There is nothing merely socio-cultural about the pain of turning thirty. Astrologers have known for many centuries that it takes 29.5 years for the planet Saturn to make its orbit around the sun. That’s why this crisis is called the “Saturn Return.” When Saturn moves back to the place it was the moment you were first born, you are metaphorically reborn, but not before you are put through a series of tests. Choose your metaphor — meat grinder, crucible, tornado — anyone approaching their 30th birthday is already in the process of transforming, if they know it or not. And most of us don’t jump up to shake Saturn’s hand.
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