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Understanding Saturn Returns

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

The more I resonated with 28 as a year of significance the more I came to learn about astrology, something I had little interest in before my awakening. This was such a vast subject, and there was much to learn. The more I discussed the topic of my awakening during the year of 28 the more I saw the close correlation with my Saturn Return.

What is Saturn Return?

Saturn is the second largest planet after Jupiter and is best known for its ring system that was first observed in 1610 by the Astronomer Galileo Galilei.

Saturn Return is when the planet Saturn completes its full orbit to return to the position it held in the zodiac at the time of your birth. This occurs once every 29.5 years, typically experienced three times during your lifetime if you are fortunate, around the ages of 28-30, 57-59 and 86-88.

The first one can be described as a rite of passage into the next phase of your life. You only have to think of the 27 Club, those who did not make it past 27 which directly aligns with Saturn’s Return showing us they were not destined to enter the second phase of life.

Sepharial’s Manual of Astrology states that Saturn governs the Father, disease, chronic affections, hindrances, falls and bruises, poverty, friendships, long ties, habits, darkness and decay.

Saturn’s Awakening Powers

The Saturn Return is said to be a time of transformation, a transition from one phase of your life to the next. For me, these years truly were a representation of transformation. I had spent a lot of my twenties in some sort of societal fog, bowing down to who I was supposed to be, not embracing who I wanted to be. It was Saturn’s Return and the magical age of 28 that allowed me to step forth into the path of authenticity.

Each time Saturn Returns we are challenged to discover new levels of awareness. Saturn is the instigator of change and is said to lead you towards healing and a strong foundation of self. Ultimately when we reach this pinnacle time we realise that we cannot coast along anymore, we will need a stronger grounding if we wish to evolve.

This will be a time of making life changes and it can be tough because we may move away from careers or relationships we have been building for the last decade or more. Paths that were followed when we had less understanding of who we were.

It is important not to resist the changes during this first awakening, otherwise you would experience a harder fall in the second round. The harshness of it all can make you feel lost, abandoned, unsure of yourself, lonely and in suffering. But it is imperative to remember Saturn is liberating you, freeing you and allowing you to start anew. It is never too late to be who you were meant to be.

What does Saturn teach us?

Saturn is known to cause cosmic chaos so you may feel this way during your transition however if Saturn Return teaches anything it’s that we should never give away the authority in our lives.

This is a vital time for women especially to look deeply at their father issues because Saturn symbolises the Father.

This is not a time to be afraid or to feel anxious as it approaches, for me it was the best experience of my life. I would however suggest the following to make the journey a smoother ride:

  • Trust that everything is happening to you for the greater good

  • Release the idea that you need to control your life

  • Practice patience and letting go - meditation is a good place to start

  • Keep the faith that you will rise again

And don’t forget this will be a time of positive change in the long run.

Ultimately, Saturn is trying to lead you to yourself. 

To learn more about how Saturn's Return changed my life for the better, buy my book Twenty8: The Age of Power.

With love & gratitude, 


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