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Monster storms appear in Saturn’s atmosphere once every 29.4 years. And once every 29.4 years, you experience a Saturn return.
Returns begin when Saturn enters the same sign it was in when you were born. This happens around ages 27, 57, and 87 and lasts for two and a half to three years. And during this time, you’ll feel a whole lot like a gigantic storm is ripping through your entire life.
Saturn causes incredible upheaval in your work, relationships, health, family, and home. The experience is both deeply painful and beautifully empowering. The lessons you learn during a return are designed to protect you by keeping you on your karmic path. And there’s no escaping Saturn’s lessons!
If you spend your return hiding under your covers and crossing your fingers, Saturn will just come back and kick your ass even harder on the next go ‘round. So follow these steps to make the most of every return, and know that in the end, Saturn will reward you for your hard work:
Take stock of your life.
Slow down and reflect. Ask yourself the hard questions because they’re coming either way. Are you where you want to be? Are you with the person you want to be with? Are you spending your days how you want to spend your days? It’s okay to not have the answers. Saturn will help you find them, but by asking the questions, you’ll be working with Saturn and nudging its lessons along.
Ask for help.
Saturn can leave you feeling like you have nothing left to give. It can also isolate you from your relationships and support system. If this happens, know that it’s working to connect you with the support you truly need and the relationships that will benefit you in the long run. When you feel lost, depressed, and helpless, go find the people who can help you. Go to healers. Go to counseling. Go get a massage. Whatever happens, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Don't skip your checkup!
Saturn hits you on every level—psychological and physical. You are not invincible. Take care of your body with a nourishing diet. Keep your body moving with whatever activity excites you. Monitor your health carefully, and check in with your health care providers at the recommended intervals. If a health scare happens - breathe. It is all part of the growth Saturn is pushing. Reach out to your support system, and remember, stress can make the heart stronger if you let it.
It’s easy to beat yourself up when it feels like life isn’t going your way. And that’s exactly how Saturn can make you feel, but if you pay attention, you’ll begin to see the ways that all of the chaos is actually helping you. So don’t lose sight of the wonderful things about you and the wonderful things happening in your life. Keep a gratitude journal and write down something you’re grateful for every day. And pat yourself on the back for all that you’re doing, how strong you’re being, and for every little accomplishment.
Stay open to complete and total change.
At the end of your Saturn return, you’ll likely find yourself looking back at the old you—the you from three years ago —and thinking, “Wow! I don’t even recognize that person!” Your return puts personal evolution on hyperspeed. At the start, you may feel like you’re walking a plank toward eternal doom, but by the end, you’ll realize there was a much happier existence waiting for you at the bottom. So stay open and let yourself fall into the unknown and into a stronger, more powerful version of yourself.
During your return, you can help keep yourself on track by practicing this Saturn return ritual once every three months.
A piece of jewelry, a small crystal, or a stone
An all-natural, orange-colored candle
A pen or pencil
Turn off all your electronics, and find a quiet, clean space where you can be alone, sit, and reflect. Thoughtfully place your jewelry, crystal, or stone next to your candle. Have these close by as you settle into a comfortable position.
Close your eyes. Place your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your stomach. Take three deep, slow breaths. Keep your eyes closed and say the following out loud: Please grant me the clarity to live my highest purpose.
Slowly open your eyes and light your candle. Pick up your notebook and writing instrument. Write about your life, your deepest desires, and what you need to change to satisfy them. Write for at least ten minutes, and feel free to write for as long as you’d like.
When you’re finished writing, write at least one thing that you are grateful for from the last three months. Close your notebook and place it to the side.
Pick up your jewelry, crystal, or stone and hold it in your hands. Face the candle, and close your eyes. Say the following out loud: I am unique. I am powerful. I have the strength to live my highest purpose.
Blow out the candle, and open your eyes. Thank the universe. Carry your jewelry, crystal, or stone with you until the next ritual or place it on an altar in your home.
By remembering the advice above and regularly practicing this ritual, you can easily find your way to the eye of Saturn’s storm and welcome all of the blessings in disguise it will bestow.
Virginia is a Brooklyn-based Reiki Master and psychic healer dedicated to expanding people’s understanding of what’s possible. She offers private readings, coaching, healing, and more through her company, Fleeting Connections.
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