Solar System Myths and Lore

Stories About Jupiter

God of Thunder

Jupiter (JOO pih tur) or Zeus (ZOOS) lived with the other gods on Mount Olympus drinking sweet drinks and listening to beautiful music. He became ruler of the universe after defeating his father, Saturn. Jupiter is also known as the Norse god of thunder, Thor, and is honored by our Thursday. This is probably because Zeus is known to have had the power to throw lightning bolts.

Ancient astrologers noticed that Jupiter returns to each constellation of the zodiac every 12 years (which happens to be the time it takes for one orbit of the sun by Jupiter). See also Moon Myths.

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