I recently had transiting Jupiter square my natal Jupiter. This can be a time to stretch our boundaries and explore new vistas. During the transit, I had an odd dream that seemed to resonate with this symbolism.
I was leaving a high-rise building in Manhattan with my husband. The elevator arrived but it wasn’t clear if it was going up or down. I took a chance and got in: if it went up, it would be a short ride before it returned. My husband waited.
Once in the elevator, it was obvious that the ceiling was too low – I had to sit on the floor. Meanwhile, a technician was cleaning some mechanical parts in the other side of the cab, and I worried that something might be wrong. We did in fact go up and returned back down, when my husband got on and we got to the ground floor without any problems.
Obviously, I’d taken a risk in the dream, which is Jupiterian thing to do. I’d assumed my actions would simplify things, taking a “shortcut” in a way, but I’d made myself uncomfortable and perhaps wasted time. Still, the trade-off was experience, as it was not exactly what I expected and I had a minor adventure.
An elevator going up may symbolize a rise in consciousness, which Jupiter does, too. I expanded beyond my boundaries, but it wasn’t comfortable – which might be in keeping with the square aspect. Maybe the elevator car also represented the current limitations of my life that I needed to exceed. Though I did feel better returning to earth with my husband!
The physical act of travel is very common when we have Jupiter transits, and for me, this was metaphoric rather than real. Some of the key words for Jupiter are expansion, raising status (in this case, figuratively) and speculation. All seem appropriate.