I went a little mad the first time stopping by the Quad at University of Washington (UW). At least it was free to go in, but parking was quite a difficult task. By now, I have been there for a total of 5 times in the past 3 weekends. I had some cousins coming over to visit, so I had to show them once. And the rest of the time was just for photo taking purposes ’cause it’s cherry blossoms, you know!? If you ever plan to visit Seattle, do consider the last week of March to the beginning week of April. If you don’t care to have so many people in the background of your photos, definitely go at any time. For the blog’s outfit photos, I had to sacrifice having low lit photos in exchange for having much fewer people in the background by getting there before 9 am. I mean people were already there bright and early, but I’d say 8 to 9 am is the best time. You might get lucky catching some early sun rays.

And for today’s post, I want to touch a bit on the astrology topic, so keep on reading!

One of my favorite bloggers, Madelynn from WideEyedLegless brought this astrology topic to my attention, specifically ‘Saturn Return.’ I feel the urge to also share my thoughts on this very interesting topic, and of course, any of you experts out there feel free to share yours in the comment section below.

I was raised Catholic and taught to never believe in astrology, horoscopes nor any forms of mediums since it is against God’s will and teaching. I do not necessarily believe nor live up to what those astrologists or fortune tellers have to say, but occasionally I’d find it is fun to read and get to know more about it. Most of the time, I find the suggestions are very vague and general. But sometimes, I’d be nodding my head agreeing on some of the things. My knowledge about astrology is very limited. I know that I am an Aquarius, and a few personality traits that are associated with it. I have my tarot cards read once about two years ago (for fun and out of curiosity!). And I have also found out that my Saturn Return is HERE, after reading Maddy’s blog post. 

HUH? WHAT EVEN IS A ‘SATURN RETURN’?

‘Saturn Returns’ occurs every 29 years when Saturn finishes its cycle around the Sun and moves through all 12 signs (zodiac signs). The first ‘Saturn Return’ phenomenon happens to those who are between 27 to 30 years old when Saturn is in the person’s sign. It brings a period of change. A difficult growth. Challenges. You starts to question your life choices, career, relationships, commitments (like buying a house, getting married, etc.), what they want in life and how to make it in the world. So if you were born when Saturn was last in Capricorn (from about February of 1988 to February of 1991), you’ve just entered your Saturn return. 

And what will it do to you?

According to the Cut,

“The effects of the return itself can typically be felt the entire time Saturn is in the same sign it was when you were born, usually a period of about two and a half years that will fall sometime between ages 27 and 30. During a return, Saturn’s energy can pull at you in an even more intense way than usual. It might ask you to know yourself in ways you haven’t so far. It might ask you to set limits for yourself. It might ask you to accept a new heaviness, a new maturity, a new sense of responsibility,”

Read the article, here.

I think I have already gone through this transition period two years ago. Lots of aspects of Vietnamese culture are adopted from Chinese culture. I was born in the year of the horse, so my year is up every 12 years according to the Chinese zodiac. It is also known or believed to be either the best good luck year or the worst luck year of our life. For me, I met my worst-luck-ever year two years ago. My relationship of 4.5 years broke apart. I quit my job. I took a year off from school working 60 hours a week to save up money for school. I totaled two cars in 3 months. Uhm, what else that went wrong? My mom who lives a million miles away from me also got really sick at the time. I thought I went through some really deep depression time. I mean I diagnosed myself, so that was not probably true. Hah! All of that happened to me when I was 24, the year of the horse.

As mentioned before, I did have my tarot card read. The lady read my aunt and my cousins first, and after hearing their fun experience, I decided to have it a go. Funny how the lady kept on insisting and telling me not to date the guy I was seeing at the time anymore. I was really upset walking out because I actually had high hope for the guy at the time. And coincidently, we never dated. I knew he would never want us to be official, and that was why I let it go. She also told me I would move west, near the body of water. I would also soon meet someone that forever would change my life. Have I met him yet? Huhmm… Let’s keep it as is! 🙂

OUTFIT DETAILS: trench | ZARA similar here • turtleneck | Uniqlo • jeans | Topshop • heels | Vagabond  • bag | Kozha Numbers Mini Safe with straps • silk scarf (tied on bag) | Banana Republic similar here • hoop earrings | Mejuri

I don’t necessarily have anything against the Saturn Return notion or idea, but do have a few survival tips I’ve gathered from various websites. Use these in cases when you will ever feel under-the-weather or that you are going through some bad luck times.

Plan things out. Keep a personal planner or even google calendar works. Don’t give away your authority (life authority to anyone) if you have doubts about it. Spend your time wisely and consciously. Know when to say yes/no and what is enough. Pay your bills on time, don’t borrow money! Take a deep breath, a hot bath, go for a walk! Talk out loud to someone. Write/journal. Listen to music. Seek help or mentorship. Stay humble!

Do you have any other advice to share to others? Wanna share your thoughts about astrology and what I have touched base in this post? Comment below and thank you so much for reading!

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