Saturn is widely regarded as the planet of lessons, discipline, and karma in astrology. But in Greco-Roman mythology, he is associated with the harvest, liberation, and time. That's one thing the mythos and astrology have in common: each form of Saturn represents time. We've got a lot of stories and phrases about time. From time healing all wounds to dragging by, it's very nature seems to really allude us mortals.
Saturn (or Cronus, in Greek mythology), is also well associated with the harvest. Periodic time seems to be his speciality. And while we see certain gods over the seasons (such as the Horae), Saturn appears to be identified more with the harvest. One of his holidays, Saturnalia (speaking of which, it's almost time for! It's typically celebrated December 17th - 23rd) is a time of merry-making and pleasure.
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