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"The great synthesizer who alters the outlook of a generation, who suddenly produces a kaleidoscopic change in our vision of the world, is apt to be the most envied, feared, and hated man among his contemporaries.  Almost by instinct they feel in him the seed of a new order; they sense, even as they anathematize him, the passing away of the sane, substantial world they have long inhabited.  Such a man is a kind of lens or gathering point through which past thought gathers, is reorganized, and radiates outward again into new forms." - Loren Eiseley, The Night Country, 1971,  p. 131.

Saturn in Human History, Culture and Religion

For now widely accepted human history, culture and religion, Saturn represents the elephant in the living room. The vast majority of the global population and its various institutions are in denial and therefore ignorant of the crucial role that this now distant planet and its ancient veneration has played in human affairs. The influence of this role is so overwhelmingly large and prevalent that it usually goes unnoticed, like the atmosphere in which we live and breathe or the water in which fish swim.

Virtually, if not literally, every ancient culture worshipped the ancient Saturnian sun–now reduced down in status to a just a distant speck of a planet–as God or the chief God. How may we show this to the uninitiated? How may we emphasize and confirm the importance and gravity of this situation to those that already accept the prominent influence of Saturn in ancient times but don't see the wider implications?

Let us begin by going to the Bible New Testament and looking at the first martyrdom. The full account is in Acts 6:8 to 8:1. The early church figure Stephen was NOT martyred for being a Christian but for accusing the nation of idolatry in their worshipping Saturn as Moloch instead of as El.

In his polemical defense when he was seized and brought before the council, the martyr Stephen claimed about the forefathers, "And God turned and gave them over to worship the host of heaven...and the star of Rephan <Remphan>." Stephen understood that the ancient Israelites along with all other people worshipped the pantheon, the planet gods, which were the "host of heaven" and the "star of Rephan", which was the planet Saturn, previously visible in the ancient sky and highly impactful to the denizens of the earth. Furthermore he accused them of making the Golden Calf idol (representing the Bull of Heaven) and taking up the "tent of Moloch." This referred to the wilderness Tabernacle called the "Tent of the Presence" or the tent of the witness.

There should be no equivocation or uncertainty here because it is widely understood and accepted in scholarship that Moloch was the planet Saturn. What should be blatantly obvious yet is not generally understood is that El was also the planet Saturn. The differences in worshipping Moloch versus El were not of substance but merely superficial cultural and theological differences, and ultimately immaterial for our thesis concerning the prominent role of Saturn.

What is not well known is that Saturn (Roman) or Kronos (Greek) was worshipped as the primary god by almost ALL ancient cultures, and was thought of as the sacred "Bull of Heaven" by most of these societies. What is not well known is that essentially EVERY ancient primary god was the planet Saturn, including, Huang Ti of the Chinese, Surya of the Chaldeans, Chemosh of the Canaanites, Ra of the Egyptians, Shamash of the Mesopotamians, Brahma of the Indians, Hubal  of the Arabs, Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs, Kukulkan of the Mayas, El Chiun, and Remphan of the Israelites, etc. There are many more examples from virtually every culture around the globe.

The many other gods of the various pantheons were derived from planets that were closely involved dynamically with Saturn and the Earth, but the pattern is the same. A planetary body of the pantheon at some point in time, and often in serial or periodic catastrophes delivered upon the Earth, was considered to be a god BECAUSE it had a profound material effect upon the population.

Stylized ceiling tiles of looking up at the ancient polar configuration:

Concepts of God derived from aspects of Saturn

What needs to be acknowledged is that the concepts of God in virtually ALL religions are derived from aspects of Saturn, and these have been institutionalized and cemented in ancient "sacred" literature from various cultures. These sacred texts are legion, and almost all of them are infused with Saturnian derived concepts of God. These texts are used for the basis of bizarre, inhumane, ridiculous and macabre practices. An example of the worst is the old Hindu practice of "honoring" husbands upon their death by burning the surviving wives alive on a funeral pyre. How is that for motivating the women to take good care of their men?

Holidays and Festivals

Holidays (Holy Days) were days that were dedicated to commemorate the ends of ages and placate the angry and jealous sky gods. So we have single day Sabbaths and multi-day Sabbaths such as the Roman Saturnalia and the Greek Kronia.


"The cult of Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun...celebrated on the 25th of December–what to the Western World today is Christmas." - Cardona, Dwardu, God Star, p. 139. Yes, Santa Claus and Christmas with their themes and decor derive from ancient Saturn worship, most notably the conical Christmas Tree with the cross, ankh or star on top representing the polar column with Saturn shining at the peak. See: Christmas and Santa Claus and Hannukah and The Old Man.

What psychoanalysis attempts to disclose about the individual personality, the study of myth reveals about the mind and character of a people. - Irving Wolfe

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