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(Originally appearing in the Crows Calling)

The most beloved of the planets is Jupiter. Even in the dark ages, when astrologers
saw the planets in much stricter terms of black and white, Jupiter was called the
Greater Benefic, meaning that it grants greater blessings. Modern magicians and
witches have drawn from this concept. Ritual magic describes Jupiter spells as
bringing boundless good luck and prosperity. It expands all resources and blessings.
And it does, but the power of Jupiter is far greater than mere good luck.
In the Eastern traditions of astrology, Jupiter is associated with the guru. In the west,
we have a hard time with the word guru because it has been used by many
charlatans to build grand cults of personality. In the true sense of the word, guru
means teacher, and most notably spiritual teacher. When channeled properly, the
energy of Jupiter is the energy of spiritual learning. Jupiter is the inner teacher.
In these eastern traditions, Jupiter is called the light of a thousand suns. It radiates
not physical light, but the spiritual light of illumination. Physically, science tells us
that Jupiter is a gas giant. Potentially it is a Sun, but a Sun that has never ignited. If it
had, we would have a binary solar system, rather than one single Sun.
In many ways, Jupiter acts like a Sun. Jupiter is its own miniature solar system,
holding sixteen satellites, or moons, in orbit. One moon, Ganymede, is the size of the
planet Mercury. Jupiters gravitational power is second only to the Sun. In many
legends, the archetype of Jupiter is the elder king, giving way to the new solar king,
much like this planet gives deference only to the Sun.
Compared to all the other planets, it generates more heat than it receives from the
Sun. The heat is created by Jupiters incredibly fast rotation. For a planet that size, it
takes only twelve Earth hours to make a full rotation. The intensity of the heat
causes the planet to bulge near the equator. This relates to the magical thought that

Jupiter energy causes expansion. The secret is that it doesnt just expand material
concerns, such as money, business and general prosperity. It expands consciousness.
The sign that Jupiter rules, Sagittarius, is the explorer. On one level, Sagittarius is
described as being very good at business and administration. Another level is the
freedom of Sagittarius, exploring new lands, cultures and adventures. A clich
phrase associated with it is dont fence me in. On the highest level Sagittarius
represents the spiritual explorer, delving into new thoughts, beliefs, philosophies
and religions. They are able to take in so many points of view and experiences
because the power of Jupiter is working to expand consciousness. In the older
systems of astrology, before the discovery of the outer planets, Jupiter ruled both
Sagittarius and the sign of Pisces, the energy of the artist and mystic. So not only is it
associated with the fire and light of Sagittarius and the sun, but the mystical waters
This gas giant is considered the first of the spiritual planets in karmic astrology. The
Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars are the personality planets, representing the
ego, emotions, mind, attraction and will, respectively. Jupiter is the higher octave
of the Sun, embodying the power of the higher self, the upper vibration of the
Colors associated with Jupiter are blue and purple. Many relate the power of Jupiter
to the power spiritual sight and spiritual light. The brow chakra, or Anja, is the
energetic center of the body, usually portrayed as indigo or purple. The third eye is
not the only place where the energy of Jupiter can be found. In medical astrology,
Jupiter rules the liver, since it is the largest planet and the liver is one of the largest
organs. Metaphysicians note that liver problems are often created through
unresolved anger. When one is in the expanded consciousness of Jupiter, anger can
be resolved. Only when you are blocked to the expanded consciousness of Jupiter do
you hold anger over the long term. Jupiter rules many of the liver herbs, such as
The gods of Jupiter are the sky gods and storm fathers. Jupiter himself is a Roman
god of thunder and lightning, highly identified with the Greek Zeus, the leader of
the Olympians. Although a third generation deity, he leads his brothers and sisters
in victory against the Titans and creatures that roam the world, ushering in a new
age. Though Zeus in later myths is painted in an unflattering sexist tone to the
modern reader, the ideal of this godform is the wise and guiding king. To the
Sumerians, Marduk led the fight against the dragon creature Tiamat, creating the

world and a new age. In Egypt, the god Amen-Ra, the embodiment of Ra as ruler on
Earth and often depicted as a pharaoh figure, is the Jupiter archetype. Unlike the
Greeks, the Egyptians saw the Sun as supreme and elder, giving sway to other
figures, such as Amen-Ra. Tarranis of the Continental Celts, relates to Zeus, as being
a strong storm god and heavenly figure. Modern Celtic practitioners also look to the
good father god of the Tuatha De Dana, the Dagda as a Jupiter figure. His cauldron
is ever abundant and none leave it hungry, representing the power of abundance
and nurturance in Jupiter energy. In Norse myth, the all father and tribal leader is
Odin, though many associated Odin with Mercury images, because he is the
magician and traveler. Thor, on the other hand, the God of Storm and Lightning, is
strongly linked with Jupiter magic. In fact, the day of Jupiter, Thursday, originates
from Thors Day. Magic involving the power of Jupiter is strong when done on
To harness the power of Jupiter, you can do magic when the Sun or Moon is in
Sagittarius. October 15 to December 5 is the planetary period when we are all
aligned with Jupiter energy. Your own personal Jupiter period starts 208 days after
your birthday and lasts for 52 days. At these times, the magic for expansion, both
prosperity and spirituality will be strong. Try focusing on magic for higher
awareness, spiritual evolution, success, business, administration, publishing,
philosophy, education, meditation and psychic development.
The number of Jupiter is usually four, because in the Tree of Life system of magic,
Jupiter rules the fourth realm, called Chesed. Chesed translates to Mercy, and
strangely enough, the glyph, or symbol of Jupiter looks like a two and four
combined. Esoterically, the symbol is really a crescent, a symbol of the soul,
balanced on the cross of matter. It means the energy of the soul is delicately
balanced in the material world, but elevated above it. The symbol is also the
alchemical symbol of tin, which is the metal of Jupiter. Pewter is often used as a
substitute as well, but true pewter mixes the energies of Jupiter and Saturn.

MINERALS: Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst,Ametrine, Blue Apatite, Blue Calcite, Howlite, Lapis
Lazuli, Lepidolite, Labradorite, Merlinite, Sapphire, Sodalite, Spectrolite, Sugilite, Blue Tigers
Eye, Blue Tourmaline, Turquoise

PLANTS: African Violet, Agrimony, Alexander, Alfalfa, Aloe, Arrowroot, Asparagus, Betony,
Bluebell, Blueberry, Borage, Cardamon, Carnation, Cedar, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil,
Clove, Clover, Currant, Dandelion, Deerstongue, Dock, Dog Grass, Fig, Henna, Hyssop, Jasmine,
Juniper, Lavender, Lila, Liverwort, Lungwort, Magnolia, Maple, Milkweed, Mistletoe,

Moneywort, Mulberry, Mustard Seeds, Narcissus, Oak, Red, Oak- White, Oakmoss, Pine, Sage,
Sandalwood, Sarsaparilla, Sumac, Sweet Briar, Sweet Cicely, Tonka Bean, Violet, Wallflower

Here is a simple meditative ritual to be done with strong Jupiter energy. Choose any
of the crystals above and create a space for you to meditate quietly. Light four purple
candles. Relax and breathe deeply. If you would like, light some sage for incense and
purification. You can wave the crystal in the sage smoke to purify it before using it.
As you hold the crystal, feel yourself become the crystal. Immerse yourself in the
vibration of the crystal. With each moment, each pulse of your heart, feel yourself
expand outward. Feel yourself fill the room, then fill your home. Expand beyond
your home and into your neighborhood. Feel yourself become one with all things
around you, but you are not harmed by anything. You are in balance and harmony.
Feel yourself expand to the city, state and region. Expand beyond the boarders to the
continent and then the Earth itself. Feel the Earth expand to unite with the cosmos.
Expand to the highest realm you can, and understand that all things are one in the
divine mind.
When you are done, retrace your steps back, slowly making your way back to your
body and the crystal. Thank everyone and everything you experienced for this
beautiful gift. Ground yourself and return to the world with your new sense of
expanded awareness.