To understand the concept of Mars Jupiter connections we first have to go back into the past for a moment.
In the early 80s a "new" approach of assessing major themes in a natal chart saw the light by the "invention" of the so-called "ZIP Code."
It was a method invented by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns (hence the name "ZIP Code") and further propagated by her daughter Maritha Pottenger, that made use of the so-called astrological alphabet.
The concept of the astrological alphabet is that astrology deals with twelve basic ways of being, twelve human drives and modes of operation that are all needed in this world.
These twelve sides of life are mirrored in the natal chart by a planet, a house and a sign.
So it is in the astrological alphabet that Mars, the 1st house and Aries all share the same principles (though they are NOT the same!).
Venus, the 2nd house and Taurus also share the same principles and this goes on for the other planets, signs and houses.
What the theory of the ZIP Code or astrological alphabet presents is that certain groups of planet/house/sign combinations share similar themes.
For example: Mars in Libra or Mars in the 7th house share the same principles. The 7th house is in mundane astrology a Libra house (wathever zodiac sign is on the cusp of the 7th house in the natal chart).
This system has been enhanced by German astrologers who developed their own system based on the same principles but they converted the signs and houses to their respective planetary rulers.
For example: Mars in Libra becomes a Mars/Venus theme because Venus always rules Libra. Mars in the 7th house too becomes a Mars/Venus theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 1st house (in mundane astrology ruled by Mars because Mars always rules Aries and Aries is always the 1st sign in the natural order of the zodiac) in the 2nd house (in mundane astrology ruled by Venus as the ruler of Taurus) is another Venus-Mars analogy.
The more you find such analogies, affinities, themes or connections between two planets, the more this planetary combination becomes an important part of the natal chart and the life of the native.
To find out the connections or analogies between planets, we take especially into account:
Planets in houses are more important and powerful than the planets in the zodiac signs because they work on a more personal and individual level (we use the Topocentric house system which gives almost the same results as the Placidus house system).
When do we have Mars Jupiter connections, affinities, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) but this would lead us too far and make it more complicated than necessary):
When at least three of the above listed analogies or connecties can be found in the natal chart, we have a very powerful Mars Jupiter connection that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Mars Jupiter connections signify?
The Mars Jupiter connection, affinity or analogy is associated with two planetary energies that both rule fire signs: Mars rules the fire sign Aries and Jupiter rules the fire sign Sagittarius.
Both extravert planets are competitive and want to conquer.
This connection can at times be overbearing and domineering.
It wants to convince and push through its ideology, belief or conviction.
People with a powerful Mars Jupiter connection have high ideals (that's the Jupiter part of the analogy) and they go for it.
People with such a connection expect success in whatever they do.
The downside of this connection or analogy is that they want too much, often in too selfish a way.
The Mars Jupiter connection strives for its own success and cannot accept competition easily.
In love relationships, their need and even urge to conquer, may result in many love affairs.
The Mars Jupiter connections needs lots of free room and can hardly get on with boundaries -- which they have to learn to master.
Also, patience is not a trait they are born with and this too will have to be learned over time.
People with a strong Mars Jupiter connection need a role model, a 'Leitbild' they cling to and that they can identify with.
They often copy behavior or ideologies of people they admire.
Often, such people love to travel or are interested in foreign affairs.
They are sports-minded as well.
Women with such a powerful Mars Jupiter connection want 'successful' partners.
Men with such a powerful Mars Jupiter connection conquer women with the help of money or alleged 'esteem.'
Mars Jupiter connections are not always tolerant if their ideology or world view is questioned.
Also, they don't like to be helped because they perceive such an attitude or behavior endangering for their freedom.
According to the research conducted by Fred Opmeer, M.D., from the Netherlands, Mars Jupiter connections represent the lawyer (or jurist), defending the law (the more so if Mars and Jupiter build an opposite aspect).
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