Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius - Part II
By: Brad Kronen
Jupiter - The Power Source Behind Both Santa & Saints, Alike
Astrologically, the largest planet of our Solar System is known as “The Great Benefic”. This mightiest of heavenly bodies which orbits around our Sun, better known as Jupiter, literally shields our planet from the constant barrage of every exploding asteroid and dissipating comet on a regular basis, due to its massive magnetic belt.
Only a few years ago, astronomers observed a great change occurring on the surface of Jupiter. An indentation hole suddenly could be seen, and scientists theorized that the King of Planets had been a direct hit by an asteroid the size of the Earth’s Pacific Ocean! Imagine if our fragile, blue marbled planet was the bullseye of this massive hurdling space rock versus gargantuan Jupiter……moving right along.
Jupiter, Righteous King of the Gods
Mythologically, the planet's name is derived from the mythological Roman King of Gods. Unlike his philandering Greek counterpart who was distracted by any woman and/or occasional boy of above average looks, Jupiter was revered by the Romans as a paragon of goodness, whose actions were done out of benevolence and mercy, versus vindictive thunder bolt throwing or seductive shape shifting.
Our modern judicial system is largely based on the foundations of Justice established by the ancient Romans and they, in turn, created their courts and Senates 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 for the best interests of all involved.
The Romans took Jupiter’s “Democratization of goodness” and applied it to both their laws and their courts. Thus astrologically, Jupiter rules over 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 bigger in scale than any of the other planets of the Solar System, its rulership extends over the traits of amplification and expansion. With that amplified expansiveness in mind, the term “Goodwill towards men” is nice and all, but suffices only when applied to some random angel, or run of the mill zephyr. When referring to the King of the Gods, this positive spectrum'd trait is both amplified and expanded upon, thus the qualities of Benevolence and Saintliness are under the domain of The Great Benefic, as well.
The Marking of a Saint
The Hindus were the first to incorporate the image of the “halo” as an indication that a person was blessed or holy. A halo is theorized to be a person’s aura radiating from their third eye, or mid-forehead, that is tinged a rich, deep gold color. The Hindus would depict their gods and high priests with halos as a symbol of that person directly receiving the shine, or light of, The Great Benefic, Jupiter. A few centuries later, the early Christian Church used the halo in their depictions of Jesus Christ to show that He was marked, or chosen as the Son of God. They then incorporated the halo to indicate any Christian who acted out of saintliness. Hence, holy men and women deemed to be Christian saints were immortalized in iconography with halos encircling the outer perimeters of their heads.
Although Santa Claus is an image accepted by non-Christians, his name alone implies saintliness (Santa = Saint). Thus, in order to fully comprehend how Mr. Claus came to be, we must first look at the saint whose life is the foundation which inspired the genesis of this wonderful myth, which still is associated with Goodwill and Generosity right into the present day.
Part III and the life of the real St. Nick, soon to follow!