Saturn, the plant of accountability and responsibility, has much to teach us if we are willing to learn. Although many fear the lessons that come with Saturn, there is much knowledge and growth that comes from being responsible for one’s life. Understanding Saturn cycles allows us to understand why we encounter specific events and circumstances so that we can utilize Saturn’s energies to effectively shape our lives.
The Saturn Cycles
Saturn is related to seven-year cycles that coincide with the planet’s interaction with other planets. There are certain ages where Saturn energy is experienced. They are the ages of 7, 14, 28, and so on.
At the age of 14, an individual experiences the Saturn opposition. This is the marker of the adolescence where there tends to be tension between the adolescent and authority figures. This is a time where teenagers are often asserting their own authority and may question the authority of those around them.
At the age of 21, individuals experience the closing of the first Saturn square that started at seven-years-old. This is a period where individuals begin the process of “coming of age” where they move out into the “real world” on their own. Of course, being on one’s own comes with Saturnian responsibilities.
At the age of 28, individuals experience the well-known Saturn Return. This is the time where Saturn returns to its position at the time of birth. While many believe we become adults at 18 or 21, astrologically, adulthood truly begins between the ages of 28-30. This is a period where many are faced with their own personal Saturn issues that prompt the individual to take charge of their lives. The Saturn Return is a time that is indicative of taking accountability for one’s life. Although many fear the Saturn Return because it is often perceived and experienced as a rough time, the Saturn Return asks that individuals be responsible. Those that embrace Saturn’s energy are more likely to reap the positive benefits of the Saturn Return.
Making the Most of Saturn Cycles
Saturn often gets a bad rap in astrology. Unlike jovial, luck-bringing, optimistic Jupiter, Saturn energy is stern, serious, and responsible. Saturn is the adult that gets things done and doesn’t make excuses. People tend to have problems with Saturn energy when they are not willing to take responsibility. Thus, in order to make the most of Saturn cycles consciously, it is important to face life in a mature, responsible, accountable manner.
Whenever a Saturn cycle occurs at the 7-year marks, there is usually an energetic push to “grow up.” The people who fare the best during Saturn cycles are those that accept the fact that the only way to move forward is to adopt a responsible, practical approach. This is not the time for living in the land of illusion or resting on one’s laurels. Hard work and dedication are necessary and are rewarded in the end.
To make the most of Saturn cycles it is also important to analyze the sign and house placement of Saturn in the natal chart. This will show how and where the Saturn lessons will show up in a person’s life. For example, a person with Saturn in Libra in the 2nd house may experience lessons around Libra-ruled themes such as relationships, making choices, and finding balance. Pairing Saturn in Libra with the 2nd house of personal finances and values, an individual may encounter lessons in being responsible concerning money both alone and in a relationship and finding a balance (Libra) between one’s own values and the values of a partner.
Ultimately, when it comes to Saturn, the best way to face this energy head-on is to be responsible and do the right thing. Those who are willing to do this will find that that they will receive great rewards for all their hard work.
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