There's not a whole lot written on just this
subject (yeah, I've heard of the Liz Greene book, but somehow I
cannot concentrate when I try to read her writing, so I'm not getting
it). This is kind of a "fun and easy" book in some respects, more of a
primer for what issues you're likely to deal with when your turn comes
I think I like their introduction to the concept best- kind of a
cross between cosmic taskmaster and trying to not make it sound so bad!
Here's an example of what I mean:
"Saturn's work is done in solitude, which is why he is often depicted as a hermit. To get our attention, he may in some way separate us from our greatest protection agaisnt the cold: our loved ones. This is all to bring us to that which sustains us at our very core when all external forms of support are not there. He is an ally in that his vision for us is nothing less than that of a great father. Put simply, he wants us to manifest our potential, accomplish our dreams, be indebted to no one, and be true to ourselves. He can't bear to see our dreams or our potential unrealized, going nowhere.
Why are we telling you to bow down to such a meanie? Because the
truth is, Saturn is the only planet in the solar system that teaches
you who you really are by telling you who you aren't. He won't let you
get away with lying to yourself. If you are not being brutally honest
with yourself in every way, Saturn is apt to set up circumstances to
make you face your dishonesty. If you are hiding out in a dead
relationship, or a job that doesn't feed you in the way that you need
to be fed, or if you're finding some other way to suppress your karmic
reality, Saturn will wait patiently, at first, for you to rise to the
occasion. If you refuse, he'll light the fuse attached to the
firecracker of your life and wait, again, for you to smell the flame.
If you inhale deeply and proceed to don your favorite pair of
denial-style nose plugs, he will likely ignite an explosion under your
Then the book goes into each Saturn placement and tells you what
your issues are and how to deal with them. For example, the Saturn in
Leo section is actually quite cheerful, about wanting creativity and
the limelight and playing with the inner child, and dealing with love
Quoting the book again: "Look on the bright side: how bad could
it be that your karma is to learn to have fun and express yourself in
the most magnanimous and heartfelt way? (Just think, if you were born a
little later you would be learning to wash dishes and cut coupons with
the Saturn in Virgo ladies.)" That alone is the cheeriest thing I've read about Saturn Return (compared to everything else) like, ever.
So, bookwise, it's pretty fun and reassuring despite the scary.
Speaking of something related, I have visited the authors' website,
and they really need to do more with it, like update more. And well...
I tried buying a Saturn Return report from them and never
received it. I sent a letter of complaint and got a response of
"Sorry, we'll send it right out." I never got it. I sent another letter
of complaint and never even got a response to that one. The frustrating thing is that I'd still like to GET a Saturn Return
report, and as far as I've been able to find, nobody else online offers
such a thing. But I already spent $25 trying to get one and never got
it, and they won't respond...so I'm screwed on that idea. I post that as a warning to anyone else who wants to get a report
from them. Their book isn't bad, but online they seem to be either
quite flaky or they lose a lot of e-mails and reports.
Edited October 12, 2007: This problem has, very happily, been solved! (It boiled down to the net equivalent of "lost in the mail" and "can't find the return address.") I have finally received my chart, plus a bonus, so all is well! Thank you, Stefanie! :) Feel free to get charts here after all!