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- The Eternal Optimist
(The True Believer)
"The ancient grand vision of Jupiter is hard for us to imagine
today, and it is probably impossible for us to feel the awe
with which such a cosmic force (or deity) was experienced."
is the moment - made into an arrow - shot at tomorrow’s
Zodiac Good Guy
Known to traditional astrology as the "greater benefic," Jupiter
was the all around Zodiac Good Guy! In traditional astrology
Jupiter wore an (almost) spotless white hat. Above all else,
you wanted to ensure that the powers and influence of Jupiter
were on your side!
Check out, for instance, the brilliant writings of the Florentine
Renaissance astrologer Marsilio Ficino.
but true... the astrologer and priest Ficino played
a vital and leading role in the Italian Renaissance,
among other things, reintroducing the Western world
to the works of Plato, Plotinus, and many others.
in order to live a happier, more fulfilled and healthy life
- Ficino literally prescribed filling one's home and
life with all of Jupiter's many colors, minerals and images.
And it seems that Ficino experienced great difficulty coming
up with much of anything negative to say about Jupiter.
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My, My... How Times Have Changed
These days we "modern, enlightened" astrologers tend to write
Jupiter off. We often gloss over the deeper meanings of Jupiter's
placement in birth charts. We generally ignore his transits
over birth planets...
when we do manage to pay Jupiter any attention, we find
great glee in charging him with being an overly pompous,
ineffectual windbag - while simultaneously striving to point
out all the more negative, shadowy possibilities of his
Why is that?
Maybe it's just the pendulum of opinion swinging from excess
to excess - from all light to all dark. Frankly, it all
suspiciously sounds excessively "Jupiterian" to
me, since moderation has never been thought to be one of
his strong points.
the reason - it's a huge mistake… In Stephen Arroyo's (highly
recommended] book Exploring Jupiter, Arroyo explores
in great detail how Jupiter points the way to:
sense of future direction and purpose
you can develop confidence and self-esteem
you should take a "leap of faith" in order to manifest
your greatest potential
you have a special breadth of vision and intuitive perception
that can lead to any expanded scope of activity and
Short excerpt from Arroyo:
contemplating the profound qualities and aspirations
that Jupiter represents in astrology, I cannot help
but feel that Jupiter's bigness and broad vision is
inextricably linked to the perennial human search
for a larger truth and for an experience of oneness
with the universe…
for example the symbol of Sagittarius: the Centaur.
This unique creature is still grounded on the earth
with an animal body, but that does not stop him from
using his human half to carefully aim his arrow at
a specific goal on the distant horizon."
Huge mistake, ever counting Jupiter out... and if Jupiter
happens to loom large in your birth chart, then doubly
the transits of Jupiter, astrologer Steven Forrest
this is a call to recognize an opportunity.
Traditional astrologers view it more starkly
- to them, it is simply the planet of luck.
And that is often the case: the toast does
tend to land butter-side up when Jupiter
is crossing sensitive territories. But the
real, evolutionary meaning lies deeper.
One key is that Jupiter is future-oriented...
it is concerned with bright, unexplored
to its bones, Jupiter always asks one primary
question: how have you been underestimating
yourself? Its transits signal a time when
new opportunities come into existence, but
to seize them you must recognize that you
deserve them, that you are capable of rising
to them, and that old deals and compromises
are finished. Trust yourself, have faith in
life and go for it: that's the spirit of Jupiter."
Some of the ways that Jupiter can loom large
in the birth chart:
Moon, and/or Ascendant in Sagittarius
and/or Moon closely aspected by Jupiter
and/or Moon in the 9th house
Jupiter conjunct one of the angles (Ascendant,
Descendant, Midheaven, I.C.)
have one of these trademark "Jupiter Loomers"
in my birth chart - and I can tell you Jupiter's
transits have often behaved like a finely
tuned, precision clock in mirroring my life