Before even Cretan Jupiter held the sceptre, before
an impious race feasted on slaughtered oxen,
golden Saturn lived such a life on Earth:
before they’d yet heard the blare of trumpets,
or the sword-blades ring, laid on the harsh anvil.
But we’ve crossed a vast expanse of space, and now
it’s time to loose the necks of our sweating team.- Virgil, Geordics, Book II
NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day reminds us that the end of the year approaches. Saturn's great storms echo on this orb in the Saturnalia, ancient Rome's year end festival loosening the necks of the sweating oxen. Plan accordingly.