November 22nd, 2013

Five Things You Need to Know About Saturn

“The scientific theory I like best is that the
rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.” –Mark Russell

Saturn has been on my mind this week. Or rather Saturn has been pinging me, tapping my shoulder and nudging my conscience in the same way most of us experience Saturn — which is to say obliquely. From the corner of your eye, in the tractor beam of a projection or a dark figure in a dream.

Most of us have our eye, ear and heart tuned to the frequencies of the other planets: Mercury (planning and multitasking), Venus (feeling what we want), Mars (getting what we want), Jupiter (how we’ll get more of what we want). The Moon is more the medium of how consciousness morphs within the soul and doesn’t do much other than support our comfort zone and old habits. With no light of her own, the Moon reflects the activity and lazy lags of the soul, but adds nothing to the symphony of self.

But with Saturn we’ve what psychologists call depression. If you tune out your conventional notions about depression and consider the condition in a different light, you will see something like this:

The writer Thomas Moore wrote that depression is an answer — a remedy — to our manic hyperactivity, a frantic state reinforced by the constant buzz and hum of our info-glutted age. Feeling low and heavy we are forced to move inward and that movement inward is necessary for the soul. It creates psychic space, a container for deeper reflection where soul increases and the surface of events becomes less important.

So when you’ve a moment this weekend, take some time and consider the following facts, pointers or articles related to Saturn. It benefits each of us to know, consciously, the only planet in the solar system that rules not only lead but also diamonds.

Think about that while you research these five finds:

1. I’m heading towards my second Saturn return, which means I’m older than you. It also means I doubly appreciate astrologer Leisa Shaim‘s stellar new post over on her Saturn Return Stories website. The term ‘Saturn return’ has become as enmeshed within popular culture as the term ‘Mercury retrograde’. Unfortunately people associate the phrase with something ominous and greuling. It is accurate to consider that the Saturn return coincides with events that dismantle the underpinning or glue of one’s personal history — the ‘old world’ and all that’s been accrued heretofore. But, good god, what a relief. Imagine living forever in that arrangement? So what about the specifics of a Saturn return, how do you best prepare and support the process? Read Leisa’s article, Tips for Successfully Navigating Your Saturn Return. It’s as good as gold.

2. Want to find a really thorough list of Saturn’s attribtes, rulerships and tempermental characteristics? Oh come on, I know you do! Make your way over to Deborah Houlding‘s Skyscript and explore her comprehensive entry on Saturn and all things Saturnine. It’s succinct, severe and thorough. Just like Saturn! And while you’re at it, don’t miss David McCann‘s fascinating article Saturn in Myth & Occult Philosophy.

3. Ever wonder what Saturn must actually look like — if you could look at Saturn with your own two eyes? Those rings! Who isn’t charmed and mystified by their eerie splendor? Well, this Scientific American article, Seeing Saturn for the First Time Really Opens One’s Eyes, is a fun, engaging read. And I’ll guarantee that you’re going to want to go out and purchase a telescope when you’re through.

4. How does one draw down the spirit of Saturn? Well, Marsilio Ficino, the presiding genius (and astrologer and physcian) of the Florentine Academy during the early Italian Renaissance wrote:

“The ancients made an image of Saturn for long life in Feyrizech, that is, in Sapphire, at the hour of Saturn, with Saturn ascending and well disposed. Its form was this: an old man sitting in a high chair or on a dragon, his head covered with a dark linen cloth, his hands extending above his head, holding in his hand a sickle or fish, clothed in dark garment.”

There’s much to say about this arrangement of images, but I’d like to hear your ideas and interpretations first and I’ll respond below in the comments section. Have at it.

5. Who knew that one of Saturn’s moons sports a pool, hot tub and pair of chaise lounges! Artist Snake Jagger does, as depicted in the fabulous painting that opens this post. Snake calls his style of art “Whimsical Surrealism.” You can see and read more about him on his website and order prints and paintings from this site too.

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  • This isn’t about Ficino’s arrangement of Saturn, but I have been thinking about him. Today with Saturn and Mercury sharing the same degree, I had an image of Mercury as our world’s new patriarch. I hear people joke they want to join Catholicism now because the Pope’s cool — not meaning cool in the traditional sense of Saturn. Curious.

    Will you share about the arrangement? All I see is a man at a turnstile collecting tickets for the blue beyond.

  • CappyLori

    I’m digging the new pope also…and Frederick of course, because you are the coolest. Being a cappy with Saturn looming in my chart (conjunct mercury) and square moon, I’d say Saturn grounds me and makes me realistic. So, my picture is that nice frozen ground outside my house right now.