There are so many aspects I love about astrology, but lately I have been most fascinated by Saturn Returns as myself and friends are currently experiencing our first one.
“a Saturn return is an astrological transit that occurs when the planet Saturn returns to the same place in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person’s birth”. Every planet orbits the zodiac at a different rate. The “inner” planets (the planets closest to us) move at a faster rate. The moon for example moves signs every 2 to 2-1/2 days. The outer planets take much longer to complete a cycle. Saturn, the planet of Karma, lessons and restrictions orbits the entire zodiac every 28-30 years to return back to its “starting point”.
Because the inner planets move faster, they can have more of an effect on your day to day emotions and energy. They can also be better at indicating someone’s individual personality traits which is why most astrologers tend to focus on the sun, moon, venus and mars when getting a feel for someone’s “individuality” energetically. The slower moving planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto) have more of a gradual shift but can be felt more collectively and can have a lasting “steady” impact on a person or a generation of people. It sort of feels like anticipation- and if you’re sensitive like me, you can feel it creeping up.
Before I talk too much about Saturn I think it’s important to understand it’s “neighbor”, Jupiter (my favorite planet!). Jupiter is the planet of expansion, LUCK, fortune, optimism, higher learning and philosophy. Wherever Jupiter is placed in your chart- that area tends to be where areas of your life tend to be “magnified”- I love looking into someone’s Jupiter placement because it shows where they will experience optimistic expansiveness and I love focusing on that joy. Because of all of this EXPANSIVE energy Jupiter brings- Saturn is needed to sort of pull in the reins and stop too much of an energetic overflow from happening (because life is about balance, right!). So this is why Saturn is viewed as the “grandfather” planet. It is wise, mature and sets boundaries where Jupiter doesn’t. Where Saturn comes AFTER Jupiter, it really helps “contain” that expansive energy within our chart. Having spent so much of my life feeling restricted, I resisted connecting or even learning much about Saturn- it didn’t feel “good” to me. But as I’ve aged, I’ve learned everything is about balance and perspective.
As I mentioned earlier, Saturn makes it’s way back home within a persons birth chart every 28-30 years. Close your eyes and think of it like a friend’s energy coming to visit you. As the time of their visit approaches, you will anticipate the energy that accompanies them (consciously or otherwise). When they “arrive” that energy may be amplified – for better or for worse. Depending on how the interaction goes and how you feel about that persons energy will ultimately determine the lasting effects. Other factors that affect your “friends visit” (or Saturns Return) could be whoever else’s energy is around at that time (aka the other planets placements). Similar to how you may act differently around your in-laws verses your best friends. You are still the same person- but different people bring out different qualities within you (as any empath would know first hand!). Just because particular energies have been set doesn’t mean your own conscious interpretation will not effect the ultimate outcome of the situation. At the end of the day- you create meaning as everything is completely subjective and free will makes the final decision of the reality you choose to create and interpret. Every planet is a double edged sword, having both positive and negative energetic aspects just as we do on an individual level. “As above, so below”. We are essentially the same cosmic force only… trapped in a meat skeleton.
So with all of that in mind, what is your Saturn return and why is it important?
Around the age of 27 people will feel their first shift or a sense that something is changing within themselves. This is the “anticipating your friends visit” energetically I talked about earlier. I find a lot of people in my generation have coined this feeling a “quarter life crisis”. It’s funny to me when people say they don’t believe in astrology yet can clearly feel the effects! Saturn will push you to recognize the boundaries you created for yourself in life – it will shed light on where you have limited yourself and it also helps create the required limits or structure that you need to further your development. Saturn calls us to task. Saturn calls us on our shit. Saturn makes us aware of what we need to change. It solidifies things in our life- so depending on how you feel about your life right now, this can be good or bad. For some people right now, it might feel like sinking in quicksand, frantically looking around trying to decide where you want to go before becoming completely “Swallowed up” energetically.
Saturn makes you call yourself on your own BS and acts as your wake up call. It asks if we are living the lives we really want and makes us feel accountable for where we find ourselves and responsible for making immediate change where necessary.
So many people feel a drastic urgency to make these changes whether that be in their health, career, romantic relationships or geographical locations more than ever during their Saturn Return. It literally feels like your choices will make or break who you are and define your destiny. I know that sounds dramatic, but that’s how it feels to many. Your Saturn return is a cross roads. We ask ourselves how we want to shape ourselves and the world around us and cut ties from the people, places and jobs that are not taking us to that next step of spiritual growth that allows us to be more of who we really are. It’s not uncommon for people to start their businesses during this time, let go of jobs they hate, move provinces or end marriages. It’s as if we are stopping our vehicle- cleaning it up inside and out, then starting our engine again and deciding what road we want to take feeling lighter, cleaner, with a better sense of clarity and purpose. Unfortunately- a lot of this will require uncomfortable change. Those who fear making these changes will carry this fear (no matter how deep they bury it) until the next time Saturn returns in their chart (which would be around the age of 55-56… which is… mid life crisis time! No coincidence there haha).
The fact that our generation has made up the term “quarter life crisis” makes most baby boomers roll their eyes. Some (not all) see our generation as weak, oversensitive babies. However, I feel hopeful. We are clearly recognizing and assessing our emotions with more depth and critical urgency and that’s pretty damn cool to me. We are making a shift towards another spiritual revolution.
I started to feel my Saturn Return just before my 27th birthday. One day I intuitively knew I needed to move… across the country. ASAP. I literally felt like I had worn out my time and achieved my purpose and staying any longer would cause stagnation deep within my heart and soul. Within three months I broke my lease, sold almost everything I owned (the items felt like shackles, weights and burdens) and moved. I felt I needed a blank slate to prepare for my next mission. I wrote down every goal I hadn’t achieved and I’ve pretty much accomplished most of them since I moved a year and a half ago. I decided to see nothing but opportunity, put in the work and really analyze my interactions with people I met seeing everyone as a teacher and guidepost on whether or not I was on the right path. Now that I am “in” My Saturn return- I am so grateful that I listened to my intuition and prepared myself. I feel so much clearer since I made the hard decisions and put conscious effort into my emotional and spiritual growth. But that being said- I’m not “safe”.
Just because you’ve “prepared” doesn’t mean the storm isn’t going to hit, because it will. After working my butt off this entire year, I was recently hit with a fire/flood. Nearly lost my cat and all of my belongings. I had to evacuate my little dream condo. Most people think that when you learn a lesson, you don’t have to go through it again… but that is so wrong.
Our lives all have reoccuring themes. We all carry karma and residual energy from past lives- it’s so important that we recognize the themes and stay consistent in bettering ourselves and our responses to negative situations and the themes that we find ourselves reliving. So I guess what I’m saying is, get better- not bitter.
If you are under the age of 30, I would highly suggest taking up journalling to really self examine where you feel changes need to be met to prepare for your Saturn Return. The changes that are not met within this time frame will likely be presented to you with more force come mid life (during your second Saturn Return). So trust your instincts and dive into change, release what no longer serves you and trust that you are making space to build a NEW foundation for Saturn to make it’s second orbit on within your natal chart. Whatever blocks you feel, now is the time to address them with honesty while remaining open to the changes that come with what you release as the universe does not like empty spaces energetically. What you release will be replaced with something even better so be mindful of the gifts, people and new situations life will present and welcome them in.
Everything’s a test made to better you if only you choose to believe it.
Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals.