How To Survive Your Next Saturn Return
Every 27 to 29 years, the authoritative taskmaster planet Saturn returns to the sign and degree it was in when we were born – a cycle called the Saturn Return. This is a time of reflection and introspection as we enter a different phase of our lives.
In your lifetime, you'll experience a total of three Saturn Returns (all of which are considered to be a part of our quarter life crisis). The first Saturn Return occurs between the ages of 27 to 29 and marks one's entrance way into adulthood. Simply put, it's our time to boss up and to adult ourselves. It's also a time when the cosmos checks in to ensure that we are on the right path in life. The second Saturn Return occurs in our late 50s and it's a time of planning the second stage of our lives (ie: retirement). The third Saturn Return occurs in our 80s, which is a time of reflection. Can we look back at our lives and say we've lived fully? What are the regrets that we have?
Here are a few tips on how to survive the Saturn Return and avoid the turbulent effects that can come, if the energy isn't used properly:
- Take stock of all the positive elements of your life. Honor, relish, and celebrate them.
- Realize that the old ways of doing things no longer apply. It's time to have a different and more mature approach when dealing with matters and people.
- Be gentle on yourself. Instead of blaming yourself for things that aren't going your way, use this as a time to be humble and as a catalyst for change.
- Accept the unexpected. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Be open to unpredictable and unforeseen events that can shape your future.
- Manifest your goals. You can create and mold the direction of your life, if you're ready and able to be honest with what you want to attract and attain.
- Don't skip out on doing the work to better yourself. Saturn is a planet that rewards effort. You get what you give.
- Don't make excuses. Be accountable for your actions and the way other people are treating you. The more conscious you are of what needs to be augmented, the sooner you are to implement change.
- Don't be an emotional or relationship hoarder. Instead of holding onto toxicity, let go of it. Don't try to change people or yourself. If something isn't working and can't be changed, then quit forcing it. Part of growing up means accepting that sometimes you have to move away from things that don't fit into your lifestyle and visions for yourself.
- Don't feel guilty for wanting to move on. You have the freedom to do whatever you want and to interact with whomever you want to.
Remember, the cosmos have your back. Everything that is meant to stay in your life will be in full tact by the end of this transit. Things that need to be augmented will shift. And, situations or relationships that aren't working out will fall to the wayside. There is a beauty in letting go and releasing all of the excess from our lives. If we do this, then we can thrive by leaning into the truest and best versions of ourselves, and who doesn't or wouldn't want to do just that?
Lisa Stardust is a NYC-based astrologer and author of Saturn Return Survival Guide: "Navigating This Cosmic Rite of Passage Simple steps to build stronger relationships" due out this May from Hardie Grant Books. Follow her @lisastsrdustastro on Instagram or visit her website for more astrological goodness.