Were you born sometime between 1951 and 1953, while Saturn was intermittently within an 8° range of a conjunction to Neptune? (For most of you, both Saturn and Neptune are in the sign Libra, but for some Saturn is in Scorpio, though still within 8° of Neptune in Libra.)
If so, your second Saturn return is coming, off and on, between September of this year and September of 2012. Saturn takes about 28-29 years to orbit the Sun and come back to the sign and degree it was when you were born. That’s referred to as a Saturn return. The first return happens in your late 20s, and the second happens between 58-60.
Note: you can find an approximate date when your Saturn return is exact with the Saturn Return Calculator , but note that the effects can be felt at least 3° degrees before and after the exact point and that the Saturn return may happen as many as three times, due to it’s direct and retrograde motion.
In this blog, you’ll exchange ideas about what you can do, starting NOW, to understand the issues at stake in this especially intense second Saturn return–given that natal Neptune is also involved.
For your particular age group, that may well be a challenging period. Old patterns that may have troubled you for decades may come up again strongly; strategies that worked well enough on major life issues may no longer be desirable. If so, you’re not alone–it’s a generational challenge.
This blog is intended to create a working group so that together you prepare for this major milestone and build a solid foundation for your senior years.
The Tools We’ll Use
Astrologese is a language most of our members speak, and astrology is a potent tool for self-awareness, as long as we understand that the planets don’t create our difficulties, they just describe them especially well. Thus some of the articles you are referred to are on Skywriter, and hopefully, we’ll hear of useful articles on other blogs and websites as well. An important foundational article on Skywriter is Getting a Grip on Saturn-Neptune Aspects. This blog will feature new articles and discussions about the issues you are facing and present tools to help clear out patterns that may be holding you back.
Healthy Boundaries–A Good Place to Start
A good place to begin is on the page called Boundaries at the top of this blog–since one major trait of people with Saturn-Neptune aspects in the birth chart is to struggle with setting and respecting boundaries. Since all the members will have this aspect, it’s good practice to be alert to your own boundaries and those of your fellow members as you comment and work together.
It’s important, also, for me to make my own boundaries clear from the start so that you don’t expect more from me than I’m able to give. I’m Donna Cunningham, a writer with a dual background in astrology and social work. I’ve created this blog, but as leadership develops among you, I will phase out. I am retired, by necessity, from about 45 years of direct work with clients and so cannot correspond with you or work with you individually.
In fact, that’s the way it should be–you’re the ones with direct experience in juggling the demands of Saturn-Neptune aspects, while I’ve only observed them. You know how it feels, you’ve found ways to manage it by trial and error, and together you can come up with new solutions.
Getting Started with the Work
As you read the comments that follow Getting a Grip on Saturn-Neptune Aspects –and the comments in various discussions here–you may have an eerie sense of finding long lost sisters and brothers, as though you all had the same parents.
Introduce yourself in the comment section here. Not your whole life story yet–we’re going to have a series of posts where individual members share their stories. For now, settle in, and start reading.
You may also find it helpful to treat yourself to one of those beautiful bound books that you can use as a journal or workbook for this second Saturn Return year.