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By Jove! (with affinities
to Sagittarius and the 9th house)
much is written in Greek and Roman mythology regarding the
many exploits and (mis)adventures of the Roman god Jupiter
(known to the Greeks as the chief Olympian thundergod Zeus)
and planetary ruler of Sagittarius…
honor of the great Zeus, here's a wee bit of mythological
trivia from a rather obscure source that you've probably never
story goes that once upon a time... the rebellious Titan god,
Prometheus, went about the task of creating the first human.
This first human that Prometheus created was described as
"being of marvelous beauty." And so Prometheus decided
to keep his special creation a secret and hidden from all
the other gods of Greece.
the young god of love, Eros, somehow discovered this closely
held "Promethean secret" and thus revealed what
he had discovered to Zeus.
the almighty Zeus (already holding an eternal grudge against
the rebellious Prometheus) sent the messenger god Hermes to
fetch (steal) this special man of marvelous beauty from Prometheus.
When Hermes returned with his prize (the man of marvelous
beauty), Zeus gave the man of marvelous beauty an especially
prepared for the occasion elixir of immortality.
man gladly drank the elixir of immortality, and then Zeus
sent the marvelous man of beauty to the highest heavens, and
the first man was then instantaneously transformed into the
planetary body called Phainon or Phaenon, literally
meaning “the shiner.”
we call this planet Jupiter...
I should mention there appears to be a wee bit of dispute
on this matter, as there was more than a little disagreement
and/or confusion among ancient historical sources and/or
authorities (i.e. was the planet Jupiter known as Phainon
or Phaenon and the planet Saturn known as Phaithon or Phaethon
or was it just the opposite)...
impeccable sources are: Carl Kerenyi's The Gods of The
Greeks; with Kerenyi's source in turn being: Germanici
Aratus. My other source is Theony Condos' Star Myths
of the Greeks and Romans where Condos translates into
English and quotes The Constellations by Pseudo-Eratosthenes
and Poetic Astronomy by Hyginus (although there appears
to have possibly been an editing typo in the Hyginus account).
various reasons too complex to go into, "on the face
of it," it appears to make the most sense that Jupiter
was the planet known as Phainon or Phaenon and Saturn was
the planet known as Phaithon or Phaethon.
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