The “solar return” occurs when the Sun returns to the exact position it was when you were born. This is on your birthday or sometime the day before or the day after.
A chart is cast for the time of the solar return. It gives information as to what kind of year you’re going to have. It’s used in conjunction with your natal chart.
You can compare this to a doctor looking at a blood test, an MRI as well as the findings of physical exam, to come up with a whole.
Solar returns are interesting in that sometimes a person has a solar return chart that is very different than their natal chart. You can imagine what that means. The person spends the year (birthday to birthday) in circumstances that are unfamiliar.
This would be for good or ill or both. They may like the change or they may not. They may love/hate the change.
If your solar return chart is similar to your natal, this will put you in familiar territory. The devil you know, you might say. Or on the more positive side, you’ll find yourself in your element.
In working with solar return charts for decades, I’ve noticed the strangest thing. A person looks at their solar return chart and invariably they scare themselves! This is almost universal. They see the chart and wind up dreading an entire year of their life! If they’re sufficiently upset, they may consult with me. Invariably I see great potential.
I just finished a consult where I married the solar return chart with the transits to the natal, to lay out the year ahead for the client. This is a solid approach that gives a good result.
You can get a Solar Return Report here. Take care not to read it, seeking gloom and doom. Astrology exists to help us. The help is magnificent, so long as you keep perspective and command of your free will.