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A Saturn return is a specific time when Saturn completes a full round around the Zodiac and finally returns to its original position. You can find its origin position based on your birth date. A Saturn return is significant because it happens only once every 29.4 years!
Each return lasts for 2 and a half years each, so you should experience your Saturn returns around ages 27, 57, and 87. Significant changes are bound to come your way at this time, and it would be prudent to make the most of it.
The Lowdown On Saturn Returns
Saturn, Capricorn’s ruling planet, governs matters of time, structure, order, and law. It is the embodiment of stability, and so its movement can cause major shake ups in your life.
Whether it’s your love life or your career, or even your relationships with friends or family, Saturn brings big changes in its wake.
So you’d best get comfortable because it’s about to get uncomfortable.
A Saturn return is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can expect to have to leave your comfort zones. But on the other hand, leaving your comfort zones can free you and allow you to grow even further. Saturn’s return brings hard-earned lessons, but they are critical if you are to remain true to your karma.
And don’t think you can run away from all of this, either. You may be able to hide away and twiddle your thumbs for this return, but you’re only delaying the inevitable. Not only have you not grown at all, but Saturn will be back the next go around. So best take your lumps now and come out better for it!
With that sobering thought in mind, here are 6 things you can do during your Saturn return. If you make the most of this time, you’ll definitely be well on your way to being a better person living a better life.
Do Some Much Needed Self-Reflection
The first step to maximizing this unique time of growth is to reflect upon yourself. It’s a good time as any for you to take stock of your life and see where things went right and where things went wrong.
It’s best if you take your time with this one and be completely honest with yourself. Even if it’s hard, you need to take a look at the things you’ve been avoiding up until this point.
Of course, you don’t need to have all the answers from the word go. But by asking these questions, you put yourself in a mindset of improvement and resolution. It means that you are aligned with Saturn’s influence and are ready to learn your needed lessons.
Ask For The Help You Need
Of course, no one goes at it alone. There will be times where you will find yourself at your breaking point. And for these times, you will need to call upon others for help.
Ironically, this may be the time where you feel the most isolated. With that in mind, remember that your support system will be there for you. Your friends, your family, and anyone you are close to are there to help you along your way.
Don’t be afraid to reach out. Get counseling, therapy, a checkup, whatever you need. And always remember, you are not alone.
Check Your Health
Your return will test all facets of your life. Not only will you face tests spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, but also physically.
Like the last section advises, now is not the time to be ignoring your health. You are strong, and you’re always growing stronger, but you aren’t invincible.
Make sure to eat healthily and stay active. Don’t skip your checkups, and stay on top of any health issues before they get worse. If you are in good working order, the stresses of life will train you instead of break you.
Enjoy The Process
The last few sections may have seemed grim, but they’re good warnings so that you avoid common pitfalls. Additionally, this is also a time of growth and beauty.
Examine yourself and your life from time to time. While things may seem uncertain, always acknowledge the progress you see and the progress you don’t. Celebrate your little victories. Celebrate them alone and also with others.
Keep joy and gratitude in your heart, and it will bolster your resolve. The fruits of your labor are yours to enjoy, so don’t deny yourself that.
Keep An Open Mind
Never forget that Saturn’s return is a time of great upheaval. So prepare yourself and let go of preconceived notions.
By the end of your return, you may be very different from who you used to be a long time ago. Things that used to be familiar to you may feel alien now, and you might not even recognize your past self!
With that said, every plan looks like a disaster in the middle. And you may definitely feel like you’re in one when you start your return.
Keep an open mind and trust the process. Things are not always what they seem, and you may need to make some violent sweeping changes to grow as a person.
Manifest Your Desires and Aspirations
Last but definitely not least, you need to know what you want. The first tip works to center you and provide you with a starting point. This last tip reminds you to give yourself direction.
Once you’ve cleared yourself up and have steeled yourself to being a better person, take some time to be sure of what you want. Sure, it’s easy to say you want to “be better” or “live a better life,” but what does that even mean?
Take this time to think about the things you want. Formulate plans to achieve your goals. Manifest your desires in your thoughts and actions.
You can keep yourself on track by doing this sort of reflection every few months or so.
by Starzology Guest Writers
This guest post explores the challenges to find an astrologer in India.
Although this post is not of the typical fare here at Starzology it is enlightening to see another culture's view.
These days astrology has become more of a business than art or passion as it was earlier. Even when you switch on your TV, astrologer advertisements, have become a common sight.
Many of these astrologers on TV which you come across are commercial having the ultimate aim of just raking in money from the common people under one pretext or the other.
Hence, it becomes quite difficult for common people to go to a ‘genuine’ astrologer who practices this profession for passion rather than for the money. This blog will help in understanding how to find a reliable astrologer who will guide you in the correct direction.
Astrology is an age-old field which helps people to know and understand what their future looks like from a person who is an expert in this field.
Thus, based on your date of birth, place of birth along with the time of your birth, an astrologer who is believed to be an expert in this field will determine the position of different planets, on the basis of which, he makes predictions about your future.
Scope of Astrology
Today astrology is not just restricted to reading one’s palms known as Palmistry or reading one’s patri or other the traditional kinds of astrology.
Besides palmistry and patri, astrology also includes the science of numerology, gemology, Feng Shui, handwriting analysis, Vastu Shastra and so on. Each has its own importance and specialty.
Get in Touch with the Right Astrologers
If you are looking for a famous TV astrologer, you can be quite confused with the options presented to you. The best way to decide is to ask them a few questions, as below:
- What are their methods? Do they use age-old methods or are their predictions based on calculations and logical reasoning as well.
- What is their experience? Anyone who has less than five years of experience may not be the right bet for you. More the experience in the field, better for you.
- Who are their clientele? A good astrologer will always enjoy a good clientele that has benefitted from him or her.
- Do they sell something? Many times, astrologers also sell gems after advising their clients. It is best to stay away from such astrologers as their main focus is to make money by selling these products which customers are lured into buying.
- Can they help remotely? If you are only dependent on visiting them personally for help and advice, it may not be a great idea for the future. There are some astrologers who can also offer help and solutions on phone calls, skype, emails, etc.
People should consult an astrologer who has been in this profession for a long time and has created a themselves strong goodwill and reputation for themselves.
If someone is a TV astrologer, it does not mean he or she is the right person for you.
Thus, do further research and ask your astrologer the above questions before you trust him or her and share your problems.
This guest post is by Sumity Paul from India.
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Astrological insights into the March 2016 solar eclipse from guest writer Lara Noel.
Pisces Solar Eclipse ~ The Original Wound
“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
March 8th @ 5:54 pm (PST), 18 degrees Pisces
Conjunct Chiron and South Node,
Yes.. it’s a eclipse time again. Anyone with planets or points between 15-19 degrees around the zodiac, and particularly the mutable signs Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces, will be feeling this eclipse strongly. These portals of evolutionary growth may uncomfortably force change if change isn’t proactively being sought. This particular eclipse season may be more emotional, internal, and sensitive than usual with so many planets in Pisces. Visiting moments of feeling like we’re fighting the underwater pressure, to moments of openness, freedom and awakening. These are the emotional waves of dear Pisces.
Insights, inspiration and intuition are heightened. Dreams and goals are being worked on. Simultaneously we may see grief, sadness, and shame from past events begin to surface. Motivation may be laking. There’s a tendency toward depression, fatigue, and confusion with the strong Pisces and Saturn energy. But there’s also potential to move beyond this into healing and creative manifestation. Sometimes we need to visit the darkness before we can move into the light. Sometimes we need aloneness and reflection before we can meet others again.
This New Moon Solar Eclipse is making strong aspects to several planets. We are exploring the differences between spiritual, personal, religious truths and the ultimate truth which supersedes all. To start with, this is a South Node eclipse in Pisces. The combination of South Node and Pisces is calling us to return to the beginning of creation. A return to our true nature. To Source, to pure consciousness, to love, to simplicity, to non-duality. The New Moon Ruler, Neptune, is conjunct Mercury, giving it a slightly Mercury retrograde feel to it. We are seeking order amidst the chaos of emotion, overwhelm, and confusion. Reflecting, reworking, revisiting. It’s a blending of Heart and Mind and we are discerning which to follow, and how to integrate both.
The New Moon is also closely conjunct Chiron, triggering a deep core wound. A collective shift in consciousness is occurring as each of us journeys to heal past life and ancestral karmic patterns. There’s a concept that we come to this world with two dualistic desires. One desire is to return back to where we came. To Source, the non-dualistic, blissful, safe place where we are all one, everything and nothing, at once. The other desire is to separate from Source so that we may individuate and experience our own uniqueness, identity, desires and purpose. However, this separation from Source and Unconditional Love and into a physical body where we experience suffering, pain, abandonment, and disillusionment, is our original core wound that we are collectively working though now.
Each of us has a unique story attached to this wound, which brings us to our next two aspects to the New Moon. A Square from Saturn in Sagittarius, and an Opposition from Jupiter in Virgo, forming a Mutable T-Square. Each of our unique stories around this core wound has attached unconscious beliefs that influence every part of our reality, particularly our work and health issues. The collective beliefs we are working through now are about not being good enough, perfect enough, deserving enough to live a happy, abundant life filled with love, purpose, and meaning. We see how we sabotage ourselves from achieving this happiness because of these negative core beliefs, and how easily we distract ourselves to avoid facing them. We may feel overwhelmed as we move in and out of the past wound and present reality, but doing so gives a clear insight and opportunity to heal.
This New Moon, as is the nature of New Moon energy, provides a new path, new beginning for us to move into. A path to heal the past, so we can begin again. With the Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse following this solar eclipse, our healing process will have a direct impact on the important relationships in our life. With Saturn involved strongly in both eclipses, we have the opportunity to meet our resistance and fears of abandonment and lack. By addressing emotions, memories and traumas in our body from the past that are affecting our present moment, we can learn to have healthy boundaries and a solid foundation of self- love. The darker path of Pisces is to avoid this pain, both physical and emotional, through, addiction, escapism, martyrdom, and victimization, which gets us of the hook from taking responsibility.
The Light side of Pisces to remembering we are whole, healed, perfect and connected to Source in every moment. That’s the direction we want to keep moving in, even in the midst of what surfaces. The illusion of the wound is what keeps us in suffering. By allowing compassion and forgiveness, for our self and others, we open our heart to self-love and acceptance. We may be faced with many choices during this time, and as we heal, it will become clear which choices are healthy and reflect our value and worth.
The tension of the Mutable T-Square between the New Moon/Chiron, Saturn, and Jupiter/North Node, asks us to recreate our story, find our deepest truth, and to live it in every moment. We can rise up to this opportunity and see life from a larger, and enlightened perspective, or contract in fear and allow limitations and old, stubborn perspectives, and our need to control, to decide our course. The beauty of Pisces is learning to surrender to the flow and trust that something bigger than ourselves, and more deeply intelligent than our minds can ever understand, is guiding us towards our highest good. Sometimes the biggest lesson is learning to get out of our own way.
Saturn gives us a reality check and the opportunity to mature and take responsibility for our own happiness. The challenge and beauty of mutable signs is that they’re always changing. This creates difficulty with commitment and consistency, but also allows adaptability in many circumstances. The commitment we need to make now is to ourself. Mastering our past, our emotions and mind, integrating both, is what liberates us. The desire for stability and freedom is pushing us to find creative ways to hold both simultaneously.
Self care is also major theme of this New Moon. Physical and psychological issues may flare up. We are likely to feel overwhelmed, sensitive, touchy, projecting our issues onto others. Are we too emotional and reacting from our wound? Or not emotional enough? Caught in mental chatter, avoiding, judging, criticizing, analyzing and thinking our truth is the right and only truth? Communicate with compassion and be open to see others perspectives. If there’s confusion, acknowledge it instead of being dishonest, even if it hurts to hear. The truth will surface now even if we try to avoid it.
On a more practical level, this New Moon is helping us manifest our dreams and goals. Through this process of manifestation, we face those fears and insecurities of not being good or deserving enough, and take a step forward anyway. We may have moments of wanting to give up under the pressure. If disappointment or inertia arise, take a break, then rework your approach, without heavy criticism, and try again. Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sag offer practical solutions and new perspectives to address the issues coming up now. Even if the path doesn’t feel clear yet, Saturn provides us with the test of time and experience, helping us trust in, and commit to the journey.
Many of us may also be asking if our work in alignment with our purpose? Are we feeling fulfilled, and expressing our gifts and creativity in service of others? Are we being acknowledged for our work? This New Moon gives us the juice we need to to change situations that aren’t in alignment with our highest truth and purpose. As opportunities arise and each small choice we make towards expanding into our gifts, is a step towards fulfilling our dreams. Saturn may make us work for it, and it may take some time before we see it flourish. For those who have been steadily working towards your dreams and goals, a new level of solidification and stability is arising now. You may need to work out some details, tweak and reorganize a few things, but this New Moon allows you to plant a solid and inspired foot on the path.
Our dreams and visions are strong now, and its up to us to discern what’s truth and illusion, healthy and unhealthy. If something in your life isn’t working, begin to clearly envision what your soul desires and deserves. Set those intentions through writing, prayer, and creative expression. Then work on practical daily steps you can take to manifest those desires. If overwhelm sets in, give yourself permission to retreat and reflect. Take time for yourself in healthy, restorative ways. Meditate, immerse yourself in art, dance, music, nature. Nurture your body and soul. Find ways to reconnect to the Piscean Source of love and beauty within and without. We can now move beyond the story of the wound, beyond mental chatter, beyond the physical, mental, emotional pain, beyond our self-limiting beliefs, and come to rest in the unconditional Love that exists within our heart.
“The beauty of Astrology is the ever changing relationship the planets have to each other, and that we have to them based on our level of awareness and evolution.”
Lara Noel is an astrologer at Solpath Healing Astrology.
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This guest post is by Jeff Monachelli
(February 19 – March 20)
Duality lies at the core of this sensitive, fanciful sign. Firstly, occupying the watery realm of emotions brings immense potential to serve humanity, via a compassionate, fully empathetic stance. It is possible that no other sign “feels” for another sentient being more than a Pisces. On the other side of the coin, a theme of inconstancy plagues Pisces, This can make it difficult for them to live a solid, grounded reality. Can such a lovely sign be practical? Many Pisceans combine the dreaminess of Neptune with more concrete skills; similar to its opposite sign, Virgo.
Famous Pisceans such as: Physicist Albert Einstein, Astronomer Percival Lowell and Composer Quincy Jones all display that magical combination of universal and emotional insight fused with pragmatic acumen. Pisces has an air of alchemy and enchantment about them. It flows through their veins…and they can intuit a plethora of knowledge about what is behind the scenes.
The essence of Pisces is non- conformity, escapism and a liking for all things mysterious and perhaps irrational. Its ruler, Neptune was the God of the Sea, holding a trident in an upwards direction. This signifies the Pisces nature wanting to break free from restrictive, mundane matters and strive to enter the world of spiritual matters. An enigmatic sign, Pisces is forever searching for a watery stream that will bring emotional fulfillment.
Pisces have a strongly emotional and chameleonic aura (not to be confused with the tricky, mental changeability of Gemini). Being soulful and very much a sponge, they absorb the energies of their immediate environment. They often need (and like) alone time to recharge their batteries.
Traditionally, Pisces is known as “weak-willed”. This has some truth in its symbology. The symbol of two fish swimming in opposite directions indicates a flight sort of response, rather than fight. However, more than any other sign in the Zodiac; Pisces will take on the flavor of the signs positioned in their Natal Chart.
In regards to Modern Astrology, it should be noted that when you visualize the vast, deep oceanic power of water; all is possible. Pisces have subtle, hidden power inside their very core. Therein lies the potential of the two fish swimming (one upstream, the other downstream); evolve into higher planes, or devolve by evading responsibility and ultimate passivity.
Pisces is a mutable water sign that takes possession of the 12th house of the zodiac circle. In modern astrology, Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune (Poseidon). However, traditionally Pisces is co-ruled by Jupiter (Zeus). Depending on the Birth aspects to a Pisces Sun, being so “tuned in” can cause total illusion or disillusion.
There was a song from the 1980’s in which the female singer emoted, “I Know There’s Something Going On”. The song had a mysterious, nebulous tone to it, and seems to fit with this sign. As a Pisces, there are just things you simply know or sense, to the amazement of others. Within this almost supernatural type of knowledge, lie two very different fishes: one is sweet, unassuming, full of faith for others; compassionate and kind. This is the most typical Pisces most of us think of.
However, the flip side demonstrates a darker side. A disenfranchised, rejected Pisces can easily become unstable, inconstant and feel a strong sense of self-pity. Being the last sign of the Zodiac, it is likely that Pisces can feel and spot every other signs weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
Jeff Monachelli is an intuitive, holistic Astrologer from Milford, CT, United States. His focus lies in uncovering a person’s symbology that resides in their Birth (Natal) Chart. His fervor manifests in an ability to see the whole picture as a snapshot, as well as the unique details that lie in a person’s Astrological information.
Contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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