Saturn Return

Some thoughts about Saturn returns (including a basic explanation)

Saturn return Photo from Hubblesite

Yesterday’s post on Saturn in Capricorn brought up a lot of comments on Facebook from a few readers who are worried about their upcoming second Saturn return, so I thought this might be a good time to explore and demystify that cycle.

Basic explanation

As the planets orbit the Sun, we observe their apparent motion from Earth – astrology is not astronomically correct.  Constellations don’t line up in neat 30 degree segments in the sky, and the Sun doesn’t orbit the Earth as Galileo discovered which ended him up in some big trouble.

When the planets in the sky reach the same astrological degree as they are placed in our own natal (birth) chart, we call that a planetary return.  There are lunar returns, Mars returns (also known as the “terrible twos”), etc.  Because Saturn can be a difficult influence, and because the Saturn return comes only every 28-30 years and is therefore a pretty significant event (unlike the lunar return which occurs every 29 days or so), it tends to be an important cycle in a person’s life.

As reported in yesterday’s post,  Saturn’s role is to encourage, or sometimes force, us into situations where we will work hard and apply a disciplined approach in order to achieve material success.  Saturn’s motivation is often through feelings of unworthiness.  When Saturn is strongly aspected in our individual chart, those feelings can become crippling to the point where we are afraid to do anything because we might fail.  What Saturn wants, of course, is for us to do the work anyway and eventually overcome the feelings of failure and find that sense of achievement.

The Saturn returns are like an exam to see how we are doing […]

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By |2017-12-18T07:30:36-05:00December 18th, 2017|Saturn Return|2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to you, and Blogiversary to me!

Astrological MusingsIt was Thanksgiving of 2005 when this blog began.  My sister, already a prolific blogger, helped me get Astrological Musings set up on Blogger, and the rest is history.  At the time there were just a handful of astrology blogs: Elsa, of course, and Robert, and Jeff’s blog at the time was “Astrology at the Movies.”   Things have changed – currently there are 187 members of our Astrology Bloggers Facebook group.

My second Saturn Return began last fall with a burst of productivity, but the second phase in the spring was marked by a blog crisis of major proportions as Astrological Musings quit BeliefNet to move to Patheos, only to be dropped by Patheos under threat of a lawsuit from BeliefNet.  Who knew Astrological Musings was so valuable!

The Saturn Return wasn’t all I went through this summer and fall – the Uranus/Pluto square fell right on Chiron in my natal chart, opening up old wounds and unearthing layers of emotional sensitivity that were ripe for the healing process.  During this period my mother nearly died, an incredibly intense experience that took me literally into the realm of Pluto and clearing some of the karmic garbage between my mother and myself.

I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.  I am grateful that many of the readers who started this blog with me back in the early days are still with me.  I am grateful for the healing that has taken place with my mother and my sister, even though it was painful and disturbing at times.  I […]

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By |2020-11-26T07:39:01-05:00November 22nd, 2012|Astrology in my world, Holidays, Saturn Return|12 Comments

Happiest age said to be 33, but I’m not buying it

happiest ageA survey by the British social networking site “Friends United” concludes that more people were happy at the age of 33 than at any other time.  Evidently 7 out of 10 respondents “over the age of 40”  selected age 33 as the time when they were the happiest. I was unable to find anything that outlined the methodology of this study.  Were respondents given a list of every age between birth and death and 7 out of 10 selected 33 at random?  Or were they given a selection of ages and 33 was the one that spanned, say, from 30-35?  Without that information the study is useless astrologically.  But naturally, I’m going to try to make it relevant anyway. The Saturn Return transit event happens when we are 28-30 years old, and then again at 56-59 or so.  Saturn, being the planet of discipline and responsibility, creates situations in our lives that force us to grow up during the Saturn Return.  For some this means the most difficult time in their lives – for others, the ones who use this time to focus on career achievement and family live, it can be the most successful. Jupiter Returns occur more frequently, about every 12 years.  Jupiter is the planet of expansion, confidence and optimism, and the Jupiter returns correlate to a general feeling of happiness and faith in the way that life is turning out.  The first Jupiter Return after the Saturn Return occurs at age 34-36 and is a welcome respite after the pressure of the Saturn Return. We don’t usually notice when everything in our life is flowing under a Jupiter transit – I always say that no one comments when the temperature in the […]

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By |2019-11-10T19:07:27-05:00April 3rd, 2012|Life, Saturn Return|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Musings on aging and friendship

Last night I went to a birthday party for someone I have known for over 30 years, since I first moved to North Carolina.  A large group of us that were involved in the same meditation group relocated to North Carolina at the same time, but because I left that group in the mid-1980s there were quite a few people I haven’t seen for many years, so there were people at this party that I hadn’t seen for years.

As many of you know if you’ve been following this blog for some length of time, I like to say that I have one of the hardest charts I’ve ever seen.  Saturn and Neptune straddle my Sun and square Uranus.  My Moon conjoins Pluto and the South Node at the IC, the root of the chart, and the whole mess squares both Jupiter and Venus.  And I just discovered recently that the Black Moon Lilith, a new tool in my astrological arsenal, conjoins Pluto and sets off that whole configuration.

If all of that makes no sense to you it doesn’t matter: suffice it to say that I had an extremely challenging interior experience and a great deal of psychological pain for much of my early life.  Since my first Saturn Return I have been on a path of healing, and since I’m now in my second Saturn Return that path has lasted for the past 30 years.  During this time I am glad to say that the hard work has paid off and resulted in a much happier individual than the one that started out on this planet back in 1952.

Over the past couple of years I have reconnected with three of my very closest friends from whom I […]

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By |2021-05-22T15:00:03-04:00December 11th, 2011|Astrology in my world, Inspiration, Saturn Return|14 Comments

An astrologer looks at 50

Chiron ReturnArt borrowed from the New Moon JournalIt’s good to see Huffington Post carrying some serious astrology articles like this one (not that our friend Michael Lutin, HuffPo’s usual astrological source, isn’t serious although he is quite entertaining).

Astrologer Virginia Bell has a good article on the Chiron Return as the turning point at age 50 (technically the Chiron Return occurs at age 51, but let’s not quibble).  I particularly love this paragraph:

At our Chiron Return we have the power to change our story and it is not unusual for our life to take off in a new direction. The period leading up to the Chiron Return, in our late forties, is significant as ideas, plans, and projects are seeded at this time. Located between the orbit of Saturn and Uranus, Chiron is frequently described as a bridge. Often a teacher or mentor appears at this time to act as a bridge or catalyst from one life to another.

I wrote about this on my Facebook page – the fact that the role of mentor is an aspect of Chiron that often gets lost when we think of him solely as the Wounded Healer.  I have found that it is not correct that Chiron’s Wound doesn’t heal – as we age, particularly as we age through the Chiron Return, the wounds CAN heal.  As the wounds heal, the energy that they hold are replaced by a wisdom that goes deep into the soul and at that point we may take on the role as teacher or mentor ourselves.

Today is my birthday, and as many of you know I am in the middle of my Saturn Return right now […]

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By |2021-10-08T08:08:39-04:00October 12th, 2011|Planetary cycles, Saturn Return|13 Comments
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