Here’s What You Should Know About Saturn Return

30 year olds be warned, things are about to get weird

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As we approach the end of 2020, we’re also approaching the final moments of Saturn in Capricorn. This is extremely important for the folks experiencing their Saturn Return and preparing for Saturn to move into Aquarius on 12/16 at 11:04 p.m. CT. Saturn rules both Capricorn and Aquarius, so we’re experiencing the fullness of this famously stern planet.

“Saturn Return” is a term used to describe when Saturn returns to the place in the sky where it was when you were born. The transit technically takes a two-year period. Saturn takes about 28 to 30 years to return to where it started, so this means people between 28 and 30 right now are experiencing or about to experience a Saturn Return. People approaching 60 are experiencing the same, as are those blessed enough to be approaching their nineties in these times.

Saturn rules the basics, and these themes are all items we must contend with during our Saturn Returns: the bones, boredom, brutality, business, calculation, celibacy, chronic ailments, common sense, construction, conventionality, debts, depression, deprivation, diligence, discipline, duty, endurance, envy, failure, fasting, foundations, habits, hibernation, hindsight, humility, inferiority, integrity, isolation, kinks, losses, materialism, monogamy, mortality, neglect, obstacles, old age, oppression, dull and heavy pains, patience, the past, patterns, perseverance, pessimism, poverty, the practical, privacy, rejection, remorse, responsibility, rigidity, sadness, self-control, sobriety, stabilization, stagnation, stillness, structure, time, trials, tribulations, troubles, unhappiness, vocations, want, wealth, woes, work, and worry.

That lovely list includes the issues you will face during your return. This is a time when you take a long look at your fears and limiting beliefs. At the same time, you will often question what you’ve committed yourself to for the last thirtyish years and why.

This two-year Saturn Return transit is a time to take inventory of yourself and your life thus far. It’s a period of marked growth and maturity, if you choose. Plenty of people grow old and don’t grow up. Saturn’s lessons come slowly and then smack you in the face with the reality of it all. Your Saturn Return is meant to help you become the authority of who you are and how you handle the tougher parts of life. It can feel like a karma boot camp where you’re seeing cause and effect in a brand new way.

Accountability is paramount as you become an adult and assume responsibility for the trajectory of your life. Here is where you replace the parental voice(s) in your head with your own when it comes time to have the final say on your journey.

Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius. Saturn moves into Aquarius in mid-December 2020. If your Saturn is in Capricorn this means your Saturn Return is ending. If your Saturn is in Aquarius, this means your return is beginning for real this time. Either way, you will feel this December transit quite literally. If that’s you, I have tips.

If your Saturn is in Capricorn:

Congratulations on making it this far in “So You Want To Be Grown, Huh?”! But seriously though, the last few years have not been easy and you deserve a soul clap for sticking it out. You likely have been contending with what it means to be committed and truly disciplined. Your job as Saturn closes out in this sign is to ask yourself what were the major lessons you learned? What were the major decisions you made? Do you feel like you have the final say in what happens in your life? What did you learn about effort and integrity? Your generation is meant to redefine power and restructure the establishment. As Saturn moves forward, the next job for you is to implement what you’ve just learned. That is the part of the Saturn Return that most people don’t talk about. It’s one thing to get a lesson in, it’s quite another to integrate that into your daily life. Give yourself grace as you work to change habits that were 30 years in the making. Be comfortable with your path changing and you take steps toward your commitments.

If your Saturn is in Aquarius:

You had a dip into what your Saturn Return could be like earlier this year and if you paid attention, you’re in good shape. If you didn’t, that’s alright because the crash course on weird is coming. When Saturn enters Aquarius, you will be considering the true price of freedom. Your lessons will come via group relations and technology. As we become a more connected society, how can we manage our ideals and how they actually impact people? This is all about the individual versus the collective. Who are you when you’re alone? Who are you in a group and what do you bring to the table that’s unique? What have you learned about humanity? Saturn certainly wants to know, what have you contributed to humanity? Saturn in Aquarius is about having accountability for self and one’s effect on the collective. If there’s something that you’ve wanted to do for a long time and you’ve been obsessed with it, it’s time for you to find the right group of people to share yourself with so you can release that energy. Your job is to be a vessel and not let insecurity keep you from sharing your truth with yourself first, then the world. It’s time to establish a better way to be human. Have some answers ready for when Saturn calls.

Remember, Saturn is willing to repay hard work with rewards of equal measure. Saturn will never give you less than what is owed when the time comes. Saturn will match what you provide, especially if you’re petty. If you can build a more transparent relationship with discipline and consistency, you’ll see that Saturn has been rooting for your success all along.

Key dates for Saturn in Aquarius

  • Saturn enters Aquarius — 12/16 at 11:04 p.m. CT
  • Saturn Retrograde (13°) — 5/23/2021 at 4:23 a.m. CT
  • Saturn Direct (6°) — 10/10/2021 at 9: 17 p.m. CT
  • Saturn Retrograde (25°) — 6/5/2022 at 4:47 p.m. CT
  • Saturn Direct (18°) — 10/23/2022 at 11:07 p.m. CT
  • Saturn enters Pisces — 3/8/2023 at 7:33 a.m. CT

If you are looking for this week’s horoscope — the ZORAscope — it’s a doozy because we are back into eclipse season. Read more here.

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