can see larger patterns at work, but can suffer from near-sightedness in Gemini.
An unproductive example of Jupiter in Gemini would be a person who seems to know everything but understands nothing. There is no wisdom in knowing strings of historical dates or being able to name all the U.S. presidents in order, as well as their wives and children. This information is trivial without a larger context in which the patterns that give history its meaning emerge. Yet there are gifts from Jupiter in Gemini that can enrich our lives. First among them is flexibility of mind that may shake certainty but invites tolerance. Answers can come from many different sources, which overcomes the monopoly on truth claimed by fundamentalists and hard core believers of all stripes.
The lack of tolerance that divides humans into opposing camps comes from the certainty that there is only one right way to live and to think. Woman are abused in the name of religion, and the rights of individuals swept away by generalizations of political philosophies. Lives are lost in wars based upon competing versions of reality. Yet Jupiter in Gemini is a year-long period when the roads to reason and understanding are multiplied, when many alternative routes emerge in the search for meaning.
Yes, it's easier to buy into one belief system that closes minds, which in turn closes hearts. Allowing ourselves to see the multitude of ways that humans can live effectively is a healing gift of Jupiter in Gemini that is available us all.