The First Time I Saw Jupiter: Revisiting “Apocalypse”

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The first time I saw JupiterI saw this image when I was a kid. The photograph of Jupiter taken by NASAs Voyager. Beautiful. But nothing special until shown in rapid succession. Suddenly Jupiter was alive. Breathing. I was hypnotized.

-Rhoda Williams (as played by Brit Marling), Another Earth, 2011

The title of this post was inspired by a visionary movie called Another Earth (2011) . In this particular scene which is the intro to the movie, Rhoda Williams is stating the sense of awe and wonder she felt when viewing pictures of Jupiter from NASA’s Voyager satellite which took a succession of Photographs of Jupiter. It’s an odd introduction to use for a piece on revisiting the potent archetype of Apocalypse, that said it will make a kind of strange sense when all is disclosed. Jupiter in Astrology is understood to symbolize the propensity for ambitious speculations and for seeing the global perspective and it is hence…

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