Understanding The Saturn Return: Wise Words From Idiosyncratic Fashionistas
Astrology IRL's Morgan Rehbock speaks to the daring duo.
No Doubt's Return of Saturn might have been your favorite album growing up, but I doubt you have a similar review to share about your Saturn Return. On December 24 2014 Saturn shifted from Scorpio to Sagittarius, where it will be for most of the next three years. For anyone reading this who was born between November 1982 and 1985, your Saturn return is officially over. Thank Goddess! Now Saturn will begin its cosmic hazing rituals on young adults born between 1985 and 1988.
Saturn determines the real and metaphysical work that we have to do in life, and our assignments are about to shift drastically as the new planetary phase sets in. Saturn in Sagittarius wants us to expand our vision of the universe and turn outwards, while Saturn in Scorpio needed us to look deeply inside. Saturn tends not to be enthusiastic by nature, whereas Saturn in Sagittarius sets off a positive aspect with three other planets in fire signs that helps us do the new work we know must be done with an amped up outlook.
Everyone under the sun will feel the new Saturn situation but the Saturn in Sagittarius BBs are the ones who will have the most work to do. The Saturn Return represents the final hurdle on your cosmic journey towards adulthood, when you get to question the rules one last time before you have to commit to following them. Saturn takes 28.5 years to move through all twelve Zodiac signs, setting you a deadline to learn the ways of the world from the day you are born. Unfortunately, Saturn in Sagittarius people hate deadlines and need an exceptional amount of freedom, so rebellious behavior and an extra turnt attitude is to be expected from this generation.
If you are lucky enough to meet your Saturn Return, you will be faced with some tough questions. Are you happy with your job? Your relationship? Your selfie? Does your outlook need to drastically shift? If you answer is yes, Saturn will like your status and support your personal growth. If you lack confidence, Saturn will be unrelenting in its push for transformation. Essentially Saturn is just looking out for your long-term wellbeing.
One of my favorite astrologers in New York, Shirley Soffer, says the Saturn Return is like "moving in to the second room of your life" and you have to choose what to bring in to this space. Some of us merely have to do a little bit of redecorating, while others will begin a gut renovation.
But Saturn doesn't close the door after its first return. It will come back again before your 60th birthday asking you a new set of questions. To honor Saturn's change of signs, and the wisdom it will bring with time, I wanted to ask some of the wisest and most stylish women I know to share insight from their own Saturn stories.
Valerie is one half of NYC's most daring duos, the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, who have made themselves known for their unique and exquisite taste. This is her reflection on her first Saturn return:
I moved to Japan when I was 27, and to Tokyo when I was 29. I would say that was the most interesting time of my life, and had the most influence in shaping the person I became. Not sure I have any wisdom to share, but I can highly recommend moving to a foreign country to take you out of your comfort zone, and challenge you to see what you're capable of.
Jean, the second half of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, had this wisdom to share after thinking back to her Saturn return:
I moved to NYC in 1975 to be with my boyfriend. In 1977, he broke up with me and I was devastated. I moved as far away from him (and his new girlfriend) and the Upper East Side as possible — to Soho when it was still rough on the outskirts and filled with artists' lofts, not Wall Street bankers and multi-million dollar condos.
I was truly out of my element and open to new people, experiences, information, art and music. I embraced Punk with a vengeance and lived almost a double life: working by day to keep a roof over my head, buy clothes and travel and by night going to art openings, theater and dance performances, and almost obsessively clubbing and dancing. In 1979, I had to make a choice about which direction my life was going to take: I had to decide whether I was going to be the grasshopper in the fable who sang all summer and starved to death in winter or the ant who worked to store up food to survive the winter. Although many of my friends chose the former, I chose the latter. My self-absorbed, leaching artist boyfriend —whom I supported for three years — and I broke up. I got serious about my job and treated it like a career, and moved to share a loft on West 26th Street.
Although I had doubts and second-guessed myself more than once, it was one of the best decisions of my life. I stopped worrying about what other people thought of me and the persona I had created. I focused on what I really wanted and needed for fulfillment. It was most definitely my own personal transition to adulthood. Concurrent with this process was the AIDS crisis which was unfolding. During this period, many of my friends were getting sick; several became extremely ill. Until doctors were able to diagnose it as HIV, it was treated like a plague. So many of my friends and acquaintances died during that time period and over the next decade, it was a like a cloud of darkness that overlaid everything.
Photography: Christine Hahn