You may have heard of the term “Solar Returns” in reference to astrology, but may not know what it means. So, here’s your chance to learn another little tidbit about one of the tools employed by astrologers.
A solar return chart is one that is cast for the exact moment that the sun returns to the precise place at which it was sitting at the time of your birth.
This can only be done if you have an exact time of your birth, as the solar return chart will be based on the degree, minute and second of the sun’s natal placement.
The common practice is for the solar return chart to be cast for the place in which you were located at the time of your solar return.
Most likely your solar return will occur on your birthday itself, but, due to the rate of motion of the sun, which travels anywhere from about 57 minutes to a degree and a few minutes a day, it is possible for your solar return to occur the day before or after your birthday.
It is this author’s opinion, based on personal experience, that the solar return can be cast for the place of one’s birth, even if you no longer live there.
This chart is viewed as a snapshot of your year to come. It can be analyzed by itself, but it is even more informative if it is viewed in relationship to your natal chart.
In this case, the solar return chart is viewed as the primary chart and then the natal chart is viewed in terms of how it fits into the solar return chart.
So, the houses in which the natal chart fall in relationship to the solar return chart are important, as are the signs they occupy as well as the aspects they create to the solar return planets.
Of course the sun will always, by definition, be at the same degree as the natal sun, but the rest of the planets can fall anywhere, depending on where they are transiting.
The solar return chart will indicate the primary themes of the year and can address any aspect of your life, be it career, health, relationships, finances, social life, travel or any other major concerns.
This chart will reveal major events that will take place in the year ahead, from births to deaths, relocations, job changes, marriages, divorces, windfalls or losses.
It’s just another way of seeing the year ahead. Not all astrologers use this particular tool. Some find the natal and progressed charts along with the transits to be just as revealing of themes and events as the solar return.
So, the next time you consult your friendly astrologer, ask them if they use solar returns as part of their repertoire.
By: Kathryn Silverton, Astrologer
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