On the evening of our Independence Day, July 4th, a significant step forward in planetary science was achieved. After a five year journey to reach the largest planet in our solar system NASA’s Juno probe entered Jupiter’s orbit.
Her mission, to understand the origin and evolution of the gas giant, how giant planets form and the role they play in creating the rest of our solar system.
This historic moment is a textbook example of how an event is reflected in its astrological chart. But before getting to the charts let’s have some fun with imagining NASA’s spacecraft is not just an impressive collection of science, solar panels and technology. Let’s imagine we are talking about Juno herself going to meet not just the most massive hugely gorgeous planet we can’t avoid looking at in our neck of space but the guy himself, Jupiter. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when they meet.
The back story
Jupiter is the Roman name for the king of the gods residing on Mount Olympus in Greek mythology. He had a thing for nymphs and beautiful young women and was renown for entrapping and impregnating them much to the chagrin of his wife Juno.
They had huge fights. Her fury was legendary. It stayed stoked by his serial infidelity, a situation many wives and girlfriends can relate to. Despite her scorn there was little she could do to change her husband’s behavior. Consider the dynamic. Though a high goddess and married to king of gods, when it came down to it as his wife and subject she had to submit to his will. For all her power and position she was in effect powerless to change his behavior or receive the fulfillment promised by her marriage. Being furious, taking revenge on those raped by her husband was about all she could safely do to vent her helplessness and retain her position.
The symbolism of Juno’s trip and successful insertion into Jupiter’s orbit tells us she is about to uncover information explaining why the big kahuna is the way he is. Revealing more of what makes him tick, she becomes informed divorced from her expectation for fulfillment.
Her moment was designed. She’s going for a physical proximity she doesn’t enjoy in the myth. As a spacecraft designed to collect, measure and record data she takes an objective, impersonal view. Symbolically taking her power back by withdrawing demands he be different, she asks for nothing but to observe him up close, neutralizing his ability to hurt her again.
We want to know what she can show us to increase our understanding of him, too. In his chasing after assorted nymphs and beauties he “fulfilled” many women creating lots of children but never with Juno. She was reduced to creating her own. Apparently Greek gods could do that.
She will orbit Jupiter closer and closer for a year and a half then end her mission February 20, 2018. That ending date gives her a predetermined agenda she’s intending to execute. In light of their history that is encouraging. It gives the possibility that unlike the past she is starting off from a place of integrity with intention.