Saturn in astrology was traditionally the outermost planet in ancient times and was said to rule Capricorn by night and Aquarius by day. In those times they classified the planets into assigning them to certain qualities. With Saturn it was given to being masculine, cold and dry, melancholic and malefic. Regardless of what traditional astrologers think, modern astrologers do take the weight of Saturn extrmely seriously on the astrological chart.
Saturn relates to Chronus, in Roman mythology, the father of the gods, who overthrew his own father Uranus and later, fearing their uprising, swallowed his own children. Saturn most powerfully relates to fear, repression and control. The more negative manifestations include rigidity, restriction, narrow mindedness, depression and excessive limitations. With the depressive element of Saturn is not difficult to work out exactly where it stems from and that it is mostly from frustration, high expectations, and failure. Some people protect themselves from feeling bad using a rigid defense mechanism of Saturn. Quite often, many opportunities pass by Saturn people because they are too scared to take the risk, and there is always that sense of dread inside. Saturn is too frightened to step out of the box of what is known and predictable (the devils chains), and anxiety holds the person back from fully living life.
Nobody goes through life without experiencing anxiety. The English word for ‘anxiety’ has its roots in European Angst (German). Anxiety originates from the ancient Greek words meaning ‘to press tight’ ‘to strangle ‘to be weighted down with grief, and load, burden and trouble. All of the feelings which relate to the planet Saturn in the birth chart. Anxiety is almost an old friend to Saturn. Also anxiety is one of the most common disorders in the world, and so we are alone with our fear.
One of the fearful images of Saturn is that is viewed as the dispenser of karmic retribution and even this can make us feel anxious. The Saturn cycle around the birth chart has involved learning through pain and it has often entailed isolation, separation and going it alone. If we are coping with a Saturnian crippling anxiety involving shyness and socializing, we are not doomed to go through life this way. One woman was afraid to go out in the world and she eventually started a career and forced herself to overcome and gradually lose the fear of situations. One of the major lessons that we have to take with you is that we can choose to pursue experiences that reshape the astrological aspects in our chart forming our personality, even if our basic character remains the same. It is not about being someone else. In truth, overly positive Saturn people could be placed in the box that looks a lot like old-fashioned denial.
We don’t have to unnecessarily suffer, but I also understand that there is immense pain involved with Saturn that closes us off from growing in that area of life. Wherever Saturn is placed in the birth chart, is where we become dwarfed in that area. In reality, a midst all the fears, anxiety and loathing of the planet Saturn it is actually quite stunning physically and has rings that sparkle with the reflecting surface of ice and snow and its components consist of dust grains to massive boulders that are thought to be ice covered, if not wholly made up of frozen water. It casts a beautiful sight when viewed closer with ice crystals, snowflakes and snowballs spinning and surrounding the planet.
“Saturn deals with time and the rings that surround this planet suggest that time is circular or cyclic, that patterns are always repeating themselves. They remind us that we can’t just consider one point in time when making a major decision, but must consider everything relevant that went before it and everything that will come after. This connection between Saturn’s rings and time is confirmed by the difficulty any astrologer has in talking about Saturn without referring to its cycles and what they mean in our lives. By Donna Cunningham An Astrological Guide to Self Awareness (15th Anniversary).
Saturn is said to be the symbol of the cross of matter placed over the crescent of the soul. This could be inferred to mean that we are imprisoned here on Earth by our physical bodies that enclose the spirit. Saturn is related to the devil and 666. The number 6 plays an important role in Islamic tradition. Islamic mystics regard the world as a cubic cage, a six sided prison. Humans struggle in vain to escape. Many people have often said that it can be hell living on this planet. We are also familiar with the wordplay play of Satan and Saturn. However, it should never be taken in the evil sense:
“To the ancient astrologers (and philosophers) Saturn was the last planet…the farthest planet from the sun. The sun was associated with light, heat and good. Saturn was the planet least exposed to light. It was associated with cold and black. It was the planet of adversity, limitations, of trials. He was not evil. . So Saturn was associated with the limitations that come with the incarnation of the soul in the material world (the aging, the pain, the basic needs, food, warmth, etc)
To the ancient Greeks Pan represented the inferior nature of man, with his animal part. As a representation of the inferior nature of man, he was associated with Saturn. And then later, long after the people tortured and killed one of the nicest guys ever (Jesus), they started inventing ways of making people feel guilty and scared. That is when Saturn became Satan, and the idea of “adversity” was probably out of grasp for their very primitive minds, so they replaced “adversity” with “evil” which was probably a better argument to burn witches, alchemists and astrologers. And the inferior, animal part of man (Pan) became the Devil. The repression of the sexual instincts was one of the surest ways to make people feel weak.
That is why satan looks a lot like a Capricorn-man : goat feet, a tail, goat horns, a goatee, and a triangle shaped-face. Satan was originally not the “temptator” but the “tester”, because that is what Saturn does: Saturn TESTS YOU: when you have a Saturn transit you are tested in that area. That’s just one of the many mistakes of the old Christian church. Or maybe it was their strategy: mixing everything up until it doesn’t mean anything so that they can enslave a disoriented humanity.
Fortunately, the Age of Aquarius is bringing a new light. And of course, but you already know that, the word Saturday comes from there too. NEXT : Lucifer, he who brings light to humanity. Excellent Research by Asmodee“
Saturn relates to the devil card in the Tarot.
Why does this grim figure of oppression appear so late in the Tarot?…The devil bears the number 15, which reduces to 6…The Devil introduces the last line…Does this road to enlightenment take us through the dark world of the Devil? Remember that Dante goes through hell before he can reach Purgatory and Paradise; and that William Blake, the occultist and poet, described the Devil as the true hero of Milton’s poem Paradise Lost….The main illusion is materialism, a term which we usually think of as an over concern with money, but which more properly means the view that nothing exists beyond the world of the senses….Denying any spiritual component to life the materialist pursues only personal desires… Since such narrowness often leads to unhappiness the Devil has come to symbolize misery. When e look at the two figures , however, we do not observe any discomfort in their faces or posture. Notice also that the chains do not really hold them; the large loops can easily come off. The Devils ‘power rests on the illusion that nothing else exists. In a great many situations from political oppression to the personal misery of a bad family life, people only become consciously unhappy when they realize that life holds no other alternatives… Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot