If you have not yet seen the excellent Elle mag interview with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, read it. It’s actually an epic example of how to (graciously and productively) handle a 2nd Saturn Return. After a classic annus horribilus, the perma-cool muso is out there killing it in the art, mating and personal dev realms.
So often Saturn Return and in fact, ANY Saturn transit seems to synchronize with the discovery that some of the strands that make up your identity are actually synthetic. Your Daddy ain’t rich. Your schmick job is not all that after all. Your relationship is not somehow immune to infidelity. Etc.
You’re forced to go back and make it all over. this time from the ground up, hand hewn by you and only you. Hence the re-mantling of your self and your i.d with the heavier Saturn (and Pluto) transits.
So Kim Gordon confronted the breakdown of her 20 year long marriage to Thurston Moore & a life threatening illness during her second Saturn Return. Now she is emerging, stronger and in Phoenix mode.
Some bits from the interview below – she’s a Triple Taurus with Moon on her Neptune/Saturn conjunction (fab for artistic success longevity),
That trait (being empowered by letting herself feel vulnerable) is much in evidence when Gordon discusses the recent past. She’s sad, and unafraid to show it, but she’s also clear-eyed about how the dismantling of some areas of her life has freed her up in others. “When you’re in a group, you’re always sharing everything. It’s protected,” she says of being in Sonic Youth. “Your own ego is not there for criticism, but you also never quite feel the full power of its glory, either.” She’s done with that for now. “A few years ago I started to feel like I owed it to myself to really focus on doing art.”
Gordon stayed home and listened to a lot of hip-hop. “Rap music is really good when you’re traumatized,” she says…
We’ve finished the dregs of our wine, and the sun has set. I’m interested in something Gordon was filmed saying about imprisoned members of the Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot: “Women make natural anarchists and revolutionaries, because they’ve always been second-class citizens, kinda having had to claw their way up.” Gordon nods as I read back her quote: “I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men—white male corporate society. So why wouldn’t a woman want to rebel against that?”
Image: Last FM.