Surviving Saturn’s Return: Vital Lessons for Overcoming Life’s Most Tumultuous Cycle

Schostak, Sherene & Stefanie Iris Weiss. Surviving Saturn’s Return: Vital Lessons for Overcoming Life’s Most Tumultuous Cycle. Contemporary: McGraw-Hill. Jan. 2004. c.226p. ISBN 0-07-142196-3. pap. $14.95. SELF-HELP

Professional astrologers Schostak and Weiss write for women in the 25-35 age bracket who “are probably freaking out.” There is a reason for their turmoil and depression, however: the planet Saturn’s return to the original location in the astrological birth chart. Personifying the planet as a grumpy, nasty dictator who challenges readers to overcome their failings, the authors insightfully describe the characteristics of the zodiac signs and then catalog Saturn’s effects on them. Free of jargon and with a clear format, this succeeds as an astrologically based tool for self-analysis, but the brief “survival skill” sets provide only rudimentary how-to. Convincing, humorous writing (containing soft profanity) uses anecdotes and stories to good effect, though it is occasionally dramatic. Similar to Elizabeth Rose Campbell’s Intuitive Astrology: Follow Your Best Instincts To Became Who You Always Intended To Be, this is an optional purchase for large public libraries.

This review appeared in Library Journal 129.1, January, 2004: p139; the galley was recycled on February 16, 2012.

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