Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ll be using manicules (those pointing finger symbols) to direct your attention to something I’m pondering that delights or interests me. Each entry is somehow related to an unusual, obscure, or simply charming to me word.
Z is for…
zenography – study of the planet Jupiter
Zeno a root word meaning Zeus, who was the Greek god, and became Jupiter for the Romans.
Jupiter is bigger-than-life, both in his guise as a god and a planet.
As the largest planet, it’s been visible to the naked eye since humans first looked skyward. It was the Babylonians who first recorded their sightings in 7th century BCE, but it was the Romans who gave the planet its name – after the chief god of their pantheon. And It was Galileo’s study of Jupiter that helped prove the Earth wasn’t the center of universe.
As a god, Jupiter was named king of heaven and Earth and all the gods after overthrowing his father Saturn and forcing him to release all his other children whom he had eaten. (His brother Neptune became god of the seas, and brother Pluto god of the underworld).
Jupiter was definitely considered a sky god, known to be wielder of lightning and master of weather. In ancient Rome an altar was built to him in Campus Martius, and all places struck by lightning were made his property, guarded from the profane by circular walls. I always find it interesting to check out the epithets given to gods, and Jupiter has quite a few, including Optimus Maximus, best and greatest.
Astrologically speaking, at least in Western astrology, Jupiter is the planet known as the “Great Benefic” bringing fortune, favor, miracles and blessings. The energy is optimistic, compassionate, generous, and quite expansive. Depending on where Jupiter is in one’s birth chart, we can learn a lot about how we attract our own luck, and how we pursue our life experiences and open ourself to greater wisdom and expansiveness.
I really this admonition from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:
“Our duty, as men and women is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation,”
I certainly believe that to be true, but I also enjoy imagining a bit of collaborative help from Jupiter might be on hand as well.
Jupiter is associated with Thursdays. Although the name itself comes from the Norse god Thor, he was also a lightning/sky god and the connection to Jupiter is clear that way.
I love de Chardin’s words, and they feels so “Thursday-ish” to me – with its invitation to expand and feel the potential and possibilities available in everything. That feels like Jupiter’s touch to me – golden, beneficent, encouraging. I have a friend who calls Jupiter the fairy-dust-sprinkling planet, and that always makes me smile. Don’t you love the idea of stepping forward under a shower of fairy dust? Doesn’t it make everything seem more possible, more magical, more fun?
I like using Thursdays to explore this expansive energy, because truthfully this is one of the areas in life I find I continually need to find balance with. So I like knowing I can return to it regularly with the intention of looking and deepening my understanding. It feels like a continual dance to me trying to find comfortable balance stretching, embracing, moving outward without taking it too far or taking on too much to the point where I eventually feel overwhelmed.
Recently I’ve been playing around with the idea of white space. Creatives often talk about how important it is in good design composition. And I’ve come to think about how important it is for me to have “white space” around projects and around various tasks in my day. I’m trying to be mindful of this, but I can’t honestly say I’ve mastered it yet. So when Thursdays and Jupiter beckon with exciting new things to try, lavishing the abundance mojo all around, I try to keep in mind it’s a lovely flow like all of nature. I can go out with the wave, enjoying the expansiveness, and yet hold space that there is room for the ebb as well. A dance indeed.
And on that note, I want to say what an expansive, delightful dance this year’s A-to-Z blogging challenge has been. I’m grateful to everyone who played and everyone who stopped by here. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.
But now it’s your turn. Have any thoughts about Jupiter, planet or god? Ever think about the energies each day holds that invites exploration? Had a fun time playing in the challenge if you participated? Do tell – you know I love to hear.