I’ve been thinking about Saturn and Venus in an astrotheological context, and considering the archetypes present in culture.
In the Avengers movies, Thanos is Saturn. His character originates from Titan, a moon of Saturn. He wants to bring order and balance to the universe, like Saturn, and he will kill his children to do so.
Gamora is Venus, green like new life, alluring and deadly like nature. Saturn must kill life to create order. When his task is finished, he is killed by Thor, the Sun god. Of note, Thor has lost his eye, like his father Odin did for wisdom, and also like Horus.
Here is the Thoth Tarot card of the Universe, followed by stills from Avengers: Infinity War. The imagery of the woman contending with Saturn, crushing the head of the snake, foreshadows the use of time travel to defeat Thanos. Gamora is resurrected by time travel, at the cost of her love for Quill and redemptive arc. Without graves, there would be no resurrection, to quote Nietzsche.
Death is the secret of life. These are ideas I’ve been playing with lately, like in this poem, “Die Daily.” I learned on Monday that I failed my board exam, and that my months of effort had been fruitless, while everyone else in my class passed. I’m going through the grief process, and reconciling myself to retaking it in June, after some intense, transformative study.
I decided to get an apartment near my work, and live apart from my wife and three children for the next three months while I study. It will save me a ninety minute commute daily, and allow me to do what I need to. I can’t help but feel like I’ve let them down. It’s wrenching to think about my kids without me.
But the core of Saturn, Death and order, is diamond. The rain on Saturn is diamonds. Link to article. Extreme pressure turns our dirt into beauty.
Further thought on Saturn and Venus; this passage makes me think that Jesus was Venus to the apostles, and his father was Saturn:
John 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
Babalon/ Nuit lives in Binah. In the Tetragrammaton, the mother is the first he (יהזה) .
“I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.” The Book of the Law
Rev 15: Aramaic in Plain English
1And I saw another great and wonderful sign in Heaven: Angels which had the seven last plagues with them, for in them the anger of God is finished.*
2And I saw as a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who were victorious over The Beast and over its Image and over the number of its name, and they stood over the sea of glass and had with them the stringed instruments of God.*
3And they sang the song of Moses the Servant of God and the song of The Lamb. They were saying: “Great and marvelous are your works, LORD JEHOVAH God Almighty. Just and true are your works, King of the universe.”
4“Who will not reverence you, LORD JEHOVAH, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. Therefore, all the nations will come and will worship before you, because you are true.”
5But after these things, I looked, and the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was opened in Heaven. 6And the seven Angels went out from the Temple, who had with them the seven plagues, while wearing pure and bright linen* and bound around their chests with a golden wrap. 7And one of The Four Beasts gave to the seven Angels seven vessels full of the passion of God, who is The Life for the eternity of eternities. Amen. 8And The Temple was full of the smoke of the glory of God and of his power, and no one was able to enter the Temple until the seven plagues of the seven Angels would be finished.
1But Yeshua came to Bethany before the six days of the Passover, where Lazar was, whom Yeshua had raised from the grave. 2And they made a supper for him there and Martha was serving and Lazar was one of the guests with him. 3But Maryam took an alabaster vase of ointment of the best Indian spikenard, very expensive, and she anointed the feet of Yeshua and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.4And Yehuda Scariota, one of the disciples, who was about to betray him, said: 5“Why was not this oil sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6He said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief and he had the money box and anything which fell into it he carried. 7But Yeshua said, “Let her alone, for she has kept it for the day of my burial.” 8“For you have the poor with you always, but you do not have me with you always.”
9And great crowds of the Judeans heard that Yeshua was there and they came, not because of Yeshua only, but also that they might see Lazar, him whom he had raised from the grave. 10And the Chief Priests had deliberated that they would also kill Lazar, 11Because many of the Judeans were leaving because of him and believing in Yeshua.
12And the next day a great crowd which had come to the feast, when they heard that Yeshua had come to Jerusalem,13Took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, and they were shouting and saying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the name of THE LORD JEHOVAH, The King of Israel!” 14But Yeshua found a donkey and sat down upon it just as it is written: 15“Fear not, daughter of Zion, behold your King comes to you and rides on a foal, a colt of a donkey.” 16But his disciples did not understand these things at that time, but when Yeshua was glorified, his disciples were reminded that these things were written about him and that they had done these things to him. 17And the crowd testified that they were with him when he called Lazar from the tomb and raised him from the dead. 18And because of this, great crowds went in front of him who heard that he had done this miracle.19And the Pharisees were saying to one another, “Do you see that you are not gaining anything? Behold, the whole world is going after him.”
20But there were also some of them from among the Gentiles who came up to worship at the feast. 21These came and approached Philippus, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and they asked him and were saying to him, “My lord, we wish to see Yeshua.” 22And Philippus himself came and told Andrewas, and Andrewas and Philippus told Yeshua. 23But Yeshua answered and said to them, “The hour has come for The Son of Man to be glorified.” 24“Timeless truth I speak to you: Unless a grain of wheat falls and dies in the ground, it remains alone, but if it dies, it yields much fruit.” 25“Whoever loves his life shall destroy it and whoever hates his life in this world shall keep it for eternal life.”26“If a man serves me, he shall come after me, and where I am there shall also my servant be. Whoever ministers to me, The Father shall honor.”
27“Behold, now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say: My Father, deliver me from this hour? But for this I have come to this hour.” 28“Father, glorify your name.” And a voice was heard from Heaven: “I have glorified and I am glorifying it again.”29And the crowd that was standing there heard, and they were saying, “It was thunder”, and others were saying “An Angel spoke with him.” 30Yeshua answered and said to them, “This voice was not for my benefit, but for your benefit.” 31“Now is the judgment of this world; now The Ruler of this world is hurled outside.” 32“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”33He said this that he might show by what death he would die. 34The crowds were saying to him, “We have heard from The Law that The Messiah abides forever. How do you say that The Son of Man is going to be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35Yeshua said to them, “The Light is with you a little time longer. Walk while The Light is with you, lest the darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in darkness does not know where he is going.” 36“While The Light is with you, believe in The Light, that you might be the children of The Light.” These things spoke Yeshua and departing, he hid himself from them.
37And whereas he did all these miracles before them, they did not trust in him,38That the word of Isaiah the Prophet might be fulfilled, which says, “My Lord, who is believing our report and to whom is the arm of THE LORD JEHOVAH revealed?” 39Therefore they were not able to believe, because again Isaiah had said: 40“They have put out their eyes and darkened their hearts lest they shall see with their eyes and understand in their hearts and should be converted and I would heal them.” 41Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory and spoke about him.
42Many also among the Leaders believed in him, but they were not confessing him because of the Pharisees, lest they would end up outside of the synagogue. 43For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44But Yeshua cried and said, “Whoever trusts in me, trusts not in me, but in him who sent me.” 45“And whoever sees me sees him who has sent me.” 46“I, The Light, have come to the world, that no one who believes in me shall abide in darkness.” 47“And whoever hears my words and does not keep them, I am not judging him, for I have come, not to judge the world, but to give life to the world.”48“Whoever rejects me and does not receive my words has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, that shall judge him in the last day.” 49“For I have not spoken from myself, but The Father who sent me, he gave me commandments, what I will say and what I will utter.” 50“I know that his commandments are eternal life, therefore, these things which I am speaking, just as The Father tells me, thus I speak.”