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Saturn Return Survival Guide

Saturn Return


What do you want to be when you “grow up” and are you even ready to take on such a momentous role? Every 29.5 years (approximately), you’ll get the nudge you need to advance into a new stage of adulthood. In astrology, we call it the Saturn Return. There’s a very obvious reason for this name: Saturn takes approximately 29.5 years to complete one full orbit around the Sun and literally return to the same zodiac sign it was in when you were born. The first Saturn Return, which can happen between ages 27 and 30, is a bit like a cosmic bar mitzvah, quinceanera or communion if you will: a rite of passage welcoming you into your more mature role here on Earth.

In astrological lore, Saturn is the great taskmaster of the skies. We prefer the term life coach or personal trainer actually, since Saturn is “cruel” to be kind. It breaks you down, makes you lift the heavy weights so you can build those rock-hard muscles and get into fighting shape! Wherever Saturn is in your chart will point to your toughest lessons, but the ones you might become obsessed with breaking through.

We often see people finding careers that match the zodiac sign their Saturn is in. It’s not surprising since Saturn can help us with excellence and mastery. Here is where we will toil away for hours, obsessively, to reach our grandest goals. It makes sense that Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, the high-achieving, hardest working kid in the zodiac.

During the Saturn return—which lasts 2.5 to 3 years (see the tables below)—you will come face to face with your own blocks and be forced to push through them. All the “mistakes” you made in the nearly three decades leading up to this seem to crystallize. Rather than repeating them on autopilot, you have a chance to turn lemons into lemonade. And if you refuse to heed those lessons, Saturn will bring a drill sergeant style smackdown. Indeed, the Saturn return starts off feeling a bit like boot camp for a lot of people. But drop and give him twenty instead of rebelling against those barking orders.  Three years later, you’ll be General Awesome or Captain Fantastic of your own kick-ass army—at the very least, you’ll be decorated with a star or two.


Here is a sign by sign guide to Saturn’s lessons. First look up what sign your Saturn falls in on the table below. If you want to know what house your Saturn falls in (more info on those golden lessons learned the harder way), do your birth chart for free here: http://astrostyle.com/charts-readings/free-birth-chart/


Saturn in Aries or the 1st House: Impulsive much? Saturn in Aries can make you rather impetuous. You may be the first one to dive in, kickstart a project, or start a new trend. The trouble is your staying power is not quite as strong. Conversely, Saturn in Aries or the 1st house can make you hesitate, so that you wind up with a zillion genius ideas that never get off the ground. The lessons of your return are to become a leader without doing everything yourself—or becoming completely bossy and domineering. There can be a “my way or the highway” pitfall for you. Stamp your name on your innovations and get them out to the world, but remember that many hands make light work. You could be a stellar athlete and a daredevil. A career as a motivational speaker, CEO, military leader or athlete could be in the cards.

Saturn in Taurus or the 2nd House: Practical luxury and comfort is the name of your game—but do you actually have the funds to pull off those champagne wishes and caviar dreams? You may struggle in the money department, living in a fantasy world and learning tough lessons about budgeting and delayed gratification. Beware laziness too. Learn to be the charging bull instead of the sleeping one or opportunity could pass you by. With a little elbow grease, you could become an incredible money manager and might have a shining career in finance. Hospitality and the fine goods markets could also be your path. You have a keen eye for beauty and might even own a brick and mortar store one day.

Saturn in Gemini or the 3rd House: Hello communicator! The gift of gab or the power of the pen—you are meant to use your words. But Saturn’s suppressive powers can make you shy about expressing yourself and it could take a while before you have the guts to voice your opinion or shop around your memoirs to publishing houses. Though you thrive in a partnership (Gemini is the sign of the twins), you could be a little too quick to compromise, losing your autonomy in the process. Working as a dynamic duo could bring you great success. You could have a career in writing or teaching. You may excel in more sartorial or technical pursuits (especially coding or software development), or harness your people skills to make a mint in sales.

Saturn in Cancer or the 4th House: Home and family can be a source of comfort and angst in equal measure. Some people with Saturn in this position may struggle to leave the nest or become overly attached and responsible for their relatives. Shyness can plague you, making it difficult to come out of the proverbial shell. Some people born with Saturn in Cancer or the 4th house have difficult childhoods, with an absent or challenging mother. Although you may resist becoming a parent, it could be your greatest joy, whether you have children or pets. Your caretaking instincts could lead you to a career in the culinary world, hospitality, or nursing. Working from home or owning a small business will be fulfilling too. You love being hands-on!

Saturn in Leo or the 5th House: Glamour, passion and fairy-tale romance: you want them all, but may take the long road to achieving them. Although you have talents as a performer or presenter, Saturn’s influence can make you slow to find the stage—or hard on yourself once you do. Finding your voice, self-expression and confidence will be a riveting journey. You may struggle with excess, learning some tough lessons about overindulging. A tendency to romanticize and idealize people can bring struggles in relationships. Although it may take you a while to figure out who is right for you (or distinguish a player from a prince), you could enjoy a rich and rewarding love life. Creativity is your calling card and you could find a career in the arts or theater, or by making beautiful objects by hand. Leo and the 5th house have a regal vibe, so being the boss is in your blood.

Saturn in Virgo or the 6th House: Order in the court! You love systems and know how make life run like a well-oiled machine. Chaos, which is a naturally occurring phenomenon, could confound you—and you could struggle when things don’t fit into neatly categorized boxes. Learning how to stay on top of the details while also going with the flow will be one of your biggest lessons. Perfectionism could plague you too and even lead to struggles with food since Virgo and the 6th house govern the digestive system. Your Saturn falls in the sign of service too, and you could excel in non-profit work or as an agent who helps others accomplish their dreams (with a percentage for your time, of course). All things natural appeal to you: organic foods, cruelty free and sustainable products, holistic healing. You could open up a business based around any of the aforementioned, or even train as a therapist, masseur, acupuncturist or herbalist.

Saturn in Libra or the 7th House: Relationships are both a blessing and a thorn in your side in this lifetime as your Saturn theme is all about partnership. You may struggle to find the proper equilibrium of give and take. Your Saturn Return brings the hard truths about what it really takes to co-exist harmoniously with another. Your Saturn Return could herald a marriage proposal or the dissolution of a relationship based on shaky ground. Libra and the 7th house bring a people-loving vibe, but you may struggle with boundaries and lose a few friends before learning to set limits. You could be drawn to the law, fashion, or sales as a career since you’re equally concerned with justice and beauty!

Saturn in Scorpio or the 8th House: Money, power, sex! Having Saturn in Scorpio or the 8th house is no light and fluffy thing. You could deal with blocks to abundance, fear of success or body hang-ups—but your Saturn Return brings an incredible opportunity to work through them. Who knows? You could emerge a yogi, dakini, or powerbroker by the end of this phase. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, something must die for a transformation and rebirth to take place. You may deal with a powerful loss that shapes your life path, or discover your own psychic powers during your Saturn Return. Your career may involve medicine (you aren’t afraid of blood) or helping people through personal crises and transformations. Resourceful, you are an alchemist who can turn the mundane into gold.

Saturn in Sagittarius or the 9th House: You’re a worldly one with your Saturn in global Sagittarius or the 9th house. Cross-cultural relationships will be your learning grounds and you may become “adopted” by a culture different than your own at some point in your life. If you haven’t traveled extensively, your Saturn Return would be an ideal time to live abroad. Or, if your nomadic nature has given you a tumbleweed complex, you could pause and put down roots for a few years during the Saturn Return. Higher education is governed by this sign and house: you’re an eternal student of life. Your Saturn Return could be a great time to go back to school for that graduate degree or special certification. Your career could involve traveling, teaching, or publishing.

Saturn in Capricorn or the 10th House: Goals, goals, goals! You may be obsessed with success to a detriment, and your Saturn Return will remind you that the end does not always justify the means. If Saturn has stalled your ambition, you could finally find your career calling now. Capricorn and the 10th house are associated with men and the father. Daddy issues could plague you, or you may have a strained or distant relationship with your father. Or your dad could have been very stern and authoritative, making it difficult for you to express yourself in his company. These will need to be dealt with during the Saturn Return, but powerful men will also help you manifest your dreams. Big business could call your name. You may return to school for an MBA, be promoted to a director’s position, or open up shop on your own venture. Hello, CEO.

Saturn in Aquarius or the 11th House: Community could be a source of struggle for you but your Saturn Return is the time to find your tribe. Humanitarian issues may rouse you, like a calling, and you might start a non-profit, get involved in social justice work or find ways to make your everyday environment a place where people from all walks of life are welcome. Since Aquarius and the 11th house govern technology and innovation, you could invent something life-changing, like an app or gadget. Though you could do  many kinds of work, you’ll want to surround yourself with progressive thinkers and inspiring innovators as colleagues.

Saturn in Pisces or the 12th House: You are a born healer and your compassionate nature will be awakened during your Saturn Return. You may be drawn to the hidden side of life, such as spirituality or esoteric pursuits. An interest in human psychology or alternative medicine could emerge since Pisces and the 12th house rule the subconscious mind. Learning boundaries will be a huge lesson now, especially since you may be prone to making too many sacrifices. The arts—especially music and poetry—will call your name. You may also discover a gift for working with numbers and codes or doing holistic healing.



How to use this table:

Find your natal Saturn sign by looking up the date on or before your birth. To find your Saturn Returns, look when Saturn will enter the same sign as your natal Saturn again.

Dec  2, 1926Sagittarius
Mar 15, 1929Capricorn
May  5, 1929Rx Sagittarius
Nov 29, 1929Capricorn
Feb 23, 1932Aquarius
Aug 13, 1932Rx Capricorn
Nov 19, 1932Aquarius
Feb 14, 1935Pisces
Apr 25, 1937Aries
Oct 17, 1937Rx Pisces
Jan 14, 1938Aries
Jul  6, 1939Taurus
Sep 22, 1939Rx Aries
Mar 20, 1940Taurus
May  8, 1942Gemini
Jun 20, 1944Cancer
Aug  2, 1946Leo
Sep 19, 1948Virgo
Apr  2, 1949Rx Leo
May 29, 1949Virgo
Nov 20, 1950Libra
Mar  7, 1951Rx Virgo
Aug 13, 1951Libra
Oct 22, 1953Scorpio
Jan 12, 1956Sagittarius
May 13, 1956Rx Scorpio
Oct 10, 1956Sagittarius
Jan  5, 1959Capricorn
Jan  3, 1962Aquarius
Mar 23, 1964Pisces
Sep 16, 1964Rx Aquarius
Dec 16, 1964Pisces
Mar  3, 1967Aries
Apr 29, 1969Taurus
Jun 18, 1971Gemini
Jan  9, 1972Rx Taurus
Feb 21, 1972Gemini
Aug  1, 1973Cancer
Jan  7, 1974Rx Gemini
Apr 18, 1974Cancer
Sep 17, 1975Leo
Jan 14, 1976Rx Cancer
Jun  5, 1976Leo
Nov 16, 1977Virgo
Jan  4, 1978Rx Leo
Jul 26, 1978Virgo
Sep 21, 1980Libra
Nov 29, 1982Scorpio
May  6, 1983Rx Libra
Aug 24, 1983Scorpio
Nov 16, 1985Sagittarius
Feb 13, 1988Capricorn
Jun 10, 1988Rx Sagittarius
Nov 12, 1988Capricorn
Feb  6, 1991Aquarius
May 21, 1993Pisces
Jun 30, 1993Rx Aquarius
Jan 28, 1994Pisces
Apr  7, 1996Aries
Jun  9, 1998Taurus
Oct 25, 1998Rx Aries
Feb 28, 1999Taurus
Aug  9, 2000Gemini
Oct 15, 2000Rx Taurus
Apr 20, 2001Gemini
Jun  3, 2003Cancer
Jul 16, 2005Leo
Sep  2, 2007Virgo
Oct 29, 2009Libra
Apr  7, 2010Rx Virgo
Jul 21, 2010Libra
Apr  7, 2010Rx Virgo
Jul 21, 2010Libra
Oct  5, 2012Scorpio
Dec 23, 2014Sagittarius
Jun 14, 2015Rx Scorpio
Sep 17, 2015Sagittarius
Dec 19, 2017Capricorn
Mar 21, 2020Aquarius
Jul  1, 2020Rx Capricorn
Dec 17, 2020Aquarius
Mar  7, 2023Pisces
May 24, 2025Aries
Sep  1, 2025Rx Pisces
Feb 13, 2026Aries
Apr 12, 2028Taurus
May 31, 2030Gemini


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