"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
multi-day Sabbaths such as the
Roman Saturnalia and the
"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:
and The Old
What psychoanalysis attempts to disclose about the individual
personality, the study of myth reveals about the mind and character of a
people. - Irving Wolfe