Happy Birthday to me…

Warning – long and technical post ahead…

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and a birthday means that it’s time to look back at last years Solar Return, and look forward to the next one.

The Solar Return (SR) Ascendant tells a lot about your approach to life in that year- and mine was very definitely an Aries year – full of new starts and projects.

Last year was a profected 3rd house Venus year (for more on this concept, check out this post) and Venus years tend to be a lot more about pleasure and appreciation. It was a third house year in that I was actively (Aries) exploring my new neighbourhood (3rd house) and making new connections (3rd) house).

Mars, the ruler of my solar return chart was in Taurus, and while I wouldn’t say that I was inactive as such, I certainly didn’t have the getup and go that I would have liked. In a way that was fine – after the previous year and the energy involved with moving in the first quarter of 2017, I definitely needed some time to relax and physically take it a little easier.

With Uranus on the ASC my entire world was changed last year with the move. Pluto was conjunct the MC and I kicked a massive career goal when I spoke at last years RWA Conference. Other than this, on the whole, last year, with the SR Sun in the 12th house, it felt very much a year of background work, preparing the pastures, sowing the seeds…so to speak.

Now, onto this year. First up, you’ll notice that I use a whole house chart. I’m finding that this system really works for me – especially when looking at solar returns but feel free to use the house system you’re used to.

First Impressions…

For the first time ever I’m using a location other than my natal location for the chart. As for whether you should use birthplace or current location? Most astrologers you ask will have an opinion. I tend to think both are valid and have cast both. Not that it matters a huge amount in my case – it changes the degree of the Ascendant marginally.

Cancer has been brought to the Ascendant. 

The other things I’ve noticed first up is that this chart is very top-heavy. This year will be very much about “me out there”. In particular, the 9th and 10th houses are emphasised.

On that subject, the MC point itself is in the last degree of Aries and conjunct Uranus. There will be changes in the areas of career or public profile this year. With Mars trine this point, those changes – whether they be good or bad – will happen easily.

Given that my SR MC is natally in my 2nd house, there will be changes to finances as well. Wth Uranus involved it is likely those changes will be sudden.

What sign is the Ascendant in?

 

This year my SR Ascendant is 14 Cancer.

It’s a year where my heart will be even more prominently on my sleeve and where I will be even more emotionally sensitive than usual. Family will be on my mind, as will issues of security – and protection and maintenance of that security.

Check out the ruler of the Ascendant

The Moon is the ruler of my Ascendant this year.

  • At 9 Capricorn the Moon is in the sign of her detriment ie not comfortable.
  • The solar return Moon is conjunct Saturn, so reputation and ambition is something that is important this year. This is echoed by the dominance of the 10th house in my SR chart and the presence of Uranus at that point. It’s likely that there’ll be a change in this area.
  • The Moon in Capricorn in the SR chart can also mean a focus on work – a theme also carried by the Moon-Saturn conjunction.
  • Moon-Saturn can be a difficult and lonely aspect – but that could also be due to work and family responsibilities.
  • The Moon in angular houses sends to react more emotionally and impulsively to outside influences. With my Moon in the 1st house natally, that’s pretty much situation normal for me anyway.
  • The Moon in the 7th in the SR chart also indicates that relationships will very much be of concern, focus and interest this year. This is where my heart is invested – and also the area of life where I’ll be most concerned with matters of security.

What House is the SR Sun in?


This is the area of life that is most in focus for the next 12 months. Mine is in the 9th along with Neptune.

the 9th is associated with expansion and exploration beyond boundaries, travel and publication – and I have plenty of those things planned.

The 9th is also a house of learning and belief. This year will be about believing in myself and pushing my faith beyond the fear. It’s a time of proving that I can do what I say that I can. It’s also about recognising the opportunities the Universe provides and trusting them.

What part of life is being brought to the Ascendant?

Cancer is natally in my 5th house, so this brings 5th house themes to the solar return chart. It’s not just about play, children and creativity, it’s also about self-expression and emotional security…and the risks associated with this.

What aspects are made by the Sun?

The Sun is sextile Pluto (exact), conjunct Neptune (wide) and trine Jupiter.

Although security is a feature and both the Cancer Ascendant and Saturn-Moon can bring with them a fearful attitude, the Sun in the 9th trine Jupiter in the 5th speaks of a more optimistic and hopeful year. The 9th house is associated with Jupiter and Sagittarius and a generally more positive outlook.

This will be a year where I can seek out new places, experiences, and connections. It’s not so much that it will be an easy year, but relatively speaking there should be positive outcomes.

The SR Sun is also sextile Pluto – and this year it’s exact. Thi is a year where I can transform myself – in a positive way – and achieve goals that will help me live with more freedom in the future. As with all things Pluto, there will be work involved – and internal, confronting work requiring inner strength – but the outcome of this is one of renewal.

Where is the SR Moon?

This year it’s in Capricorn. I looked at the condition of that above.

Are there any planets on the angles of the SR chart?

Yes – Uranus…on the MC. There are changes coming regarding career.

Next Steps

Much as you would a normal chart, are the planets scattered or concentrated in one hemisphere of the chart.

This is very much a bowl-shaped chart with an emphasis on the 9th, 10th and 7th houses. The right-hand side of the chart is more “us” than “me”, and the top of the chart is about being “out there”.  I suspect this year will be more about connections and being out and about in the world than it has been in previous years.

Much as you would a natal chart check out the position and condition of planets ruling your money house or relationship houses.

Even though this is essentially a transit chart, it is still interesting to see. The Sun rules the 2nd and is in the 9th house and is trine Jupiter and sextile Pluto. There are opportunities for positive financial outcomes.

Saturn rules the 8th house and is in the 7th. We’re still on one income and security is important – as is fiscal restraint. This is playing on my mind and I am, perhaps, worrying more about it than the astrology tells me that I should.

In the same vein, check out the ruler of the Midheaven.

Mars is the ruler of the MC. It’s in the 6th house in Sagittarius trine the MC and (exactly) trine Uranus. Mars adds energy to the changes and the nature of the trine is that it will happen relatively easily – although work and routine (6th house effort) will be required.

I also need to put effort into health and fitness this year (6th house). That will be necessary to sustain my work and see me through the busy times.

Are any planets or points in the natal chart brought to angles in the SR Chart?

Not within a few degrees.

Are any planets or points in the degree of the nodes?

No.

Are any planets or points in the critical degrees of a sign? Ie 0 or 29?

Yes- the MC.

A Different Sort of Time Lord- Annual Profections & the Solar Return

(For a recap, check out the link to last years post.)

So this year, on my (gulp) 51st birthday, I have moved into a 4th house or Gemini profected year. This means that Mercury, as the ruler of Gemini, is my “Time Lord” for the year. This planet will be sensitive to giving and receiving transits and progressions over the coming 12 months. The concerns of this planet will be important this year.

Time Lord: Mercury

Profected House: 4th, reinforcing the themes of family and security that come from the SR Cancer Ascendant

Houses ruled by the Time Lord in the natal chart: 4th and 7th

House Time Lord occupies in the natal chart: 1st

  • Condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart:  Mercury in Pisces – in the 1st house, aspecting Mars. Mercury natally, is not in great shape.
  • Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the Solar Return Chart: Mercury is in Aries conjunct Venus in the 10th house.  Overall, he’s in reasonable shape – conjunct Venus and, being in the 10th, accidentally dignified.
  • Which house in the natal chart does 7 Aries (the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart) fall? This is the natal 2nd
  • Does the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart form an aspect to the natal position of the Time Lord? By sign is enough. No.

Look at the strength of the Time Lord in the SR chart. The better the condition, the more ability the planet has to act on your side in the coming year – even if it is a malefic like Saturn.

  • Is it in a sign where it has dignity through rulership or exaltation (see the table in last years post). No.
  • Does it have accidental dignity ie does it have more strength by being close to the angles or the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses? Yes, in the 10th
  • Is it retrograde? No
  • Is it combust ie does it fall within 8.5 degrees of the Sun? There is no greater affliction as the planet is said to be blinded & unable to see clearly. No.
  • Is it cazimi ie with 17’ from being exactly conjunct the Sun? This is, in contrast, as really good thing as the planet is considered to be in the heart of the king. Note, to be either combust or cazimi, it must be in the same sign as the Sun. No.
  • Is the Time Lord aspected by either of the malefics (Mars or Saturn) or the benefics (Venus or Jupiter)? By sign is enough. Conjunct Venus.
  • Aspects to the Nodes. Any time the SR Time Lord conjoins the natal nodal axis is a big year. Not this year.

What else?

Check out any repetition of themes. For me, there are many 9th and 10th house themes. This year is about putting myself out there and believing in my talents.

Finally….

Remember, the Solar Return builds on the previous years solar returns and can only deliver to the promise of the natal chart. The interpretation of a SR chart must be done with knowledge of the condition of the planets and how they operate for you natally.

Wish You Were Here: Picking the date…

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With very little fanfare and more than the usual amount of release day nerves, Wish You Were Here is now out and available on Amazon.

As I always do, I used a bit of electional astrology to choose the best available time to press publish on this. It’s one of the many advantages of indie publishing. However, as an astrologer, that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Electional charts– which is what we call picking the date charts- are actually quite complicated.

Generally speaking, you want to make the most of both the potential of your chart, the planets in your chart that represent whatever it is that you’re doing, and the transits for when you want to be doing it- within the window of time available to you.

Yes, it’s a stand-alone chart, but one that you want to have an appropriate relationship with to your natal chart- if at all possible.

It’s a lengthy process and, given that there are also usually time constraints involved, it’s a process that won’t necessarily guarantee success, but rather maximise your chances of success- considering all other factors.

Before you ask- I don’t do these commercially. I have neither the time nor the inclination. If, however, you are interested in a pick the date chart, I can refer you some names.

The date I’ve come up with isn’t perfect- far from it- but it’s ok. Here’s how I came up with it:

What are my aims in this project?

This book is my third, and I remain realistic about the chances of overnight success. Having said that, it’s further consolidating what I intend to be a career in writing and publishing that will take me beyond my current borders. I therefore want Jupiter or Sagittarius or the 9th house to be prominent. Given that I’m using words like “consolidation”, Saturn should also be looking ok.

What timeframe do I have to work within?

My leading man in this book is a Scorpio. He’s strong, he’s magnetic, he’s intensely loyal, and at times he doesn’t use his words very well. In many ways, he’s the perfect romantic lead. Because he is a Scorpio, I wanted this novel to be released during Scorpio season. But when?

Given that I work 4 days a week, I’m limited to before 6.30am or after 7pm Monday-Thursday, anytime Friday and weekends.

What planets do I want to be well placed?

  • This book is my creative baby, therefore it’s represented by the 5th house. In my chart, that house is ruled by the Moon. The Moon, therefore, should be in a sign suited to it, and if possible, in a prominent position in the chart. Failing that, if it could feed into either my midheaven or the grand water trine in my chart, it would be perfect.
  • Ultimately, writing is my career. Given that my career is ruled by Sagittarius, I want Jupiter to be as well placed as I can make it. This effectively means no difficult aspects to anything. Jupiter is associated with travel and publication and expansion- everything I want from this project.
  • Mars is strong in my natal chart, so I wanted to maximise on this in the release chart.

What about Mercury?

Ah yes, Mercury.

Mercury is, after all, the planet of communication. Jupiter might represent publication, but Mercury gets the message across.

What I came up with…

The chart I came up with is below.

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There are a number of aspects between it and my own that called out to me:

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Mercury and the Sun are at the same degree as my natal Mars. I could have waited until later in the day for them to be cazimi, but this occurred at 4 Scorpio, and I really wanted that 3 Scorpio to be prominent in the release chart.

The Moon is exactly opposite my Sun. This means it sits conjunct my Pluto, and on the descendant of my chart. In doing so, it feeds directly into the grand water trine/kite.

Uranus at 22 Aries is at the same degree as my natal Uranus. Plus, in this chart, it’s sitting on the descendant- where mine sits. Still on the descendant, it’s at the degree of my Venus. Plus, it’s prominence seems to fit with the theme of this story.

Venus and Saturn are in Sagittarius and fall in the 2nd house of the release chart, and the 9th house of my chart- almost conjunct my Midheaven.

Mars is very strong indeed. In Capricorn, with still some oomph from Pluto, Mars forms a number of aspects to my natal chart: trine my natal Pluto, sextile my Sun, square Venus and in the 11th house of goals, dreams and wishes.

I’m sure there are more perfect times to launch a novel, but this was the perfect available time for this novel. It doesn’t guarantee success, but it does give my book baby the best possible start in life.

What’s the novel about?

What’s it about? It’s got a little bit Escape to the Country, a little bit Bake-off and a touch of Gardening Australia… It’s also about movement: moving on, moving out, moving past, moving forward, moving through, moving together.

The back cover blurb?

Sometimes home is a person not a place …

Max Henderson loves her life in the idyllic English village of Brookford. Her family is nearby, and her job allows her to indulge her passion for growing, cooking and writing about food.

When Max’s husband, James, tells her he’s been transferred to New York, Max is thrilled for him ‒ it’s the role he’s always aspired to. But as excited as she is for James, she’s torn between the thought of leaving her home, the people she cares about and her own ambitions, and the possibility of a new start for her and James. To complicate matters, the New York move is just the first in a series of blows that leave Max reeling.

If Max follows her heart, will she have to leave her dreams behind? Or can they guide her home to the man she loves?

Interested? The link to the Aussie Amazon store is here and the US store is here. To celebrate the release, it’s available for $2.99USD (I think that converts to $3.99AUD) for a short time only. In fact, you can also get Big Girls Don’t Cry or Baby, It’s You at $2.99.

 

Happy Birthday to me…

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It was my birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday to me. How did I spend it? I’m glad you asked. Close to the bathroom thanks to a bout of food poisoning. Salmonella, apparently. Let’s just say that it was a purge of epic proportions. Ecliptical even. And, given that the eclipse on Wednesday fell conjunct my Sun and ASC and opposite Pluto, well, it was text book. I tend to think it was also more than a tad prophetic. On the up-side, I had an alcohol free birthday, and lost weight- rather than putting it on.

Anyways, a birthday means that it’s time to look back at last years Solar Return, and look forward to the next one.

The Solar Return Ascendant tells a lot about your approach to life in that year- and mine was very definitely Scorpionic- in both good and bad ways. There was definitely intensity, compulsion, focus, obsession, emotional tidal waves and the occasional revenge fantasy. Too much information? Speaking of too much information, there was a lot that I kept to myself.

It was, as I said in my annual round-up at the end of the year, one of the hardest, most intensely stressful years I’ve had. This year has started in much the same way, and I suspect there will be a certain amount of completion to the stuff that’s been lurking about for the past couple of years. Whether it will be a satisfactory completion, well, I’m not so sure about that. I suspect that’s where this years Scorpio MC will come into it.

There was no such thing as a routine, and the initiative definitely was mine to take. So take it I did and published my first two books. Given that my 9th house was being brought to the Ascendant, this was quite appropriate- the 9th being associated with publishing and all that. Oh, and travel- we certainly did plenty of that!

Last year was a profected1st house Jupiter year (for more on this, check out this post) and Jupiter years tend (for me) to be super busy, and this was absolutely the case.

Now, onto this year…My Solar Return chart is here. If you want to have a go at yours, there are options on astro.com, and astrology for your device. First, a warning, the post below is long and a little more technical than we usually talk about. If you want to know more about Solar Returns and what they are, you’ll need to also look at this post, and this one.

Ok. Let’s go…

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First Impressions…

For the 2nd year in a row, the angles on my SR chart are in fixed signs. Obviously the Universe believes I need some stability, stubbornness and strength of purpose at the moment. Having said that, with a very mutable natal chart, fixed energy is unfamiliar to me.

There are also a lot of squares and a challenging t-square in this years SR chart. Squares are also unfamiliar energy to me, yet absolutely integral to achieving the potential in my natal chart. If I don’t let it all get too much and do the Piscean escape act, I could just achieve some big stuff this year.

What sign is the Ascendant in?

This year my SR Ascendant is Aquarius. I suspect that this year I’ll be focused on independence, individuality and possibly even a little more emotional detachment than is normal for me. With what I know is around the corner, this is a good thing. This is also a year for looking forward, and not back. Whatever is done this year will be with the future in mind.

Check out the ruler of the Ascendant

I work on traditional rulerships when it comes to return charts, so Saturn is the ruler of my Ascendant this year.

  • Saturn is in the SR 11th, in a t-square with Jupiter (8th) and the Sun (2nd). When it comes to t-squares we look at points of release:
  • A trine or sextile off one of the points. In this case, there’s a trine to the Moon/Uranus conjunction in the 3rd. Given that Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius, I suspect this will be important. There’s also a trine from Jupiter across to Pluto.
  • Look also to the part of the chart opposite the main point- ie the 5th house

What House is the SR Sun in?


This is the area of life that is most in focus for the next 12 months. Mine is in the 2nd– along with pretty well everything else. I think it’s safe to say that 2nd house concerns will be pretty active this year. Money, values- what’s really important, and what’s not.

What part of life is being brought to the Ascendant?

The 11th– hopes, dreams, goals, the rewards for the work that’s been done.

What aspects are made by the Sun?

For the 2nd year in a row, the Sun is conjunct Chiron. I have Sun conjunct Chiron natally, so it’s a reinforcement of what is already in my chart. The Sun is also opposite Jupiter and square Saturn.

Where is the SR Moon?

This year it’s in Aries, in the 3rd house, conjunct Uranus, trine Saturn and square Pluto. This is another reminder to look forward and not back.

Are there any planets on the angles of the SR chart?

Not this year.

Check out also:

Much as you would a normal chart, are the planets scattered or concentrated in one hemisphere of the chart.

This year the solar return chart is mostly in the left hemisphere. Me in here, me out there. This will be a year relying on my internal resources- the stuff that comes from within me. There’s an emphasis on the 2nd house.

Much as you would a natal chart check out the position and condition of planets ruling your money house or relationship houses.

Even though this is essentially a transit chart, it is still interesting to see. Jupiter rules the 2nd and is in the 8th house. Jupiter is, however, retrograde, so there could be delays around anything that’s coming.

In the same vein, check out the ruler of the Midheaven.

Mars is the traditional ruler of the MC. It’s in the 10th house. Pluto is the modern ruler, and is in the 12th.

Are any planets or points in the natal chart brought to angles in the SR Chart?

Yes, natal Mars is at 3 Scorpio, so is being brought to the SR MC.

Are any planets or points in the degree of the nodes?

No.

Are any planets or points in the critical degrees of a sign? Ie 0 or 29?

Yes- Midheaven (and, therefore IC) are at 0 Scorpio and Taurus respectively.

A Different Sort of Time Lord- Annual Profections & the Solar Return

(For a recap, check out the link to last years post.)

So this year, on my (gulp) 49th birthday, I have moved into a 2nd house or Aries profected year. This means that Mars, as the ruler of Aries, is my “Time Lord” for the year. This planet will be sensitive to giving and receiving transits and progressions over the coming 12 months. The concerns of this planet will be important this year.

Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart:

Time Lord: Mars

Profected House: 2nd

Houses ruled by the Time Lord in the natal chart: 2nd and 9th

House Time Lord occupies in the natal chart: 8th

  • Condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart: Mars in Scorpio is in the sign he rules. Aside from being natally retrograde, Mars is very strong natally for me.
  • Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the Solar Return Chart: Mars has just moved into Sagittarius. Although he has no special dignity in Sagittarius, he’s given power by being in the 10th
  • Which house in the natal chart does 1 Sagittarius (the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart) fall? This is the natal 9th house.
  • Does the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart form an aspect to the natal position of the Time Lord? By sign is enough. No.

Look at the strength of the Time Lord in the SR chart. The better the condition, the more ability the planet has to act on your side in the coming year- even if it is a malefic like Saturn.

  • Is it in a sign where it has dignity through rulership or exaltation (see the table in last years post). No.
  • Does it have accidental dignity ie does it have more strength by being close to the angles or the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses? Yes, in the 10th.
  • Is it retrograde? No
  • Is it combust ie does it fall within 8.5 degrees of the Sun? There is no greater affliction as the planet is said to be blinded & unable to see clearly. No.
  • Is it cazimi ie with 17’ from being exactly conjunct the Sun? This is, in contrast, as really good thing as the planet is considered to be in the heart of the king. Note, to be either combust or cazimi, it must be in the same sign as the Sun. No.
  • Is the Time Lord aspected by either of the malefics (Mars or Saturn) or the benefics (Venus or Jupiter)? By sign is enough. In the same sign as Saturn.
  • Aspects to the Nodes. Any time the SR Time Lord conjoins the natal nodal axis is a big year.

What else?

Check out any repetition of themes. For me, there are many 2nd and 8th house themes. Yes, money and values, debt, taxes and other unspeakables. The 10th will be an area of big action too.

Finally….

Remember, the Solar Return can only deliver to the promise of the natal chart!

Picking the Date…

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Warning- this is a slightly technical post…

So anyways, as a self-publisher, I get to choose what date I go live on Amazon.

However, as an astrologer, that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Electional charts- which is what we call picking the date charts- are actually quite complicated.

Generally speaking, you want to make the most of both the potential of your chart, the planets in your chart that represent whatever it is that you’re doing, and the transits for when you want to be doing it.

Yes, it’s a stand-alone chart, but one that you want to have an appropriate relationship with to your natal chart.

It’s a lengthy process and, given that there are also usually time constraints involved, one that won’t necessarily guarantee success, but rather maximise your chances of success- considering all other factors.

Before you ask- I don’t do these commercially. I have neither the time nor the inclination. If, however, you are interested in a pick the date chart, I can refer you some names.

The date I’ve come up with isn’t perfect- far from it- but it’s ok. Here’s how I came up with it:

What are my aims in this project?

This book is my first, and I’m realistic about the chances of overnight success. Having said that, it’s the first step in what I intend to be a career in writing and publishing that will take me beyond my current borders.

What timeframe do I have to work within?

When I decided to self-publish “Baby, It’s You,” I wanted the release to be in May- more specifically when I’m on holiday in Bali. This was partly because I finished the first draft of this when I was in Bali in May 2012, partly because the book is partly set in and finishes in Bali, and partly because I’m planning on releasing my second in November and want 6 months in between.

That gives me an effective release window between May 11 and May 21.

Given that I’m on holiday, it’s most unlikely that I’ll be sitting in front of the laptop waiting to press a launch button. I’m pre-scheduling the release, so will be making the most of what is happening on that day- as opposed to a specific point in time.

What planets do I want to be well placed?

  • This book is my creative baby, therefore it’s represented by the 5th house. In my chart, that house is ruled by the Moon. The Moon, therefore, should be in a sign suited to it, and if possible, in a prominent position in the chart. Ideally, I’d like the Moon to be in Sagittarius, Pisces, or the last 10 degrees of Scorpio- ie in my 1st, 10th or 9th houses, and feeding into either my midheaven or the grand water trine in my chart.
  • Ultimately, writing is my career. Given that my career is ruled by Sagittarius, I want Jupiter to be as well placed as I can make it. This effectively means no difficult aspects to anything. I’d already decided that I would not go live while Jupiter was retrograde- another factor in the May decision. Besides, Jupiter is associated with travel and publication and expansion- everything I want from this project. Jupiter is natally in my 5th house, so if possible, I’d like it to be between 14 and 18 Leo.
  • Mars is strong in my natal chart, so I wanted to maximise on this in the release chart. Given that Mars is in his detriment in Taurus, I was keen to wait until Mars moves into Gemini. This happens on May 12. I figured that Mars would have more to say once out of traditionally mute Taurus.
  • The Sun in Taurus represents longevity and recognises that success comes with hard work. I was married while the Sun was in Taurus, and that has so far lasted 21 years, so there’s something in that!

What about Mercury?

Ah yes, Mercury.

Mercury is, after all, the planet of communication. Jupiter might represent publication, but Mercury gets the message across.

Although Mercury is retrograde in my natal chart, I’d prefer for it not to be so in my release chart. Mercury goes retrograde on May 19, and even though it is in shadow from, well, now-ish, I have to live with that. Either way, it reduces my window of opportunity even further.

What I came up with…

The date I decided on is the 13th of May:

  • Jupiter at 14 ish Leo is still in my 5th house and trine my MC.
  • The Moon is in Pisces and triggering my grand trine.
  • The Sun, Mars and Mercury all are in my 3rd house, so consistent with the Mercury theme.
  • Uranus is applying to conjunct my Venus- I’m actually a little excited by this.

release chartAs an aside, I’m loving having access to astrogold on my laptop again!

 

Many Happy Returns…

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So anyways, it’s my Solar Return tomorrow, and birthday on Thursday. That means it’s time to take a look back at last years Solar Return, and a look forward to the next one.

The brief return to corporate wasn’t as brief as I’d expected- I’m still there. It’s absolutely helped from a paying down debts, getting back on top of the finances point of view.

Did my chick lit novel get picked up? No. But it got close enough that I gave up waiting for permission and decided to take control myself. Typical 12th house Jupiter- so so so so nearly…

The Saturn stuff with hubby’s work certainly transpired- it was with us all year- and is still hanging around- as Saturn stuff tends to do.

In Saturn time lord style, I set goals and kept them.

Now, onto this year…

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What sign is the Ascendant in?

This year my SR Ascendant is in Scorpio.

There is a feeling that this year will be one of intensity and stiletto sharp focus.

Check out the ruler of the Ascendant

I work on traditional rulerships when it comes to return charts, so Mars is the ruler of my Ascendant this year.

In Aries, Mars is in the sign of his rulership. But, he’s about as exactly conjunct Uranus as it’s possible to be, and in the 6th house- where he isn’t particularly comfortable.

What this does mean is that my routines probably won’t be routines- at the very least, they’ll be turned on their head. For me to make sense of this year, I’ll have to roll with the changes and take the initiative into my own hands.

Lets just say that the year has started this way- so much random chaos!

What House is the SR Sun in?


This is the area of life that is most in focus for the next 12 months. Mine is in the 5th. Creativity, self expression, kids- both the one I’ve given birth to and my created babies. It’s a big year on that front. Miss nearly 17 is in her last year at school and has major exams looming. Plus, my created babies are to be released to the world.

What part of life is being brought to the Ascendant?

Which natal house is being brought to the Ascendant? In my case it’s the 9th. Publishing, travel- it’s all on the agenda.

What aspects are made by the Sun?

The Sun is conjunct Chiron and trine the Moon. I have Sun conjunct Chiron natally, so it’s a reinforcement of what is already in my chart. The Sun and Moon are harmonious- both in water signs.

Where is the SR Moon?

This year it’s in Scorpio. It’s in the 1st and it’s trine the Sun.

Are there any planets on the angles of the SR chart?

Yes…the Moon. Jupiter is also relatively close to the MC. I like that.

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Much as you would a normal chart, are the planets scattered or concentrated in one hemisphere of the chart.

This year the solar return chart is mostly in the southern hemisphere. This will be a year relying on my internal resources- the stuff that comes from within me. There’s an emphasis on the 5th and 6th houses. It’s interesting that Jupiter is the only planet above the horizon. That’s fitting.

Much as you would a natal chart check out the position and condition of planets ruling your money house or relationship houses.

Even though this is essentially a transit chart, it is still interesting to see. Jupiter rules the 2nd and is in the 10th house. I have everything crossed that this transpires in the way I want it to.

In the same vein, check out the ruler of the Midheaven.

It’s the Sun, in the 5th house. I’m liking how this is coming together.

Are any planets or points in the natal chart brought to angles in the SR Chart?

No.

Are any planets or points in the degree of the nodes?

No.

Are any planets or points in the critical degrees of a sign? Ie 0 or 29?

Yes- Midheaven (and, therefore IC) are at 0 Leo and Aquarius respectively.

A Different Sort of Time Lord- Annual Profections & the Solar Return

(For a recap, check out the link to last years post.)

So this year, on my (gulp) 48th birthday, I have moved into a 1st house or Pisces profected year. This means that Jupiter, as the ruler of Pisces, is my “Time Lord” for the year. This planet will be sensitive to giving and receiving transits and progressions over the coming 12 months. The concerns of this planet will be important this year.

Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart:

 

Time Lord Jupiter
Profected House 1st
Houses ruled by the Time Lord in the Natal Chart 1st and 10th
House Time Lord occupied in the natal chart 5th

 

  • Condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart: Jupiter in Cancer is in the sign of his exaltation.
  • Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the Solar Return Chart: Jupiter is retrograde and trine Mars and Uranus in the SR chart.
  • Which house in the natal chart does 13 Leo (the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart) fall? This is the natal 5th house. Yep, I’m seeing the pattern too.
  • Does the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart form an aspect to the natal position of the Time Lord? By sign is enough. No.

Look at the strength of the Time Lord in the SR chart. The better the condition, the more ability the planet has to act on your side in the coming year- even if it is a malefic like Saturn.

  • Is it in a sign where it has dignity through rulership or exaltation (see the table in last years post). No.
  • Does it have accidental dignity ie does it have more strength by being close to the angles or the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses? Yes, in the 10th.
  • Is it retrograde? Yes.
  • Is it combust ie does it fall within 8.5 degrees of the Sun? There is no greater affliction as the planet is said to be blinded & unable to see clearly. No.
  • Is it cazimi ie with 17’ from being exactly conjunct the Sun? This is, in contrast, as really good thing as the planet is considered to be in the heart of the king. Note, to be either combust or cazimi, it must be in the same sign as the Sun. No.
  • Is the Time Lord aspected by either of the malefics (Mars or Saturn) or the benefics (Venus or Jupiter)? By sign is enough. Trine Mars (and Uranus), and a wide trine to Venus.
  • Aspects to the Nodes. Any time the SR Time Lord conjoins the natal nodal axis is a big year.

What else?

Check out the repetitions. The 5th, 10th, 2nd and 6th are repeating themes….and remember, the Solar Return can only deliver to the promise of the natal chart!

Want to know how to do it for yourself? Check out this post, and this one for tips and useful links.

The Return of Venus…

Tourists in France

With Venus moving into Sagittarius, judging by the comments on FB, there are a few of you having Venus Returns.

What does this mean?

Essentially it’s a reboot of everything Venusian in your life as it relates to your chart.

How do you interpret it?

It just so happens I’ve already thought of that… check out the posts below for more info…

Venus Returns Part 1

Venus Returns Part 2

When checking this out against your chart, just remember- the return chart will only deliver to the promise in the natal chart…

Have a little dignity…

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warning: this is a technical post…

In a link I posted the other day, I made the comment that I have the worst Mercury in history.

Naturally I exaggerate…just a little. Nevertheless, it prompted a few comments, emails and questions.

Sure the comment was, as most of my comments are, tongue in cheek, and it seems to have awoken the competitive instinct of others, but why exactly did I say that I have the worst Mercury in history? Aside from the point that it just is?

Let’s work through it, connect the dots, so to speak- that’s what we do when Mercury is in Gemini.

In traditional astrology, planets are either essentially dignified or debilitated in different signs. This is something that is necessary when it comes to horary astrology, but also, I think, important to know when understanding your own chart.

Dignity isn’t just about how straight you stand or whether you can act proper like in civilised company. Dignity, astrologically speaking, can come in many forms.

Generally speaking, planets with dignity have the motivation and power to act. It doesn’t mean that planet is good or bad (although traditionally that’s exactly what it can mean)- but the more essential dignity a planet has, the closer it conforms to its essential nature. Aspects with other planets will, of course, make this easier or more difficult.

It’s a little like the whole nature & nature debate- and how even good people can make stupid decisions if they run around with the wrong group…planets are the same.

Accidental dignity (or debility) will give the planet the power to act. This means that a planet essentially debilitated (so not operating to the best of its ability) if accidentally dignified, will have the power to do their worst. On the other hand, a planet essentially debilitated but also with accidental debility, doesn’t have any power to act- good or bad.

Get it? No?

Planets essentially debilitated, or in the sign of their fall or detriment, don’t work to their best advantage. Their behaviour is altered from the way that it should be.

Example? Take the Sun.

The Sun, in nature, is hot and dry. It’s all about radiating warmth, and everybody else orbits around it. The Sun is, by nature, ego-centric.

At home, in rulership, in spotlight centric Leo, the Sun is in his detriment in Aquarius- a sign where ego comes second to that of the group. The same applies to Aries where the Sun is exalted.

When a planet is exalted, or in the sign of its exaltation, it’s treated as a favoured guest, it’s given the good biscuits and the fluffy towels.

Aries is all about the individual, being first. It’s childlike and selfish. Yes, I said it. It’s about the ego. So is the Sun.

In Libra, however, where the Sun is in the sign of its fall, the focus is on the partnership, not the individual- the Sun is unable to act in the way that it is most comfortable.

Notice something? It’s all about the opposites.

Mercury is at its best in Gemini and Virgo- signs where information is gathered and organised. In Virgo, Mercury is both ruler and exalted. This means that when Mercury is in Pisces it is in the sign of its detriment and fall. It’s in a sign that it’s most uncomfortable in. Why? Pisces doesn’t think the way that Mercury likes to think. Pisces doesn’t learn or communicate in a way that Mercury normally likes to learn or communicate.

Then we come to accidental dignities.

A planet has some extra strength if it’s accidentally dignified by being placed on an angle- ie the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house. The closer to the cusp, the stronger the dignity.

A planet is said to be accidentally debilitated if it is in the 6th, 8th or 12th house.

Taking our example of the Sun again, say you have your Sun in Aries. It’s exalted, it’s potentially powerful…but it’s in the 6th house- the sign of service, outsourcing and sickness. It might have the motivation to do amazing things, but it’s power is given to others. Your challenge is to find a way through service to others to help that Sun shine. Get it?

There are two other ways in which a planet can be debilitated- if it is natally retrograde or if it is combust, within 8 degrees of the Sun and therefore blinded by the Sun’s rays.

Actually, there are other ways as well, but we won’t go into these now.

So, my point is… just what was my point?… that my Mercury is about as debilitated as you can get.

I did have an astrologer (who should have known better) make the comment once that obviously I had problems with my early learning. The answer to that is a categorical WTF?

On the contrary, I read voraciously, and at an advanced level. I regularly topped my year and was, on the whole, a nerdy smart arse. The thing is, I learnt differently to that of my classmates. I still do.

Mercury may be debilitated in my chart, but somehow, I have learned how to not only adapt to that, but to make the most of it.

And, as it turns out, it’s a perfect placement for a writer- especially a writer of fiction. It’s my way of turning a debilitated planet into something that has the potential to be extraordinary.

The same can’t be said of my Saturn- which is both essentially debilitated and accidentally dignified, but that’s an entirely different story.

The message? Debilitated planets can be opportunities- it’s a matter of how you look at it.

Check out the relative dignity of your planets in the (simplified) table below and let me know- what are the trump cards in your chart?

Sign Ruler Exaltation Detriment Fall
Aries Mars Sun Venus Saturn
Taurus Venus Moon Mars
Gemini Mercury Jupiter
Cancer Moon Jupiter Saturn Mars
Leo Sun Saturn
Virgo Mercury Mercury Jupiter Venus
Libra Venus Saturn Mars Sun
Scorpio Mars Venus Moon
Sagittarius Jupiter Mercury
Capricorn Saturn Mars Moon Jupiter
Aquarius Saturn Sun
Pisces Jupiter Venus Mercury Mercury

Want to take this further?

Check out this excellent resource at Skyscript. It goes right into understanding planetary terms and face and other technical words. Then at the end, there’s a point scoring system if you really want to get serious.

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Many Happy Returns

My solar return chart
My solar return chart

It’s review time.

My Solar Return today (my birthday is tomorrow), so, as I do every year, it’s time to check out the year in reference to last years Solar Return.

And what an Aquarian year it was.

Last year was differentiated by difference. Different routines, different acquaintances, different groups- and a lot of it via cyber space. It was seriously Aquarian in nature.

It was a year where I learned the importance of routine. It was also the year when I learned that how much I earn really has nothing to do with self esteem. For so many years my ego was closely tied in with my title and how much was in the bank account- what other people thought that I was worth.

In many ways it felt like an in between year, a year of adjustment, of new balances, or being almost there but not quite manifesting the potential. Almost.

With this many planets in Pisces, this years return looks very different. As Eric Francis from Planet Waves wrote in one of his articles- you have to go back to 1967 to find something this interesting happening in Pisces. My 1st house planets would tell you that given I was born in 1967, he’s right on the money.

I read the Solar Return chart as a chart in it’s own right and in comparison to my birth chart (below).

my birth chart
my birth chart

What sign is the Ascendant in?

This year my SR Ascendant is in Taurus. Concerns around finances and other business matters are being brought to the surface. I’m working hard on improving these things- and worrying about them too.

There is a feeling that this year will be one of consolidation.

With Taurus on the Ascendant, this year will be more conservative n nature than last year was. I’ll also be looking at bringing more beauty in- starting with my own appearance.

Check out the ruler of the Ascendant

Venus is the ruler of my Ascendant this year…nice.

Venus is conjunct the SR Sun, but comparing back to my natal chart, it’s also conjunct my natal Ascendant. This year I should be able to attract the people and things that I want to attract in my life.

What House is the SR Sun in?
This is the area of life that is most in focus for the next 12 months. Mine is in the 11th , so hopes, dreams, friends, and other 11th house things are where my ego is invested this year.

What aspects are made by the Sun?

The Sun is conjunct Venus. This is a great year also for creative expression, fun, and being with people.

The Sun is also conjunct the Moon. My Solar Return occurs just a few hours before the New Moon, so this year has an element of freshness about it, of vibrancy and youth…it would be nice if that means that those saggy bits under my chin…that would be asking for too much.

Where is the SR Moon?

This year it is in Pisces. It’s in the 11th and it’s in cahoots with the Sun, Venus and Mercury. This is intense stuff and beneficial. Sure it’s technically balsamic- just- and Mercury is retrograde. Natally though, Mercury is retrograde and 12th house. Further as a uber Pisces I’m well used to this level of sensitivity.

Are there any planets on the angles of the SR chart?

Not this year.

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  • Much as you would a normal chart, are the planets scattered or concentrated in one hemisphere of the chart. This year the bulk of my planets are located in the 11th house.
  • Much as you would a natal chart check out the position and condition of planets ruling your money house or relationship houses. Even though this is essentially a transit chart, it is still interesting to see. Neptune (with Jupiter) rules the 2nd & is in the 1st house. Me delusional about money? Who would have thought? The Sun rules my relationship sector.
  • In the same vein, check out the ruler of the Midheaven. It’s Pluto, in Capricorn in the 11th.
  • Are any planets in “critical degrees”? Not this year.

What part of life is being brought to the Ascendant?

Which natal house is being brought to the Ascendant? In my case the SR Asc is at 0 Taurus, so the 2nd house. The 2nd house is associated with money, possessions, self esteem, value- everything that’s important to you.

Are any planets or points in the natal chart brought to angles in the SR Chart?

No.

Are any planets or points in the degree of the nodes?

No.

Are any planets or points in the critical degrees of a sign? Ie 0 or 29?

Yes. The Ascendant is at 0 Taurus and Mars is at 28Pisces59’.

A Different Sort of Time Lord- Annual Profections & the Solar Return

(For a recap, check out the link to last years post.)

So this year, on my (gulp) 46th birthday, I have moved into a 11th house or Capricorn profected year. This means that Saturn, as the ruler of Capricorn, is my “Time Lord” for the year. This planet will be sensitive to giving and receiving transits and progressions over the coming 12 months. The concerns of this planet will be important this year. Wow- this is time for me to get serious!

Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart

Time Lord (Ruling planet of profected house) Saturn
Profected House 11th
Houses ruled by the Time Lord in the natal chart 11th and 12th
House Time Lord occupies in the natal chart 1st house

Condition of the Time Lord in the natal chart: Saturn in Aries is in the sign of his fall. Aries likes quick results and Saturn likes long term strategies involving hard work. The 1st house does give it accidental dignity though.

Examine the condition of the Time Lord in the Solar Return Chart

Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio and is square Pluto- I need to go deep within to find power. It’s also trine Mercury and the Moon.

  • Which house in the natal chart does 11 Scorpio (the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart) fall? This is the natal 8th house.
  • Does the position of the Time Lord in the SR chart form an aspect to the natal position of the Time Lord? By sign is enough. No.

Look at the strength of the Time Lord in the SR chart.

The better the condition, the more ability the planet has to act on your side in the coming year- even if it is a malefic like Saturn.

  • Is it in a sign where it has dignity through rulership or exaltation (see the table in last years post). No.
  • Does it have accidental dignity ie does it have more strength by being close to the angles or the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses? Yes, in the 7th.
  • Is it retrograde? Yes.
  • Is it combust ie does it fall within 8.5 degrees of the Sun? There is no greater affliction as the planet is said to be blinded & unable to see clearly. No.
  • Is it cazimi ie with 17’ from being exactly conjunct the Sun? This is, in contrast, as really good thing as the planet is considered to be in the heart of the king. Note, to be either combust or cazimi, it must be in the same sign as the Sun. No.
  • Is the Time Lord aspected by either of the malefics (Mars or Saturn) or the benefics (Venus or Jupiter)? By sign is enough. No.

Aspects to the Nodes.

                  Any time the SR Time Lord conjoins the natal nodal axis is a big year.

What else?

I have my eye very firmly on that 2nd house Jupiter in my solar return…and hoping it will bring 2nd house abundance!