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(Kronus), The Astrological Bogey Man
with affinities to Capricorn and
the 10th house
In traditional astrology, Saturn was the "bogey man"
of the planets. And everything that Saturn touched was
sure to be soured... in mythology, Kronus (known to
the Romans as Saturn) was the nasty, ruthless father
of the 12 Olympian gods. Kronus heartlessly swallowed
all his children whole, due to having heard a rumor
that one of his children would someday overthrow him
(That would be Zeus....).
are a couple of classic images of Kronus swallowing
his children. They're both a bit bloody, so they're
definitely not for the faint of heart.
now... that was more than a wee bit gross, wasn't it? Even
in these "modern times" of astrology, where just about everything
else has undergone a "face-lift"... Satan, err... I mean,
Saturn still (rightfully so) strikes fear in the hearts of
even the most "progressive," positive minded astrologers.
This is likely because Saturn still enjoys swallowing his
children out of fear.
Saturn still symbolizes the growth process
and lessons learned through painful or difficult experiences.
is much more concerned with the growth of our soul, than he
is with our personal comfort or ease. And so even with a "face-lift"
Saturn still reflects where we find our greatest self-imposed
fears and weaknesses.
Archetypal Saturn points to all the
open sores and cherished old wounds
where we feel the most vulnerable to attack. And when
other people step (accidentally or purposely) on our "sore
spots" - we instinctively react like the proverbial "wounded
animal caught in a bear trap."
if someone nice were to come along, wanting to release us
from our trap - then, purely out of blind instinct, pain (panic)
and fear, we'd end up biting and attacking our compassionate,
well-meaning benefactor. (After all, I did say they were "cherished"
old wounds.) And
all the while, we thought we were simply defending ourselves.
(Nah! I've never done that, he smiles sheepishly.)
In another section of this site (Eagle's
Nest/8th house) - I refer to the Shadow of the Psyche.
In that section, I relate the Shadow to the 8th house,
Pluto and Scorpio issues. But
Saturn is another prominent place where the Shadow can often
be found casting his/her image in the natal (birth) chart.
just so we're clear on things - all of the planets and zodiac
signs have their own "shadow" sides. I
often wonder why Saturn and Pluto seem to catch most of the
flack. But I figure over the years, they've both gotten used
to being treated as ''scapegoats" and as "uninvited gods."
or not call, the god will be there!" Oracle of Delphi
- the answer the Oracle gave the Lacedemonians when planning
only bad planet is the planet that isn't honored..."
does it mean to treat Saturn as an "uninvited god?"
"uninvited god" planet can be any planet that we
fail to show honor and expression in our lives. When we attempt
to sweep Saturn under the rug, then (as is true with all the
planets), Saturn shows us his harsher face...
then, reflects a Shadow aspect of the Psyche that loves to
point out our many, manifold weaknesses and sins. Saturn becomes
our angry internal (infernal) father intent on eating up all
of our potential and creativity. We experience Saturn as an
angry, judgmental parent that's only more than glad
to "eat our lunch" by pointing out and reminding
us of all our many flaws and shortcomings.
easily becomes that nastier side of Santa Claus that only
rewards those good children that can display superlative,
perfect behavior - and so he leaves the rest of us a "sorry
old miserable lump of coal" in our Christmas stocking, because
we've been very, very bad this year.
You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better not pout
and I'm telling you why!
'Saturn' Claus is coming to town!
(I realize this image of Santa is
a difficult pill to swallow, since our society's image of
Jolly Saint Nick has been seriously "Jupiterized" over the
all heard our internal Saturn's angry, condemning voice -
reminding us of just how __________________ we are. (You fill
in the blank.)
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