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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

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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…

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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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The ascendant is the place where everything in your chart begins.

It will define the nature of the first impression you give to others, the planet that rules your chart, aspects of your personality will be coloured by it and how you approach, react and live in the world on the most fundamental level. Through it, you are able to know a lot about a person, almost instantly, even if you have never met or know them only a little….

And because The Ascendant is considered the starting point of your chart, you should see it as the face you show most often to the outside world. The characteristics of this sign will be much more apparent to others than perhaps the deeper, more essential part of you represented by the Sun or the Moon. For example: whether you like small talk at parties, how you introduce yourself to others, are you shy or confident at job interviews, are you charming or abrasive with new acquaintances?  All of this is coloured largely by your Rising sign. Sometimes the Rising sign can easily explain why you feel that people’s first impression of you has nothing at all to do with who you feel you really are, and depending on the relationships (or aspects) that your Ascendant makes to other points, planets and significators in the chart will determine how you are seen by the rest of the world and how you know yourself.

The Rising sign is a brilliant thing to know for horoscope forecasts you will find they suddenly become much more meaningful and accurate when you read this sign instead of your Sun sign.  Try it the next time you read a horoscope and I promise you will be surprised.

And…it will also decide for you which of the planets and its house rulerships has the most influence on you. Very handy stuff to know if you’d like to get a deeper understanding of why you are here on earth and what you’re most likely to do while you are here. The planet that rules your Rising sign will be ruling your chart too. This can show you a lot about what areas of your life will be most important to you. If Venus rules your chart (with a Taurus or Libra Ascendant) then beauty, harmony and balance will be key and depending on the sign and house that Venus is in, this will show you what part of your life must have beauty, harmony and balance the most! Or, if Pluto rules your chart (Scorpio Ascendant) then it will be all about power, regeneration and all things taboo.  To see more about the charateristics of your Rising sign, check out Cafe Astrology’s article.

Briefly, here are the planetary rulerships in Astrology (traditonal and modern) so you can see what planet rules your chart.

Aries – ruled by Mars, Taurus – ruled by Venus, Gemini – ruled by Mercury, Cancer – ruled by The Moon, Leo – ruled by The Sun, Virgo – ruled by Mercury, Libra – ruled by Venus, Scorpio – co-ruled by Pluto/Mars, Sagittarius – ruled by Jupiter, Capricorn – ruled by Saturn, Aquarius – ruled by Uranus, Pisces – co-ruled by Neptune/Jupiter.

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There’s a web like a spider’s web
Made of silver light and shadows
Spun by the moon in my room last night
It’s a web made to catch a dream
Hold it tight ’til I awaken
As if to tell me my dream is all right

~ Traditional Folk Song

Just as the Sun falls in a certain sign in your chart so too will the moon. Generally the Moon Sign will be a big factor in how you relate to yourself, to others and your environment.  I think its important to know as much about your Moon sign as you do about your Sun because you will find that in times of trouble and upset, your Moon is likely to take control.

If, for example, you have the Sun in an Air sign but the Moon in Earth and someone says something offensive to you or you hear that someone said hurtful things behind your back then it will the Moon Sign that rules in your reactions.

One of the best things I ever read was that you can use your Moon to heal yourself. It sounds kooky, but it’s actually really simple. Depending on what’s happened and where you Moon is located in your chart you may find that going back to your Moon after tough times is the quickest way to feel better.

Fire Moons: Get active, go out and express yourself. Do something creative, something that makes you feel alive and a brighter spark in the world.

Earth Moons: Reconnect with nature and your place in it. Go for a long beach walk, a warm bubble bath, listen to some music, have some lovely food and wine. Use all of your senses in all that you do.

Air Moons: Communicate and socialise. Make plans to see friends and talk it all out. Write in a journal to yourself, without censoring anything. Start reading something that you realy like again – books, magazines, newspapers, blogs.

Water Moons: Wallow in your feelings. Sounds daft but if you let all the emotion swirl around and then release it through meditation or relaxing activities you’ll find it eases. Go swimming, the roar or the water will drown out those overwhelming feelings. Use your intuition to feel how to heal.  

It doesn’t matter what you do, just be kind to your Moon Sign and it will love you back tenfold.

For a deeper look at what your Moon sign is in your chart, take a look at this clip from Annabel Burton interview. I think it’s a good explanation of how the Moon drives your emotions in your natal chart.

 

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