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.
The solar return chart is a snapshot of the energy present at the exact moment of your sun’s anniversary. Your sun position is representative of your most personal purpose so it is no surprise that the chart of the return of this event has great personal significance. It’s like a map of the energies effecting your sun for the next year, a map of aspects and house placements that remain significant till the next birthday when you acquire a new set.
When calculating the solar return chart it is important to note where you will be when your astrological birthday occurs. While the planetary positions won’t differ, a significant change of location definitely affects the rising sign and resultant house positions. There can be a definite difference between solar return charts when planets conjunct angles or significantly switch houses. Personally I’d prefer a year without Pluto on the seventh house cusp but I’m not actually willing to take a trip to avoid it. On some level, I suppose, I feel like I ought to take things as they come. It’s an interesting proposition, though, when you’re considering travel independent of astrological events.
Do you check your solar return chart? Have you ever considered traveling to change it?