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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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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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