of course i was on Google in a flash, and it's amazing that i never heard about this before. it might've given me a bit more peace of mind the last few years. apparently the Saturn Return has to do with how long it takes Saturn to orbit the sun, and what kind of an impact that has on people of a particular age. approximately every twenty-nine years, the Saturn orbit is complete, and throws things a little out of whack. it can be a time of change, transition, big questions, accomplishments, etc.
courtesy of Wikipedia:
"Saturn is symbolically/astrologically associated with time, challenge, fear, doubt, confusion, difficulty, seriousness, heaviness, and hard lessons, among other more positive things such as structure, significance, accomplishment, reflection, power, prestige, maturity, and order – this is why astrologers believe that the thirtieth birthday is such a major rite of passage and is considered by many astrologers to mark the "true beginning" of adulthood, self-evaluation, independence, responsibility, ambition, and full maturation."
well i'll be damned. it's the freaking planets messing with me! but it does give me hope that all these challenges are really leading me to a calmer, more stable period in my life. apparently i won't have to worry about any of this crap again until i'm fifty-eight. and by then i will have already conquered the world, so any worries on my mind at that point will probably be more along the lines of: how will i coordinate my book tour with my exploration of Mars and all my obligations since taking over for Oprah after her retirement?
i think i'll be able to figure it out.