Jupiter-The Divine Guru

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The majestic ruler of the skies sits in regal splendor presiding over the heavens. He is Lord of righteousness and justice; his lofty status symbolizes wisdom. His eminence has been noted amongst people throughout the ages.

The Greeks held him father of the gods, Zeus. Egyptians called him Ammon. In Indian mythology he is Indra, supreme godhead, in charge of the heavens. The classical works call him "Raja Mastri," minister of gods. Golden planet Jupiter is more often called Deva Guru, preceptor to the gods, supreme preceptor, Brihaspati. Guru is the teacher of the sacred.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion. It is second to the sun in size and second to Venus in brightness. Situated 476 million miles from the Sun, its girth is wider than the sum total of all the other planets combined; this magnificent mass alone commands attention.

Among the ancient philosophers Jupiter was recognized as a celestial father, the patriarch as well as royalty, the King. His indisputable status is evidenced by the breadth of his gaze in the expanse of his gestures.

His rulership is a victory over materialism, for while wealth and good fortune fall within his domain his supreme path is the search for truth.

Jupiter's interest is in the building of good character and sound ethics. He is an idealist, ever optimistic. He governs all the good and fundamental qualities necessary for the upliftment of mankind.

The classical texts extol Jupiter as a wise man, successful, with sound judgment, good wisdom and knowledge to advise the younger.

Saravali, the famous classical text, says the person with a strong Jupiter is learned of the Vedas. He is the voice of the lion, prominently Sattvic and fond of virtues. He is modest, forgiving in disposition. He is a minister with a sharp mind. He is meritorious, an expert in mythology, Vedic rituals and Vedic sacrifices. He is also the giver of good karma, Guru Bhakti, devotion to the Guru and represents Mantrapasana, which means desire to have devotion to a certain Mantra representing a deity.

In Brihat Parasara Hora, Jupiter is most succinctly described as Jiva (life giver), Jnana (knowledge giver) and Sukha (happiness). It causes the person to keep the company of spiritual people, it attracts spiritual connections. It supports children, ministers, Acharyas or teachers, Buddhi which is intellect, Asakta which is enthusiasm, Suimddhi which is good wisdom, Bhakti which is devotion, Yagya which is fire worship, Sanmara which is honor and Daya which is kindness.

He is Putrakaraka, and thus, the giver of children, Jnanakaraka, the giver of knowledge and Dhanakaraka, the giver of wealth. In these domains his power is unparalleled.

His Divine grace is supposed to remove the greatest obstacles which may appear in the chart. By aspect or occupation, Guru's placement reveals the role of providence due to past meritorious deeds. But in practice does it really work this way? There are different opinions about the influence of Jupiter. Some people think Jupiter is the mine of benevolence, others think it is very deceptive. We will examine this further.

People who are ruled by Jupiter are humanitarians and philanthropists, with a strong desire to help mankind. They have a fine sense of discrimination and possess rare qualifies of justice. Because of high values, concern for others and optimism, they're responsible for the noble and charitable institutions and enterprises.

Jupiter endeavors to develop character, thus supporting the growth of the soul as opposed to advancement of physical gratification. Therefore whatever experiences exalt the mind, engender desires for greater refinement and goodness, give rise to the determination to work for the welfare of all, stir the soul to noble thoughts, and effort for that which is higher and better, are all of concern to Jupiter.

Jupiter's underlying purpose is to promote the evolution of the soul. …