the importance of your solar return

Ok, first, today is my solar return (so happy bday to me) and I thought what better occasion to share this really cool resource I stumbled across, and talk a little about the significance of your solar return for your life, goals, relationships, and energetic opportunities.

Definition of Solar Return

Your actual solar return occurs at the specific time that the sun aligns with the position of the sun in your natal chart.

If you do not know when that is, you can generate a natal chart for free here.

Once your chart is generated, take a look at the table below the chart itself, which gives you the exact positions of your planets at the moment of your birth.

In my chart example above, my natal sun at the moment of my birth was at 8º Cancer, 23 hours 17 minutes (these are based on Universal Greenwich time). Based on that information, I can figure out using an ephemeris (you can find one for 2020 free here) when this year’s sun will cross my natal sun.

Based on the ephemeris, my technical solar return will occur sometime in the early morning hours of June 30th (today).

Take note that your solar return is based on the planetary position, not the clock time, so it may even occur a day early or late compared to the actual day you celebrate your birthday.

You Have a Solar Return Chart

This is where stuff gets really really awesome, and I didn’t even know this was a thing until recently. Just like you have a natal chart with your specific planetary positions at the moment of your birth, you also have a Solar Return chart for each year of your life, which is based on the positions of the planets at the moment of your solar return.

The Solar Return chart is only good for one year, so it doesn’t override your natal chart and its shaping and influence of your life.

But, it can give you a heads up on what your year’s focus will likely be, as well as trends you may have appearing this year.

You can find your Solar Return chart here for free. I really like this version as it overlays it on your natal chart positions. Make sure that when you enter the location of the Solar Return, you use the current city you’re in, not your birth city, if they are not the same. Below is an example:

Once you generate your actual Solar Return chart, you’ll see the actual exact time and position that that will occur, in my case it will be (was) June 29, 2020 at 11:45 pm CST. At that time, my natal sun and current sun were in perfect alignment!

Using to Your Advantage

The Solar Return once again pumps all that great energy of your sun sign back into your life. So, whatever sign you were born under will be the strongest influence in your life. You’ll feel pulled to the areas of your life ruled by that sun sign as you get close to the date of your Solar Return, as well as the days after.

In my case, as a Cancer, I’m def feeling the emotions, all of them. As Cancer is a cardinal sign, I’ve also been filled with action and motivation to accomplish things.

When looking at your Solar Return chart, you’ll want to notice what house your current sun appears in for what theme this year will take on for you. You can find house descriptions and influences here.

For instance, whereas my natal sun occurs in my 12th house, my Solar Return sun this year occurs in my 10th house. The 10th house focuses on goals in life and career, as well as public image.

Take a look at what house your sun was in or will be in on your Solar Return this year. If it has already occurred, was it pretty accurate so far? If it hasn’t occurred yet, do you see any themes or patterns that are leading you in that direction already?

Based on that position, this area of your life will be an advantageous area for you to focus on and grow in this year.

Planetary Aspects

I can’t really do this justice in a few paragraphs in a blog post, but I’ll refer you back to the Dark Pixie website, which has an excellent course I recommend you take, as well as tons of free information. There is info about aspects here.

Your natal chart is constantly aspected by planets transiting all the time. Some of those aspects are beneficial (sextiles and trines) and some are considered challenging (squares and oppositions). Conjunctions can be beneficial, but depending on the planets involved, might be either neutral or challenging, as conjunct planets tend to amplify each other.

Your Solar Return chart will also give you an easy to decipher visual of the aspects made at your Solar Return, which can tell you what areas of life will trend toward strengths in this year or which ones will present challenges for you.

A quick reference for the basic aspects is:

Conjunction- in the same sign

Sextile – 60º (about 2 signs) away

Trine – 120º (about 4 signs) away

Square – 90º (about 3 signs) away

Opposition – 120º (the opposite on your chart) away

And aspects aren’t just to your sun position, they’re relevant to positions of all planets, as well as how transiting planets aspect your natal planets. It can all be quite a lot to keep up with, and, if it seems overwhelming, take it slow and maybe just focus on your sun and moon aspects until you get comfortable with this concept.

I’ll give a quick example based on mine:

My Solar Return sun position is conjunct Mars, which I interpret as enhancing my assertiveness and vitality this year. I will probably be fairly fearless and attack problems head-on.

It is sextile to Uranus, which means if I put in some work, I’ll reap the rewards of unconventional thinking, innovation, and eccentricity.

It is trine to Neptune which means I can take advantage of that energy to be more open and sensitive, transparent and accepting of otheres.

It will be square to Lilith moon, Chiron, and Venus, which I take to mean Lilith moon will enhance my already strong will, bringing out my outspoken and feisty personality; Chiron square the sun will highlight resistant wounds and health problems, but also encourage me to work on healing those; and Venus square the sun will highlight underlying tensions in my relationship and ask me to look at whether my relationship is focusing too much on vanity rather than deeply valuing each other for our unique characters and attributes.

It is in opposition to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Sun opposite Jupiter may bring out or highlight excessive behaviors like spending too much, drinking, or being overly generous to the detriment of myself; Pluto opposite the Sun can produce an internal war of trying to express my strong personality while trying not to let it conflict with others; Saturn will influence my self esteem, dredge up insecurities, and I will have to fight to work hard and stick with endeavors I start.

Phew. So, yeah, a lot going on there, but now I have a heads up on this year and I am ready to keep an eye out and balance what needs to be balanced.

what does the solar eclipse and the summer solstice mean for you?

so, yeah. This month, right? Has it been chock full of upheaval, transformation, and struggle for you?

I think we’re all feeling it in a variety of ways right now, but, as a diehard optimist, I know that for every uncomfortable and even downright unenjoyable time in life, there is a rebirth (or at least the potential for it, if you take it) that leaves us in a much better place, stronger, and, certainly, more resilient.

We experienced a lunar eclipse on the full moon this month on the 5th, and now we’re headed for a solar eclipse on the 20th just hours before the new moon on the 21st, which is also Litha, or the Summer Solstice.

And then, on top of that, on that particular day, there will be 5 planets in retrograde on that day as well! Once Neptune goes retrograde, there will be 6 planets retrograde for a short period of days.

So, the question on everyone’s mind is probably, should I hide in my closet for about 24 hrs, burn my house down and escape to the woods, or do nothing at all?

Let’s Take a Look at the Retrogrades First

Mercury goes retrograde at 12:59 AM on the 18th. Venus is still in retrograde until the 25th at 2:48 AM. Jupiter is still in retrograde. Saturn is still in retrograde. And Pluto is still in retrograde.

Neptune does not go retrograde until a couple days after the eclipse/solstice (on the 23rd at 12:32 AM).

Those 3 outer planets remain in retrograde throughout the month, and because they are slower moving planets, their retrogrades individually do not affect our day-to-day as much, they are more ‘big picture’ stuff (like revolution and transformation!!).

But, because Mercury and Venus are personal planets and have more effect on our lives and situations, how does their combined retrograde affect us, even when there’s not an eclipse?

  1. When Mercury is in retrograde, you will tend to see impact on communication and technology, sometimes travel.
  2. When Venus is in retrograde, it will tend to impact relationships and money
  3. They won’t necessarily be conjunct, because Mercury will be at 14° Cancer and Venus will be at 5° Gemini
  4. You can expect that you will likely experience all the ‘normal’ stuff you would during these retrogrades, but Mercury’s effects will be felt most strongly by Cancer (whose sign it occurs in) and Capricorn (whose sign opposes it) and Venus’s effects will be felt most strongly by Gemini (whose sign it occurs in) and Sagittarius (whose sign opposes it).
  5. Venus goes direct on June 25th at 2:48 AM. So there may be a bit of tailing off of the effects of this retrograde by the 21st, as Venus does not experience the ‘storm’ that Mercury does when it retrogrades and prepares to go direct.

Its probably safe to say at least that you should delay financial and romance/relationship decisions until after the 25th and that between June 18th and July 13th (when Mercury goes direct again), plan to give yourself extra time to get things done, as Mercury will potentially throw a wrench in your travel and technology.

But What About the Solar Eclipse?

Solar eclipses have historically been transformative influences, and this one falling on an important seasonal, astrological, and traditionally pagan day may have some further implications.

First, the solstice occurs on the 20th and the eclipse technically occurs on the 21st, but the proximity is still going to have the potential to produce some important energetic shifts we can take advantage of.

The solstice is the longest day of the year. The sun reaches its highest point in the sky relative to the horizon – the day with the most hours of sunlight and least hours of dark. It has been traditionally heralded as the marker of the beginning of summer.

The solar eclipse occurs just minutes before the exact time of the new moon (June 21st 2:40 AM and June 21st 2:42 AM, respectively). A solar eclipse is when the moon is exactly between the Earth and the Sun and blocks our view of the sun as the moon transits across its image on its way through our view.

One way to think about the type of energy that eclipses bring is that they grab your hand which has been hovering over that button and forcefully push it. They force your hand, push you forward, and give you a small rocket-boost thrust of energy into the future.

Solar eclipses are new beginnings, because they occur during and take advantage of the new moon energy happening at the time. So they will affect us by pushing us out that door (or window) into the next phase of our lives (or an aspect of our lives) rather abruptly. They don’t let us stand on the threshold and hem and haw, babes.

The solar eclipse happening on the 21st also occurs in Cancer and, since I’m a Cancer, I’m just gonna be real: be prepared to dive deep inside and confront the realities of parts of your life you KNOW you are not happy with. You will have some stark and sudden realizations that you want and need to be on a different path.

And the feels. There will be so many feels.

This transformative and intense journey will begin within you, and put you on your way to the next stage, whether that is a career change, a relationship beginning (or ending), or new opportunities. But these will come at the expense of your comfort and procrastination. You will be compelled to act. And act you should.

This is also the perfect time to harness the energy of abundance in your life. Ask your spirit guides, deities, or ancestors, or simply your own spirit, for the guidance and opportunities to expand the areas of your life you are ready to expand. Abundance isn’t just financial, remember.

Above all else, don’t stress.

I am a firm believer that things like the retrogrades only have the influence we allow them to.

If you’re constantly worried about Mercury retrograde, then, yes, it will jack with your life because you’re living in that energy. If you forget about it and just go about your life, being careful, but not worried or overly cautious, you’ll get through it without even knowing it!

btw, for all your Litha and summer magick or rituals, pick up a bottle of my Litha spell oil (its good all summer long, really) to pump up the energy and volume of your spells and magickal work.

full moon in scorpio: how to make it work for you

this week on thursday, may 7th, 2020 the (super) full moon will arrive in scorpio, but what does that mean for you?

scorpio is one of those signs that just exudes sexy. as a water sign, its pure passion, but heavily emotional, too. its going to affect your need for intimacy, sex, sexual expression, and connection.

it can also impact desires, both good and bad, so watch out for temptations that may cause you to stray from an otherwise good situation.

you’re also going to feel some rebellious tendencies, and not just because quarantine got you desperate. this is also exerted from the scorpio full moon. you might push back against your superiors at work, people crossing your boundaries in relationships or friendships, or randos on the subway who can’t stop staring.

this full moon’s energy will be felt most by scorpios, but also by their opposition sign, taurus.

this is a great time for:

  • passion with a partner
  • figuring out exactly what you want from your next partner(s)
  • speaking your truth
  • establishing your boundaries

if you’re in a relationship, now is a great time to deepen your connection to any partners you are involved with. you’ll come out of this time strengthened and even closer. open up to each other, and use intimacy and passion to your advantage here (hint, i posted a full moon sex magick money spell this week that you might wanna check out).

if you’re single and looking, communication and transparency are key to any dates or connections you are making. being open with any potential partners will really go a long way to improving any foundations you are building right now.

at work, draw your lines and be yourself. this is the perfect energy to take advantage of establishing who you are and what you will tolerate from friends, colleagues, and even superiors. let your inner self shine bright to those around who you may not be aware of just how amazing you are.

above all else, be super passionate about what you love, who you love, and anything else that makes you you. this is a very advantageous time for self-expression and pursuit of passions of all kinds.

how do zodiac signs affect the full moon?

you may be newish to astrology or the impact that the planets, stars, zodiac signs, and other celestial bodies have on each other, and you might have wondered ‘what exactly does full moon in Libra mean?

here’s how to break it down:

throughout the course of the year (in the 12 month calendar), the moon transits each of the zodiac signs and there is usually one full moon in each of those signs each 12 month cycle.

each of the signs influences the moon’s energy, and your spiritual energy, conscious and unconscious needs, and strengths/weaknesses, differently.

this month, the full moon will be in Libra and all zodiac signs will feel its energy, but Libra and Aries will likely feel it more strongly.

the full moon in Libra is all about bringing or finding balance: balance in your relationships, your job, your life, your finances, and so on. but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that balance will happen, its merely a facilitator of that balance, should you choose to be open to it and let it into your life by your actions, thoughts, and words.

you will still need to search for or create that balance, but the Libra moon’s energy is the perfect time to do so.

things that will be great for you to pursue are relationships, fertilization (of anything, not just your own eggs – so if you don’t want kids right now, don’t worry, fertilize some plants or your 401K), and the big one: emotions.

this will be an emotional full moon. let that shit out. have all the emotions and embrace them. this is the perfect time to do so. perform your love spells, abundance spells, money spells, and go forth to sow your seed.

the plans and efforts you set now will germinate for the next 12 months until this time next year – don’t waste this opportunity for laying a really solid foundation.

Full Moon in Libra on April 7, 2020: Chart Wheel
image from: cafeastrology.com

the image above is a really good visual of what it means for the full moon to be IN Libra. the moon is actually positioned in the ‘sky’ in the position of Libra, and opposite the sun, which is in Aries (hence why Aries will feel this moon’s energy more strongly, similar to Libra).

as the moon transits the sky around the earth, it visits each of those signs, which will change how it influences us, in turn.

a big theme that many sources you may have read are discussing is the need to bring balance and harmony, especially to relationships. we will be pulled to want to spend more time on our own independently, but also feel compelled to find or keep a partner(s) with whom we enjoy time together.

the trick is to decide how to fairly divide those time resources so that everyone wins (ourselves included).

on the subject of balance is also the influence of Jupiter and Pluto on the moon right now. jupiter and pluto are what is called ‘conjuct’ right now. this means that they are in the same sign, and their energies may balance, but also amplify each other, as well as the moon and sun in that sign.

this is an influence of big changes, passionate pursuit of goals or dreams is ideal, and putting effort into work and projects, or new ideas will be fruitful. its also a time to finally bust past barriers and obstacles, using the really intense transformative energy of this alignment.

this alignment is also considered very lucky and most professional endeavors you begin during this transit will turn out successful with your passion and hard work poured into them.

this is a really good time to dream big and think about where you want to head in life and then put that into action.

if you’re interested in where you can best view the full pink supermoon just over the horizon tuesday April 7, check out this link from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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