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The Solar Return Chart

Astrologers use a number of techniques forforecasting, primarily Transits, Progressions and Returns, particularly theSolar Return. This is the first report writer to provide a detailedinterpretation of the Solar Return chart, both as an independent chart and inrelationship to the natal chart. For those who are interested in technicaldetails, the program provides a list of the planets' positions in the natalchart and the Solar Return chart.

Solar Return charts are calculated for the placewhere you are on your birthday. Check the Solar Return data on the lower righthand portion of this page to see that the location and date are correct. Pleasenote that the Sun may return to its birth position the day before or after youractual date of birth. Therefore, a difference of one day is not uncommon. Youcan see the position of the Sun, is the same for both the natal chart and theSolar Return chart.

 

Natal Chart                                                      SolarReturn
Robert Blake                                                     SolarReturn Chart
Sep 18, 1933                                                      Sep18, 2003
08:30:00 AM EDT  +04:00                                03:09:23AM PST  +08:00
Nutley,NJ                                                          Malibu,CA
074W09'37"  040N49'20                                   118W41'00"  034N02'00
Placidus Houses                                               PlacidusHouses

 

Planet

Posit.

Hs

Cusp

 

Plan.

Posit.

Hs

Cusp

Sun

25Vi08'

01st

16Li05'

 

Sun

25Vi08'

01st

22Le53'

Moon

09Vi51'

02nd

13Sc19'

 

Moon

21Ge31'

02nd

16Vi55'

Mercury

00Li38'

03rd

14Sg37'

 

Mercury

12Vi30' R

03rd

15Li28'

Venus

03Sc26'

04th

18Cp46'

 

Venus

03Li29'

04th

18Sc05'

Mars

15Sc25'

05th

22Aq08'

 

Mars

00Pi38' R

05th

21Sg57'

Jupiter

01Li47'

06th

21Pi34'

 

Jupiter

04Vi45'

06th

23Cp56'

Saturn

10Aq16' R

07th

16Ar05'

 

Saturn

11Ca58'

07th

22Aq53'

Uranus

26Ar35' R

08th

13Ta19'

 

Uranus

29Aq53' R

08th

16Pi55'

 Neptune

10Vi30'

09th

14Ge37'

 

Neptune

10Aq43' R

09th

15Ar28'

Pluto

24Ca28'

10th

18Ca46'

 

Pluto

17Sg21'

10th

18Ta05'

Ascend.

16Li05'

11th

22Le08'

 

Ascend.

22Le53'

11th

21Ge57'

Midhvn.

18Ca46'

12th

21Vi34'

 

Midhvn.

18Ta05'

12th

23Ca56'

 

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The Solar Return Chart
by Ray Merriman

Welcome to your Solar Return! The interpretationsgiven herein apply to your year ahead, based upon the principles outlined in TheSolar Return Book of Predictionby Raymond A. Merriman (Seek-It Publications, 1977, West Bloomfield, MI). Inaddition, there is a great deal of new material added just for this customprogram!

The Importanceof the Solar Return Moment
"Being There on Time"

The exact time of one's solar return is a sacredannual event for each individual. It happens at only one specific moment eachyear. It is at that moment - and only that moment - in which the Earth/Sunrelationship is exactly the same as when you were born. Such a momentconstitutes an "event", and as with all events, this one too is the basisfor a horoscope of import.

However the importance of this horoscope is uniqueonly to the individual to whom it applies. The quality of that"moment" (i.e. the time of one's solar return) becomes the"seed" of that annual cycle. It is the basis for a horoscope thatwill describe the astrological factors in effect for that one-year cycle. A"moment" of such importance favors a certain mind-set of theindividual as it occurs. This is especially true if one accepts the premisethat thought creates (or influences) reality. If every moment of time has itsown unique quality, then one would want the "quality" of the solarreturn "moment" to be special in a favorable way, especially since itbecomes the horoscope for the year in that person's life.

Given this premise, the individual is encouragedto enter the solar return moment with a sense of reverence. The individual isencouraged to put some thought and effort into assuring that this moment issomehow empowered, infused, with an energy or thoughts consistent with whatthat individual would want to experience in the coming year.

What should one do at this moment? That of courseis up to each individual (you). Obviously it would not be a favorable omen ifyou engaged in an argument, or sat home brooding, or went to work in anatmosphere of frustration or boredom. Such experiences at the time of yoursolar return would likely set the foundation for your mind-set for the entireyear - and it would be negative.

The following ideas are intended only assuggestions. They take into account the premise that your solar return is themost personally sacred of all days of the year for you. Therefore, going intothe moment of a solar return, you are advised to plan something special,something ideally that would "empower" that moment for you. A ritualof some sort might be a good idea.

For instance, you might take into account yourlocation-to-be at that moment. Choose some place special, some place in whichyou are comfortable, happy, and in harmony with. Perhaps it is near a lake,ocean, river, or mountain. Perhaps it is on a beach or in a forest. Or perhapsit is in a favorite room.

Set the "stage". Perhaps you wish tohave a candle burning, and/or music playing. Perhaps the direction you arefacing (North, East, West or South - facing the Sun, or the Moon) has specialmeaning to you. Perhaps there are artifacts (i.e. pets, jewelry, stones) thathave personal meaning, and you wish to display them in your "circle."Perhaps there is a special person whom you have decided to share this momentwith.

The setting (if effected) should be completely setat least ten minutes prior to the solar return moment. As you enter the 10minute time band leading into the solar return moment, you may considerbeginning a meditation. How one meditates is completely individualistic.Perhaps you prefer to just enter a very relaxed state. Perhaps you like tochant. Perhaps you use visualization or affirmation exercises. If the latter,then after achieving a state of relaxation, you might visualize the areas ofinterest coming up in the next year. In this visualization exercise, you mighttry to see yourself happy and successful in each situation.

This meditation should last into - and slightlybeyond - the solar return moment. Once the moment has passed, and themeditation is complete, you are encouraged to give thanks. This may done in aprayer, or whatever form is sacred to you. In this way, you bring a gentleclosure to the sacred moment which has just passed, a moment which has nowbecome the foundation for the one-year cycle about to begin.

You cannot be late for this moment. Otherwise, youmight be symbolically late throughout the entire year. Do not take this momentin time lightly. Otherwise, all of your affairs may be symbolically taken lightlyall year. The solar return is best viewed in the spirit of a pilgrimage, or amission. It is the most important "holiday" of the year to you. It isthe one time during the year that you are "connected" to the Infinitethrough the special relationship of the Earth and Sun. It is a moment when youare potentially in tune with your destiny, which is signified by the Earth/Sunrelationship. The Sun is what you are becoming (the future, your growthpotential). The Earth is where you have incarnated (present, your being). Giveit the reverence it is due.

 
General Overview for the Year

At the time of your solar return, planets arepositioned throughout the sky in a system known as "houses." Housesare simply a 12-fold division of the sky as seen from the location of yoursolar return.

These 12 houses are furthermore divided into threetypes: angular, succedent, and cadent houses. Each of these types have certaingeneral meanings. The more planets you have in a certain type of house, themore it points to a certain type of year about to unfold. The character of theyear will be shaped greatly by which house types have the most - and the least- number of planets.

In this calculation, both your natal and the solarreturn planets are used, as they fall within your solar return horoscope.

The majority of your natal and solar returnplanets fall in:

Balance: Having a balance of planets in each house type is most desirable.You have this, and it indicates a "balanced" approach to life, a nicecombination of initiative, follow-through, and inspiration or new ideas.


The House Containing the Sun

The Sun is definitely the most important planet(star) to consider in the interpretation of solar returns, for the whole chartis based upon its principle. It is the only placement which is always identical(by longitude) in the natal as well as the solar return chart. Its houseposition shows where the greatest growth may take place during the year andwhere one may express the self creatively. It also denotes the area of greatestrecognition as well as the area where the individual will "identify"the self this year. It is an indication of success according to house placement-- an area where the person may "shine" and show honor, a place wherethe individual may take pride in his or her accomplishments.

The houses have basically the same principles inthe interpretation of a solar return chart as they do in a natal chart. Theonly difference is that the solar return houses are temporal in nature, andthus the actual interpretation of their meaning will be slightly modifiedbecause of this factor.

The Sun, at the time of your solarreturn, falls in the 2nd house.

2nd house: Great emphasis is placed upon your values, and how you attract anddeal with financial matters. The results, often financial, of your effortsprior to this time, tend to reap success this year. If you have been working ona project prior to the time of this solar return, then this year may bring intofruition the completion and success of that project. It may indicate verycreative financial ideas - new ways to increase profit or income. In fact, yourattention may be heavily focused on money, income, or profit - for better orworse. If you are focused purely upon money, then a quality of"greed" and/or "possessiveness" may be noticed unfavorablyby others. You may also come into possession of valuable goods. Overall, itfavors growth in income, savings, and security, particularly if in trine to theMidheaven.


Cusp Conjunctions of Solar Return or Natal Planets

An area of life is highly emphasized for the yearof the solar return if a solar return or natal planet conjuncts any house cusp.The orb of the conjunction is approximately 3 degrees, 45 minutes, either sideof the house cusp. The house system preferred (default) by the author isPlacidus, Tropical method.

The planet making the conjunction describes thenature of activities - events, conditions - that tend to unfold in the comingyear. This planet's nature is highlighted as being prominent for this year.

In your solar return chart, you have the followingplanets conjunct a house cusp:

Solar Return Moon on the 11th housecusp:

This denotes where many changes -- and hence,events -- may occur for you during this year. This is an area where you mayhave great needs, especially emotionally. Your public image for the year may beeffected by circumstances that unfold in this area of life. It also indicatesthe areas of life in which you may form significant relationships (intimate ones)for the year. It can indicate a potential partnership or marriage in that areaof life during the year. It may also indicate an area of life wheredependencies upon, or with, other people may form, and these dependencies maynot be healthy for you if a high degree of trust is not present. Personalqualities exhibited in this area of life are sensitive, caring, emotional, andperhaps fickle and restless.

The 11th house pertains to your friends, as wellas people you have "power struggles" with; your professional rewardsand accomplishments; the realization of your efforts; your dealings withingroups.

Natal Mars on the 4th house cusp:

These are areas of life where you are likely toinitiate new ventures. These are areas where you may initiate a pioneering spiritand eagerness to try new things, and if favorably placed and aspected, thensuccess is very possible; if afflicted, then you must guard against anover-impulsive nature which could lead to failure of pursuits. This is an areaof great motivation and activity -- an arena of "action." It alsodenotes where you tend to be competitive, or meet with competition from others.Furthermore, this shows where you are likely to experience discordance withothers, and possibly engage in quarrels or disputes. It may be wise to utilizegreat caution and self-control in these areas and relationships ruled by theseareas, as you may tend to be over-impulsive and rash here. The qualities youtend to exhibit in this area are assertive, competitive, driven, but perhaps argumentativeand pushy.

The 4th house (I.C.) pertains to your home andyour family; also your basic needs, your inner self, the "real you."This has to do with your domestic setting, the people you live with, and yourparents.

Natal Pluto on the 12th house cusp:

This is an area in which you may experiencepotential greatness and/or may influence others with considerable power. It isan area in which things, matters, and people may be eliminated, removed,terminated, or at least transformed. It is an area that may require manyreforms and major changes within your life flow. This is an area that maydescribe your relationship to, or position within, groups. It may describe yourrelationship to other people's assets and values. Oftentimes, something"dies" here, something is taken from the life here, or at leastthreatened with termination or removal in some way. A healing may be necessaryin this area of life during the course of the year in question. The qualitiesyou tend to exhibit are intensity, deep, profound and powerful, but perhapsobsessive and coercive, pertaining to this area of life.

The 12th house pertains to your dealings behindthe scenes, or the behind-the-scenes-dealings which effect you; hospitals,prisons, jails, places of confinement; your "fantasy" world; placesof reclusion; your secrets and private world.

Natal Ascend. on the 3rd housecusp:

This signifies a special area of importance to youthis year. You are likely to project much energy into this area. Immediateattention may be necessary to handle circumstances which arise here. It is anarea in which you hope to succeed (and probably will), to "lookgood," both to yourself and to others.

The 3rd house pertains to your mental state andintellectual ideas; communications; automobiles and computers - or anythingthat assists in communications; neighbors, brothers and sisters; your writingsand correspondences.


Perceiving Reality and Relationships:
Planets in Aspect to the Solar Return Horizon

Since the time and location of the solar returnset up a structure (astrologically) for which an experience will occur that theindividual will relate to, the foundation of that structure becomes extremelysignificant. This structural foundation is symbolized by the angles of thehoroscope, the axes of the Earth, in which all the zodiac and all of theplanets combine within. The relationship of these axes (angles) to the planets-- both natal and solar return planets-- give special meaning to the structureof experience the native will undergo during the period of the solar return'sinfluence (one year).

A planet (solar return and natal) in close aspectto the solar return horizon (Ascendant-Descendant) -- orb no more than sixdegrees -- affects the nature of how one perceives reality, how one projects theself, what one considers important in dealing with others, and the behavior andactivities which one expresses in the world during the year. It also describeshow one tends to handle situations as they arise during the year.

The following represents a brief description ofthe planets (solar return and natal) in close aspect to the Ascendant/Descendant axis in the solar return wheel (plus means trine, sextile andconjunction aspects; minus means square and sometimes conjunction aspects):

Return Moon Sextile Ascendant (Orb: 123')

Moon in harmonious aspect to horizon: This is ayear of many positive changes which effect you emotionally. Very intimaterelationships may be cultivated, or solidified (as in marriage). You are wellaware that others care greatly for you, and as a recipient of that love, yourown inner nature is moved deeply. Your emotional needs are fulfilled. In the eyes of the public, you areheld in very high regard. If you wish to make changes in your residence -either relocate or remodel your home - this year denotes success. In allmatters dealing with the family or real estate, this portends favorableresults. It is a year to nurture and be nurtured, to care and be cared for. Itis potentially a year of a great and special love.

Natal Uranus Trine Ascendant (Orb: 342')

Uranus in harmonious aspect to horizon: This is ayear of unexpected and pleasant - even marvelous - surprises. Your charisma andpersonal magnetism, whether mental or physical, is extremely high. As such,many new people and new ideas are attracted to you. It is a year favoring newand exciting romances - a very "hot" year. It is also a year of manyingenious new ideas. You are incredibly inventive, and able to apply newthoughts to old problems, thereby coming up with wonderful new solutions. Youmay feel very youthful and vigorous. Romantic liaisons with people much youngerthan yourself could happen, or at least with people who turn you on to new waysof looking at things, or even people who you turn on to new ways of looking atthings. This year favors purchase of new computers or software, and a new"you", a new style.

Return Pluto Trine Ascendant (Orb: 533')

Pluto in harmonious aspect to horizon: This is ayear in which you might feel and express tremendous power and influence overothers. You have the ability to positively affect the lives of others, to helpthem (and yourself) make a successful transformation at a crisis point in life.You are like a psychologist or detective. This is a year of great insight anddiscovery. It favors research and intense study. What you find could bepowerfully illuminating. It is a favorable year for getting rid of things thatare no longer relevant to your life, and for terminating relationships thathave been detrimental. It may be favorable for entering into new financialpartnerships, or collecting debts owed to you by others. In group settings youtend to wield much influence, and be an agent of constructive reform,reflecting the values of the larger group who this group supposedly represents.


The Significance of Vocation and Family:
Planets in Aspect to the Solar Return Meridian

A planet in close aspect to the meridian --Midheaven and I.C. axis -- describes influences upon your vocation and home orfamily matters. It may also describe your spiritual impetus in the coming yearand sense of purpose.

You have the following planets in close aspect toyour solar return meridian this year.

Natal Moon Trine Midheaven (Orb: 814')

Moon in harmonious aspect to meridian: Your workmay feel like a family, and your family may be very supportive of your workthis year. Both family members and work associates care a great deal about you.You are truly blessed this year with love. Any matters dealing with real estateor relocation seem to go very smoothly. If there are changes professionally,they also seem to coincide with favorable changes in income.

Natal Sun Trine Midheaven (Orb: 703')

Sun in harmonious aspect to meridian: This yearfavors recognition in your profession. Along with this may come financialgains. It portends great growth and success in regard to your work and home,which directly enhances yours confidence in yourself. It brings clarity to yoursense of purpose. You tend to feel favorably identified with your work, or"calling in life."

This is a very favorable set up, and if the aspectis not exact (within 1 degree), you may wish to travel a short distance (i.e.probably less than 300 miles) to bring it closer to being exact. The more exactthis planetary  aspect is to themeridian, the more powerful this planet's nature is likely to be in your lifethis year. Consult a qualified professional astrologer for assistance in thismatter if you are open to it.

Return Mercury Trine Midheaven (Orb: 535')

Mercury in harmonious aspect to meridian: Thisyear may be one of great success in business. If you are a business person, youmay see your sales and income rise nicely. You may be an excellent negotiatoror deal-maker this year. The key to success is effective and timelycommunication. It is also an excellent year to learn or teach new skills. Ifyou have writing ability, then a major project may be completed this year. Relationshipswith your children are apt to be positive. This is a very favorable set up, andif the aspect is not exact (within 1 degree), you may wish to travel a shortdistance (i.e. probably less than 300 miles) to bring it closer to being exact.The more exact this planetary aspect is to the meridian, the more powerful this planet's nature islikely to be in your life this year. Consult a qualified professionalastrologer for assistance in this matter if you are open to it.

Natal Mars Conjunct Nadir  (Orb:240')

Mars in discordant aspect to meridian: This yearmay be fraught with numerous battles and conflicts, both in home and at work.It may be helpful to develop more sensitivity to the effects your actions arehaving upon others around you. They may feel you are making too many hasty andunwise decisions, decisions that are detrimental to the goals of the company orfamily. Perhaps you might ask them their thoughts on the matter beforeembarking upon it. Otherwise you may find yourself stepping on many toes, andupsetting those who support you may have been counting on. The result could beloss of support, even loss of job, as well as conflict within your own home.This set up portends some difficult conditions during the year. You may wish toconsider traveling elsewhere for your solar return in order to remove thisaspect. If you are open to this idea, you are advised to consult with aqualified professional astrologer for assistance.

Natal Saturn Square Midheaven (Orb: 749')

Saturn in discordant aspect to meridian: This yearmay seem like a struggle. Tasks are difficult to complete, either because youlack motivation to finish, or because of a series of obstacles arising whichcause delays. Some of these obstacles may be in the form of other people -people who may be critical in their judgment of your efforts, or people who arein a position to delay the results or rewards of your efforts. Patience isnecessary, as well as the realization that the more time it takes someone toaccept your ideas, the more time you have to either perfect your effortsfurther, or to work on other projects. There is a danger, however, that yourefforts will be rejected in total, or in part. Perhaps you should be certainthat you are not in danger of wasting your time before you begin such projects,i.e. get a contract to do the job before doing it. The worst possibility isthat someone asks you to do it over again in a different way, or to modify itsomehow, in a manner that requires as much work as you have already done. Inaddition to these things at work, there is also a possibility of a setback inthe home or with a family member. This may not be a favorable year forrelocation, building a home, or taking on a new job (unless your currentposition is just too frustrating). This set up portends some difficultconditions during the year. It may be wise to consider traveling elsewhere foryour solar return in order to remove this planetary aspect to your meridian. Ifyou are open to this idea, you are advised to consult with a qualifiedprofessional astrologer for assistance.

Return Neptune Square Midheaven (Orb: 722')

Neptune in discordant aspect to meridian: This isa year in which your reputation is vulnerable. You may be the subject of gossipand even slander. It is very important for you to conduct all of yourprofessional and social efforts totally above board. You must remain abovereproach, for if you do anything that lets others down, they may cause greatembarrassment to you. Trust is also an important issue in all relationships andwork efforts this year. Know who you are dealing with - are they honest? Youyourself must also be honest in your dealings, or it will come back to hauntyou. Take extra precautions to make sure you understand correctly what others aresaying - do not assume anything that has the slightest chance of beinginterpreted differently by others. By the same token, make sure you are veryclear in your communications to others - do not allow them to interpret issuesin any other way than what you intend. The danger this year is that a majormisunderstanding could lead to great loss and/or embarrassment. This could bevery disappointing to you and others.

This set up portends some difficult conditionsduring the year. It may be wise to consider traveling elsewhere for your solarreturn in order to remove this planetary aspect to your meridian. If you areopen to this idea, you are advised to consult with a qualified professionalastrologer for assistance.


Being in the Flow:
Solar Return Planets Related to their Natal Positions

Some years we feel totally in synch with certainaspects of our nature, and some years we feel completely out of synch. Suchperiods may show in the relationship of your solar return planets to the natalplanets of the same type. Although specific aspects between the two (solarreturn and natal planet of same type) are most powerful, a simple analysis ofgender can be quite revealing. Generally speaking, if the solar return planetis in the same sign as your natal counter-point, you tend to be very much insynch with that planetary principle. If they are even in the same gender(Earth-Water are Yin, or Feminine, while Fire-Air are Yang, or Masculine),there is the sense of being compatible and in synch with this planetary principle.However, when the planet of the same type are in different genders, andespecially if square or semi-square to one another, we may feel awkward and outof synch with that principle.

We will now examine the gender relationshipsbetween the solar return and natal planets of the same type, and see the areasin which you feel in synch with your natural rhythms, and which areas you mayfeel out of synch with those rhythms. In those cases where the two actuallymake an aspect to each other that aspect is listed. Sextiles and Trines tend tobe favorable, as do most conjunctions. The squares and oppositions may be morediscordant, although the opposition benefits by being in the same gender inmost cases.

Moon to Moon, Different Gender: Obstacles, conflicts, and awkwardness in youremotional life may be felt this year. This may result in tension and discomfortwith those close to you. You may tend towards moodiness, and your traits andmannerisms seem to upset those who are close to you. This may be a period ofsocial discomfort, frustrations in the domestic realm and with members of thefamily, associating with those who do not fulfill your emotional needs (you mayfeel hurt and/or angry at these people). This may be a year of inner struggles,blockage of your basic psychological urges, and role disparity leading toerratic behavior.

Mercury to Mercury, Different Gender: You are apt to be more scattered in energy thanusual (restless and/or nervous). You may find little time for rest andrelaxation, and you are advised to make time for the latter. It also indicatesa year of potential misunderstandings with others, likely causing annoyance andsome frustration. You can help this matter greatly by adopting an open-minded,flexible attitude towards new ideas. Basically you may find your self out ofsynch mentally. The ideas you are accustomed to may not be readily embraced byothers. Perhaps it is wise to see things from the others' viewpoint this year.

Venus to Venus, Different Gender: Inharmonious situations with those whom you lovemay be experienced this year. It portends a time of disagreements, ordifferences in desires with those whom you want to please. Generally speaking,this is a year of incompatibility with others, social differences, discontentwith your appearance and/or style and taste, and not being able to acquirethings that give you pleasure. There may also be a great deal of indecisivenessand hesitation in making up your mind. Psychological conflicts regardingpersonal values may arise, which could cause some embarrassment. There may beproblems figuring ways to please others. You are advised to be more firm and atthe same time compromising with others, seeking those means that will providethe greatest balance and harmony in your life, and also to avoid displays ofpomp and arrogance which will be upsetting to others you may be trying toplease or impress. Chill out, and understand you may not be able to pleaseothers all the time - nor will they always be able to please you.

Mars to Mars, Same Gender: Conditions arise which stimulate your urge foradventure and enterprise. This is the year you have the urge to start somethingnew in life. As such, you may experience success in new activities. You tend tofeel confident and assertive. Success in competitive matters is promised, andso too is enjoyment in recreational and/or athletic endeavors. Furthermore theyear highlights a passion for life, and an increase in passion in general. Thusthere may well be exciting and satisfying sexual experiences. There may also bea strong -- even arrogant -- ego nature. Basically you are well motivated andyou are in synch with your natural physical and energy expression.


Areas of Harmony or Stress:
Aspects to a House Ruler by Planets in its House

A planet in a house, in an aspect (especiallymajor aspect) to the ruler of that same house, will indicate the ease or thedifficulties to be encountered in those areas of life ruled by that house,according to the nature of the aspect. Of course, most of the planets in aparticular house do not usually aspect the ruler of that house, but in thosecases where they do, the nature of the aspect will indicate whether matterspertaining to that house will go smoothly and harmoniously (harmonious aspect)or whether they will tend to be obstacle-forming and conflict-orienting intheir nature (affliction aspect). The aspects between these two planets, whenthey occur, take precedence over all other aspects to the planet located in thehouse.

This method applies to a solar return planetlocated in a particular solar return house, in aspect to the ruling planet ofthat house. That ruling planet may be either the solar return or natal planet.In cases where the solar return planet falls in the same solar return house asthe ruler of that house, this may be treated as a conjunction. The matters ofthat house are thus considered very significant for the year.

First house planets in harmonious aspect to rulers:

Generally speaking, this will be a very successfulyear in terms of fulfilling your wishes for this year. You feel ample strengthand motivation in meeting all of your life's challenges. You possess a highdegree of confidence and competence, and whatever tasks you throw yourself intotend to go very well. This set up also favors generally good health, bothphysical and psychological. There may be a goodly amount of recognition comingto you this year.

Second house planets in harmonious aspect to rulers:

Financial affairs tend to go very well this year.It favors appreciation of income and savings, as well as coming into possessionof valuable goods.

Fourth house planets in harmonious aspect to rulers:

Harmonious conditions are experienced in the homeand family. This favors family gatherings, and any changes involving one'shousehold. Perhaps a change of residence, or birth of a child is forthcoming.It is also favorable for getting in tune with your spiritual self. It portendsa deepening of consciousness, getting in touch with one's essence and inner,basic needs.

Sixth house planets in harmonious aspect to rulers:

You may to find that you enjoy the work you aredoing this year. Not necessarily the profession or the people you work for, butthe tasks you are assigned or asked to do are enjoyable and fulfilling. This isa good year to take pride in what you do, for you tend to do very good work. Ifyou are a craftsman, then your skill appreciates greatly this year, and otherscomment on this. You also tend to get along well with your fellow co-workers.There is a spirit of cooperation and teamwork that emanates from you. Thisplacement also bodes well for your health and diet.

Seventh house planets in harmonious aspect to rulers:

This year favors excellent partnerships andmarriage. You and your partner(s) may be getting along splendidly. If you haveno partners, then this year you may meet one. It favors entering intoagreements, and forming alliances with people who represent you well. It may bea good year to find a good attorney, if you need one. If you are married, yourpartner tends to do very well, and this strengthens your marriage. It is also ayear favoring popularity and social advancement.

Eleventh house planets in harmonious aspect to rulers:

This year may highlight the results of successfulefforts in the past (or present). It is not the effort itself, but the resultsor rewards that come from it (i.e. income, new position with greaterauthority). It also favors group activities. These group activities are notonly enjoyable, but they add a richness to your life. New friendships may beformed now, and old ones solidified with new and enriching experiences.


Significant Time Periods for the Year
Indicated by the Solar Return Chart

The art of predicting events -- or changes -- andthe timing of such by the solar return chart is a three-fold process. The firstof these, the progressed solar return Moon, will be discussed initially,whereas transits and the "one degree per day angular progression"methods will follow.

Time Bands ofSignificant Change:
The Progressed Solar Return Moon

The following is a listing of the dates in whichyour progressed solar return Moon makes these exact aspects in the course ofthe next year, and their potential implications in your life at that time.Please note two things: first, you must allow an orb of six weeks before andafter each date, as these progressed lunar aspects have a time band in whichthey may be effective. Second, this listing covers the period beginning threemonths before your actual solar return date, and 15 months following it. Itcovers an 18-month time band.

The reason for this is that your life doesn't justsuddenly change on your birthday. There is a transition phase in which theconditions and issues of the last year (as shown in last year's solar return)begin to give way to the new conditions and issues denoted by this years solarreturn. According to the principles developed by Raymond A. Merriman in TheSolar Return Book of Prediction, this transition phase begins three monthsprior to your birthday, and continues for three months following your birthday.That is, three months prior to your solar return (when transiting Sun squaresyour natal Sun), you begin to witness the issues and conditions arising thatwill be relevant during your next birth year. Furthermore, the issues you areworking through in any solar return year, will continue to be of importance forabout three months following your next solar return (when the transiting Sunforms the waxing square to your natal Sun). You don't just leave those issuesat once at the time of your birthday. During the three months before and afteryour birthday, there is this transition period where the conditions of the pastbegin to be resolved (or require less and less attention), and the newconditions and issues - shown in the new chart -  begin to command increasingly more attention.

During the 18 months surrounding your solar return(3 months before through 15 months following), your progressed solar returnMoon makes the following aspects to your solar return and natal planets, ortheir solstice points:

Jun 03, 2003: Moon ConjunctionSaturn (Return Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you may tend tofeel very organized and in control. There may be the realization that yourlong-term efforts are paying off. Perhaps credit is coming your way in the formof recognition, greater income, status, and/or new responsibilities andauthority. You have earned the respect of others for your accomplishments,dedication, and commitment, and may now be seen as an expert, or authority inyour field. This is a time period in which you may feel as if you have reacheda certain plateau, or goal, or level in life, and it is satisfying.

Jun 15, 2003: Moon SesquiquadrateVenus (Natal)

Within six weeks of this date you may feeluninspired, lazy, and lethargic. You may feel amorous, like you would like lovein your life, but either your relationships are not terribly exciting, or elseyou yourself may not be acting with much enthusiasm. Perhaps the right personfor you is not around, or if she/he is, then perhaps the relationship is havingdifficulties. This may be a period of great indecision and wavering. Taking toolong to make up your mind could be costly. Opportunities may disappear or bewithdrawn. Furthermore you may not feel very attractive. You may be hard toplease. This is not a favorable time to make large purchases, or to radicallyalter your appearance or style, although some amount of shopping may be helpfulto the spirit temporarily. It may be in your best interest to be moreindependent, and less reliant upon others, now. It may also be useful toclearly think out what it is you want in regard to others, and to clearlyexpress these thoughts to them - especially in business matters, but also inpersonal relationships. You can meet people now, but tread carefully beforemaking any commitments.

Jul 18, 2003: Moon Sextile Neptune(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you may feel veryromantic. The imaginative part of the mind is stimulated, and you may"see" or visualize things very vividly. If you are inclined towardsthe arts or music or writing, this may be a wonderfully creative period. If youhave spiritual leanings, this may be a time of a marvelous outpouring ofcompassion, one that cleanses the soul, so to speak. There is an"opening" on an inner level, a "heart" experience. Thisperiod favors vacations and travel, especially to romantic areas, or tropicalclimates, or areas near water and nature. This is an excellent time to go outand entertain, or be entertained. Experiences around glamorous individuals oractivities are quite enthralling. As a counselor, you may experience an encounterwith someone who is truly grateful for your help. There is a joy at knowing youhave really helped someone. Your behavior may be saintly or virtuous, or youmay meet someone who behaves that way to you. This is a time to be gentle withothers - there is something precious in your life. Recognize what that is.

Aug 07, 2003: Moon Sextile Moon(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you may feel agreat and special love for - and from - someone in your life. This arouses thecloseness and intimacy drive. This is a fine time to do very special thingswith people whom you care a great deal about. These experiences may be deeplycherished, and remembered fondly. It is an excellent period for familyactivities and any domestic changes you wish to make (i.e. renovation, moving,fertility, pets, etc.). A bond is likely strengthened between you and someonespecial. It is a time that you can depend upon others, and they can depend uponyou.

Oct 30, 2003: Moon Sextile Ascend.(Return)

Within three months of this date you may noticepositive changes within your home and close relationships. You tend to feel anincrease in affection for others, and from them as well. Improvements in yourfamily and domestic setting are possible. You look good to others too, as yourpower of attraction is quite strong. This favors romance, dealings with women,and an increase in a close, intimate bond with someone special.

Jan 06, 2004: Moon Square Sun(Natal)

Within six weeks either side of this date you mayfeel very restless and unsettled. It is important to keep your mind focused andchallenged. Matters to do with your work or home life may require additionalattention now, as changes may be unfolding. You may not have anticipated thesechanges, and as such you may be rather moody - or emotional - regarding them.Try to be flexible and open-minded. If you worry too much, you may exhaustyourself. This could lead to a decline in physical energy, even illness. Ifclose relationships are going through a troublesome period, try to be morecaring or nurturing. Understand that you too may require the same of someoneelse, but it is best not to be too dependent. In fact, dependencies may be thesource of the problem: either you - or they - are too dependent upon the other,perhaps causing a sense of "smothering." Changes are probablyhappening, and they may be out of your control, and the best approach may be todevelop a sense of "acceptance", and thereby quickly adapt to them.Otherwise, if you don't accept these changes over which you have no control,you may find yourself frustrated and unhappy, and that sort of whining maycause others to withhold support you need.

Jan 10, 2004: Moon Sextile Jupiter(Return Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date you may experience agreat deal of success and/or happiness in all of your affairs. This is a timeof celebration and joy. Perhaps there are many occasions to socialize or partywith friends and/or family. There may be weddings, announcements of births, orother special occasions with which to celebrate. Or, it may be just a veryactive and pleasurable social period. Your attitude of friendliness andpositive thinking helps you in dealings with others. There may be gains throughwork, contracts, and agreements. Unions with people are positive now as well.This is a time of expansion and success, bringing about great happiness ingeneral. If you are in school, or learning or teaching something of value, ortraveling, your experience tends to be very positive. This is a time of confidenceand "good feeling."

Jan 10, 2004: Moon SesquiquadrateSaturn (Natal)

Within six weeks of this date, you may havefeelings of frustration, as if you are stuck or blocked in something you aredoing. Things may not be moving as quickly or smoothly as you had hoped. Thereis a tendency for delays, and thoughts of totally giving up on these projectsmay be entertained. Perhaps you are too critical of your efforts. Worse yet,perhaps others are too critical, and that could elicit feelings of hurt. Be carefulof feelings of inadequacy, or incompetency. You may need a strong support group- or person - around you now, to remind you of your positive and goodqualities. It may be very beneficial for you to reach out and try to helpsomeone now. This can help resurrect feelings of value and self-worth. It isnot to your advantage to spend time with others who are critical and hard toplease; it will only put you into a further spin. Likewise, it is not wise tobehave that way yourself: being too critical and hard to please may causeothers to avoid contact with you. Feelings of loneliness, or aloneness, may beprevalent, and to counter-act them, you might consider forcing yourself to getout and away from your worries. You may not feel like socializing, so perhapsgoing to movies or getting into a good book that has morally strong characterscould be positive. You yourself may be going through a moral dilemma, but theresults could be quite positive, yielding a stronger and clearer set ofprinciples for your own conduct and self-respect. This is a reflective time,but try to avoid spending too much time on worry, for it probably doesn't solveanything, and it may make you depressed.

Jan 24, 2004: Moon SesquiquadrateNeptune (Return)

Within six weeks of this date, you may feel as ifyou are in a fog, out-of-touch, and distracted by thoughts other than what ishappening right in front of you. It is necessary to harness all of your energyto keep focused. You may be vulnerable to deception and even betrayal, but you canprobably prevent this by just noticing the signs as they arise. If you donotice, then talk to these individuals before they do you harm. Clear things upfor them, about you. You are likely to be very imaginative now, and this couldbe positive in an artistic sense. However you may also be given to fantasiesand delusional thinking, so before you fully believe something, make sure thereis a basis in reality for your belief. You may be well advised to avoid gossipor talking negatively about others, as it may come back to haunt you. Your"secrets" are not likely to be held in confidence, so be careful ofwhat you say and who you talk about. Your reputation may be on the line, andyou may be the subject of false accusations or deceptions. Try to see things asthey are, and check your intuition out with reality during this time.

Feb 17, 2004: Moon Square Venus(Return Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date you may feeluninspired, lazy, and lethargic. You may feel amorous, like you would like lovein your life, but either your relationships are not terribly exciting, or elseyou yourself may not be acting with much enthusiasm. Perhaps the right personfor you is not around, or if she/he is, then perhaps the relationship is havingdifficulties. This may be a period of great indecision and wavering. Taking toolong to make up your mind could be costly. Opportunities may disappear or bewithdrawn. Furthermore you may not feel very attractive. You may be hard toplease. This is not a favorable time to make large purchases, or to radicallyalter your appearance or style, although some amount of shopping may be helpfulto the spirit temporarily. It may be in your best interest to be moreindependent, and less reliant upon others, now. It may also be useful toclearly think out what it is you want in regard to others, and to clearlyexpress these thoughts to them - especially in business matters, but also inpersonal relationships. You can meet people now, but tread carefully beforemaking any commitments.

Feb 19, 2004: Moon Trine Venus(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you may experiencemuch popularity, romance, and acceptance. Your magnetism is very strong duringthis period, and others may just want to do things with you. It favors contracts,agreements, and social activities. Others are very supportive and helpful inyour efforts and with your needs. Perhaps you make a large item consumer goodspurchase, or are given something of great value. It is also favorable for anychanges in your appearance and style. Matters of love and romance arehighlighted favorably during this time. So too are positive financialdevelopments. Perhaps there is a pay raise, or increase in sales, or just therealization that your savings and net worth are increasing. It coincides with asense of greater financial and psychological security, as well as amorousfeelings.

Feb 19, 2004: Moon Sextile Uranus(Natal)

Within six weeks of this date, you are apt to feelgreat excitement in your life. It is as if you've suddenly been turned on. Youhave great new ideas, in fact perhaps some kind of breakthrough - either inyour work life, social life, or mentally speaking. This is an inventive periodfor you. New possibilities come to mind. As you tap into this new awareness,you become very magnetic to others around you. They are now attracted to you,turned on by your energy. This period favors computers, technology, travel, newautomobiles, new adventures, and new friends or romance. Extraordinary thingscan happen, and this creates much youthful vigor and excitement.

Apr 09, 2004: Moon Square Jupiter(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you may experiencea tendency to exaggerate or over-reach in your activities. You may find youhave taken on too many things to do. Your judgment - both in others and inregard to how much you can handle - may not have been accurate. Try not toover-estimate yourself, others, or what you can or cannot do, during this timeband. It is possible that you could feel quite confident - in fact,over-confident. It favors socializing and meeting people, having a good time.However be careful of speaking without thinking, for you could unintentionallyinsult others and/or bring embarrassment to yourself. It is a time ofindulgence and excess, of giving into temptation and forsaking discipline. Itis therefore not the best time to make agreements or sign contracts - you maybe giving away too much. This could result in loss.

May 13, 2004: Moon Square Mercury(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date you may encountersome sort of misunderstanding with another. You may experience difficulty ingetting your ideas - or intent - understood by others. They too may feel thatyou do not understand their position. Adjustments may be necessary, and you mayhave to act quickly (but not rashly) in order to get everything back on track.During this period, you are encouraged to make certain of your facts, and notproject blame onto others without checking things out first. Business decisions,deals, or activities may go sour, due to misunderstandings or misinformation.It is possible to salvage something, though, if you adjust quickly to the newreality. Be careful of signing papers or making any agreements now, withoutthorough analysis and total understanding. Also be careful of others who maytry to attribute thoughts to you that you did not express.

May 14, 2004: Moon Trine Mars(Return Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date you may feel veryenergetic and highly motivated. Many of your activities seem to be going great,and much of your success is due to your own enthusiasm and hard efforts. Duringthis period you may either start new ventures, or find yourself thoroughlyimmersed - and enjoying - things that have recently been started. There is asense of "newness" about you, of adventurousness. There is also ahealthy sense of competition, and you fare well in activities with others. Youhave a "passion" for life, and in fact your physical passions may behighly aroused. In addition, you exhibit very fine leadership skills, combinedwith a healthy pioneering spirit. This is an excellent time to plan things youwant to go well.

May 29, 2004: Moon Trine Uranus(Return)

Within six weeks of this date, you are apt to feelgreat excitement in your life. It is as if you've suddenly been turned on. Youhave great new ideas, in fact perhaps some kind of breakthrough - either inyour work life, social life, or mentally speaking. This is an inventive periodfor you. New possibilities come to mind. As you tap into this new awareness,you become very magnetic to others around you. They are now attracted to you,turned on by your energy. This period favors computers, technology, travel, newautomobiles, new adventures, and new friends or romance. Extraordinary thingscan happen, and this creates much youthful vigor and excitement.

Jun 05, 2004: Moon Trine Uranus(Return Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you are apt to feelgreat excitement in your life. It is as if you've suddenly been turned on. Youhave great new ideas, in fact perhaps some kind of breakthrough - either inyour work life, social life, or mentally speaking. This is an inventive periodfor you. New possibilities come to mind. As you tap into this new awareness,you become very magnetic to others around you. They are now attracted to you,turned on by your energy. This period favors computers, technology, travel, newautomobiles, new adventures, and new friends or romance. Extraordinary thingscan happen, and this creates much youthful vigor and excitement.

Jun 14, 2004: Moon SesquiquadrateMars (Natal)

Within six weeks of this date you may feel verytesty, argumentative, combative. As result, you may have more than the usualnumber of quarrels and disputes with others. Accidents could happen now, so itis best to be cautious and even defensive, to take your time with gettingplaces. Hurrying through things could result in errors and a need to do themover again, not to mention how you may tend to react to such events (i.e. couldbe quite upsetting). This is a period in which meditation may be verybeneficial. It is certainly a time in which you should carefully revieweverything before you put it into motion. This is not the most favorable timefor starting new projects. However you may have ample energy and passion - justtry to direct it positively.

Jun 21, 2004: Moon Trine Mars(Return)

Within six weeks of this date you may feel veryenergetic and highly motivated. Many of your activities seem to be going great,and much of your success is due to your own enthusiasm and hard efforts. Duringthis period you may either start new ventures, or find yourself thoroughlyimmersed - and enjoying - things that have recently been started. There is asense of "newness" about you, of adventurousness. There is also ahealthy sense of competition, and you fare well in activities with others. Youhave a "passion" for life, and in fact your physical passions may behighly aroused. In addition, you exhibit very fine leadership skills, combinedwith a healthy pioneering spirit. This is an excellent time to plan things youwant to go well.

Jun 21, 2004: Moon Square Mercury(Natal)

Within six weeks of this date you may encounter somesort of misunderstanding with another. You may experience difficulty in gettingyour ideas - or intent - understood by others. They too may feel that you donot understand their position. Adjustments may be necessary, and you may haveto act quickly (but not rashly) in order to get everything back on track.During this period, you are encouraged to make certain of your facts, and notproject blame onto others without checking things out first. Businessdecisions, deals, or activities may go sour, due to misunderstandings ormisinformation. It is possible to salvage something, though, if you adjustquickly to the new reality. Be careful of signing papers or making anyagreements now, without thorough analysis and total understanding. Also becareful of others who may try to attribute thoughts to you that you did notexpress.

Jul 26, 2004: Moon Square Jupiter(Natal)

Within six weeks of this date, you may experiencea tendency to exaggerate or over-reach in your activities. You may find youhave taken on too many things to do. Your judgment - both in others and inregard to how much you can handle - may not have been accurate. Try not toover-estimate yourself, others, or what you can or cannot do, during this timeband. It is possible that you could feel quite confident - in fact,over-confident. It favors socializing and meeting people, having a good time.However be careful of speaking without thinking, for you could unintentionallyinsult others and/or bring embarrassment to yourself. It is a time of indulgenceand excess, of giving into temptation and forsaking discipline. It is thereforenot the best time to make agreements or sign contracts - you may be giving awaytoo much. This could result in loss.

Sep 03, 2004: Moon SemisquareMidhvn. (Return)

Within three months of this date, you may feelvery restless with your work or family roles. You tend to be moody both at workand at home. There may be something unfulfilling about what you are doing. Itmay be a slow time, or one filled with unchallenging tasks. Perhaps it is bestto take a relaxed and patient attitude about these things. They are likely topass, and your tendency to complain or whine isn't likely to help matters out.In fact, it may turn things worse. This is not a favorable time to relocate ormove. Changes within the family or work are not advised just yet. Youremotional needs tend to be great, and perhaps you should discuss these withyour mate, if you are married or in love. It may be useful to be moreindependent right now, and not to depend upon others who don't seem to deliverwhat you need or seek.

Sep 13, 2004: Moon Sextile Uranus(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks of this date, you are apt to feelgreat excitement in your life. It is as if you've suddenly been turned on. Youhave great new ideas, in fact perhaps some kind of breakthrough - either inyour work life, social life, or mentally speaking. This is an inventive periodfor you. New possibilities come to mind. As you tap into this new awareness,you become very magnetic to others around you. They are now attracted to you,turned on by your energy. This period favors computers, technology, travel, newautomobiles, new adventures, and new friends or romance. Extraordinary thingscan happen, and this creates much youthful vigor and excitement.

Sep 13, 2004: Moon Trine Venus(Natal)

Within six weeks of this date, you may experiencemuch popularity, romance, and acceptance. Your magnetism is very strong duringthis period, and others may just want to do things with you. It favorscontracts, agreements, and social activities. Others are very supportive andhelpful in your efforts and with your needs. Perhaps you make a large itemconsumer goods purchase, or are given something of great value. It is alsofavorable for any changes in your appearance and style. Matters of love andromance are highlighted favorably during this time. So too are positivefinancial developments. Perhaps there is a pay raise, or increase in sales, orjust the realization that your savings and net worth are increasing. Itcoincides with a sense of greater financial and psychological security, as wellas amorous feelings.

Sep 15, 2004: Moon Square Venus(Return)

Within six weeks of this date you may feeluninspired, lazy, and lethargic. You may feel amorous, like you would like lovein your life, but either your relationships are not terribly exciting, or elseyou yourself may not be acting with much enthusiasm. Perhaps the right personfor you is not around, or if she/he is, then perhaps the relationship is havingdifficulties. This may be a period of great indecision and wavering. Taking toolong to make up your mind could be costly. Opportunities may disappear or bewithdrawn. Furthermore you may not feel very attractive. You may be hard toplease. This is not a favorable time to make large purchases, or to radicallyalter your appearance or style, although some amount of shopping may be helpfulto the spirit temporarily. It may be in your best interest to be moreindependent, and less reliant upon others, now. It may also be useful toclearly think out what it is you want in regard to others, and to clearlyexpress these thoughts to them - especially in business matters, but also inpersonal relationships. You can meet people now, but tread carefully before makingany commitments.

Oct 23, 2004: Moon Sextile Jupiter(Return)

Within six weeks of this date you may experience agreat deal of success and/or happiness in all of your affairs. This is a timeof celebration and joy. Perhaps there are many occasions to socialize or partywith friends and/or family. There may be weddings, announcements of births, orother special occasions with which to celebrate. Or, it may be just a veryactive and pleasurable social period. Your attitude of friendliness andpositive thinking helps you in dealings with others. There may be gains throughwork, contracts, and agreements. Unions with people are positive now as well.This is a time of expansion and success, bringing about great happiness ingeneral. If you are in school, or learning or teaching something of value, ortraveling, your experience tends to be very positive. This is a time ofconfidence and "good feeling."

Oct 27, 2004: Moon Square Sun(Natal Solstice Point)

Within six weeks either side of this date you mayfeel very restless and unsettled. It is important to keep your mind focused andchallenged. Matters to do with your work or home life may require additionalattention now, as changes may be unfolding. You may not have anticipated thesechanges, and as such you may be rather moody - or emotional - regarding them.Try to be flexible and open-minded. If you worry too much, you may exhaustyourself. This could lead to a decline in physical energy, even illness. Ifclose relationships are going through a troublesome period, try to be morecaring or nurturing. Understand that you too may require the same of someoneelse, but it is best not to be too dependent. In fact, dependencies may be thesource of the problem: either you - or they - are too dependent upon the other,perhaps causing a sense of "smothering." Changes are probablyhappening, and they may be out of your control, and the best approach may be todevelop a sense of "acceptance", and thereby quickly adapt to them.Otherwise, if you don't accept these changes over which you have no control,you may find yourself frustrated and unhappy, and that sort of whining maycause others to withhold support you need.


Shifting One's Focus:
The Transiting Sun to the Solar Return Houses

Since the solar return is based upon the movementof Sun (actually the earth in relationship to the Sun), it is logical to assumethat the transiting position of the Sun in relationship to the solar returnchart would be important. And it is.

Although the entire period during which thetransiting Sun through a house emphasizes conditions dealing with that house,it is primarily the three-day period surrounding that house ingress that ismost important. Three days before through three days after the time thetransiting Sun conjuncts a solar return house cusp brings to the forefrontconditions involving that house's domain.

The following is a listing of those dates in whichthe transiting Sun will conjunct the various house cusps in your solar returnchart for this year:

Oct 08, 2003

The Transiting Sun Enters The Third House: Duringthis period you tend to have many creative and inventive ideas. It favorssales, learning, speaking, writing, correspondence, and communications of allkinds. It is favorable in dealings with your neighbors or siblings. It may alsorepresent a time when you might purchase an automobile or any communicationsdevice, should you be thinking of such. You may also consider reading a goodbook. The most significant time for creative ideas or successful communicationsendeavors may be within three days of the date listed here.

Nov 10, 2003

The Transiting Sun Enters The Fourth House: Thisis a period in which domestic and family matters assume greater importance. Itfavors quality time spent with your family. It also favors time spent incontemplation or meditation, as an inner awareness seems to grow. Anytransactions involving real estate or property may now be highlighted. Perhapsit is favorable for purchase of such, or valuable home furnishings orappliances. Much of the family's attention may be centered on you, especiallywithin three days of the date listed above.

Dec 14, 2003

The Transiting Sun Enters The Fifth House:Starting around this time you may commence a period of enjoyment, pleasure andfun. It tends to be favorable in relations with your children, young people ingeneral, and romance. Others may find you attractive and a joy to be around.You may tend to be lighter and more vibrant than usual. All attention may becentered upon you if you are in the public, and you seem to "shine"(and you enjoy it). Travel, entertainment, and/or speculation may behighlighted now as well. The most significant part of this time may be withinthree days of the beginning.

Jan 14, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Sixth House: This isa time when work duties are likely to predominate your mind. You may findyourself working diligently on a specific project during this period, attendingto great detail and/or analysis. There may be a health concern too. There mayalso be an issue with a co-worker that needs to be worked out. Cooperation andcompromise may be necessary. Overall, the quality of your work is important,and as such, it may improve. The most significant time seems to be within threedays of the beginning of this period.

Feb 11, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Seventh House:During this period, emphasis will likely shift to partnerships, marriages,contracts and agreements with others. It is a period highlighting socialengagements and meetings. You tend to be well-liked and popular now, and yourattention may be relaxing from the prior period's intensity of focus. Meetingpeople on their level may be beneficial. Offers and proposals may be offered.Unions of many kinds tend to be positive. If you are married, there seems to bean improvement either in your relation with your spouse, or his/her relationswith other people. This may be a time to have meetings with your agent, lawyeror accountant. The period within three days of the date listed above may bemost significant.

Mar 06, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Eighth House: Thisbegins a period which highlights finances - especially in agreements withothers - taxes, insurance's, and possibly estate matters. If you wish toterminate or end a condition or relationship, now may be the best time to doso. This is a favorable time for research efforts if you are so inclined. Theremay be a conflict over money matters. This time favors any efforts for reformor "cleaning out" things you no longer need. There may also be anincrease in your sexual desires. The most important time for these issues maybe within three days of the date listed above.

Apr 04, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Ninth House: Duringthis period you may have an opportunity to take a long trip, be involved insuccessful educational matters, or to teach. Generally speaking, it is alighter time than the one just passed through. This period is given toexpanding one's mind through philosophical discussions or readings. Dealingswith people from foreign countries tend to be positive. Publishing venturestend to be successful now as well. Entertainment and/or speculation may behighlighted now as well. The most notable time is within three days of the datelisted above.

May 08, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Tenth House: Yourcareer is highlighted now. This is a period where you may "shine"professionally. Your status in your community, or within your profession, mayincrease. You could be held in higher regard, and your support may be sought byothers. There may be a glimpse of your potential "destiny", of whatyou could do in this lifetime, and certainly within this year. It is afavorable time to handle responsibilities with skill. The period within three daysof the date listed above may be most noticeable in the areas just described.

Jun 12, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Eleventh House:Rewards for your professional efforts may be forthcoming during this period.This time also highlights relationships with friends - it is a favorable timeto do things with your friends. During this time you may pause to consider yourmotivations for doing the things you are doing. Are you engaged in groupactivities because of the glory you get from it, or because you believe in the"cause?" An inner conflict might emerge temporarily, perhaps broughton through conversation with a friend, or a member of a group that you areinvolved with. However, this period overall still indicates you have plenty ofcontrol and influence. There is an emphasis upon your association with groups.The most telling part of this period is probably within three days of the dateit begins.

Jul 15, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Twelfth House: Thisis a period in which you may become more reclusive. Perhaps you are beginning aproject that requires great attention and freedom from distraction andinterruptions. You may close yourself off for awhile. It favors research andprojects which need time alone to complete. Your dreams may be very active, andyour goals may be very hazy - unclear. Physically you may feel weaker thanusual, so rest is important. Otherwise there may be illness or tiredness. Thisis a favorable time to offer help to others; they tend to benefit through yourcounsel.

Aug 15, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The First House(Conjunct the Ascendant): During this period you will tend to be more in thelimelight. You will tend to be more confident, radiant, energetic andcharismatic. Your role as a leader in your surroundings will tend to be moreacknowledged, and accepted by you. Your motivation to do things better and moresuccessfully is stronger; you are likely to be more assertive and creative, aswell as more directed in your efforts. The three days either side of thisbeginning date are most effective.

Sep 08, 2004

The Transiting Sun Enters The Second House: Duringthis period your financial matters are highlighted. It is a time of receivingrewards, results, or financial gains from your previous efforts initiated whenthe Sun transited through your first house. Hopefully there were efforts then.The most significant period in regards to monetary matters may happen withinthree days of the time this transit started.


Specific Dates of Potential Noteworthy Events:
The Progressed Solar Return Angles

One of the most accurate techniques of timingsignificant events and changes during the year is by progressing the angles ofthe solar return chart. The meridian (M.C. and I.C.) is progressed forwardthrough the solar return chart at the same rate as the transiting Sun, orapproximately one degree per day. In other words, if the Sun has transited 5signs and 20 degrees from the time of the solar return, you may move the M.C.of the solar return forward 5 signs and 20 minutes to see where it is byprogression. By the same token, you can then look up the correspondingAscendant for that M.C. degree, and that will represent the progressed horizon(Ascendant - Descendant axis) for that same day.

The angles progressing through the solar returnchart may be likened to transits: they "bring" conditions to theindividual, according to the angle's nature. The planet receiving aspects bythe progressed angle denotes the individual's likely response, or expression,to the condition. The area of life emphasized is a combination of the angleinvolved (which is also an area of life), and the house which contains theplanet being aspected, as well as the house which the planet rules in the solarreturn chart.

One point needs to be highlighted here: it isprimarily the conjunction (or opposition) of the progressed angles to a solarreturn or natal planet that is important. Although other aspects, like thesquare and trine, may coincide with events or conditions described by the angleand the nature of the planet(s) involved, it is primarily theconjunction/opposition aspect that seems to consistently point out the times ofthe major events of the year to which the return applies.

This technique of progressing the angles isreliable within a three-day time band, and usually within only one day. Whenused with the other techniques of prediction, like the progressed solar returnMoon and the transits to the solar return chart, these dates can be an amazingindicator of significant events to unfold in your life during this year.

Within three days of the following dates, yoursolar return angles will progress to form a conjunction to these listed planetsin your solar return or natal chart - look for significant events to unfold atthese times during the year:

Sep 26, 2003: Uranus (Return)

Des conjunct Uranus: This is a time when you maymeet strange and unusual people; others may act very erratically, especiallypartners or mates; an unusual and unexpected experience with another person;agreements with others may be broken, and yet new agreements may be forged;difficulties with the mate or partner, or with an associate due to a possiblemisunderstanding, or intentional violation of an understanding; tryingsomething new with a partner that is exciting; meeting new people with whom youmay have little in common, yet you are attracted to them, and they to you.

Sep 27, 2003: Mars (Return)

Des conjunct Mars: A time of drawing verymotivated and energetic - and perhaps competitive - people into your life;others you meet or know may be very upset, perhaps at you; meeting verydomineering and self-centered people; a time of attraction, and perhaps wishingto enter into unions or agreements with others, but best to proceed slowlyhere; the possibility of a dispute, argument, or great upset, perhaps due toviolations of agreements, or inconsiderate and insensitive actions by otherstowards you or someone you love - and if so, you may feel an urge toaggressively defend yourself or another person; to fight for your rights.

Oct 02, 2003: Jupiter (Return)

Asc conjunct Jupiter: A time of great happiness ingeneral; a period in which you are likely to be very open-minded, charitable,optimistic, and of good cheer; enjoyment of activities with friends; a"good experience" with others; festive activities; success in one'ssocial life as well as business; the opportunity to enter into agreements withothers along the lines of your interests; making proposals to others, and beingaccepted; a time of great joy and love of life; perhaps a time of too muchdrink, food, or indulgence in excess; a successful venture; entering intofavorable unions with others through your own initiative. This may be a time ofluck.

Oct 08, 2003: Moon (Natal)

Asc conjunct Moon: A time of many changes; thelife may be in some sort of flux right now; difficulty seeing clearly due tohighly charged emotions; the wish for security and stability, to get thingscompleted and sorted out; changes in the home life or in regard to your normalroutines; significant developments involving women; it may be a time ofintimacy and closeness, but be careful of becoming too dependent or emotional,except with those whom you trust greatly. This may be a favorable time to takesomeone you love out for the evening - dinner and entertainment.

Oct 09, 2003: Neptune (Natal)

Asc conjunct Neptune: This is a time to be alittle cautious of your thoughts, as there may be a tendency to fantasy andself-delusion; you may totally misunderstand something, or misread something,and if so, this may be embarrassing to you; a tendency to be "in afog", to not be totally in the here and now, to be forgetful andabsent-minded; as your imagination is highly stimulated, this may be afavorable time to entertain, to go out and have a romantic evening with someoneyou love (and trust); it is not favorable in dealings with those whom you donot trust, or with whom you are suspicious; this is a time when you may needcounseling or you are able to provide counseling to others; it is a time offeeling vulnerable, and perhaps of being gullible; it is also a time in whichyour body is highly sensitive to drugs, alcohol, or medications, and yourimmune system may be weak.

Oct 11, 2003: Mercury (Return)

Asc conjunct Mercury: A time favoringcommunication and/or travel; there may be many new ideas you would like toexpress; favorable for writing, reading, speaking, or learning; a time of greatintellect and mental alertness; good sense of humor; a time of making deals,and possibly purchasing things like computers, electronic devices, orcommunication objects; a favorable time to contact someone about an idea you have,or to receive a call from someone who has an idea for you; favorablecommunication.

Oct 18, 2003: Pluto (Return)

IC conjunct Pluto: This is a time in which you mayencounter a very intense situation in the home or family; be cautious ofthreats, or making threats to those close to you as feelings could get veryhurt; threat of damage to property; threat of illness in the family; the needfor repair and healing in the home or family; the possibility of beingundermined from someone close to you; positively, this period favors researchand deep study; a time of insight and discovery, particularly of yourself; atime of great psychological or spiritual understanding; an experience ofpersonal power and/or strength.

Oct 22, 2003: Moon (Return)

MC conjunct Moon: A time of changes in work;emotions may be high in regards to your work; interesting or significantdealings with women at work; an opportunity to do something in the public; atime of combining work and family matters, perhaps real estate transactions;sensitivity in work or in regards to your status; it may be a time ofinstability at work, or dealing with people who are over-emotional ordependent.

Oct 25, 2003: Sun (Natal)

Asc conjunct Sun: A time of great vitality andenergy, when you might exude much confidence and psychological strength; a timeof recognition and favorable attention; you look and feel healthy, and othersare attracted to you; a creative time; a time of exhibiting leadershipqualities.

Oct 31, 2003: Mercury (Natal)

Asc conjunct Mercury: A time favoringcommunication and/or travel; there may be many new ideas you would like toexpress; favorable for writing, reading, speaking, or learning; a time of greatintellect and mental alertness; good sense of humor; a time of making deals,and possibly purchasing things like computers, electronic devices, orcommunication objects; a favorable time to contact someone about an idea youhave, or to receive a call from someone who has an idea for you; favorablecommunication.

Nov 01, 2003: Jupiter (Natal)

Asc conjunct Jupiter: A time of great happiness ingeneral; a period in which you are likely to be very open-minded, charitable,optimistic, and of good cheer; enjoyment of activities with friends; a"good experience" with others; festive activities; success in one'ssocial life as well as business; the opportunity to enter into agreements withothers along the lines of your interests; making proposals to others, and beingaccepted; a time of great joy and love of life; perhaps a time of too muchdrink, food, or indulgence in excess; a successful venture; entering intofavorable unions with others through your own initiative. This may be a time ofluck.

Nov 03, 2003: Venus (Return)

Asc conjunct Venus: A time in which your personalattractiveness is very high; you may look and feel very good; others areimpressed with you; a time of charm and graciousness; favorable for being outin the public and being well-received; confidence and self-assuredness;financially this may be a successful time as others see value and worth in yourefforts; a favorable time for meeting someone attractive.

Nov 11, 2003: Saturn (Return)

MC conjunct Saturn: This is a time when you mayexperience disappointment, setbacks, or delays in attaining goals you have setfor yourself; there may some disappointing news in regard to work; a time ofrejections, denials, withholding of support that you desired; professionalgrowth may be slowed; however it may be favorable for re-writing or re-statingor re-thinking your goals more clearly now; the opportunity to organize yourthoughts and goals regarding work; the potential of difficulties with yourparents or employers; tension or stress in your work; you may be best advisedto take more time to work things out more properly; not a favorable time to askfor favors or support at work; denial of your requests.

Nov 24, 2003: Pluto (Natal)

MC conjunct Pluto: This is a time when you mayexperience threats to your role at work; power plays and positioning forinfluence may cause much tension around you; others may be plotting behind yourback; the termination of a task or role or work; the need to change things asthey are, perhaps forcibly, but hopefully with a sense of improving thecondition; removal of a father-figure or a superior, or an experience of theirintensity at work.

Nov 29, 2003: Uranus (Natal)

Des conjunct Uranus: This is a time when you maymeet strange and unusual people; others may act very erratically, especiallypartners or mates; an unusual and unexpected experience with another person;agreements with others may be broken, and yet new agreements may be forged;difficulties with the mate or partner, or with an associate due to a possiblemisunderstanding, or intentional violation of an understanding; tryingsomething new with a partner that is exciting; meeting new people with whom youmay have little in common, yet you are attracted to them, and they to you.

Dec 06, 2003: Venus (Natal)

Asc conjunct Venus: A time in which your personalattractiveness is very high; you may look and feel very good; others areimpressed with you; a time of charm and graciousness; favorable for being outin the public and being well-received; confidence and self-assuredness;financially this may be a successful time as others see value and worth in yourefforts; a favorable time for meeting someone attractive.

Dec 09, 2003: Saturn (Natal)

IC conjunct Saturn: This is a time ofdisappointments, setbacks, or delays in regard to your family or home life;tension in family relations; problems within the home (i.e. heating or airconditioning system, perhaps), possibly requiring delays and causinginconvenience; setbacks possibly at work as well; a need to "get out"and escape worries; this time requires patience with yourself, and may befavorable for meditation or long-range planning, particularly regarding familymatters; possibility of an illness in the family, or "coldness" witha family member or someone living in your home.

Dec 10, 2003: Neptune (Return)

IC conjunct Neptune: This is a time that maycoincide with either very pleasant and beautiful experiences in the home, orgreat confusion; negatively there could be a tendency to be very absent-minded,forgetful of promises made to family members, intimate relations, or people inyour home; you may encounter deception or lies in the home, which can hurt;problems with the plumbing, roof, or water system are possible now - perhapsleaks caused from rains; positively this may be time of wonderful inner andspiritual experiences; it favors meditation; dreams may be very active as well;you may have an opportunity to truly help someone close to you, perhaps afamily member, who is depressed, distraught, or confused; a sense of greatcompassion within you is possible now.

Dec 20, 2003: Mars (Natal)

Asc conjunct Mars: A time of great energy anddrive, when you are highly motivated; a very active and possibly eventful timeof the year; a time when you are likely to start new projects; a pioneeringspirit, and a time of great independence and ingenuity; there may be a tendencytowards arguments and anger now; it is wise to exercise great self-control andrestraint; it is not wise to hurry or rush, as accidents may happen; a time ofincreased sexual passion.

Dec 29, 2003: Uranus (Return)

IC conjunct Uranus: This is a time when you mayexperience a sudden jolt in your home or family life as unexpected eventsarise; the possibility of electrical or computer failures in your home, or thepossibility of purchasing a new computer or electronic device in the home; achange in the home, for better or worse; it is favorable, perhaps, for tryingto do something "modern" in the home (i.e. renovation); the advent ofnew people (strangers) entering the home, which if invited, could be highlystimulating; a sudden realization in one's spiritual path, an enlighteninginner experience; a very creative and inventive time, one filled with muchintuition and "sense of the future;" there is the potential of accidentsand sudden interruptions in the home life, and possibly work life as well.

Dec 29, 2003: Mars (Return)

IC conjunct Mars: A time of much activity in thehome; highly motivated to do things in the home or in regard to the family;however there may be cause for anger in the home; a time of quarrels anddisputes in the home; accidents in the home are now possible, so it is wise tobe cautious and careful; a time in which you may hurt those close to you withharsh words; possibly being upset by family members or conditions.

Jan 02, 2004: Jupiter (Return)

MC conjunct Jupiter: A time of favorableoccurrences with regard to your work; the successful implementation of aproject, or culmination of a goal, and the resultant rewards and positivefeedback from such well-done efforts; a "bonus" at work, or increasedsales and/or income; opportunities to expand and grow at work; an offer, aproposal, that is flattering; the opportunity to enter into a professionalagreement or contract; positive and successful meetings with others; successfuljudgments; a favorable time to make proposals to others; success socially andprofessionally.

Jan 07, 2004: Moon (Natal)

MC conjunct Moon: A time of changes in work;emotions may be high in regards to your work; interesting or significantdealings with women at work; an opportunity to do something in the public; atime of combining work and family matters, perhaps real estate transactions;sensitivity in work or in regards to your status; it may be a time ofinstability at work, or dealing with people who are over-emotional ordependent.

Jan 08, 2004: Neptune (Natal)

MC conjunct Neptune: This is a time that is apt tobe confusing in regard to your work or reputation; misunderstandings over yourrole - or the role of others - may cause feelings to be hurt; deception or evenbetrayal may be experienced at work or with others whom you trusted; yourreputation may be vulnerable to attack; others may look up to you, but perhapsthey are putting you on a pedestal that has set them up for disappointment inyou, i.e. they had false expectations of you, or you of them; an undermining ofyour goals by another is possible, who may even intentionally present you in anincorrect and inaccurate light; dealings with "weasels"; this may bean excellent time for advertising or marketing projects, as your imaginationregarding work tasks is very stimulated; an experience with a "goddess;"a spiritual experience, and the feeling of great love or compassion foranother; the possibility of being victimized by another, or truly helping orbeing helped by another (you may need to ask yourself "what is theirmotive?", for they may appear to offer help, but actually set you up forbetrayal).

Jan 10, 2004: Mercury (Return)

MC conjunct Mercury: A time in which your businessmatters may be highly emphasized; making deals; discussing ideas with businesscolleagues; speaking engagements - as a speaker or attendee; a learningopportunity that might benefit you professionally; a chance to work, to be ofservice at work; travel related to work, or communication with someone at adistance; purchasing communication devices to be used in work, i.e. computers,fax machine, telephone, etc.

Jan 22, 2004: Sun (Natal)

MC conjunct Sun: A time of great success andrecognition in your work; growth in your vocation; increase of status; a goodappearance in the public; confidence in your work; a time of impressing otherswith your efforts; favorable relations with men in the workplace; other lookingto you as a leader in the field, or community.

Jan 28, 2004: Mercury (Natal)

MC conjunct Mercury: A time in which your businessmatters may be highly emphasized; making deals; discussing ideas with businesscolleagues; speaking engagements - as a speaker or attendee; a learningopportunity that might benefit you professionally; a chance to work, to be ofservice at work; travel related to work, or communication with someone at a distance;purchasing communication devices to be used in work, i.e. computers, faxmachine, telephone, etc.

Jan 29, 2004: Jupiter (Natal)

MC conjunct Jupiter: A time of favorableoccurrences with regard to your work; the successful implementation of aproject, or culmination of a goal, and the resultant rewards and positivefeedback from such well-done efforts; a "bonus" at work, or increasedsales and/or income; opportunities to expand and grow at work; an offer, aproposal, that is flattering; the opportunity to enter into a professionalagreement or contract; positive and successful meetings with others; successfuljudgments; a favorable time to make proposals to others; success socially andprofessionally.

Jan 29, 2004: Pluto (Return)

Asc conjunct Pluto: This is a time of greatintensity; you may feel obsessed, or driven with something or someone; it maybe a time that you seriously consider eliminating somebody, or something, fromyour life; perhaps it is best to consider alternatives before drastic actions areimplemented that hurt others or yourself- is there any chance of a"win-win" in this situation? At its best, it is a time of deepinsight, discovery, and positive influence over others; at its worse, it is atime of rage, of wanting to get even or destroy someone in some way; conflictsover money and/or power are possible now, in business or personal matters; thismay also be a time in which tax or insurance matters come up; it is a timerequiring caution and avoidance of dangerous situations or feelings from withinyourself; an act of coercion is possible, so avoid dealings with others who tryto force you to do things against your will; by the same token, you areencouraged to avoid forcing others to do anything against their will.

Jan 31, 2004: Venus (Return)

MC conjunct Venus: A time which favors theculmination of an agreement; favorable experiences in relationships, both inwork and in romance; support and appreciation for your efforts; increase inbusiness and income; successful completion of shared activities or goals;favorable developments in partnerships of any kind; working well with others; adecision made in your favor.

Feb 05, 2004: Moon (Return)

Des conjunct Moon: A time of popularity andmeeting people; favorable for social events and meeting people with whom youhave an immediate bonding, as in a sense of already knowing them; meetingpeople with whom you feel comfortable; significant and emotional women in thelife; changes within your partnership(s); sensitivity to one's mate or partners,or they are more sensitive than usual; a favorable time to share somethingintimate; an unfavorable time to do something that hurts another; events whichaffect your marriage and/or partnership.

Feb 22, 2004: Uranus (Natal)

IC conjunct Uranus: This is a time when you mayexperience a sudden jolt in your home or family life as unexpected eventsarise; the possibility of electrical or computer failures in your home, or thepossibility of purchasing a new computer or electronic device in the home; achange in the home, for better or worse; it is favorable, perhaps, for tryingto do something "modern" in the home (i.e. renovation); the advent ofnew people (strangers) entering the home, which if invited, could be highlystimulating; a sudden realization in one's spiritual path, an enlighteninginner experience; a very creative and inventive time, one filled with muchintuition and "sense of the future;" there is the potential ofaccidents and sudden interruptions in the home life, and possibly work life aswell.

Feb 27, 2004: Saturn (Return)

Des conjunct Saturn: This is generally not afavorable time for agreements or negotiations with others; others tend toresist you, or in some way try to force to "give in" to theirdemands, which are not always in your best interest; disappointment in others,especially if they exhibit a lack of integrity and willingness to followthrough upon agreements already made; the possibility of violating a contractor understanding, and letting someone else down, or being let down by another;tension in partnerships, marriage, or work associations; frustration in gettingothers to see your point of view, or in general dealings with others; arejection, or an effort to get you to accept "less"; a possibility offinally forging out a compromise and agreement, of putting it into form, butyou better check it carefully and be certain that it does not obligate youbeyond your wishes; illness with one's mate or partner is possible; the mate orpartner may be depressed and under much pressure, and may require your help orpatience; on the other hand, the mate may not offer support that you need; aneed to be sensitive to others, and to be around others who are supportive ofyou.

Feb 29, 2004: Venus (Natal)

MC conjunct Venus: A time which favors theculmination of an agreement; favorable experiences in relationships, both inwork and in romance; support and appreciation for your efforts; increase inbusiness and income; successful completion of shared activities or goals;favorable developments in partnerships of any kind; working well with others; adecision made in your favor.

Mar 10, 2004: Pluto (Natal)

Des conjunct Pluto: This is a time in which youmay encounter others who try to force you into accepting agreements or mattersagainst your will; a time of meeting very intense and forceful people; it is aperiod in which agreements and relationships may be terminated, or at leastthreatened with termination; conflicts over money or power with others;rejections from others is possible now; in all dealings with others, it is bestto proceed slowly, and with the attitude of trying to find areas of compromisethat benefit both parties - things can change for the better so long as it doesnot evolve into a contest over who has the power; positively, this may bringyou in touch with very deep and profound people, or those who have doneincredible research and who wish to share this with you.

Mar 12, 2004: Mars (Natal)

MC conjunct Mars: A time of much activity andmotivation in work; accomplishments through hard work; strategizing and makinglong-range plans; quarrels and arguments at work; upset caused by newconditions related to work; possibility of errors or mistakes; eager to attemptnew things in regards to work or one's vocation; blazing a new trail andinitiating new developments and/or products; highly motivated and busy period;a time of being upset with someone, probably in work.

Mar 24, 2004: Saturn (Natal)

Asc conjunct Saturn: This is a time in which youmay feel "under the weather", stressed-out, pressured, and generallyintense or serious; you may have a lot on your mind, with a tendency towardsworry; disappointments in either yourself or others may be present; it may bewise to have a task to do that does not have any time pressures attached withit; a favorable time for reading or studying, so long as there is no"test" associated with it; it is advisable to clear your schedule atthis time, for things may arise which prevent you from fulfilling obligationssatisfactorily; benefits may come from being disciplined and controlled; a timeto accomplish something so long as you avoid distractions and stick to theschedule; lack of discipline results in frustrations and falling behind inone's tasks.

Mar 25, 2004: Neptune (Return)

Asc conjunct Neptune: This is a time to be alittle cautious of your thoughts, as there may be a tendency to fantasy andself-delusion; you may totally misunderstand something, or misread something,and if so, this may be embarrassing to you; a tendency to be "in afog", to not be totally in the here and now, to be forgetful andabsent-minded; as your imagination is highly stimulated, this may be afavorable time to entertain, to go out and have a romantic evening with someoneyou love (and trust); it is not favorable in dealings with those whom you donot trust, or with whom you are suspicious; this is a time when you may needcounseling or you are able to provide counseling to others; it is a time offeeling vulnerable, and perhaps of being gullible; it is also a time in whichyour body is highly sensitive to drugs, alcohol, or medications, and yourimmune system may be weak.

Apr 07, 2004: Uranus (Return)

Asc conjunct Uranus: This is likely to be a timeof great excitement, but also one of unexpected events arising in your life; ifflexible, this could become something quite positive, and certainlyenlightening; a time of great inspiration, and perhaps willingness to takerisks and try new things; a break from your normal pattern, and a tendency toact differently than others expect of you; you may actually surprise, or shockothers, with your behavior; being unconventional, but highly interesting;magnetic, with the ability to attract new people into your realm, but perhapspeople with whom you share very little in common, other than mental or physical"chemistry"; a "strange" personal experience may happen toyou at this time; a tendency to feel very independent, and perhaps do thingsthat are highly individualistic; this may not be a time of agreements withothers, as they may not understand you.

Apr 07, 2004: Mars (Return)

Asc conjunct Mars: A time of great energy anddrive, when you are highly motivated; a very active and possibly eventful timeof the year; a time when you are likely to start new projects; a pioneeringspirit, and a time of great independence and ingenuity; there may be a tendencytowards arguments and anger now; it is wise to exercise great self-control andrestraint; it is not wise to hurry or rush, as accidents may happen; a time ofincreased sexual passion.

Apr 10, 2004: Jupiter (Return)

Des conjunct Jupiter: A time of optimism regardingcontracts, agreements, and activities involving others; receiving offers fromothers that are generous; the opportunity to enter into a partnership, orassociation with another; great popularity with others, and demand for yourtime and presence; this may also be a time when others promise great things,but can they deliver on these promises? You would be wise to put these promisesinto a formal contract, and not rely heavily upon trust of what others sayright now. In any event, contact with others seem very encouraging, and asource of excitement and happiness at this time. It is also favorable for anydealings with attorneys or agents - they may have something better than evenyou conceived prior to meeting with them; this is a period of working well withothers and coming to an agreement or understanding that is mutually beneficial.

Apr 13, 2004: Pluto (Return)

MC conjunct Pluto: This is a time when you mayexperience threats to your role at work; power plays and positioning forinfluence may cause much tension around you; others may be plotting behind yourback; the termination of a task or role or work; the need to change things asthey are, perhaps forcibly, but hopefully with a sense of improving thecondition; removal of a father-figure or a superior, or an experience of theirintensity at work.

Apr 13, 2004: Moon (Natal)

Des conjunct Moon: A time of popularity andmeeting people; favorable for social events and meeting people with whom youhave an immediate bonding, as in a sense of already knowing them; meetingpeople with whom you feel comfortable; significant and emotional women in thelife; changes within your partnership(s); sensitivity to one's mate orpartners, or they are more sensitive than usual; a favorable time to sharesomething intimate; an unfavorable time to do something that hurts another;events which affect your marriage and/or partnership.

Apr 14, 2004: Neptune (Natal)

Des conjunct Neptune: This is a time in which youmay be very vulnerable to impressions of others; others may not be what theyappear, or do not represent what they claim, so you are advised to proceed withcaution in any negotiations and/or conversations; generally speaking this isnot a favorable time to sign a contract, or come to an agreement - all thefacts are not "on the table" yet; deception and deceit are possibleif you are dealing with untrustworthy people - they are not likely to tell youthe truth, but rather hide important information from you; on the other hand,this may be a period of being attracted to glamorous events, of being withglamorous people; the attraction to very sensitive and romantic-mindedindividuals; meeting very imaginative and seductive people; this may be anexcellent time to go out and entertain or dine with a mate, associate orpartner - especially if romantic intentions are on your mind.

Apr 15, 2004: Mercury (Return)

Des conjunct Mercury: A time of much communicationand contact with others; many new ideas and thoughts being expressed andshared; major decisions involving others may be required, perhaps even signingof papers; a period of soliciting help from others; meeting others who haveinteresting ideas to share with you; the meeting of intelligent or highlycommunicative people; a very busy time; being in contact with many people;agreements are highlighted, and so are work or service-oriented relationships.

Apr 18, 2004: Moon (Return)

IC conjunct Moon: A time for closeness andintimacy in the home; an opportunity to relax with the family, or in quiet;real estate transactions may transpire; news from the family, or importantdevelopments affecting the family; attention is drawn to women in your family -the wife or mother; the possibility of nurturing a special bond with someoneyou love, someone with whom there is a deep, mutual affection.

Apr 23, 2004: Sun (Natal)

Des conjunct Sun: This may be a time when othersenter your life who are attractive; you may be impressed, or positivelyaffected, by others - and they may impressed with you as well; success with orfor your partner; a time to experience positive developments in yourpartnerships, to sign contracts and make agreements; a time of popularity.

Apr 30, 2004: Venus (Return)

Des conjunct Venus: A time when you are attractedto others; the entrance into the life of someone interesting; makingagreements; socializing and meeting people; giving and receiving support fromothers; a favorable time to be with others; happiness and success inpartnerships or/marriage.

Apr 30, 2004: Jupiter (Natal)

Des conjunct Jupiter: A time of optimism regardingcontracts, agreements, and activities involving others; receiving offers fromothers that are generous; the opportunity to enter into a partnership, orassociation with another; great popularity with others, and demand for yourtime and presence; this may also be a time when others promise great things,but can they deliver on these promises? You would be wise to put these promisesinto a formal contract, and not rely heavily upon trust of what others sayright now. In any event, contact with others seem very encouraging, and asource of excitement and happiness at this time. It is also favorable for anydealings with attorneys or agents - they may have something better than evenyou conceived prior to meeting with them; this is a period of working well withothers and coming to an agreement or understanding that is mutually beneficial.

Apr 30, 2004: Mercury (Natal)

Des conjunct Mercury: A time of much communicationand contact with others; many new ideas and thoughts being expressed andshared; major decisions involving others may be required, perhaps even signingof papers; a period of soliciting help from others; meeting others who haveinteresting ideas to share with you; the meeting of intelligent or highlycommunicative people; a very busy time; being in contact with many people;agreements are highlighted, and so are work or service-oriented relationships.

May 09, 2004: Saturn (Return)

IC conjunct Saturn: This is a time ofdisappointments, setbacks, or delays in regard to your family or home life;tension in family relations; problems within the home (i.e. heating or airconditioning system, perhaps), possibly requiring delays and causinginconvenience; setbacks possibly at work as well; a need to "get out"and escape worries; this time requires patience with yourself, and may befavorable for meditation or long-range planning, particularly regarding familymatters; possibility of an illness in the family, or "coldness" witha family member or someone living in your home.

May 13, 2004: Uranus (Natal)

Asc conjunct Uranus: This is likely to be a timeof great excitement, but also one of unexpected events arising in your life; ifflexible, this could become something quite positive, and certainlyenlightening; a time of great inspiration, and perhaps willingness to takerisks and try new things; a break from your normal pattern, and a tendency toact differently than others expect of you; you may actually surprise, or shockothers, with your behavior; being unconventional, but highly interesting;magnetic, with the ability to attract new people into your realm, but perhapspeople with whom you share very little in common, other than mental or physical"chemistry"; a "strange" personal experience may happen toyou at this time; a tendency to feel very independent, and perhaps do thingsthat are highly individualistic; this may not be a time of agreements withothers, as they may not understand you.

May 17, 2004: Venus (Natal)

Des conjunct Venus: A time when you are attractedto others; the entrance into the life of someone interesting; makingagreements; socializing and meeting people; giving and receiving support fromothers; a favorable time to be with others; happiness and success inpartnerships or/marriage.

May 22, 2004: Pluto (Natal)

IC conjunct Pluto: This is a time in which you mayencounter a very intense situation in the home or family; be cautious ofthreats, or making threats to those close to you as feelings could get veryhurt; threat of damage to property; threat of illness in the family; the needfor repair and healing in the home or family; the possibility of beingundermined from someone close to you; positively, this period favors researchand deep study; a time of insight and discovery, particularly of yourself; atime of great psychological or spiritual understanding; an experience ofpersonal power and/or strength.

May 26, 2004: Mars (Natal)

Des conjunct Mars: A time of drawing verymotivated and energetic - and perhaps competitive - people into your life;others you meet or know may be very upset, perhaps at you; meeting verydomineering and self-centered people; a time of attraction, and perhaps wishingto enter into unions or agreements with others, but best to proceed slowlyhere; the possibility of a dispute, argument, or great upset, perhaps due toviolations of agreements, or inconsiderate and insensitive actions by otherstowards you or someone you love - and if so, you may feel an urge toaggressively defend yourself or another person; to fight for your rights.

Jun 07, 2004: Saturn (Natal)

MC conjunct Saturn: This is a time when you mayexperience disappointment, setbacks, or delays in attaining goals you have setfor yourself; there may some disappointing news in regard to work; a time ofrejections, denials, withholding of support that you desired; professionalgrowth may be slowed; however it may be favorable for re-writing or re-statingor re-thinking your goals more clearly now; the opportunity to organize yourthoughts and goals regarding work; the potential of difficulties with yourparents or employers; tension or stress in your work; you may be best advisedto take more time to work things out more properly; not a favorable time to askfor favors or support at work; denial of your requests.

Jun 08, 2004: Neptune (Return)

MC conjunct Neptune: This is a time that is apt tobe confusing in regard to your work or reputation; misunderstandings over yourrole - or the role of others - may cause feelings to be hurt; deception or evenbetrayal may be experienced at work or with others whom you trusted; yourreputation may be vulnerable to attack; others may look up to you, but perhapsthey are putting you on a pedestal that has set them up for disappointment inyou, i.e. they had false expectations of you, or you of them; an undermining ofyour goals by another is possible, who may even intentionally present you in anincorrect and inaccurate light; dealings with "weasels"; this may bean excellent time for advertising or marketing projects, as your imaginationregarding work tasks is very stimulated; an experience with a"goddess;" a spiritual experience, and the feeling of great love orcompassion for another; the possibility of being victimized by another, ortruly helping or being helped by another (you may need to ask yourself"what is their motive?", for they may appear to offer help, butactually set you up for betrayal).

Jun 25, 2004: Pluto (Return)

Des conjunct Pluto: This is a time in which youmay encounter others who try to force you into accepting agreements or mattersagainst your will; a time of meeting very intense and forceful people; it is aperiod in which agreements and relationships may be terminated, or at leastthreatened with termination; conflicts over money or power with others;rejections from others is possible now; in all dealings with others, it is bestto proceed slowly, and with the attitude of trying to find areas of compromisethat benefit both parties - things can change for the better so long as it doesnot evolve into a contest over who has the power; positively, this may bringyou in touch with very deep and profound people, or those who have doneincredible research and who wish to share this with you.

Jun 28, 2004: Uranus (Return)

MC conjunct Uranus: This is a time when you arelikely to experience sudden and unexpected events in regard to your profession;sudden changes at work or in your responsibilities; the opportunity to startsomething new, or to end something suddenly (i.e. your job?); you tend not toget the response you expected, and as a result, you may be forced to make quickadjustments in your plans, especially regarding work; a time of a suddenrealization, which may be favorable in terms of understanding your calling inlife, but may be unfavorable if you fail to take it as a "sign"; thebreaking of relations at work; the meeting of new people connected to work;being inspired with new ideas concerning your work or calling in life; anincredible, enlivening experience, or a sharp disruption and interruption inone's plans, or both; a strong "sense of the future", and perhaps apsychic insight into something that will soon happen (i.e. prophetic thoughts).

Jun 28, 2004: Mars (Return)

MC conjunct Mars: A time of much activity andmotivation in work; accomplishments through hard work; strategizing and makinglong-range plans; quarrels and arguments at work; upset caused by newconditions related to work; possibility of errors or mistakes; eager to attemptnew things in regards to work or one's vocation; blazing a new trail andinitiating new developments and/or products; highly motivated and busy period;a time of being upset with someone, probably in work.

Jun 30, 2004: Moon (Return)

Asc conjunct Moon: A time of many changes; thelife may be in some sort of flux right now; difficulty seeing clearly due tohighly charged emotions; the wish for security and stability, to get thingscompleted and sorted out; changes in the home life or in regard to your normalroutines; significant developments involving women; it may be a time ofintimacy and closeness, but be careful of becoming too dependent or emotional,except with those whom you trust greatly. This may be a favorable time to takesomeone you love out for the evening - dinner and entertainment.

Jul 03, 2004: Jupiter (Return)

IC conjunct Jupiter: A time of great happiness andcelebration in your home or with your family; success in real estate ventures -buying and/or selling a home or property, or finding a place that you like;perhaps an announcement of a birth, or marriage, or anniversary in the family;a favorable time to host a gathering or party in your home amongst friends; atime of growth if you are engaged in any spiritual practice; an awakening thatbrings forth much inner joy.

Jul 08, 2004: Moon (Natal)

IC conjunct Moon: A time for closeness andintimacy in the home; an opportunity to relax with the family, or in quiet;real estate transactions may transpire; news from the family, or importantdevelopments affecting the family; attention is drawn to women in your family -the wife or mother; the possibility of nurturing a special bond with someoneyou love, someone with whom there is a deep, mutual affection.

Jul 09, 2004: Neptune (Natal)

IC conjunct Neptune: This is a time that maycoincide with either very pleasant and beautiful experiences in the home, orgreat confusion; negatively there could be a tendency to be very absent-minded,forgetful of promises made to family members, intimate relations, or people inyour home; you may encounter deception or lies in the home, which can hurt;problems with the plumbing, roof, or water system are possible now - perhapsleaks caused from rains; positively this may be time of wonderful inner andspiritual experiences; it favors meditation; dreams may be very active as well;you may have an opportunity to truly help someone close to you, perhaps afamily member, who is depressed, distraught, or confused; a sense of greatcompassion within you is possible now.

Jul 11, 2004: Mercury (Return)

IC conjunct Mercury: A time favoringcommunications and discussions in the home; a meeting in the home, or withfamily members; planning things to do with the home or family; purchasingcommunication devises to be used in the home (i.e. computers, fax machine,telephones, etc.); dealings with siblings or neighbors; discussing work plansin the home and with family members.

Jul 24, 2004: Sun (Natal)

IC conjunct Sun: Success or recognition in yourfamily life; a favorable time for real estate dealings; happiness in familygatherings; pride in your family; this is a favorable time to have a gatheringor to entertain in the home; a time to come into contact with a spiritualaspect of your self; inner illumination; understanding brought on by quietreflection; pride in one's family.

Jul 25, 2004: Saturn (Return)

Asc conjunct Saturn: This is a time in which youmay feel "under the weather", stressed-out, pressured, and generallyintense or serious; you may have a lot on your mind, with a tendency towardsworry; disappointments in either yourself or others may be present; it may bewise to have a task to do that does not have any time pressures attached withit; a favorable time for reading or studying, so long as there is no"test" associated with it; it is advisable to clear your schedule atthis time, for things may arise which prevent you from fulfilling obligationssatisfactorily; benefits may come from being disciplined and controlled; a timeto accomplish something so long as you avoid distractions and stick to theschedule; lack of discipline results in frustrations and falling behind inone's tasks.

Aug 03, 2004: Venus (Return)

IC conjunct Venus: A happy time in one's home orfamily; sharing a fond experience with members of the family, or with someonein your home; a successful gathering in the home (i.e. party); increasedappreciation of the home or family (finding out the value of your home hasincreased); purchasing things of value for the home, or doing things of valuewith the family; love of one's home; love within one's home; compliments fromothers about your home or family; a period favoring love and affection.

Aug 03, 2004: Jupiter (Natal)

IC conjunct Jupiter: A time of great happiness andcelebration in your home or with your family; success in real estate ventures -buying and/or selling a home or property, or finding a place that you like;perhaps an announcement of a birth, or marriage, or anniversary in the family;a favorable time to host a gathering or party in your home amongst friends; atime of growth if you are engaged in any spiritual practice; an awakening thatbrings forth much inner joy.

Aug 03, 2004: Mercury (Natal)

IC conjunct Mercury: A time favoringcommunications and discussions in the home; a meeting in the home, or withfamily members; planning things to do with the home or family; purchasingcommunication devises to be used in the home (i.e. computers, fax machine,telephones, etc.); dealings with siblings or neighbors; discussing work plansin the home and with family members.

Aug 10, 2004: Pluto (Natal)

Asc conjunct Pluto: This is a time of greatintensity; you may feel obsessed, or driven with something or someone; it maybe a time that you seriously consider eliminating somebody, or something, fromyour life; perhaps it is best to consider alternatives before drastic actionsare implemented that hurt others or yourself- is there any chance of a"win-win" in this situation? At its best, it is a time of deepinsight, discovery, and positive influence over others; at its worse, it is atime of rage, of wanting to get even or destroy someone in some way; conflictsover money and/or power are possible now, in business or personal matters; thismay also be a time in which tax or insurance matters come up; it is a timerequiring caution and avoidance of dangerous situations or feelings from withinyourself; an act of coercion is possible, so avoid dealings with others who tryto force you to do things against your will; by the same token, you areencouraged to avoid forcing others to do anything against their will.

Aug 26, 2004: Uranus (Natal)

MC conjunct Uranus: This is a time when you arelikely to experience sudden and unexpected events in regard to your profession;sudden changes at work or in your responsibilities; the opportunity to startsomething new, or to end something suddenly (i.e. your job?); you tend not toget the response you expected, and as a result, you may be forced to make quickadjustments in your plans, especially regarding work; a time of a suddenrealization, which may be favorable in terms of understanding your calling inlife, but may be unfavorable if you fail to take it as a "sign"; thebreaking of relations at work; the meeting of new people connected to work;being inspired with new ideas concerning your work or calling in life; an incredible,enlivening experience, or a sharp disruption and interruption in one's plans,or both; a strong "sense of the future", and perhaps a psychicinsight into something that will soon happen (i.e. prophetic thoughts).

Sep 01, 2004: Saturn (Natal)

Des conjunct Saturn: This is generally not afavorable time for agreements or negotiations with others; others tend toresist you, or in some way try to force to "give in" to theirdemands, which are not always in your best interest; disappointment in others,especially if they exhibit a lack of integrity and willingness to followthrough upon agreements already made; the possibility of violating a contractor understanding, and letting someone else down, or being let down by another;tension in partnerships, marriage, or work associations; frustration in gettingothers to see your point of view, or in general dealings with others; arejection, or an effort to get you to accept "less"; a possibility offinally forging out a compromise and agreement, of putting it into form, butyou better check it carefully and be certain that it does not obligate youbeyond your wishes; illness with one's mate or partner is possible; the mate orpartner may be depressed and under much pressure, and may require your help orpatience; on the other hand, the mate may not offer support that you need; aneed to be sensitive to others, and to be around others who are supportive ofyou.

Sep 02, 2004: Venus (Natal)

IC conjunct Venus: A happy time in one's home orfamily; sharing a fond experience with members of the family, or with someonein your home; a successful gathering in the home (i.e. party); increasedappreciation of the home or family (finding out the value of your home hasincreased); purchasing things of value for the home, or doing things of valuewith the family; love of one's home; love within one's home; compliments fromothers about your home or family; a period favoring love and affection.

Sep 02, 2004: Neptune (Return)

Des conjunct Neptune: This is a time in which youmay be very vulnerable to impressions of others; others may not be what theyappear, or do not represent what they claim, so you are advised to proceed withcaution in any negotiations and/or conversations; generally speaking this isnot a favorable time to sign a contract, or come to an agreement - all thefacts are not "on the table" yet; deception and deceit are possibleif you are dealing with untrustworthy people - they are not likely to tell youthe truth, but rather hide important information from you; on the other hand,this may be a period of being attracted to glamorous events, of being withglamorous people; the attraction to very sensitive and romantic-mindedindividuals; meeting very imaginative and seductive people; this may be anexcellent time to go out and entertain or dine with a mate, associate orpartner - especially if romantic intentions are on your mind.

Sep 14, 2004: Mars (Natal)

IC conjunct Mars: A time of much activity in thehome; highly motivated to do things in the home or in regard to the family;however there may be cause for anger in the home; a time of quarrels anddisputes in the home; accidents in the home are now possible, so it is wise tobe cautious and careful; a time in which you may hurt those close to you withharsh words; possibly being upset by family members or conditions.


Keeping a Diary of Your Solar Return Experience

Astrology is a language of symbols. It is also astudy of time. At any given point in time, astrological symbolism is presentwhich assists in the understanding of that time.

Throughout our life, people come in and situationsarise. On the surface, these people are indeed people, and these situations areindeed specific, identifiable conditions. However, these people and thesesituations are also symbolic of lessons in life which each one of us is workingon. Our experiences with these people and these conditions afford us anopportunity to understand ourself more fully, to get a grasp on our patterns,and possibly to make a conscious effort to break those patterns if we so wish.

In the course of your solar return day, you willcome into contact with people and situations, You will experience certainconditions that arise in your life. And you will react as well as interact withthese people and circumstances. You will have impressions and make judgmentsconcerning these events and interactions. In some cases, you will reactfavorably, and judge them as positive experiences. In other cases, you mayreact more critically, and judge them less favorably.

The moments of these experiences and theseinteractions with others during the solar return day can be progressed into thefuture of this year. Basically the premise is this: whatever you experienceduring the solar return day will symbolically represent the nature of yourexperiences during the solar return year. Furthermore, the time of theseexperiences - whether external or internal - will relate to a specific periodin the year when that "symbolism" will likely repeat. The formula isthe same as used in the calculation of the solar return Moon. That is, everytwo hours of time from your solar return represents one month of time from thedate of your solar return. In the same token, approximately every four minutesof time is the equivalent of one day in the solar return year.

Therefore it can be very enlightening to carrypaper and pen with you on the day of your solar return. Mark down the time inwhich things happen during this day. In fact, you may want to keep a verydetailed daily record of what happened as it goes along. It is also a good ideato plan things during the day which you know will be favorable and enjoyable,as that will set the tone of a favorable and enjoyable activity later on thisyear.

To briefly illustrate, let us assume your solarreturn occurs at 6:00 PM. At 8:00 PM, the circumstances that you experience (inthe external world, or your interior world) will be symbolic of what is goingon in your life about one month after your birthday. If you went out and had awonderful dinner with someone you love, then perhaps one month later you willfind your life very wonderful, almost like being out for a wonderful diningexperience.

The daily record should begin six hours beforeyour solar return, and continue 30 hours afterwards. The six hours before aresymbolic of the three months leading up to your birthday. Even these events andcircumstances are symbolic of what you have already gone through, and seeingthe symbolism helps put the recent past into perspective. The six hoursfollowing the 24 hours of the birthday are also important. They refer to themomentum of this year carrying into the next solar return, and your ability tomake the successful transition from one year's issues to the next.

Choosing One's Solar Return

One of the most exciting facts about solar returnsis that you may actually choose your own horoscope wheel for the year! Yourchoice is limited, as might be expected, by both certain mundane as well asastrological factors. From an astrological point, your choice is limited to theangles and house placement of planets as well as rulerships, which covers quitea bit of territory. Your choice does not consist of what relationship (aspects)the planets will have to each other or to your other natal planets -- onlytheir relationship to your solar return angles and houses. From a mundane pointof view, your choice is limited to your means and willingness to be mobile atthe time of your solar return. The angles and houses are directly related toyour location at the moment of your solar return; hence, your freedom andwillingness to travel to specific location will influence just how much choiceyou have in creating your own chosen horoscope for the year. And anotherlimitation, of course, is your knowledge and ability to work with solarreturns, for without this knowledge you have absolutely no choice in the matterwhatsoever.

What you can determine, then, are the axes of theEarth -- the horizon and meridian of the solar return chart. The actual momentof the solar return will not change -- cannot be changed; but the local meantime (LMT) and consequently the True Sidereal Time of the solar return can bechosen; hence, the angles and houses -- the "structure of theexperience" in the forthcoming year -- can also be chosen.

In choosing your solar return chart for any givenyear, there are two basic questions you might ask: first, "What area oflife do I want to highlight (in a positive manner) this year?," andsecondly, "What are my boundaries, or limitations, in traveling at thetime of my solar return?" Obviously if the most astrologically desirableplace to celebrate your solar return is somewhere in China, a combination offinancial, governmental, and time factors may make that choice animpossibility. So you must work within the boundaries of your means, or thosemeans placed upon you by "outside" forces.

In answering the first question, you shouldremember some of the basic rules presented earlier. For instance, a balance ofplanets in the different house types is desirable; a majority of planets inangular houses - or at least three personal planets posited there -- willindicate a "significant" year; an overabundance of planets in cadenthouses will tend to indicate the opposite -- a year of changes and/orpreparation for future years.

Locating planets in harmonious aspect to an angleis most desirable, and so too is the positioning of benefics close to a housecusp -- especially in that house which pertains to your areas of interest forthis year. Another desirable placement is a harmonious aspect between a planetin a particular house to the planet that rules that house. If you are able toarrange for a combination of these factors to occur, according to the housechosen to be highlighted, then it is a favorable indication that matters rulingthat area of your life will flow successfully in the coming year.

There are, of course, some factors that willinhibit even the finest of house and angle arrangements. If the aspects betweenyour solar return planets to each other, and even to your natal planets, arediscordant according to the expressions you wish to highlight, there is notmuch that can be done to "assure" their favorable expression thisyear. At best, you can "lessen" their potential negativemanifestation by traveling somewhere that will position an angle to make a"soft" (harmonious) aspect to one of the planets involved. Forexample, if there is a T-square in the solar return chart involving planets inhouses that you have determined are important to you in the coming year, youmay wish to travel somewhere at the time of your solar return that will bringthe horizon (Ascendant - Descendant axis) or meridian (Midheaven and I.C. axis)into a favorable aspect (sextile/trine) to the planet and/or house ruler youare concerned about.

It is also possible to more greatly empowerpositive aspects between planets in your solar return chart by simply travelingto a point in which these same angles make yet another positive aspect to them.For instance, if you have a trine between two planets that relate to an area ofgreat personal interest this year, you might consider traveling somewhere foryour birthday that will find the Midheaven or Ascendant forming a grand trineto these planets. That location would greatly enhance the expression andexperience of the two trining planets during the course of the year.

If you are not an astrologer, and you areinterested in designing a solar return chart that most positively highlightsyour solar return planets, you are advised to consult a well-trained, qualifiedand professional astrologer who can assist you in this matter. This would begreatly suggested in the event that you find certain parts in the "PlanetsIn Aspect To Angles", or "Planets Conjunct The Solar Return HouseCusps" sections particularly troubling. Those conditions can be alteredsimply by traveling for your solar return. In addition, planning a trip on yourbirthday is an excellent idea. It will cause you to put great conscious effortinto that most sacred of all days of the year for you personally - yourbirthday, the day the Sun and Earth return to their exact position of yourbirth moment. It is a special day for you every year. Treat it with reverence.Make its unfoldment an annual pilgrimage, a mission, a challenge for you tohave a super experience. The experiences of that day will be the foundation forthe whole of your next year of life.