The system described in the original post is a gravitational (Newtonian) system.
In fact, when Talbott first introduced the Saturn Myth in the 1970's others advocated the phase lock as a more palatable (Newtonian) alternative explanation. Let us not forget that the Saturn scenario requires more than one planet aligned in a collinear polar configuration. Therefore the system portrayed in the original post could not be a real life prototype of the theorized Saturnian system. The Polar Configuration simply does not conform to Newtonian mechanics.
The polar configuration is an alignment of the axes of rotation of all the bodies involved. The Saturnian sun is portrayed as sitting stationary at the celestial pole with at least two other bodies involved in the same alignment. The bottom line is that the proposed polar configuration cannot be compromised or molded into any type of Newtonian gravitational orbital situation.
Since the reliance is upon an interpretation of myth as a collective memory of extraordinary cosmic events; accepting a phase lock situation (as a Newtonian friendly compromise) discards the essence of the story told by the myths. If one discards the mythic interpretation then there is no need to find an example in observational Astronomy as it becomes a moot point.
If it is a universal law that all relationships between celestial bodies must be governed by Newtonian mechanics then the theorized polar configuration must be discarded. It is simply not compatible.
Realizing that this proposed arrangement was untenable from a Newtonian mechanics point of view; Talbott's approach was to follow the mythic record to wherever that led and save the problem of celestial mechanics for a future time. A decade later Thornhill entered the scene and proposed that Talbott was describing an electrical/plasma system.
Perhaps the time is now, in that the patently 'impossible' polar configuration may indeed be possible.
There may be a type of celestial feature that has the potential to lead us to a real world example of a polar configuration.
- Herbig- Haro objects:
Don Scott wrote:
Notice in the right hand image (Goddard Space Flight Center) that the 'planets' (Herbig-Haro objects) are formed in a collinear array along the jet axis of the parent star. These clumpings are probably formed by DLs at those locations. In the center image (above) the tell-tale twisting shape of a large Birkeland current containing DLs is clearly visible. Dr. Anthony Peratt points out that the number of objects typically formed by the z-pinch effect is usually around nine.
Also other examples of collinear formations:
-The linear alignment of the various pieces of Comet SL9 as it approached Jupiter. Some Saturnists have proposed that the Saturnian system was conventional with planets orbiting the primary. And this system was disrupted when it was captured by the Sun. The proto Saturn brown dwarf entered the heliosphere of the Sun and the entire system became aligned in a linear formation as it moved in a highly elliptical orbit through the solar system, a scaled up version of what happened to SL-9 as it entered the Jovian system. Note that this co alignment could have lasted for centuries though it would be quite temporary in terms of celestial time scales.
-The fact that multiple stars are often formed in linear formations described as "beads on a string"
-Brown dwarfs have been observed emitting collimated polar jets. It would follow that a planet or planets co aligned and suspended within the polar jets of a brown dwarf would be consistent with the theorized polar alignment as deduced from myth.
This is an area of future research.
Perhaps as observational techniques evolve these are the areas which may yield an actual cosmic example of the polar configuration.