protectorIn my last post, Why Does My Jupiter Transit Suck?, Alison commented, “Jupiter transits can act as protection. You avoid a car accident as you swerved the other way, like a near miss. Or disappointed you didn’t get that dream job to later find the boss had been swindling company money.”

This is a fantastic point! We often notice what we receive, but we can rarely know what we were protected from receiving. As someone with Jupiter in the 12th house, I have experienced this many times. The blessings are hidden, but they’re so, so valuable.

When I was in kindergarten, a tornado tore through our town and did significant damage to our school, including my classroom in particular. This just happened to be a day when I had such horrible strep throat that I was in a hospital a few towns over. My illness may have saved my life.

When I was 16, I was rear-ended while sitting at a red light. After stopping and exchanging information, I went on my way, only to discover an enormous wreck with multiple fatalities just a few miles up the road. My fender bender may have prevented me from being one of those fatalities.

In my mid-twenties, I was essentially forced out of a high-powered corporate job by terrible management. Right after I left, the entire department was dissolved and everyone was shuffled around to roles that involved significant pay cuts while I had gone on to find a job that paid more and fit my life so much better.

And that’s not to mention the literal ghost who saved me from a dark fate. I wrote all about that here.

Roots That Come Back to Haunt You (Literally)

And those are only the examples I know of! Think of how many instances there are where we never learn what could have been, but that served us nonetheless.

That is why Jupiter requires faith. Oftentimes our blessings aren’t obvious. We usually don’t win the lottery or land our dream job out of nowhere. But Jupiter asks us to have faith that life unfolds as it should, and that even our hardships can bring surprise benefits. Cultivating a sense of gratitude for what you’ve been given AND what you’ve been spared is an essential part of learning to accept everything Jupiter has to offer.

Have you ever had an experience like this? Tell us your story!