Saturn Sphere Picture

OK, let’s see what where is to say about Saturn:

In mythology, Saturn is the Roman god of agriculture and harvest. He is identified with the Greek deity Cronus. His rise to power is overshadowed by castrating and overthrowing his father. And he is mostly known for eating his own children as a prophesy said one of his offsprings would overthrow his rule.

In astrology, it is the black side of Saturn that mainly colored its aspects. Saturn is all about restriction and limitations. It constricts by reminding us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. But that ensures structure and meaning in our world and so Saturn helps us to grow.

In art Saturn gave its name to a school of thought that celebrated melancholy – the Children of Saturn. Again, the dark side of the god/ planet came to the forefront. This current was closely connected with the Dog Star Sirius as the heliacal rising of the star marked next to other things the ‘Dog Days’ of summer in Ancient Greece, the hottest days of the year.

For Dante however, Saturn is not the cold star (frigida stella). But for him it was the star of the god who was leader of the Golden Age, an age of justice and fairness on earth, because humans were without malice. His sign was Jacob’s ladder. And so in Paradiso, Saturn is the sphere of the contemplatives who embody temperance, like monks.

Well, after all I said I could have gone the easy road and stop when I read about Sirius. But 1) Sirius never really led a monk-like and contemplative life and 2) he doesn’t fit my own rules for this art series
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