Hymn to Saturn and Saturn’s Seal of Protection
Sorita d’Este posted this nice translation of the Orphic Hymn to Saturn which I believe is from Thomas Taylor’s under appreciated translations of The Hymns of Orpheus so I thought I’d print it also and give readers an idea of a magical use for it:
Etherial father, mighty Titan, hear, great fire of Gods and men, whom all revere:
Endu’d with various council, pure and strong, to whom perfection and decrease belong.
Consum’d by thee all forms that hourly die, by thee restor’d, their former place supply;
The world immense in everlasting chains, strong and ineffable thy pow’r contains
Father of vast eternity, divine, O mighty Saturn [Kronos], various speech is thine:
Blossom of earth and of the starry skies, husband of Rhea, and Prometheus wife.
Obstetric Nature, venerable root, from which the various forms of being shoot;
No parts peculiar can thy pow’r enclose, diffus’d thro’ all, from which the world arose,
O, best of beings, of a subtle mind, propitious hear to holy pray’rs inclin’d;
The sacred rites benevolent attend, and grant a blameless life, a blessed end.
Taylor was a poet at heart and though he takes some artistic liberties his versions of the Hymns keep the inner meaning of these prayers to the gods intact. For purely religious uses Taylor’s translations are excellent, it is essentially a prayer book for Pagans.
I have used the Hymn to Saturn when creating what some call the Seal of Protection from Sudden Death but others know simply as The Saturn Seal of Protection or some variation thereof. Creating seals is a process that requires a little more depth than a blog post but for a quick and dirty how to I recommend Anna Riva’s Secrets of Magical Seals which will have you up and running within a day.
I often include this seal in charm bags I make, or sometimes I simply put it in my wallet when I know I’ll be in some rough areas. I draw it on a small square of good quality paper (parchment is expensive, but purists can actually get the real stuff made by taxidermists) in Dragon’s Blood ink. I am usually burning some sort of protection incense when I do this because it’s part of a larger ritual, but if you’re just dashing off the square a Saturnian incense is appropriate.
I put my name, birthday and magical name on the back of my seals, but that’s just how I learned to do them. I then anoint the seal with an appropriate oil. The anointing of seals is not optional. While this is done the Hymn to Saturn makes is a powerful incantation to help “charge” the seal.
The Zazel written up top is the “Spirit” of Saturn which is kind of the blind “force” that we are imbuing the seal with, the essence so to speak. Agiel is the ‘Intelligence” of Saturn which is a sentient manifestation of Saturn energy which directs or allows the use of this force.
I hesitate to claim this seal will or won’t protect you, mainly because there is at least one person out there litigious enough to sue me after putting themselves in harm’s way while carrying their poorly constructed seal. However I have lived in some bad neighborhoods, I have been shot at once, had guns pulled on me three times and jumped, chased etc. I’m still here so … probatum as they say.