Brihaspati, or Jupiter, is one of the most auspicious and beneficial planets.
He is the form of the Guru, the form of Lord Shiva, and the God of wisdom and eloquence.
His residence is in the Ajna Chakra (location of third eye), where he guards the door to the supreme.
He is known as the Guru of the Gods, or Guru Deva, as he bestows the highest wisdom and holds the key to liberation.
Divine Qualities of Brihaspati
All branches of knowledge, all perception, the basic principles of Dharma (the ideal of perfection), are under the influence of Brihaspati. The knowledge that Brihaspati grants to us is the knowledge of the highest principles of wisdom, which includes the wisdom of unity and truth.
Brihaspati has awareness of the ego, but that ego is very pure and is used to perceive the unity of the entire universe.
As the guardian of the door to the Supreme, without Brihaspati, one cannot understand the essence of Vedanta, the highest wisdom of unity.
The great astrologer Rishi Parasara described him so succinctly when he said, “Brihaspati is the originator of wisdom and delight.”
In union with the organs of knowledge, Brihaspati does grant momentary pleasures, but not for long periods of time. Purity and clarity are the real blessings that Brihaspati bestows upon us.
Benefits of Strong Brihaspati
Those who have a strong Brihaspati position in their astrological charts will have a natural disposition of wisdom.
Withdrawing from the senses, these individuals move beyond pleasure and pain, and experience the full and complete manifestation of bliss.
Brihaspati allows one to meditate in full absorption upon the highest principle of wisdom.
When Brihaspati is ascended in the chart, there is no destruction, no scarcity, and no pain. Brihaspati always allows us to experience the bliss of independence, the bliss of liberation, and the bliss of union with the Supreme.
Weakness in Chart
Someone with a weak Brihaspati position in their astrological chart would not have the ability to share wisdom and may demonstrate tendencies to harm the welfare of others.
The fruit of their karma may manifest in the body as weakness, or even disease. This karma may also give rise to a weak mind, with the propensity to demean the teachings of wisdom. They could also demonstrate an extreme greed for material wealth.
When both Brihaspati and Chandra are weak, together they create an insatiable desire for wealth. It may even give rise to diabetes or to other diseases of the lungs.