Until 1781, when Uranus was discovered, Saturn was considered the outermost planet of our solar system. It was know as Ninib to the Babylonians. The Greeks identified Saturn with their god Kronos, who identified with chronos (time) and was seen to carry a sickle-shaped sword. This is the “Father Time” that is still used today in celebrations at New Year’s Eve.
It is this “time” element that brings to Saturn the quality that some astrologers recognize as a revealer of past life information. Some call it a karmic planet feeling that both the sign it is in, at the time of birth, and the house it occupies then as well, can reveal work we came into this lifetime to do. A retrograde Saturn in a birth chart would doubly emphasize this karmic possibility as the energies are coming back at us, telling us there is work to be done.
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