Solar Returns – a clever way to snapshot your upcoming year – thanks Bernadette & Darrelyn!

According to Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzburg (AstroLogos), when looking at Solar Return (SR) charts, look only to the tightest (Ptolemaic) aspects (2-3 degrees at most) made by your SR planets to the four SR angles as well as any SR planets falling in the exact degree of the SR nodal axis.kk

Not only that, but look at the tightest (hard) aspects made by mid/points and the planets they aspect –  TIGHT =< 5 minutes of arc.  Note – Solar Fire and IO Edition both do Mid-Point Trees reports but if using IO Edition, you’ll also need to use Midpoint & Orb report to get the degree of the midpoint.

Set your SR chart for the location where you are currently living. Avoid the temptation to use ‘holiday locations’ – this won’t give as reliable a result.

One last thing to remember – the SR return chart is a snapshot of a 12 month period – this energy is not going to last forever. That doesn’t mean that things that may seriously impact the rest of your life won’t happen during the period. It does mean that you can’t dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’. Predictive work like this is meant to provide a sketch not a fully finished picture. Besides, if you pay close attention to the direction in which things look headed, you might be able to significantly alter/control how it all turns out.

DDM SR 2017 18How might this work out for me for my upcoming SR chart 2017-18 (Bernadette and Darrelyn already did an amazing job at call the shots for my SR return 2016-17 which will be ending in the next couple of months).

In Summary –  it will be a confusing yet potentially very creative and inspiring year during which I’ll be overhauling not only who I am but how I relate to others – both those with whom I have a closer relationship (personal and business) and the whole of mankind. If that sounds like a tall order, it is and I need to make certain I don’t get lost in the excitement of it – there’s real possibility as well as some not so realistic stuff too. Perfect for my starting my new career as a life coach and embarking on my formal coaching program at the University of Cambridge.

  1. There are no planets on (conjunct) the angles (Ascendant/Descendant and MC/IC).
  2. There are no planets in the exact degree of the nodal axis (23) – although Saturn is close at 22, no cigar.
  3. Neptune (12 Pisces) makes a square to the MC (13 Sag) – suggesting confusion about status and career. Because Neptune is in the 1st house in this SR chart, the confusion is coming not from outside, but within me. The 1st house suggests that whilst I’m proactive with my status/career, it’s all a bit of a fog. It also suggests a personal commitment to becoming a synergistic part of the ‘larger whole’ – this is potentially a very creative place to be and it makes sense. I’m starting my new career as a life coach (having just retired from 30 years as a lawyer) and attending my first year in the Coaching program at the University of Cambridge. I don’t yet have a good grasp on my talents and abilities in this new career. I also don’t have a good idea what will be required of me. The good news is that Saturn (22 Sag) is also making a sextile to my Ascendant (19 Aquarius) and so at least I’ve got a good container or foundation in place to help with this career transition and I’m willing to make the commitment (Saturn is the SR chart ruler and in the 10th house of career) to hard work.DM SR MIDPOINT tree 2
  4. The (tightest) midpoints that I need to consider (don’t use those involving something itself involving an angle like, for example, the Part of Fortune) are:
    • midpoint tableSun/Venus (22 Virgo 03) to my Saturn (22 Sag 04) – suggesting seriousness and loyalty in relationships. This might be a heavy (yet profitable) year for my marriage and also my business (client) relationships. I need to make certain that I don’t feel too self-conscious when things might go wrong – it won’t help if I end up focusing on others at the expense of my own self-esteem.
    • Uranus/Neptune (4 Aries 49) to my Sun (4 Libra 45) – suggesting that I will develop a unique and original understanding of, and sympathy with, what it means to be human. This in turn requires refinement of my own special talents in a way encourages greater consciousness and brings hidden truths to light (good for coaching!)
    • Jupiter/Neptune (4 Capricorn 46) to my Sun (4 Libra 45) – suggesting a rich imagination and enthusiasm for all possibilities for the future (good for starting a new career and also in developing a new and inspired approach to coaching) – just don’t get carried away and spend too much time and energy on that which is unrealistic and/or unattainable. Good advice! Now just make sure that I follow it.

Happy Birthday Ms N!

Happy Birthday Ms N !

nan SR 2017The Solar Return (SR) chart is an astrological map for the next 12 months and the Sun (SO) is the most significant planet in the chart. It’s position – by house and aspect – indicates where you’ll be spending your time and energy during the next year.

With your SR SO in the 11th house, your focus will be in making your fondest hopes and dreams a reality – although as is noted later, this process may not be straightforward and/or easy. You may also expect to spend some effort developing some new friendships, which may not only further those fondest hopes/dreams but also raise difficult questions – re: romance or friendship?  Indeed, with your SR Moon (MO) and Venus (VE) also in your 11th house a romance might well be indicated – but be careful ! Your new friend(s) may have somehow become so linked up with your fondest hopes and dreams  that you’ll go for the whole package –  despite the odds.

This may, however, not be the best approach.

Neptune (NE) is also in your 11th house (on the cusp, in fact) and this suggests that not only are your hopes/dreams not yet fully formed but they might also be subject to considerable confusion (or worse, deception). Although you feel that you’re ready to ‘go with the flow’ – you probably have little or no real idea where that ‘flow’ is headed. Worse, you might well be faced with multiple potential paths. As the year progresses, you will be able to assess the situation more clearly – although you still must look very carefully before you decide to take any leap.Unknown

With SR Jupiter in your 5th house, you are searching for ways to expand and express your need for greater freedom – in creative endeavours as well as perhaps in love affairs – indeed this placement suggests the latter and if that should be the case, then the emotions generated may be quite overwhelming.

SR Mars represents where your active energies will be geared toward material manifestation. With SR Mars in your 12th house,  you can expect to spend a good chunk of time working from behind the scenes or maybe not doing much work at all. As noted earlier, there is likely to be a good deal of uncertainty/confusion regarding where you’re heading. This uncertainty/confusion is underlined twice here in the 12th house (double whammy): (1)  your SR NE is tightly sextile your SR Mars and of course (2) NE is the ruler of the 12th –   This year, it will be all too easy to stray from your chosen path – indeed what you originally set out to achieve may never materialise.

The good news is that with SR Mercury (ME) conjunct SR Uranus (UR), you will be open to new ways of thinking, which may suddenly become most appealing. New information is likely flood in – overwhelming – using up lots of mental energy – so be sure to take frequent breaks. This is a good time to be reflective – meditation and/or spiritual practices aimed at managing stress will be helpful as would be finding a structured approach to processing all this new information.

All in all, it should be a pretty good year – just keep your head on your shoulders – as there will be a tendency to get lost. Look (carefully) before you leap! If things don’t look completely OK then step back – and take advice from trusted others – just be certain that you know who it is that you should trust. This will be a year of confusion – and, if you’re not careful, deception.

Time for Ms K to consolidate Saturn

Transiting Pluto (19 Capricorn) continues to hammer Ms K’s natal Mars (18 Cancer).

Worse, her natal Saturn (14 Capricorn) is involved. It’s through Saturn that Ms K will find the strength and wisdom to get through life and with her strong Saturn (in ruler-ship and plugged into the angles) that should be fairly easy. But even the strongest Saturn will struggle with a transit from Pluto, astrologically the biggest bully on the block. Transiting Pluto conjunct natal Saturn is a once-and-a lifetime experience (not even everyone will have it) – a frustrating period of creative destruction making way for new beginnings.

Earlier, I posted about the Gateways of the Soul – the Seven Seals or Planets – insights gained at a fabulous astrology retreat in Glastonbury. Bottom line, while there are seven seals or chakras to attain most of us remain stuck in either Saturn, Jupiter, or Mars. From what I understand of her situation, it’s likely that Ms K is currently working to consolidate Saturn.

Those living primarily in the Saturn chakra are easy to spot because they have not yet found a career that works for them; at some level they still struggle with money and earning a decent living. This is not to say that Ms K hasn’t accomplished anything of value to date; she’s been a successful wife and mother. But Ms K is the first to admit that she’s now come to a place where she feels she needs to make choices for HER future – and with her North Node in Virgo, this will have something to do with being ‘in service’ to others which in turn requires honing a skill by which she can gain a strong sense of self and appreciation.images

As yet, Ms K has not honed in on that skill – that career path that will work for her. Indeed, at the moment, she has little ,if any, idea of what this might entail. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to enlist the help of Jupiter – the key to consolidating and moving past Saturn.

Jupiter asks Ms K to develop a personal philosophy –  i.e. gain insight and understanding as to how she creates success in her life – I recommend that she finds a good counsellor or coach – someone who will help her identify what it is that she most desires to achieve in her career and then to evaluate her strengths and weaknesses in this respect.

UnknownAstrologically, we know that Ms K’s Jupiter in Capricorn gives her excellent organisational skills. She will attract fortune (Jupiter) into her life when she takes a disciplined, committed approach. Ms K will be at her best when she is self-reliant. She will be most confident when taking honest authority over others. She might choose to develop counselling and/or management skills in an area than requires structure and respects tradition. She might become  a PA (Personal Assistant) to an business executive or political leader. She might even consider a teaching career; Jupiter loves to share knowledge and experience. With both Jupiter and Saturn in her 2nd house, Ms K might also consider a career in finance – perhaps counselling others on how to restructure their mortgages and/or personal debt.

Luckily, transiting Pluto eases off her natal Mars/Saturn in the autumn of 2018. Then, at least, she’ll be able to get past her current anger and frustration. Also lucky is that in early 2018, transiting Saturn will conjunct her natal Jupiter. This will open up new opportunities – not the least because she will finally be ready to receive them. It is during 2018 that Ms K will have a chance to find a suitable outlet through which to channel her newly found ambition and because both her Saturn and Jupiter are in her 2nd house , this should allow her to both develop a strong sense of personal worth as well as making a good living.

Ms A to spill beans about hubby’s lover?

Should Ms A spill the ‘proverbial’ beans regarding her husband’s lover?

No – In the eyes of her husband, both Ms A and the marriage are in a slightly weaker position than that of the lover. Spilling the beans, so to speak, may not only cause him to lose his job (which may happen anyway), but it will be highly disruptive and do nothing to strengthen her marriage.

Situation – Ms A is not pleased with Mr A. He has been seeing Ms C on the side for several years. As we’ve seen from earlier posts, Ms C has a fiery temper, certainly hot enough to get her into trouble. Ms C has the option during 2016-17 to keep her cool and if she can ‘play nice’, she might achieve her objectives, but she hasn’t. Instead she’s chosen to harass Ms A publicly and Ms A wishes to know whether by telling various authorities about the poor behaviour of Ms C, she might permanently sideline Ms C and hence get on with her marriage.

 

Ms A sideline Ms C

  • Ms A is the querent, hence because Capricorn is rising, she is symbolized by Saturn at 9 Sag, which is not particularly weak or strong. Hence although Ms A is holding all the action cards in this chart (i.e.stellium in  the 8th house, the house representing injuries, probing, investigation, penetration), she is not personally in a great position.
  • Mr A is the partner of Ms A and hence because Cancer is on the 7th house cusp, both he and their marriage, are represented by the Moon in Pisces. Although not particularly weak or strong, the Moon is slightly elevated being in its (mixed) Dorothean Triplicity (water).
  • Ms C, being the love interest of Mr A is represented by his 5th house (or the 11th house of the chart) with Scorpio on the cusp. Hence Ms C is symbolized by Mars in Sagittarius. Ms C is equally neither weak or strong, being neither in fall, exaltation, rulership, triplicity, term, nor face.
  • Interestingly, the last aspect made by the Moon (Mr A and the marriage) is a conjunction with Neptune. Although it is not technically accurate to use modern planets in horary considerations, it does give some indication of the degree of Mr A’s overall illusion and confusion. He is definitely not coming to any of this from a position of strength.
  • The first aspect of the Moon  in this chart was to form a square to Mars suggesting that initial, Mr A was at odds – fed up – with Ms C. But then the next aspect made by the Moon is a square with Saturn, suggesting that Mr A has recently become equally at odds with Ms A and his marriage.
  • Again using the modern planets, there is a hint that at the time this question was asked, Mr A is leaning towards Ms C. This is because she is represented by Scorpio (his 5th house cusp) and Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio. The Moon and Pluto are about to make a harmonious sextile.
  •  Ms A is holding all the cards in this chart –  i.e. as noted above, her 8th house is choker-block with potential action; Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter. But such action  will play out as (confrontational) oppositions to the Moon (Mr A). This is not likely to endear him to his wife if in any way he is able to blame her for these difficulties.
  • After the Moon perfects its sextile with Pluto, it goes on to make it’s first opposition – i.e. with Venus. Because Taurus is on the cusp of Mr A’s 10th house (4th house in this chart), Venus represents his job and professional status. Venus in Virgo is in fall, and hence is in damaged, debilitated condition. In other words, Mr A is already not in a strong position vis a vis his job and it is possible that within 3 weeks (or 3 months) = i.e. 3 degrees to perfection of the opposition – he might separate from it regardless.
  • But because Uranus (apologies for using yet another modern planet) is in a very tight quincunx aspect to Mercury (communication), such revelation such as Ms A is considering (i.e. a change of to the status quo can engage action by quincunx) could cause Mr A to separate from his job in a highly disruptive way (Uranus suggesting the disruption). At the very least, such communication as anticipated by Ms A could prove much more disruptive than she might otherwise have thought.
  • The final aspect to be made by the Moon is an opposition to Jupiter, suggesting some hard luck for Mr A (in 11 weeks or 11 months time). Because the  stellium of action,  falls in his 2nd house, money/finances will be the prime area hit. Although much of this will come to pass without action by Ms A, any actions taken by her can only make it all the more disruptive and unpleasant (not to mention with Uranus involved, a bit of a shock). But none of this will do anything to strengthen the marriage  or the position of Ms A – both being represented by Saturn which will make no beneficial aspects to the Moon.

This is the end of the matter.

Composite Jupiter/Neptune

Composite Charts

The composite chart is created by taking the midpoint between pairs of each of two person’s natal planets (in this case Venus and Uranus) and using them to create a third, new chart. The composite chart is not the same as synastry, which examines how one person impacts the other. Instead the composite chart represents the relationship as a whole giving insight into the dynamics upon which it, as a relationship, functions.

Composite Jupiter

Jupiter symbolises key areas of  growth for the relationship as well as how the partners to that relationship find meaning together. Composite Jupiter also provides a shared spiritual commitment – an inspired, optimistic vision for the future. The trick is not to go overboard.

Composite Neptune

Neptune brings magic, colour, and soul into a relationship, shared creativity and beguilingly beautiful dreams. The problem with Neptune is that is that doesn’t play by ordinary rules. Hence Neptune is oft associated with disappointment, deceit, and disillusion.

Impossible-Dream-300x213Composite Jupiter/Neptune

Both Jupiter and Neptune share a taste for the boundless. They are the signature of the dreamer/visionary with a foolhardy naivety about the ‘real world’. When Neptune is involved in a composite chart, there is bound to be a sense of being soul-mates and hence it is all the harder to put on the brakes.

Neptune/ Jupiter is likely to manifest in a shared spiritual or idealistic vision that unfortunately might turn out to be pure delusion:

  • This is especially the case with the conjunction.

  • With trines and sextiles the idealism is not likely to be as destructive although it can turn a romance into something more platonic like a student/teacher relationship.

  • With the square, it is important to ensure both parties know where they stand with each other and avoid reluctance to acknowledge relationship problems.

  • The opposition is also likely to allow both parties to build up a false sense of security. The key with making this aspect work out is to avoid idealizing each other. Equally important is to avoid playing deceptive games with each other. If you honestly understand yourselves and what you have to together, there can be no illusion. If you don’t, you’re likely headed for disaster.

An Interesting Solar Return Year

Recently, I was asked what to make of a solar return (SR) chart with:

  • Venus conjunct Neptune in the 10th house (opposition to Jupiter in the 4th)
  •  the Moon (2nd house) trine Mars (6th house)
  • Pluto is in the 8th

Remember that a SR chart serves as an astrological map for the next 12 months starting with an individual’s birthday.

Executive Summary

Emotional focus on joint finances. Expect unpleasant power plays. Money/wealth seems to ‘slip away’ causing financial uncertainty; this is probably to do with finances relating to the home. At the end of the day, however, this individual can expect the year to result in a positive life changing experience.

UnknownMoon

Moon/Mars aspects in the SR chart are suggestive of mixed emotions which, because the Moon in the 2nd house, reflects mixed emotional needs regarding finances. The first question to ask is how financially dependent is the person in question upon others? The next question  is how does that make him/her feel? With the Moon in the 2nd SR house, it is clear that finances will play a major role during this individual’s unfolding year and that this will be his/her  emotional focus.  How it will all play out we don’t yet know but, with Pluto in the 8th SR house, we can be sure there will be unpleasant power plays regarding shared finances. Because that Pluto is caught up in the current Jupiter/Pluto trine, however, we can  expect this to be a (beneficial) life changing experience.

Venus

SR Venus can either relate to romantic relationships or finance but with the Moon in the 2nd SR house of finances, the focus here will be on wealth/money. With Neptune around, money seems to slip away perhaps due to unemployment, illness, or even divorce. The by-word with this configuration is financial insecurity. Expect ‘something too good to be true’ regarding finances that will lead to disappointment and disillusionment and because this Venus/Neptune is in the 10th house, it’s all going to play out in a very public sphere.

Jupiter

SR Jupiter in the 4th house indicates the need for peace and security within the home. But because of other configurations in the chart, this year this probably isn’t achieveable. Renovations or other improvements are a possibility either related or unrelated to the need to refinance or pay off a mortgage. In any event, because SR Venus/Neptune (financial insecurity) is in opposition to this Jupiter in the 4th house, finances regarding the home are likely to become an issue. But because Jupiter is in trine to Pluto, in the long run this is likely to somehow benefit this individual.

Making Money through the Part of Fortune – Case Study for Ms Y

part of fortuneBy special request, the following analysis for ability to make money for Ms Y:

In summary, to make lots of money you want:

  • One of the rulers (sign or term) of the Part of Fortune strong in the chart (by rulership or exaltation).
  • One of rulers in an angular house (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th) preferably conjunct the angle).
  • The primary ruler (strongest of the rulers) also making tight aspect to an angular Part of Fortune.
  • Another the rulers also making an aspect to the Part of Fortune.

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  1. The Part of Fortune for Ms Y is 2 Cancer 37 = ASC – Sun + Moon by Day.
  2. The Moon rules 2 Cancer 37 by sign and Venus by term.
  3. In chart of Ms Y, Venus at 20 Taurus 48 is strong in rulership in Taurus. TICK (or at least at first it would appear) !
  4. Venus is conjunct Jupiter in Taurus and receives Jupiter as it is in the terms of Jupiter. Since it is the job of Jupiter to bring fame and riches, this is very Good. Note that Bonatti suggests that Venus in Jupiter’s terms will ‘marry someone from her own blood and will have many children and will be wealthy’.
  5. Venus however is out of Sect and also combust (within 8 degrees of arc with the Sun) – this is not good – and suggests that whilst trying to bring material pleasure to Ms Y, this Venus will often struggle – in other words – the finances of Ms Y will not be stable leaving her with times of dearth as well as plenty. Worse, however is that being combust will definitely inhibit/weaken the performance of Venus. Best that Ms Y not count her chickens before these eggs hatch.
  6. Venus is not angular so not a TICK there – however neither is it cadent so along with being plugged into the angles (Sextile to the MC at 22 Cancer) it is an effective force (for good or bad) in the life of Ms Y.
  7. Venus does not make any aspect to the Part of Fortune so no TICK there.
  8. The other ruler of the Part of Fortune is the Moon at 14 Aquarius in the 4th house in the terms of Jupiter.
  9. The Moon is Aquarius is not particularly happy. Neither is it particuarly unhappy. No TICK.
  10. The Moon is in an angular house (4th house) but not in the sign of the 4th house cusp – hence its angularity is called to question. No TICK.
  11. The Moon does plug into the angles (by trine to the ASC at 16 Libra) – so it is effective (for better or worse) in the life of Ms Y.
  12. The Moon takes no aspect to the Part of Fortune – hence no TICK there.
  13. The Almuten of Substance for Ms Y is Mars.
  14. Mars is high in the chart in Leo in the 10th It is questionable how angular it is (not being in the same sign as the 10th house) so that’s pretty good but it could be better. Mars is neither in rulership by sign nor term so not so good. However, it is not damaged either and is reasonably happy there. OK.
  15. Can Ms Y make pots of money? No.
  16. Can Ms Y make a good living? Yes – provided she takes precautions during times of plenty to make adequate provisions for leaner times. With Venus out of Sect and combust, her flow of finances will never be reliable or steady. Unfortunately her Almuten of Substance while not really hurting her, doesn’t exactly come to the rescue.wheel of fortune