The musician, artist and grunge icon Kim Gordon is an inspirational role model for handling your second Saturn Return. And, Saturn transits become easier with age – really.
If you have not seen the excellent Elle mag interview with her, read it – or scroll down for some extracts.
She’s enjoying a creative and spiritual renaissance in the wake of her second Saturn Return – a challenger fuqer of a transit that saw her both battle breast cancer and divorce her long-time husband Thurston Moore.
It’s poignant because they became lovers and formed the band Sonic Youth together over her first Saturn Return in the early Eighties. It was obviously an extremely difficult year and there is apparently a third party involved on her husband’s side but you know what? Her work is noticably richer and more varied as she emerges from this snafu.
The perma-cool triple-Taurus (FYI Giorgio Moroder is also a triple-Taurus – note the stamina) is thriving.
The first Saturn Return occurs in our late 20s. It synchronizes with realizing that you’re not immune to various societal realities (money, tax) nor invincible to aging.
The second Saturn Return, 28/29 years later, is easier in that Saturn is the Time God. His transits and natal chart placements are easier with maturity.
It’s harder because rather than dealing with merely turning 30, you’re more aware of actual mortality and ageism.
You need to have a coherent, hands-on policy toward health and money while being vigilant against those who would “mark you down” merely because of the time you’ve existed on earth.
If you’re fortunate enough to make it to your second Saturn Return, you’re unlikely to have tolerance for synthetic relationships. You know who you are and have gracefully stepped out of previous roles or disguises.
You know a hell of a lot more than most people give you credit for. Hilariously, you often become ‘invisible’ just when you can stand in your own skin and have worthwhile wisdom.
The second Saturn Return builds on the first and often echoes it in downright eerie ways. But you’re unlikely to be seeking to prove you can make it in the eyes of society or prove stability via relationships and children.
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?’