Jupiter: King of the Planets

Jupiter: King of the Planets

On November 23, 2016 we entered into Sagittarius the ninth sign of the zodiac, which is ruled by Jupiter. The element associated with this sign is Fire, and those born under this sign seek knowledge and truth. The planet Jupiter takes its name from the Roman Jupiter or Jove the chief god of the Roman Pantheon. To the Greeks he was known as Zeus. There are many names associated with this planetary deity including thunderer, wielder of lightning and supreme commander.

Jupiter the first of the gas giants in our solar system is the fifth planet from the sun, and the second-brightest planet in our sky. It is the largest planet with more than twice the mass of all the other planets in our solar system.

The approximate musical note for the Jupiter tuning fork is F Sharp. The Ohm/Jupiter Interval creates a 4th with a natural optimistic quality that is present in the Jupiter archetype. It stimulates growth, abundance and expansion on all levels.

There are many rich archetypes associated with Jupiter including the ultimate patriarch, a father of authority and power ruling by divine right. The father archetype is twofold in nature providing both positive and negative aspects of experience and emotions. Father may be supportive, strong, playful and admired or tyrannical and dominating. The view of father as God or Supreme Being, pervasive in our understanding of Zeus is present in the world myths as the embodiment of kings, male power, patriarchal society, and higher law.

Throughout the mythic stories of Jupiter and Zeus, it is easy to see the darker side of the archetype unfold and how it might play out in our health, actions, and political arena, as we just experienced in the US election. Zeus might appear as the corporate raider, the chief executive for whom power and success are the driving factors. Even though this type of leader takes pride in being able to see the big picture, he often needs to have the last word and believes that he rules the home, office, family, nation, by divine right. Even though laws have developed as a direct counterbalance to the excess of power, it is not uncommon for people to feel that they are above the law, as is demonstrated by some antics of todays corporate leaders and politicians. Excess, extravagance, overindulgence are all things to be wary of in this archetype. However, there are also many positive aspects. As the largest planet, Jupiter’s expansiveness can open our minds and elevate our spirits to the infinite possibilities. Jupiter might guide us to accomplish great things by providing clarity and enormous confidence so that we are able to grow emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. The abundant gifts of Jupiter also require a level of responsibility to sift through, synthesize, and not become greedy in our quests, overindulgent, or so focused on material gain that we forget our spiritual calling. Jupiter invites us to embody the simple lessons of Baucis and Philomen (this myth is retold in Acutonics from Galaxies to Cells) to find joy and love in the simplest of things, and learn that when we open our hearts and hearths, scarcity disappears and abundance will flow.

Some of the key words that we associate with Jupiter are personal growth, expansion, desire for adventure, higher education, long-distance travel, the moral code of society, reliance on higher power, optimism, abundance, prosperity, the search for meaning, aspirations, and philanthropy.

Anatomical Correspondences: Liver, glycogen metabolism, digestive system, arterial system, eyes and vision, ligaments and tendons, posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, sciatic nerve, hips and thighs

Physiological Actions: Expansion and growth, healing, creating harmony, restorative, recuperative, assimilation, production of heat and regulation of temperature, phagocytosis

Specific Disharmonies: Liver disorders; imbalances of the posterior pituitary gland; sciatica; leg, hip, and thigh pain or instability; digestive problems, especially associated with fat metabolism; diabetes and hypoglycemia; weight gain; eating disorders; water imbalances

Working with Jupiter: In Chinese Medicine the liver controls the smooth movement of energy throughout the body as well as the storing of blood, the health of the eyes and vision. The liver is also associated with the emotions of anger and frustration and it governs the health and integrity of the tendons and ligaments, supporting clarity of vision.

The Dai Mai and Yang Wei Mai Extraordinary Vessels are good choices to break up stagnation and expand liver energy creating the smooth movement of energy in the body and soothing and regulating the emotions.

The Dai Mai helps to break through frustration and mover forward and has a relationship to liver energy through GB 41, Near to Tears (the gallbladder is the livers yang organ partner). The Yang Wei Mai helps to let go of old stagnant patterns so that new patterns can emerge and is also related to the liver through GB 41.

On the Dai Mai (opening point is GB 41 and balance point is SJ 5), use a progression beginning with the NM 5th to gently open the vessel, then use the Zodiac 3rd to circulate stagnant energy, and finish with the Ohm/Jupiter 4th to expand and harmonize liver energy. This same progression can be applied to the Yang Wei Mai (opening point is SJ 5 and balance point is GB 41). After treating the vessels apply the Ohm/Jupiter 4th to LIV 14 to expand and attune the liver energy. Use LI 4 (Union Valley) and LIV 3 (Great Surge) when used together these points are known as the Four Gates of Heaven. Place Ohm on LI 4 and Jupiter of LIV 3 to increase circulation of energy in the body. These points also help influence the eyes and the integrity of the tendons and ligaments.

To learn more about working with the Acutonics planetary tuning forks refer to Acutonics from Galaxies to Cells: Planetary Science, Harmony and Medicine, and if you haven’t taken Acutonics Level III: Harmonic Attunement, yet we encourage you to find a teacher in your area.

 

 

 

"The Neptune gong arrived, it spent some time at my home for us to become acquainted, and now is in my therapy office. What an incredible presence! It really is like a living being. I am very grateful. I feel like the gong is a good teacher, ally, and motivator in my study and practice. "

- Shirsten Lundblad, M.Div., LMT