The Roman deity Jupiter is known as the king of the gods. He is considered to be the equivalent of Zeus (in Greek mythology) and Indra (in Hindu mythology). Jupiter is the god of thunder and sky. He is often depicted carrying a thunderbolt and was regarded as the “light bringer.” As king of the gods, he distributes the law and is associated with justice, philosophy, religion, and travel.
It’s not hard to imagine why the largest planet in the solar system was named after the god, Jupiter. In astrology, Jupiter is associated with optimism, luck, abundance, expansion, and destiny. Jupiter serves the role of a wise, benevolent mentor. Jupiter is the teacher, the guru. Jupiter points to destiny, the larger narrative, and the journey.
I’ve long been an astrology geek. One of the most amazing things about astrology to me is the belief that within each of us there is an entire solar and mythological system. These potent, magical energies exist in all of us. They are not simply external forces. If you believe in the power and validity of astrology, your birth chart can be thought of as a map to your soul.
Speaking of astrology, a few years ago I had an incredible reading with an amazingly gifted woman. She gave me some fantastic advice that stayed with me to this day. She advised me to tune into Jupiter and truly own all my quirks and idiosyncrasies. Her message was basically the following: “Whatever is peculiar about you, whatever makes you unique or different – instead of trying to shrink it, do the opposite. Enlarge it! Expand it! Place it center stage and make it part of your ‘act’.” Some places might be safer grounds for exploring this approach than others, but her point was very well taken.
So often our families, our jobs, and society at large exert pressure on us to deny our uniqueness and conform. We internalize that message and perpetuate it ourselves. We contract in fear. We drown in feelings of shame. We try to blend in. What if you tried to move in the opposite direction? What if you magnified and highlighted the ways in which you’re different? Not better or worse, just different. Wouldn’t it be a relief to come out as yourself? To demonstrate that you accept and love yourself and think others should too? Wouldn’t that be about a million times more interesting and fun than the alternative we usually fall for?
Too often we fear that which makes us different. But what makes us different is what usually makes us so great. It’s all part of our dharma, our hero’s journey. The joyous, expansive energy of Jupiter exists in everyone. Let’s tap into it together!
Astrologically inclined folks believe that the house and sign that the planet Jupiter is located in your natal chart can you help you identify areas in your life that you might want to expand and which will in turn expand you.
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