© Alton Knoke
Most everyone is familiar with Saturn Returns when Saturn returns to its starting degree in our natal charts. This trip takes roughly 29 years. Along the way Saturn will make a series of aspects to natal Saturn and the most important of those are the squares and opposition. It is approximately seven years between each major aspect. I am now going into the first of three passes of Saturn in Scorpio squaring my natal Saturn in Leo.
Saturn to Saturn transits mark cycles in our lives and as such are very interesting to follow. If your natal Saturn aspects your personal planets as mine does, those cycles can be easier to see. My Saturn is sextile my eleventh house Moon and I have noticed my circle of friends tends to ebb and flow with these transits. Saturn is also square my Sun and probably why my parents pounded good work ethics into my head growing up. Those of us with major Saturn aspects to personal planets often learn early lessons in responsibility thus making Saturn transits more manageable and less of a shock when we start crossing those milestones in our twenties and thirties.
In 1999-2000 Saturn in Taurus was squaring my Saturn in Leo and I went back to work as an executive secretary/office manager. For the next seven years, I was very visible and got together with a couple of my women friends every week for lunch. Around the time of my second Saturn Return in July 2006 I started blogging on astrology, setting the stage for the next Saturn cycle. When I left my day job in 2007, I started devoted more and more time to astrology and developing my online presence. Saturn transited over my Midheaven and tenth house during those years and consequently I worked harder than ever! In January 2010 I set up this website and have watched my traffic slowly but steadily grow along with my client base. “Slowly” is one of Saturn’s keywords as is laying a solid foundation to build upon.
A week ago Saturn in Scorpio conjoined my natal Jupiter (which squares my natal Saturn). Turns out the week Saturn was sitting on my Jupiter was one of my best yet as to income. When I read the interpretation on Astrodienst, it said “a change in financial status, often for the worse”. The last time Saturn was conjunction my Jupiter years ago, my income was pretty decent too. However, in both instances I was following Jupiter in the twelfth house guidelines by working in a library (institution) and focusing on service to others with my astrology.
Naturally I have some suggestions for handling Saturn to Saturn transits with some grace. 😀 Those include behave responsibly, prepare for an extended period of delayed gratification and don’t quit your day job no matter how tempting that may be. The house Saturn is transiting and other planets being triggered can provide clues to the area of your life being brought up for review. Make Saturn your friend now . . . he really is you know.