I’ve been 30 years old for one month and 3 days now. They weren’t kidding (whoever they are) when they said I would be feeling a transformation in my life. Things are changing – both inside of me as well as the external factors in my life. They’re changing rapidly and rocking my world and the metaphorical boat as well. As my head was spinning the other day, I came across an article that mentioned Saturn Return. My first thought was: “What on earth is that?”, then promptly got to work Googling it.
I think stumbling upon that mention of Saturn Return was no coincidence – learning about this was something I needed in order to really grasp what I’m going through (or at least why I’m going through it). As someone who believes in Astrology, learning the concept of Saturn Return was a very “aha!” moment for me.
So what is Saturn Return?
Astrologers call the period between ages twenty-eight and thirty “Saturn Return.” That’s because it’s the first time the planet Saturn completes its cycle through your birth chart and returns to the spot it occupied when you were born. Astrologer Rob Hand calls Saturn Return “one of the most important times in your life – a time of endings and new beginnings.” One thing is for certain: business as usual just isn’t going to cut it anymore.
Astrologers believe that one’s 30th birthday is a major rite of passage because it marks the true beginning of adulthood, self-evaluation, independence, ambition, and self-actualization. That rings true for me. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone. I’ve been an ‘adult’ since I left my Mom’s nest at 18 but this feels like true adulthood to me.
So what happens during a Saturn Return?
Some people get married, others get divorced or end a long-term relationship. Some have children, go back to school, start their own business, switch careers or relocate. The point is – we all go through a transformation of sorts.
Astrologer Martha Pottenger writes about the four ways in which people experience their Saturn Return:
- Individuals who have chosen in their twenties a life structure which is really very suited to their character, may simply solidify their gains. They may receive an important promotion, take on additional responsibilities, gain increased power, but generally are just expanding on the path already selected. (This is a relatively small group among the total.)
- Individuals who have not really settled into a life structure, who have been experimenting or wandering, seeking and searching in their twenties, will feel the pressure of time. A group of them will make their first real commitment at this point. They will settle into a career (as opposed to “just a job”). They will enter into a committed relationship.
- Individuals who have also searched in their twenties, but not developed skills, self-confidence, or necessary expertise, may continue to flounder. They will also feel a sense of pressure, of time passing them by, of wanting to do something that will last–that will make a ‘real’ difference. Without adequate preparation or commitment, however, they tend to end up feeling blocked and frustrated. Nothing really works for them. Nothing comes together. Their efforts seem futile. To escape this trap, they must go back, build up their skills, competence and willingness to be practical about responsibilities. They have to take more time to catch up with their peers.
- Individuals who have chosen in their twenties a life structure which is not very suited to their character or who have simply changed a great deal will make breaks. The old ways will feel confining, limiting and restrictive. Old patterns of behavior seem formalized and lifeless. In such cases, the people involved may end relationships, quit or be fired from jobs, move, or otherwise alter the basic structure of their lives. Sometimes they break out before they know what they are going toward. They simply know that they cannot continue to work with the current design. After (or while) making their breaks, these people will actively seek a firm commitment. They will look for a life tasks which will provide them with a sense of achievement, mastery and competence. They will seek responsibilities that will help them to feel they are making a real contribution and gaining expertise.
Can someone be a bit of a mix of those? I think I’m a bit of the last two. Those of you who have “been there, done that” and survived your Saturn Return, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Share them here, email me – anything! Let me know your battle stories and tales of survival of enduring your Saturn Return. I’m looking forward to getting past this but in the meantime, weirdly enjoying the choppy ride. Change is good.
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According to Astrologers, we all experience another Saturn Return between the ages of 58-60. Something to look forward to? And if we are lucky enough to live even longer, another one will occur around the age of 89-90.