Saturn: planet of structure

Saturn often gets bad press in the astrological community. It’s planetary energy is seen as restrictive, heavy, boring and not particularly exciting. But I see it differently, as Saturn: planet of structure.

Saturn’s general qualities

There are plenty of keywords around Saturn’s astrological meaning. Here’s a few: structure, inhibition, austerity, restriction, authority, discipline, hardship, endurance, ‘death’, hard work.

Which is noticeably different to planets I’ve written about previously: optimistic, hopeful Jupiter and mysterious Neptune.

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What is a ‘Saturn Return’?

A ‘Saturn Return’ is an astrological event everyone experiences for the first time around the age of 28 or 29. And it’s something we’ll experience a second time at age 56-57.

When your Saturn Return comes along, your life will usually go through a period of noticeable change. This can be a turning-point or ‘crisis’ of some sort. The underlying meaning and value of this change is ‘growing up’, becoming an adult, and facing up to your responsibilities — particularly ones you’ve been avoiding.

This is because astrologically Saturn is associated with maturity and responsibility. My astrology teacher used to say that everything prior to your Saturn Return is just a ‘dress rehearsal’ for life. From the Saturn Return onwards, life gets more real, and we should no longer be acting like grown-up children. We should take life on the chin.

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