There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to tell you guys about my Saturn return, and I figured I should do it like… now, before the damn thing killed me.

I might be joking, but I am not actually sure.

For those of you who don’t know, your Saturn return is when Saturn cycles back to where it was on the day you were born. It starts when Saturn re-enters the sign that it’s in in your natal chart (in my case, Sagittarius) peaks when Saturn’s transiting right over your natal Saturn, and ends when Saturn leaves the sign. In my case, my Saturn is at 27 degrees Sagittarius, so my Saturn return will be the most intense from January 2017 – June 2017, and then AGAIN from October 2017-December 2017. Because Saturn retrogrades! YAY!

Saturn returns last about three years total, since Saturn moves so slowly around the sun. They happen every 27-30 years in our lives (so, late twenties, and mid-sixties). Because Saturn is the planet of time, experience, maturity, and consequences (and the wisdom that comes with those things) as well as restrictions, boundaries, and reality, Saturn returns are NOT for the faint of heart. Here is where you learn the folly of your ways. Here is where you have to deal with what you’ve been afraid of, and desperately avoiding. Here’s where you really get shown what’s real and what’s just illusion, and that happens when the fuzzy, comfortable lies you’ve been telling yourself get exposed to the crushing tests of reality.

But – and I feel like this is the part of Saturn returns that get ignored by pop culture – really, really amazing things happen too. Time reunites you with people that are meant to be in your life. Opportunities occur that lead to things you can really commit to (romantically, financially, career-wise). You learn, and grown, and find out who your ride-or-die bitches are. Many people get married/have children during this stage.

There is nothing you can do to avoid it. But there are things you can do to make it easier. We’ll get to that in a second.

Here’s a bullet point list of how my Saturn return’s been going so far.

The negative:

  • A dear friend passing away, gruesomely.
  • The true nature of some family members being revealed to me, and the stress and pressures that’s caused within my life (hint – it’s been a **** ton of stress and pressures).
  • A long period of inconsistent employment.

The positive:

  • Finding a job I love that I can actually commit to.
  • Finding a partner I love that I can actually commit to (we’re getting married in June of next year, pretty sure it’s not a coincidence).
  • Figuring out finances and financial planning, and the freedom that comes with that.
  • Learning that my close friends are intensely faithful, wonderful people who will support me during the tough shit.
  • Moving to a new place.
  • Dealing with family crap that’s been holding me back.

Join me next time, when I discuss astrological factors that can make your Saturn return easier or harder, and some coping methods that I use that can help get you through. What you do during your initial Saturn return not only sets the tone for the next phase of your life, but it can help you to deal more positively with your second Saturn return. Yes, when you’re in your sixties. I told you this stuff was about being long-term.

In terms of future investments (which is what Saturn’s all about) Saturn management is one of the most important things you can do. Promise.

Janine Gleyson

About Janine Gleyson

Janine Gleyson is an astrologer, tarot reader, intersectional feminist, and cat mama, amongst other things. She has studied astrology since she was able to read words. Her goal is to empower all people to take control of the course of their life through the true self love and self knowledge that comes through the use of this gorgeous cosmic science. Follow Janine on Twitter Here!