The Saturn return is a well-known astrological phenomenon, probably the next most commonly recognized astrological term after Sun signs and Mercury retrograde. It takes place approximately every 29.5 years, and lasts roughly 2–3 years, depending on whether it retrogrades back and forth between signs during that time. It tends to be a critical turning point in everyone’s life, in some way or another. The Saturn Return is often described in one of two manners: as a time of great achievements and pinnacles, and alternately, as a time of great obstacles and difficulty. In this article, I will discuss how we can distinguish more clearly what the quality of an individual’s Saturn return will be, and also why it matters that we do so.
The authors of Saturn Return Stories recently got together to record a podcast episode about Saturn returns for The Astrology Podcast.
During the course of the show we talk about what the Saturn return is, how long it lasts for, and give a number of different tips for interpreting it based on how Saturn is placed in the natal chart.
The episode is primarily designed for beginner and intermediate students of astrology, although there are also some more advanced interpretive principles for more seasoned astrologers as well.
A new Hollywood movie is about to be filmed next month that focuses on the Saturn Return, and it is appropriately titled “Saturn Returns.”
The movie centers around a group of old college friends turning 30 who reunite for a wedding, which quickly leads to soul-searching and re-evaluation of major life choices for all of them in different ways – a very common part of the Saturn return process. The various characters grapple with with issues such as vocation, marriage, divorce, and illness as they reconnect, major life themes that often arise at the Saturn return.
It’s fairly unusual that a movie is made with astrological content, much less specifically about the very topic of this blog. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk with the writer/director Shawn Tolleson recently to find out how this came about.
Astrologer Nick Dagan Best posted a video on his YouTube account the other day in which he talked about the birth charts of Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Allen Ginsberg, who were all born within 8 days of each other, thus making them what is loosely known in astrological circles as “time twins.”
In the first half of the video Nick focuses on what was happening during each person’s Saturn return, which makes for some really interesting Saturn return stories.
They are particularly topical now since all three have Saturn in Scorpio, and I think that we can gain some insight into what the Saturn return in Scorpio is all about by looking at these examples.
You can watch the video below, followed by a transcript that Nick provided for us:
So you’ve just heard that you’re going through something called the “Saturn Return,” and you are trying to figure out what this means for the next few years of your life.
Well, you are in luck, because I’ve written a pragmatic guide of the top ten things that you should do in order to successfully get through your Saturn return and make the most of this time.
Most of these suggestions are meant to be generally applicable to people who are going through either their first or their second Saturn return, although some may be a little more relevant to one or the other. There is a wide spectrum of different ways in which people experience their Saturn return, but they usually have some core themes in common. It is almost always a pivotal turning point in one’s life, but why it is important varies greatly.
29-year-old actor, comedian and rapper Donald Glover posted a series of notes on Instagram yesterday in which he expressed some remarkably honest and deep reflections about his life, and some of the fears and apprehensions that he has struggled with recently.
Glover has Saturn in early Scorpio, and he is right in the middle of his Saturn return. I was really struck by how well his notes conveyed many of the themes that people deal with during this time, and I think that his reflections provide some very valuable insights for those who want to understand the Saturn return better.
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering Saturn return astrology consultations!
A Saturn return consultation consists of a 75-minute discussion in which we talk about the position of Saturn in your birth chart, and what the significance of the Saturn return will be for your life.
For your Saturn return reading we will also calculate and let you know when your Saturn return will begin, when it will end, and at what point(s) it will be exact.
In addition to discussing the nature of your Saturn return, we will also provide you with a copy of your birth chart, and discuss some of the broader trends and themes that you may be going through during the time of your Saturn return, as well as during the course of your life in general.
By talking with a professional astrologer about your chart, we can help you to get a fresh perspective on your life and some of the events that are happening in it.
It doesn’t happen often, but I’ve finally come across a third Saturn return story to feature. As you may know by now, structures of all kinds are up for review during the Saturn return, and relationships are often a featured topic. Marriage and separation are common occurrences, as people get serious about their lives.
Proving that it’s never too late, Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, got married on December 31, 2012, a few months into his third Saturn return, at the age of 86. Of course, Hefner is hardly new to dating habits that raise eyebrows, and he has kept up the trend here: his new wife, Crystal Harris, is sixty years younger than him at age 26.
I’ve never had cause to look at Hugh Hefner’s birth chart before, so I was pretty amused when I pulled it up. The moon and Venus, two general significators of women, are both in Pisces, a sign related to both photography and idealization. Venus in Pisces can easily represent idealized beauty.
If you were born in the early to mid-1980s, when Saturn was in Scorpio, then your Saturn return officially began yesterday, on October 5, 2012, when the planet Saturn moved back into Scorpio for the first time since 1985.
On the other hand, if you were born in the early 1980s, when Saturn was in Libra, then you officially completed your Saturn return yesterday, when Saturn finally left your natal Saturn sign after a three-year-long transit that began in October of 2009. Congratulations! You have survived your Saturn return.
For Saturn in Scorpio people, this would be a good time to begin reflecting on the topics associated with the house that your natal Saturn is located in, as the topics associated with that house will become much more prominent in your life over the course of the next three years, which is approximately how long your Saturn return will last.
The purpose of this article is to show you how to calculate when your Saturn return will take place. It assumes little to no prior knowledge of astrology, and only employs tools that are freely available online.
For tips on how to interpret the Saturn return once you have calculated when it will happen, please see my previous article titled Five Tips for Interpreting the Saturn Return.
I also made a video which covers some of the main points in this post, so if you would like to watch that first then just skip to the end of this article.
If you have any questions, then please feel free to post them in the comments section below.