New Dateline! - November 3, 2015...
Last Wednesday October 28, the Cassini spacecraft, still investigating Saturn for the last 11 years, flew close to the south polar region of the "Geyser Moon" Enceladus, where it appears water in some form is spewing out. There will be another fly by on December 19. Photos are in the process of being sent to and analyzed by NASA. For more on this incredible mission, go to the NASA.gov website. Meanwhile, the original, multi-updated story on the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and its extraordinary accomplishments is below. Enjoy! Updated Thanksgiving 2014 as we approach this year's Winter Solstice and Capricorn New Moon (both on Sunday December 21, 2014 as well as Saturn temporarily entering fiery & mutable Sagittarius two days later, on December 23, 2014. Plus, previous updates have happened on June 25, 2011, and January 28, 2011 with original story written on January 9, 2011: And! a medieval magical talisman associated with the planet Saturn is shown further below...and the Capricorn New Moon chart appears at the end of the story in the special chart section.
Even though the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn began on October 15, 1997, it has recently been extended to continue into 2017 – following extraordinary discoveries at the beautiful ringed planet since its arrival in 2004. Since it is now January 2011 (timing of this original story) – the main month each year dominated by Saturn (in its rulership of Capricorn) – and Inner Sight is launching its own extended website in the near future, it feels appropriate to briefly explore here three of the more remarkable stories related to observations and analysis conducted by the main Cassini spacecraft as well as the Huygens probe that landed on Titan six years ago this month. Giant Hexagon at Saturn’s North Pole
When the Voyager Missions passed by Saturn around 30 years ago – on their way to more celebrated encounters with Uranus (1986) and Neptune (1989) – they found a strange anomaly forming at the North Pole of Saturn. A giant hexagon – composed of swirling gases – was clearly visible at the top of the planet. When the Cassini-Huygens Mission arrived in 2004, the North Pole of Saturn was enshrouded in darkness, but an infrared spectrometer on board the main spacecraft detected that the giant hexagon was still there. Later on – when the North Pole of Saturn shifted into one of daylight phases – more extensive photography was conducted – finding all kinds of circles, streamers, curlicues, and other moving features inside the hexagon. It is estimated that 4 Earths could fit inside this hexagon, and that each of its straight sides (approximately 8,700 miles) is longer than the diameter of our planet. The hexagon may go as deep as 60 miles into Saturn’s atmosphere and scientists are still puzzled about why it is there and how long it has existed.
From the spiritual angle, it is noteworthy that the ancient Star of David or Seal of Solomon (symbolized by a hexagram or six-pointed star) is connected to the kings of Ancient Israel. In Roman mythology, Saturn was said to have ruled over the “Golden Age.” In astrology, Saturn’s sign of Capricorn dominates the archetypal wheel of the zodiac – being placed in the overhead or tenth position, signifying the chief authority or executive at the top of the ladder of power.
In the tenth chapter – in a book by Joan Hodgson called The Stars and the Chakras: The Astrology of Spiritual Unfoldment – the author discusses the Heart Chakra as connecting to the element of air and appearing as a twelve-petalled lotus, at the center of which is a six-pointed star. She relates this six-pointed star to Saturn – which she reminds the reader is exalted in the air sign of Libra. When the hexagon on top of Saturn was first sighted in 1981, transiting Saturn was in Libra. Now – one Saturn cycle around the zodiac later – transiting Saturn is back in Libra. When the Cassini-Huygens Mission was launched on October 15, 1997, the Sun was located in Libra (and closely opposite Saturn in Aries) and, around Halloween 2011, transiting Saturn will unite with the Sun at the time of the launch from October 15, 1997. The number six is also the first perfect number and the only perfect number of the main integers from 1 to 9. A perfect number – as defined and understood by the ancient Pythagorean Fellowship existing in Southern Italy over 5 centuries before the time of Christ – is formed if its divisors or factors add up to the number itself. The number six can be divided by 1, 2 and 3 evenly, and those three divisors add up to 6. The next perfect number is 28 – so perfect numbers are rare in mathematics. Six is a number that connects to the concepts of balance, harmony, peace and “marriage” – whether that marriage is considered one between spirit and matter, soul and personality, or two individuals living on Planet Earth. On page 370 and 373 of A Treatise on Cosmic Fire by Alice A. Bailey, there are drawings of a six-pointed star (with key planets at each point and Saturn shown at the center) as well as the evolutionary unfoldment of the Earth in a hexagonal symbol (also with Saturn functioning at the center). In Esoteric Astrology – by the same author – it becomes very clear that the planet Saturn has a deep and thorough connection with Earth’s struggle to join the ranks of becoming sacred in the so-called pecking order of advanced planetary bodies in our solar system. Saturn – along with Uranus and Neptune – exist as a kind of Holy Trinity or triumvirate of sacred planetary vibrations, with these three important energy spheres within our solar system ultimately synthesizing and resonating with the Sun. It appears that the giant hexagon on Saturn may be a kind of beacon, omen or talisman* for Earthlings – something to remind us of our own sacred journey toward spiritual enlightenment as we simultaneously explore the physical solar system with our ingenious technological devices.