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.
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.