The Saturn Return: A Turning Point in the Life Cycle by Donna Fisher-Jackson

Turn of the Seasons

The Fall is a perfect time to write about the Saturn return, an astrological transit that we all go through during our lifetime.  It can be a time of harvest.  It all depends on what you’ve created over the years. The more you can learn about the planet Saturn, and the timing of its return to the same point as when you were born, then you can go through this time period with more awareness, and even reap some of Saturn’s wisdom.  If there is one phrase that applies to Saturn, it would be:  “If you do the work, then you can reap the rewards.”

The Saturn return is an important turning point in each person’s life whether it’s their first return between ages 28 – 30; or their second return around ages 58 – 60.   Even people who don’t follow astrology may have heard of this transit.  The Saturn return is certainly a maturing transit where you can be faced with all those lessons of Saturn especially the ones you’ve been avoiding.    The planet Saturn has a way of reminding us of our responsibilities, and has often been called the planet of “reality checks.”  If you’ve been putting off some major decision, or holding onto the past, a Saturn transit can help you with the decision-making process.  If you’re holding on too tightly, it may not be accomplished in a gentle manner, but more like getting knocked over the head.  It doesn’t have to be a rude awakening.

In our society of quick fixes and taking the easy path, Saturn can be a hard lesson to learn.  If you’re willing to persist at a task, develop a discipline towards a goal, or take on the responsibilities of your life, then you can be richly rewarded by your hard work. I have observed many a person aim for a long-term goal, only to leave it by the way side because they didn’t want to do the work involved.   And yet, if you can stick with that goal, it can be an amazing feeling of accomplishment when you reach that mountain top that you’ve been striving towards all those days, months and years.

The Saturn return is one of those times when it becomes very clear what we have been putting off, or not willing to look at in our lives.   With the Saturn return, we can find ourselves leaving jobs, ending marriages, and making big moves especially if we’ve been hanging onto situations that no longer work for us.   The first Saturn return at ages 28 – 30 can be the first time when we really get serious about a career, a relationship, or starting a family.  At this age, it’s important to choose a path that’s true for you even if it doesn’t go along with mainstream society.   It may mean that you have to break away from your own family of origin’s wishes, and choose a career and/or a relationship that’s more in alignment with who you are as a person.  

In the recent news, I have noticed a disturbing trend of young celebrities at this age of 28 – 30 who are committing suicide.  In the news, it appears that these young men and women “had it all,” but obviously something was missing for them, and they didn’t feel they had any other option.   I wish they could have known about the Saturn return, and perhaps, if they knew that it was a transit that only lasted for a short time in the bigger picture of life, then they might have been able to make a different choice.  If you personally know of anyone in this age category who is struggling, please encourage them to see a counselor especially a professional who has an understanding of the cycles of adult life; and even better, if they know about the Saturn return.  It can make a huge difference in their life.

The second Saturn return at ages 58 – 60 can also be a challenging time especially if you haven’t made those changes in your 30’s, or even in your early 40’s when we all go through the mid-life transits.  Then you can be faced with having to make radical changes in order to live a life that is true for you.   If you’ve made those changes in your life, the second Saturn return can be a different experience.  It can be more of a harvest time where you get to really enjoy the fruits of your labor from all those years.   Some people retire under this transit, or even begin new careers, if they feel ready for a change in their lives.  It can be a time to integrate all of life’s experiences in order to move to another level of awareness.  Many people at this age also begin to share their wisdom with others perhaps by teaching, leading groups, or in their daily life.

With an awareness of the ages of this transit, then you can plan more accordingly on how you would like to navigate the lessons of Saturn.    Who knows?  You may find your Saturn return to be one of the most rewarding times of your life, and worth the hard work after all.

 By Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A. © 2018

Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A., CHT is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Western Astrologer and Author who counsels clients through her business of Iris Holistic Counseling Services on the road at She has published the self-help book, The Healing Path of the Romantic: Type Four of the Enneagram Personality Type System and a novel, Clara & Irving: A Love Story of Past Lives, based on the true story of a Romantic. And now her latest book, a travel adventure book, Living the RV Lifestyle:  Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road.  All of her books are available in a print and Kindle edition on Amazon.

About Donna Fisher-Jackson

After traveling for three years around the country in her Bighorn RV, Donna Fisher-Jackson, MA, CHT now makes her home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is still a part-time RVer, and her latest book, "Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road" is available on Amazon. For seventeen years, she lived in Northern California where she pursued studies in Western Astrology, Holistic Counseling, Hypnotherapy and Past-Life Regression. Donna completed certification in Astrological Counseling with the Astrology Institute West in the San Francisco Bay area. During her time in the Bay area, she also graduated with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology specializing in Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Northern California. Her counseling business, Iris Holistic Counseling Services, began in 1999. In her counseling work, she shares the insights of Hypnotherapy, the Enneagram, Dreamwork, Western Astrology and the Mythic Tarot. She specializes in life transitions, relationship issues, mid-life, career/vocation and life purpose.
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