The Priestess is a symbol of initiation into mysteries, the gaining of wisdom and the maturity to let in her ancient wisdom.
So ideally we get three Saturn Returns in this life/this earth or like, the world’s officially longest-lived woman – a Piscean – four; Jeanne Calment loved chocolate, olive oil & cigarettes + took up fencing at age 95 & recorded a c.d. named Time’s Mistress. Saturn-Saturn-Saturn & Saturn again, her 4th Saturn Return at age 119 maybe felt a bit Grim Reapery.
But how COOL. Note also that invigorating Uranus Return at age 84. But Saturn Return – along with Mercury Retrograde – is probably THE best known of astro-passages to the non-cosmic public. AND it’s incredible how the first Saturn Return – in particular – resonates with peeps. It is such a significant transit. I personally love and prefer anything Uranian – even Pluto/Neptunian, within reason – to a Saturn Transit but there is NO denying that they get results; measurable in the real world.
Saturn Return – the first one – is simply when Saturn gets to the same place that it was when you were born. It happens for the first time at about the age of 28/29 for everyone. As in Saturn takes that long to go around the Zodiac cycle. Obviously it is always somewhere doing something in the meantime (hence my Can-We-Take-Saturn-Out? initiative to Obama) but Saturn Return is the big one. You can possibly get by ignoring Saturn shit until the Saturn Return – you really can. But Saturn Return separates girls from women, boys from men & non-contenders from contenders.
Depending upon your belief system, it’s mega-karmic and fateful, the ultimate therapeutic style transit and/or simple maturing. That is, you look around and realise that you are no longer automatically one of the youngest people in any group and that the simple process of time exerts some variety of wear, tear and expectations. A lot of how it manifests depends upon where/how Saturn functions in your chart but it seems to always have the theme of GROW UP & get real.It naturally coincides with the time in life when one thinks re children (yes/no) & significant relationship (yes/no) but also it is a hell of a lot about the pressure to be seen to succeed and fit in with whatever status quo one finds oneself in.
My older friends tell me that the 2nd one (late 50s) is very much about health/mortality and deciding to be your true self…or NOT. And that the non-individuated peeps pop off the perch way faster than the others.
The first one is notorious for looking around at one’s peers/their achievements and comparing them, also to looking at your parents/their peers and what they had achieved at the same age. I have an officially wealthy uncle and Saturn Return stunned me by making me realise that a person i’d always though of as immeasurably ancient had in fact done most of it by the age i was then. It’s a time when age/status quo/time and associated shit flood in – ready or not.
Ancient astrologers called Saturn the ‘ring pass not’ – actually Saturn gets called a whole lot of names, the crux which would seem to be this: get a grip on Saturnine reality: death/taxes/that you can’t drink ten litres of wine a night sans consequence post a certain age etc, that not everyone gets to be an astronaut/supermodel and that your chosen career may require about a zillion times more crap/slog than you feel appropriate or may not even be your chosen career/parental shite & maybe a good, solid heart-breaking, health or being ripped off scenario.Your parents aren’t what you thought they were. Or maybe you suddenly get real re an actual abuse scenario. Or something happens that is absolutely unavoidable, that you cannot ignore that forces you to grow up.
That’s Saturn Return. Please – share here – if you are old enough. If not – don’t freak. But learn. Seriously, because Saturn IS serious – WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR SATURN RETURN THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW BEFOREHAND?
AND THIS IS SO SATURNINE – THAT YOU COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN BEFOREHAND. SATURN RULES THE WISDOM/INFO THAT COMES WITH TIME. NOT THE URANIAN FLASHES NOR EVEN NEPTUNIAN DREAMING NOR HARD-WON PLUTONIC SEX/DEATH KINDA INSIGHTS…JUST WORLDLY IT-TAKES-TIME-TO-FIGURE-ALL-THIS-OUT-WISDOM-OF-THE-AGES…
i could actually crap on re Saturn for ages – is surprising me but i realise it’s because Saturn IS easy to define. And in a similar way, if you are dealing with a difficult Saturn transit; face it and break it down. DO the details. Have a plan. In fact, where ever Saturn is in your chart RIGHT now – have an insanely anal plan and take it real seriously. You will be amazed at how a lot of the dread just dissipates once you do the WORK Saturn requires.
The Hermit signifies the need we sometimes have to follow our own path, with only our own inner light to guide us. Both the Priestess and the Hermit are strong archetypes/angels to draw upon in times such as Saturn Return!
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