Betty White was born on January 17, 1922 which means that she is a Child of Saturn. Saturn was the last of the seven “ancient” planets and it has always been associated with old age because it was the most distant light in the sky and the slowest moving. Children of Saturn had a reputation for being cantankerous, kvetchy, and infirm (even as children) but the image of Saturn changed over the centuries as people grew to live longer, healthier, and wealthier lives. What eventually emerged is the current portrait of Saturn’s Children as wise, disciplined, industrious, and possessing a wicked wit. Things take twice as long to come together for Children of Saturn (as well as twice as long to fall apart) and it’s these long plateau periods that have given them their reputation for being more tortoise than hare in the race to get things done. They may take longer than most to cross the finish line, but when they do their victory is triumphant and long-lasting. Plus the added plus to being born under the planet of time is that you get to cross that finish line over and over again. Recent behavioral studies have shown that people actually grow happier with age. Andrew J. Oswald, a professor of psychology at Warwick Business School in England said of these studies “it’s a very encouraging fact that we can expect to be happier in our early 80s than we were in our 20s. And it’s not being driven predominantly by things that happen in life. It’s something very deep and quite human that seems to be driving this.” Well all you have to do is ask Golden Girl Betty White who just celebrated her third Saturn return in October 2010. She’s more popular than ever and shows no signs of stopping. Subscribe for more features. Only 1.99 a month!