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What happens during a Saturn return? The astrological phenomenon explained

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Saturn Return, also known as cosmic chaos. Are you curious to know why your late twenties and early thirties are often a whirlwind of transformation? Get ready to uncover the secrets behind this celestial rite of passage that'll leave you starry-eyed and enlightened.

From career changes to relationship revelations, we've got you covered with planetary alignments and expert insights into this astrological phenomenon. Discover how Saturn's cosmic dance influences your life, challenges you, and helps shape your truest self. Keep scrolling to find out or download our app, which is available on Apple and Android.

The Sun spends roughly a month in each sign, the Moon travels through the zodiac in 28 ½ days, and Saturn takes its time, spending two and a half years in each sign. Saturn completes its orbit of the zodiac wheel in around 29 years, which closely corresponds to the age at which we have our first Saturn return. As a result, the second one appears when you are about 59 years old.

What Exactly Is a Saturn Return?

A Saturn return occurs when transiting Saturn in the sky is exactly where it was at the time of your birth, by sign and degree. Most likely, you'll sense this energy even before it reaches the precise level. Saturn's presence becomes apparent after it enters your native Saturn sign, which starts the process. When Saturn is present, consider commitments, obstacles, constraints, rules, and lessons. tough ones occasionally. It's similar to receiving a cosmic check-in and check-up directly from the Creator of Karma.

Exactly how should I get ready for my Saturn return?

Think back to your life before this time: You are constrained by the laws that your parents, professors, bosses, mentors, and even society as a whole have imposed on you. Saturn is now intervening and posing some difficult queries. In order to forge a fresh path forward, you will be charged with locating new tools. It entails removing a lot of internal insecurities and outside supports in order to make place for an improved viewpoint and life vision. Saturn usually takes his time to make sure you do, too.

As you proceed, keep in mind that it is a gradual process, there are no shortcuts, there will be exams, and you will succeed. As you continue to put these hard-learned lessons into practice towards the conclusion of your Saturn return (and by the time of your second and third Saturn returns), you will eventually meet Saturn as an old friend. During your return, you'll realize that Saturn's stern love urged you to quit ceding your control. You'll realize that Saturn did not create your life as a result. You are and have been.

Let's examine each sign's significance of the Saturn Return.

Saturn through Aries

Aries, the zodiac's Fire sign, is known for being a pioneer. Think of individuals who jump-start concepts, initiatives, and discussions without hesitation, self-doubt, or concern about the specifics. Examining your relationship with the word "independence" is the key to understanding your Saturn return in the sign of Aries. The first house, which Aries rules, deals with issues like our bodies. Thus, this house also has an impact on our sense of self, well-being, and energy.

Saturn through Taurus

Taurus is the fixed, Earth sign and is symbolised by imagery of luxury materials and practical comforts. Taurus is also about values, which are the beliefs, ideals, and people that are most important to you, in addition to material goods. Your keyword will be "security" when Saturn returns in Taurus. What exactly do you mean by security? What are your top priorities personally? Are you trustworthy with your money? Is there a conflict between enjoying the creature comforts of this world and making plans for the future?

Saturn through Gemini

Gemini is renowned for having a passion for talking. A steady influx of knowledge, many points of view, and ways of expression are essential to Gemini's success. Your lesson will revolve around the concept of "integration" if your Saturn return falls in Gemini. Gemini is the sign of The Twins, which is well known, but that doesn't make Gemini "two-faced" in the sense that memes on the internet would have you believe. The blending of our twin light and shadow sides is what Gemini stands for.

Saturn through Cancer

Maternal energy and the house are related to Cancer. Being a Water sign, it is linked to moms, families, our childhood homes, and the connections we feel with other people. You will have to consider how you define "boundaries" when Saturn returns in Cancer. Learning where you finish and others begin will be your difficulty during your Saturn return in Cancer. Knowing that while you might have a strong love and caring for others, your only emotional responsibility is to yourself. 

Saturn through Leo

Enthusiasm, expressiveness, and fun are all hallmarks of Leo energy. A Leo, a Fire sign, is like a cosy hearth that beckons people to gather around and enjoy a good story and, of course, the show. When your Saturn return is in Leo, you are being called to your sacred mission to "create." You are being urged to right now consider your inner child, the one that had enormous dreams and fantasies about the fantastic life they would have as an adult. 

Saturn through Virgo

In terms of Virgo's adaptable Earth quality, Saturn often expresses itself considerably more easily. The Virgo sign is known for its precise nature and keen attention to detail. You will be prompted to look into your relationship with the word "service" when Saturn returns in Virgo. The Virgin is a symbol of Virgo, however, this has nothing to do with piety or virginity. It's about living life on your own terms rather than according to expectations placed on you. Keep in mind that the adage that the best way to care for and help others is to first take care of yourself is accurate.

Saturn through Libra

Libra, the zodiac's Air sign, is all about the beginning of fresh thoughts and notions. The process of beginning a relationship is possibly the biggest idea there is. You will delve deeply into your relationship with the word "partner" when Saturn returns in Libra. Libras naturally seek out alliances, and now that Saturn is in this sign, all of your relationships—including those with friends, groups, business partners, and even romantic partners—will have a karmic quality.

Saturn through Scorpio

You are renowned for being solitary and independent for a Water sign (Scorpio). This sign has a persistent nature, and since Saturn is located here, you may find that you simultaneously have many lofty aspirations and a desire to toil away from the limelight. You will examine your relationship with the word "trust" in depth when Saturn returns in Scorpio. You will be required to look into the unknown while being fiercely protective of the people you love and naturally sceptical of those you don't know. How do you handle alterations? How do you respond to conclusions? In general, it's time to start hearing what your inner voice has to say.

Saturn through Sagittarius

The worldly pursuits of wisdom, education, spirituality, and adventure are what Sagittarius values most. The sign of Sagittarius is a spark that ignites to start a flame. You will carefully consider what your "beliefs" are when your Saturn return is in Sagittarius. Generally speaking, this is a request for you to let go of any self- or other-limiting ideas. You are being called to expand your horizons since Sagittarius rules the ninth house of higher learning and spirituality. 

Saturn through Capricorn

Capricorn is known for its power, discipline, and leadership. The tenacious Earth spirit of this ambitious sign will find a way to get to the summit even if it is a difficult ascent or a dangerous terrain. Prepare to reevaluate your definition of success when Saturn returns in Capricorn. Saturn in Capricorn allows you to feel at ease with ambition. You're most comfortable talking about things like status and power, supplying and safeguarding. You will, however, be forced outside of your comfort zone during your Saturn return. Your willingness to make sacrifices in order to accomplish your goals will be put to the test and push you beyond your comfort zone.

Saturn through Aquarius

Aquarius, the fixed Air sign, is often characterised as being future-focused, inventive, and humane. You will spend a lot of time thinking about what "community" means to you and the rest of the world when your Saturn return is in Aquarius. Consequently, you could have always felt a little strange when you were growing up. You could wonder why certain things are the way they are. 

Saturn through Pisces

The final sign of the zodiac is Pisces, which is ethereal, mystical, emotional, and intuitive. Because of this sign's fluid and Watery character, you tend to be compassionate and kind as well as intensely romantic, artistic, and creative. When Saturn makes its return in Pisces you will be examining the boundaries of "reality" and figuring out how to make your desires come true. You have a sensitive soul in general. Helping others who are less fortunate than you naturally draw you. Your Saturn return teaches you that giving to others is your greatest talent. 

Saturn is one of the many planets in astrology, but do you know your ruling planets for your Western and Chinese zodiac signs? Find out on our app, it's available on Apple and Android.

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