Those who know the rituals to the Pitṛ know that a child, especially a son, is required to perform the rituals which will liberate the parents, especially the father, from the wrath of Yama and the Pitṛ.
Those who know the Indian planetary mythos know that Śani (Saturn) is the son of Sūrya (the Sun).
Those who know the astrological symbolism of the planets see that Saturn indeed liberates the Sun.
The Sun represents ātmā – the fundamental consciousness itself, the core of who and what we are. The Moon represents manas – a reflection of the light of consciousness into the dark night of insentient, external, material things. Mercury further extends the light so that it can interact with these insentient things, via buddhi (intellect, the i/o bridge between mind and matter). Venus grants five actual senses of perception to the intellect. Mars grants five actual senses of action.
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