Crash of the Comet – Was Jupiter Changed?

by Marilyn Muir, LPMAFA

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If we hit a comet in the face will the comet return the favor? If a comet hits our planet and has an effect, do you suppose that a comet hitting another planet might also have an effect on that planet? If the Earth can be affected, any other planet should also be affected and in this instance size might not matter. If a planet is affected by such impact, could that in any way interrupt the flow of its energy, change the effect of its energy, or alter astrological readings based on that disrupted energy?

There is a reason for these questions. Did you notice that Jupiter has acted differently over a large number of years? I have been at this astrology stuff for about 35 years. Since I am a Scorpio researcher type, that is probably about seventy of someone else’s years. During the first fifteen or twenty years of my practice, Jupiter pretty much delivered on the promise of its aspects. After that, it did not seem to deliver the promised goods as accurately. I am not sure exactly when this occurred because it slid in under my radar. Sometime after it started, I noticed it+ but did not realize I should make a note because I did not even realize it was possible! You know the learning curve with astrology, it just goes on forever. You win some and you lose some.

What we say about comets could be true of asteroids. The 1908 Tunguska, Siberia impact crater is believed to have been produced by an asteroid near impact (exploding in the air over the site is the conclusion). Of course, if a larger asteroid hit, we might not live to tell of it, but it is possible. Keep that in mind as we discuss comet impacts.

We are aware that our young Earth was peppered by asteroids and comets during its formation. The inner solar system was a beehive of colossal explosions, planet building and demolishing, but those things have quieted down in our more recent history. It is thought that Earth’s liquidity was created or enhanced by these water-bearing bodies. Approximately 65 million years ago it is thought than a giant comet hit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico and was responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs (and probably anything else that existed at the moment).

Besides the Tunguska impact, what in recent history can we look at to determine the effect of comet impact? Discovered intact and circling Jupiter, Comet Shoemaker-Levy was located March 24, 1993, the first comet observed orbiting a planet. In 1992, the comet again came close to Jupiter and its great forces pulled the comet apart into fragments which stayed in the original orbit of the comet. In July of 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy again approached Jupiter but this time on a collision course. Between the 16th and the 22nd, one after another, these fragments plowed into Jupiter. Visible from Earth, scientists were amazed at the power of the impacts, and the immediate and the long-range effect on Jupiter. Jupiter was rocked by the explosions and the effect persisted for months. Did that initial effect in any way change the astrological readings for Jupiter? Did the alterations that took place within Jupiter have temporary or longer-range effect on the readings for Jupiter?

News services reported an incredibly bright fireball that streaked across the sky over Spain on July 11, 2008. Researchers plotted the orbit backward (they can do that) to determine the source of the comet and believe it was a remnant of a comet that broke up close to ninety years ago.

Jupiter was again hit by an asteroid or comet on July 20, 2009. It did not receive the screaming headlines of Comet Shoemaker-Levy (how quickly we tire of newness) but it did hit Jupiter. It may have had a profound effect on Jupiter, on Jupiter’s energy, and potentially on our reading of Jupiter. I would ask the same questions again, but there do not seem to be any answers at the moment. More research is needed. There are millions of comets out there.

Over the years, several flyby and photographic missions were launched to examine comets in closer orbit (remember the distances are galactic). On January 12, 2005, NASA launched Deep Impact Mission, on an 83 million mile journey of a rocket ship to Comet Tempel. Discovered in 1867 by Ernst Tempel, Comet Tempel is about half the size of Manhattan Island in New York City and its period of orbit is 5.5 years, close enough for us to take aim. Comets are thought to be debris left over from the formation of the solar system. As the planets cleared out the space closer to the Sun, most leftovers seemed to be herded or flung outward to the far reaches of the solar system. Occasionally something perturbs them and flips them into the inner reaches and they come to visit us or a nearby neighbor.

On July 4th, 2005 (our nation’s 229th birthday) at 1:52 am we threaded the eye of a needle in the tapestry we call outer space, and landed a bull’s eye by crashing onto the comet while simultaneously keeping a spacecraft at a discreet distance to photograph and scientifically record the action and the matter ejected. We crash-landed on a comet 83 million miles away six months after launch. Amazing aim. Amazing feat. Astrologers cry, “What does it mean?” Back to my first question…if we hit a comet in the eye will it return the favor?

When we see new events, twists, strange happenings, it opens the door for interpretation. It is all new territory, just as are the plethora of asteroids, comets and planetoids that are being discovered so rapidly we cannot keep up with them. As Astrologers, interpretation is what we do. It might take us awhile to figure out what it means, but we do know it has meaning…as above, so below.

Was Jupiter changed by those recent massive impacts? Could that be why Jupiter has not been acting normally or would you rather believe that astrologers are making mistakes? Is the change temporary or permanent? How does it affect our readings? What is the new information? There, I’ve done it again – raised more questions than I answered. Back to work.

JLP/NASA, Science Daily, and many other sources will give you new energies, new ideas. Astronomy measures, astrology interprets.


I received an email today from Patricia Lantz, astrological editor for ATH about a new bombardment of Jupiter by comets and asteroids and the fact that Jupiter is about to make an unusual very close passage to the inner part of the solar system including Earth.

“Jupiter has much been bombarded of late and seems almost daily to be in the news…I got this from NASA yesterday…Closest Encounter with Jupiter until 2022 link…”

First published on All Things Healing website September, 2010, republished with slight editing.

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