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Saturn Return Career Change (Saturn Return Midlife Crisis)
Since a lot of people have been asking me questions about the link between astrology and career, I have decided to dive a bit deeper into this topic and dissect the Saturn return phenomenon.
In my opinion, there are lots of misconceptions about this early life (and midlife crisis) period and the challenges it imposes on us and our lifestyle (mainly in the area of work and career).
What is a Saturn return?
Every planet in the Solar system has a different speed of movement through the zodiac. In this case, Saturn makes a complete circle for about 29 years. This means that at the age of 29 this slow-moving planet will return to its original position in our birth chart. The next one will be around the age of 60, and if there will be a third one – around 90.
That is the main reason we see so many people making radical shifts in the careers during these points in life. We have successful entrepreneurs, actors, performers who suddenly make a turn in their life path and receiver greater satisfaction in their work.
How does that affect us?
Saturn is often considered to be “the great malefic” causing crises, setting boundaries, limitations, and responsibilities. But I think this name is much undeserved. I prefer the nickname “the great teacher”. Think of Saturn as the wise sage or the father figure who wants to teach his children the important lessons in life and prepare them properly for their path ahead as adults. Because, in my opinion, you do not become an adult when you turn 18, not even 21, but rather at your late 20s and early 30s. That’s when the tough decisions starts coming, that’s when you have real life responsibilities, such as going to work, surviving on the material plane, taking care of kids, helping out your parents, etc.
And if you are not prepared, if you lack the necessary skill set, problems start to arise at high speed!
What are the lessons of Saturn?
The main focus of this planet is centered on the topics of discipline, the ability to take responsibilities, being able to work within certain limitations (for example, not enough resources, less freedom, etc.), being able to provide material goods for yourself and your family to survive and thrive, ambition and career advancement, etc. These are all the traits of the Capricorn zodiac sign, if you have noticed. You can check out this article to learn more about the mighty Goat!
Saturn return and career change
When Saturn returns to its original position in our birth chart it may feel like we are being tested. Have learnt the lessons of the great teacher? If not, this may be a huge reality check and a period which feels a lot like a crisis – you may make radical changes in your career path (or get sacked), and some relationships may break apart – sorry, kids, playtime is over! It is time to get real! 😀
But on the bright side, as the Japanese say, every crisis is an opportunity in disguise! Your Saturn return is your golden chance to make changes, to pick wisely, to shift gears and start following your vocation life, your true calling and passion!
How to know if you need a change?
It is very simple – if you feel you are not in the right place and you are not doing what you love, if you feel you have a deep unfulfilled desire to be something else and to have a different impact in the world, then these can be telltale signs you are about to make a leap into a more satisfying job or a relationship.
Some people even face their Saturn return jobless. This could also be interpreted as an opportunity to make appropriate change.
How to pick a better career?
I would recommend two modalities – they can be used separately, but for best results – use them in combination.
These are astrology and human design.
With astrology you can find a more suitable theme for your next vocation depending in your characteristics – your sun sign, your ascendant, the fifth house (your job), and your tenth house (career, reputation, work environment, and higher calling and vocation). I have a tutorial on how to calculate your chart and find the position of your tenth house and a separate blog series on how to interpret this configuration.
Also, you can grab some excellent books on this topic to help you out => Jan Spiller’s The Astrology of Success, Vol. 2 of The Only Way to Learn Astrology, and Vol. 3 of The Only Way to Learn Astrology.
The second modality is a favorite of mine. Human design is a relatively new system which holistically combines traditional Western astrology, I Ching, Quantum Physics, Spirituality, the Law of Attraction, etc. The possibilities of human design are so many that it deserves a whole blob post on its own.
But for the sake of our topic today, I will share that this system can give you extremely practical day-to-day guidelines how make correct decisions in life (including your best career field and most suitable job opportunities), and how to manage your energy (some people are born with excess life energy, while others need more rest and this will influence the type of job you pick), etc.
The main thing about human design I want to express is this – this system teaches you how to be you, how to love yourself, and how to focus on your strengths and talents and how to delegate the stuff you are not good at, instead of constantly comparing yourself to others trying to emulate them with no success.
To start your human design journey, you can check out one of the awesome Human Design teachers Rosy Aronson, Ph.D and start changing your life and moving towards your goals according to your personality and your unique strengths and talents (instead of trying unsuccessfully to change who you are and working on your weaknesses!)
Saturn return survival guide
In conclusion, I would like to give you some tips and a quick action guide. This astrological phenomenon is a golden opportunity to make changes and here what I would suggest:
- Think about your current job or career – are you satisfied with it? Is there something you feel deep inside you must do instead of your present work? This may require learning a new profession, going back to school, getting new certifications, and this process takes time, so better now than never!
- The Saturn lessons – be honest with yourself and check whether you have learnt to take responsibilities and to disciplined. If not, now is the time to start making some habit changes to help you out in this journey. I am a huge fan of the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
- Career guidance – if you need help, do not hesitate to search for guidance from coaches, advisers, books, and other specialist in this field to have a clearer picture of what you want to be and to achieve in life! Just on more tip – always follow your gut when making such changes (BTW, with human design you will learn exactly how to do this, just sayn’ 🙂 )