Astrology is not a topic I’ve discussed much if at all yet. However, a recent discovery of my own has caused me to write this post. What is that discovery?
Recently I was just thinking with some trepidation that my Saturn return would be coming up soon. I figured I’d go look when my Saturn return was going to start.
Only to find out… it had started over 2 years ago! 😮 Not only that, but the strongest point of my Saturn return—when Saturn reaches an exact conjunction with my natal Saturn—is coming up in only a little over a week, on February 22.
If you don’t know what any of that means, don’t worry. I’ll explain it later.
The Saturn return is one of those major life events in astrology that everyone notices, even if they don’t realize what it is. So, I want to discuss here what exactly the Saturn return is, how mine has been affecting me, and how you can get through it relatively unscathed.
Why Should You Care?
All right, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Why should you care about all this astrology stuff? It seems overcomplicated, and sort of antithetical to the principles of the law of attraction.
I mean, the law of attraction talks about complete freedom and your power as an infinite creator. So, how can all that be true, and it also be true that the planets and stars are influencing your everyday life?
There aren’t too many answers out there, and honestly this could probably be a post of its own. However, I feel this is an area that is underrepresented, and will give the best answer I can here, before moving on.
Infinite Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Limitless
At first glance, that looks like a completely ridiculous statement. But it’s not.
I remember a few years back, when I was in college and taking a Calculus II class. At the time, my professor had said that there were different types of infinity. There’s the set of all possible numbers, which is definitely infinite. Then there’s the set of all rational numbers, which is infinite, but slightly less so. Then there’s the set of all integers, which is still infinite, but even less so. Then there’s the set of all positive integers, which is also infinite, but less so.
Even to take all possible numbers between the integers 1 and 2, you have an infinite set. You’ll never run out of numbers. But it excludes all numbers 2 or above, and all numbers less than 1. But, still infinite.
Infinite doesn’t mean limitless.
A while ago on one of my posts, we had a bit of a discussion about what exactly the “anything” meant in “anything is possible”. I conceded that “anything” did not include things like square triangles or circles with corners, and there were several other definitions of things that were still definitely impossible. Still, I didn’t change my stance that “anything is possible”.
My point is, saying your an infinite creator does not mean that you are free of outside influences, or that you have no limits on your power. It means that you are infinitely capable of creating. Your very nature is one of creation.
One of these limits is from astrology—from the planets and stars that were positioned in various locations around the Zodiac at your birth. These celestial bodies influence the flow of energy through every stage of your life. This doesn’t mean that your free will is curtailed, but it does mean that you have certain patterns that will either support or hinder you, and that some of these patterns may be activated at certain times of your life.
What Is the Saturn Return?
That brings me to my next point. The Saturn return is one of these astrological influences, which occurs 2 or 3 times throughout your life.
Honestly, it is one of the reasons I am certain that the Universe is not all fluffy bunnies, unicorns and rainbows, as some would have you believe. The Saturn return… well… is not pleasant at the best of times. It’s not meant to be pleasant. It’s meant to trigger the biggest lessons you need to learn in this life. The intensity of the Saturn return depends on your own chart, but it’s not a walk in the park.
You can see it somewhat as a wakeup call. Sometimes we can get lackadaisical with life. We get comfortable. The Saturn return is meant to toss things up a bit and get us out of our comfort zone.
How It Works
But before I get ahead of myself, let me describe the mechanics of it.
You’re probably familiar with the major Zodiac signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc. They form a circle on which each of the planets can be located. Your Sun might be in Taurus, for example, but your Moon may be in Scorpio, your Saturn in Leo, and your Jupiter in Aquarius. That is the exact position of the planets at the very moment of your birth.
Now, those planets will influence what type of person you are, what kind of interests you have, what obstacles you meet, what challenges you face, etc.
But they aren’t finished. As the planets make their transits around the Sun, they come into aspect with your natal planets (basically where they were at your birth), and bring certain patterns, opportunities, and challenges to the surface.
I’ll discuss this a lot more in this weekend’s podcast, but I wanted to give a bit of an intro.
It’s not so big for the five inner planets, because they are much closer to us and have a smaller distance to travel. The Moon cycles every 29 days or so. The Sun obviously takes a full year to make its cycle (yes, obviously the Sun doesn’t move, but astrology is geocentric, not heliocentric). Mercury, Venus, and Mars are all just a year or two.
But immediately once you get to the outer planets, the duration becomes a lot longer, and therefore their impact on our lives becomes greater in the long term. Jupiter takes 12 whole years to traverse the Zodiac. Saturn takes around 29 years. Then there’s another major uptick with Uranus at 84 years, Neptune at 165 years, and Pluto at an unfathomable 248 years.
Pluto was in 10° Scorpio when I was born. Today, over 28 years later, it has only moved 2 signs, and currently rests at 18° Capricorn. That’s pretty slow!
Again, Saturn revolves around the Zodiac once every approximately 29 years. That means that every 29 years, Saturn will re-enter the same sign it was in when you were born, and remain there for 2 or 3 years.
This is the Saturn return. It returns to the same position it has in your natal chart. For me, my natal Saturn is in Sagittarius. So, my Saturn return began back in 2015 when Saturn entered Sagittarius, and will remain there until the end of 2017.
On top of this, at some point Saturn will cross the exact degree of your natal Saturn. My natal Saturn is at 26° Sagittarius, which it will again cross starting on February 22, just a bit over a week away. The weeks and months around this specific point will be the height of your Saturn return.
Saturn: The Cosmic Teacher
So once again, why does any of this matter? Why do we pay so much attention to Saturn?
As I mentioned, this is a pretty big deal in astrology. Cosmically speaking, your first Saturn return is when you mature into full adulthood. It’s a right of passage in a way. You’ve met your biggest challenges, learned the lessons you must learn, and you come out the other side far stronger than before. Only Saturn has the power to do this.
Why? To know this, you must know a bit about Saturn.
Some call Saturn “the cosmic taskmaster”. I don’t use this title because I think it’s a bit strong (only a little, though). It’s a little too pessimistic to my view. I more see Saturn as the cosmic teacher, or the Zen master who will whack you with a stick to teach you some hidden lesson.
Jupiter is also a teacher figure, but more of the benevolent kind. Jupiter would rather reward you with wonderful experiences and help you to expand. Jupiter is the one that most people in the law of attraction community focus on, even without using the name. The Jupiterian energy is benevolent, expansive, and positive—everything that we like to focus on.
But, as I’ll mention in this weekend’s podcast, this is only one side of the coin.
Saturn is a teacher, too, but more of the strict disciplinarian. In the end it wants you to grow, but its means of encouraging that growth is through tests and challenges in life. Saturn is called “the Lord of Karma” in some traditions. It triggers your most deeply-seeded negative patterns and limiting beliefs, and brings them to the surface to be worked on.
Saturn is all about boundaries, challenges, restriction, order, structure, etc. While none of us might love those things, they are required. Structure is needed to keep things ordered. What would the country be like if the government just said, “Hey, you guys just do whatever you like.” While many of us dream of such a thing, in reality it wouldn’t be so good. We need the structure of government for the orderly operation of society. That structure and order is Saturn at work.
Even though I work for myself, I can’t just do whatever I want to do. If I don’t write blog posts, develop courses, market myself, and so on, no one comes. I must have a structure to my work. This is Saturn at work.
If you have a goal, you can’t just feel good to the exclusion of all else. Yes you have that more Jupiterian energy, but you also must take structured steps towards that goal. If you want to write a book, it won’t write itself. It won’t submit itself to publishers. It won’t market itself. This is Saturn at work.
My First Saturn Return
My Saturn return began properly in 2015. However, it had a short stint in Sagittarius starting in December, 2014, lasting for 6 months, after which it reentered Scorpio due to retrograde. It entered Sagittarius again in September, 2015, and will remain there until December, 2017.
As I said, I had no idea. I knew the Saturn return happened around the age of 28 or 29, so I figured I had a year or so. I was totally surprised when I looked at my chart and found that it had been going on for 2+ years.
But, after I thought about it, I wasn’t entirely surprised.
During my Saturn return, I started my new business, Co-Creation Coaching (mid 2015). I met with major resistance, self-doubt, and discouragement at first. I’ve already discussed on several occasions the panic-inducing emergency I had in September 2015, when I had to put the law of attraction to the test. I’ve told you about the months of no clients, when I didn’t know if I would or could succeed.
I’ve mentioned before the time in early 2016 when I almost gave up and went back to school. Thanks to several major obstacles, I did not take that path.
All throughout 2016, I grew in leaps and bounds in my understanding of the law of attraction.
But, nothing has been so big as the events I’ve experienced as Saturn has approached the exact degree of my natal Saturn. Over the last few months, I have reawakened my belief in the magical, started working with various deities, and learned much more about these topics than ever before. My success with the law of attraction has skyrocketed since the end of 2016.
And still there are about 10 months left in my Saturn return. I have no idea what it will bring.
I know none of the above sounds that challenging, but especially initially, it was. It’s completely changed my own self-image. As I said, I really didn’t know if I could succeed at first. Due to the challenges Saturn threw my way, though, I gained much more self-confidence. Who I am now in 2017 is totally different than who I was in 2014 before all of this started.
What to Expect from Your Saturn Return
So, as I said, Saturn cycles around every 28-29 years. You’ll have a Saturn return generally at least twice, around the age of 28, and around the age of 56. If you live long enough, your third Saturn return would take place around the age of 84.
What you can expect from your own Saturn return depends on several things. First it depends on whether you were born during the day or night. If you were born during the day, as I was, your Saturn return probably won’t be as hard. You’ll get more of the beneficial results, without as many of the challenges. I’m not saying it’ll be a walk in the park, but it’ll be easier at least.
If you were born at night, though, you’ll get more of the challenging aspects. In traditional astrology, Saturn naturally belongs to the day, so it is more malefic (stronger in its negative attributions) at night.
Secondly, it depends on the houses it traverses throughout your Saturn return, as well as the houses it rules in your chart. That’s a pretty advanced astrological topic, and not one I can really discuss here. However, each astrological “house” covers different areas of life. A Saturn return in the 10th house might impact career. In the 4th house, it’ll probably impact your home and family life. In the 7th house, and you’ll be looking at relationships.
At the end of this post, I will show how you can get access to a free tool I literally just developed, which will tell you exactly when your Saturn returns are, as well as which houses it will happen in, and what this means for you. Or, you can book an astrology session, which I also just started offering. I’ve been studying astrology for several years, but never felt it was quite time to start offering that here until now. In a session, we can look much deeper into your Saturn return and what it will hold in store for you.
But remember, no matter which area of life your Saturn return touches, it will be about boundaries, restriction, challenges, obstacles, etc. It’ll be about pruning away the old and bringing in the new. I’ve heard of people who have ended old relationships during their Saturn return, which were no longer serving them. Previously they were too afraid to act, but Saturn tends to force the matter. Or, people have shut down unprofitable businesses that they were holding on to. Some quit their job that they’ve been stuck at for years.
You’re not going to get through without any change to your life, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly painful. If you accept the obstacles it brings up in a spirit of inner work and personal growth, you should be okay. If you take responsibility for your life, instead of pointing to others for your problems, you should be fine. But, you will be transformed by this process.
How About You?
Now it’s your turn. Have you already gone through your Saturn return, or is one looming around the corner? Try out the tool I’ll introduce below and let me know your thoughts in the comments.