St Nicholas liked to leave coins in people’s shoes — apparently. It’s his saint’s day today, December 6, right in the middle of Sagittarius, the sign which is solely ruled by Jupiter, and it’s hard not to see a bit, OK quite a lot, of Jupiter, in the legend of St Nick and his later avatar Mr S. Claus.
Jupiter is the planet of judgement, justice and judges. This is just what the St Nick does of course. He judges little boys and girls. Have you been good? Find sweeties in your boots. Have you been bad? A lump of coal.
And what about the ho ho hos. All that jollity and red-cheeked port-swilling, well it’s jovial (yes that’s as in Jove aka Jupiter).
Then there’s his corpulence. Jupiter is all about expansion right. The twinkle in his eye, the generosity, handing out of presents, for goodness sake; Jupiter is the planet of generosity.
Then there’s his habit of breaking and entering. Jupiter has no respect for boundaries.
The evidence is clear. St Nick, Jupiter: same-same. So if you need an image of Jupiterishness, look no further.
Oh and about those shoes and stockings. Jupiter’s other sign is Pisces, which rules the feet.
It’s a shame his big night for most of us is Christmas Eve – right at the start of Saturn’s month – but maybe that’s just a little adventure in boundary busting too.