A Fieldguide to Dealing With Your Saturn Return

Hello Saturns in Aquarius & Saturns in Pisces! These are the two main constellations that Saturn will influence in the next 4 years, so I thought a fieldguide would be useful. People with these placements will be hit by this heavy energy first. However, the lists I complied in this post apply to any other Saturn placements (and even to Saturn’s second return around the age of 55-57) because the questions are framed in such a way to help you do the inner work required whenever Saturn returns to your natal degree.

The first list is a set of questions to ask yourself when you are experiencing a difficult situation caused by Saturn’s pressure. These questions can serve as a ‘touchstone’ to remind you that there is work to be done, that this will be a process throughout the transit (from beginning to middle to end), and that there are solutions to the challenges that you are experiencing. Use this list both for Saturn’s transit through a house and for Saturn’s transiting aspects to natal planets. So one way to deal pragmatically with this energy, is to ask yourself the following questions:

1. What can I learn from this experience?
2. How can I develop more maturity in this area of my life or this part of myself?
3. What do I need to be responsible for? How can I accept more responsibility in this area of my life or this part of myself?
4. How do I honestly feel about developing this area? Do I have resistance?
5. Am I judging people who are expressing qualities that I am learning to develop during this transit?
6. Am I willing to do the necessary work to develop these parts of myself?
7. Am I taking myself seriously? (Or am I just insisting that others do?)
8. The last time I experienced a similar transit (7, 14, 21, or 28 years ago), what did I experience and, importantly, now that I have another chance, what can I do differently?

Image from https://collegeinfogeek.com/thank-you-note/

It’s important to write you questions down and by using a pen and paper in order to activate the mind-brain connection (however, feel free to use a laptop as well if you find the words pouring out of you faster). If you find it difficult to consider these questions, below is a simplified list of actions that I used during my own Saturn return period (Saturn in Saggitarius) and managed to succesfully complete it:

  • put your trust in someone and something
  • synthethize your knowledge into something that transcends limitations
  • travel, explore, be open to immerse yourself in knowledge just for knowledge’s sake
  • don’t be ashamed for liking different & odd philosophies
  • don’t reject parts of yourself, embrace as much as you are aware of
  • be ready to begin loving yourself and valuing money, stability and objects; be also ready to share them with others (law of attraction)
  • know the house where your natal Saturn is placed in your birthchart, since this is the area of life where the energy will be played out (mine was the 2nd, and the test was – Can I make money? Can I find a job I love that pays me well enough?)

I think you noticed that the key here is to examine your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about the area of life (or the astrological house) within which your Saturn is residing.

In my case, with my Saturn placed in my second house which is traditionally the house of Taurus,I had to un-learn negative beliefs about money and acquiring material goods; on a spiritul level I had to amp up my self-worth through a disciplined routine and by exercising. The optimism and vitality I earned during this transit (which came incrementaly by observing each day how my mind was expanding through study – I was finishing my PhD – and how my body was becoming fitter through sports) So I had to reflect on these aspects during my Saturn return and to consider where to make an investment of my energy (whether romantic, spiritual, economic or educational). I chose to focus on myself and my PhD and to go for a really well-paid post and see if I get in. So I had to develop a good relationship with money and the material world. I was a relatively poor student working towards my PhD when the transit began and a full-time lecturer with a nice salary and a good pension plan but the time the transit ended I was employed in a permanent position at an institution in the UK. Some things I had to consider during this period: if I wanted to make more money, I needed to ask myself how I felt about money? Did I value it? How did I treat it? Was I unappreciative? Did I complain about it, so it didn’t want to come near me? Is money my friend? Or a pain in the back? Did I think I deserved to have nice things? Was I willing to put in the hard work to achieve my dreams?

During my Saturn return I developed as well a spiritual approach to money and realised that I should spend money or give it only to those causes, things and people I love and appreciate. I developed more gratitude and made my financial energy flow more easily by understanding the process of equitable give-and-take.

In general Saturn returns are about taking responsibility and ownership, they periods of maturation, where we forcefully have to grow up. You will need to choose what you want to achieve tangibly and this might be a job, or getting married, a baby or purchasing your first home, a Phd or starting on a travelling adventure or potentially opening up your business. So, to ace this transit focus on who you are and what you can bring to the world in practical and material ways. Again you can ask yourself:

  • What do I deserve? Why do I deserve this?
  • Why do you deserve it more than somebody else who works really hard?
  • What can I bring to the table?
  • What are my gifts and my talents?
  • How can I use them to get what I want in an ethical way?

Build your foundations on that. Let go of what you hold on to – build up from what you are good at. Let go of the things that have created your life this far, if they are not of quality. What’s not meant to last and what does not fit on your lifepath, will be removed from your life even if you try to desperately hold on to it. The most important reflection during this period, is to think about who you are inside and to build a solid foundation within. For those of you that have been highly responsible until your Saturn return a change might be needed or rewards are due. For those expecting changes or undergoing them, then don’t be afraid to try something new. The trick here is to let go of a constant need for internal security and to create a bit of chaos of your own. This is because until you know exactly what you’re looking for, your reality is not going to feel good. So in this process you might need to drop a significant relationship, or a marriage, to commit to something or to let go of too much responsibility.

You don’t get strength of character by being ruthless, you get it by really knowing yourself. Also and highly important, you will feel how during this period things are naturally slowing down, your body is also showing the first signs of old age (initial first gray hairs and wrinkles, tiredness, severe hungovers etc.). So use the extra time to learn about who you really are, not who everyone else wants you to be, and learn to create a daily self-care regime, with periods of rest followed by periods of activity. Calmly and maturely figure things out, because when you find your centre, everything around you won’t seem as crazy and chaotic. The biggest reward is that at the end of a succesful Saturn return, you know who you are and you’ll see how far you’ve grown.

With universal love,

Lexi <3

Photo by Danilo Batista on Unsplash

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.