Return of Saturn?

The actress Emma Watson (the famous Hermione, from the Harry Potter films) appears today on the front page of the British newspaper daily mail talking about the planet Saturn.
Obviously, I was curious and went to see what it was.

After all, it’s about the Astrology scam, which celebrities (who know nothing about science and are easily fooled by bullshit) are very fond of promoting.

What I learned: Apparently, in Astrology, there is a phenomenon called Saturn Return.
Saturn has an orbital period of 29.4 Earth years: this is told by Astronomy, as only astronomers study the heavens.

When we are born, Saturn (like any other planet) is at a certain “point” in the sky.
Now, 29.4 years later, Saturn is at that point again (actually, almost).
This is simple orbital dynamics. It has nothing to do with psychologies.

Astrology says that this return of Saturn to that point affects the human being.
The effect is so great that the person changes their life at that time: entering adulthood, changing jobs, travelling, having children, marriage, divorce, etc. The change is so important that it even has a name: Saturn Return.
This Saturn Return is done again at the age of 59: 29.4 + 29.4 = 58.8. It is supposedly at that time that there are new major changes: having grandchildren, entering the 3rd age, retiring and coming home (stop working), etc.
The 3rd Return of Saturn takes place at the age of 88, when the person enters old age.

Well, this is what Emma Watson defended in the newspaper.
Supposedly, she changed her life with this Saturn Return: she even says that it was Saturn that influenced her to do so.
Curious that she is… 33 years old.
Supposedly, Saturn now influenced her to go horseback riding, surfing, adopting a dog, going to therapy, etc.

Apparently, you are not the only celebrity to believe in these bullshit.
The singer Adele, who is 34 years old, and made the divorce official 2 years ago, also says that she got divorced due to the Return of Saturn. She even tattooed it on her arm.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and Amy Simon (NASA-GSFC); Image processing: Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

What do I like to say?

In the US, young people leave home (probably the biggest change in their lives) to go to a faraway university on their own at the age of 18. It has nothing to do with 30 years.
People no longer retire at 60. Age 60 is the same as age 50: you continue to work.
I gave these examples, but certainly you have dozens of examples in your life in which you did something (eg buying a car) that changed your life, and it had nothing to do with the ages mentioned.

And if by chance they even made changes in their lives at age 30, age 60, etc., that’s just a coincidence. The math perfectly explains that in 80 years of life, in millions of people, some of the life changes are very likely to happen for some people in their 30s and 60s. As for others it happens at age 40 and for others it happens at age 50. Probability explains this. It has nothing to do with Saturn (or any other planet).

Why didn’t astrology choose the planet Neptune as the main culprit?
Simple: Neptune takes 165 years to go around the Sun completely.
So when Neptune returns to the same spot in the sky, we’ve been dead for almost a century!

Moving on to an astronomical argument: in orbital dynamics, it is not just Saturn that revolves around the Sun. The Earth also orbits the Sun.
So 29.4 Earth years is just the time it takes Saturn to go around the Sun. But in that time, the Earth was also orbiting the Sun. Earth is not in the same place. Hence, the point at which Saturn was, is not the same as it will be after 29.4 years, as seen from Earth.
Furthermore, the entire solar system, including the Sun, orbits the galaxy. Thus, the very references in the sky also change along this journey through the Galaxy.

Finally, the fact that astrology is not accurate is one of the signs that we are in the presence of pseudoscience.
If a person can change their life at 27, 28, 29, 30 or 31, then it doesn’t matter what date they change. It has nothing to do with Saturn. Saturn is not at the same point in the sky at all these heights: it is orbiting the Sun. If at any of these points one can change one’s life, then there is no influence from a particular point on which Saturn is.
And if life changing can be anything, even learning to ride a horse, then literally one is always changing their lives, as we can argue that we are always learning new things throughout life. It has nothing to do with 30-year intervals.

This was the configuration of the planets at the time of my birth.
Credit: The Sky Live

As you can see from the images above and below, the orbital configuration of the planets has nothing to do with what astrology assumes.
Seen from Earth, the planet Saturn is not at the same “spot” in the sky.

29.4 Earth years after my birth, this is the configuration of the planets’ orbit.
Credit: The Sky Live

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