Look on the Bright Side of Life

Kathy Biehl
3 min readNov 6, 2018


Jupiter in Sagittarius

What’s that in the air? Could it be — optimism?

Why, yes, it is. It’s blowing in from Jupiter, king of the gods, who has returned to his home sign of Sagittarius, for the first time in 12 years. He is encouraging lightening up, not taking life so seriously, and finding reasons to laugh. Especially at ourselves.

from NASA

Jupiter is an influence of good fortune, luck, and expansiveness. He makes more more more of whatever he touches. “Why stop at one [x]?” his reasoning goes. Why not 10? or 100? Or ….

This bigger-is-better bent is all well and good when it’s amplifying something desired or beneficial. Alas, discernment is not in his tool kit. Only upping the ante of any action he’s near, good or not so good.

Fortunately, much of his impact is both good and welcome when he’s in Sagittarius. That sign is verbal to the max, outgoing, curious, high energy, up for adventure and good times.

Jupiter in Sag directs all that fiery fun into our outlook on life. Upgrades are both possible and nigh on inescapable. He encourages living large, dreaming big and spinning grandiose schemes. He’s the silver lining shining through dark clouds, the rainbow appearing after a storm…and the pot of gold that might, just might be at the end of that multicolored arch.

He counters negativity and naysaying with, “What if…” And the approach often leads to pay-off.

Jupiter in Sag has some less pleasant facets. Changeability bleeding into unreliability, for one; he’s got a short attention span and knack for running after the next adventure, not always with notice. (“Don’t Fence Me In” is a Sag anthem.)

Going overboard is another. Once he gets started, his whispering for more has a way of accelerating and amplifying and before you know it, you’ve created and justified all kinds of excess. Not a problem particularly if he’s blowing through your money house, but in your house of daily routine and nutrition…mind the munchies.

Philosophical extremism is yet another. This often comes with patronizing, intellectual superiority, jingoism, and not tolerating opposing viewpoints. Think slogans like “America: Love It Or Leave It” and “My Country, Right or Wrong.” Think Patrick Swayze blustering, “My way or the highway” in the movie “Roadhouse.”

Still, his presence at home does promise a return of good humor and loud, raucous laughter (laugh-till-you-cry level laughter), of optimism and hope and visions of a better future, and of enjoying life as a way of life.

His tour of duty — actually, it’s more like an adventure or protracted party — runs from November 8, 2018 to December 2, 2019. Be on the lookout for themes returning from November 2006 — December 2007, the last time he was in this sign.

So grab his bellows and get to work. Pump up your dreams and visions; whatever you can imagine, make it bigger, then bigger, then bigger again. Look for the bright side, the silver lining, the rainbow peeking through the clouds. Laugh at the ridiculousness of life. And ask for more. More, more, more.

Inspiration icon: The Ghost of Christmas Present in the 1970 film “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney. His theme song: “I Like Life.”

A few Jupiter in Sagittarius songs to upgrade your frame of mind (for your listening ease, on this Spotify playlist):

“Look on the Bright Side of Life,” Monty Python’s Life of Brian

“Three Little Birds,” Bob Marley

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin

“Happy,” Pharrell

“More, More, More,:Andrea True Connection

“Laugh,” The Monkees

“She Makes Me Laugh,” The Monkees

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Kathy Biehl

Astrologer, author of Eat, Drink & Be Wary: Cautionary Tales; actress; observer of human quirks & foibles; Scheherezade of Weird