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According to the Saturn Polar Configuration theory, not more than 6,000 years ago our ancestors lived in a very different world, with a heavens in a different configuration than today. The planets were not far away from the Earth, but overhead, in conjunction above the North Pole. These planets were Saturn, Venus and Mars. Saturn was the primary orb, and was originally not a planet, but a sub-brown dwarf star. This is perhaps one of the most difficult details to wrap our heads around, but as we will see, there is much more to bend our minds.
At this point we have to consider some sources for the images, assuming as always, that the humans were imitating something they saw, and casting it in terms familiar to them from their own environment. I'll suggest three possibilities, based on what might have been seen in the skies during the Upper Paleolithic.
The sight of Jupiter in the day skies when seen as an inner planet (between the Earth and the Sun). Jupiter would display a slim crescent, produced by the light of the Sun on Jupiter's Sun-side portion.
The sight of Saturn in the skies -- seen as a combination of three or more planets stacked up above each other,
originally posted by: Logarock
a reply to: Wifibrains
Seems I have heard that before. Yes I have come to think of it.
However you still have to tie it in with the stone glyphs. At least I was able to tie my latest theory in with the stones.
The sight of an assembly of comets traveling into the inner reaches of the Solar System and crossing Earth's orbit, wildly lighted by their individual comas and the plasma connections between them.
I would suggest that Jupiter is the source for the horns and bucrania (horns attached to skull tops) used for these wall sculptures. As stated in the last chapter, Earth, traveling on an elliptical orbit (with Saturn), would alternately be located inside and outside the orbit of Jupiter. The orbit of earth would frequently be below the orbit of Jupiter. Whenever the orbit of Earth was also outside the orbit of Jupiter, Jupiter would have been seen in the daytime as a gigantic crescent moving through the skies.
The plasma stream connection between Saturn and Earth represented the most impressive display because it showed the most variability and often reshaped itself into geometric patterns. The plasma connection to the Earth looked like a stream of water entwined snakes.
In the nature of a plasma stream, it was always alive, always changing, although it could be expected that the various forms would take months to form. *As the flow of current varied, it assumed many different shapes,looking at times like a stairway or even a set of stepped arrowheads.
originally posted by: beansidhe
a reply to: Wifibrains
Saturn was big news to the Romans, who celebrated Saturnalia at the winter solstice:
The Neoplatonic philosopher Porphyry took an allegorical view of the Saturnalia. He saw the festival's theme of liberation and dissolution as representing the "freeing of souls into immortality"—an interpretation that Mithraists may also have followed, since they included many slaves and freedmen. According to Porphyry, the Saturnalia occurred near the winter solstice because the sun enters Capricorn, the astrological house of Saturn, at that time. In the Saturnalia of Macrobius, the proximity of the Saturnalia to the winter solstice leads to an exposition of solar monotheism, the belief that the Sun (see Sol Invictus) ultimately encompasses all divinities as one.
That seems very Pictish, the day when the sun is reborn and the promise of Spring. It is reminiscent of Cerridwen and her cauldron, the Dagda and his cauldron where life is reborn and rejuvenated. Could the Dagda have personified Saturn?
I like this Saturn line of thinking, it seems to fit...
So in following a similar theme, could the planet Saturn have had any meaning? The cauldron of regeneration/rebirth is, as you know, a prominent theme and we were thinking about his symbol in particular (triple disc in the centre):
the sight of a assembly of comments traveling into the inner reaches of the Solar System and crossing Earth's orbit, wildly lighted by their individual comas and the plasma connections between them.