YOUR HEROIC JOURNEY
Every 27-30 years Saturn returns to the same place it was in your birth chart when you arrived on this awesome planet. This return marks a culmination of four 7-year Saturn cycles -- through which, you probably learned quite a bit about life.
Every 7 years you receive are a pop quiz in the subject of what it means to be you. Your Saturn Return serves as a final exam before you graduate onto the next stage of your life.
It's both an initiation and a rite of passage.
Many people fear this transitional experience because of the negative press Saturn has received, however, I regard Saturn as the ultimate archetype for helping us appreciate, honor, and respect our time here on Earth. Though the lessons may be challenging, the rewards are just as big.
Joseph Campbell's mono-myth
'The Hero's Journey'
Joseph Campbell came up with this absolutely brilliant and universally applicable model to describe the process of change and transformation -- the Saturn Return aligns beautifully with this metaphorical model.
Your journey begins with an inner calling, sometimes described as an emotional 'ache' or pull from within. Otherwise known as 'the call to adventure', you answer this call and go on your way to face challenges and tests, receiving support and guidance from wise guides along the way.
After passing these tests and building your inner strength, you return to your community with a gift or elixir - your hard-earned wisdom and understanding. This wisdom becomes the foundation on which the rest of your life is built so, it's kind of a big deal!
If you are blessed to live long enough, you may get the opportunity to experience 3 Saturn Returns in your lifetime: your first at 27-30, your second between 57-60, and your last and final return between the ages of 87-90.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
When Saturn comes for a visit through your natal chart, you may be reminded of your limitations - the biggest one is that you won't live forever.
This may not come as such a big surprise, but this 'somewhere in time' fantasy may start to feel very real during your Saturn Return.
You may feel depressed. You may feel blocked. Or trapped. Or burdened. Or, you may feel more motivated and in a hurry to get your shit together because you are running out of time.
There's often a sense of pressure.
You may be required to work hard, be patient, or muscle through whatever tests show up. Your Saturn Return may help you become aware of your personal authority and encourage you to become responsible for your life.
Note that authority contains the word author, and responsibility suggests, the ability to respond.
Saturn helps you to quit blaming others and take ownership of your contribution to your circumstances. Saturn may help you start living your truth and may guide you to release anything that is impeding your ability to be an honest, authentic version of yourself. This may include careers, relationships, belief systems, and behaviors.
Saturn may distill, compress, or wring out your true essence. Saturn restricts + prunes, pinches + constricts until you discover your inner elixir -- which can feel really tough! But like a tough work out, the pain eventually subsides and gives way to greater strength.
And when all is said and done and you pass the tests set before you, you will be rewarded in some great way.
WHERE ARE YOU?
Are you about to crest the hill of this daunting adventure? Or are you already caught in its throws? Are you cruising through the eye of its shit-storm thinking the worst is over -- but then...ugh, there's more?
Wherever you are, I get it.
I feel your struggle. I've been there. And everyone else over 30 has been too.
It will pass.
But before it does, it's high time you find some guides and helpers - and guess what, I'm one of them!
I'm what you could call a Saturn Return 'shepherd', here to help you traverse to the other side of this big, emotional, behemoth of a journey. And even if you've already cycled through your Saturn Return and you're breathing a sigh of relief, perhaps a celebration and integration is in order.
If so, I'm all ears. We can still check out what other transits are happening for you as well as review and integrate what you've learned through your Saturn Return.