Since the very first day I started to study Astrology, the hard realities of Saturn were drilled into me from all the books I read and the websites I visited. Friends would often groan when they were told they were about to experience their first Saturn return and there was always a sense that this was a transit that no one wanted to experience. Yet the fact is, there is a plethora of great things about Saturn that sometimes seem to be overlooked.
I was reminded about this just recently when I realised that Saturn is shortly about to return to direct motion in the sign of Libra (from the 14th June). If you're a Libran or you have Saturn in Libra, this astro-change is likely to effect you more than most but it doesn't strike me as something to be worried about. For one thing, June and July are both full of emotional highs and lows as three Eclipses (two Solar, one Lunar) place stresses on different areas of our horoscope. Having Saturn come back to direct motion is going to have a hugely stabilising effect. If ever there was a time when we needed some solid ground on which to rest our weary feet, it is after three eclipses (particularly when the last one is in the emotionally changeable sign of Cancer)!
Yes, it is true that Saturn transits are associated with hard life lessons and having to face reality in situations perhaps we'd rather not, but Saturn is also a beacon of strength and a planet we can depend on. Saturn transits give us an opportunity to conserve our strength and to think with our minds rather than our hearts. Whilst being practical and rational may not seem the most exciting path in the world, it's often the wisest and typically the one that brings the greatest long term benefits.
If you're having a hard time right now under a Saturn transit, try taking a moment to view the situation from a different point of view. Saturn is not trying to break your spirit or crush the stability of your life. Rather this period of your life is one in which (once the old path has been emotionally released) you can lay new, stronger roots that are going to serve you better in the future. These new roots will not be shallow or easily disturbed in the next astro-storm. Rather, they'll be so deep, they'll serve as a haven of safety that you can turn to for years and years to come.
If that isn't something worth experiencing and keeping, I don't know what is.