Most of us grow up looking up to the sky and wondering what’s out there. You see the glittery shine the stars and planets emit and wonder if one day you can go up there. On one hand, the chances of most of us seeing these stars or planets up close in person are slim to none. On the other hand, they are very well documented and there is a great deal of information out there on the planets and stars.
When going through all of these planets and looking at the different colors, shapes and designs, one planet sticks out more than most. This planet would be Saturn. It is easily recognizable because of its giant ring that wraps around it. Not only is it one of the coolest-looking planets in our solar system but there is a lot of symbolism related to Saturn.
What this does is give fans of space and planets a great reason to get a new tattoo. Saturn is one of the most popular choices of planets to have tattooed. This is especially true if you are going to get one planet tattooed on your body as it is virtually impossible to get mixed up with the other planets.
In this post, we are going to talk about Saturn and some cool facts that you learn about. Saturn is a really unique and fascinating planet with lots of symbolism which makes it a great choice for a tattoo. We will get into the symbolism as well and by the time you are done reading this you should be a lot more familiar with the planet Saturn and you might even consider getting it inked on your body.
In reference to the sun, Saturn is six planets away and it is the planet that is furthest away that can still be seen without the aid of a telescope. As far as sheer size, Saturn owns the second spot on that list only behind Jupiter. Outside of its size, what makes Saturn so unique is its fantastic ring system that was first seen by astronomer Galileo Galilei in 1610. Very similar to Jupiter, Saturn is a gas giant and happens to be made of comparable gases including methane, helium and hydrogen.
Saturn is 120,536 km in equatorial diameter and 108,728 km in polar diameter. The mass of Saturn is equal to 95 Earths and it has 62 moons. There are seven groups of rings that surround Saturn which equals over 30 individual rings and it has 62 moons. The distance of Saturn’s orbit is 1,426,666,422 km and would take you 29 and a half years to travel that distance.
As we stated above, Saturn can be seen by the naked eye and the reason we can see this distant planet is because it is the fifth brightest thing in our solar system. Because you can see with your eyes, it is very easy to study with the use of a telescope or binoculars.
With all the flat planet talk these days, it might be interesting to know that Saturn is the flattest planet of all. The polar diameter of Saturn is 90% of its equatorial diameter. The reason for this is because of its fast rotation and low density. It has the second shortest day on the planet with a total rotation every 10 hours and 34 minutes.
In terms of rotating around the Sun, Saturn accomplishes that feat once every 29.4 Earth years. Saturn earned the nickname of Lubadsagush from the ancient Assyrians because of its sluggish movement against the backdrop of stars.
Now you are aware that Saturn is extremely gaseous it might be interesting to know that the top layers of Saturn are primarily ammonia ice. Below those layers lie clouds of water ice and below those layers are ice mixtures of cold hydrogen and sulfur. It is also important to note that while Saturn is comprised of a few different gasses, it is mostly made of hydrogen. While the outer layers of the planet are spacious gases made of hydrogen, the further in you go, the denser the gas gets. This is the case until you reach metallic hydrogen and then a hot core.
Saturn Tattoo Meaning
Depending on the kind of symbolism you refer to when doing your research, you might find some fascinating information.
In Chinese symbolism, the symbols of Saturn exemplify the notion of imperial control in regulation and rulership.
When you turn to animal symbolism, Saturn represents foxes, snakes, owls and other nocturnal birds, mice and dragons. One thing to note is the owl is often considered a symbol of death which is a misunderstanding. This might have started because of its ancient connection with Saturn.
In terms of astrology, the sign of Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. It is said to move through life with a methodical, purposeful or slower structure.
Overall, we can say that the Saturn tattoo meaning represents:
– Long Study
While some who study the symbolism of Saturn might associate it with negative connotations, that shouldn’t be the case. Without the presence of Saturn, nothing in this world would get done. This is because Saturn symbolizes an easing energy.
Saturn Tattoo Variations
When trying to decide on a variation of the Saturn tattoo to get, there aren’t a lot of options. Saturn is such a recognizable planet that distorting the image too much might take away from the meaning of this symbol. What we tend to see is Saturn represented by different styles of tattooing and unique images that accompany the Saturn tattoo.
The watercolor Saturn tattoo seems to be one of the most popular and fun ways to get this planet tattooed. The watercolor style is perfect when putting together a tattoo that is symbolic of space and the solar system. Because space has no limits, the watercolor style is perfect because what defines it is the rule of no solid outline. Like a watercolor painting, this style flows and blends colors to give it a whimsical and mysterious look. “Mysterious” defines space in our opinion so tattooing Saturn in this style is very relevant.
However, like the solar system and the planets, your Saturn tattoo can get as creative and unique as you want to make it. The artist you choose will depend on the style of tattoo you want so either find a great artist and discuss your options or search for an artist that excels in the style you want. If you need a little help in this department, let us know because we’d love to help.