Embracing Jupiter’s Wisdom: Thursday’s Path to Growth and Evolution

Written by Jamie Epstein

It’s Thursday, May 16, & Moon is in Leo, in the starspace or Nakshatra called Purvaphalguni. Leo is ruled by the Sun, whose power switch is always on, never stops generously sharing his light with one & all. Leo is also symbolized by the lion, king of the jungle, & vibrates with the frequency of courageous leadership. Leo invites each of us to step into our own power, b/c we can & are meant to, & also b/c doing so gives others permission to do the same. in the Bhagavad Gita, when arjuna is having qualms about what his dharma is & about doing it, Krishna counsels him to lead by example, to step into his greatness, saying, “whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. & whatever standards he sets, the world will follow.” do you for yourself but also for others. shine so others do as well. may we all light up our world!

Purvaphalguni is ruled by Bhaga, the god of delight. Being a sovereign is hard, albeit satisfying, work, but/& all work & no play makes us dull dull dull. Some of us work hard & play hard. some of us work to live, others live to work, others work to play, & for some others work is play. play, some or a lot, is key to our thriving. it is nourishing, revitalizing, refreshing. We need time out to reboot us for time in. So it’s a good day to take a break from our responsibilities—they’ll be waiting for us when we come back, reinvigorated, reinspired, after a hike or nap or tea with a friend.

It’s the ninth lunar day (tithi), the ninth phase of the waxing moon, which isn’t going to support us in our external actions but rather in dealing with our internal barriers to performing them in alignment with our sovereignty. You know the drill by now: think toxic relationships or situations, limiting beliefs, negative tendencies. So, it’s a double-good day to take a timeout so you can ponder.

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter, whose Sanskrit name is guru. Guru can be a person, a beloved spiritual teacher, but it is also a concept—the concept that everyone & everything offers us an opportunity to learn, grow, evolve … if we are receptive, if we are paying attention, if we believe (Jupiter also gives us beliefs) that life is unfolding for our benefit.

& that’s your daily bliss! which is a sort of lunar weather report. May it allow you to align with the day’s cosmic energy so you can find & create a little more bliss.

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