A Saturn return is a momentous event that happens to you every 29.4 years that you are alive. This time, when Saturn returns to the same place in the Zodiac where it was when you are born, brings the major structures of your life up for review.
However, not all Saturn returns are identical. Saturn goes through the same 12 Zodiac signs that the Sun does, but Saturn takes 29.4 years to complete the trip, while the Sun only takes one year. You, therefore, have a Saturn sign that is not necessarily the same as your Sun sign.
If you have Saturn in Aries, your Saturn returns in Aries will emphasize themes of freedom and autonomy. You may need to intentionally structure your life to accommodate your fast, independent pace. You might also need to cultivate an inner sense of identity that no frustrating circumstance can take away from you.
The characteristics of your Saturn return in Aries may also vary based on the house where Saturn is located in your natal chart. While the first Saturn return that happens in your late twenties is well known, many people also go on to have second and third Saturn returns that revisit similar themes.
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First Saturn Return in Aries
Your first Saturn return takes place when you are in your late twenties. The first Saturn return gets the most attention because so many big life choices seem to come to a head then. You may begin or end a significant relationship.
You might begin or end a commitment to a particular career. You could even become a parent.
If your first Saturn return takes place in the sign of Aries, whatever life choices you consider at that time could tend to run through the filter of whether or not you have enough freedom. You may leave a career or relationship that holds you back or does not give you enough room to express yourself.
On the other hand, if you spent your teens and twenties abusing your freedom and acting recklessly, your Saturn return in Aries may be a time when you realize there are limits to freedom. You might realize you need to take responsibility for your actions.
Second Saturn Return in Aries
Your second Saturn return takes place when you are in your late fifties. While your first Saturn return may have had you establishing yourself in your career, your second Saturn return could have you thinking seriously about retirement.
While you may have married or become a parent at your first Saturn return, you could be experiencing an empty nest at your second Saturn return.
If you have been toeing the line up to this point, your second Saturn return in Aries may be a time when you finally take a big risk you have always wanted to take. You could have the financial stability to do so, and you might not be caring for young children anymore. You might as well go for it!
If you are struggling with the responsibility end of freedom, though, your second Saturn return in Aries could be a time when you are forced to acknowledge limits. You may be feeling the age of your physical body, and you might need to commit to taking better care of yourself.
Third Saturn Return in Aries
While most readers are probably on their first or second Saturn returns, imagining your third Saturn return, when you are in your late eighties, can be a helpful exercise. Where do you want to be toward the end of your life, and what do you have to do now to get there?
Many people lose certain aspects of their autonomy, like being able to drive, as they get into the later years of their lives. For someone experiencing their third Saturn return in Aries, a loss of this kind could be especially difficult to take.
However, a key phrase for Aries is “I am.” For your third Saturn return, and any other Saturn return, in Aries, an important lesson may be learning to feel inner freedom regardless of what limitations you face in your external circumstances.
Saturn Return in Aries by House
Many people born within a couple of years of you will have Saturn in the same sign that you do, as Saturn stays in each sign for about two and a half years during its 29.4-year cycle. However, not all Saturn returns in Aries are identical.
Knowing the house in your astrological chart where your Saturn return takes place can help you understand why your experience of a Saturn return in Aries might differ from that of some of your peers.
If your time of birth is known, your astrological chart can be divided into twelve houses, each focusing on a different area of life. The house in your birth chart where Saturn is located is also the house where your Saturn return will take place.
Try looking up your astrological chart below to see the house where Saturn is located.
Saturn Return in Aries, First House
The symbolism of Aries overlaps quite a bit with the symbolism of the first house, so a first-house Saturn return in Aries might be the purest expression of a Saturn return in Aries.
The first house also represents the physical body. Saturn is associated with aging and the limitations of the physical body, so a first house Saturn return in Aries could involve becoming aware that you are not physically as young as you used to be.
Though you may mourn the loss of some abilities, you could also have an opportunity to reinvent how the world sees you. A first-house Saturn return in Aries is a great time to try a new look, a name change, a physical modification, or other things of that sort.
Saturn Return in Aries, Second House
The second house focuses on money and possessions. In general, having Saturn, the planet of restriction and limitation, in the second house could show that money does not come to you easily. However, you might have a disciplined attitude toward whatever money you do have.
Meanwhile, Aries in the second house could show that you have the ability to get money quickly, even though you might be inclined to spend it just as quickly. At a second house Saturn return in Aries, circumstances may push you to get your finances in order.
You might need to unlearn impulsive spending habits that you picked up from your parents.
Alternatively, maybe you have been trying to fit yourself into the mold of a parent who has a more practical second house, and it just isn’t working. In that case, your Saturn return in Aries could be an opportunity for you to accept your own financial style and succeed on your own terms.
Saturn Return in Aries, Third House
The third house is involved with communication. Having Saturn in your third house, regardless of its sign, can be associated with feeling like it is hard for you to communicate with the people around you and make yourself understood.
Meanwhile, Aries in the third house might tend to think and talk fast. At your third house Saturn return in Aries, people could finally tell you to quit interrupting them all the time. You may need to make an intentional effort to learn how to listen to others.
Aries in the third house could also be aggressive in communication. If you tend to easily get in fights with the people around you, you might face consequences for that at your third house Saturn return in Aries. However, you may wind up with the opportunity to defend yourself in a fight that really matters.
Saturn Return in Aries, Fourth House
The fourth house focuses on home and family matters. In general, having Saturn, the planet of restriction and limitation, in the fourth house can reflect that you felt like you did not get the nurturing you need growing up.
Meanwhile, Aries in the fourth house might show that your family’s dynamics include aggression or impulsivity. At a fourth house Saturn return in Aries, you could therefore be pushed to acknowledge that these dynamics hurt you in some way.
Maybe you needed more stability than a parent who moved around a lot or loudly vented their anger was able to offer you.
Alternatively, you may want to claim the aggressive or impulsive tendencies from your heritage as your own and put your own spin on them.
You might have long been annoyed that your family was so loud and obnoxious, but your Saturn return could show you how to channel that energy in a way that actually helps you.
Saturn Return in Aries, Fifth House
The fifth house is associated with children and creativity. Some people become parents at their Saturn returns, and a fifth house Saturn return could be especially likely to go in this direction. You might feel like you have to become a parent in order to be a proper adult.
Saturn in the fifth house, in any sign, might tend toward one’s inner child being overly serious. There could be a hurry to grow up. Aries, however, has a reputation for being a bit immature.
A fifth house Saturn return in Aries could therefore give you the opportunity to define maturity on your own terms instead of letting someone else tell you what is necessary to be an adult.
Saturn Return in Aries, Sixth House
The sixth house focuses on your routine responsibilities, like the day-to-day part of your work and what you must do to maintain your health.
Saturn in the sixth house can be associated with health problems, but it might just show that you are very focused on staying healthy even if you don’t have an illness to be concerned about.
Meanwhile, Aries in the sixth house could show that you have an impulsive approach to your health. A sixth house Saturn return in Aries might push you to get more serious about physically taking care of yourself.
On the other hand, maybe you have been trying to follow someone else’s schedule that isn’t really a fit for you. A sixth house Saturn return in Aries could therefore give you permission to listen to your own intuition about how your body works best.
Saturn Return in Aries, Seventh House
The seventh house is associated with significant one-on-one relationships including but not limited to marriage, and having Saturn here natally can suggest that you take such relationships very seriously.
Saturn returns can be associated with marriages or divorces, and a seventh-house Saturn return might be especially likely to go in this direction of changing your relationship status.
Aries in the seventh house could show that you are looking for independence in your relationships. If Aries is the sign on your Descendant, the beginning of your seventh house, you have Libra on the Ascendant.
You may be conciliatory and pleasing to most people you encounter, but, when it comes time to really commit to someone on a deep level, you want someone who can give you the freedom you’ve always secretly craved.
A seventh house Saturn return in Aries could therefore manifest in having to work out the boundaries of your significant relationships. Whether the request for more space comes from you or from the other person, both parties may find it a relief.
Alternatively, you might discover that you have been too detached from the other person and have room to become closer to them.
Saturn Return in Aries, Eighth House
The eighth house is linked with intense experiences like death and sexual intimacy. Boundaries tend to blur in these extreme situations, so the eighth house also handles situations of sharing finances or property.
It can even take in paranormal experiences where the basic structures of the physical world do not perform as expected. Having Saturn here in your birth chart can cause either an inability to get away from such difficult matters or a fear of approaching them.
With impulsive Aries in the eighth house, you might experience heavy eighth-house matters as seem to blow up out of nowhere and out of your control.
An eighth house Saturn return in Aries may encourage you to confront these issues proactively and deal with them before they deal with you. Aries have a great capacity for bravery, and intentionally developing this could change your life.
Saturn Return in Aries, Ninth House
The ninth house is associated with the systems of beliefs that make up society, like philosophies, legal codes, and religious doctrines. It is also linked to higher education. A person with Saturn in the ninth house, in general, might be either an especially dogmatic enforcer of such structures or someone who seems to be continually blocked by them.
However, impulsive Aries in the ninth house could have trouble with religious or educational systems that are too structured. A ninth house Saturn return in Aries might therefore be an opportunity to pursue those topics on your own terms, like through independent study or a personal spiritual quest.
You could also, at a ninth house Saturn return in Aries, discover that you finally have the patience to go back to school, especially if the school wasn’t a good fit for you when you were younger.
Having had time to live a little and find out what you want, you may now be able to make better use of what formal education has to offer.
Saturn Return in Aries, Tenth House
The tenth house is involved with matters of career and status. Having Saturn in the tenth house natally could suggest that your public role in the world is a source of concern for you. With hard work, you may achieve prominence in your profession, but it may also be hard to feel like you have ever done enough.
Aries in the tenth house wants a career with a lot of freedom. If you have been in a career that limits you, your tenth house Saturn return in Aries may push you out of there, so that you have an opportunity to find something else that fits you better.
However, some careers that Aries in the tenth house might be drawn to include elements of risk or physical exertion. If you have been in that kind of career all along, your tenth house Saturn return in Aries could be a time when you realize that your body has limits, no matter what your free spirit may want.
Saturn Return in Aries, Eleventh House
The eleventh house is associated with friendships and community groups. In general, having Saturn in the eleventh house could mean that finding a peer group is an important focus of your life. Early on, you may feel shut out of social connections, like they do not come easily to you.
Once you hit your stride, though, you may find that your commitments to groups and organizations become overwhelming for you.
Aries in the eleventh house could result in a social life like herding cats, where you are such an individualist that the only people you connect with are other individualists. You might also connect with others in a way focused on Aries pursuits, like watching or playing sports.
An eleventh-house Saturn return in Aries could be a time when you wonder whether your friends are really there for you. You might need to work on how you balance between having things your own way and having others in your life.
Saturn Return in Aries, Twelfth House
The twelfth house is associated with secrets and things that are out of view. Saturn represents structure, so Saturn in the twelfth house is a hidden structure, a hidden agenda running your life that even you may not be aware of.
Aries can have a great gift for making the complex simple. However, Aries is often not known for the patience required to sort through the confusing matters of the twelfth house.
A twelfth house Saturn return in Aries could therefore push you to sit still, or at least try walking meditation, long enough to figure out what is going on inside you. Once you commit to it, though, you may find yourself more insightful than you expect.