THE SATURN RETURN
It’s been an interesting time. Life is always interesting and testing and rewarding but there is something profoundly challenging about the Saturn Return. Life, our choices and our decisions seem to be more highlighted. It is our true ADOLESCENCE. It’s our personal revolution.
If you have lived with intention and listened to your path calling throughout your 20s… then great! This is a time for cementing and being rewarded with new responsibility, with commitments and an adult existence. Time for promotion, marriage and children…
However, if you have coasted through your 20s, if you are working but not following your true path, if you are in a relationship that you should’ve left years ago. If you are not in tune and not pursuing where you should be then Saturn will put you in detention.
With my post on Jupiter I described him as a fun guy at a party. Saturn is a headmaster.
When the headmaster walks past you in the corridor, you are scared, frozen, inhibited. Some people are rebellious but even the naughtiest of all the children have some sort of respect for the headmaster. You don’t push him. The headmaster is strong, full of rules, his presence limits our output as we become deeply aware of our behaviour and any flaws. You forgot to take your nail varnish off? Suddenly you think “sh@t, I didn’t take my nail varnish off and try to hide your hands in your sleeves.” The nail varnish was there all day, but when Saturn is around, you are aware of it as a problem.
The headmaster will clearly point out what is wrong; he will put you in detention and give you time to think about how to improve. It is a SLOW moving time when everything seems to take a long time… time drags, it is uncomfortable, boring, miserable, lonely and difficult. You resent doing the detention, you resent authority, you resent his seemingly callous attitude. The lack of communication, the cold and solid ability he has to tell you what to do.
BUT BUT BUT… here is the other side of Saturn. When you do well, and the headmaster smiles at you and congratulates you on a project, when you are announced in assembly for having achieved something. Well, there isn’t a joy like that. The cold, regulated, isolated man can warm your heart and soul with his approval. When you LISTEN, and respond to the lessons that the headmaster tries to give to you then you will reap the rewards. It takes time, and it’s not an easy process but it is REWARDING.
I am the other side of my Saturn return and it’s a glorious glittery show of freedom.
Saturn is about 29 degrees Scorpio at the minute. This is today’s chart:
I have my Saturn at 21 degrees Scorpio. The transit or the Saturn Return is when a planet is at the exact position or one degree either side of your natal planetary position. As Saturn is prone to appearing to move backwards to us, it hits most of us three times, but some only once.
Last year I was very unhappy that it was going to strike me 3 times and jealous of those who only had one “hit.” However, it if isn’t strong and repetitive then you can miss the boat. You don’t want to miss the boat!
Last year I was being bullied (by the universe) into being a mad astrologer, into letting go of ideas and relationships that weren’t good for me and I was fighting it all like a little warrior. My moon (emotions, home, food) is in direct opposition with Saturn so I’m emotionally fixed and in a big battle with regulating what I do. Just as I WOULD NOT EAT as a child, I WOULD NOT LET GO last year. Things get bad, people let go and walk away. I don’t, I stay there like a bull weathering the storm, stubbornly waiting for things to go my way. However, learning to accept that perhaps it’s time to leave, let go and move on would’ve made life easier. But I’m a loyal Taurus moon, it’s what I do… so I just need to find a way to live with it and OWN it and USE it to my benefit (another story.)
YOU MUST LEARN TO SURRENDER!
When you do take heed and live in a way that is real then you lose the feeling of being in detention and get that feeling of having your name read out in assembly.
The Saturn Return is tricky for those who haven’t made commitments in their 20s… those who have been saturnine, regulated and structured… they get married, buy houses and GLOW. If they are already married before their Saturn return and perhaps this was a mistake… they are likely to split up at their Saturn return. The feelings and doubts will be emphasised just as the feelings and security will be emphasised for those on the right path.
Just as the moon represents the mother in astrology, the father can be represented by Saturn. The moon rules maternal Cancer. Saturn rules paternal Capricorn, the sign opposite to Cancer. The Saturn return has some “Daddy issues” wrapped up in it… you need to look at the sign and house of YOUR Saturn to understand more about that and it’s too much to go into it here. If you want to know more about that then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a Facebook message and I can give you a consultation.
I hope your Saturn Return has been / will be fruitful and not too tricky. Let go of what isn’t right for you, learn and study what lights YOUR passion, commit, change, try, be brave and let maturity guide you to the next phase of your life.
Saturn arrives again age 59;
The Second Saturn Return is a time of life review and soul searching. How did you get here? Is this really where you want to be? Often it represents a cross roads of sorts, and an opportunity to deal at last with unfinished business. Sometimes this means getting rid of people, jobs and situations that no longer fit who you are or want to be. There is a taking stock that can culminate in a kind of purging and reordering of your life. This death of the old way of doing things can be painful, but subsequently there is often a feeling of relief and gratitude that you are no longer stuck in circumstances that no longer served you. Saturn is also known as the Lord of Karma or Lord of the Harvest. You will reap what you sowed. It is a time when hard work will be rewarded, but if there has been neglect or carelessness, the natural consequences will not be able to be avoided.
The same principles but slightly bigger changes, particularly if they should have happened 30 years ago!
Change isn’t easy… but it brings greatness!