“When an irresistible force such as you meets an old immovable object like me, you can bet as sure you live: something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give.”
Today is my birthday, but yesterday was my solar return. Yesterday the Sun returned to the exact degree it was on the day I was born. The solar return chart expresses the energies present at the moment of renewal of your Sun energies. Interpreting that chart shows how the year will play out for your ego energy, your ego self, pretty darned big news if you ask me. My solar return chart incorporates the t-square that happened yesterday morning between Venus, Saturn and the Moon. It also has Pluto angular (important) in the 7th house.
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I wrote a pretty good piece about solar returns in 2009 – Solar Return: As Far As I Can See, They Work Beautifully. I had a cardinal grand cross in my solar return at the time and that was the year this blog became a structured business. My current solar return is also pretty heavily cardinal.
Next year’s solar return shows me working one on one with a tremendous focus on service. I will be helping “the other” (which I realize is also self-serving).
Continue reading Interpreting Solar Returns
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Elsa told me she thought I had a new personality and I guess she would know. I talk to her more than anyone else, ever. I figure my new personality is likely due to my recent solar return with the Moon conjunct my Sun, a new Moon. It’s a new start. Also the solar return Mercury was conjunct that new Moon, so I imagine my communications this year will get a boost of that combined energy.
There’s a little bit of that new Moon energy boost every month when the Moon conjuncts one’s Sun. It’s a personal new Moon. A few weeks later is your personal full Moon when the Moon opposes one’s Sun. It’s often interesting to note these times as they are great times for starting personal projects relating to the self (new Moon) or digging up something in your personality on which you need to shine a little light (full Moon).
Do you observe your own personal new and full Moon? Are there any particular Moon transits that affect you strongly?
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“Right, you’ve got a crooked sort of cross. That means you’re going to have ‘trials and suffering’ —sorry about that— but there’s a thing that could be the sun… hang on… that means ‘great happiness.’ So you’re going to suffer but be very happy about it.”
–Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I just had my own solar return (Happy Birthday to me!) and it’s never an easy week for me. In my experience that’s a pretty common thing, a difficult time around one’s birthday. When my birthday is approaching I look at the solar return chart for a heads up on the next year, but I also look over the previous year and the year after. It gives a bit of continuity, if you will, the “flow.” But then I’m a Pisces so I like to see how it all fits together, even if I doesn’t initially seem to. So by the time this birthday rolled around I’d already mined the solar return chart a great deal. Hoo boy, with a stellium in my natal Pisces, “interesting” is the term that springs to mind. What’s that curse again? May you lead an interesting life?
Continue reading Solar Returns And The New Reports
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“You’ll experiment and find your way. Post your birthday, you find yourself wearing these new shoes. You’re not sure how you’re going to walk in them but invariably you adjust and it is almost always a pretty smooth process.”
I wrote that to a client regarding her solar return chart and I find this is the case. For some reason, people are almost always daunted by their solar return.
Continue reading Demystifying Astrology: What Is A Solar Return Chart? How Do I Read It?
“I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn’t see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.”
Every year near your birthday the sun returns to the same degree of your natal sun. The chart of this moment is called the solar return chart. Considering the slight inconsistency of actual time versus measured time (our calendar) this is not necessarily exactly on your birthday. It could be the day before, the day after, but it is very close.
Continue reading The Solar Return Chart
“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men; the other 999 follow women.”
Valentine’s Day is the second solar return of the meeting chart with my sweetie so I’ve been scrutinizing it, of course. I’m trying to figure out whether I’m going to get lots of candy or have a piano fall on me from a great height. Those are usually the two options I experience.
The chart of the day looks pretty decent, really, could be worse (RUN, RUN, IT’S A BEAR!). In fact I find it’s fairly instructive for a chart, seeing as I’m the one looking at it and it doesn’t have illustrations and safety handrails. One thing that stands out to me: two yods. Okay, two things stand out to me.
Continue reading Astrology And Valentines Day! Oh Boy, CANDY! by satori
Outtakes and various other sundries
My upcoming solar return which I know is wicked. I don’t look at it because it’s akin to looking at open heart surgery or something which is not something I’d line up to do having Libra and all. But I am feeling so happy today so I threw the chart up and noticed there was just one trine in a sea of hard aspects on the angles no less. I am not complaining because the sky in general is acute these days and I doubt many of you are much better off.
Ask the collective
Solar returns bug me because they work. I would like them not to work. I would like them to be silly and there is at least one astrologer I respect that thinks they have no merit but my experience consistently shows these charts to be valid.
My last solar return had a Cardinal grand cross in it and I was pretty disgusted. Simply put, I did not want to be or become the person it described. I liked myself the way I was, much softer than I am now. I just didn’t want to have the command the chart described but as you can see the chart has manifested itself and I have grown into these shoes.
My eye on the sky
Pluto goes direct on September 8th and boy it’s a hell of chart.
The Sun is conjunct Saturn, Venus, Mars and Mercury (ruler of Virgo, birthday girls and boys) all tightly conjunct in Libra in a tight square to Jupiter in Capricorn and trine the Moon in Sagittarius.
Another thing notable (as pointed out on one of the astrology mailing lists I monitor) every planet in the chart is aspected and if this happens to be your birthday, you’re going to have a year to remember.
Lots of charisma and lots to say. People will be listening, they’ll have no choice. If you have been waiting for a big year, I’d say this is it.
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