A solar Return Chart is a technique astrologers use by returning the Sun to it’s natal position. The Return Chart is a summary of the year ahead, I like to call it a “personal new year”.
This is the Solar Return chart for my friend, whose identity is being kept anonymous. I will use her chart to demonstrate how I interpret these charts in a session.
The very first thing I do is look at the Solar Return chart alone. I also compare it to the client’s birth chart, which I will demonstrate at another time.
For now let’s just start with the Solar Return chart for 2016 by itself.
The first thing I note is where the Sun is placed. In this chart, the Solar Return Sun is placed in the 12th house of the unconscious, endings, sorrow, spirituality and hidden matters. The Sun here is a bit snuffed out, it’s energy can feel heavy and a bit lost, as the Sun doesn’t do well hidden. In the aspect table we see that the Sun is receiving support from Jupiter and the North Node in the 7th house of partnership and business. She may be prone to withdraw and be more reflective, but her partner and her business endeavors will be supportive and flow easily this year. She recently became engaged in May, and Jupiter, the planet of expansion and blessings, in the 7th shows the growth through partnership. I know she has also launched a new business project, a non-profit organization to help feed low income families healthy food and to educate them on proper food choices. Jupiter, is one of the teacher planets, he is a kind planet, who expands and blesses us. I think of him like Santa Clause (lol). Jupiter in this chart is in the sign of Virgo, which represents health, habits and routine, so Jupiter is working through her and her business project to educate others regarding their health routines. The North Node (our karmic destiny) is conjunct Jupiter for her in this chart, so she’s living out her karmic potential with Jupiter to help others. The North Node also called “Rahu” shows where we have karma and where we’ll experience ups/downs, so this endeavor probably hasn’t been easy for her. I am sure that the blessings and rewards will be worth it though.
The next thing I look at in a Solar Return chart is the Ascendant aka “Rising Sign“, which is Aquarius. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign, very much a sign which is concerned with the collective and with society. The sign of Aquarius is ruled by Saturn traditionally and Uranus was later assigned rulership of Aquarius, when it was discovered. Uranus, is in her second house, conjunct the Moon (our mind, emotional response, subconscious), so this year her emotional well-being will be connected with interacting with society and doing service for others. The moon rules the sign of Cancer, which in this chart is the 6th house. The 6th house is our daily life, our work and our duties. Her daily life will be very tied up with interacting with society and she will find a more erratic routine since the Moon is with Uranus, but flowing with this changeable and electric energy will help her feel rooted and feel emotionally secure.
The Moon is in the fiery, initiative sign of Aries, which wants to see things get done! The moon is in a square (tense) aspect to the Sun, Mercury & Pluto which are hiding in the 12th house. She may want to withdraw, be alone or work behind the scenes, but she will have to sacrifice much of her energy and her intellect to achieve her business goals and feel emotional and mental peace.
This is a very brief view of this chart and I didn’t even compare it to her birth chart, which would give us even more insight.
There is much more to discuss, but this is a snapshot of my process for interpreting Solar Return charts so you know what you could expect from a Solar Return reading from me.
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