The Lesson of Saturn Returns

IMG_4414Saturn has been on my mind recently with it about to station and go direct coming up here on August 13th.  Saturn is the planet that represents authority, structure, control, government, time…you get the picture, the list goes on and on.  Since I’ve already talked about Mercury and Mars, I thought I’d put my two cents in on the planet Saturn.

What people know most about Saturn they likely learned from their Saturn Return.  A Saturn Return happens when the transiting planet (that is Saturn’s position now) goes back to where it was in the sky when you where born – thus Saturn returns back to its position in your natal chart.  There is a nifty online calculator where you can figure out when your Saturn return will happen.

This event occurs two to three times in a person’s life, depending on how long you live – and there is one train of thought that says some people don’t make it past their first Saturn Return.  Essentially, this event happens about every 28 to 30 years and signals a time when you integrate all the lessons Saturn has taught you over that time span.

So what does that really mean.  This is a time when most people “grow up”.  This energy of Saturn will in effect push you to take a stand and become accountable to yourself – not anyone else.  You have to really start paying your bills and going to work and just getting your sh*t together is basically what it amounts to.

Now not all people experience their Saturn Return as a horrendous event.  The position Saturn has in your natal chart along with its aspects and sign all effect whether or not you will feel it deeply or at all.  Noted Astrologer Chris Brennan believes that those who were born at night have more difficult Saturn Returns than those born during the day.  I tend to agree with him on this point just from my own anecdotal experiences.

I personally had an intense Saturn Return so I can attest to its power.  I was born at night with Saturn in Scorpio in my Fifth house.  For those astrology newbies out there, the fifth house is the house of things born from you – children, creative projects – that sort of thing.  Saturn’s lesson for me centered around my pregnancy with my daughter.  During this time I learned what it means to be a grown-up and face all those fears head on, not letting them define you or get in your way.

Saturn ReturnSo for those of you who don’t know me personally, I should probably let on that my daughter was born with a congenital brain defect.  Basically she is missing that piece of the brain that connects the two hemispheres.  Sounds like a big deal, but some people go their whole lives not knowing they have this condition – but others are affected severely.  It is a huge continuum and you don’t really know where your kid will end up on the spectrum until they are there.  And even then it is always changing as kids change and grow.

What it boils down to is that during my Saturn Return I was given the greatest practice of living in the present moment that anyone could probably dream of.  But, interestingly, I felt prepared, and still do, to spiritually and emotionally handle the hurdles and challenges that arise from having a special daughter.  Everyday she gives me the opportunity to utilize all the metaphysical tools and practices that I have spent years learning.  Don’t get me wrong though, each day is still a challenge – but that is life with children in general and toddlers in particular.  But what is life if not a place to work through lessons and learn from them.

And that my friends, is the power of Saturn.  He is a teacher of great life lessons, sometimes a cruel tyrant but at other times a knowledgable sage.  How you react to his lessons is a challenge in itself.

So how about you, did you have a difficult Saturn Return?  Do you remember what you were doing at this point in your life?  Do you believe in Saturn’s power? 

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