First let me start with what does Saturn Return mean. If you have never studied astrology before, then this post title might seem completely random, but trust me, it's worth learning about.
The planet Saturn, before the invention of modern telescopes, was believed to be the outer most planet. Often represented as Father Time, it slowly revolves around the sun in an extremely slow orbit. In fact, it takes about 29 years for it to make a complete trip around.
So, on the exact day that you were born, Saturn was somewhere in your birth chart for the first formative years of your life. Then it left, promising to return to introduce you to your first midlife crisis around the age of 29.
I'm writing about this before I introduce any other astrological concepts because I have just recently begun my Saturn return, and I am afraid...very afraid.
Seriously, I have heard horror stories about this. My husband had Saturn in Libra and just finished his a few years ago. Let's just say that those years were tough, for both of us. And at the time, I had not yet encountered information on this subject. If I had, it might have helped us overcome some pretty insane hardships.
Not that we can blame our decisions and experiences on astrological influences. Every single person who has ever lived past thirty on this planet has struggled through a Saturn Return. The blueprint exists in our life for failure and for success, it's up to us to choose the paths that work best. When we make mistakes, we accept responsibility. When have abundance, we find gratitude for those who contribute to it.
I don't feel ashamed of my fears however. I'm in good company when it comes to my feelings. In Greek mythology, Saturn's equivalent was Kronos. That's right, the guy who ate all his children as soon as they were born in order to keep them from taking over his kingship. In Renaissance and Medieval art, he's always personified as the old man, the masculine equivalent of the Crone. His long white beard and skeletal body remind us that death is just around the corner. In the old days thirty was pretty darn close to the end, and when the grim reaper showed up, you literally stared death in the face. Today, our life span has expanded a bit. Now, he represents our halfway point.
In modern society Saturn returns with the message, “Put up or shut up.” We've had our teens and our twenties to explore our options, and now the big 3-0 soon approaches as a warning sign that youth is over and maturity has come down upon us. This archetypal energy is so pungent, that even those with complete skepticism towards all things occult and mystic would agree that turning thirty scares the shit out of them.
So, as part of my blog, I am going to write about my experience through my Saturn Return in hopes that some of you guys going through it might have some information to share as well. If any of you guys have already been through it or have stories to share about your current entrance into the grips of Father Time, I'd love to hear.