The Saturn Return is based on where Saturn was in your Natal Chart at the date and time of your birth. Well 29 1/2 years later Saturn returns to the same degree of the zodiac sign it was in when you were born. This generally influences people who are age 28-30, 57-59, 86-89 (give or take a year, it is a 2 1/2 year cycle that begins at a different time each cycle.) Saturn represents our relationship to authorities (parents and employers) our ambition(s) in life, and our emotional depth. Saturn represents foundations, structures, limitations and achievement. Typically the Goat-fish named Capricorn is ruled over by Saturn and is the best example of Saturn’s “super powers.” However, in Classical Astrology, Saturn also rules over Aquarius and is the less solid representation of Saturn’s more “fixed” modality.
One common experience is that you may suddenly feel “old,” perhaps for the first time. “I’m almost thirty,” the inner refrain goes, “and what have I done with my life?” A sense of time passing emerges, with more urgency to accomplish something lasting. People are likely to examine their lives to date and judge their achievements (or what they see as lack of achievements).
Saturn strips away illusions and points out limitations, allowing you to view yourself in a critical, often unflattering light. At the same time, it endows you with moderation, practicality, and the perseverance to work hard toward achieving your goals. Consequently, this is a good time to rearrange your career or lay the foundation for a new one.
Saturn Return almost always requires some major adjustments in lifestyle, attitudes, and relationships. Anything you have outgrown, or have tolerated but not found satisfying, must end now or be altered to meet your emerging needs. Saturn’s placement in the chart reveals the areas of life wherein we must undergo these karmic tests, but his condition by sign, house and aspect shows whether or not we may be cast down, or exalted by his influence, as a well-placed Saturn is an influence that can bring supreme success. Patience and thoroughness will generally offset the more problematic influences of Saturn, at least in terms of the anxiety they create, because Saturn rarely troubles those who are straightforward, systematic, and above all, patient.
Since Saturn is a harvest god, (also known as the grim reaper) his exaltation in Libra, the sign of the harvest. Saturn Ruled Capricorn has the head/body of a Goat and the tail of a fish. This symbolizes the fact that Capricorns (and Saturn influences) can hike to the highest mountains to get their dreams or care for their loved ones (insert “aint no mountain high enough” by the Supremes here). But the fishes tail represents the Saturnian power to swim in the deepest crushing debts of the ocean and come out alive and kicking. The ocean symbolizes all of the emotional (water) “highs and lows” that are a given in life between your birth and your death. This is part of the reason that Capricorn starts the winter solstice on or around December 21st each year (this varies slightly due to leap years).
Winter represents the long cold night of our seasons, the darkest before dawn, (Spring) when the nights are much shorter than the days. Saturn’s symbol also is the sickle of the Angel of death. Not death in the sense of never coming back, but death as seen in non-western cultures as transformation, that which needs to happen before we are born again. So in essence, the Saturn return symbolizes a re-birth of our character in terms of our maturity towards how we handle our lives. Once we reach Spring (rebirth, the rains of Aquarius and Pisces lead to the beauty that is Spring) the days begin to get longer than the night again (Easter). So if you are going through a Saturn return, look at it like you are a bear getting ready to sleep through the winter. You are getting rid of everything you don’t need and slowly collecting the things that you need to sustain yourself.
So the next year or two will be like a test that is meant to develop you.