Saturn return

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This article is about the astrological phenomenon. For the Noah Haidle play, see Saturn Returns (play).

In astrology, especially horoscopic astrology, a Saturn return is an astrological transit when a transiting Saturn planet returns to the same point in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person's birth (natal chart).[1][2]

Psychologically, Saturn Return is a phenomenon which is described by Western astrologers as influencing a person's life development at 29.5 year intervals. Jyotish (Indic) astrology says Saturn's transits around the 12 houses of the Zodiac is important during these moments: the sade-sati or 7 12-year period, in which Saturn transits the houses before and after, as well as in, the house where the native's Moon lies. These seven and half can often be difficult, and people go through difficulties and obstacles during these periods. Those with Capricorn, Aquarius and Libra Moons, however, see great progress, since Saturn rules the first two, and is exalted in the last sign. In addition, Saturn's transit through the Fourth and the Eighth Houses are also important: known respectively as the dhaiya and astamashani periods.

These intervals or "returns" coincide with the approximate time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun, i.e. 29.5 years. Western astrologers believe that, as Saturn "returns" to the degree in its orbit occupied at the time of birth, a person crosses over a major threshold and enters the next stage of life. With the first Saturn return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second return, maturity. And with the third and usually final return, a person enters wise old age. These periods are estimated[by whom?] to occur at roughly the ages of 28-31, 56-60 and 84-90. A fourth return occurs for only a few people, at age 114-118.


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  2. ^ Constance Stellas (2005). Advanced Astrology for Life. Adams Media. p. 77. ISBN 1593371977. 
  • Greene, Liz (1976). Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil. 
  • Schostak, Sherene; Weiss, Stefanie Iris (2003). Surviving Saturn's Return: Overcoming the Most Tumultuous Time of Your Life. 
  • Sullivan, Erin (2000). Saturn in Transit. 

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