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SATURN RETURN

S A T U R N   R E T U R N

 

YOUR HEROIC JOURNEY

A Great Teacher. Father/Mother Time. The Dweller at the Threshold. Saturn -- the symbol for structure, maturity, time, boundaries, patience, and hard work.

Every 27-30 years Saturn completes an orbit around the Earth to return to the same place it was at the time of your birth. Saturn cycles through a portion of your chart (and your life) every 7 years, so your Saturn Return marks a culmination of four of these 7-year cycles.

By the time you reach your Saturn Return, you're given a final exam of sorts which helps you reflect on the first 30 years of your life. When you pass the tests set before you, you graduate onto the next stage of your life with new awareness, greater clarity, and confidence.

Saturn Return is thus an initiation and a rite of passage into adulthood.

Many people fear this transitional experience because of the negative press Saturn and the Saturn Return have received, but more and more people are becoming aware of this process as a natural unfolding and beautiful part of our evolution of consciousness.

I regard Saturn as the ultimate teacher for helping us appreciate, honor, and respect our time here on Earth. Though the lessons of Saturn may be massively challenging, the rewards match the challenge.

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Joseph Campbell came up with this absolutely brilliant and universally applicable model to describe the process of change and transformation and, the Saturn Return aligns beautifully with his metaphor.

Your personal journey with your Saturn Return may begin with an inner calling, which some describe as an emotional 'ache' or pull from within.

This is known as 'the call to adventure'. Once you answer this call, you may face necessary challenges and tests, while receiving support and guidance from wise guides along the way. 

After passing several tests and building your inner strength, you get the gift of returning to your community with your elixir or medicine -- your hard-earned wisdom and understanding that will serve the greater whole.

This wisdom becomes the foundation on which the rest of your life is built. So, your Saturn Return is kind of a big deal!

And, if you are blessed to live long enough, you have the opportunity to experience three Saturn Returns in your lifetime: your first between ages 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 mortality, which may make your 'somewhere in time' fantasy start to feel very real.

This realization may bring about temporary depression. Or, you may feel blocked, or trapped, or burdened.

Or, on the flip side you may feel ultra motivated and in a hurry to get your shit together because you feel like you're running out of time.

There's often a sense of pressure, like life circumstances are asking that you work hard, be patient, or face challenges you may not want to face.

Sounds like fun, huh? : /

It actually can be -- that is, if you're willing to take responsibility for your life by becoming your own authority and establishing routines, structures, and behaviors that support who your inner truth. {Note that authority contains the word author, and responsibility suggests, the ability to respond.}

Saturn asks: "how will you write the story of your life?" and "how will you respond to what is you receive in life?"

These questions guide you to take ownership of your contribution to your circumstances and ask that you commit to your truth -- a truth that only you know -- not your parents, or friends, or society...only you know.

And one way to live your truth is to release anything that is impeding your ability to be an honest, authentic version of yourself. This may include releasing careers, relationships, belief systems, and behaviors.

So as Saturn distills, compresses, and wrings out your true essence, you may experience some restrictions, delays, and frustrations. 

These are all part of the development and preparation of your personal elixir. And yes, this can sometimes feel really tough!

But just like a tough work out, the pain eventually subsides and gives way to greater strength.

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 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 here to help you navigate this big, emotional, behemoth of a journey.

And if you've already cycled through your Saturn Return breathing a sigh of relief, perhaps a celebration and integration is in order? 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.  

  Tune in here if you'd like to listen to me and Adam Sommer chat about the Saturn Return.

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