There’s a curious little item in Tim Miller’s blog this week

Tim Miller has his latest blog post up — a little earlier than usual — and I happen to have just finished a somewhat truncated practice (in the P.M.? Yes — will try to get around to talking about that in the days ahead) and am hovering over dinner, so I saw it earlier than usual, as well.

It’s usual in almost all other ways: A classically Tim take on the skies above us:

In Indian mythology Shani is the son of Surya, and–like all fathers and sons–they have their issues.  There are many different versions of the story of Surya and Shani.  This is my favorite one:  Surya is married to Sanjana, the daughter of the Divine Architect, Vishvakarman.  Sanjana is a delicate sort and begins to find the heat and brightness of Surya oppressive.  Seeking relief, she creates a clone of herself called Chhaya (Shadow) and asks her to assume her role with Surya as she seeks respite in her father’s house.  Surya doesn’t notice the change and has marital relations with Chhaya, resulting in the birth of Shani.  Shani is born with a dark complexion and the moment his father lays eyes on him he goes into an eclipse, questioning the true paternity of Shani.

Check for the full story. And also, check for this hidden little min-bombshell (bombyshell?):

Concerning this aspect, astrologer Robert Hand writes:  “On this day you will turn your attention to your duties and responsibilities, to those tasks that you may not want to do but feel you must in order to fulfill your obligations to others.”  For me this has played out in the last two days as being one of the subjects in a documentary film about ashtanga yoga—having a camera in my face while teaching and practicing.

What’s that about? We’ll have to wait and find out, although I may put Bobbie on the case to check and see if anyone we know is in the know.

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You don’t need to fear Saturn’s malevolent gaze

I know Mercury retrograde is everyone’s favorite awful celestial setting, but a close second surely involves Saturn.

Bad things happen under Saturn’s gaze. We need to beware. We need to be careful. We need to be cautious.

The thing is, if we follow those strictures, we won’t learn anything from Saturn’s teachings.

That’s the message from Tim Miller this week:

One of Saturn’s many names is “Shanischracharya”—the slow moving preceptor. Being the son of Surya and Chaya, Shani is thought to possess the brilliance of his father, veiled beneath the shadow of his mother. The veil of the Mother is the veil of materiality that obscures the spiritual light within us. Saturn is a teacher whose lessons take a long time to learn, and probably would never be learned if they weren’t so painful. He shows us our physical, mental, emotional, and financial limitations—offering important lessons to help us let go of our deepest and most dysfunctional attachments.

You’ll have to click on the link to find out where Tim is in his lesson learning.

And then the question is: Where are you in yours?

Another lesson in slow learning can be found over at Peg Mulqueen’s blog. We’re all familiar with the achingly slow lessons of Ashtanga, right? Not to mention… life.

Here’s Hanuman freeing Saturn and the other planets from Ravana, to inspire confidence (I’m choosing to ignore the comments on the video, which aren’t all positive — whatever is on the Internet?):

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