This morning at 10:45 am, the planet Saturn returned to exactly where it was when I was born—my second “Saturn Return.”
Whenever a planet returns to the place it started at your birth, it’s an important time that marks the start of a new cycle. For example, our birthdays are really marking an annual return of the Sun to its place in the sky at our birth—a Solar Return.
So, anyway, this was my second Saturn Return. Second because, unlike the Sun, it takes about 29 years for Saturn to travel through each sign of the zodiac. And, I have to say, I am embracing the lessons that taskmaster Saturn has to offer as I embark on my last third of life. So, a Saturn Return is big. If we’re lucky, we get three in a lifetime.
For starters, it was a little thing—but still an appropriate expression of this time of my life. My hairdresser and I decided just last weekend to let gray be part of my otherwise typically blond color. And, I’m perfectly OK with it—especially since the sign Leo (hair, boldness) is on my ascendant (outward identity) and I absolutely know how to rock it!
More interesting is that I just started a class last night at my spiritual center called “Foundations” that is exactly about what this Saturn Return is about for me.
When I was born, Saturn was in the sign of Sagittarius in my 4th house. Saturn is the planet that teaches us lessons. Sagittarius is the sign that supports freedom and exploration, and is ruled by the planet Jupiter, which governs belief systems and philosophy. The 4th house is at the bottom of a chart, so represents your foundation, home and family.
At my first Saturn Return, I was a fairly new mother and had some tough lessons to learn from Saturn about creating a stable home. I didn’t know anything about astrology then, but I can see now that what I went through was Saturn teaching me some lessons because I hadn’t been paying attention.
But, I got through it, and here I am at my second Saturn go-round. This time, I’m a successful businesswoman and professional astrologer who understands how to use the energy the planets give us. So, at my second Saturn return, I’m exploring my spiritual foundation and actively participating with Saturn to establish a well-grounded root system that represents who I am today.
I am letting go of the past and its associated karma. I am studying the classic “Living the Science of Mind” by Ernest Holmes. I am reveling in the personal isolation of living all alone in my own house for the first time in decades because hibernating is how I ground myself.
Today’s Saturn Return is a big marker in my life. A time to reflect on where I’ve been. And, more importantly, a time to recognize that I’m on the right path—aware of the lessons and gifts that Saturn brings and actively applying them to my life.
The sunrise and I have never been the best of friends. But all of that changed on the first day I had my very first Personal Intention Bracelet with this affirmation:
“Every sunrise is my gift, to me and from me. I live with love, excitement and freedom. I am successful.”
The sun woke me up that first morning, coming through just the smallest of cracks in a drawn shade and through the door that normally is closed. AND, it was the first day of sunshine we’d had in Chicago for going on three weeks. I can’t tell you how many people that day commented on it—customers at the shop, the mailman, friends. Sunshine was everywhere—even on an NPR segment with a weatherman and in song titles I heard all day on Spotify!
OK, I get it already! I am manifesting my intention! Right now! Right away!
It took me awhile to get there, though. I wanted my first Personal Intention Bracelet to be created at a time that was incredibly meaningful to me—even though my Mom had been nudging me to do one since she first started making them in 2010. Finally, the time was right when I decided it was time to take more ownership in my life, both spiritually and with my career.
So, I talked it over with my Mom, Sandy Rueve, and she found the perfect astrological time to support my intentions and goals. In fact, as we were discussing the chart, it sparked even more ideas and inspirations!
Just like any client she has worked with, Sandy started making the beads for my Personal Intention Bracelet at the exact time we’d picked. And, that’s when I locked myself into a quiet room to meditate on my intention, wrote it down on the first page of a brand-new planning notebook and just kept repeating my affirmation over and over and over. Sure, I’d made promises to myself before, but this was different. This promise I made to myself was in a solemn and meditative state.
My first Personal Intention Bracelet has been an eye-opening experience (no pun intended). I’m sure all those “sun” things would have happened anyway, whether I’d done my bracelet or not. But, the Sun blindsided me that day, and now I know that I have opened a door and let the Sun in.
My bracelet reminds me that the sunrise is a gift to me each day to feel the way I feel and a gift to do what I do. And, now, I’m allowing myself to have it at the beginning of each day. I’m getting up earlier to greet the Sun, and I look forward to each day. Because now I am manifesting my intention and recognize that each day the sun rises is a gift to me—and what I do with that day is my gift to me.
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We have several handmade jewelry pieces featuring the Charity Beads breast cancer support ribbon collection of Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets, Earrings, Key Chains, and Necklaces. 30% of the purchase price is donated to the cause and feature our handmade polymer clay beads. They are a wonderful way to fashionably show others you care.
You may have seen some of the NFL Players proudly wearing pink during the games this month in support of breast cancer awareness. A new push this year is NFL Pink: A Crucial Catch Day, October 25th. The goal is to help provide free and low cost screening and breast cancer education. You can learn more about this important life-saving cause at: Pink: A Crucial Catch. 85% of women who get Breast cancer do not have a family history of it making early detection crucial in saving lives.
Are you a Chicago Bears Fan or have a loved one who is? You can support breast cancer awareness and support the Bears at the same time with our handmade jewelry!
The Bears bracelet is a 'large bead clay bracelet with wood beads and one Pink Ribbon large bead for Breast Cancer month. Cheer on your team and show you care to the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors and those fighting the fight to win against breast cancer!
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