I found the above poem on a London subway. (Well, I wasn't actually
in London, but I found the poem in the archives of an Internet site
that's maintained by the folks who display poems on the London subways.)
I couldn't help but be impressed that most of these "wondrous sights"
listed by the anonymous poet seem strangely resonant with the mythical
backdrop of the Saturn thesis. Not because a catastrophe of Saturnian
dimensions occurred in the 17th century!—but because the poet was still
immersed in the literary and symbolic echoes of more ancient events.
Perhaps the true meanings were lost ages ago, and now the symbols can
only appear unlikely and incomprehensible, twisted by time into mere
hearsay. But, by Zeus, he couldn't have done more justice to ancient
motifs if he'd read Symbols of an Alien Sky the day before he penned the
Echoes of the Saturnian epoch STILL surround us. For example,
California's storms this winter were the result of "El Niño", linked to
Christmas, with Santa and flying "chariots" and the north pole.
Certainly there are countless instances in which deep mythical images
have been projected onto terrestrial events, and perhaps it is this very
process that helps to preserve these enigmatic images long after we have
forgotten their original references.
What about the Chicago fire? Or the legends of King Arthur? The black
plague? The death of Caesar? We expect to find symbolic references to
gods and planets and comets in all of these tales. And we do. But will
we cultivate the necessary discipline to find the EVENT which first gave
meaning to the symbols?