Saturn Return in Astrology: Introduction
SATURN RETURN CYCLE: WHEN IT OCCURS
Saturn return occurs when transiting Saturn conjuncts your natal Saturn. As Saturn’s orbit is about 29 1/2 years, Saturn return occurs when you are around age 29 (and age 59 for the second return). There is a slight individual variation due to retrograde motions of Saturn – so the first Saturn return could happen at age 28, 29 or 30 (you’ll either need an astrological software or an ephemeris to get the accurate timing of your Saturn return.)
WHAT SATURN RETURN SIGNIFIES
Saturn symbolizes structure – as in the structure of your life (e.g. work, family, community, etc) and identity (ego). It is also the symbol of time – time to build, to advance, to accomplish something meaningful. Saturn return is a time when you experience a shift of level or direction. Frequently it represents the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
YOUR FIRST SATURN RETURN (AGE 28-30)
Your first Saturn return often symbolizes major shift in your career responsibility, and/or your family structure. For many people, this period often serves as the true transition into full adulthood through the added responsibility they usually acquire at this time.
YOUR SECOND SATURN RETURN (AGE 58-60)
Your second Saturn return is another time of major shift in identity. Often thoughts and plans for retirement is active at this time, and “what to do next” becomes a big theme. As Saturn cycle affects your life structure and identity, it’s a great time to ask yourself “what is my purpose in life? How do I express it more?”
Here is a good collection of anecdotes for Saturn Return by Nancy