Jupiter, planet of expansion and philosophy, is in the fourth pada of Dhanishtha from April 25th to May 22nd, the nakshatra stretching across the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius.
Pada four is in the Aquarius portion of Dhanishtha and relates to Scorpio navamsha – the relationship and subtle-body chart – which brings an underlying passion and intensity to the impersonal Aquarian nature.
Altogether this is a fixed and determined section with a broad-ranging humanitarian soul, but underpinned by a desire for meaning and intimacy. You can find new depths in a relationship from within a group of people, or intensify your search for philosophical truth.
Take care that this transit doesn’t make you set in your ways and that your determination doesn’t become a stubborn refusal to listen to others’ views. Jupiter is all about spiritual knowledge and expanding your mental horizons, and here you add a personal experience and element of mystery into the academic flavour.
Dhanishtha is ruled by the Ashta (eight) Vasus, which are the auspicious wealth-givers in Vedic mythology, and Jupiter as planetary wealth-signifier sees you accumulating money and security.
This nakshatra’s Shakti, or special gift, is also ‘To Bestow Wealth and Fame’, so this pada brings renown and prosperity through Mars-ruled competition, personal initiative and energy. Dhanishtha is famous for its association with music in particular, and its symbol The Drum shows a beating, passionate heart.
The emphasis here is on the airy and philosophical, though you combine Aquarius’s long-term view with a hidden, combative side that takes people by surprise.
Jupiter also casts its influence on aggressive Mars during this transit, so your overall energy takes a lift and you combine will to win with a sense of justice and fair play.