It's not me, it's astrology.
It's a pretty well-known fact that people, particularly women, begin to feel a little on edge in the runup to their 30th birthday. You remember that episode of Friends, the one where Rachel turns 30. There's a lot of alcohol, tears, poking at your ageing skin and a running commentary that you're now "OLD".
If you can relate to what we're talking about then our bets are that you've been there and since seen the light. That, or you're currently in the midst of a major freak out. And hey, we get it but let us remind you that 30 is not old, its actually young AF. You're only just getting started in life and it really is nothing to be frightened of.
Bad news: that freakout is inevitable. Good news: it's not your fault. Y'see it turns out we can now blame the stars for this sense of discomfort, particularly - The Saturn Return.
The Saturn return is an astrological event that occurs roughly every 29 years and is the reason for your mid-20s. Simply put, the Saturn Return is when Saturn enters/returns to the same zodiac sign it was in when you were born. The length of time it takes Saturn to complete one full orbit around the sun is the reason why you encounter this nervous energy in your mid-late 20s.
It's kind of like an astrological rite of passage into adulthood. Saturn is known as the taskmaster planet as it carries a cruel-to-be-kind energy meaning when Saturn returns to your life, it's going to issue some serious life lessons which cause you to grow up.
During The Saturn Return, you come face-to-face with your inner demons. You'll reflect on your past and look towards your future. You'll deliberate on whether your life has been worthwhile or not and discover a new path to take. Saturn is here to make you acknowledge your mistakes and process your negatives so hickups are a thing of your past. You'll also realise that time and opportunity is limitless.
But with all that good stuff comes some shocking elements that inevitably leads to your freakout. Saturn will teach you that youth fades, that you're not immortal and that you are vulnerable. GULP. Saturn wants you to just go for it, to not waste any time. It's your life and you're in control.
So when is your Saturn Return? First, you've got to figure out what your Saturn sign is which can you do thanks to this handy calculator. Next, you need to use the dates below to determine when Saturn will return (...or if it already has).
Libra – September 21 1980 – August 24 1983
Scorpio – Nov 29 1982 – November 17 1985
Sagittarius – November 17 1985 – November 12 1988
Capricorn – February 13 1988 – February 6 1991
Aquarius – February 6 1991 – January 8 1994
Pisces – May 21 1993 – April 7 1996
Aries – April 7 1996 – March 1 1999
Taurus – June 9 1998 – April 20 2001
Gemini – August 10 2000 – June 4 2003
Cancer – June 4 2003 – July 16 2005
Leo – July 16 2005 – September 2 2007
Virgo – September 2 2007 July 21 2010
Libra – October 29 2009 – October 5 2012
Scorpio – October 5 2012 – September 18 2015
Sagittarius – September 18 2015 – December 19 2017
Capricorn – December 19 2017 – December 16 2020
Aquarius – March 21 2020 – March 7 2023
Pisces – March 7 2023 – February 13 2026
The reason for the three-year span is that the Saturn Return can actually take 2.5-3 years to unfold. Therefore you could be in your early 30s before you even feel the side effects. Oh, and it's also worth noting this isn't a once in a lifetime occurrence. The Saturn Return will come back to hit you in your late 50s, early 60s too. What fun!
But the important thing to realise is this isn't a bad thing. Yes, you'll freak out and be met with the realisation that you're getting older but you'll also begin to take your life by the reigns which will lead to you living a more positive and happy life.