Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturn Return

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The Saturn Return is an astrological phenomenon that occurs at the ages of 28-30, 58-60, and finally from 86-88, coinciding with the time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun. As Saturn "returns" to the degree in which it occupied at the time of birth -- approximately every 29.5 years -- we cross over a major threshold and into the next stage of life. With the first Saturn Return, we leave youth behind and enter adulthood. With the second Return, maturity. And the third and usually final Return, we enter wise old age.
The first Saturn Return is famous because it represents the first test of our characters and the structures we have built our lives upon. Should these structures be unsound or that we are living out of touch with our true values, the Saturn Return will be a time of upheaval and limitations as Saturn forces us to jettison old concepts and worn out patterns of living. It is not uncommon for relationships and jobs to end during this time of life restructuring and reevaluation.
But the Saturn Return is not all about painful endings. During this time we consolidate our goals and gain a better vision of where we are going in life. We also take on added responsibilities and we reap the rewards from our hard work as Saturn is a planet that promotes individual growth. Many major life milestones seem to happen around the ages of 29 and 30. This is why astrologers believe that the thirtieth birthday is such a major rite of passage because it marks the true beginning of adulthood, self-evaluation, independence, ambition, and self actualization.
The planet Saturn represents many archetypes, such as Father Time, the Grim Reaper and his scythe, Kronos, and the Lord of Karma. It is the ruler of limitations, fears, seriousness, responsibilities, burdens, and lessons. While those concepts may come across as negative, Saturn also astrologically rules over civilization, government, structures, harvests, prestige, maturity, and order.

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