Growing up, in a way, is watching our illusions about life come crashing down. It’s becoming accountable for our behavior and healing childhood wounds. It is realizing the work and sacrifices it takes to improve ourselves, meet goals, and take care of responsibilities. The period of your Saturn Return, around the age 28-30, feels like a coming-of-age transit that focuses on maturity and acknowledging internal or external limitations.
Those who have neglected the house(s) that Saturn rules and resides in, this can be a difficult time. But, believe me when I say that a difficult first Saturn return can be a blessing. Imagine lots of built-up karma being scrapped away, leading to tremendous growth and a clean slate. During this time, life becomes a strict teacher, and once you get past the struggle you’ll emerge a better version of yourself.
Saturn Returns can also be an extremely rewarding period. How well you’ve met your responsibilities, how accountable you are, and your receptivity to what life is trying to show you will say a lot about how your Saturn Return plays out. Whether it goes smoothly or not, know that it is bringing you closer to the person you’re meant to be.
How to make the most of your Saturn Return
If you’re currently in your Saturn Return, chances are you’re working harder than ever before. This is a time when you are learning firsthand that nothing worthwhile comes free. Achieving anything of value requires pushing through difficulty, so you might say Saturn holds the keys to greatness. Many people discover their potential during this time because life forces it out of them.
At the same time, you’re also learning your limits and growing awareness of habits and behaviors that are holding you back. Saturn is regarded as the planet that puts restrictions on us, but really, it shows the ways you restrict life in yourself. By looking at Saturn’s placement in your chart, the sign it is in, you’ll understand what areas of life you feel a little repressed in.
Your Saturn Return May have you adjusting expectations
Saturn return often marks events that are significant on your life path that lead to more responsibility. At this time, many people finish higher education, have kids, start their own business, purchase a home, or make major commitments. This is when people really question their occupation in life, and if their job or career is using their full potential. As people approach 30, they can’t help but reflect on where the last decade has brought them.
The Saturn return is also a period of forming realistic expectations from life. Certain lifestyles are constantly sold to us via advertising and social media, but they only show half the picture. This is the age of realizing that every worthwhile thing demands a lot of work.
Saturn Return in Different Houses
The houses that Saturn has a relationship with (lordship or placement) in your chart shows the areas of life you’ll be learning most lessons and resolving issues:
1st: Lessons around the body/health of the body as well as life path/career. Endure the difficulty that comes up as you follow your dharma. Saturn’s Return here can trigger a significant event on your life’s path.
2nd: Lessons and growth around what you put into your body. Managing finances and debt will also come to the fore. Can you control your spending and use resources in a responsible way? During this time you can take on new financial responsibilities (mortgage, student loans, etc).
3rd: Developing greater willpower and self-effort needed to meet life’s goals. Lessons on working with others (friends, peers, associates, etc). Lessons around keeping the right kind of company that progresses you on your path. Possible issues with associates and how you communicate with others.
4th: Inner peace and happiness, resolving issues within your family, emotional lack. Possibly relocation.
5th: Increased responsibility towards children, difficulty or setbacks with education.
6th Taking care of debts, dealing with health issues or physical ailments, can deal with pets as well. Can place a strain on your daily work routine.
7th Will need to focus on relationships. Issues with your marriage partner or business partners will need to be resolved. Social life could be lonely.
8th: Developing Emotional strength and security. If married, trouble with in-laws or gaining independence from in-laws.
9th: Events around higher education, marriage, and your teachers/mentors. Can trigger a shift in personal philosophy, ideals, attitude towards God.
10th: Affects professional reputation, bosses, and career. A change in career, loss of job, difficult bosses are all possible. This could also be a time where you take on new, meaningful work.
11th: Struggle to make gains in life, getting ahead and making money requires a lot of effort. Could also become cut-off from friends, move away from friends, or feel isolated.
12th: Saturn affecting the 12th house has to do with expenses. If you’ve neglected debt, it will come back for you. The positive side of this is you could pay off some debt during this time.