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My son, Taylor, is more evolved than most people I know, by which I mean he has a more expanded consciousness.  This year is a rough year for him because he’s going through his Saturn Return.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, the Saturn Return is a significant astrological event.  Saturn, the planet, takes 28-30 years to complete an orbit, so 28-30 years after one’s birth, Saturn returns to the place it started.  I’m no astrologer, but from a standpoint of personal growth, this is about learning one’s lessons, completing chapters in the book of life and moving on to the next chapter.  It’s about beginnings and endings.  (When I was 28 years old my son was born, and the following year, we moved from France to the United States.)  We all know about those rock ‘n roll stars who died in their 28th year: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse to name a few.  That’s a Saturn Return for you!

So, we can all agree that Saturn Returns are a big deal.  (By the way, they happen again, starting at age 55/56 and – if you live long enough – age 84/85 or so.)  In some cases, they can be painful transitions because our Higher Self and our personal guides may need to crank up the volume to make sure we learn the lesson that’s currently on our plate.

But, back to Taylor…  A lot of Taylor’s life lessons happen through his body.  Already this year, he’s dislocated his shoulder more than once; and last week, he cut his hand open and needed 7 stitches at the base of his thumb; then the other day, he stepped out of his front door onto black ice, slipped and fell.  While he was falling, he was aware of everything.  He knew he had to be careful of how he landed, so he wouldn’t dislocate his shoulder again.  And he knew he couldn’t land on his right hand without popping open his stitches.  This didn’t leave him much choice, so he ended up hitting the deck and taking the weight on the side of his forehead, just above the temple.  A mother doesn’t like to hear about her son getting all banged up.  Particularly during his Saturn return when it could mean the end of his life on earth!  So I asked Tay what was going on with him and what his lesson was.  As usual, he stunned me with his clarity.  He said, “My rhythm is not the rhythm of other people.  I move a lot slower, and I need to embrace that about myself, instead of trying to move at the speed of the people around me.

Bravo, Taylor!  This is a lesson for all of us:  We must honor ourselves, embrace our true nature and rhythm, and stop trying to be like everyone else!