Unlike his ancient Greek counterpart, the mythological Roman King of the Gods known as Jupiter was a heavenly role model of exemplary morals who ruled over all of Creation with unfaltering impartiality. Many depictions of Jupiter (as seen above) show the Roman god accompanied by an eagle, symbolizing the divine King’s sense of high- minded fairness and upstanding wisdom.
Jupiter – The Power Source behind Santa & Saints, Alike
As stated in Part I, the time of year associated mainly with both Christmas and Santa Claus falls within the Zodiacal period allotted to the sign of Sagittarius, whose planetary ruler is the Head Honcho of all the heavenly bodies which orbit our Sun better known as Jupiter.
Astrologically, the largest planet of our Solar System is also called “The Great Benefic” due to the gargantuan gas ball literally shielding the Earth from a constant barrage of exploding asteroids and disintegrating comets with the gravitational pull of its massive magnetic belt.
In the summer of 2009 astronomers noticed a significant change had occurred on the surface of the King of Planets. A large indentation hole suddenly became visible, leading scientists to theorize Jupiter had been a direct hit by an asteroid the size of the Pacific Ocean.
Imagine if our fragile blue marble of a planet was the bullseye of this gigantic hurdling space rock instead of the Great Benefic……moving right along.
Size comparison between the Earth and its planetary protector, Jupiter.
Jupiter, Ancient Rome’s Righteous Ruler
Mythologically, Jupiter’s name is derived from the King of Gods from ancient Roman myth. Unlike his philandering Greek counterpart who would drop all kingly duties whenever any woman and/or occasional boy of above average looks crossed his field of vision, Jupiter was revered by the Romans as a paragon of goodness, whose actions were based in benevolence and mercy versus any kind of vindictive thunder bolt throwing or seductive shape shifting.
Our modern judicial system is based largely on the foundational framework established by the ancient Romans (as in this article’s backdrop picture of Jupiter and Abraham Lincoln seated alongside each other). The early Roman courts and Senates were established to serve as reflections of their kingly god’s actions. Whenever Jupiter passed judgement on either god or mortal, the Romans believed their King did so with total impartiality and with consideration of the better good for all parties involved.
The Romans took Jupiter’s “democratization of goodness” and applied it to both their laws and their courts. Astrologically, Jupiter oversees the Law at large, as well as the “democratization of goodness”, or said in more familiar terms, “goodwill towards men”.
Since Jupiter is so astoundingly larger in scale than any of the other planets of the Solar System, its rulership extends over the traits of amplification and expansion.
With that in mind, the term “goodwill towards men” is nice and all but suffices when applied to merely some random cherub or run of the mill force of fortune. When referring to the King of Gods positive traits are both amplified and expanded upon, thus goodwill is elevated to benevolence bestowed by a god and actions taken with full consideration of others uplift the standard of goodness to the more divine level of saintliness. Hence, Jupiter bears an additional title of loftier significance – “The Great Benefic”.
The Marking of a Saint
Because of the King of Planets’ substantial size, the sunlight which hits Jupiter’s surface is reflected back into the atmosphere so strongly, that the Great Benefic isn’t considered simply just a planet. The largest of heavenly bodies orbiting our Sun is also categorized as a star in its own right due to its high magnitude of reflected brightness. Thus, Jupiter’s “light” comes into play with the marking of saints and holy people at large.
The Hindus were the first to incorporate the image of the “halo” as the cosmic marking of a person considered to be blessed or whose actions were deemed as holy. A halo is theorized to be a person’s aura radiating from their third eye or mid-forehead and tinged a rich gold color that encircles the perimeter of the entire head. The Hindus depicted their gods and high priests with halos as an indication they directly received the shine, or light from “The Great Benefic”, Jupiter.
A few centuries later the early Christian Church incorporated the halo in their depictions of Jesus Christ to indicate He was marked as the Son of God. The imagery was then expanded upon to visually represent any Christian who acted out of saintliness. Thus, holy men and women believed to be saints were immortalized in Christian iconography with halos shining around their heads as depicted in the image of the Santa-esque saint seen below:
A Christian Orthodox image of the saint whom Santa Claus is based in – St. Nicholas. A common trait seen with nearly every depiction of the Turkish bishop is the prominence of his saintly marking, the shine of Jupiter’s benevolent light or halo. With titles tagged to his name like “The Wonder Worker of Myrna” as in the picture above there had better be a halo of significant proportions to match.
Although Santa Claus is accepted and received by both Christians and non-Christians, his name alone implies saintliness (Santa = Saint). In order to fully comprehend how the wildly popular Mr. Claus became as such, we must first examine the saint whose life is the foundation behind this icon of holiday cheer that represents both generosity and goodwill with yearly regularity right through to the present day.
Chapter 3 and the life of the real St. Nick coming up next!
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