Aubrey Saturn Return in Capricorn – Part TWO
On Monday, January 27, 2020, I connected with Aubrey to catch up with her on her life experiences during her Saturn return, since we had not spoken since early 2018 when I had done a reading of her chart with her as part of this project. I learned then more about her early life with her family and growing up rather quickly, yet I was also thinking that she felt that her maturing process was slow as she approached thirty. Her birthday on June 20, 2020, marks a leap in adulthood, starting the decade of her thirties.
Aubrey is no stranger to being a mature adult. In her twenties, she became a mother, started a long-term relationship, and started and finished nursing school. Aubrey shared that she had started a long-distance relationship with someone after she had become pregnant, but not with her daughter’s father but with someone that she had connected with and who had been part of her life at that point. In 2018, she shared that after about seven years this relationship had started to show signs that it was no longer working for her. They were in a routine of breaking-up and coming back together, but finally, in October 2018 she began shutting down emotionally with the relationship. She reached out to someone else she knew in late June or early July of 2018 and realized that she was fantasizing about what a relationship with that person might be like, although at that point she had no plans of leaving her long-term relationship. She began to consider that her Saturn return experience may bring the possibility of other emotional connections. With her moon in Gemini and the return of the moon by secondary progression to the same point when she was born, it is not surprising to hear that she had these thoughts about her relationships. The moon by secondary progression returns to the same degree just as Saturn does by transit near the same time, which combined reflect a moment of growth and maturity.
Aubrey was using her boyfriend’s car all during the time of their relationship. She began focusing on getting her own car as it felt important for her process of becoming more independent. By then she had a new confidence about who she was and what she desired in a relationship. She shared that when she went to buy her own car on October 13, 2018, it was like a choice made for her liberation and her independence. In the chart of buying her own car, we can see several interesting planetary aspects that symbolically reveal this act of liberation.
Transiting Mercury was at 5 degrees of Scorpio aspecting Aubrey’s Ascendant in an exact trine (120 degrees). More importantly transiting Mercury was square the transiting nodes, which passed over her own natal lunar nodes and opposed the transiting Uranus retrograde at zero Taurus in her 2nd house. These transiting nodes and planets activated that fixed energy in a swift and unexpected urge to buy the car. The transiting Moon in Sagittarius wants freedom in more than one way, it is adding to the impulse for freedom. The transiting moon is in a trine aspect with her natal Mars in Aries, a statement of her desired values and the investment to get her own car. Transiting Neptune in Pisces retrograde is separating from the trine with Jupiter and Chiron in Cancer in the 5th house of lovers, but it reveals the experience of her daughter’s separation from Aubrey’s long-term partner and the changes her mother experienced at that moment. The transiting moon is softened by the square with the transiting of Neptune in Pisces in Aubrey’s first house. One more planetary transit to review in delineating this moment is transiting Jupiter in Scorpio opposite Aubrey’s Venus in Taurus (money/assets) in her 3rd house. This is symbolic of cars and local transportation (3rd house).
Aubrey had big decisions in 2018 about her life’s direction, from buying a new car to ending her seven-year relationship and moving (she moved on December 1, 2018). Looking at this transit chart we see several aspects that symbolize this meaningful and dynamic change for Aubrey.
Oftentimes our life experiences include multiple events happening quickly in a short span of time. Knowing your personal natal astrology with transits can help you see this potential pattern. Aubrey sensed the urge for independence and decided to buy her car, and within about six weeks from then she moved to a new place and began a new chapter in her life. Mercury was stationing retrograde that day she moved in the sign of Scorpio right on the 29th-degree.
A snapshot of the ephemeris for September through December of 2018 shows Venus at 23 Libra on September 1st and by September 9th entering Scorpio. If we consider looking back to the end of August that year when Venus was transiting mid-Libra and would form a square to her Chiron and Jupiter at 16 and 17 degrees of Cancer, we will see the transiting moon acted as a trigger for the changes her daughter would experience. From Aubrey’s Saturn return perspective, this is a key moment when transiting Venus moves to square Aubrey’s Saturn, which inspired her to buy a car for herself and then to the bigger change to move to a new place while ending her relationship of seven years. A few weeks where life inspired a whirlwind of transitions for Aubrey.
Mercury had entered Scorpio in transit by mid-October 2018, and by October 28th it opposed her natal Venus in Taurus in direct motion. Mercury is stationed retrograde as well on November 17, 2018, at 13 degrees Sagittarius within 3 degrees of Audrey’s Midheaven, opposing her 4th house nadir. This Mercury transit is one symbol that reflects her taking action to change her home. Mercury rules her Gemini stellium. Transiting Saturn was conjunct Aubrey’s natal Uranus in the 11th house at 7 degrees of Capricorn, revealing the symbolic changes that were happening with her friends, but even more so it reveals what was opposite her house of children. This reflects the changes her daughter would be facing at this moment in Aubrey’s life that influenced her as well.
By April 1, 2019, Aubrey would have the transiting lunar south node in Capricorn passing over her natal Saturn, which may have been the period of time when she had some difficult conversations with her daughter about the nature of the relationship with her former boyfriend. Her long-time boyfriend also had an older daughter that had moved out prior to Aubrey’s leaving in December 2018. This experience is also the symbolism of the 5th house. The great tension of the opposition of Saturn with her natal Jupiter while also conjunct Uranus in the 11th house symbolizes the separation from what had once been the relationship. Aubrey’s daughter also knew the boyfriend and his daughter for all her life to that point. The most dominant opposition for the end of the relationship that was emerging quickly for Aubrey was also seen with transiting Uranus in Aries opposing Venus in Libra exactly when she moved to her new place. Aubrey felt a real intensity during this change in her life since she was also in nursing school and doing final exams during the move and relationship ending. However, in her power to make changes that were right for her, she managed to complete her exams, which was a significant achievement for her in the spring of 2019.
Aubrey achieved her goal of graduating from nursing school on May 17, 2019. In the chart above, transiting Jupiter just passed her Midheaven in her 10th house of career, which is in Sagittarius, a sign it rules. Transiting Pluto in Capricorn is exact on her natal Saturn at 23 degrees. The transiting North Node in Cancer applies to her natal Jupiter as well, highlighting the 5th house of children, which reflects her work in pediatric nursing in psychiatry. Achieving this milestone shows the support of the earth element, with five transiting planets in Taurus, while Saturn and Pluto were transiting in Capricorn (a trine aspect by the same element). These transiting planets show the enduring quality of the moment for Aubrey and how challenging the work was to graduate, but it also shows how this work will support her, too, which is also Saturn coupled with practical and enduring Taurus.
Transiting Mars in Cancer is complimentary (cardinal) water energy to her Pisces Ascendant (mutable) for the sensitive work she does with children, near an exact trine at 1 degree, and 3 degrees 35 minutes. Transiting Moon in Scorpio at 11 degrees of this graduation chart is applying to her natal Scorpio (fixed) Pluto, however early that day it was trine (supportive flow) to her Ascendant and applying to her natal Chiron and Jupiter in Cancer. The transit of the moon on the day of Aubrey’s graduation in relationship to her natal planet is an incredible display of the archetype of her education for the work with children that she will be doing, and it captured a satisfying yet emotional acknowledgment of her success in reaching her goal.
Just a month before her 30th birthday Aubrey began a new committed relationship that was more closely aligned with the person she grew to be. She remarked that all these changes were necessary for her to grow, and she feels good about where she is now in her life.
Aubrey’s hard work paid off on July 22, 2019, when she started her new job as a nurse in an inpatient psychiatric facility for children. The Midheaven of the day she started her job as a nurse is at 7 degrees Taurus conjunct Uranus. The ruler of Taurus, Venus is transiting in Gemini, bringing her Gemini stellium to the transit chart 10th house (Aubrey’s 2nd of income, her personal assets). Her first day of employment highlighting her Gemini stellium. Working with children embodies the water of her chart, with the moon ruling her 5th house of children, natal Neptune in Capricorn rules her 1st house (her Ascendant) in Pisces and is co-ruled by Jupiter, which is in Cancer in her 5th house. Aubrey is working exactly where she is needed and she finds it fulfilling, as is reflected so beautifully in her entire chart. This work will not be easy, but it will bring her healing as well. Aubrey’s adolescence and south node life experiences have prepared her for the career with children that she pursued. All she has learned, along with her siblings’ experiences, will be the well from which she draws the compassion that her future patients will sense in her care.
In 2020 Aubrey’s responsibilities increased with more patients needing support during the overwhelming reality of the coronavirus that continues to rage today. Even though Aubrey admits that moving into maturity took longer than she expected, during the last three years of her Saturn return she has realized that she did not fully understand herself, as she does now, back when she was 22. But she remembers the thoughts of feeling behind and feeling unsure of what her direction would be or where it would lead.
Aubrey’s Solar return chart (not shown here) for 2020 has the Moon in Gemini, the same sign as her natal moon, which speaks to the importance of this year for the work she does with children and her relationship with her daughter. This sign also speaks to the heightened awareness of duality (Gemini), education (especially for school-aged children), and the local environment and neighborhood. When a Solar Return year has the moon in the same sign of the birth chart there is something uniquely special and important about that year. It carries an emotional tone and an attitude that is familiar, which comes with ease for some, depending on the entire natal chart for which the Solar Return moon is activating by degree. In this instance, the moon rules Cancer in the fifth house, but it also brings in 3rd house matters with the Moon located in the third house at Aubrey’s birth.
The transiting North Node in Gemini is where Aubrey’s Gemini stellium also has an extra emphasis and lines up with a view of her living her destiny, especially this year. The questions she asks, the notes she takes on the facts of the situations she finds with her patients may be something that thirty years from now is important for reference. Her focused nursing work cases may have enduring information that is profoundly useful for this kind of work. Her Saturn in Capricorn carries that symbolism timestamp into the future. It would be an interesting review for Aubrey at her 2nd Saturn return (2049) to see and reflect on this moment in time and how important it is.
The work she does this year and what she learns in that work will be significant for her future. The transiting South Node in Aubrey’s Solar Return of 2020 is conjunct her Sun, a key year, indeed. With the tool of astrology, we have insights into Aubrey’s early life and the archetypes and patterns of life that give deep insight into what her soul is called to do. We also have insight into how Aubrey’s ideas and urges for certain life experiences take shape over time, and we can see in the sharing of her experiences within the symbolism clearly unfolding. It may give her (and others who read this) hope that one’s actions and disciplined efforts do, in fact, matter, because in time they shape the life that one creates. We may judge ourselves harshly if we did not see the symbolism so clearly. Life is challenging, it includes suffering, but there is something mystical and perhaps incredibly validating in life that may give us hope for something bigger and something beyond the grasp of our logical minds that gives us faith to reach for our dreams. Those dreams may ask us to sacrifice some things in the short term for the longer-term goal, but it is amazing to look within ourselves for what our hearts call and then have astrology show us a path to realization.
Life can throw us a curveball that requires a change in our game plan, but when you remember that life is only reflected, not created, in the spiral of time and planetary transits, you will sense wonder and awe at how right the astrological symbolism is every time. The archetypes are always there, but the astrologer is not always on target when describing them. You can take one lesson from Aubrey’s Saturn return story — your life experience will reveal itself and the need to make changes emerge as if “right on time.” So, listen to your inner world and your heart, and reflect upon it often, as it will serve you well in navigating and creating a life of meaningful purpose.