Were you born sometime between September, 1951 and October, 1953, while Saturn in was intermittently within an 8° range of a conjunction to Neptune? If so, your second Saturn return is coming between September of this year and September of 2012.
(Transiting Saturn returns to the same place it was when you were born at approximately 29-year intervals, and that’s called the Saturn Return. Your first Saturn return was in the early 1980s.)
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.
For your particular age group, this may well be a challenging period, because you were born with a mixture of Saturnian and Neptunian qualities, and this is a period when you’ll be reassessing how well they work together. There will be articles and group discussions on this private blog to help you understand the issues at stake in this especially intense second Saturn return.
INFORMATION ABOUT NEPTUNE-SATURN ASPECTS: Free for your group only, this is a chapter devoted to the psychological and historical background of your group from Donna Cunningham’s ebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, volume 3: Aspects between the Outer Planets, published by Moon Maven Publications. Download it here: Cunningham-Saturn-Neptune-aspects.
(Astrologers, you may also want to pass this information on to clients fitting into that group. Astrology lovers, pass it on to friends. )
It’s important for you to understand the parts of your birth chart that will take center stage for an encore of past eras. There are links below to articles that can help you determine which important areas of life it’s advisable to start working on now.
Give yourself time to face and address the major issues and life patterns that Saturn-Neptune conjunction has meant over the years, so that this does not have to be a time when they come to a head in a negative way. Instead, you can use it productively to conquer some of your barriers and build a more solid foundation for your senior years.
You may find it helpful to keep a notebook or journal to record your thoughts and memories during this period.
Some important basic information will be found on the page called “Free Downloads” to help you get started, including a chapter on Saturn-Neptune aspects.
If you’re a student of astrology, here are some ways studying your astrology chart can help you understand tyhe challenges of this period:
Step One: Find Saturn and Neptune on your chart and identify the house of your birth chart where they are placed. This will help you identify the areas of life that will be affected by the return and the people in your environment who are most likely to be involved. Suggested reading on Donna Cunningham’s blog, Skywriter:
- Download a chapter on the houses here: AGSA ch13-houses
- Download a chart blank here: Blank chart with house meanings.
- Read the Question and Answer Session about that house from a list here: Readers Ask: Basic Questions about the 12 Houses
- A Who’s Who of your Horoscope–the Players in all 12 Houses
- Check the listings under Houses of the Horoscope for articles about specific houses.
Step Two: Determine whether they are conjunct natally—that is, within a 0-8° range of one another, both in the sign Libra. For instance, suppose Saturn is at 22° Libra 50’ and Neptune is at 27° Libra 20’. They are only 5° apart and thus are conjunct. Keep track of the degree numbers involved, as that will help you track the times when transiting Saturn in Libra will be making the return.
Step Three: Read–or re-read– Getting a Grip on Saturn-Neptune Aspects, including the comments, to see if you relate to the Saturn-Neptune life patterns described there. (It would help others with the same aspect if you added a bit of your own story to that section too.)
Step Four: Take the tests to measure the relative strengths of Saturn and Neptune in your chart—or get someone to help you with it—for that planet may dominate in the combination and during this transit:
(Over your head already? Skip to the bottom of the post for the “write to my advice column” option.)
Remember, Saturn has retrograde periods and is likely to cross over a particular degree three times before moving on. (Write down the months it’s within a 3° range, as you’ll want to refer to it again as the year continues.)
Step Six: Read any of these articles related to Saturn in Libra that seem to apply: