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...Thoughts On Jupiter...
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and by far the largest. Jupiter is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined (the mass of Jupiter is 318 times that of Earth)
Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the sky (after the Sun, the Moon and Venus). It has been known since prehistoric times as a bright "wandering star". In 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto (now known as the Galilean moons) using a telescope, the first observation of moons other than Earth's. This was also the first discovery of a celestial motion not apparently centered on the Earth. It was a major point in favor of Copernicus' heliocentric theory of the motions of the planets; Galileo's outspoken support of the Copernican theory placed him under the threat of the Inquisition
Jupiter has a huge magnetic field, much stronger than Earth's. Jupiter's moons therefore lie within its magnetosphere, a fact which may partially explain some of the activity on Io.
Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sagittarius, and, for many astrologers, also the ruler of Pisces (sidereal ruler of Capricorn and Libra). In Roman mythology Jupiter was the ruler of the gods, and their guardian and protector, and his symbol was the thunderbolt. In the same way, the planet Jupiter is the king of the other planets, a giant in size with spectacular, brightly coloured clouds and intense storms. Astronomers believe that it plays an important protecting role in using its massive gravity to capture or expel from the solar system many comets and asteroids that would otherwise threaten Earth and the inner planets. Jupiter takes 11.9 years to orbit the sun, spending almost an earth year (361 days) in each sign of the zodiac.
Astrologically Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, religion, higher education, prosperity and protecting roles, and also with merrymaking or 'joviality'. The first-century poet Manilius, described Jupiter as temperate and benign,and the greater benefic. In medicine Jupiter is associated with the liver, pituitary gland and the disposition of fats. Jupiter is the ruler of the 9th and 12th houses.
Jupiter is associated with Thursday. Dante Alighieri associated Jupiter with the liberal art of geometry.
In Chinese astrology, Jupiter is ruled by the element wood , which is warm, generous and co-operative. In Indian astrology, Jupiter is known as Guru or Brihaspati and is known as the 'great teacher'.
It's the Archer which represents Sagittarians, although in this case it's a Centaur (half man, half beast) which is flinging the arrows. Centaurs were the intellectuals of ancient Roman mythology, and Sagittarians are quick to consider themselves their modern-day counterparts.



In 2006, Jupiter entered Sagittarius for the first time in 12 years. Good Thing for The Archer...Run with It.
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