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Saturn: or how do I avoid change?

Saturn, named after a mythological king of Italy (Satumus), and identified by the Romans with the Greek Chronos (Kronos; Cronus), is the farthest planet from the Sun that can be seen with the unaided eye.

As the most distant and slowest-moving planet known to the ancients, it was attributed with age and wisdom.

Saturn also represents the principle of contraction and the related process of bringing what is vague and unformed into manifestation. While the various matters associated with the planet are clearly important, Saturn is also the taskmaster, a characteristic that earned it the title the Greater Malefic in traditional astrology.

While the various planets are connected with a wide range of activities and objects, they also, when found in a natal chart, represent different parts of the psyche. Saturn represents the conservative, self-controlled, security-seeking part of the self that resists inevitable change. It’s placement in your natal chart shows much about how we seek security and where we resist change. The house position of Saturn shows an area of life where we seek security, as well as where we are likely to experience "insecurities" and restrictions.

Established associations of Saturn are listed as  "coldness, frigidness, limitation, frustration, obstruction, delays, coagulation, crystallization, confinement, coherence, fixation, consolidation, weightiness, decay, death, deficiency, losses, famine, burial grounds, chronic ailments, suffering, filtering processes, millstones, economy, habits, old age, time, weights and measure, framework, structure, form, routine, monotony, hard work, sorrow, adversity, fatalism, depression, failure, poverty, demotion, retributive justice, defects, budgeting, debts, responsibility, bruises, broken bones, fear, dark things and places, property, mining coal, the past, lead, self-consciousness, self-control, self-reliance and discipline, practicality, resourcefulness, caution and restraint, conservation and self-protection.

Saturn's interior is similar to Jupiter's, having a rocky core at the center, a liquid metallic hydrogen layer above that, and a molecular hydrogen layer above that. Saturn has large rings made mainly out of ice and space debris. Astronomers using infrared imaging have shown that Saturn has a warm polar vortex, and is the only planet in the solar system known to do so.

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Saturn and it's rings

The Roman Satumus was a god of agriculture who founded civilization and the social order. The Greek Chronos was god of time and originally a harvest deity. Unlike the Roman Satumus, Chronos was a tyrant who was overthrown by his son, Zeus. In ancient Mesopotamia, Saturn was associated with Ninib (Ninip), god of strife.

It takes Saturn 29.46 years to complete an orbit of the Sun; its day is 10 hours, 39 minutes long. Customarily, Saturn was said to rule both Aquarius and Capricorn. Sometime after Uranus was discovered, astrologers began to perceive a correlation between Uranus's characteristic influence in a chart and the traits of the sign Aquarius. Eventually the rulership of Aquarius was reassigned to Uranus, leaving Capricorn with Saturn.

Like its mythological namesake, Saturn is associated with time, age, and the social order. It is an embodiment of the principle of stability, and the opposite of upheaval. The harvest connection comes through in Saturn's association with work (Saturn is not, in itself, a "fertile" planet, but is more of a "harvester"); the kingly connection comes through in Saturn's association with administration (especially, but not exclusively, with the administration of big businesses).
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