***If you were born between February 1988 and January 1990,***
Ready or not, it’s time to grow up!
By the time Saturn – the planet of maturity, wisdom and hard work – returns to its place in orbit that it was when you were born, you are nearly 30 years of age and beginning to face the reality of your life.
You are going to feel old for the first time. Maybe it’s the worsening hangovers, a receding hairline or finding your first grey hair. That forehead wrinkle becomes emboldened, your back hurts all too often and you are slowing down a touch – and you realize what the older folk said was true. You just didn’t see it coming so soon.
Just yesterday you were a carefree 20-something with nothing but a sea of possibilities before you.
“I’ve got time….” you used to say.
Well now that time has come. You are nearly 30. You might be half-way through your years by now, and if you’re lucky, a third. But you begin to ask yourself if you are anywhere close to where 20-year-old-you thought you would like to be “when you grow up.” It’s time to quit getting wasted multiple days a week and take a sober look at the reality of your life.
What have you built for yourself thus far? Do you want that married life? Quit pretending you don’t and actually imagine your life as an older person. If you still have roommates, do you think that one day you might want to live alone? What will it actually take to get where you want to be?
Usually, there is some kind of wake-up call. For me it was getting a root canal. My tooth was dead, and I felt the weight of mortality upon me. Not only that, but I had to fork over $3000 to take care of it. A solid reminder that while you could live in Thailand for 6 months on that money, you also need it for these expensive *just in case* adult scenarios. I had a couple more expensive incidents that gave me the understanding of WHY you need a savings for emergencies ONLY.
Your wake-up call will be different, but the overarching message has to do with responsibility and TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF.
Rest assured that by the end of your Saturn Return, you will be more polished, practical and have more of your shit together; you’ll be more focused, having realized that your health and your end goal are a more worthwhile investment than the bar down the street.
If this sounds harsh, good – its supposed to be. You are done being coddled. This is the time where you are officially responsible for your life. Your first Saturn cycle is a 29-year guided walk through. Breaking the cycle down into quarters, or turning points of development, we see that at 7 years old, you are in 1st grade, on your own for the entirety of the school day. This is the first taste of independence you get. You also begin losing your teeth around this time.
At 14, you begin high-school in the full throes of puberty. You begin taking more responsibility – for your wardrobe, who you hang out with, and you might even fall in love for the first time. Braces are also a common experience at this age, while your hair becomes an important way of defining oneself. You might also hear people comment on how “mature” you’re becoming, but it’s a very awkward time because you are still very immature.
At 21, you are allowed to drink alcohol and you might be finishing college at this age. You realize that with more freedom, comes more responsibility. You start thinking about your first career and having your independent place in the world. As far and the physical body goes, you look like an adult now and you start getting your hair done professionally – you might even get a tattoo. You are responsible for yourself, but mom and dad are still there for you – you might be paying your own rent and buying your own groceries, but you are still on their insurance and phone plans. You can still get away with not knowing how to do your taxes and spending your paycheck frivolously. You are finally enjoying freedom and you’ve earned it! And there is still much exploration to do. Think of this time as adulting with training wheels.
But now that you are almost 30,
you should know how to take care of yourself
(and maybe even others) by now.
This is the time that most people get married, have a child, buy a house, or do something that signifies greater responsibility. Saturn is all about cause and effect. You put in what you hope to get out. That newly forming wrinkle? Get yourself some retinol and wash your face every night. You gain weight faster – join the gym. You want to be CEO? Show up on time every day and keep your wits sharp. Be a better partner and a better planner. Be more realistic. Because by the time of your second Saturn Return, you will be almost 60 and hopefully close to retirement. Think about what you want that to look like…. You want to be in shape? You want to have a savings? Maybe some grandkids? Well, time to get moving then!
Saturn Return in Capricorn:
First of all, I just love you guys. My brother and all of his friends are beginning their first Saturn return right now. You guys also have Neptune in Capricorn, which will flavor your experience. Neptune is all about the dream, the ideal vision, hope…
But Saturn comes along and says, “Is this doable? Does this still make sense?” “Yes,” you meekly insist and Saturn just laughs. Kids, I hate to break it to you, but some of your dreams are going to die. You aren’t going to be a famous musician. No one is going to discover you. From here on out, you get more and more washed up by the day. Haha, just kidding. We want you getting distinguished. For some of you, you’ll be able to turn to dream into reality by breaking it down into smaller goals and showing up for said goals every damn day.
Best case scenario: building your empire becomes a lifestyle.
It’s time you realize how valuable your time and resources are.
Your friend invites you to go to a thing on a Tuesday night; the old you would’ve said, “fuck it, why not?” But the new you will say, “no fuck that; I don’t want to be tired at work tomorrow and I’d rather spend money on a night out somewhere I’m certain I’ll like.”
Plainly, it’s about priorities and knowing who the fuck you are.
Your 20s are all about experimentation; your 30s are about self-actualization. You’ve been around the block at this point. You know what you’re about and you ain’t got time to waste. Saturn is about crystallization. Saturn is also about limits, and you will be shown where your lane is. You must know your limits, your boundaries, what’s possible/what’s not, what’s realistic/what’s not. Time is the most distinct limit we have to obey. You’ve got an allotted amount of it and now you must use it wisely!
You’ll have time to change your mind again later at your midlife crisis, but for now, you need to build something with what you’ve got. Build the adult life you’ve been putting off. And do it well! One of my favorite astrologers, Rick Levine says “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” But if you don’t change now, it will be much harder later on.
Saturn really isn’t a bad guy, I promise. The Saturn archetype is the wise elder, who is actually rooting for us! Think of Saturn as a stern, loving parent like Yoda, Dumbledore or Gandalf, or even Tabatha Coffey, Gordon Ramsay or John Taffer. They will all tell you how much you suck, but then tell you how awesome you are once you take the steps to improve.
How long will this last? Saturn is in Capricorn until through December 2020. No matter what, your Saturn return always lasts for a long as Saturn transits the sign. For everyone, it’s a 2.5-3-year journey. Mine just wrapped up, and I will tell you that it’s hard facing reality, but it’s so worth it. I know you can do it and become a more polished version of yourself on the other side of it! And from what I hear, the work never gets easier, it just becomes part what you do to ensure your security, success and eventual happiness. And this kind of happiness is not fleeting like a cupcake. This is the long-term joy that comes from labor, dedication and cultivation – the kind that doesn't come easy. Real talk. You are creating your CASTLE, your LEGACY and living your PURPOSE. ....And GO!
Lots of Love,
Your new Saturn enthusiast,
For more info on Saturn in Capricorn, click here :)
We’ve done enough seeking. The future is NOW.
It's time to find your TRUE PURPOSE, and fully embody it. Capricorn is a physical sign, where we ground down the Sagittarian ideals. In the physical dimension, we must act. No more complaining, no more wishing. Either make it happen, or quit wasting energy.
Saturn is at home in Capricorn, where personal responsibility, integrity and the fruits of our actions (karma) amount to something. Every action has a reaction; words are of equal vibratory nature that makes up everything tangible. Look around. See things for what they are. 2016 and 2017 notoriously blurred lines to the point where nothing seemed clear. But now, it's going to be starkly different.
One thing that is excruciatingly clear is that the current order is no longer supportive of the majority, but only a select few.
In the United States, the rot has been gradually exposed since 2008 with the crash of the housing market. Not coincidentally, the plummet coincided with Pluto's ingress into Capricorn. Pluto doesn't give two shits whether we learn the lesson or not, but Saturn does indeed. Saturn is like the stern teacher who calls you out on all of your BS; at first you hate him, but then you later realize that he really cared about your success and well-being all along. It's about respect. No more baby games. Saturn has returned to his home sign, like parents coming home after their teenagers threw a kegger.
No doubt, the peak of this 3-year transit will be the conjunction (union) of Saturn and Pluto, occurring in January, 2020.
The last time Saturn and Pluto conjoined was during the Reagan Era, which seeded the very snag which led to the unraveling of the middle class. Trickle down economics? Tax breaks were given to the wealthy, which has amounted to the bulk of the issues we are dealing with now.
Occupy Wall Street seems to mark first distinct outcry against the massive inequality of wealth. But it wasn't enough; the movement lacked concrete (Saturn) goals to achieve change. But finally, Saturn is here to help. In one single week, the FCC abolished Net Neutrality and the Republicans passed a widely opposed tax bill, serving the interests of the wealthy elite. Saturn is all about sobering up, and now we are all waking up from the "American Dream," and realizing it is only but a dream. As this 30 year cycle comes to a close, it's our responsibility to learn from our mistakes and do better this next time around.
Pluto is all about power; use/misuse/abuse; moving from powerlessness to empowerment; exposing the truth, healing and evolution. Saturn wants to create a structure around power and lay some ground rules. Everything is up for review: What's acceptable and what's not? We can only hope that the recent theme of holding people accountable for inappropriate behavior can extend beyond Hollywood and into the corporate and federal rings.
A LOT has changed since the 1980's: globalization, technology, the internet,
increased life expectancy...
Saturn wants to know what the rules are. Speed limits and traffic lights were created long after people were driving cars. In many cases, rules create order and can help protect. So it's no wonder that people are now trying to regulate the internet. The problem, however, is that the terms and conditions of the Net Neutrality Bill are oppressive to most people, instead serving corporate interest.
We are, however, in a time when children are technologically more advanced than their parents, ushering in a whole new set of concerns around safety. In the next three years, we might see more programs introduced to help parents regulate their children's online activity.
Interestingly, the last time Saturn was in Capricorn and Jupiter was in Scorpio was 1959. My mother was born in 1959 and recently lamented that "there is no rule book for this! How do we know if we are doing to right thing in making choices for our parents?" She stated that her generation is paving the path of rearing children and then caring for their parents in a similar fashion. Over the next 3 years, we might collectively try to figure this out.
We are living longer, so how does this affect things like retirement, IRA's and social security? How can be better prepare for our own inevitable ageing? And how can we support our elders (and inevitably ourselves) as they age?
recently saw a brochure for a retirement community which boasted top-notch art classes for their residents; now that's awesome! I hope to see retirement communities begin to look as enticing as college campuses. If you live to be 90, where would you like to be living? And how will these facilities be funded?
Skin, bones, teeth and hair (all indicators of age) are also under Saturn/Capricorn's domain. We might see advances in dentistry, skin-care, anti-ageing and even in hip-replacements. Recently, scientists discovered the gene responsible for grey hair and balding - both symptoms of ageing! Let the clinical trials begin.
The Good News:
Saturn in Capricorn has limits. This ingress signals a time of getting realistic about your time, priorities and goals. Simplify to have only what is necessary. Slow it down and say no to unnecessary clutter in your life.
A slower pace means that we can steady our stance, our drishdi and our mudra; ground it ALL down.
TRUE FREEDOM COMES FROM NOT HAVING TO WORRY!
Doing the necessary Saturn work of having a steady paycheck, visiting the dentist every 6 months and the mechanic every 4 months ensures the lower risk of chaos. Live within the means of WHATS POSSIBLE. The last 3 years challenged us to push beyond our wildest dreams, and now its simply about sustainability so we don't crash and burn.
And a bit of Bad News:
Saturn/Capricorn deals with conservation and conservatism, so things may have to get worse before they can get better. Fears breed stricter safety measures, born out of a 3-year-era of xenophobia, Black Lives Matter and gender equality. So we may first witness greater attempts to control, restrict and regulate.
But nature conservation would be an excellent thing! As Uranus moves into Taurus in May of 2018, we will shift our focus to sustainable farming and infusing technology with agriculture. This is where Saturn in Capricorn will be exceptionally helpful! Watch for when Saturn trines Uranus July- October 2018.
What about Me?
This transit affects everyone collectively, however it's gonna feel personal for some:
If more than one of these apply to you, feel free to contact me at any time. I'd be happy to guide you through it. Saturn transits can be very challenging, as it's all about growing up.
If your birthday falls into the aforementioned dates, congratulations! You are beginning your first or second Saturn return. If it's your second, think back to 28-30 years ago. What was going on for you? How were you challenged and how did you grow? Watch for similar themes repeating.
If you are having your first Saturn return, here's a special article just for you! Everyone's first Saturn return is a Rite of Passage into adulthood. It's an invitation to get serious about creating the life you actually want. Your twenties are all about experimentation, and your thirties are about crystallization. But before you can crystallize, you must get realistic with yourself.
You are going to feel old.
This is when you notice your first forehead wrinkle, find your first grey hair, have your first root canal and see a specialist for your aching back. You've played the bachelor card and now you've gotta decide if you want a family or not because your female peers have a biological clock you are unfamiliar with. It's really about discipline, taking responsibility and learning self-preservation.
In your twenties, your motto was "I've got time." Well NOW is the time. You are going to become hyper-aware of TIME. You start making strides in your career and start saving for retirement, so that by the next time Saturn comes around when you are approaching 60, you actually have a retirement savings.
But there is much more involved, so stay tuned....
Some key dates for Saturnine Catalysts of Re-ordering:
We will get through this! It will be hard, but so worth it! Everything we are worried about now, we will strive to create solutions. Together, we can do it.
Aho Mitakyue Oyasin. May Mother Earth and all her inhabitants be awakened to our unity, and the highest LOVE of the Universe.
Love, peace and unity to ALL....
Catherine Urban, Astrologer
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