Jupiter being the largest planet in the Solar System is a celestial metaphor for the king of gods. Over 300 times more massive than Earth, Jupiter takes twelve YEARS to make a single trip around the sun. Composed primarily of hydrogen and helium, Jupiter is thought to have a solid surface, made up of dense gas and a core of liquid metal that leads to a center of rock and ice. The atmosphere is made of bands of light and dark stripes like clouds and has what is called the Great Red Spot, thought to be a storm that has lasted hundreds of years (Amazing). Jupiter generates more radiation on its own than it receives from the sun which explains the sixteen tiny moons it possesses.
Jupiter was named after the Roman king of the gods, Zeus. Zeus was the ruler of Mount Olympus, home of the gods. It is said that he came into power by overthrowing Titan, father of Cronus, an act thought to be a victory of human reason over animal instinct. Images show Zeus as a bearded man in the sky with a blue cloak, with an eagle nearby holding thunderbolts which is a sign of his power and thought to live on the most spiritual plane.
He was married to his sister Hera but known for his dalliances with numerous divinities and mortals of both sexes (Yessss!). The Greeks saw him as the guardian of social order, particularly the supremacy of men over women (Great...). He was Lord of day and Lord of lightning bolts, his direct message to humanity.
Astrologically, he stood for masculine authority. He is the wise man, brightening the world with meaning rather than with lightning. Jupiter is said to inspire us to reach beyond our immediate circumstances, spiritually and mentally. Because of this, the planet is associated with religion and philosophy, benevolence, compassion, justice, law, and honesty, along with social status and wealth.
People who are born under Jupiter tend to be established and respected. They are said to operate on such grand a scale that they may run too extravagant if unchecked. (Chickity check yourself!) They have a tendency to overgeneralize, to throw around broad concepts without examining the fine print. This can make them blindly -and dangerously- optimistic.
Pastors, philosophers, scientists, doctors, philanthropists, judges, lawyers, teachers, and chief executives are believed to be influenced by Jupiter. The planet supposedly conveys an aristocratic demeanor.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces and oversees blood circulation. The glyph represents him, a half circle rising over a cross, symbolizing mind's triumph over matter.