What is a planetary return and how does it affect us during our lifetime?

astrology planets Feb 28, 2023

Your astrological birth chart is a snapshot of the positions of the planets at the moment of your birth. A planetary return means that that particular planet has completed a full orbit and returned to the exact position it was in when you were born.

These planetary returns can bring us deep insights and knowledge during different periods throughout our lifetime. Obviously, these returns happen more frequently with some planets more than others, but a few significant planets take a longer time to return, and when they do they bring powerful energy into our lives: Saturn, Jupiter, Chiron and Uranus.

The energy and vibrations of these planets around the time of their return can help guide us with not just our self-care needs, but also with navigating some of life’s big opportunities and challenges.

Some of the significant planetary returns we'll experience in our lifetime are:


Between the ages of:

29-30 years

58-59 years

87-88 years

Saturn reflects wisdom, discipline, and karma. This time of our life can be seen also as a crossroads – a time of making commitments, learning how to set more boundaries, and stepping into our authentic adulthood with new habits.



Between the ages of:

35-36 years

47-48 years

59-60 years

71-72 years

82-83 years

Jupiter represents the principles of growth, expansion, healing, prosperity, good fortune, generosity, miracles connected to achievements and success. This is a time to aim high, take risks, and reach for the stars. During this time you will hear the call of the higher self, and gain a clear vision on the direction you should head towards.



Between the ages of:

49-50 years

Chiron is the ‘wounded healer’, inspiring us to resolve our deep-seated trauma, giving us insight into how we can overcome our issues. Be mindful and open; there are many self-healing opportunities to explore.



Between the ages of:

83-84 years

Uranus represents eccentricity, rebellion, upheaval, and raw genius. These are times we can become clear on what we want and unapologetic in becoming our authentic selves. In our lifetime, we will also experience Uranus when it is at a square in our chart (20-22 years and 63-65 years) and also at an opposition placement (43-45 years).

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