This can show a year with a tremendous amount of activity (which usually amounts to too much activity). You may expend your energy in several different directions by working on a number of projects. Each of these projects will be well-defined and equated with a personal need; however, you will feel torn among all the things you want or need to do. You are trying to do too much. If you overload yourself with too many activities, you will begin to procrastinate, miss deadlines and be forced into crisis management. Your nervous system will be taxed and you will begin to make impulsive decisions with little forethought. You need to be better organized. Perhaps you should finish one project before starting another, or you should seek assistance. If you must juggle a busy schedule, learn to streamline your routine and optimize your use of time and energy.
The lack of mutable planets implies that you are less willing to adapt to other people or situations. You have a strong desire to be yourself and refuse to modify your personality or change your plans for others. Instead, you may expect others to adapt to your needs and idiosyncrasies. If there are conflicts, you feel others should be the ones to compromise or take corrective action. This is probably not realistic or fair to all involved. More positively, you will be able to focus on a goal or task with a single-mindedness that will help you see things to completion.
People with a lack of water in their solar return charts may find
it difficult to express emotions or respond to emotional situations in a
natural way. It could be more difficult for these people to make a complete
emotional circuit, one in which they are nurtured, and in turn, are able to
nurture others. Some of these individuals are victims of the strong-woman or
strong-man syndrome. They pride themselves on being emotionally self-sufficient
and self-contained, but may be experiencing a new depth of emotion which they
need time to learn how to express more openly. There is a tendency not to do
The third alternative is that the emotional side of life is just not a major consideration this year. This can be a time of intellectual or practical pursuits. A more rational orientation might be warranted. The danger is that the lack of emotional expression might be associated with sadness, loneliness or psychological stress, but this need not be the case. Other facets of the personality can take precedence.
When the solar return Ascendant is in Cancer, what you feel is more important than what you think. Sensitivity and intuition increase, and so to your involvement in emotional situations. The driving force is to feel connected to family, friends, and a home base. Interactions with women are important and enlightening. Problems you encounter result from being too sensitive and emotional. Co-dependent situations can drain you while worry leads to mood swings. Under these conditions, decisions will not be rational or effective.
In general, the Sun in the 2nd house is not a sign of monetary
gain; in fact, it is more likely that you will feel underpaid. This is the year
to reassess your worth as an employee or business owner and decide how much you
should be earning. You may find that your work is not fully appreciated and it
is really worth more than you are presently being paid. This is a time to map
out a plan to earn more money; however, your salary will probably not increase
much this year. Usually, individuals with 2nd house Suns do not get a pay raise
until the following year when their Suns move into the 11th house, the 2nd
(money house) of the 10th (career).
If you are running a business or a household, learn to budget your money or work with an accounting program. You need to pay attention to the way money is handled and spent; it may be slipping away wastefully. Financial practices that you incorporate this year can lead to money saved for future major purchases and projects. Lack of fiscal responsibility can lead to financial problems and limitations.
Reassessing your sense of self-worth will also involve analyzing how you are being treated by others. You may find that you do not command enough respect. If you have very little self-esteem you may be involved in physically or verbally abusive relationships, but it is more common to have established a pattern of devaluing your own needs and abilities in comparison to the needs and abilities of others. If others come first in your life and you always come last, it is time to make adjustments. Although you have probably helped to establish this negative pattern, others have helped to reinforce it and now everyone needs to change consciously. Now is the time to stand up for yourself. Expect equal consideration; if you must, demand it.
Learning to value yourself is just one side of this issue. All values need to be prioritized. What you once thought was desirable is now no longer attractive. You may grow more materialistic; or conversely, you may stress inner qualities rather than money. But in either case you will need to make decisions and set priorities during the year. A moral or ethical conflict is common. Usually there is a shift toward more traditional codes of behavior.
Some individuals make a definitive moral or ethical statement. They feel compromised by their jobs, situations or relationships, and feel compelled to stand up for what they believe in, ignoring the physical, emotional or financial consequences their stand will bring. This is the placement of the whistle-blower.
The 2nd house is also concerned with overindulgence, such as overeating, smoking, drinking, impulse spending and promiscuity. You are more apt to be aware of excessive behavior during the year, and consequently seek to control it.
The Sun conjunct Venus indicates personal reward in the form of money, self-esteem, values, or relationships is intimately tied up with the goals reflected in the Sun's house position. These two planets in the same solar return house can show an area of great comfort and confidence. The more you express yourself, the more likely you are to succeed. On the other hand, laziness can also be associated with this aspect. You can decide to sit back and reap whatever comes your way, but you reap greater benefits from a personal best effort.
The major task associated with the Sun square or opposite Jupiter in the solar return chart is expansion of the personality into new areas of experience and expertise. This expansion should be consistent with the individual's philosophical beliefs, spiritual goals, and career aspirations, but this is not always the case. The main danger noted with the Sun square or opposite Jupiter is a tendency toward excessive behavior and a refusal to curb personal needs and desires in consideration of others. Excessive behavior can be associated with workaholic tendencies, spending practices, diet, health habits, or any other activity. A refusal to curb personal needs overwhelms partners and family members who have their own preferences. It is important to maintain a sense of balance with these aspects. Beneficial opportunities are associated with Jupiter aspects; however, there is no guarantee of a positive return. You may have to create your own opportunities, augment the possibilities through enthusiasm, or take a risk to manifest the best results.
When the Sun is sextile or trine Saturn in the solar return chart,
it implies a sense of structure. Whether this structure becomes supportive or
restrictive depends on the situation and the individual's ability to handle
Saturnian issues in a positive manner. Saturn rules hard work. The productive
characteristics associated with Saturn include persistence, patience,
organization, stability, practicality, and realistic expectations. When the
individual's behavior is consistent with these beneficial traits, progress and
self-mastery result. When the individual shirks responsibility and does not put
forth the effort, little if any progress is made. When the Sun is sextile or
trine Saturn, nothing is given and everything is earned. .
Beyond those circumstances which one can control, restrictions, frustrations, and delays can plague the native. You must accept responsibility for your own life situation and work with limitations should they arise. There is a lesson to be learned this year.
The Sun conjunct Saturn is not meant to reflect a depressing time, but it does reflect stark realism. Accurate perceptions of existing situations are essential to either accept or alter future expectations. You must be both realistic and patient in assessing your options. Progress can occur, but it tends to occur slowly and involve careful planning, hard work, and discipline, so put in the effort. It is common to be involved with a major project or task during the year that requires your full attention. Focus on finding solutions to problems. Use your skills and talents in a productive manner or develop the expertise you need to succeed.
The start of a new romantic relationship is the most common event
associated with the Moon in this house. This new relationship can be viewed as
a "first" in one way or another. If you are very young, it may be
your very first relationship or first meaningful relationship. If you are a
little older, it can indicate the year you begin having sex, especially if you
are emotionally involved with one particular person. It might be the first time
you live with someone or begin dating the person you are going to marry. If you
are older and more established in these areas, it may be the first time in a
long time that you are emotionally involved with a new person. Regardless of
your marital situation, this can be a year when you feel an emotional
connection to a new person, and usually this connection is very compelling.
Unlike the Sun in the 5th house, the Moon is not necessarily associated with sexual attraction. The Sun seems to be more suggestive of a sexual affair. In fact, with the Sun in the 5th, the relationship may simply be a sexual fling with limited emotional contact. But the Moon is more closely associated with emotional needs in a relationship, and therefore the contact may or may not be sexual, though many times sexual involvement occurs. It is the desire for emotional sharing and expression that seems to be the main focus and motivation for the relationship. Then, as the relationship deepens and intimacy increases, sexual involvement develops. The need for emotional expression is probably the key to understanding the interpretation of the Moon in this house and romance is a wonderful means for expression. Though the give and take of a relationship is just one way to handle feelings, it is a way many people seem to choose.
If you are involved in a relationship such as this, your feelings will be very intense. You are more apt to express yourself emotionally, and consequently it will be more difficult to hide what you are feeling. This may not be a good time to keep a clandestine relationship secret. You will be subject to emotional swings. At times you will be elated, while at other times you might feel depressed. Your feelings may depend on how well the relationship is going and whether or not you can see each other. An element of "need" is many times associated with these relationships and dependency is a problem. The individual you are involved with could need your help in one way or another. The situation need not be crucial, but you will have the opportunity to express nurturing and protective feelings. If you respond in a mothering or overprotective way, the relationship may involve dependency issues. On the other hand, you may be the one who becomes dependent.
Your feelings are not necessarily stronger and deeper this year, but you are more apt to express them in an obvious way. This may include openly stating what you need or want. Being direct is probably the best way to express your feelings, but it is also common to seek secondary or alternative ways. Finding satisfying means for emotional self-expression is one of the tasks associated with this placement and may contribute to the romantic nature of the year. You may choose an artistic or dramatic means for emotional expression. You could, however, choose creative endeavors such as painting, writing, or acting. Or you might want to participate in intense situations which exemplify the drama of human life, such as being an emergency room nurse, or soup kitchen volunteer.
Your strong need for emotional expression can lead you to intense personal situations. You may have a baby instead of a love affair. If you are aware of your emotional needs, you can consciously choose an outlet for this energy. There is no limit to the manifestations you can pick so long as the situation allows for emotional involvement and expression. If you are frustrated by your present circumstances and the people around you are unable to satisfy your emotional need for expression, look elsewhere. You need situations which allow for some external display of emotions. For a few, this may involve living life on the edge of an emotional crisis.
One final avenue for emotional expression can be intense involvement with children. You may be especially concerned with their emotional well-being or creative abilities. If you have children of your own, this can be a good time to reach out to them. Focus on understanding their needs. Your children may be more emotional this year, especially if your relationship with them is changing or changes are occurring in the home environment. They may require extra love and attention if this is the case. The difficulty with the Moon in the 5th is that a parent might view his or her children as an extension of his or her own personality. As a parent you can have certain needs that you assume only your children can fill, and this places unnecessary pressure on them.
The Moon sextile or trine Mercury in the solar return indicates
the integration of unconscious feelings with conscious thoughts. When these two
avenues for information and analysis are working together, they form a great
combination; the integrated psyche is a powerful tool for intellectual and
creative endeavors. You will be able to understand the total picture from your
rational assessment supported by your emotions and combined with intuitive
insights. When the conscious and unconscious are working together, you are more
likely to make good decisions which satisfy your physical, emotional, and
mental criteria. In this way, the conscious mind can be used to direct
unconscious feelings into creative projects. Channeling higher awareness can be
therapeutic and productive.
You can actively seek out more information about your feelings and conscious motivations through discussions with others. The key to using this aspect positively is to balance and integrate conscious and unconscious input and work toward a complete unified sense of self.
When the Moon is sextile or trine Mars in the solar return chart,
you have the option of acting on your emotions in a meaningful and fulfilling
way. You are able to express your feelings clearly through the things you do
and the causes you support. Actions are associated with the solar return house
placement of Mars, while the feelings motivating action are related to the
house placement of the Moon.
The Moon sextile or trine Mars combination is not necessarily difficult, nor must it involve your personal life. It can refer to professional endeavors. Ambition reflects the energy of this combination. Use this year to empower your career goals. On the other hand, this aspect might be a call to action. You can be motivated to respond when affected emotionally by what you see. If you are upset by conditions in a poor section of town, you might volunteer your services at a local soup kitchen. The unpleasantness you feel compels you to look at your surroundings more closely and work to correct or improve conditions.
Though Moon-Mars aspects tend to indicate situations which are a mixed blessing, you are more likely to integrate feelings and actions with the sextile and trine aspects. In this case, ambivalence is less likely to arise. You are more apt to solve problems, create alternatives, and pursue opportunities.
Moon sextile or trine to Neptune in the solar return chart can
show increased sensitivity to life's subtleties. While Moon-Pluto aspects show
a greater insight into psychological influences, manipulative games, and a need
for self-control, Moon sextile or trine to Neptune indicates a greater
sensitivity to feelings and needs that are not expressed openly yet bind us
all. There is a spiritual, intuitive dynamic associated with Moon-Neptune
aspects that can be inspirational and guiding during the year.
Moon sextile or trine Neptune aspects symbolize intuitive insights, spiritual ideals, and one's greater sensitivity to the commonalities we share. We all suffer from human frailty; Neptune symbolizes our ability to identify with others, view their missteps with forgiveness, and see their failings as well as our own. True understanding supersedes any judgmental attitudes and paves the way for a meaningful exchange. As compassion grows, spiritual development occurs.
Moon sextile or trine Neptune implies connections; connections to each other and to the Universe. We can foster and improve these connections by understanding, accepting, and helping each other to progress as a whole toward a better existence. This is a good time to accept people as they are, weaknesses and all. You will probably be involved in situations which give you the opportunity to increase your understanding or insight into others. As long as you do not make demands or have unrealistic expectations, you should be able to retain honest emotional contacts with those around you.
You may actually care for someone who is ill or disabled, or you could simply care for another person more than you care for yourself and your own welfare. Moon-Neptune aspects are a sign of self-sacrifice. It is common to see this aspect in the charts of new mothers. The demands of caring for an infant involve a certain amount of self-sacrifice. If you work full-time to put your spouse through school, you might also have this aspect.
Self-sacrifice does not necessarily mean martyrdom. Moon-Neptune aspects in the solar return indicate that you are able to help others because you truly understand their situation. You are also able to handle emotional uncertainty. You accept relationships which are not clearly defined, and you are able to give without a guarantee of return. Going with the flow means accepting insecurity as a natural by-product of your situation. With Moon-Neptune aspects in your solar return chart, you need to be able to function during times of uncertainty and handle the insecurities that go with them. You need to trust that in the end, everything will be for the best.
Mercury in the 3rd house suggests a strong inquisitive mind with a
thirst for knowledge. You could spend a lot of time reading, writing, studying,
or communicating. You want an influx of new ideas. Information that you gather
during this year may relate to a project or particular field of interest. But
it is also possible that your interests are scattered and the information is
superficial. If you are attending school, learning may tend to be tedious and
involve the memorization of numerous details. Interpreting Mercury's aspects
and assessing the mental conditioning reflected in the chart can give you a
better idea about what type of information is important and its purpose during
the coming year.
All types of information can be important. Significance is not limited to educational material. This can be a time for major disclosures and realizations. Some individuals remember childhood sexual abuse while having Mercury in the 3rd house. Realizations and resurfacing memories can have major ramifications. It is possible that the information you receive at this time or have received in the past is false. You may be misinformed or even lied to. Mercury in the 3rd does not guarantee that the information you gather will be correct. There may be inconsistencies between what you are told and what you intuitively feel. It will be your task to assess what is truth and what is fiction.
Mercury in the 3rd house can suggest that the rational thinking processes are stronger than feelings. This is most likely to be so if the Moon is not particularly strong by house, sign, or aspect, and the chart is not watery. If the greater emphasis is on Mercury, decisions will be based on rational considerations rather than emotional needs. But if the Moon is very prominent in the chart, rational thoughts may be overwhelmed by emotional considerations. Emotions and rational thoughts may seem to contradict one another. You may be torn between what you know or hear and what you feel in your heart or sense intuitively. If you are very stressed, unconscious needs may surface. Negative feelings, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, and extreme anger may defy rational control.
Your mental attitude during the year is very important. You need to think clearly in order to function at an optimal level. Influences that either hinder or promote logical thinking. Among the more detrimental influences are abusive substances such as alcohol and drugs. Mental illnesses (especially depression and anxiety) are also negative influences which can affect one's ability to think clearly. These very negative manifestations correspond more closely to an individual's negative behavioral pattern than to any one specific astrological pattern in the solar return chart. Although stress may be suggested by the solar return chart, disease is not. Those who are intimately and enthusiastically involved in life experience few problems. For them, great excitement rather than stress fuels their thinking processes.
Mercury is usually retrograde in the solar return chart every six
years. When Mercury is retrograde, it is time to be introspective, especially
about those things related to Mercury's house placement. You should be doing a
lot of your own thinking and learning rather than depending on others. Integrate
previously acquired information into your own individualized mind-set. Think of
your mind as an overloaded cabinet or closet seriously in need of filing and
organization. It is time to process. You probably already know everything you
need to know to handle a certain life situation. If you continue to depend on
others for advice, you will find conversations meaningless within the context
of your own intellectual needs and experience. Be aware that your mental
processes are not very receptive to new information at this time. Your mind is
like a cup that is filled to the brim. Any additional knowledge spills over and
is lost. Work toward integrating what you already know.
You can experience this retrogradation as a certainty that you know you are right and only you can make the best decisions concerning your own future. What others tell you might clash with what you already know and you could tend to disregard their comments. You may be right, but the danger is that you may be wrong. You can be so in tune with your own thoughts that you are totally on the mark; then again, you might be totally off the beam. Take the time to reorganize information by focusing inward. You might find that your own opinions, thoughts, and decisions truly work best for you. But be aware of the feedback others give you, which may be particularly valuable if you have missed the mark.
Secretiveness is also associated with Mercury retrograde. There is a tendency to withhold information and sometimes lie. Generally, there are two major reasons for doing this: one is that you really do have secrets which need to be kept; the other is that expressing your opinions or thoughts openly causes tension in your relationships. Retrograde Mercury is associated with biting your tongue and swallowing your own words in order to keep peace. Your true opinions may not emerge until the start of the next solar return.
This time is excellent for putting your thoughts down on paper and writing original material. You will be able to see things differently when your thoughts are written down and this is a good way to get organized. Old opinions and beliefs may be outdated so you need to reassess your thinking, reformulate ideas, and shed new light on a subject area.
Mercury sextile or trine Mars suggests an active thought process.
This can be a time when great mental energy in expended in a search for
knowledge. Your mind should be quick and alert, though not necessarily highly
retentive. Learning can be very exciting and self-perpetuating even if you
What is great for the learning process may not be so advantageous when making decisions. The speed normally associated with Mars might indicate that you are impulsive and quick to jump to conclusions. Weighing your options carefully and researching situations thoroughly can help you make considered responses.
Mercury sextile or trine Mars implies the ability to be assertive when necessary. You are not angry or aggressive, but you do hold your ground. You know what you want and you are able to go after it. Thoughts are channeled into concrete actions. You are motivated to accomplish what you say you intend to do.
Mercury square of opposite Neptune in the solar return chart can
indicate that important factual information you receive during the year may be
partial, inaccurate, or vague. Sometimes secrecy and deception play a role.
Your normal points of reference for evaluating information may be changing.
Without adequate facts, you may be left hanging for most of the year. It may be
impossible for you to make a decision at this time or to evaluate your
circumstances. You may be easily confused or misled, especially if the
information you receive is inconsistent or incomplete. In older individuals,
confusion may actually be senility. Neptune's most negative interpretation is a
loss of mental capabilities through drug and alcohol use or abuse. This tends
to be an uncommon manifestation that is more closely associated with an individual
pattern of consistent negative behavior. Most people will not fall into this
This is not the time for detailed, factual information and left-brain processes. You may be more in touch with compassion, creativity, and spirituality than rational thought. Your sensitivity to subtlety increases and you acquire information through intuitive insights. Dealing with subtle experiences can lead to uncertainty and confusion. Increased intuitive awareness can precede the ability to weigh this information for its accuracy. It is sometimes difficult to discriminate between what is really intuitive or psychic and what is more closely akin to worry, fear, or false hope. Seeking practical applications for idealistic concepts and inspirations common with this combination can also cause stress.
Put your trust in the Universe during times of uncertainty. Focus on compassion rather than a search for mundane truth. Inconsistencies and confusion may not be resolved this year. Understand that in the end, all will be known. Be gentle with yourself when you are not as focused and detail-oriented as you used to be. Focus instead on right-brain, creative, artistic, intuitive, and spiritual processes.
Mercury sextile or trine Pluto in the solar return chart can indicate that your conscious mind is very aware of unconscious material and psychological complexes. This awareness may originate from naturally occurring insights into human behavior or educational pursuits. You are better able to perceive what is unspoken or hidden. Motivations will be clearer to you even when they are not stated. The body language of others can be very revealing. Attempts at manipulation and psychological games will also be more obvious. Most likely this awareness will not be one-sided. You will be as aware of your own unconscious nature as you are of psychological complexes in others. Your close attention to detail, subtleties, and nuances is empowering. You become a better negotiator, manager, and teacher. You are able to address distortions related to ideology, prejudice, or intolerance. The implication here is that knowledge is power, and specifically in this case, it is knowledge about the unconscious mind which conveys power to those who are aware of it and able to gain insights from it. This information is as valuable as intellectual facts gained from school. The more you understand about the unconscious, emotions, and complexes, the more you are able to control your own impulses or resist the manipulative behavior of others.
One might think that Venus in the 2nd house of the solar return
would be associated with increased money and materialism. Certainly you pay
more attention to finances with this placement. But rather than increased money,
Venus in the 2nd house is more likely to indicate easy money, the kind that
requires no extra work on your part. The epitome of this interpretation is
money that comes to you through welfare or unemployment checks. This is a
possibility, although usually not the case. The most common manifestation is
that money comes more easily because you cut back on your hours at work or
refuse overtime. You may earn a little less, but the quality of your life seems
more important than the extra income.
Venus in the 2nd normally indicates you are comfortable with the money you have or earn, so it is most likely that you anticipated this cutback in salary and either paid off your debts or made adjustments in your budget so the financial loss would not be noticeable.
Another common manifestation for this Venus placement is an increase in salary or funds available. As a rule, pay raises will not involve a great increase in time or effort on your part. If you work as a salesperson, you may land a huge account, thereby raising your commission without increasing your work load. If you are employed at a steady salary, you may be given a raise or bonus.
Another alternative is changing jobs and getting paid more for doing the same work. Your salary may remain the same, but funds become available through other means. Suppose you sell your home at a great profit and decide not to buy another home, or purchase one at a lower price. This leaves more money available without any extra work. Even if you do not get a raise, or do not work, small checks may come in the mail from unexpected sources (dividends, refunds, interest, etc.). Probably none of the checks will be large, but you will find them helpful. During the year, you should feel comfortable with the amount of money you have available to spend. You are unlikely to feel impoverished.
You are in the process of reassessing your value system. Priorities may be changed or even reversed. What may have been important before is no longer crucial; what you once took for granted is now cherished. Usually the shift is toward an appreciation of inner beauty and the quality of life, but some people experience Venus in the 2nd house as a surge in materialism. You may not want to do extra work to increase your cash flow, so you will try to think of less taxing ways to get more money.
You might also experience a moral or ethical conflict at this time, especially if Venus is heavily emphasized. Venus in the 2nd shows that moral issues will be reassessed, especially the issue of monogamy or loyalty to one person. Contrary to what one might think, traditional concepts are not always stressed. The interpretation of Venus in this house seems to be most closely related to proclivities shown in the natal chart and the rest of the solar return. Ethical issues focus on monetary practices such as accurate expense account reporting, appropriate fees for services rendered, and the disposition of funds. Several aspects to Venus in the 2nd can indicate mixed feelings with regard to these moral or ethical issues.
When Venus is square or opposite Jupiter in the solar return
chart, you can benefit, either directly or indirectly, through the influence or
assistance of another. Relationships can be rewarding and you reap what you
have sown. If you have been helpful and understanding to others in the past,
you can expect the same treatment now. Your lover, business partner, or spouse
should be actively supportive of your goals, either financially or emotionally.
Indirect benefits can also come to you through your partner. For example, your
spouse accepts a job transfer to Colorado and you always wanted to live in ski
Although you may benefit direct or indirectly through another, this does not necessarily mean you are a match made in heaven. When Venus is square or opposite Jupiter, there tends to be a philosophical difference between you and your partner. The two of you may not feel the same way about each other or the purpose of the relationship. Issues and conflicts regarding morals, ethics, and monogamy are possible and lead you to discuss whether your relationship is open or closed. The two of you may have different religious backgrounds and find it difficult to integrate beliefs. You might want children while your partner does not. Independent activities may limit time together as priorities can be different and conflict. One person's needs might overwhelm the partner and dominate the relationship.
The same is true of spending practices. The tendency is to overextend the budget and spend more than you make or can afford. This can cause friction in any relationship. Gambling, risk taking, and addictions are possible, but less likely. The goal for the year either in regard to relationships or finances is one of balance and integration.
Venus sextile or trine Saturn in the solar return chart suggests
stability in relationships and in finances. Healthy relationships can
strengthen and show a renewed sense of commitment by both partners. The
acceptance of more responsibility with or for each other is common. Marriage,
raising children, and purchasing homes together are three common events that
reflect this change. The relationship gains stability because of a new
definition of purpose and intent. Partners are able to pull together, organize,
and plan for the future.
Partners who love each other and are committed, but experience the need for change and adjustment, might do well to give each other space, understanding, and support. The distance can foster individual expression and achievement. For example, if you or your spouse wants to go back to school for a higher degree, time must be set aside for classes and study.
Financially, this is a good time to plan for the future and budget. You might be working with less cash during the year, but only because you choose to conserve money and build savings. Perhaps you wish to purchase a home or new car. You need to know how much money you have and where it all goes. Some may experience a decrease in funds. These are the people who quit their jobs, cut back on hours, become self-employed, or experience a dramatic change in their life-style which would naturally affect funds available.
While Mars is in the 12th house you have the ability to work
independently or behind the scenes. This is a great time to focus on projects
which require some degree of "aloneness." You must provide your own
sense of direction and motivation while working toward achievement, but what
you ultimately accomplish can be very original and unique. Yearlong projects
are associated with this placement since many people will not know what you are
working on or have accomplished until late in the solar return year. The
tendency with this placement is to prevent the left hand from knowing what the
right hand is doing. It is even less likely that others will know what you are
doing. This is your time to work in secret or "go undercover."
Suppose you wish to surprise your spouse or parents with some secret homemade
project you assembled in the basement; now is the time.
This is not your year to be openly aggressive or angry. You tend to check your temper and bite your tongue, ignoring even offensive remarks from others. Your reflexes are slow and therefore you miss your chance to respond. More than likely, you think of a good comeback hours later. Occasionally, you will realize the next day that you should have felt insulted the day before. You do not have adequate or timely defense tactics, and even anger itself can be delayed or vague. For these reasons, you are more likely to withdraw from confrontations, especially those with family members. You may still feel angry, but you are less likely to express your anger openly and will not be as argumentative as you have been in the past. If you do not correctly understand your responses and your situation, pent-up emotions could cause you to feel very stressed and irritable. As the tension builds, gut reactions will tend to take the place of informed responses. Distortions in reality perception can occur. Actions and words will be inappropriate for the immediate situation if you are responding now to something that happened yesterday. If you allow tension to build to this extent, suppressed anger can cause you to act in a way that is counterproductive to what you hope to accomplish. In very negative situations, anger is displaced, moving from the truly annoying person to a less threatening adversary or innocent victim.
Extreme anxiety during this year is ordinarily associated with the inability to express anger or defend oneself in difficult situations. The inability to understand what is happening psychologically contributes to the nervousness. Specific situations and people are most likely to trigger the undue stress. Normally, anger and a feeling of defenselessness underlie all anxiety.
In many cases, there will be logical reasons for your lack of aggressiveness. You may be dealing with a situation where the use of force or even assertiveness is useless. We all know people who are unreasonable and belligerent. Some of us are even related to a few of these individuals. Angry responses may not be appropriate in present circumstances. In delicate situations, humor or evasiveness can be the best way to handle difficult issues. Do not allow yourself to become a victim of your own anger or the recipient of another's negative energy. With psychological insight and understanding, you can become immune to negativity. What is understandable becomes less threatening. Within this scenario, the lack of response becomes a conscious choice.
You will probably tire more easily this year. There are two possible reasons for this. If you are continually involved in frustrating situations, your energy will be drained by the conflicts. But if you are absorbed in a project of your own choosing, you may need more quiet time to contemplate your next move. If you are actively pursuing your dreams, creating your vision, you are likely to have plenty of energy.
This can be a difficult aspect to handle. The action you wish to
take is shown by the solar return house placement of Mars. The result,
response, or reaction you get is associated with the solar return house
placement of Uranus. For example, you make significant changes without
consulting others, and your spouse, boss, or family members react negatively.
Independent action might be frowned upon. On the other hand, actions taken by
others have a major impact on you. Strong changes, whether self-initiated or
initiated by others, are associated with Mars-Uranus aspects. When Mars and
Uranus are either square or opposed, changes are more likely to result in
conflict, and conflicts are more likely to result in change.
Changes range from a constant stream of minor adjustments to dramatic and sweeping transformations. Changes can be beneficial in the long run, but tend to be disruptive in the present and immediate future. During the transitional stage, behavior patterns might be erratic, and on-again, off-again situations are not uncommon. Change and the need for greater freedom can lead to sudden separations and broken relationship ties. If freedom is an issue, any restriction will be met with assertiveness if not anger. Speed may be essential, and therefore, time delays are unlikely. Matters tend to move forward quickly.
The real danger associated with Mars square or opposed Uranus is a tendency toward accidents of one form or another. Here we are talking about automobile accidents, freak accidents, radical unexpected changes in direction that lead one to stumble either literally or figuratively. Generally, accidents result from suppressed anger or conscious rage. Nine times out of ten, they will not come out of the blue without an internal calling card. Life is a mystery and this is not always the case, but it is frequently so, anger, suppressed or expressed indiscriminately, can be coincidentally linked to many an accident. The issue is not whether you allow the anger to seek expression: the issue is one of directing the energy into a creative and productive outcome. Sticking your head in the sand is not the answer and actually may be one of the worst things you could do. If you have a Mars square or opposition Uranus aspect in your solar return chart, remain aware of your frustrations and the options available for dealing with them. Be proactive. Make decisions. Initiate necessary changes. Don't wait for life to happen to you.
While Mars-Pluto aspects imply actions that are unconsciously
motivated, Mars-Neptune aspects indicate actions which have no obvious
motivation at all, or which involve a great deal of uncertainty as to direction
and goal. When Mars is sextile or trine to Neptune, running on faith and
intuition is more likely to pay off despite the uncertainty, than when Mars is
conjunct, square or opposed to Neptune. You can dream big and realize your
dreams in some situations.
Humanitarian pursuits are sometimes associated with this combination since very spiritual endeavors emanate from a source which is not readily apparent. This is a good time to volunteer your time and efforts for a cause or charity. You can be more sensitive to the needs of others this year. You also want your actions to have meaning and purpose. Mundane considerations might seem unimportant in light of higher pursuits. A sense of fulfillment comes from unselfish actions.
Mars sextile or trine to Neptune indicates the ability to function despite a degree of uncertainty that colors your actions. There can be reasons for this. Perhaps results are unimportant and it is the thought that counts. Though the odds might be stacked against you, you still wish to proceed. The fact that you care and act has more meaning and impact than the results. Even if you were to fail, you feel your efforts will either inspire others to join your cause, to work on their own projects, or to succeed where you failed. Your job is to get the ball rolling. No matter what, some good will come from your efforts.
Mars sextile or trine to Neptune can also relate to everyday events. Careful planning is generally not feasible, but you can attract the resources and assistance you need. Follow your intuition and the string of opportunities as they arise. Though rumors abound at work and your job is uncertain, you will probably be alright. Matters will work out in your favor. Situations might be in limbo for a while, but can move forward. Uncertainty either works to your advantage or works out in the end. No harm; no foul. Still, be ready with alternate plans. Improvise your way to success if necessary.
If you need secrecy for your endeavors, this is a good time to prevent the left hand from knowing what the right hand is doing.
When Mars is in difficult aspect to Pluto, you are more likely to
be involved in a conflict. The conflict might arise between two areas of your
life or between you and another person. For example, you might wish to start an
exercise routine for health reasons, but constant job-related travel makes this
very difficult. Or, your needs and wants can conflict with those of another.
Where you wish to take action, shown by the solar return house placement of
Mars, is complicated or thwarted by situations or people associated with the solar
return house placement of Pluto. Integration or compromise is possible, but not
Psychological issues arise as actions are not truly conscious or planned out. There is an acute awareness of unconscious motivations in both yourself and others. Compulsions and obsessions, healthy or not, are common. In very negative situations, phobias can develop. Psychological complexes are indigenous to the scenarios you are involved in during the year and can color perceptions. The psychological influences affecting you can spring unsolicited from your own unconscious, but are more likely to arise from your encounters with another. Generally, you must deal with this person regularly, and he or she may or may not be totally rational. You may or may not be totally rational either. Reacting from the gut level can become the standard mode of operation for those who do not work toward a greater understanding of these forces. It takes a strong and insightful person to see clearly and deal directly with problems.
Control issues are likely during this time, and some individuals get locked into power struggles. In this type of situation, you are both able to manipulate others and you are subject to manipulation yourself. Surreptitious actions or underhanded maneuvers are possible. Empower yourself by staying on track and true to your principles. Do not let another's tactics lower your sights. Rather than battling with someone else, you can instead (or also) be locked into a power struggle with yourself. One man was seriously hurt by a past relationship. He recognized the need to deal with unconscious anger and develop a philosophy for handling future anger-producing situations. During the year, he met and was compulsively drawn to a new relationship. The loss of control over the inhibitions to intimacy frightened him. Consequently, the scene was set and the interplay between the unconscious obsession to resolve anger issues and the fear of being hurt again dominated the involvement for much of the year. Efforts to consciously control yourself will be thwarted until you gain insight into the problem at hand. The man was both irresistibly drawn and frightened by the attraction until he began to resolve issues from the original relationship and heal. This cleared the way for a more meaningful interchange.
Understanding psychological forces and learning to work with them rather than against them can lead to productive encounters and personal empowerment. Use insights into the unconscious to break bad habits and negative attitudes, or to resolve conflicts with others. The goal is not to compete or struggle, but to ascertain the best and most logical options. The ability to comprehend new knowledge fostered by the unconscious leads to new power over your own actions and the situations you are involved in. It is at this point that realistic advantageous change can begin.
The number one issue with Jupiter in the 11th house is the issue
of freedom as it relates to one or more specific areas of life. Goals are being
set early in the year, and most likely the goals are meant to directly benefit
the individual. The goals may include educational pursuits which will enhance career
potential, but this is not always the case. In order to fulfill the goals, the
individual must fight for freedom in one or more specific areas of life. The
specific areas are denoted by the houses with Sagittarius and Pisces on the
cusps. The symbolism of either one or both houses will work. For example, one
young man wanted to attend graduate school, but his work demanded that he put
in much overtime. He needed to fight for freedom from the grueling hours before
he could attain the educational goal he wished for. Sagittarius ruled the 6th
house and Pisces ruled the 10th. He eventually quit his job and found part-time
A young woman also wanted to go to school, but needed money from relatives. Deep underlying family complexes made it very difficult for her to address the issues clearly and acquire the much-needed financing. She eventually applied for scholarships and loans and entered the school of her choice. The issue of freedom is crucial to success. If one cannot master the tasks necessary for eliminating restrictions, one will not be free to accomplish the goal. Those who are frustrated may function erratically. Freedom in this case is a negative reaction to a restrictive condition, rather than a quest for wholeness.
Friends may be crucial to the goals you set during the year. They can directly assist you or help you to make the necessary connections. It might be more important who you know than what you do, and therefore networking is to your advantage. It's possible that goals can only be accomplished through a combination of energies coming together from several different individuals. The pooling of resources enables all to succeed as a group while maintaining some measure of individual success. Group efforts and self-help programs are consistent with this placement.
Saturn in the 4th can be a sign of increasing commitment and
responsibility within the home environment. Usually this newfound sense of
responsibility involves the physical home itself, though the manifestation is
not limited to the physical structure alone since emotional responsibility is
also an issue. The condition of your home, apartment or dwelling is such that
you need to make repairs or improvements. If you have let your house go in the
past, this is the year you will feel forced to take corrective action. Chronic
and long-time problem areas will suddenly become especially annoying. Repairs
can be major, though not always. If you are buying a home during the year, you
may be drawn to older or rundown homes requiring much hard work and
restoration. Physical discomfort in the home is common, especially before or
during the repair and renovation process. If you have not neglected your house,
time can be spent on routine maintenance or improvements geared toward making
your house more comfortable.
External changes in your living environment tend to parallel inner emotional changes. This can be a year when you feel emotionally responsible for the well-being of certain family members, regardless of how well you get along with these people. The desire to accept responsibility for the physical state of your home is usually extended to a desire to assume responsibility for the emotional and physical state of others. If you feel you can help, you are likely to do so.
You may accept a family member into your home, or you may return to your parents' home to live or visit and lend assistance. Those who are mentally incapable of making important decisions look to you and other family members for guidance, support and possibly shelter. It is common for the health of one family member (usually a parent) to deteriorate during the year. If this is the case, you can nurse this individual yourself or provide for his or her daily needs. Elderly parents may be placed in a minimal-care retirement community or nursing home. If you have a grown child in the midst of a divorce, separation or family crisis, he or she may return home with small children in tow. Your strong sense of familial responsibility compels you to take up the slack and help out where needed. You willingly give up some measure of physical and emotional comfort in the home to help those you love.
If you are a much younger individual, you may choose this time to become a parent yourself. In its most positive manifestation, Saturn in the 4th is a tendency to respond in a helpful manner to family crises, problems, and issues. Unfortunately the reverse is not always true. This may not be the best time to look for assistance and help for yourself. Even if you are in a difficult position, family members may be unable or unwilling to support you at this time. The tendency is for you to lend support rather than receive. Saturn in the 4th is not normally associated with the fulfillment of dependency needs. On the contrary, it is more closely akin to their denial. Pushing your own needs may be inappropriate under the present circumstances.
Some individuals lack the strong family ties necessary for such dedication to the needs of others. For them, no personal gratification, only frustration, can come from involvement in family issues and problems. During the year, events trigger memories of the past and old feelings of hurt and disappointment resurface. If this is your situation, you may wish to protect yourself by limiting family contacts or withdrawing completely. Saturn in the 4th can show a separation from family involvement, and if you have already exhausted all your options, including therapy, this might be in your best interest. Saturn indicates that you test your relationships and eliminate or restrict those ties which are unfulfilling while strengthening those which are meaningful.
The process of reassessing relationships for their emotional reward is not limited to family involvements. All close relationships are subject to scrutiny. Usually family relationships are the ones tested the most, but any intimate relationship can be suspect. You may find it more difficult to trust others during the year, so you look for conspicuous proof of your loved one's affection and caring. If the relationship passes the intimacy test, commitment should follow, but if you are not satisfied or reassurances are not forthcoming, you can set emotional limits on those involvements which are unrewarding and no supporting. Saturn rules reality and this is a time for realistic appraisal of emotional situations. It no longer makes any difference what you are told or what you are led to believe. You know when you are unhappy and it makes sense to seek practical solutions to relationship problems. If you cannot work with your partner to make corrections, you will tend to live alone emotionally, if not physically.
It is common to have Saturn in the 4th when the native is trying to recover from, or deal with, an emotionally painful relationship and therefore feels the need to set emotional limits. Individuals can elect to withdraw from situations entirely or structure involvements in such a way as to protect themselves. Those who withdraw completely assume total responsibility for their own emotional well-being and refuse to be responsible for anyone else. They do not encourage nurturing attention from others and may shun all offers. Walls are built to allow a year's worth of time for healing and recovery, but in the meantime they feel lonely, withdrawn and neglected.
In the most negative manifestation, those who build walls exhibit contradictory emotions. They expect or even demand to be taken care of. They see total dependency on others as proof of another's love, but at the same time refuse to commit themselves emotionally to a relationship or accept any responsibility for the other person involved. The goal is a one-sided exchange, an improbable situation in which all their needs are fulfilled without any fear, risk, or effort. Those who are wise realize that this is a time to assess the mistakes of the past and set guidelines for future emotional involvements. Trust and mutual responsibility are needed for emotional security.
Uranus in the 10th house shows that professional changes are
likely to occur. In most instances these changes are major and involve a switch
from one career to another or from company-oriented employment to
self-employment. You will tend to be restless during the year. Professional freedom
is usually an issue and you will not submit quietly to authority figures,
especially if they are unpredictable or if the main emphasis seems to be on
restriction of goals and frustration of success. If this is your situation, you
will undoubtedly rock the boat.
You need to function as independently as possible for your creative urges to flow. If you are unhappy with your boss, transfer to another department or office location. If you are unhappy with your present job, find a new one. If you are unhappy with your present profession, jump careers entirely and start out in a totally new field, especially if Saturn is also in the 10th house. Consider becoming self-employed since you have the need and ability to function independently. Breaks in employment usually mark the period of transition. You may decide to stop work entirely or retire. There is an outside chance you may be fired unexpectedly from your present job if your performance is inadequate or if the company undergoes reorganization/merger.
Those who do not make major career changes might feel restless at work, and easily bored with repetitive tasks or distracted by disruptions. Use this time to integrate new ideas and systems into your daily procedures. You need a variety of tasks or a change of pace. There are many ways to incorporate change into the office routine and there is always room for improvement. You might become aware of numerous and continuing daily disruptions which prevent you from functioning at your best. Distractions can draw you away from your true purpose or job description. The entire office may need reorganization and management will usually welcome constructive criticism and enlightened input. Don't be afraid to make suggestions meant to streamline office procedures for greater efficiency. Extenuating circumstances may make it difficult for you to plan out your day. The most common situation along this line is business relocation or renovation. If your office is preparing for a move, setting up shop in new quarters or rearranging old ones, it may be tough to adhere to a schedule and plan out your days in advance. Another possibility is an office agitator who regularly disrupts those trying to do their job.
If you are not working at this time, you can still make major changes, usually in your life direction. Decisions may not be made quickly and easily and the tendency is to be erratic. Major life-style changes may be considered including divorce, separation, or major relocations, possibly overseas. You may move away from your parents or they may relocate to a retirement community in the "Sun Belt." If you are still living at home with your folks, you may disagree with their authority over you, especially if you are of age and need greater freedom. Demonstrating your maturity is the quickest road to independence.
This is traditionally known as the house of religious and
philosophical beliefs. For those who are seeking to raise their consciousness
through meditation, spiritual studies, prayer, or alternate realities, this can
be a time of great enlightenment. A realization of God and the
Christ-consciousness is possible. Mystical experiences occurring during the
year could significantly change your understanding of yourself, the Universal
Oneness and your purpose here on the earth plane. Strong realizations of this
nature cannot be translated into words, and therefore may not be understood by
others lacking the experience. This is a time when you move toward your own
inner comprehension of God and the spirit of the law, while realizing that
religion and the letter of the law are inferior attempts at definition and
The danger with this placement is a tendency to be misguided. Because there is a movement from external standards (religion) to an internal realization (enlightenment), confusion and uncertainty may accompany the transition. You can be off track for a period of time and find it difficult to cope with philosophical and practical decisions. Mundane events and issues can test your new and old beliefs, pushing you toward further definition and understanding. Do not put your faith in a belief system which is totally unrealistic or impractical. Acute idealization is a problem, and unattainable expectations will inhibit your ability to function in the real world. If you push too hard for enlightenment, you will fall into the trap of focusing on the letter of the law while missing the spirit behind it; contradictions will arise. Others may be forcing you to pursue religious or philosophical systems which do not fit your needs or are inconsistent with your purpose. You are capable of being swayed by others.
The distinguishing criterion here seems to be one of understanding. If you can express a principle in words, but do not understand what you are saying, this principle is probably incorrect for you and your needs at this time. However, if you have captured the spirit of the principle within your understanding and know that it conforms to the Universal need for goodness, do not be alarmed by your inability to translate these insights into words. True understanding is, many times, beyond words. At the same time, principles and experiences which come through true enlightenment cannot be passed on to others who have not had the experience. Common ground for understanding will not exist. Grow to trust the inner process.
Others might be intolerant of your beliefs, or you of theirs. You must deal with your own misconceptions or with those of others. Occasionally you come in contact with fanatical beliefs, and in extreme cases victimization can occur. Harassment because of racial differences, sexual orientation, or ethnic and religious prejudice can occur. In extreme cases, the harassment leads to legal problems. Legal questions are likely to remain undecided for much of the year. If you are involved with foreigners, or if you are a foreigner in another land, cultural differences may lead to difficulties or intolerance. Misunderstandings are possible, especially if you do not understand each other's customs.
You may be thinking of attending school. If so, your course of study might be undecided. Perhaps the exact curriculum you need does not exist as a standard major, so you mix and match. You may be attending school only on a trial or probationary basis since you lack a clear understanding of your motives and goals. Financing for your education might be uncertain, leaving your continuing attendance up in the air. Another alternative is that you do not matriculate at all, but only consider the possibility all year long. But this is a good time to study religion, philosophy, or holistic concepts. This field of study can be particularly helpful.
While Pluto is in the 7th house, issues concerning relationships
become complex interactions which must be analyzed to be fully understood.
Awareness is being raised to a new level of understanding and there is no book
or course you can take which will give you the information you need for this
passage. Knowledge springs from the inner reaches of the mind, and is fueled by
the compulsions and frustrations realized in both intimate and non-intimate
We must make a distinction here between two different relationship processes, and three different levels at which you may choose to work. The two different processes are love and hate, and the three different levels of interaction include non-intimate partnerships, intimate relationships, and soul-level attractions. (All three will be defined and explained.) It makes a difference whether you choose to learn through lessons of love or hate. Certainly the information gleaned will be different; however, the compulsion to see remains the same. Those who choose to see through love excel despite despair, while those who choose to hate will despair despite their ability to excel. The issue of power is innate to this placement and cannot be taken lightly. One must acquire and maintain personal and relationship power through new insight and understanding. Power may be acquired through love as easily as through hate; the choice is yours, but generally those who seek to love gain power over self, while those who hate (control) seek to gain power over others.
Non-intimate relationships consist of everyday acquaintances and business partnerships. At this level, almost anyone can trigger the need to face the issue of power as it flows through relationships. Conflicts are either specific or diffuse; one person in particular may become the trigger to powerlessness, or a power deficit may exist in all relationships in general. For example, you may be locked into a business partnership in which each individual is trying to meet certain goals and needs. This type of struggle relates to a specific area of your life, and the intensity is mostly restricted to that area, though insight and tension may affect interactions with other people.
Generalized power struggles are caused by an inability to actualize personal power in any relationship. In this case we are not dealing with one particular situation, but with a diffuse problem which encompasses all interactions. The inability to be assertive is the most common manifestation of this nature. Both types of struggles, whether specific or generalized, cause external confrontations which force the individual to look at the unconscious need to maintain power while interacting. This need can be met through an increased understanding of the mechanisms which govern the power flow.
Psychological issues are crucial with this Pluto placement. It is at the Non-intimate level that one first begins to understand how psychological motivations and fears affect the way one communicates and relates. Blatant manipulation can be the primary form of expression, in which case much of the struggle will be nonverbal in nature. You may be the instigator or you may be the victim; it makes no difference since each position correlates with psychological complexes you must understand and conquer. There is never the one-sided attack; all struggles represent a mutual process whereby the aggressor either knowingly or unconsciously triggers reactions in another. In the most negative manifestation, power struggles are difficult hate battles that last most of the year. Legal confrontations are possible. Enemies can arise and some attacks seem unwarranted. But those who master the psychological influences create new patterns of relating which represent power delicately balanced. Old partnerships, regenerated, become cooperative. Even those with generalized assertiveness problems can learn to express personal needs to others.
Intimate personal or family relationships lead the individual to make further distinctions in the understanding of psychological influences as they affect relating. External conflicts may be very apparent (similar to the Non-intimate level), but it is only in intimate relationships that daily exchanges can produce the subtle insights necessary for understanding psychological complexes at a deeper level. It is within this context that old psychological problems such as obsessions, compulsions, addictions, jealousies and control issues tend to surface full-blown and begin to play a much larger role. Personality traits and idiosyncrasies also affect the ability to relate in a meaningful manner. During the year, your relationship with another, usually a lover or spouse, will go through a period of transition. Both of you must look at the mechanisms by which you relate. The desire to control another is usually a central theme with manipulation and game-playing inherent in the process. You need to be aware of these ploys since they are impediments to greater intimacy and freedom. Complex power dynamics involving love and hate eliminate the possibility of freedom for one or both partners. Each must do as the other bids in order to suppress the unconscious fears motivating the need to control.
It is only through insight and an understanding of the underlying fears that one is able to dismantle the psychological complexes and begin to handle relationships clearly. The year can bring greater intimacy to those who are willing to work together to strengthen their commitment to one another while at the same time dismantling the control mechanism. Because of the placement in your solar return, you must make the transition, but it is up to others to decide whether or not to also make the necessary changes. If you are in need of a deeper, more intimate relationship than your loved one is capable of at this time, you may seek counseling, sever your present commitment, or seek other avenues for intimate exchanges. There are no easy solutions to the complex problems of relating.
If you are not already in a relationship, this can be a milestone year for you, one in which you are strongly attracted to someone new or someone you have been previously only acquainted with. Lost loves may return. Intimacy needs are increased at this time and you now need in-depth encounters. Intensity will be the norm and you do not care to waste time on superficial interactions. Even nonromantic relationships can have an overpowering effect on you. Your psyche is vulnerable to the insight of others. Even those you meet only briefly can have a tremendous effect on your life.
Soul-level manifestations involve new relationships which are karmic attractions that force the individual to seriously question all past and present relationships. The triggering mechanism is a desire for a new level of intimacy. The person you are drawn to may not be representative of someone you would choose for yourself on the conscious level. The implication here is that the unconscious chooses and there is no room for cliched romances. Only something very different will create the intensity necessary for the overwhelming growth pattern associated with this placement.
The issues that are dealt with this year involve a serious challenge to your ability to handle intimacy in a new way. The questions one should ask when faced with a relationship of this intensity are, "To what depths am I willing to go in order to acquire the insight necessary to understand my relationships as they exist now? Am I willing to face myself truthfully as one-half of and contributor to a complex interaction that affects both my capacity for soul growth and also the ability of others to excel? Am I willing to pay the price of vulnerability and honesty to acquire the highest level of intimacy to which I may aspire?" Intimacy at this level and intensity demands that one dismantle all defenses, and stop all ploys for power. True power comes from shredding the persona to reveal the true self. By doing so, one gains power over self and encourages all others to let go of useless power ploys also. It is at this point that meaningful relating on a karmic level can begin.