Jupiter is known as the greater benefic and is one of the most positive planets out there. It has a well-earned reputation for conferring blessings and improving even the bleakest situations. However, like any bright light, it casts a long shadow. Jupiter, it turns out, has a dark side.
Jupiter rules the concepts of expansion, belief, and vision. These are usually great attributes, but it’s possible to have too much of anything. Too much expansion can create things like colonialism or materialism. That floating trash island in the Pacific? All Jupiter’s doing. And too much belief creates dogma and zealotry. Too strong a vision can cause people to stop at nothing to make it a reality. Which is where Nazis come in.
When we look at the 4 main figures in Nazi Germany, there is a remarkable through-line. They all have tight aspects between Jupiter and their Suns or Moons, sometimes both.
· Heinrich Himmler, leader of the SS, was the real visionary. He imagined himself to be a spiritual descendant of great warriors and occultists throughout history, and he had a clear idea of what a perfect Germany would look like. He was a wild-eyed zealot who preached his own version of the gospel and was known to absolutely require that all SS officers believe in God. Looking at his chart, it’s obvious that this comes from his grand trine between Jupiter, Mars, and the Moon. His beliefs were deeply rooted in his psyche and he was driven to spread his evil vision at all costs.
· Hermann Goering, the man expected to be Hitler’s successor, was a flamboyant, jovial type. He saw himself as a great man and believed that normal rules did not apply to him. When he was young, he even abandoned his military post and instead joined the German air force to train as a pilot. And somehow, because of his forceful yet affable nature, he got away with it. He also dreamed of a great, expansive German empire and had a compulsive need to push for Germany to squirrel away more of the world’s resources. Goering had Jupiter conjunct Mars and square the Sun and Saturn. This speaks of a man who would stop at nothing, even cruelty and mass murder, to get his way. As long as his standing was elevated, he had no concern for the means by which it came about.
· Josef Goebbels, who was in charge of the Nazis’ propaganda operation, was a man of fanatical devotion. He didn’t care much about the beliefs or actions of the Reich. He cared about supporting Hitler at all costs. With Jupiter conjunct Venus and square the Moon, his beliefs were rooted in relationships and personal feelings. In essence, Hitler was his religion. And it was with religious fervor that he spread the Fuehrer’s message far and wide.
· Finally, we come to Hitler himself. Hitler had Jupiter conjunct the Moon and trine his Sun. In many ways, he was his own god. However, both the Moon and Jupiter were badly placed in Capricorn, the sign of the Moon’s detriment and Jupiter’s fall. This created a sense of frustration, as if the vision he had of himself as a great man couldn’t quite be realized. This led him to push harder and harder, becoming fanatical in his desire to prove himself. But with his broken Jupiter and Moon, no amount of respect or power was ever enough. Thus he embarked on his horrific quest to expand his empire and remake Germany in his own twisted image.
Of course, not everyone with these aspects will turn out this way. We are all a complex mixture of our charts, our environments, and our opportunities. But it’s clear that Jupiter’s influence is not always positive. Like any powerful gift, it can be used for good or for ill. In this case, Jupiter fueled the fanatical, violent, expansionist vision of these four men, and led to horrific atrocities and the near ruin of several nations. While most of us will never have either the desire or the opportunity to behave in a way even remotely approaching that, this story does have a lesson for us all. We must always remember to temper our gifts, beliefs, and power with compassion and humility. Otherwise, there’s no telling where it could lead.
Have you ever had too much of a good thing? What are your stories of Jupiter gone awry?