iracles, holy helper
He has a bad reputation as one might imagine, given the whole devouring children because he is afraid to lose his title thing. That is the thin story about the God and his namesake celestial sphere.
However, that was not the original understanding of this Holy Helper. Much older tellings show us that Saturn was the land itself – preserved, cared for, abundant, and full of wealth both on the surface and beneath. This is why for ages he has been petitioned to help us discover HIDDEN WEALTH and I would suggest that this is a powerful point to pause and ask ourselves:
What wealth is hidden in our own lives?
Saturn is one of the best Holy Helpers to help answer that question.
He is the patriarch of his Divine Family and as we know Fathers, just as Mothers, have their luminous and shadow sides. So Saturn is the one who stands with us when we work to make sense of our relationship with our Fathers – the ones in our lives who have shown up in fatherly ways, our biological fathers, our spirit dads, AND the inner Father that we all, regardless of gender, carry within. Saturn is the Holy Helper who patiently looks on as we ask: What does right relationship with Father look like?
Holy Helper Saturn is also the one married to not one but TWO Goddesses. Ops – better known as the Greek Rhea. Mountain-making and mountain loving Goddess of vast, unfurling resource and abundance. AND before her, Lua – Goddess whose stories have been mostly lost but who collected all bloodied weapons after battle. Some have the radical idea that the Goddesses were the same, two sides of the same Holy Helper – one who provides the inspiration for creation, one who tends to the weapons that have been used to destroy.
This part of his tale gives us a clear set of guidelines for what right relationship with Saturn might look like:
1.) Identify the weapons that have been used to destroy. The dripping and dried blood tells you exactly where to look. You will discover that some of the weapons have been used against you and others have been wielded by YOU.
2.) Gather up the weapons. We do this by naming them.
3.) Clean them and purify them in the ways you know to do. Simply ask: what medicine can return this to a state of wholeness?
4.) Give the weapons new names, for they are no longer weapons, they are tools.
5.) Create with them, make abundance, make resources, make wealth.
Stories of Saturn make this Holy Helper planet out to be malefic, bad luck, bad juju, but Saturn is one of the Holy Helpers most able to walk with us when we are alone, wounded, in pain, and ready to make lasting change.
I would add that in alchemy, Saturn is associated with lead. And lead is precisely the element we cloak ourselves in whenever we need protection from radiation.
And this too: after we worth Saturn we FEAST! His festival, Saturnalia, like the later festival at the same time, Christmas, is a celebration – not because there is no struggle and life is always good and easy but PRECISELY because there IS struggle and we have made it through to the other side.
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