Special Chart Reading: The Second Saturn Return

picSaturn's entry into Capricorn is especially important for those of us who were born from 1959 through January 1962 (and in 1988 through early 1991 too) when Saturn was previously in his own home sign. Sometime over the next two years, you will be meeting Saturn personally at either your First or Second "Return" — a major turning point in life.

What is a Saturn Return?

Between the ages of 29 and 30, and again in our late 50s, we complete a major astrological cycle of life experience. This is when transiting Saturn has made its way completely around our natal chart and slides back into "home plate" — returning to the exact degree it occupied at the time of our birth: transiting Saturn conjunct natal Saturn.

At this time, we cross a major threshold to begin the next stage of life. We realize — and maybe for the first time — that we are not immortal, that time is swiftly passing by, and we need to get REAL and figure out what we are doing with this precious gift of life. Most astrologers consider the Saturn Return to be one of the most maturing and important transits during the course of our lives.

Saturn's goal is perfection. Through the chastening process of testing, sorrow, delay, disappointment, limitation and privation, man learns the purpose of life is not pleasure but to gain experience, patience, humility, wisdom and compassion. Through disintegration, old, worn out, useless and crystallized forms are destroyed so better, more beautiful, useful and adaptable forms may replace them. Through experience, patience, persistence and self-discipline we can change the negative Saturn qualities of skepticism, fear, suppression, materialism, and self-preservation into confidence, dependability, reverence, wisdom and compassion. In Saturn's silence, in retrospection, meditation, concentration, looking within for guidance, and being willing to wait, Saturn helps us to bear our karma and pass the tests of life and finally enables us to reach the perfection we must all attain in the process of evolution.

— Isabel Hickey

The Saturn Return is almost always a time of major change. New relationships begin, while others end or change drastically. You may move or quit your job to start another more fulfilling one. If your primary relationship is unsatisfactory, you may decide to end it. The same is true of any aspect of life you have been tolerating. Issues become much more urgent at this time, and as Robert Hand described it in his book, Planets in Transit, "consciously or unconsciously at this time, you are pruning away everything that is not relevant to who you really are as a human being."

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Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise.
In my end is my beginning.

— T. S. Eliot, from East Coker (The Four Quartets)

Approaching Sixty: The Second Saturn Return

The First Saturn Return is about taking the reins of one's life and fully accepting adulthood, casting off any ghosts of childhood still clinging, and if we haven't yet done so, commit to our life path. The Second Return, at the end of our 50s, conversely, is about releasing this emphasis on career and public achievement and embarking on a more inward and self-fulfilling path. The pull of the world begins to lose its grip on us and we want more time for solitude and inner reflection. Our public life and its focus on performance, competition, and accomplishment, that has been so important to us during the last 29 years, begins to lose its hold.

"Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life's morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie."

— C.G. Jung

The 29-year cycles of transiting Saturn, Father Time, divide our lives into three distinct phases: childhood, adulthood, and sage-hood; and at the end of our fifties, Saturn escorts us into this important third phase when it returns once more to the degree occupied when we took our first breath. In his book, Facing the Fifties, Peter O'Connor writes of this profound shift:

By one's mid-fifties, a fundamental shift occurs, with time already lived outweighing time left to be lived before death. This shift is, in my view, the great initiator into a more fully realized life, since it brings with it the possibility, if we allow it, of altering our orientation from an outwardly directed one to an increasingly inward one...In short, if a successful shift is made to the centre of psychic gravity, then one begins to experience oneself directly, rather than exclusively in terms of relationships with others.

The Second Saturn Return Reading includes a detailed look at your natal Saturn, its unique message revealed through sign, house position and aspects; a thorough explanation of what the Second Saturn Return represents, the opportunities and challenges that tend to come at this key turning point in your life; a detailed look back at your First Saturn Return with dates and explanation; and the critical, seven-year intervals, in between the First and Second Returns, when transiting Saturn also formed significant aspects to your natal Saturn.

The reading length is approximately two hours, with two to three additional hours of preparation time on my part to provide an in-depth chart analysis of the highest quality. This is not a computer-generated report. In addition to the reading, I also include beautiful, high-resolution copies of your birth chart and "aspectarian" — a listing of your natal aspects, as well as follow-up time for discussion and questions in email.

My fee for the Second Saturn Return Reading is US $175. I accept credit cards and PayPal. You may also pay by check or money order if you are in the U.S. I will either record a portion of your reading (on your natal Saturn) in .mp3 format for download, or provide the entire reading in writing. If you have a preference, one way or the other, please let me know when you order.

If you are ready to order, please email me for more information.



The beautiful woodcut above, "Meigetsuin," is the work of Kazuyuki Ohtsu and depicts the hydrangea-bordered path leading to Meigetsuin's temple buildings in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan (south of Tokyo).