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Saturn

The sixth planet of the Solar System, famous for its multilayered rings that can be seen through telescopes. It was first discovered by Galileo in 1610. Like JUPITER, it is primarily made of gas, mostly hydrogen. Among the ancients, it is one of the sacred planets.

In Roman mythology, Saturn is the god of time, identical with the Greek Kronos. He devoured all his children except for Jupiter, NEPTUNE and PLUTO. He is equivalent to the Hindu Kala and Sani, and Njord of the Scandinavians, and also to Jehovah.

In astrological symbolism, Saturn represents discipline and restriction, and is the ruler of Capricorn.

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