12. Januar 2018
Sky Terrace – An astrological-analytical look at the stars, planetary movements, seasonal phenomena, and the world at large, by Uli Mai
To tell them apart is easy: Jupiter shines over 20 times more brightly than Mars, despite being much further from Earth. After all, it’s the biggest planet of the solar system!
Jupiter is larger-than-life, and beautiful. The gas giant is covered by white, beige, and ginger colored bands of clouds, making it look like someone’s favorite childhood marble. Just below the equator, easily visible in a telescope, is the “great red spot”, a permanent cyclone raging in the atmosphere. The ochre, swirling patch was first described in the 17th century. It’s the largest and longest-lasting storm in our solar system. Although it has been shrinking for the last 150 years, it’s still as big as Earth…
Most amazingly perhaps, life on Earth would not be possible without Jupiter. Jupiter is strategically positioned to ward off debris from the asteroid belt. Its field of gravity keeps those chunks of rock from deeper space safely away from our planet. Sometimes, it’s taking a hit for us in the process. Some scientists speculate that the dwindling of the great red spot may be connected to an asteroid crashing in the planet’s atmosphere.
Jupiter is the protector and benefactor in astrology, too. It enlarges everything it touches, it widens horizons and brings justice; sometimes, also carelessness and excess. For almost the whole of 2018, Jupiter is in Scorpio, sign of finances, joint resources, taxes and stocks, intensity, sex, transformation, death and rebirth. Things that were taboo before can come up for reappraisal, abuse is unmasked. The Weinstein revelations that led to #metoo hit the news almost exactly the day Jupiter entered Scorpio in November.
But Jupiter also likes to gamble. In the business world, expect bouts of passion and risk taking to disrupt the rather sober, factual energy we have since Saturn entered Capricorn in December 2017. Jupiter inflates things and is prone to creating speculation bubbles. We will probably see a struggle between excesses in the stock market, phenomena like bitcoin, and the Saturn-in-Capricorn style of secure and common-sense investments. A lot of mergers can occur, too, as Scorpio favors the pooling of resources.
In 2018, anything that is superficial, or flaky, won’t cut it, neither in business partnerships nor in personal ones. Prepare for some soul-searching, or soul-shaking moments of intensity. Scorpio is the highest and the lowest, the scorpion that stings itself, or the eagle that soars after having worked through Scorpio’s poison. That’s why this energy favors therapy, and the discipline to follow through on changes in your life. Without all the glitz, Jupiter is a lot about ethical standards. So prepare for a year where the most valuable resource to mine is your own integrity! Happy New Year!!
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gabriel Fiset
This enhanced color view of Jupiter’s south pole was created by citizen scientist Gabriel Fiset using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Oval storms dot the cloudscape. Approaching the pole, the organized turbulence of Jupiter’s belts and zones transitions into clusters of unorganized filamentary structures, streams of air that resemble giant tangled strings. The image was taken on Dec. 11, 2016 at 9:44 a.m. PST (12:44 p.m. EST), from an altitude of about 32,400 miles (52,200 kilometers) above the planet’s beautiful cloud tops. https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21390
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