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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

Compiled by Julene Packer-Louis, Evan Bortnick, and Jackie Goldstein

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The farthest planet from the Sun which can be seen by the unaided eye is named for the mythological King of Italy Saturnus and identified with the Greek Chronos (Kronos;Cronus). As the most distant planet known to the ancients, Saturn was attributed with age and wisdom.

Traditionally, Saturn ruled both Aquarius and Capricorn, but following the discovery of Uranus, the sign of Aquarius was reassigned. Saturn is associated with time, age and the social order. It is the embodiment of the principles of stability, self-control, limits, frustration, obstructions, delays and contraction. Because of its characteristic as a taskmaster, Saturn was known as the Greater Malefic in traditional astrology.


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