Monday, August 29, 2016

The Chart Ruler: Sagittarius Rising (Jupiter)

When you’re born with a Sagittarius Ascendant, you have Jupiter acting as your chart ruler. This is because the chart ruler is the planet that rules the sign that you’re Ascendant is in. And when you look at the chart ruler, primarily by planet and house but also, of course, by sign and aspects, you will understand a lot about how your life unfolds and the kind of part that you’re playing it. For those of you with Jupiter as the chart ruler, this is the part of someone who cannot be contained. Jupiter is a planet without limitations, giving us an endless sense of discovery and adventure. So, with this planet shaping your life story, life, for you, is one big adventure.

Sagittarius Rising people view and approach any given situation like explorers. If the Ascendant is our individual outlook, with this placement, your outlook is that there are limitless opportunities and possibilities, just waiting to be grabbed. A pessimistic demeanor would be very rare for a Sagittarius Rising, at least on the surface. Even if you have placements in your chart that would incline you toward being more cynical, skeptical, or negative, this is definitely not the way you put your foot forward. Instead, your general approach is an optimistic one. After all, Jupiter is the planet of belief! So, when Jupiter rules your chart, you’ve got to have faith. The funny thing is that Sagittarius Ascendants end up serving as living proof of those Laws of Attraction. The more you expect, embrace, or welcome positive opportunities, the more they will come your way. This is something we can all learn through our Jupiter. But, for Sagittarius Rising folks, this is what life is all about.

It’s why you can regularly observe those with this Rising sign and see that they have some sort of grin on their face, even if they’re not feeling all that happy. This placement means that your default expression is a cheery, buoyant one. Jupiter is an irrepressible energy. When we tap into it, little to nothing can really get us down. But, with Jupiter ruling one’s chart, this is the essential role that you play throughout your life. Those with a Sagittarius Ascendant just appear to be so sanguine and so upbeat. Your perspective keeps you focused on the silver lining of any situation. Even when you’re looking right at a dark cloud, your point of view manages to brighten things somehow. It’s why, when you walk into a room, you can really lift the energy. This is what you’re used to doing: being a beacon of positivity in order to cheer up and inspire other people.

The interesting thing about Jupiter is that there is quite a “savior” element to it. After all, this planet and the sign Sagittarius are so associated with religion. It’s not a self-sacrificing, martyring energy, like Pisces and Neptune. But, it is this energy that can really turn a person’s life around. Jupiter is your particular religion and it doesn’t have to be a literal religion. It’s just whatever belief that you can invest in that will alleviate your troubles and make you feel like everything is going to be alright. It’s funny, then, having a Sagittarius Ascendant because it shows that you will appear and behave like a savior for other people. This is why you have that larger-than-life aura. In fact, it’s not uncommon for Sagittarius Rising individuals to be assigned this Jesus-like persona, coming off as downright epic. It’s not only because of that incredibly positive, expansive demeanor of yours. It’s also because you’re so full of faith that you can be convinced you can walk on water. 

Of course, life will regularly remind you of the foolishness of being so blindly faithful. Still, you have an amazing way of bouncing back from anything. It can be to the point where you might see the negatives of the situation as having not even happened. Very few people can turn a negative event into a positive like a Sagittarius Ascendant. This goes back to the very beginning, as one’s Ascendant shows how the person entered the world and the primary experiences of their first several years of life. It is quite common to hear of people with a Sagittarius Ascendant being a “miracle baby”. Maybe the parents had a hard time conceiving or having a child for a while and, then, all of a sudden, you showed up. So, there is typically a very positive attitude that surrounds your entry into the world, unless you have planets in the 12th, which can symbolizes serious fears or issues that your mother had while she was pregnant with you. Even then, however, such complaints are cheerfully brushed to the side. Everyone was just ready to see you come to life, which probably made for a delivery-room experience that felt like not only an adventure but a blessing.

In your early years, Jupiter ruling your chart means that you were probably treated like a gift from God. Again, certain difficult placements in the chart can modify this somewhat. But, usually, Sagittarius Rising children are conditioned with this sense of being lucky to be here and of other people being grateful for them being there. I often see this Rising sign in children who are the younger ones in their family, meaning that they swept into their early environment and really turned things around. Maybe there were serious family problems that were a source of struggle before you were born. Yet, somehow, things began looking up once you came. In any case, with the planet of blessings and good fortune as the chart ruler, one not only plays the role of the person full of blessings to offer others but comes to see life as being full of blessings and wonder.

It’s no surprise, then, why you cannot be contained or kept down for long, if at all. Being so conditioned to behave with a sense of good faith and of gratitude, life is constantly awe-inspiring and glorious to you. It’s something that can annoy some of the more cynical, reserved, or melancholy individuals around you. In fact, your behavior can easily be a bit “too much”, in some way or another. Jupiter, after all, is excessive. So, this means that you live your life as an excessive person, in some way or another. Sagittarius Rising people can be seen as being too loud, too wild, too opinionated, too nice, too passionate, too silly, etc. Regardless, you are used to being the person in any given situation who goes rather over-the-top.

The house placement of Jupiter indicates just where and how you’re over-the-top. If Jupiter was in your 2nd House, you’re easily a complete hedonist, fully indulging in money and pleasure and all the good things life has to offer. Jupiter in the 5th House ruling the chart means that your sheer self-expression can be over-the-top, as you’re so intent on giving a good “performance” and often overly focused on how everything is affecting you. Of course, problems can arise if you don’t learn how to moderate your Jupiter somewhat. This is the dark side of Jupiter that we don’t always hear about. This planet is not completely beneficial, as no energy is all-good (or all-bad, for that matter). When it comes to Jupiter, a person can overdo it, push their luck, and then end up with a disaster on their hands. And since Jupiter rules your chart, this is basically the story of your life!

I think just about every Sagittarius Rising has to have a chapter or two in their lives where they went to the excesses of excess. Jupiter and Sagittarius represent the gambler archetype. So, with this influence, you have to spend a part of your life as a compulsive gambler, metaphorically or literally speaking, not knowing when to stop and then, eventually, ending up with nothing. When we push our luck too much, our hubris can cause us to be empty-handed. Maybe, with Jupiter in the 5th, you overestimate your ability to gain the applause of others and to show off your specialness. So, you become more and more attention-seeking, throughout life, until nobody is left in the audience. Jupiter in the 12th as the chart ruler shows a life that is lived with limitless compassion and a very expansive imagination. You have an unflagging connection to The Source yet you might be overly compelled to surrender and leave it up to the Creator or your Guardian Angels, to a degree that causes you to release all personal responsibility whatsoever. Then, you screw yourself over. You might also become utterly absorbed in solitude, neglecting to realize that how much this is isolating you from other people and from the everyday world until too much time has passed.

Regardless of what house Jupiter is in, you will have to learn how to rein it in some. Until you do, you can live out the overly opinionated, self-righteous downside of this planet. You are the kind of “protagonist” who is an utter believer, even when everything is crashing down around you. The way you see it, your life needs to be about inspiration. This can often blind you to more factual and objective viewpoints, unless your Jupiter is in the 3rd or the 11th. Even then, you can still be very biased, in your own way. This is the irony that gets you closely involved, via your Gemini Descendant, with really logical, intellectual, and mischievous people. These folks are keen enough to play Devil’s Advocate, poke holes in your beliefs, and maybe even confuse you or mess with your head somewhat. This will eventually bring out the side of you that is a clear, objective thinker, as well, bringing more balance to your nature when you embrace and express the part of yourself that can use its head and see things from multiple perspectives.

The unfortunate thing about Sagittarius, which is what speaks to that opposition to rational and articulate Gemini, is that it can be the “village idiot” much of the time. Sagittarius doesn’t really think. It just wants to experience. This is why you find balance by embracing your Gemini Descendant and being more intellectual. If not, you can make plenty of downright stupid mistakes, including the total no-filter bluntness you’re regularly built of. It’s not that Sagittarius is stupid, though. It does, after all, represent the “higher learning” that we find in college. But, it just isn’t all that interested in facts and logic. True to Jupiter’s form, it is more about just enjoying the journey. This is what can make you pretty myopic and clumsy in the way you carry yourself, though.

One of the best ways to pinpoint a Sagittarius Ascendant is that there will be something sloppy or careless about their demeanor, in some way or another. Many people with this placement have to be told to lower their voice or whisper. Using your “inside voice” can be a problem, as you often don’t think about the difference between inside and outside. A blindness to the nuances of their environment is pretty common, unless they have some Virgo or Scorpio placements. Still, that wouldn’t prevent them from being total klutzes. With this placement, you probably run into walls, trip going up the stairs or over your own two feet, or accidentally break things on a regular basis. You know where you want to go but you never really watch where you’re going. So, the poor people around you can also be regularly subjected to you stepping on their feet or running into them.

It’s true that having this placement means that you live with a constant sense of embarrassment. It’s why you don’t take yourself seriously, as you’re used to being laughed at and experiencing things, in all situations, that are worth laughing at. However, those with Sagittarius Rising just have a way of making these “fails” work. Maybe it’s because you’re laughing at yourself just as hard as everyone else is. It’s also due to the positivity of Jupiter. Thanks to your ability to turn any experience around into a positive, even the most embarrassing situations end up working out to your advantage. The house that Jupiter’s in will tell you how you’re able to do this. If Jupiter is in the 12th, it’s because you trust so much in the Higher Plan. Jupiter being in the 7th ruling the chart would mean that it’s because you have such faith in other people and in connecting to them. 

So, again, you spend a lot of your life just feeling really lucky, even in times where other people would feel mortified, depressed, or disheartened. This is when that myopic point of view actually works to your advantage. Not over-analyzing the situation or worrying about it too much leaves you focused on the positive. Then, eventually, the positive manifests itself into your life. Now, I would not be surprised, however, if they were certain Sagittarius Rising people who don’t feel like they have been that lucky in their life. In this case, the good fortune of Jupiter is so natural to them that they don’t even notice it. That can be the case for many people with their Jupiter. The life area it represents is so easy and effortless that we can take it for granted. But, this is why we must be truly appreciative. If Jupiter is ruling your chart, you need to stop and look around, living your life with a genuine sense of appreciation for everything you have, instead of being wastefully unappreciative. You’re more blessed than most and you have to acknowledge that to keep those blessings coming.

You are also someone who is constantly moving forward. The idea of your life consisting of “chapters” really appeals to you because you always want to move on to the next phase. Jupiter is about opportunity and experience. Therefore, you want to live your life by having as many experiences as possible; always growing, never being stagnant. This is what makes you the free spirit in life, much like your Aquarius Rising brothers and sisters. These placements are quite similar, in that way. But, while the Aquarius Ascendant has a free-spirited outlook and demeanor due to their way of expecting the unexpected, you are acting as the free spirit because you have such a thirst for adventure and discovery. It’s quite common for Sagittarius Rising people to spend a great deal of their lives, if not most of their lives, traveling to all sorts of cities and countries, as well as just engaging in wildly adventurous hobbies like skydiving, piloting or mountain climbing.

You love embarking on these journeys because they confirm your outlook that life is one big exploration. You do not want to be held back, thanks to Jupiter ruling your chart. But, this can apply in an everyday context, as well. You have got to give a Sagittarius Ascendant room to breathe and move about and be free. If you’re at a party, you’re going to want to mingle and work the room, saying hello to everyone you know and also people who you don’t know. This is one of the friendliest and most outgoing Rising signs you could have. After all, the Ascendant is how we are with new people and new situations. The insatiable nature of Jupiter means that you probably really love and feel very at ease with new people. If not, you’re extremely good at acting like you do. Life is all about accumulating new experiences for you. Therefore, you freely welcome the opportunity of engaging with someone you don’t know, thereby making another one of your “discoveries.”

You’re not going to be easy to pin down, as a result. While at said party, your significant other or good friend would just have to get used to you kind of being all over the place. The truth is that you can get easily bored with confining relationships and this can lead to an aversion to commitment. That element of Sagittarius is legendary. But, this also keys into your Gemini Descendant. You need a partner, romantic or platonic, who is rather restless and free and hard to pin down themselves (as Gemini can be, albeit in a more intellectual manner). They’ll just need to trust that you have a powerful mental connection with them that you will keep coming back to, at the end of the day. When it comes to living your life, you always want to know that you have the freedom you yearn for. By establishing such a trust, it will be much easier for you to commit and let them get close.

The Return of a person’s chart ruler is a time where they can really re-write the script they’ve written for themselves. You experience your chart ruler’s Return as quite the reverse of how everyone else does. So, while everyone else experiences their Jupiter Return as a time of increased opportunity, renewed faith, and great exploration, it’s actually not that big of a deal for you. Your life is essentially one non-stop Jupiter Return. Therefore, what I think happens is that when you go through your Jupiter Return, as a Sagittarius Rising, it can be a time to just give that good fortune back to others. Instead of experiencing the benefits of Jupiter, you can use your Jupiter to benefit others. So, you may feel especially generous, charitable, or motivational toward others.

The Jupiter Return happens every 12 years in a person’s life. This is more than enough time to experience one major chapter closing and a new one beginning. But, since you’re so obsessed with moving on, your Jupiter Return might give you a centeredness that you rarely feel. Your restlessness can be calmed down enormously during this time. You can then stop and realize how many positive experiences you’ve had in your life and how you don’t need to be in a massive rush to gain more. You have already attracted, manifested, and experienced so many blessings. So, during the Jupiter Return, all that’s left to do is sit back, calmly count those blessings, and prepare for the new cycle, trusting that more exciting adventures and wonderful things will happen soon.


  1. Good article. I have a question. I am sagitarius rising with jupiter in the first house. But mars and pluto are also in conjunction with my ascendent, pluto specially in a tight orb. How would that affect the positive outlook you talked about?

  2. They don't rule their chart! When the ruler of my ascendant rules their ascendant! H a talk about Chart Ruling. H A H A

  3. I enjoyed reading your article! I am a Capricorn sun with a Sagittarius rising. I felt like a lot of it was on point. And I feel like the few parts I didn't totally resonate with is probably due to that Capricorn sun. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Your thoroughness and engaging writing never fail to impress me. Excellent description and totally on the mark for me!

  5. cap sun/ saggi moon & rising; this was extremely accurate; much gratitude for sharing the knowledge

  6. Again, so spot on! I am soon to be 25 so I experienced my second (but first I was aware of) Jupiter return this past year and you couldn't be more correct of how it felt. Usually I am very concerned with making huge decisions that might limit my mobility and freedom in the future (also thanks to all my Libra placements), but during this Jupiter return I was genuinely able to assure myself realizing my "luck" and good fortune with every other turn my life had taken in the past. That gave me confidence to make a big move (the fourth one I've done in 6 years), resulting in an opportunity to get an awesome job at a state university. Jupiter is in my tenth house...just crazy!

  7. My Jupiter is in my 8th House and trine my Ascendant by an orb of 1°. I can relate to most of what you state in this article.

  8. Loved this and utterly relatable! Thanks a million!!