The first was my birthday, and like many astrologers, I too wondered what this year had in store for me. Thankfully, one predictive tool we have is solar return charts. These charts are calculated every year, and are based on the Sun’s return to its exact zodiacal longitude every year. For example, my natal Sun is at 9°Leo49’, so each of my solar return charts will be cast for the moment the Sun first enters that minute of that degree every year. The exact time of this will vary, some years it will happen on July 31st, other years August 1st, and still others on August 2nd. This is all due to the Earth orbiting the Sun every 365.25 days which messes it up a little bit. I’ve always been very interested in solar return charts, and Jean Baptiste Morin has an excellent book on them; Astrologia Gallica Book 23. Unfortunately, I don’t have that book…because no one got it for me for my birthday.
Anyway, here’s the solar return chart for this year.
At first glance, it looks like this would be a good year for self-promotion, with the Sun being in Leo in the First house and the lord of that house, but I’m not so sure it would be with Mars as the lord of the Tenth. Mars is right on that 12th house cusp, and that would at the very least obscure any sort of self-promoting, and it likely shows I will continue to stay at my current job through this year, with no hope of advancement, promotion, or raise aside from my yearly review. This is also echoed with Venus, as lady of the eleventh combust and peregrine in Leo.
Interestingly, though my finances look like they’ll improve this year. That dignified Sun rules the second house and it only suffers a Square from Jupiter. Though, that Jupiter in Taurus could easily represent some debts hitting my finances (Jupiter in Taurus sounds a lot like overindulgence to me), but the Sun is so well dignified otherwise, I don’t think it will be a big deal. Unfortunately it looks like that could be a very real scenario based on my situation right now. So, I hope that Sun holds out.
The Third house looks promising. Strong, dignified Mercury (though sluggishly slow, only moving 0.04 degrees a day at this point) is lord of that house, and the Moon is conjunct the Third house cusp. Hopefully it shows a good deal for contracts that are favorable to me. Alternatively, it shows my relationship with my family getting better. Due to my work schedule I haven’t been around my family a lot for get togethers, they usually have them during the weekend, and that’s when I work. They’ve started having these family things on Friday nights now, and hopefully this shows that trend continuing.
Home life looks as if it will become more challenging. Venus is combust and Square Jupiter. Currently, we are in the process of buying a house, and while I initially thought it to be a good move (and honestly probably the reason why my finances look like they will improve), I’m not so sure I like the way this looks.
No new activity in the Fifth house, Mars in Gemini means no kids for me.
Saturn rules the 6th, 7th, and 8th in my solar return. This is unfortunate. The Sun and Saturn form a Saturn dominated sinister sextile, both planets are well dignified, but Saturn is cadent. Hopefully I don’t have any health problems this year. The sextile makes the energy between the two planets easy to move, and Saturn is dominating the aspect, which could spread it’s malevolence to the Sun and cause me some sickness. Potentially, Saturn in Libra could show some problems with the knees and thighs, or with obstructions of sight and body. I’m hoping for a no on this one since the Sun is so well dignified. Saturn as the 7th house lord is less ominous. Though both planets are in the other’s detriment and fall, the friendly sextile should be able to facilitate some easy going between my partner and I, meaning I’m probably stuck for another year. Now, Saturn as the 8th house lord turns that around again, to where it shows my debts being exalted. It’s interesting that Saturn is in the third house, because 95% of my debt is personal debt I owe to family members (currently, parents: $400, grandparents: $3500, credit card companies…$197 that’s about to go up though, I’ve got the AFA conference to go to in September! Gotta pay for my plane ticket somehow.) Hopefully the connections here show me taking these debts seriously and paying them back. For about two years I’ve sort of coasted on my family’s good faith while helping my boyfriend pay back his credit card debt (two cards down, two to go). I would like to fix this as it also plays into another thing where I sometimes avoid visiting my family because I’m afraid they’ll ask about the money. Hopefully my beneficial third house in this chart will fix all of that.
Ninth house signified by Jupiter in Taurus, doesn’t look like I’ll be visiting any foreign countries this year. Also, it looks to be pretty fixed when it comes to getting back to college. I was accepted into a college for this semester, but was unable to acquire the funds to pay for it. I started the process too late to get scholarships, and to be considered independent for federal financial aid you have to be either 24 years old or married. Neither are about to happen. I may be able to get something together before next semester, I hope, but seeing this chart leads me to believe it probably won’t play out. Most likely I’ll procrastinate again or lose track of time. Also, maybe legal trouble? Fortunately the Sun dominates that Square.
I briefly touched on the Tenth house in one of my opening paragraphs. Mars in the last degree of Gemini doesn’t look like it’ll be doing me much good for my career. Mars is peregrine in Gemini, and his situation may get a bit better when he goes into Cancer. Cancer is the fall of Mars, and the first seven degrees of the sign are also Mars’s term. Fall and term appear to be less detrimental than being peregrine, so maybe I’ll get some sort of renown out of the year.
The eleventh house is that combust Venus, so it seems like I’ll lose touch with a brash and energetic female friend of mine. I already have some idea of who that will be.
The twelfth house is ruled by the Moon on the third house cusp. Maybe I’ll learn a dark family secret. Maybe not. As long as I’m not institutionalized, I think it’ll be alright.
All in all, it looks like it’ll be a pretty decent year for me. I’ll definitely look forward to having more money to throw around…at debt apparently. I’ll feel better about being able to pay back my family, that’s for sure. I’ll also need to remember that friendships aren’t always forever and I need to think about how much time I put into them in order to keep a friend from disappearing for awhile.