When Saturn returns to the place it was when a person was born, usually around age 29, it is considered an initiation into true adulthood. We are asked to review our lives so far and make we are headed in the right direction. We are asked to pick a path to start the next chapter of our lives. But just as often, we are asked to let something go.
All of us have habits, beliefs and tendencies that don’t really serve us. And when Saturn comes knocking, it is time to take a hard look at ourselves and bring those bad habits to a screeching halt. Almost everyone I have spoken to about this has something important I their lives that they stopped doing around their Saturn return, and it always ties in to Saturn’s natal placement.
I’ll use myself as an example. I have Saturn in Sagittarius in the 8th house. Sagittarius can see unlimited potential, and the 8th house is how we invest and exchange energy and resources. When I went through my Saturn return, I stopped investing my resources in other people’s potential. I instead made the decision to meet them where they are and work with them as-is. I asked myself, “If things were to stay exactly as they are today, what would I do? How much longer would I stay, and how much more energy would I invest?” I found this incredibly liberating, and it has served me well ever since.
Another person with Saturn in Libra in the 6th decided to stop making herself sick trying to please other people. With the 6th house ruling health and Libra being the ultimate people-pleaser, this is textbook. She decided that she was no good to anyone if she was miserable all the time, and her attempts to control situations by being sweet and likable weren’t doing her as much good as she thought they would anyway. So she stopped, and to this day she has some of the best boundaries of anyone I know.
So while many people dread their Saturn return and see it as a fearsome thing, it can actually be incredibly positive. It can rid you of old tendencies that no longer serve their intended purpose and set you on the right path. It can certainly be difficult at times, but the reward is worth the price.
What did you stop doing during your Saturn return? Where’s your Saturn?