Planets in Solar Return Report for:
October 28, 1967
Solar Return calculated for:
October 26, 2012
ELEMENTS, MODES, QUADRANTS, AND RETROGRADE PLANETS
Zero or One Air
The lack of air in a solar return chart is associated with
several different manifestations, but basically only one underlying
personality trait. It implies that rational thinking is not
the major component of your decision-making process during
this year. Depending on what other element is emphasized, you
may be very practical (earth), emotional (water), or inspired
(fire). Because of the lack of air, you might not be objective.
A personal perspective will predominate. Without the lightness
of the air quality, you might take life too seriously.
Charts with little or no air can also indicate a year of
little forethought. You may be impulsive, jumping first, thinking
later. You respond to external events in a reactive way rather
than planning your moves, especially if the water element is
prominent. These reactions may be unconscious knee-jerk reflexes
rather than considered responses formulated after a clear perception
and assessment of the situation.
This lack can indicate inexperience if you are involved in
a new activity or unfamiliar situation. Hence, it follows that
you do not have the experience or knowledge necessary for what
you are trying to accomplish. For example, suppose you buy
an older home that needs a lot of renovation and you've never
done this type of work before. You will undoubtedly spend many
hours reading books and consulting with experts as you renovate
the house. You learn by trial and error. Sometimes you do things
well the first time and sometimes you do them over. For this
reason, you may feel intellectually incompetent. This is not
meant to imply that you cannot be successful in your endeavors
this year. You can be very successful, but usually this will
occur through a process of trial and error.
It is also common to feel uninformed. In its worst manifestation,
it is a feeling of stupidity. But in its best manifestation,
it is a thirst for knowledge and the courage to take risks
attempting new tasks. This is an excellent time to gather information
about new fields of interest, or to attend school.
THE ASCENDING SIGN IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Generally speaking, the ascending sign in the solar return
chart is read the same way as the ascending sign in the natal
chart. The personality characteristics innate to the zodiacal
placement will come through in the solar return. Those activities
ruled by the natural house of the ascending sign may also be
prominent. Personality changes might be subtle, but can give
you a sense of direction for the coming year. Think of it as
a style change. Fashions may change from one season to the
next. Though you are the same person, your appearance and mannerism
shift. The same is true of the solar return Ascendant. This
is your chance to work with the best that each Ascending sign
has to offer.
Return Ascendant Gemini:
the solar return Ascendant is in Gemini, you have a "jack
of all trades" mind that can master any task if you just
focus. Information and communication are your main modes of
interaction. You love to talk and share ideas, but writing
and studying can also be important. Keep your mind productively
engaged. If not, anxiety, nervousness, and indecision can plague
you. Your tendency will be to scatter your thoughts and leave
projects incomplete. It's all talk, and no action. A lack of
depth can be the bane of this Ascendant.
THE SUN IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
The Sun is the most significant planet in the solar return
chart. Its position by house shows the most emphasized area
of life during the coming year, how and where you expend the
greatest amount of energy. The house placement of the Sun is
reflected in the interpretation of the other planets, and may
be the motivating force behind their symbolism.
Sun in 5th house:
in the 5th house emphasizes the need to express yourself
When the Sun is in the 1st house you try to find
out who you are, but when the Sun is in the 5th house, you
know who you are, and have a stronger-than-usual urge for expression.
Having your Sun in this house can mean watching your personality
bloom. This is a wonderful position for those who have been
compromised in the past and now feel the need to be more assertive.
The outer expression of your personality should become more
useful to your future goals and also more consistent with your
inner qualities. "To thine own self be true," should
be the motto for this placement. But keep in mind also the
desire to maintain relationships with others. Although self-expression
may disrupt relationships somewhat, the purpose of this placement
is to foster good relationships while increasing your self-expression.
Self-expression can take several forms, some of which are
artistic and most of which are creative. Artistic pursuits
include painting, writing, poetry, and music; however, you
may concentrate on a more mundane project such as creating
your own lesson plans, developing your own business style or
founding your own nursery school. The medium for self-expression
is not important, it is the self-expression itself which is
creative, and it need not necessarily be artistic.
The Sun in the 5th house can also show a strong involvement
with children; if you are a parent, they may be the major focus
of your attention. If you have a tendency to express yourself
through your children, you must be careful not to dominate
their lives. On the other hand, this can be a rewarding time,
one in which you are very proud of your children and their
There is always the possibility of romance with this placement,
and if a relationship occurs it is usually very exciting. Sexual
attractions play a major role in determining to whom you are
drawn. Romantic interchanges and affairs are likely. This can
be a heart-pounding infatuation at its best, but remember that
the 5th house rules unbounded relationships rather than marriage.
Although you may discuss marriage with your newfound love,
it is very unlikely that you will tie the knot this year.
Because the 5th house is also the house of speculation, you
are more likely to take risks this year. You do not necessarily
gamble or speculate (though you may), but you are willing to
bet on your own abilities. The chances you take may or may
not involve money, but you are open to asserting yourself and
trying new things. You readily risk failure because of a desire
to stretch the boundaries of self-expression.
Sun Sextile Pluto
Pluto sextile or trine the Sun indicates an increased awareness
of power. This aspect usually lasts for a number of consecutive
years and can show a slow process of empowerment, both personally
and professionally. Empowerment comes through an awareness
of how people get, maintain, and use power to reach goals,
or to control self or others. Learn to recognize hidden forces
emanating from the unconscious.
For some individuals, this is a time to study psychology;
however, many will notice examples of obsessive, compulsive,
phobic, or manipulative behaviors regardless of educational
background. Unconscious needs are intensified and life can
become more complicated. Learning to deal with life on a deeper
level is the hallmark of the Plutonian consciousness.
Negatively, awareness can come through conflicts and struggle.
Power usage in confrontations and everyday situations will
become more obvious, but even subtle shifts in power will be
evident to you as you learn to recognize psychological motivations
and manipulations. Awareness is more important than the struggle
itself. It is the awareness which gives you a greater ability
to change your own life.
Positively, awareness can come through ambition and self-control.
Professional advancement and public recognition are possible
depending on the career. Set goals and focus on achievement
to connect with the true potential for this year. Profound
changes are possible, both professionally and personally. This
can be a turning point in your life. Make it count.
Sun Trine Neptune
The Sun sextile or trine Neptune indicates that the native
is growing more sensitive on a number of levels. The sensitivity
is meant to facilitate spiritual development. Insights and
a sense of connection to others can foster compassion and forgiveness;
however, some individuals might find the increased sensitivity
overwhelming and confusing.
The most positive manifestations that result from the Sun
sextile or trine Neptune include growing less concerned with
selfish interests and more involved with helping those in need.
An emotional connection is made to the plight of others as
well as an intellectual awareness. This leads to greater concern
for others and a better understanding of relationships. The
increased sensitivity also results in newfound intuitive ability.
Intuitive insights can augment decision-making ability. Solutions
to problems can arise spontaneously and the native is more
apt to avoid pitfalls.
Some individuals will equate greater sensitivity to greater
vulnerability since they are likely to be confronted with their
own human frailty or that of someone close. Sensitivity can
lead to stress on an emotional level and sometimes on the physical
level in the form of allergies. Being less egotistical can
result in an unstructured personality which seems to lack certainty
and direction. The individual can be confused or forgetful
about mundane tasks or future goals. The most negative and
rare manifestations lead to escapism through alcohol, drug
abuse, martyrdom, dependency on others, and savior-victim type
It is important to keep in mind that the increased sensitivity
experienced has a higher purpose and is meant to improve life
for you and for others. You can do something positive with
the insights and emotions you are experiencing.
Sun Conjunct Saturn
Saturn in the solar return chart implies a sense of structure.
this structure becomes supportive or
restrictive depends on the situation and the individual's ability
to handle Saturnian issues in a positive manner. Saturn rules
hard work. The productive characteristics associated with Saturn
include persistence, patience, organization, stability, practicality,
and realistic expectations. When the individual's behavior
is consistent with these beneficial traits, progress and self-mastery
result. When the individual shirks responsibility and bucks
authority, circumstances can deteriorate into a stalemate situation
in which no one wins. Saturn has been called "the tripper" planet.
If you don't do things the right way, you can be tripped up
until you get it right.
The Sun conjunct Saturn is not meant to reflect a depressing
time, but it does reflect stark realism. Accurate perceptions
of existing situations are essential to either accept or alter
future expectations. For those anticipating fantastic or overly
idealistic outcomes, reality can be too stark. Some individuals
may feel depressed during the solar return year either because
their expectations were unrealistic or because they did not
put in the necessary effort to manifest what was wanted and/or
those circumstances which one can control, restrictions,
frustrations, and delays
can plague the native. You must accept
responsibility for your own life situation and work with limitations
you cannot control or change. Into every life a little rain
must fall and this might be your year. Complaining will only
lead to frustration, isolation, and loneliness. Saturn has
also been called "the great teacher." There is a
lesson to be learned here even if it is not an easy lesson
You must be both realistic and patient in assessing your
options. Progress can occur, but it tends to occur slowly and
involve careful planning, hard work, and discipline, so put
in the effort. It is common to be involved with a major project
or task during the year that requires your full attention.
Focus on finding solutions to problems. Use your skills and
talents in a productive manner or develop the expertise you
need to succeed.
THE MOON IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
The solar return Moon seems to have two consistent themes
throughout all of the houses. First and most simply, the Moon
is associated with change and fluctuation according to its
house position. Secondly, and probably more importantly, the
Moon reflects the individual's emotional nature during the
solar return year.
The Moon as an Emotional Indicator
While we speak of the Moon as simply an indication of one's
emotional nature, the actual interpretation of the Moon is
more complex than simple. The Moon is not just an indicator
of feelings; one's emotional nature is a multidimensional conglomeration
of feelings, temperament, needs, and unconscious responses.
We cannot look at the Moon as one-sided; we must study its
interpretation from a number of perspectives.
The Moon represents the individual's feelings regardless
of whether or not they are expressed openly. The type of feelings
you have during the year can be demonstrated by the Moon's
sign, position, and aspects. The Moon's sign can be important
even though the Moon has essentially only nineteen placements,
because it is indicative of what the individual feels during
the year and how he or she is most likely to exhibit those
The major difference between an individual's feelings and
basic temperament is that feelings tend to make up one's basic
temperament. The word temperament implies one's overall pattern
of emotional response; it is an emotional factor that remains
constant regardless of the circumstances. On the other hand,
feelings imply a specific emotion in response to a particular
event or situation. For example, moody people have emotional
swings. Their feelings change depending whether or not they
are experiencing happy or sad events; however, their proclivity
toward emotional highs and lows remains constant regardless
of their particular mood at any point in time. Despite feelings
of joy or depression, they still have a moody disposition.
The solar return Moon's sign is generally very descriptive
of your emotional temperament. It can suggest an array of emotional
characteristics including moodiness, sensitivity, coldness,
Emotional needs play a crucial role in the Moon's cycle of
change and emotional maturation. As explained above, the Moon
moves in an understandable pattern through the solar return.
During each year, the individual knows certain emotional needs
must be met in order to feel secure and fulfilled. These needs,
which fluctuate from year to year, cause the individual to
create the variety of situations necessary for emotional maturity.
Conscious or Unconscious Emphasis
The Moon also signifies the unconscious experience. While
Mercury's placement will suggest what the person is consciously
thinking, the Moon's placement will suggest what the individual
is experiencing on an unconscious level. Together, the Moon
and Mercury (and sometimes also the Sun) symbolize the balance
between conscious and the unconscious processes. We like to
think that our decisions are based on the integration of rational
and emotional information, but during any given solar return
year, one process more than the other can influence our decisions,
perceptions, and motivations. The focus of attention shifts
to accommodate fluctuations in individual patterns of growth.
There will be years when you lean more heavily on your emotional
responses, tending to trust your instincts and follow your
intuition. But there will be other years when you depend more
on a logical assessment of your situation.
The emphasis on the unconscious usually indicates a year
in which the native will be interested in fostering emotional
connections and unconscious insights. Logic and factual information
may not be meaningful within the context of present situations,
which will tend to be emotional. Example situations include
(but are not limited to): involvement in counseling, therapy
or self-help discussion groups; intense family situations (related
to birth, child-rearing, sickness or death); and very nurturing
social situations (e.g., communal living, helping the disabled,
underprivileged or homeless). Emotional interactions and perceptions
will naturally be more important if they are more likely to
provide vital information needed to handle experiences during
the coming year. An emphasis on the unconscious nature is conducive
to emotional growth.
All forms of mental activity are associated with an emphasis
on the conscious mind, including educational and informational
activities. Teaching, learning, lecturing, and writing are
several examples. An emphasis on the conscious mind is conducive
to intellectual growth.
Solar Return Moon in 10th house:
The Moon in the 10th house suggests changes in career, or
professional tasks you are asked to perform. While the Moon
in the 6th house can indicate minor changes in working conditions,
the Moon in the 10th house generally implies changes that are
far more significant, either in the immediate future or several
years down the road. Minor changes can occur and may involve
shifting positions or departments within the same company,
but it is more likely that this shift includes important changes
in your job tasks. For example, a secretary accustomed to working
on a typewriter was asked to do secretarial work on a new computer.
Eventually, this individual went on to a career in word-processing
because of this experience.
Changes occurring during the year can be very beneficial.
This is a good time to focus on career development and take
advantage of professional opportunities as they arise. Many
times your reputation plays a key role in the professional
events of the year. Everything you do at work will be more
public this year. If you perform well, you will receive the
recognition you deserve; but if you perform poorly, your mistakes
will be very noticeable.
Job security can be an important issue and you may feel that
your position is threatened in some way. The company you work
for could be having financial difficulties, or conditions within
the company might seem unstable. The Moon is less apt to indicate
that you lose your job or are laid-off; serious job changes
are more likely to be suggested by Saturn or Uranus in the
10th house. However, firings and layoffs can and have occurred
while the Moon was in the 10th house. Usually the individuals
involved were controversial figures who were unpopular, and
had acquired a negative reputation. As a rule, most changes
are directly or indirectly within your control. Even those
who lose their jobs play a role in their own misfortune.
The Moon can indicate public recognition as well as recognition
within the company. You can have more contact with the public
than previously. You could move to a position involving public
service, relations or communication. For some individuals,
the Moon in the 10th house indicates notoriety and a public
reputation. The publicity can be either good or bad. This is
a good time to focus on your dealings with the public and to
use the media positively. If you are a politician, you can
develop a following. If you are a salesperson, you can key
in on the wants and needs of your customers. Emotional intuitiveness
can serve you well in your dealings with the public at large.
Moon Square Pluto
The Moon square or opposite Pluto implies an emotional make-up
which is complicated by unconscious psychological influences.
Emotions may be tainted or seasoned by events or complexes
from the past, and you could be reliving a former happening
in an immediate situation. Feelings seem more volatile, intense,
stressful, or even overwhelming. Reasoning can be based on
emotional factors and simply defy logic.
Relationships are likely to be affected and psychological
influences will distort communications. You may be in close
contact with someone who is not always rational. In extreme
cases, the other person needs counseling. This is a good time
to become more aware of manipulations and psychological games.
You may merely perceive these influences or you may be directly
involved, playing either manipulator or manipulated.
Moon square or opposite Pluto at its worst implies emotional
power struggles for control. The solar return house placement
for Pluto can indicate where the struggle originates and possibly
what the struggle is about. For example, if Pluto is in the
2nd house of money, the struggle might be in regard to expenditures.
If the Moon squares from the 5th house of children, the issue
might be how much to spend on the children. Providing for children
can be a real financial challenge, but suppose you feel guilty
about being a divorced parent with limited resources. If you
overcompensate with extravagant purchases, you are going beyond
the children's needs or even wishes. This is not about the
children, this is about negative emotions you are struggling
with that are now dictating your choices. This power struggle
may not look like an internal unconscious struggle to you.
You may project the power struggle outward and see your children
as demanding. Look at the solar return house placement for
both the Moon and Pluto to understand the dynamics of any power
struggle. Both internal and external struggles over money,
sex, and power are possible with this aspect. You may think
you are struggling with another person, but perhaps you are
only struggling with yourself. If so, consider ways to empower
On the other hand, the struggle can be external. Someone
might be attempting to control, manipulate, or blackmail you.
Manipulation and emotional blackmail only work if you allow
another person to have control over some portion of your life.
As soon as you begin to control yourself and take responsibility
for your own well-being, manipulators tend to lose power. There
are better ways to handle this situation, look for them.
Moon square or opposite Pluto does not have to involve difficult
circumstances. Writers, counselors, psychology students, or
those whose work depends on their ability to understand human
nature tend to have Moon-Pluto contacts in their solar returns
during important years. It is the awareness of the psychological
and emotional influences underlying the struggle which is significant
and not the struggle itself. Knowledge brings power. Use this
time to become aware of how unconscious drives affect your
Moon Conjunct Uranus
Probably the most common theme associated with a Moon conjunct
Uranus in a solar return chart is moving from one home to another.
You may move yourself, or help someone move in or out of your
home such as your parents or a grown child. Domestic changes
are likely as well as structural change to the house itself.
Renovations and additions to the home are seen with this aspect.
Usually, a certain amount of disruption transpires and may
last all year. Expect breaks in your daily routine and habits.
Relationships are also changing. You could be attracted to
someone new and involved in a new relationship. On the other
hand, an old one may be going through a period of transition
or separation. Either you or your partner initiates this change.
Relationships might not be stable because your partner is making
major changes. He or she may switch careers, need to travel
for business, or be required to upgrade skills. Disruptive
health issues are also possible for partners and family members.
Though strong attractions can occur, this is not the most
common manifestation. If you feel you are caught in an emotional
rut, changes are more likely. The external changes you experience
in relationships, family, or home can be a direct result of
internal restlessness. It stands to reason that if your situation
and emotional needs change, you will be faced with new issues
and problems, and be required to develop new ways of expressing
yourself emotionally. This is one way to break inhibitions.
The involvement in new situations will accentuate your ability
or inability to handle emotions and relationships in a positive
way. At the very worst, emotional control will be difficult
and feelings will be erratic. You may be overwhelmed one day
and detached or cool the next. You could say or do things without
really considering the emotional consequences, but then, this
might free you up to make necessary changes quickly and easily.
Moon Opposition Venus
The Moon square or opposite Venus in the solar return chart
can suggest a conflict between emotional security and financial
considerations. Your monetary situation can be affected either
positively or negatively by the lack of integration. For example,
you might be ready to retire, but you still have college tuition
to pay for your youngest child or debts to clear. You might
be involved in a new and exciting relationship, but you partner
does not handle money in a responsible manner and you are hesitant
to comingle your funds. Problems can be major or they can be
minor depending on your situation. Basically, your financial
or relationship situation denoted by the house placement of
Venus does not meet the emotional and domestic needs seen by
the house placement of the Moon. The reverse is also truth.
The emotional, domestic, and familial needs seen through the
house placement of the Moon are not financially supported.
In addition, significant others and partners can object to
your plans. The best option is to compromise or create a plan
that will address these issues over time.
Financial stability is also affected by domestic conditions.
Moving, pregnancy, birth, and education are common events that
affect the amount of money earned and spent. Occasionally this
aspect can show a time when you are financially dependent on
others or society for support for one of the reasons mentioned
If you are planning on pursuing an emotionally fulfilling
goal, you will have to consider your financial situation before
making any changes. Whether or not your goal is feasible at
this time depends on how much money you have set aside. You
might have to compromise your present income and take a pay
cut to enter a more rewarding field. Ultimately, your salary
will increase if you are successful in your new endeavors.
Moon Trine Mercury
The Moon sextile or trine Mercury in the solar return indicates
the integration of unconscious feelings with conscious thoughts.
When these two avenues for information and analysis are working
together, they form a great combination; the integrated psyche
is a powerful tool for intellectual and creative endeavors.
You will be able to understand the total picture from your
rational assessment supported by your emotions and combined
with intuitive insights. When the conscious and unconscious
are working together, you are more likely to make good decisions
which satisfy your physical, emotional, and mental criteria.
In this way, the conscious mind can be used to direct unconscious
feelings into creative projects. Channeling higher awareness
can be therapeutic and productive.
You can actively seek out more information about your feelings
and conscious motivations through discussions with others.
The key to using this aspect positively is to balance and integrate
conscious and unconscious input and work toward a complete
unified sense of self.
MERCURY IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Mercury has two basic interpretations in the solar return
chart: it symbolizes what you are thinking about and your mental
condition during the coming year.
What you are actually thinking about is shown by the solar
return house placement of Mercury. The important thing to remember
about Mercury's placement is that it is indicative of a mental
exercise only. Alone in a house, Mercury can show mental preoccupation
without psychological pain or physical consequences. It suggests
the ability to make decisions only, and may not be a clear
indication of action in any particular area. Mercury's aspects
to the other planets indicate how information is gathered,
assimilated and integrated into attitudes that persist for
most of the year. How easily this is accomplished, and in what
manner, is suggested by the aspects themselves.
Conditioning is noted by solar return aspects to Mercury.
Squares and oppositions to Mercury indicate possible sources
of tension and conflict. If Mercury is in an air sign, (Gemini,
Libra, or Aquarius), rational thought processes are emphasized.
If Mercury is in a water sign, (Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces),
strong emotional factors influence thinking. If Mercury is
in an earth sign, (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn), the tendency
is to be practical. If Mercury is in a fire sign, (Aries, Leo,
or Sagittarius), the individual is motivated by self-interest,
passion, philosophy, or spirituality. When assessing the conditioning
of Mercury, it is also important to note the sign and conditioning
for the Moon and whether the Moon is in an air or water sign.
This will help you determine if the thinking process or emotions
are dominant during the year and if integration is possible.
Solar Return Mercury in 6th house:
Mercury in the 6th house can indicate a desire to evaluate
your health and health practices at this time. Mercury by itself
does not generally indicate serious health problems, but rather
a realization that changes should be made if wellness is to
continue. This is an excellent time to make decisions that
will have a positive effect on your future health. You should
become more aware of the value of exercise, adequate rest,
good nutrition and eating habits. Educate yourself on these
topics and begin to incorporate the information into your daily
routine. Learn stress-reduction techniques and question your
involvement in stressful activities. Your mind is not only
instrumental in making decisions concerning your health, it
is also directly related to physical health. Stressful situations
can quickly lead from nervousness and anxiety to physical illness;
therefore relaxation and the elimination of unnecessary stress
is crucial. If your mind is not focused on positive learning,
you can become very anxious about your health. Excessive worry
can lead to hypochondria. Choose to work with health issues
before they become health problems.
the coming year, you may have to face certain facts about
work habits, or working conditions. It is likely
that your job will grow a bit more tedious and detail-oriented.
You may have a lot more paperwork to handle. Your ability to
pay attention to detail may be helpful if you are working in
quality control, but do not let your push for the perfect product
become stressful or obsessive. Tension on the job, without
recourse, can make you overly critical of your position, co-workers
or employees. Use your analytical ability for constructive
criticism. If you are in a position of authority, you may be
able to reorganize your office or working time so as to be
more productive. The 6th house rules the day-to-day issues
surrounding employment, rather than major career decisions.
Analyze the daily operation of the office and explore methods
for greater efficiency. If you are not in management, you can
still make suggestions for improvement. Even those individuals
who have no authority must make decisions concerning their
jobs or work environments. Depending on your position within
the company, you may not have a lot of freedom in these decisions
and may only be offered "either-or" choices.
Mercury Square to Neptune
Mercury square or opposite Neptune in the solar return chart
can indicate that important factual information you receive
during the year may be partial, inaccurate, or vague. Sometimes
secrecy and deception play a role. Your normal points of reference
for evaluating information may be changing. Without adequate
facts, you may be left hanging for most of the year. It may
be impossible for you to make a decision at this time or to
evaluate your circumstances. You may be easily confused or
misled, especially if the information you receive is inconsistent
or incomplete. In older individuals, confusion may actually
be senility. Neptune's most negative interpretation is a loss
of mental capabilities through drug and alcohol use or abuse.
This tends to be an uncommon manifestation that is more closely
associated with an individual pattern of consistent negative
behavior. Most people will not fall into this trap.
This is not the time for detailed, factual information and
left-brain processes. You may be more in touch with compassion,
creativity, and spirituality than rational thought. Your sensitivity
to subtlety increases and you acquire information through intuitive
insights. Dealing with subtle experiences can lead to uncertainty
and confusion. Increased intuitive awareness can precede the
ability to weigh this information for its accuracy. It is sometimes
difficult to discriminate between what is really intuitive
or psychic and what is more closely akin to worry, fear, or
false hope. Seeking practical applications for idealistic concepts
and inspirations common with this combination can also cause
Put your trust in the Universe during times of uncertainty.
Focus on compassion rather than a search for mundane truth.
Inconsistencies and confusion may not be resolved this year.
Understand that in the end, all will be known. Be gentle with
yourself when you are not as focused and detail-oriented as
you used to be. Focus instead on right-brain, creative, artistic,
intuitive, and spiritual processes.
Mercury Sextile Venus
When Mercury is sextile Venus in the solar return chart,
you are more apt to have confidence in your decisions and intellectual
capabilities. This is a wonderful time to be in school or to
take a course since learning is likely to be an enjoyable experience.
You may also make great progress in what most people consider
to be a difficult topic or subject even if you have had trouble
with in the past. Facts can be easier to comprehend during
this time and the information you receive should be applicable
to your present needs or skills.
Your verbal tactics include good negotiation skills. Develop
a soft style for expressing your needs and getting what you
want. Learn to compromise and generate win-win solutions to
problems. By doing so, you will be able to retain an inner
peacefulness and a relaxed state of mind.
This is a good time to cash in on money-making ideas or save
money by following a financial plan. Your ideas might generate
funds for you personally or for your company. Your ideas might
also help you save money by cutting expenses or streamlining
operations. Resources are not likely to be spent freely, but
according to a plan, and with a goal in mind.
VENUS IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Venus is the key to understanding your relationships and
financial situation for the solar return year. Many times these
two areas go hand in hand; financial security tends to be coupled
with secure relationships while financial difficulties are
more likely to occur when close relationships are strained.
Although this correlation is common, it is not the rule, and
interpretations for finances and relationships should always
be viewed separately. When assessing Venus in the chart, evaluate
Venus twice, first with respect to the other relationship factors
in the solar return and then with respect to the other monetary
indicators. In this way, you can develop a clear picture of
each area of concern.
Venus also indicates a need for comfort and it is informative
to note what has preceded Venus in its present house position.
If, during this year, Venus resides in a house which last year
represented an area of conflict, Venus would imply an improvement
in the conditions associated with that house and may indicate
a healing process. Benefits commonly follow after much hard
work. A Venus placement in the solar return chart following
a more difficult placement during the previous year can indicate
great reward. Your awareness of this possibility may encourage
you to work harder in more problematic areas since you can
see the rewards in the following year.
Venus, by house, shows what relationships will be important
during the coming year. For example, Venus in the 3rd house
might indicate that relationships with neighbors or community
involvement will be emphasized. With Venus in the 6th house,
pleasant office conditions, and good co-worker relationships
will be important. But the interpretation of relationships
as they appear in the solar return chart involves more than
an understanding of Venus' house placement. Look at the 5th
and the 7th houses, especially if you are interested in a love
relationship. The more planets in these houses, particularly
the 7th house, the greater the need to relate on a one-to-one
basis. Generally, the 5th house shows sexual affairs, while
the 7th house indicates a greater commitment (though not necessarily
marriage). Clandestine affairs or secret relationships are
more likely to occur when Venus and/or the Moon appear in the
One fact about marriage and the solar return chart is surprising.
The solar return is not necessarily a good indicator of a marriage
during the year. The beginning of a relationship might be easily
seen, but the marriage itself is more likely to be reflected
in other techniques. On the other hand, postponement of a marriage
or the refusal to make a commitment can be easily seen with
Saturn, Uranus or Neptune in the 7th house.
Venus also relates to money and finances, and can be used
to evaluate these circumstances for the coming solar return
year. The house placement for Venus may indicate how you are
most likely to generate income. This is sometimes true, but
not always. Venus in the 9th implies a teaching salary, but
if you don't teach, the emphasis will be on your beliefs concerning
relationships. Don't stretch your economic interpretation of
Venus' house placement. If the house position applies, the
situation will be obvious. If the house position does not seem
to apply to finances in particular, Venus will be more consistent
with relationship situations during the year.
For finances, it is perhaps more important to look at the
planetary placements in the 2nd, 6th, 10th, and 11th houses,
especially if you are interested in the amount of money you
will be able to earn by employment. The 2nd house is the primary
money house, but it also gives indications of spending practices.
Any planets in the 2nd can reflect your salary and/or your
spending practices (regardless of how much money you earn);
it is always possible to spend more than you make or make more
than you spend.
Solar Return Venus in 4th house:
in the 4th house indicates that now more than ever you need
home to serve as a retreat, a place
to regenerate your vitality and nourish your emotional nature. "Home" needs
to be a supportive place, a shelter for the wounded, a protection
from less hospitable environments. Home may be the place where
you are now living, the place you are moving to, or the place
where you grew up. It is the sustaining quality that is important,
not the location. You need to feel comfortable somewhere on
the face of the earth.
If you do have that warm and cozy place to call home, you
will enjoy being there this year and may not care to go out
much. Rather than nights on the town, you prefer staying at
home and entertaining others. If you do not have a sense of
home at the present time, it will be your goal to develop a
more comfortable living space over the next year. You will
want your interests and needs reflected in the place you call
home. The changes and decisions you make concerning your external
physical environment will reflect your internal emotional changes
You will probably redecorate your home. Venus by itself in
the 4th house usually indicates simple redecorating. Many planets
in the 4th can show major renovations (and a greater tendency
toward strong emotional change). You may have the urge to redo
the whole house, knock down walls or build on additions. Remodeling
of this nature is more extensive and tends to take most of
the year. During this time you may experience a period of discomfort
and physical upheaval as you wait for the renovations to be
There is a reason why the quality of the home life becomes
so important. This year can be a time of recovery and healing.
Venus in the 4th is often seen in the charts of those who have
experienced difficulties in the previous year or years, and
who are now focusing their energy on healing old wounds. These
individuals need to feel centered and whole, and they focus
on their physical home as a source of comfort and rootedness.
The healing process can be more complicated than simple recovery.
Issues need to be resolved and the native may experience continuing
or intermittent problems related to the initial wound.
This is a good time to improve your relationship with your
parents. If your parents have already passed over, use this
year to foster and recall fond memories you may have of them,
especially if up until now you have only been able to remember
more painful times. If your parents are still living, work
to improve your relationship with them. You need that strong
sense of rootedness that can come from family ties. If your
relationship with your parents has always been difficult and
things still don't work out well, this is a good time to form
your own roots and fond memories.
MARS IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
The planet Mars represents an outward thrust of energy in
a solar return chart. It is an active energy geared toward
producing an external manifestation brought about through interchanges
with the environment. The arrow on the symbol for Mars illustrates
this outward thrust and movement. The interplay with the environment
and the area of greatest energy expenditure are shown by the
aspects to Mars and its house placement. There can be a number
of ways in which the outward thrust of energy and activity
manifests in the external environment. Positive manifestations
implied by Mars include self-motivation, independent action,
initiation of new projects, assertiveness, fulfilling sexual
encounters, and original or pioneering creations. But anger,
aggression, and sexual abuses represent negative and wasteful
expenditures. Energy lost in negative exchanges cannot be used
Mars, by its very nature, denotes the spark of initiation
and self-motivation. Original pursuits, independent actions
and new projects are fostered during the year and are typically
associated with those areas of life denoted by the house placement
of Mars. Because of the new endeavors and the enthusiasm generated,
these areas then become the focus of energy use as the level
of activity increases and you begin to feel driven to work,
accomplish, and complete. Sometimes ambition and competitiveness
augment the need to excel, but an energetic attitude can flow
without these personality traits since self-motivation tends
to spring naturally from an inner source.
During the year, activities may be specifically tied to your
ability or inability to be assertive. In its most positive
manifestation, the planet Mars denotes an active force. Except
for a few of the more subtle interpretations for Mars, the
implication is an external thrust which affects other people,
places, things or circumstances. For example, if you install
a home office, you make a change in your living situation.
If you start your own business, you do, in effect, change the
environment. If you insist on control over your own finances,
you create a more independent relationship style. In each of
these cases, you are the individual initiating the activity
and asserting your own needs which are essential to the task
at hand. The inability to be assertive can only lead to frustrated
desires and anger. Your efforts will be thwarted until you
make adjustments in your thinking. When extreme frustration
occurs, more energy is expended toward being angry than working
toward correcting the problem.
The house position of Mars and its aspects to the other solar
return planets provide information about the circumstances
which will trigger angry responses in you. Anger may arise
from a number of different circumstances, including, but not
limited to, frustration at the inability to fulfill your own
needs, aggression from others, stressful surroundings or unconscious
resentment that has not been resolved. Anger is a signal that
your attitude and/or environment need to change. Energy lost
to anger cannot be used creatively. Anger that stimulates creative
action can be recouped. Your task for the year will be to learn
to deal effectively with these anger-producing situations.
Do not allow anger to be triggered when insight coupled with
assertiveness, tact or corrective action would suit your purposes
better. As you focus on negative situations and gain understanding,
you can begin to funnel your energies into the most positive
Aggression is a distortion of assertiveness. Assertion is
the defense and maintenance of your own rights; aggression
is the infringement or attack on the rights of others. Anger
is most likely the motivation for the attack, although psychological
idiosyncrasies may provide other motivations (of which fear
is the main culprit). All acts of aggression, by their very
nature, should produce anger in the person attacked, though
some individuals, because of their own psychological nature,
respond in other ways. Where you find Mars by house position
indicates where you are most likely to meet the aggressor during
the coming year. Either you will have to deal with a hostile
person in the environment or you will be confronted with your
own acts of aggression. If you are able to meet your own needs
through assertion and you know your own rights while conscientiously
defending them, you are less likely to be the aggressor or
allow aggressive actions to arise in others. You should be
able to strike a balance between your needs, and rights, and
the needs and rights of others. In this way, you maintain your
position relative to the environment. But regardless of how
fair you are in your dealings with others, you may still have
to defend your own rights.
Mars as an indicator of sexuality is not consistent with
the interpretation for every house position. There is the possibility
that sexual intrigue can apply to the situations denoted by
any of the planet's placements, but the connection is not always
obvious. Themes of initiation, high energy output, anger, and
aggression appear more consistently. For example, Mars in the
10th may mean a sexual attraction between you and your boss,
but it is more likely for you to be extremely active in career
endeavors. Your boss can be a prime motivator toward career
success or he could actually be very offensive and thwart your
efforts. Note the aspects between Mars and your other personal
planets for further information. The sexual implications of
Mars seem more obvious in the relational houses, but then individual
differences apply. Sexual fulfillment is directly related to
the appropriateness of sexual activity given the particular
situation and any restraints or inhibitions involved.
Solar Return Mars in 6th house:
The ability to work independently or with a limited amount
of supervision is shown by Mars in the 6th house. You can work
entirely on your own or set up your own business, but independence
can be relative. A medical laboratory student completed a yearlong
internship with intense supervision and graduated to her first
full-time job when Mars entered this house. During the coming
year, her work no longer required constant verification; however,
she continued to work in a large laboratory setting with others.
If possible, it is better for you to work alone and/or be your
own boss. You have the ability to be self-motivated and can
initiate and complete projects without prompting.
Workaholic tendencies are likely, especially if you have
deadlines to meet or if crises periodically occur. Compulsive
work habits that are carried too far eventually begin to affect
one's health negatively. On-the-job tension is possible for
those who work too hard or find the working environment unpleasant.
You could be easily angered or frustrated by your working conditions,
co-workers or employer. Conflicts can ensue. A fellow who was
used to a very professional environment found it difficult
to adjust to the lackadaisical attitude of co-workers and managers
when he changed jobs and began working at a new office. He
was aghast to discover the poor quality of service being rendered
to clients; consequently, the situation caused him great stress.
If you are easily angered and frustrated by your work, make
suggestions which will help to improve conditions for everyone.
Complaining is associated with this placement, but it would
be more advantageous to take the initiative for problem solving.
If presented tactfully, your ideas can be accepted and may
help to straighten out office difficulties or conflicts.
Caution is warranted when Mars is in the 6th house of health.
If your health is slipping, start to reassess your habits,
specifically looking for health practices or routines which
are not good for you. It is not uncommon to find you are working
against your own well-being. If you are presently healthy and
follow a beneficial program of exercise and diet, you need
not have any difficulty with this placement. Problems are more
apparent when you are doing something you should not be doing.
Generally, negative patterns do not develop during the year,
but only become more obvious. This is the time you begin to
see the effect of these detrimental habits and possibly feel
pressured to control your behavior. Basically healthy individuals
are more likely to discover minor impediments which can easily
be corrected. For example, one woman noticed that her cholesterol
count was rising and realized she consistently ate foods high
in fat content. Another realized she was overdosing her body
Common minor problems include overeating, harmful dieting,
consuming foods which upset the system (such as caffeine products,
hot or spicy dishes, salty snacks, allergy-producing substances),
failure to treat minor or chronic health problems, over-scheduling
activities, and aggravating skeletal problems with strenuous
activity or lifting.
Serious health problems are related to self-destructive habits
which tend to be especially noticeable and threatening this
year. The more serious threats to health correlate with the
more excessive habits practiced over a long period of time
(obesity; drug, alcohol or cigarette addictions; self-neglect
or abuse; compulsive or stressful work habits; anorexia, bulimia,
malnutrition, yo-yo dieting or other indiscretions). Surgery
is possible during the year, especially those surgeries associated
with infections (appendectomy and tonsillectomy), and those
surgeries considered to be elective (sterilization, cosmetic,
The purpose of this placement is to make you more aware of
any detrimental habits you might have. Correcting the habit
can alleviate the health problem. Learn to take better care
of yourself. This is an excellent time to exercise your way
to better health.
Mars Opposition Jupiter
Actions which directly support or contradict belief systems
are associated with Mars-Jupiter aspects in the solar return
chart. Personal ethics and morals may be transgressed or respected,
depending on the practicality of the belief, the individual's
personality traits, and the amount of conflict and stress experienced.
Actions and beliefs are more likely to conflict with the square
and opposition aspect. This is a time when you are acutely
aware of the role beliefs play in controlling or directing
behavior. Actions are commonly categorized as right or wrong,
while specific relationships are believed to be beneficial
and supportive, or detrimental and thwarting.
The danger with this combination is that you can behave in
a manner which is ultimately not to your benefit, compromising
your belief system through hypocritical actions. Compounding
this problem is the tendency to overschedule activities while
in the midst of a dilemma. You must manage your time in the
most effective manner and still make choices which reflect
your beliefs and priorities. Long-term goals must be weighed
against short-term advantages. The exact interpretation of
these issues relates to the positions of Mars and Jupiter in
the solar return chart. The action desired or taken is shown
by the house placement of Mars and the belief system, benefit,
or area of heavy activity is implied by the house placement
of Jupiter. The aspect between the two signals the relationship
existing between the dual messages and the possible conflict.
The tendency toward excess and the need for moderation is
another theme associated with Mars square or opposite Jupiter.
There are varying degrees of excessive behavior. You might
simply overschedule activities, overindulge, or exceed your
spending limits. On the other hand, you might be a fanatic
The task of this Mars-Jupiter aspect is to resolve ethical,
moral or philosophical dilemmas and live in balance and with
moderation. To do this you must discriminate between what is
an impractical belief, given your behavior, and what is a hypocritical
action, given your beliefs. Furthermore, you must prioritize
your activities, avoid extremes, and take advantage of the
opportunities you are given. If you can do all this, you can
JUPITER IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Jupiter has a number of possible interpretations in the solar
return chart and any or all of the following meanings can manifest
according to house position. First and foremost, Jupiter tends
to imply a benefic event associated with its placement. How
these benefits come about and the area of life affected are
usually shown by the house position.
All opportunities will probably involve expansion into new
areas of activity. The primary function of the Jupiter principle
is to expand beyond the scope of previous experience. One is
not to remain in a static condition; growth is not only implied,
but expected. Jupiter's slow and consistent movement through
the zodiac implies the steady growth needed to advance.
One of the most common activities associated with growth
and expansion is the pursuit of an education. The impetus to
learn is closely associated with any push to grow and our definition
of learning in this case is not limited to a structured environment
(school), but can include self-teaching and life-experience
training. Although education is not always a consideration
for every Jupiter house placement, it can be considered to
have an impact on any of the houses.
Areas of expansion can easily become areas of excess and
this is a problem with Jupiter. Growth can be uncontrolled
and purposeless, dwarfing any push for real attainment or benefit.
For example, overeating may supplant a desire for nutritious
food when Jupiter is in the 6th house. The weight gain takes
the place of education. Already existing situations associated
with any house placement of Jupiter may boil over if extreme
limitations were previously the norm. This is especially true
when emotions overwhelm the individual after a long period
of emotional suppression. Any Jupiter placement can signal
a false god. One or more activities associated with Jupiter's
house may be emphasized to such a degree that a distortion
of perception results, creating the false god.
Perhaps excesses are directly and proportionately related
to suppressed urges. We now zoom ahead where we previously
lagged behind, making up for lost time. The overwhelming impetus
enables us to grow and expand at a rapid pace. The task is
to avoid restricting this growth, while staying in control.
The best option is one of channeled and structured enthusiasm.
A question of ethics and morals is often associated with
the house placement of Jupiter. Unlike Saturn, which is more
representative of societal structures and expectations, Jupiter
implies the need for a philosophical (or sometimes religious)
consistency between what you are doing physically and what
you believe you should be doing ethically or morally. The underlying
belief is always at the center of any conflict, not the external
expectation. Jupiter by house indicates a desire to review
those beliefs commanding a strong influence over one's philosophy
of life and code of behavior. Current beliefs may be limiting
future growth or freedom. Within this perspective, hypocrisy
and moral dilemmas are more commonly a problem than the frustration
associated with Saturnian external laws.
Solar Return Jupiter in 12th house:
Jupiter in the 12th house indicates the possibility of an
overwhelming influence. Many times it is the emotional nature
which appears to overwhelm the individual, especially if he
or she is already dealing with a difficult situation, but any
area of life can be difficult to control. It sometimes occurs
that one activity, person or theme overshadows all other self-expression
and sets the tone for the year. The 12th house rules the unconscious,
and perhaps Jupiter, the planet of growth, in this placement
implies that the unconscious nature can grow out of proportion
to the rest of the psyche. In some instances, this might be
a beneficial development. Those who compose melodies might
need to unlock a feeling to create the tune. Those who work
with sick children need to function with a high level of compassion
in an emotionally charged environment. But in other situations,
psychological stress can cause a great imbalance in the psyche
or life-style. Individuals in these situations might feel immobilized.
Some are not able to function without the support of a therapist,
and difficult emotional problems and anxieties can get worse
during this year. Strong feelings drown out reason, especially
if Mercury is conflicted in the solar return chart.
in the 12th is like an "ace in the hole" and
those having this placement may actually have it better than
is readily apparent. Despite what is implied, things cannot
be as bad as they say. For some the ace is a belief in God
as a universal protector. Optimism and a divine sense of protection
cloak all fears and give great encouragement. Jupiter points
to the development of real faith, an empathic connection to
the Oneness of life, and a confident trust in the Ultimate
Good. Inner states associated with meditation, spirituality
or religion may be particularly comforting. But keep in mind
that both the use and abuse of spirituality can be seen with
this placement. One is able to twist ethical situations and
misuse spiritual concepts for the sake of personal gain. This
is all done quietly, behind closed doors, and the truth might
never be known. The end can justify the means and in this case
the ace in the hole becomes the last laugh.
At some point, those activities and processes kept behind
the scenes can become a reality. Problems can intensify, but
generally, once things start to move ahead, it is a rewarding
time and you might wish to initiate beneficial events once
you feel things start to move.
SATURN IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Saturn rules reality and the reality of any given situation
is that we are all ultimately responsible for creating our
own lives. The responses and choices we make to any given situation,
together with the fears we avoid, form the backbone for our
pattern of living. Only when we accept the responsibility for
creating our own fate can we be freed from the necessity of
living it. Only when we face our fears can we live unafraid.
Saturn is the key to this change in orientation. It is the
ultimate reality, the ultimate fear, the karmic avenger, and
ruler of the universal laws of nature. It is through Saturn's
house placement that we come face to face with ourselves, the
structures, and limitations of reality, and the laws we must
Growth is a complex process, occurring in a variety of ways.
Saturnian growth begins by recognizing the existing structures
we have incorporated into our lives, and possibly, the frustration
or limitation caused by this edifice. It seems strange to talk
about growth in terms of limitation, but astrologically Saturn
rules structures which are at one point protective and at other
times restrictive. Like the lobster or crab which sheds an
outgrown, protective, hard shell in order to grow, individuals
must periodically shed old structures grown restrictive with
time. As with the crustaceans, the shedding process may be
slow and laborious, followed by a period of extreme vulnerability
until the new shell has formed and hardened into a protective
structure. We often complacently mistake familiarity for security.
We assume we'll be safe as long as we stick with the same old
routine and keep doing what we've been doing all along. But
what was once protective and safe eventually ends up inhibiting
our evolutionary cycle of growth. Sometimes, only our frustration
with things as they are awakens us to the need for change.
The movement of Saturn through the solar return chart coincides
with an awareness of structure. Sometimes this awareness is
associated with frustration, and the accentuation of restrictions
now blocking evolution. It is through this realization process
and frustration that we first become aware of the need to grow
beyond our present structures. Therefore, the first step in
the Saturnian process toward growth is recognizing structures,
frustrations, and limitations imposed by our present patterns
of living, particularly in those areas of life signified by
Saturn's house placement in the solar return.
The second step toward growth is reassessment of the situation.
A review of the facts yields further information, options,
and understanding. Only by defining the inhibitors to the evolutionary
cycle can we move toward resolution and continued growth. Self-criticism
and constructive feedback from others may be appropriate at
It is during the reassessment process that the reality of
our situation becomes more obvious, as well as the laws by
which we are governed. To succeed, we must deal with life realistically.
We cannot twist nature to our own liking, nor can we expect
others to compensate for our deficiencies and fears by solving
our problems. Saturn rules the naked truth devoid of magical
thinking. We must live within the laws of nature to succeed
and survive. If you hate your job, quit. Do not wait for an
act of God to find a new job. If you want to complete a major
project, work on it. It is the only way it will get done. If
you want to lose weight, diet, and exercise. Hard work and
facing the issues head on will get you where you want to go.
Wishful thinking will not.
These issues are all totally within your range of control
and you are free to act upon them, but other problems may not
be yours to control. You cannot make your husband stop drinking;
you can only change the way you handle the situation. You cannot
change hypocrisy in others; you can only reassess your own
beliefs. During the reassessment process, develop realistic
options which could feasibly lead to a resolution of the problem
or to a change in the way you handle the problem. Successful
solutions are those which are practical and realistic -that
is, they conform to the laws of nature.
Once you understand the problem and the options available,
you must assume responsibility for the outcome. Each man or
woman contributes to his or her own fate. As the partial creator
of any problem, you also have some control over the solution.
But assuming responsibility for your present situation can
be more threatening than blaming others. Some prefer to buck
the system (defy the laws of nature) and complain, rather than
take action. Remember, familiarity breeds a false sense of
security and many prefer to hang on to their restrictions rather
than venture into the unknown. They learn to live with their
frustration rather than grow beyond it. Consciously making
a decision implies assuming responsibility for your success
Facing your fears concerning success or failure is ultimately
what Saturn is all about. At this point, you are very aware
of the reality of your situation, and you have a list of options
for the future, not all of which may work. You understand your
own contribution to the situation and what you must do in order
to move toward a resolution. You have seen your own shortcomings
and become aware of your darker side. You comprehend the laws
of nature relative to your situation and know everything is
earned in this case, nothing is given, and nothing is guaranteed
by the Universe. You now realize that you must stick your nose
out and take a calculated risk. In order to progress, you must
face your fears, and move toward your nightmare rather than
back away. It is only by passing through a period of vulnerability
that one can break out of a protective, yet restrictive structure
and progress into a more suitable environment. You give up
the security of the familiar and step into the unknown.
The test of any solution is that it works. Even chronic problems
need to be solved and not just cosmetically concealed. Success
requires much hard work and the systematic testing of solutions
until the correct combination is found. Consequently, success
may not come easily. If the first solution does not work, you
must go on to test another and another. Thus with each failure
begins a new cycle of awareness and reassessment, ultimately
leading to a well-deserved success. There is plenty of room
for hard work, discipline, and perseverance in the area of
life indicated by Saturn's house placement. Eventually, every
area of life will be touched by the need for reassessment and
resolution. Chances are the time for reevaluation coincides
with Saturn's placement in a particular house of the solar
return. In that area of life, you must go above and beyond
what is normally expected.
Solar Return Saturn in 5th house:
Saturn in the 5th house of the solar return indicates that
normal self-expression is affected by present circumstances.
For one reason or another, you feel very unsure of yourself
and find it difficult to express who you are without fear of
criticism from others. Most likely, your social milieu has
changed. You may feel like a fish out of water and you no longer
feel relaxed and comfortable with yourself. This is especially
true if you suspect that you are in an unfriendly environment
and you are consciously trying to be inoffensive to those around
For example, a psychic who went to graduate school found
that another psychic had attended the same school before him.
The first psychic had verbally threatened various professors
and alienated them to such an extent that the second student
had to deal with the stigma of being a psychic. It was to his
advantage to be very inoffensive and no threatening until he
was able to establish his own personality as separate and distinct
from his predecessor's. He experienced a period of self-imposed
personality limitation while he worked toward greater definition
of who he was. When he succeeded he was able to show practical
applications for his skills.
example of this uneasiness with self is the experience of
woman dating a much younger man. She did not really
fit in with his friends and he could not really relate to hers.
The transition from one environment to another may involve
some inhibition. The natural flow associated with self-expression
seems more controlled and consciously directed. There will
be situations where caution is warranted and even advantageous.
The ability to "fit in" where you would not normally
go can be beneficial to your own growth and to those you meet.
The need for greater discipline when working creatively is
commonly seen with this Saturn placement. During the year,
even the creative process itself will be subject to greater
control. The natural flow needs to be channeled in a more organized
and productive manner, while the final creation needs greater
refinement. Some examples of these changes might include working
within a scheduled time frame or having deadlines to meet.
You may have a particular piece which is popular and can be
reproduced for the mass market. You probably should review
the creative process and make changes according to your future
needs and ambitions.
During the year, you are likely to ask for constructive criticism
of your work in the hopes of getting a clearer definition of
what you are trying to get across. You may find that what you
create is not exactly consistent with your intention. If this
is true, the creative process will now be more labored and
tedious as you work to refine your creation. You become less
involved with Venusian creativity since you are now more involved
with Saturnian perfectionism. Major pieces of work and long-term
difficult projects are also implied by Saturn in the 5th house.
In all of these instances, it can initially become more difficult
to express yourself creatively. Blockages can occur, but the
goal in the end is a better product which is a more accurate
reflection of what you were trying to get across. You are willing
to make the extra effort necessary to perfect the creative
process and, ultimately, your creation. Those who are unable
to make this kind of commitment and who lack the perseverance
necessary will remain blocked throughout most of the year.
Self-criticism can be at an all-time high during this period
while self-confidence may be shaken. These personality tendencies
directly relate to the refinement process and the desire to
handle very different or difficult situations. Moving closer
to perfection means first seeing what is less than perfect.
Do not let criticism, whether yours or someone else's, discourage
you. You should actually welcome constructive criticism since
it will help you see what must be done. You must go beyond
your disappointment. The quality required for future tasks
is much higher than that required in the past. You need to
be more organized, disciplined, consistent and practical in
the future. Sloppy habits, laziness, inconsistency and hypocrisy
can limit your success and weaken your self-confidence, both
this year and in years to come.
Relationships, especially love affairs (but generally not
including marital relationships), can be more difficult with
Saturn in the 5th house. Saturn is consistent with limitations
of one form or another. These limitations may be specific to
this particular relationship or they may be residual fears
from a previous involvement. Common specific limitations include
long-distance relationships, May-December romances, extramarital
affairs, or relationships that involve a great deal of separation
at least for the present year. You or your loved one may not
have the available time necessary to carry on a wild romance.
Practicality may be important.
The very worst manifestation is that you will be denied the
relationship you want. This is most likely to be true if you
are presently involved with a person who has previous commitments.
Sometimes the relationship itself lacks affection and true
caring. With very negative manifestations, Saturn may indicate
sado-masochistic attractions or relationships that involve
more pain than love.
If you have children, they may require closer supervision
during the coming year. More of your time and energy can be
taken up by their demands, and some individuals will find this
frustrating and restricting. Situations will require you to
be more actively involved with your children on a daily basis.
New parents tend to have this placement (or a similar strong
Saturn placement) because of the time and energy needed to
care for an infant. The most common issues associated with
school-aged children are either academic or behavioral goals
or problems. For one reason or another, children may not be
able to cope with everyday circumstances on their own and now
need your guidance and support. This is especially true for
children going through major life stages (infancy, terrible
twos, puberty) or children trying to adjust to major life changes
(relocation, new school, parents' separation or divorce, birth
of a sibling). Increased discipline may or may not be appropriate,
depending on the circumstances. Increased support and guidance
is always appropriate. If your children are now adults, it
is still possible for them to be involved in life situations
that concern you or require assistance.
URANUS IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Uranus is commonly seen as an indicator of change, and this
is true for the solar return placements also. Conditions associated
with the house position of Uranus are likely to evolve significantly
over the year. Major changes or incessant fluctuations emerge
as the pattern of manifestation, depending on how the individual
copes with his or her situation and needs. Transformations
may occur quickly and require a long period of adjustment,
or progress slowly, possibly occurring late in the year and
only after a long period of anticipation or restlessness. As
a rule, most changes are expected, predicted, and initiated
by the native him or herself. Many are carefully planned and
well executed, involving a minimum of tension and anxiety.
When working positively with the Uranian principle, the key
is in the restlessness. Those who are very attuned to their
own need for growth will feel the restlessness arising in outgrown
situations and respond accordingly. They will welcome the opportunity
for adjustment, and make all the necessary preparations for
the coming change. They will not lock themselves into one particular
situation or pattern of growth, but will allow changes and
insights to develop and evolve naturally along the way.
Generally, it is only when the individual thwarts his or
her own desires or tightly controls situations that tensions
manifest in the form of anxiety and nervousness. This anxiety
results from ambivalent feelings which develop in those who
resist needed changes. These people get caught between their
own fear of change and a strong desire for the very change
being thwarted. An ambivalent mind-set takes over, one built
on an approach to, and also an avoidance of, a set goal or
change. Remember, Uranus is associated with conscious and unconscious
choices for change. Its appearance somewhere in the native's
solar return chart implies the area of life in which the individual
desires to progress through change. When one is unable to face
or effect needed and desired changes, the mind splits between
two mutually exclusive goals and anxiety results. Eventually,
the mental ambivalence and erratic commitments to two very
different paths are reflected in fluctuating external conditions.
Long overdue, yet still avoided changes, tend to manifest in
the environment as disruption caused by others, or by neglected
areas of attention.
Adding to the anxiety is a perceived loss of control over
external situations. Eventually, the restlessness and tension
rise to a feverish pitch until one finally agrees to make changes,
or can no longer prevent their occurrence. When conditions
reach this intensity, individuals usually make reactive changes,
without careful consideration or adequate preparation. Sudden
upheavals occur rather than welcomed transitions. If we would
truly be in control of our own destiny, we should listen to
the need for change and respond to the earliest hints of restlessness.
We should give ourselves the freedom to work toward a conscious
transition before a crisis arises.
Consistent with the desire for change is the need for freedom.
You cannot maneuver if you are locked into a restrictive environment.
Sometimes the push for freedom is a prerequisite for change.
At other times, the change itself becomes the motivating force
behind the process. Occasionally, both mechanisms are operating.
For example, you may have to convince your boss to give you
the freedom to make needed changes in the daily office routine;
at the same time, the changes you make could streamline procedures,
creating more leeway in your work schedule.
Freedom allows the process of change to occur smoothly. When
we are functioning at our best and working positively with
the Uranian concept, we move easily through a series of attractions,
detachments and independent actions. We learn and grow from
each of these encounters. While in the process of attraction,
we are drawn to certain situations, persons or concepts. It
is important to observe what experiences we are drawn to because
they indicate conscious or unconscious needs and patterns of
growth. By accepting different situations, interacting with
different individuals, or listening to new ideas, we take in
new information and learn to value various facets of life.
We see that no one person, place or idea is perfect. The same
is true of our existing circumstances, which we hold onto so
With this insight begins the period of detachment from those
situations, persons, or concepts which restrict our growth
or no longer have anything to teach us. We are able to step
back and intellectually reassess our involvement and commitment.
We can either choose to separate physically from difficult
situations, or take the corrective action needed to adjust
present circumstances to our needs.
Uranus does not always imply a complete and total separation.
We are capable of detaching from the original attraction while
still maintaining the experience, relationship, or train of
thought. It is the independent action we ultimately take which
defines the degree of separation.
We learn as much from separation as we do from attraction
when we define what we don't like as well as what we do like.
The changing environment, the comparisons and contrasts, accentuate
what is important and what is not. One should remember that
this process of change through attachment, detachment and independent
action is ongoing, occurring on many different levels simultaneously.
The process can be either quick, occurring numerous times in
one day, or drawn out, requiring a year's time span. For example,
suppose you are building a new home. This is a year-long project
and during this time you will be drawn to many different construction
plans, ideas, and subcontractors. But as you begin to work
with the possibilities, you will accept, reject, or change
options to suit your needs. This process takes place over months,
but also simultaneously many times in one day.
The exposure to various ideas, situations and people stimulates
creative thought through sudden insight into changing situations.
All planets represent a creative process. Venus is the planet
of creativity experienced through beauty, while Uranus is the
process experienced through change. Because of the changing
panorama of people, ideas, and situations, one becomes accustomed
to looking at life from different perspectives. The multifaceted
approach encourages the mind to create still newer ideas. In
this way the individual begins to participate in the process
of attachment, detachment and independent action by creating
his or her own original options, and change becomes a process
of perception, integrated into the pattern of growth.
Solar Return Uranus in 10th house:
Uranus in the 10th house shows that professional changes
are likely to occur. In most instances these changes are major
and involve a switch from one career to another or from company-oriented
employment to self-employment. You will tend to be restless
during the year. Professional freedom is usually an issue and
you will not submit quietly to authority figures, especially
if they are unpredictable or if the main emphasis seems to
be on restriction of goals and frustration of success. If this
is your situation, you will undoubtedly rock the boat.
You need to function as independently as possible for your
creative urges to flow. If you are unhappy with your boss,
transfer to another department or office location. If you are
unhappy with your present job, find a new one. If you are unhappy
with your present profession, jump careers entirely and start
out in a totally new field, especially if Saturn is also in
the 10th house. Consider becoming self-employed since you have
the need and ability to function independently. Breaks in employment
usually mark the period of transition. You may decide to stop
work entirely or retire. There is an outside chance you may
be fired unexpectedly from your present job if your performance
is inadequate or if the company undergoes reorganization/merger.
Those who do not make major career changes might feel restless
at work, and easily bored with repetitive tasks or distracted
by disruptions. Use this time to integrate new ideas and systems
into your daily procedures. You need a variety of tasks or
a change of pace. There are many ways to incorporate change
into the office routine and there is always room for improvement.
You might become aware of numerous and continuing daily disruptions
which prevent you from functioning at your best. Distractions
can draw you away from your true purpose or job description.
The entire office may need reorganization and management will
usually welcome constructive criticism and enlightened input.
Don't be afraid to make suggestions meant to streamline office
procedures for greater efficiency. Extenuating circumstances
may make it difficult for you to plan out your day. The most
common situation along this line is business relocation or
renovation. If your office is preparing for a move, setting
up shop in new quarters or rearranging old ones, it may be
tough to adhere to a schedule and plan out your days in advance.
Another possibility is an office agitator who regularly disrupts
those trying to do their job.
are not working at this time, you can still make major changes,
in your life direction. Decisions may not
be made quickly and easily and the tendency is to be erratic.
Major life-style changes may be considered including divorce,
separation, or major relocations, possibly overseas. You may
move away from your parents or they may relocate to a retirement
community in the "Sun Belt." If you are still living
at home with your folks, you may disagree with their authority
over you, especially if you are of age and need greater freedom.
Demonstrating your maturity is the quickest road to independence.
NEPTUNE IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
Neptune is many things on many levels, but first and foremost
it is the aspiration for a higher manifestation as opposed
to a lower one. The distinctions between higher and lower influences
are not limited to the spiritual plane alone, but can occur
on the emotional, mental and physical levels also. At all times,
it is up to the individual to steer his or her consciousness
toward the highest manifestation possible. For example, Neptune
on the spiritual level is associated with Universal Oneness,
Karmic Laws, Ideals, God, and higher beliefs which form the
backbone of spirituality. A strong sense of trust in God and
the Universe supports the growth process on the spiritual level,
but has ramifications on the other levels as well. Each level
of experience supports and triggers the others. It is all the
insights on all of the levels which eventually help us toward
a more rewarding and fulfilling life-style. The lower manifestation
of Neptune on the spiritual level is disillusionment with higher
principles. Here the individual falls off the true path and
becomes entangled in fanatical beliefs or outright fantasy.
Spiritual despair rather than enlightenment is the result,
and the support needed for growth on all levels is thwarted.
The same dichotomy of higher and lower is present on the
emotional, mental and physical planes also. At the emotional
level, the individual is capable of great compassion and sensitivity
to others. This is a time when empathic understanding strengthens
the bonds between loved ones. The lower manifestation of Neptune
is a susceptibility to anxiety and worry. The sensitivity which
is meant to foster true understanding instead heightens a sense
of vulnerability to life, others and the future. There is no
trust in God emanating from the spiritual level to support
decisions. In negative situations, true understanding of others
does not develop because the individual is too involved with
personal feelings and issues to focus on others.
At the mental level, creativity and inspiration help to expand
the individual's intellectual capacity. Neptune is more closely
associated with the right brain than the left, and indicates
the ability to let the mind float free to new and better insights.
The lower manifestation is confusion and deception. What you
are told is different from what you intuitively feel. Thoughts
contradict insights and you are unable to comprehend the truth.
There is no trust of the higher right brain inspirational or
spiritual processes. Creativity is thwarted. Without an understanding
of the big picture, mental energy is wasted through a lack
of cohesiveness as one begins to focus on the insignificant,
And finally, Neptune on the physical level is service to
others. Principles which have filtered down from the various
levels and have been understood in each of the higher manifestations
begin to flow into daily practices on the mundane plane. There
is a consistency; as above, so below. It is possible to physically
manifest the spirituality to which you aspire. When only lower
manifestations have filtered down to the physical level, confusion,
disorganization and exhaustion are most apt to occur. You lack
a total concept necessary to unify your actions and prioritize
tasks according to their importance. Neptune at its highest
level of manifestation on the physical plane is a direct reflection
of the enlightened promise made at the spiritual level.
In all of the houses, either the higher or lower manifestations
will be operating. The more the individual focuses on the higher
energies, the more cohesive and insightful actions will become.
The more the individual is sensitive to spiritual insight,
the easier it will be to deal with issues on every plane. The
unifying principles of the spiritual level and the higher manifestations
combine to focus energy and understanding right on down the
Solar Return Neptune in 9th house:
This is traditionally known as the house of religious and
philosophical beliefs. For those who are seeking to raise their
consciousness through meditation, spiritual studies, prayer,
or alternate realities, this can be a time of great enlightenment.
A realization of God and the Christ-consciousness is possible.
Mystical experiences occurring during the year could significantly
change your understanding of yourself, the Universal Oneness
and your purpose here on the earth plane. Strong realizations
of this nature cannot be translated into words, and therefore
may not be understood by others lacking the experience. This
is a time when you move toward your own inner comprehension
of God and the spirit of the law, while realizing that religion
and the letter of the law are inferior attempts at definition
The danger with this placement is a tendency to be misguided.
Because there is a movement from external standards (religion)
to an internal realization (enlightenment), confusion and uncertainty
may accompany the transition. You can be off track for a period
of time and find it difficult to cope with philosophical and
practical decisions. Mundane events and issues can test your
new and old beliefs, pushing you toward further definition
and understanding. Do not put your faith in a belief system
which is totally unrealistic or impractical. Acute idealization
is a problem, and unattainable expectations will inhibit your
ability to function in the real world. If you push too hard
for enlightenment, you will fall into the trap of focusing
on the letter of the law while missing the spirit behind it;
contradictions will arise. Others may be forcing you to pursue
religious or philosophical systems which do not fit your needs
or are inconsistent with your purpose. You are capable of being
swayed by others.
The distinguishing criterion here seems to be one of understanding.
If you can express a principle in words, but do not understand
what you are saying, this principle is probably incorrect for
you and your needs at this time. However, if you have captured
the spirit of the principle within your understanding and know
that it conforms to the Universal need for goodness, do not
be alarmed by your inability to translate these insights into
words. True understanding is, many times, beyond words. At
the same time, principles and experiences which come through
true enlightenment cannot be passed on to others who have not
had the experience. Common ground for understanding will not
exist. Grow to trust the inner process.
Others might be intolerant of your beliefs, or you of theirs.
You must deal with your own misconceptions or with those of
others. Occasionally you come in contact with fanatical beliefs,
and in extreme cases victimization can occur. Harassment because
of racial differences, sexual orientation, or ethnic and religious
prejudice can occur. In extreme cases, the harassment leads
to legal problems. Legal questions are likely to remain undecided
for much of the year. If you are involved with foreigners,
or if you are a foreigner in another land, cultural differences
may lead to difficulties or intolerance. Misunderstandings
are possible, especially if you do not understand each other's
You may be thinking of attending school. If so, your course
of study might be undecided. Perhaps the exact curriculum you
need does not exist as a standard major, so you mix and match.
You may be attending school only on a trial or probationary
basis since you lack a clear understanding of your motives
and goals. Financing for your education might be uncertain,
leaving your continuing attendance up in the air. Another alternative
is that you do not matriculate at all, but only consider the
possibility all year long. But this is a good time to study
religion, philosophy, or holistic concepts. This field of study
can be particularly helpful.
PLUTO IN THE SOLAR RETURN CHART
In the solar return chart, the interpretation of Pluto includes
an understanding of the issue of power and its various manifestations,
which can be directed toward three different points of focus
and through three different life processes. Complications are
associated with all of these orientations and processes since
each manifestation is multidimensional and complex, occurring
not only on the physical level, but on the intellectual, emotional
and spiritual levels as well. Within these complex situations,
power can be focused on three different targets: the self,
others, and/or circumstances. As a rule, the power to control
oneself is mostly beneficial, the power to control others is
mostly detrimental and the power to control situations varies
according to the circumstances involved. By studying Pluto's
house placement in the solar return chart, you can assess in
which areas of life these control issues are most likely to
arise. The scope and effects of the power issues are seen through
the connections to other solar return planets.
Power also manifests through three different processes. One
may choose sameness, elimination or transformation. When you
choose to keep things the way they are, it is implied that
there is some force urging you to change and you are resisting
this force. A possible power struggle might ensue. When you
choose elimination, you relinquish control over some facet
of your life or refuse to have further contact. When you choose
change, you may be either yielding to an outside power or actively
seeking transformation of that which already exists. Let us
explore the power orientations and processes further.
Three Different Points of Focus
Generally, the focal point of self is beneficial. As long
as you are using Plutonian insights and techniques to control
yourself, to own your own power and to further your own growth,
the process will be a positive learning experience, unless
you overcontrol yourself, succumbing to hair-shirt asceticism,
taking self-denial to absurd extremes. The greater your awareness
of yourself and Universal principles, the more likely you are
to make good decisions. You become the captain of your own
destiny. Enlightenment leads to power and power leads to enlightenment
as a rewarding cycle of manifestation is set in motion.
However, those who use psychological insights to control
and block their own growth waste precious energy. They set
up a negative pattern of stagnation wherein insights are not
accepted as they are, but twisted to fit previously conceived
notions about life and self. Rather than progressing through
enlightenment, the individual uses insights as weapons against
growth and understanding, opting for sameness despite new information.
Contradictory realizations are not allowed to surface; instead
they are either suppressed or misinterpreted. In very negative
situations such as these, the power associated with increased
Plutonian awareness and its creative potential is never realized.
The same thwarting of personal growth is evident when you
shift your attention from self to the need to control others.
By and large, this is not a good focal orientation. The symbolism
of the planets exists in your consciousness so that you can
grow and prosper from insight. Since growth begins at home,
the main thrust of the focus should always be toward self,
and it is generally unnecessary and also counterproductive
to shift the emphasis to an external struggle. The most efficient
use of power exists on the internal plane because it takes
much less energy to control your own reactions than to seek
power over someone else. Once power is removed from the inner
self and used to control others, the effectiveness is reduced.
Stalemated power struggles are particularly detrimental because
they deplete resources. It is conceivable that there are life
situations where it is essential to control another person.
For example, children, disabled or elderly loved ones may not
be able to make informed decisions. In these situations you
might be asked or forced to wield power over another. You are
meant to grow from all your experiences. Even in these instances,
self-awareness and insight are crucial to the decisions you
make. Start with yourself first, then work your way outward.
Blaming others for your problems distorts the perception of
self and the realization of your own personal involvement.
Always be aware of the interactive process and the role you
play in it. This internal perspective is of primary importance,
much more so than the process of controlling someone else.
Trying to control life situations can lead to power struggles,
but at some point in your life it may be essential to make
a stand for the good of your own growth or that of world consciousness.
Ultimately, it is much better for you to control yourself,
but this is not always possible. Someone can be seeking to
control you, your family or your livelihood. Certain injustices
must be corrected for everyone to progress, and sometimes the
only viable option is to work for change. Always be aware of
the struggle you take on. It is usually easier to correct a
situation than to convince your opponent he or she is wrong.
It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. Go for the
simplest task that gets the job done. For example, your office
routine might be very inefficient and next to impossible to
accomplish in a day's time. Perhaps you see where improvements
can be made, but your immediate boss disagrees with you or
thwarts your efforts. As long as you continue to try and convince
your immediate boss of the need for change, you will get nowhere.
If you can easily go over his or her head to a higher boss,
this could be an effective way to handle the stalemate. Seek
the quickest solution to a problem if one is available. Do
not get locked into long, drawn-out struggles if they are not
Ultimately, power struggles can have either beneficial or
detrimental results, depending on your perspective. In the
external environment, you may or may not win, assuming there
can be a victor. More than likely, victory, if it comes, involves
compromise for all involved. But the inner process of awakening
one's own ability to effect a creative change in the environment
is usually beneficial. You can make a difference. The creative
potential associated with Pluto comes from a penetrating insight
into the hidden worlds of the unconscious and an understanding
of the Universal laws of Karma. Powerful insights should spring
spontaneously from the situations associated with Pluto's placement
in the solar return chart. Suddenly you can become aware of
new forces, subtle and previously unnoticed, which seem to
influence personal decisions and situations you are involved
in. Once you have the insight, what you do with the information
becomes crucial to the creative process.
The primary goal of the Plutonian process should be growth
through awareness. Therefore it is essential, no matter what
your focal orientation, to use information and insight gleaned
from experiences to foster a new understanding of self and
Universal principles. The main growth process begins and ends
with the self.
Three Different Plutonian Processes
Plutonian power is associated with three different processes:
keeping things the way they are, usually by resisting an internal
or external force; changing the form of what already exists,
i.e., transformation; or eliminating what is no longer useful
or essential, a form of death. Any of these powers can be either
beneficial or detrimental to the user or others involved. It
is the purpose and intent of the process that is important.
The power to keep things the way they are can sometimes be
an awakening to personal power. Implied here is a resistance
to a force seeking change, and sometimes the intent of change
is negative. The pressure can come from an external or internal
source, and the changes desired may be either external or internal
also. For example, if you are a recovering alcoholic facing
a difficult life situation, you might feel the pressure to
start drinking again. The pressure could come from your own
wish to avoid major decisions, or from a person you are associating
In actuality the internal and external sources are really
one and the same, a reflection of each other since internal
needs draw external situations. In the situation given above,
the individual seeks to remain a recovering alcoholic despite
internal and external pressure. This is a positive goal and
if attained, implies personal power. It is also beneficial
to remain the same when others seek to control your actions
and thwart free will. Pluto represents the insight necessary
to perceive manipulative efforts as they arise and avoid ploys
In some instances, the power to remain the same can be a
negative manifestation, actually causing the stagnation of
growth. If you resist all new internal and external insights
which would enhance your growth or cause you to make changes,
little progress will result. You will stall. When your purposes
are not in keeping with Universal Good or personal benefit,
you are more likely to be involved in a negative use of Plutonian
The process of elimination can be very cleansing, even though
a symbolic death is involved. If you streamline your business
or office procedures, letting go of compulsive and unnecessary
activities, this is a death of sorts, but much to your benefit.
So is a budgetary review which eliminates the fat from your
spending practices and allows you to cut back on your work
schedule. In more serious circumstances, perhaps all you can
do is release a situation that is detrimental to your progress.
Letting go can be a positive choice, but it might also be a
negative one if you cut someone out of your life without resolving
or releasing the conflict. If this is true in your case, avoiding
persons or situations will consume your energy. Transformation
is the process whereby a situation, thing or level of consciousness
is changed into a new, and hopefully higher, manifestation.
Careers, marriages and self-images can all be transformed for
the better. Commonly, though, we think of the transformation
process in terms of psychological insight and level of consciousness.
Information from subtle sources or the unconscious is gradually
or suddenly made available to either the rational mind or the
Higher Self, and subsequently a change occurs on the mental,
emotional or spiritual level. Information that was previously
unavailable becomes understandable through the process of insight,
and power is released through new awareness. This can be a
very enlightening and beneficial transition, but naturally
it is what you do with the information that is important. If
intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth are triggered
by the new awareness, the process continues to be positive;
however, if instead you use your newfound insight to control
others or block growth, you have used your knowledge in a negative
Misuse of the Plutonian process creates an inability to continue
on the life path until issues are resolved and lessons are
learned. Stagnation occurs as the individual fails to progress
to the next level of comprehension or misinterprets the task
at hand. Power struggles can be the cause of such stagnation,
and should be taken on only after careful consideration of
the issues and implications. Power struggles are expensive
in terms of time and energy. Some are essential to growth,
others are self-inflicted. Know the source. Ideally, if you
avoid a conflict in Pluto's solar return house placement, you
should have more resources available for higher awareness.
Conflicts consume energy and sap the strength necessary for
the ascent. Without opposition, one can move quickly when concentrating
on insight and awareness. Barriers can be torn down and the
connections among all things become apparent.
But a world without struggle is the ideal, and not necessarily
the reality. Your situation may require that growth be attained
through struggle. The resistance may stimulate your awareness
and creativity. Real progress might only occur after the resolution
of conflict or during respites in the battle. However, within
a long-lasting, stalemated struggle, one is more likely to
get caught in a circular argument going nowhere. Nonproductive
battles can be avoided by those who work toward increased awareness.
Solar Return Pluto in 7th house:
While Pluto is in the 7th house, issues concerning relationships
become complex interactions which must be analyzed to be fully
understood. Awareness is being raised to a new level of understanding
and there is no book or course you can take which will give
you the information you need for this passage. Knowledge springs
from the inner reaches of the mind, and is fueled by the compulsions
and frustrations realized in both intimate and non-intimate
We must make a distinction here between two different relationship
processes, and three different levels at which you may choose
to work. The two different processes are love and hate, and
the three different levels of interaction include non-intimate
partnerships, intimate relationships, and soul-level attractions.
(All three will be defined and explained.) It makes a difference
whether you choose to learn through lessons of love or hate.
Certainly the information gleaned will be different; however,
the compulsion to see remains the same. Those who choose to
see through love excel despite despair, while those who choose
to hate will despair despite their ability to excel. The issue
of power is innate to this placement and cannot be taken lightly.
One must acquire and maintain personal and relationship power
through new insight and understanding. Power may be acquired
through love as easily as through hate; the choice is yours,
but generally those who seek to love gain power over self,
while those who hate (control) seek to gain power over others.
Non-intimate relationships consist of everyday acquaintances
and business partnerships. At this level, almost anyone can
trigger the need to face the issue of power as it flows through
relationships. Conflicts are either specific or diffuse; one
person in particular may become the trigger to powerlessness,
or a power deficit may exist in all relationships in general.
For example, you may be locked into a business partnership
in which each individual is trying to meet certain goals and
needs. This type of struggle relates to a specific area of
your life, and the intensity is mostly restricted to that area,
though insight and tension may affect interactions with other
Generalized power struggles are caused by an inability to
actualize personal power in any relationship. In this case
we are not dealing with one particular situation, but with
a diffuse problem which encompasses all interactions. The inability
to be assertive is the most common manifestation of this nature.
Both types of struggles, whether specific or generalized, cause
external confrontations which force the individual to look
at the unconscious need to maintain power while interacting.
This need can be met through an increased understanding of
the mechanisms which govern the power flow.
Psychological issues are crucial with this Pluto placement.
It is at the Non-intimate level that one first begins to understand
how psychological motivations and fears affect the way one
communicates and relates. Blatant manipulation can be the primary
form of expression, in which case much of the struggle will
be nonverbal in nature. You may be the instigator or you may
be the victim; it makes no difference since each position correlates
with psychological complexes you must understand and conquer.
There is never the one-sided attack; all struggles represent
a mutual process whereby the aggressor either knowingly or
unconsciously triggers reactions in another. In the most negative
manifestation, power struggles are difficult hate battles that
last most of the year. Legal confrontations are possible. Enemies
can arise and some attacks seem unwarranted. But those who
master the psychological influences create new patterns of
relating which represent power delicately balanced. Old partnerships,
regenerated, become cooperative. Even those with generalized
assertiveness problems can learn to express personal needs
Intimate personal or family relationships lead the individual
to make further distinctions in the understanding of psychological
influences as they affect relating. External conflicts may
be very apparent (similar to the Non-intimate level), but it
is only in intimate relationships that daily exchanges can
produce the subtle insights necessary for understanding psychological
complexes at a deeper level. It is within this context that
old psychological problems such as obsessions, compulsions,
addictions, jealousies and control issues tend to surface full-blown
and begin to play a much larger role. Personality traits and
idiosyncrasies also affect the ability to relate in a meaningful
manner. During the year, your relationship with another, usually
a lover or spouse, will go through a period of transition.
Both of you must look at the mechanisms by which you relate.
The desire to control another is usually a central theme with
manipulation and game-playing inherent in the process. You
need to be aware of these ploys since they are impediments
to greater intimacy and freedom. Complex power dynamics involving
love and hate eliminate the possibility of freedom for one
or both partners. Each must do as the other bids in order to
suppress the unconscious fears motivating the need to control.
It is only through insight and an understanding of the underlying
fears that one is able to dismantle the psychological complexes
and begin to handle relationships clearly. The year can bring
greater intimacy to those who are willing to work together
to strengthen their commitment to one another while at the
same time dismantling the control mechanism. Because of the
placement in your solar return, you must make the transition,
but it is up to others to decide whether or not to also make
the necessary changes. If you are in need of a deeper, more
intimate relationship than your loved one is capable of at
this time, you may seek counseling, sever your present commitment,
or seek other avenues for intimate exchanges. There are no
easy solutions to the complex problems of relating.
If you are not already in a relationship, this can be a milestone
year for you, one in which you are strongly attracted to someone
new or someone you have been previously only acquainted with.
Lost loves may return. Intimacy needs are increased at this
time and you now need in-depth encounters. Intensity will be
the norm and you do not care to waste time on superficial interactions.
Even nonromantic relationships can have an overpowering effect
on you. Your psyche is vulnerable to the insight of others.
Even those you meet only briefly can have a tremendous effect
on your life.
Soul-level manifestations involve new relationships which
are karmic attractions that force the individual to seriously
question all past and present relationships. The triggering
mechanism is a desire for a new level of intimacy. The person
you are drawn to may not be representative of someone you would
choose for yourself on the conscious level. The implication
here is that the unconscious chooses and there is no room for
cliched romances. Only something very different will create
the intensity necessary for the overwhelming growth pattern
associated with this placement.
that are dealt with this year involve a serious challenge
ability to handle intimacy in a new way.
The questions one should ask when faced with a relationship
of this intensity are, "To what depths am I willing to
go in order to acquire the insight necessary to understand
my relationships as they exist now? Am I willing to face myself
truthfully as one-half of and contributor to a complex interaction
that affects both my capacity for soul growth and also the
ability of others to excel? Am I willing to pay the price of
vulnerability and honesty to acquire the highest level of intimacy
to which I may aspire?" Intimacy at this level and intensity
demands that one dismantle all defenses, and stop all ploys
for power. True power comes from shredding the persona to reveal
the true self. By doing so, one gains power over self and encourages
all others to let go of useless power ploys also. It is at
this point that meaningful relating on a karmic level can begin.