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Solar Return 2011

Another year, another challenging solar return. It’s becoming quite the trend but after the Saturn Return in September I’m fairly sure I can handle just about anything…

One note on this year’s SR chart, if I spent this return at home the stellium was set to fall in the 11th/12th houses. I did not fancy living through a year of 12th house issues so I’m going on holidays to move the stellium to the 6th/7th houses instead. Guess we will have to wait and see if the theory of moving locations actually works, and so here is my SR for 2011, pictured left:

Positives: Sun/Jupiter/Mercury conjunction, Pluto sextile Venus and Moon sextile Mars/Uranus conjunction from this I’m taking the idea that there will be a lot of activity around my intimate relationships. Big changes should occur with Jupiter/Uranus both making connections to Sun/Moon and personal planets Mercury/Mars but also I think the main focus could be the Me vs. Us with conflicts around personal freedom needs within close partnerships. I have Sagittarius on 7th natally so Jupiter here so freedom is always an issue (plus I am an Aries!).

And cringe/sigh with me – now for the Negatives: Moon square Neptune, Saturn oppositions and Pluto squares galore – this is not going to be a year where things are smooth sailing. Without being overly dramatic I predict there will be a lot of situations that will feel like a fight for survival or a war against boundaries. The Moon square Neptune in the context of emotions, particularly, indicates there will probably be some lack of boundaries or a need for them. I have Neptune in 7th natally so again, this aspect brings up birth chart challenges that are likely to have to be faced.

The oppositions from Saturn makes sense, as it transits Libra, it will oppose my Sun/Venus/Mars conjunction in Aries so I’d expect that Saturn would be involved in this year’s SR chart but coming from the 1st house I’m not looking forward to being unable to express myself or be faced with situations where I’m limited by Saturn’s tone. Asc ruler is Mercury which is conjunct Sun/Jupiter so this could mean the limits are connected to a relationship or partnership. Saturn is also the ruler of the 5th house so the connection to boundaries to self-expression, and all 5th house matters, continues….

A 4th house Pluto doesn’t exactly help matters. This year I am due to apply for citizenship/visa permission to continue living in the UK so that’s a big part of my ‘home’ I’m letting go. Also means this could be a year where ‘home’ is interrupted by power struggles/control issues or beset by major disruption. Isn’t that just a peachy prediction? 4th house is ruled by Jupiter which is being squared by Pluto so it could mean that a relationship could be affected by control/power/disruption and to do with home/family. Or relationships cause conflicts at home.

However, Pluto does have support from Venus so perhaps it’s not going to be all doom and gloom. Pluto is ruling the 2nd house so finances (Venus rules money/resources/finances with 2nd house) should be positive. Or, if trouble does strike, I’ll be able to buy my way out or have enough resources to cope.

The last note is Pisces on DSC, ruled by Neptune in the 6th, has a work/service/day-to-day affairs theme to the stellium of planets involved with 7th house matters.  And with Neptune squaring the Moon, many of the relationship issues are probably going to cause a lot of emotional stress/tension.

Overall, no matter where I am this year looks set to be a challenge – I am turning 30! – but where would we be without serious changes that have us dig deep and push forward? Bring it on, I say.

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2010 Solar Return

Studying your Solar Return chart can make for another way to look at predicting what’s coming up for the year ahead. If you know how to read a birth chart, the Solar Return chart is a quick and easy way to see what parts of your life will be emphasised in the coming 12 months.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this prediction technique: the Solar Return is the exact moment that the sun returns to the exact natal degree it was in at your first gasp of air. It’s normally on your actual birthday but it can happen the day before or after depending on the Sun’s progress.

As the Sun is the measure for all the other planets, you’ll find that each year they will form new aspects to the Sun and each other, meaning that the colour and flow of every year will continually change. A nice Jupiter/Sun aspect one year versus a dreadfully afflicted Venus/Pluto in the next, well, you get the idea that it’s not all happy campers from each year to the next.

I’ve been studying my solar return since 2006, this was a huge year for me – I moved from Australia to the UK – and one thing I have noticed in the last 3 and a bit years is that you can feel the shift of the new solar year coming…

That’s not my Pisces mercury talking either, many astrologers believe that about 3 months before your new birthday you’ll notice that the key themes will turnover and begin to look more like the upcoming chart. I do believe there’s something in this theory.

This year’s Solar Return is on April 7, I have the Sun in the 3rd house and I’m already noticing that communication, travel, my siblings are going to be a much bigger focus than they have previously. The Sun’s sign will always be your natal sign but the house position is going to change in cycles – the best book I have discovered for ready Solar Return charts is Mary Fortier Shea’s Planets in Solar Returns (http://www.maryshea.com). It tells you in great depth the planets positions and what it all means.

The signs, houses and aspects of the planets in Solar Return indicate the good, bad and ugly events coming to a life near you. You study this chart just like a natal one; What sign is rising? Where is the ruling planet? What are the major aspects to the Sun and Moon?

Think of the Solar Return as a new play that begins anew each year, with the story and stages changes based on the planets’ positions and aspects to the Sun.

Important to note: you’ll not be playing a different character in the Solar Return (it doesn’t replace your birth chart) but it will mean the stage, lights, makeup, production and a new supporting cast of characters;  some lovely, some you want to push off the highest seat in the gallery!

Reading the Solar Return chart will tell you key things about the play you’ve joined and give you a heads up on the major acts that are yet to happen. I find them really fascinating and have found they made more sense to look at the past few and see how/where they indicate the events that took place. My 2008 was a train-wrecked melodrama (oh, the agony) due to a debilitating grand cross involving the Moon.

Once you’ve really got the hang of it, you can incorporate timing when the events predicted in the Solar Return will likely happen. I haven’t got as far as that but that’s what’s lovely about astrology – there’s always a new level of complexity to discover!

You can find the book I mentioned on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Planets-Solar-Returns-Yearly-Transformation/dp/0962662682/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269621212&sr=1-4

I’ve been a fan of Astrology for more years than I have fingers but it wasn’t until I moved countries, changed careers and met a lovely guy – who later turned out to be more Kermit than Prince Darling – that I got the bug good and proper. But I also have to confess that it was my relationship with J that first had me reading astrology texts looking for signs that we were meant to be…looking particularly at my chart for signs romance, his chart for signs of fate and passion and, finally, our charts meshed together for the cosmic indicators that it was all destiny….

Mwah!

Sigh. I now realise that this was short-sighted and after J went Kermit on me, I was surprised that I was still interested in Relationship Astrology but I’ve always been a die-hard romantic (Libra on 5th house cusp) so I continued to read and learn more and more about love indicators in the birth chart. That was only a few years ago so I’m not an expert but I would like to share what I have discovered through reading good texts on the subject of Synastry and Composite charts and through talking to friends and looking at their charts.

It’s easiest of me if I use my own chart to explain so here goes…

 

Romance & Romantic Partners

  1. To find out how you like to give and experience romance, you must look to the sign on the 5th house cusp. (Libra)
  2. Are there any planets (or asteroids) in this house? (Pluto and Juno)
  3. Who is the ruler of the 5th house and where are they in the chart? (Venus in the 10th house)

So I like my romances (and romantic partners) to be attractive, intelligent, socially graceful with charm by the bucket load (Libra) but it cannot be only superficial, it must have passionate intensity and emotional connection (Pluto). Finally, I will likely meet a lot of my romantic partners through my career or reputation (Venus in the 10th)

More details can be added if you look closely at the major aspects that any of the planets connected to any of the ‘love’ houses. This will generally add context and more descriptive details about the people you’ll be attracted to, where you’ll meet and how you approach the relationship.  

Partnerships & Marriage

  1. For marriage or any long-term relationship look to the sign on the cusp of the 7th house (Sagittarius)
  2. Any planets/asteroids in the 7th house? (Neptune and Vertex)
  3. Where is the ruler of the 7th positioned in the chart? (Jupiter in the 4th house)

So…in a long-term relationship I’m after freedom, adventure and independence and I would be highly likely to marry someone who is teacher, foreign or a big traveller/explorer type (Sagittarius – Indiana Jones, please stand up!) but I’m also looking for a spiritual connection and unconditional love (Neptune). He’ll also most likely be musical, creative or gifted (or flakey) in some way with Neptune in the 7th. He will be very generous, successful and will have a lot of support and encouragement from his family to share and I will benefit from him through our marriage…or, at least, that’s the plan!  (Jupiter in the 4th)

As mentioned above, once you’ve got these factors you can then look to the aspects for more details to add to your descriptions…for instance with Jupiter in the 7th this can sometimes mean luck, good fortune and many marriages but with Saturn very closely conjunct in the 4th, I have a more considered and cautious approach which means I take the responsible and pragmatic approach to committment….

Often called the Lord of Karma for his fearsome ability to keep the timing of our lives and levels maturity with his pivitol transits over our chart, Saturn is often painted in a terribly negative light. But does he really deserve all the bad press or is it a case of don’t believe the hype?

My diplomatic side wants to say that Saturn is good. He brings structure and learnings that everything worth doing does not come without hard work, effort and sheer will but that would be being less than honest and far too superficial for the real meanings of when Saturn touches important points in the natal chart whether by transit, natal or progression.

When dealing with Saturn I always go back to the idea that my parents taught me: if it’s worth having you’re going to have to work for it  or, more succintly voiced so beautifully by Mick Jagger translates to You Can’t Always Get What You Want. That sentiment, in all it’s frustrating, unfair and sad-making glory is the true essence of what Saturn shows you.

This is the major reason he is often referred to as the ‘Greater Malefic’ or the planet of LIMITATION. And going back to the idea that Saturn brings structure, limitation is the word you have to remember because it is not neccessarily bad.  But it is just restrictive and you are going to have to work very, very hard to get beyond the limitation that Saturn is trying to show you without learning a few *cringe* life lessons. I’ve yet to see or hear of anyone who did not change after a Saturn transit.

Uranus and Saturn are similiar in that they bring changes but Saturn brings changes that are like building blocks. One challenge here and another lesson learnt there; Saturn makes you change in small steps but often you will want to fight him at every step because it often uncomfortable, the things he’s asking of you are uninteresting, unimportant or unrecognisable. But it’s okay because he can bide his time.

His transit of one house in the chart will normally last between 2 and 2.5 years, depending on the size of the house and how healthy it was to start with. If you have a house that you are very comfortable operating in then a Saturn transit can be an added value of extra effort, more determination or being happy to get down to work at it. But for those houses where you are less confident or trying to hide from the issues springing from this area of the chart I’m sorry to tell you that Saturn will arrive and you will have no choice but to shut up and take notice, to face the music and cough up to those parts of yourself or the areas of your life that have been neglected.

Because Saturn will not take no for an answer…

Make the Moon’s transits work for you. Here’s a quick how to guide on using The Moon’s monthly transits to your own chart to schedule the best events for each day and even predict what themes will be important to you at different days during the month coming up. The best bit – you can maximise your month and choose the best days for each of your favourite activities.

I hope you all should know your Moon Sign and what it means by its position in your birthchart? As I mentioned in the earlier post, when the Moon conjuncts that same position each month is when you will feel the most content, the most centred and the most thoughtful. Unless your Moon is badly afflicted and you may want to focus on the time that the Moon conjuncts a happier planet like Sun, Venus or Jupiter.

 

This is also the time of your Lunar Return each month and in the exact minute that it is conjunct the same birth degree you will have a predictive snapshot of the month ahead. Very good predictive tool but to be used only alongside the Solar Return, Progressions and Transits. But I’ll do a separate post on this topic at some other time.

Starting from the day/hour/minute (if you want to be really picky) the transiting Moon hits your natal Moon, you can then follow the rest of it’s transit through the rest of the signs and have a good idea of when you’ll feel like; spending money or saving it, seeing loads of friends or having some quality ‘me’ time, going out for a long run or just mooching on the sofa with giant bars of chocolate! I use this all the time and have found it really helpful in planning my month a little bit more wisely. I hope it’s helpful for you too…here goes…

So, here’s the way to do it. First, find out which house your natal Moon sits. The Moon spends roughly 2.5 days in each sign and because of uneven houses in the natal chart, you might have the Moon in one house for longer if it’s a lot bigger than the others or if you have intercepted signs. When the moon moves through your own houses, you will notice slight shifts in your feelings over those days…

Moon in First House: you will want to be noticed! Good hair days and looking and feeling good about your appearance. You will want a new outfit or wear something that stands out!  Think Aries (traditional ruler of 1st house) and Me, Me, Me! You’ll not wnt to be a couch potato, you’ll want to be running, rushing and dazzling everyone nearby. You will likely feel more assertive, energetic and confident than usual in your emotional matters.

Moon in Second House: you will want to have lots of your things around you. You will want to save, hang on and cling to your possessions, trophies and loved ones. You will want to collect, gather and get more things. Strangely, this influence often makes you want to go shopping but only for valuable or collectible items. It makes you inclined to want to save your pennies so you’ll be looking for bargains. Emotionally, you may be more sentimental, sensual or pragmatic that the norm.

Moon in the Third House: you will want to talk, msg, call and chat to nearly everyone you know (or even complete strangers). You will want to communicate and talk about your feelings to almost anyone. You will feel like moving about constantly. Jiggling about on spot if you have to because sitting still will frustrate you no end! You might take or plan short trips. Your emotions will be thought over and discussed more than at any other time.  You may be more curious, flirty or talkative on these days in your month.

Moon in the Fourth House: you will want to stay close to home during this time of the month. You’ll want to spend time with your family or loved ones. It’s all about having those cosy comforts that make you feel safe are the main focus for the next two days. You will be more sensitive and probably having stronger feelings about everything that matters to you. Think of the crab (Cancer/Fourth House symbol) with his home on his back ready to scuttle away and retreat from the world at any moment.

Moon in the Fifth House: it’s time to Partay! You’ll want to be the biggest, loudest, funnest social butterfly – you’ll be planning social outings, romantic evenings or flirty girls/boys’ nights out. There’s no doubt, you’ll want to indulge your latest hobbies and be out and about on the social scene.  This is the best time in your month to go on a date, have a night out with friends, go play your favourite sports or make a new creative masterpiece. You’ll feel more alive, creative and romantic, so use it!

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Boxing glove dont match the dress so lets loose the arms, k?

Boxing glove don't match the dress so let's loose the arms, k?

So far, Venus retrograde has been good to me. I had a lovely moment a few weeks ago when a dear childhood friend who I lost returned (gotta love facebook) and we are very happily back in touch. But coming up it looks as though she has some pretty heavy stuff to show me and I wonder if I can take it? As many astrologers will warn you:

When archaeologists discover the missing arms of Venus de Milo, they will find she was wearing boxing gloves. ~ John Barrymore

 

As someone who’s chart ruler is Mercury and at the highest point of my chart (conjunct the mid-heaven) I have come to respect, prepare and appreciate Mercury’s regular do-over periods and have learnt a lot about the value of slowing down, taking notes and paying more attention to my inner landscape during this period. And waiting for practically everything in my life to stall and start over differently each time….

But this Venus retrograde has me running scared. Mainly because I’m not as in touch with this planet as I’d like in my own chart (she’s squished between my sun and mars all in 16-17 degrees Aries and often vocally expresses her dislike of this placement like a stroppy beauty queen forced to clean the smelly men’s locker room after the big game) but she does rule my moon (Taurus)  so I like to think that she’s a little more empowered with this placement and will only take orders from Mars and the Sun for as long as it suits her.   

There’s a few reasons why I’m already disliking 2009′s retrograde phase. Firstly, Venus is in my natal sign (Venus in Aries) so I feel reasons to be nervous and expect that there will be some events coming to me during the phase, whether I like it or not. A lot of interesting things are being said about Venus retrograde through this sign, never forgetting to mention how Venus is so obviously uncomfortable in Aries. I think this is all a bit insensitive. Try having it natally and then come and talk to me about how Venus feels in Aries.  

Secondly, another gripe, with Venus in 17 degree Aries means her retrograde period is dragging out my Venus return no end which is like watching a pen rolling  back and forth on an uneven desk and you’re holding your breath waiting for it to roll fast and far enough just to fall off….and worse! in my Venus return chart she’s not a happy bunny. Sure, she’s making a nice conjunction to Mars (but as I have this aspect natally I’m hardly expecting it wil mean very much) in the 2nd house so I’m going to be loving my securities this year. Saturn’s in the 7th house and Aquarius is rising so the less said about that the better. But it is happening on May 23 and the almost the day of the stellar conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune which are all rising in the chart so I figure it might not to time to throw it all in just yet. But I’m not breaking out the bunting yet either.

Third and most irritatingly, this means she is now going to be retrograde in my Solar return. Brilliant.  Oh, and did I mention Libra is this year’s SR ascendant so not only is she incapacitated, she’s also the chart ruler. Better and better. GAH. Interestingly though, SR ascendant is cover my natal fourth house so home, family, emotional issues seem to be the lay of the land this year.

To put it midly, I had a truly horrific time of it with love issues last year (SR Venus in the 9th on O degrees Aries square Pluto in the fifth) so I had high hopes that I would have earned some nice love karma (you can’t cry that much and not have the universe take pity on you, surely?), that I could look forward to a new romance or ten but nooooo she’s in the 6th house of my Solar Return so I’m going to be loving to serve others, or my work or my health. What. Ever. I’m seriously thinking of travelling far west of UK (like to Greenland) to see if I can heckle her into the fifth but I don’t think that’s part of the master plan. And then she’d be squashed into the same house as a frightening Uranus-Mars conjunction already occupying the SR fifth house (and I suspect ready to do their worst) 

Everything happens in cycles, right? Well, I’m superstistious enough to think if I try to dodge this one it could only be worse in the end so I’ll just have to live through another year of thinking all men are almost entirely crap….my thanks to Venus. Thanks for nothing.

Did you know that you can use your Moon sign to be more emotionally intelligent and get the most out of each month? By paying attention to the movements of the Moon as it trails across all sections of your chart within the lunar month (about 27.5 days give or take a few hours…) It will touch on key points, planets, trigger aspects and make its presence known in each house, showing you which parts of your life are going to be the focus for the 2 and a bit days that the moon spends in a house or sign. I like to use the houses because I think this is more accurate than just using the signs.

So, the first place to start is to look at your birth chart. Where is your Moon in the chart? The 1st house? The 5th? This is the house where you will always feel the most powerful effect of the Moon and the most emotionally comfortable.  Then by using your chosen Astrology software take a look at the transits to your birth chart on any particular day in the coming month. You will be able to see the Moon moving through a particlar house and it will be the matters governed by this house that will be front and centre on the date selected. Make sense?

Ok, let’s look at the matters ruled by each of the houses and then you can take a closer look at your Moon’s movements through the chart. This is just shorthand meanings for more in depth explanations of the houses and their meanings, try the articles section of www.astro.com.

1st house = your identity, your social mask, your appearance

2nd house = what you give the most value to, your personal possessions/skills and your attitude to money

3rd house = how you comunicate, your relationship with siblings, short journeys and your intellectual outlook

4th house = what is home, your sense of family, the most influential parent (Mother or Father) and your emotional well being

5th house = what are you attracted to, where and how do you find pleasure, hobbies and interests, creative projects and children

6th house = your daily routine, your work ethic and attitude to serving others, your health

7th house = your most important partnerships (lovers, wives/husbands, business partners), how you relate to others, what you find the most meaningful qualities from others

8th house = your sexuality, your attitude to taboos, death and underworld topics, how you approach other people’s money

9th house = how you learn, your philsophy on life, society and its laws, how you acquire new skills, new cultures and all things foreign

10th house = your public life, your reputation, your career and the lesser influential parent (Mother or Father)

11th house = your humanity, you in group activities, your friends, your idealism about how the world should be

12th house = your dreams, your unconscious motivations, your attitude to making sacrifices, your self-sabotaging behaviours  

Each day the Moon will be in one of these houses and you should be able to follow it’s movements so you can feel how your focus changes ever few days so that new matters are emphasised around you. But, as with everything to do with the Moon in your chart, you are more likely to feel this energy rather than experience it coming from others so pay attention to your inner emotional landscape to see if you can notice when it shifts.

I’ll be back soon to take more about how you can plan your month to the best advantage using only the Moon’s  monthly transits.

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