When you are born Saturn is in a specific sign. About 29 1/2 years later, Saturn returns to that zodiac sign and pushes you to re-evaluate your life. This will happen again in your mid-50′s and if you are lucky, your early 80′s.
Saturn Returns often feel negative because it represents our relationship with authority, father figures, boundaries and limitation. It is the time period when you clean your life out and reorganize for the next 29 years. During this time you assess your job, health, friends, family and anything else that did not fit into the ideal world you imagined you would have as an adult.
The planet Saturn has 48 named moons and rings made up of a lot of space debris and ice. Since Saturn, its moons and the debris are all moving so fast you can expect a lot of action and drama at this time in your life. Like Saturn looses debris, you will find that you lose friends and family members that are having a negative impact on your existence. Keep in mind that in Astronomy, sometimes the turbulence creates new worlds so metaphorically speaking, relationships that you thought you were going to lose, often come out renewed and stronger than before.
Saturnus was the Roman god of agriculture, so consider a Saturn Return as a time to tend to the garden that is your community.
When you look at Saturn returns in the right context, then you don’t have to suffer. It is as necessary as an annual spring cleaning of your home or fasting for many. Just learn to see it as a tool for assessment so that you can make space in your life for the hopes and dreams that count most.For those of you who want some more Astronomy over Astrology, check out this video from the Cassini Project.