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               Planets in Solar Return Report for:

                        Vanessa Williams
                         March 18, 1963
                            10:30 AM
                    Tarrytown, Westches., NY 


                  Solar Return calculated for:
                         March 18, 2002
                           2:27:42 AM
                    Tarrytown, Westches., NY 


                      Veraxs Int'l Inc.
                     3355 Bee Cave Road #606
                      Austin, TX 78746 USA
                       Phone: 512-826-5401

What is a Solar Return Chart?

        A solar return chart is a chart erected for the time
that the transiting Sun returns to the position of the natal
Sun. Approximately once every year the transiting Sun goes
through the entire zodiac, every degree, minute, and second of
each sign. When you are born, the Sun in your natal chart has a
specific position in the zodiac. This position can be measured
exactly. At some point in time during each subsequent year, the
transiting Sun returns to this natal position, conjuncting your
natal Sun. The date and time when the conjunction occurs down to
the exact second of arc is the time of the solar return chart. A
chart is then calculated for that date, using the time (of the
transiting Sun's return to your natal Sun's position), and your
location (longitude and latitude) at the time of the

Tropical, Placidus, Nonprecessed Solar Return

        There are many different types of solar return charts:
tropical, sidereal, precessed, and nonprecessed. This report is
based on research using tropical, Placidus or Koch, nonprecessed
solar return charts. Interpretations are very similar to natal
interpretations and this should make the material more
understandable to both the professional and amateur astrologer.

Solar Return Location

        The solar return chart is generally calculated for your
location at the time of the Sun's return. This may occur on your
birthday, or the day before or after. During leap years, it
sometimes occurs two days before your birthday. If you are going
to be away or traveling near your birthday, calculate the time
of the Sun's return before you leave so you can note your
position the exact moment of the solar return.

        You can also calculate the chart for your natal birth
location even if you no longer live there. The natal location
solar return chart is not as definitive as the relocation solar
return, but it can give you good information. The natal location
solar return is like a progressed or solar arc chart; you are
born with it. Therefore, a natal solar return cannot and will
not reflect any free will choices you might have made regarding
where you live or where you are when the sun returns. It is a
good chart, but it does not mirror the whole picture, especially
if you have moved a great distance.

        Some individuals prefer the chart calculated for their
place of residence regardless of where they are located at the
time of the Sun's return. This chart can be useful also, but
again, it tends to be secondary to the chart of your actual
location at the time of the Sun's return to its natal zodiacal

        Some individuals relocate for a short period of time,
usually about 24 hours, to adjust the house placements of the
planets in the solar return. Those who calculate the chart for
where they are at the time of the transiting Sun's conjunction
to the natal position sometimes travel to other locations to
change the yearly interpretation. The relocation adjusts the
angles and cusps, orienting the planets into different houses.
The zodiacal degrees and aspects of the planets remain the same,
but because of the different planetary placements different
areas of life are emphasized. The free will choice to make this
adjustment seems to bring this chart closest to the truth.

Period of the Solar Return's Significance

        The significance of the solar return runs birthday to
birthday with a three month overlap at the beginning and end of
each year. The symbolism of the new solar return can be felt as
much as three months before the birthday by very intuitive
people. Usually, at this time, one becomes aware of new
directions, opportunities, and problems. Many times there is
even an event exactly three months before the birthday which
triggers awareness and signals the beginning of the new solar
return. This event is usually very much related to the new solar
return and very much out of context with the old one. If you
have plans to travel overseas during the three months before
your birthday, do not look for the event in the old solar return
even if you have been planning to take the trip all year. The
old solar return will probably indicate the planning stage, but
the new solar return will indicate the trip. The trip itself
illustrates change, and since it occurs in the three months
before your birthday, it will most likely be indicative of the
new solar return chart.

        On the other hand, the significance of the old solar
return may not feel passé until three months after your
birthday. The old themes and issues which you have worked with
for the year should begin to lose their importance just as the
new solar return starts to manifest itself. As your attention
naturally shifts to new themes and issues, previous concerns are
phased out. This is especially true if you experience a sense of
completion relevant to the old tasks. However, there are times
when the old solar return drags on. If you are working on a
major project for the year, it may be impossible to complete it
within the one year time span. If you normally procrastinate and
avoid making decisions, tasks associated with the old solar
return can easily last past your birthday and into the first
three months of the new solar return year. Unresolved issues
carried over from year to year become stumbling blocks to
further advancement and development. Individuals who
consistently avoid facing the real issues in their lives
accumulate major problems which are very difficult to handle.

        The important thing to remember about solar returns, and
life experiences in general, is that they are part of a
cumulative process. The more attentive and productive you are
this year, the greater your options next year. The less you
accomplish now, the more limited you will feel as time goes by.
Unlike transits which can seem disconnected and singular, solar
returns are closely aligned and can easily be viewed as building
blocks, one upon the other, year after year. For this reason,
each year becomes important and each task has a history and a
future. The rhythmic pattern of the solar return helps us to see

        The main transitional month for the change from the old
solar return to the new solar return is the month directly
preceding the birthday. Issues related to the old solar return
are resolved at this time unless they drag on (as explained
above), or they are part of the new solar return as well. Issues
related to the new solar return become more pressing during this
transitional month and are certainly full blown by the
birthdate. Sometimes the new solar return simply gains strength
during the three months before your birthday and sometimes it
comes in with a bang on or near your birthday. Rarely does it
happen that a solar return chart starts to change manifestation
later in the year. Themes in the chart usually persist for the
entire year, but once in a great while one new theme will appear
later than expected. In every case, the new theme can be seen in
the solar return chart, yet it lay there inactive for some
unknown reason. An external event is the triggering mechanism
used to activate this inert awareness, and the event generally
occurs within the three months following the birthday. It can be
hypothesized that unconscious factors help to avoid full
involvement with this new issue until such time as it is
associated with an external event of importance and thereafter
becomes very obvious.

        Planets conjunct a house cusp within a few degrees may
be read in both houses. It is especially important to read outer
planets in both houses since they eventually transit or
retrograde into the other house, indicating dual or shifting
concerns during the year. The more planets that are in a solar
return house, the more emphasized that area of life will be
during the coming year, especially if the Sun is one of the
planets present. Four or more planets in any one house indicate
a strong need to be involved with those themes and issues. But
the individual may become so focused on this one area of life
that perception is distorted and these themes are
overemphasized. He or she may not want to think about anything
else or accomplish tasks in other areas. The overloaded house
becomes a symbol for obsessive preoccupation or emotional

               *** Astrological Data of Birth ***

      The birth chart is a map of the positions of the planets
at the time and place of birth. For the benefit of students of
astrology, these positions and other technical information is
listed below:

Sun     27 Pis 19                Neptune  15 Sco 25
Moon    28 Sag 55                Pluto    10 Vir 27
Mercury 15 Pis 58                Asc.     26 Gem 35
Venus   16 Aqu 32                MC        2 Pis 08
Mars     5 Leo 21                2nd cusp 16 Can 44
Jupiter 26 Pis 02                3rd cusp  7 Leo 21
Saturn  18 Aqu 45                5th cusp  5 Lib 08
Uranus   2 Vir 15                6th cusp 16 Sco 47

Tropical  Placidus   Standard Time observed
March 18, 1963   10:30 AM
GMT: 15:30:00   Time Zone: 5 hours West
Lat. and Long. of birth place: 41 N 04 34 73 W 51 33

Astrological Data of Solar Return:

Sun     27 Pis 19                Neptune  10 Aqu 09
Moon    11 Tau 15                Pluto    17 Sag 37
Mercury  9 Pis 41                Asc.      8 Sco 09
Venus   12 Ari 28                MC       16 Leo 06
Mars    11 Tau 36                2nd cusp  7 Sag 00
Jupiter  6 Can 04                3rd cusp 10 Cap 23
Saturn   9 Gem 21                5th cusp 18 Pis 56
Uranus  26 Aqu 37                6th cusp 16 Ari 07

March 18, 2002   GMT: 02:27:42
Tarrytown, Westches., NY  41 N 04 34 73 W 51 33

Aspects and orbs:
Conjunction: 7 Deg. 0 Min.
Opposition : 6 Deg. 0 Min.
Square     : 6 Deg. 0 Min.
Trine      : 6 Deg. 0 Min.
Sextile    : 4 Deg. 0 Min.

Well Balanced Modes and Elements

        When all of your elements and modes are balanced
(meaning that there are no more than four planets and no less
than two planets in any element or mode) this indicates that
your thinking and actions are based on careful consideration of
data from several sources of information. You are able to weigh
physical, rational, emotional, and spiritual information when
you are making decisions. You tend to be conservative rather
than rash in making changes, even though you are open to change.
At times you may be indecisive since you must take so much
information into consideration; however, it is more likely that
you will look at issues from all sides and not be overly
influenced by any one personality factor.


        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:

        The Sun in the 5th house emphasizes the need to express
yourself more fully. 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.


        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 feelings.

        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, or enthusiasm.

        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

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 7th house:

        The Moon in the 7th house of the solar return shows the
probability of being involved in a nurturing relationship. This
relationship does not have to be an intimate one, though this is
a possibility. The caretaker quality is pronounced even in
business relationships. You may be caring for family members or
you may donate your extra time and money to a needy family that
you know. If you are a secretary, you may be very involved with
your boss's personal needs and comforts rather than clerical
duties. If you are a physician seeing patients, you will be very
concerned with your patients as individuals.

        Personal involvement and concern is characteristic of
this placement. It is very likely that you will personally
relate on a regular basis to the individual you are helping. And
unless the relationship is also an intimate one, it is common
for the relationship and the nurturing activities to appear
one-sided. Non-intimate relationships associated with the Moon
in the 7th house are not equal. One person has more knowledge,
expertise, status or responsibility than the other; one has more
power and control than the other; one is cared for and nurtured
while the other does the nurturing; one shares his or her
feelings and the other just listens and/or helps. It is very
common to be involved in professional or informal counseling
relationships during the year. The individuals tend to be
unequal and one person gives while the other receives.

        Intimate relationships have a similar, yet slightly
different, manifestation. Dependency issues are also common in
these relationships and the individuals involved tend to assume
polarized roles during the year. Examples include caretaker
roles, stronger versus weaker or traditional male-female roles.
Existing relationships change in some way and many times this is
the change that occurs. Even if you and your partner have
established a balanced relationship over a long period of time,
it is usually the case that during this year, one, more than the
other, needs to be supported emotionally, economically, or
physically. The more dependent individual in the pair finds it
difficult to make decisions, be assertive, or handle daily
problems. The more dominant individual is usually in control and
becomes responsible for the couple's future and welfare.
Occasionally this is caused by illness, but it is more likely to
result from subtle shifts in power within the relationship, or a
greater need for understanding and support. Long-range goals,
education, pregnancy, and child rearing may contribute to these
power shifts. In very strained and difficult relationships, the
balance of power is heavily weighted in one direction. The
weaker individual finds it hard to attain a sense of
individuality and yet is afraid to leave the relationship
entirely. In very balanced intimate relationships, mutual
nurturing is possible.

        You may meet someone and become romantically involved
during the year. You need greater emotional intimacy. Ideally,
you will be able to establish a pattern of mutual support. But
the Moon in the 7th house does not guarantee that your
relationships will be naturally fulfilling. If you are involved
with a partner who is capable and willing to match your need for
closeness and sharing, then it is likely that your relationship
will deepen and grow. However, if your relationship depends on
your ability to care for the other's needs, and your partner is
unable or unwilling to reciprocate now or in the future, then
your relationship will be emotionally draining and difficult.
Expect your moods to change with the positive and negative
shifts in this relationship. Since change and fluctuation will
be such a major factor in your relationships during this year,
moodiness can be a problem until you learn to handle the

        You will tend to be more emotional than rational this
year and you will follow your heart more than your head. This is
because you may be more interested in emotional fulfillment than
intellectual analysis of your situation. If you are truly in
love with someone and the relationship is good, you will be able
to support each other and overcome any obstacles. Your
relationship will grow more intimate. But strained or blocked
relationships will only become more difficult. It is the
emotional connection, whether good or bad, that draws you to
someone; unfortunately, this need for intensity and lack of
objective thinking may enable you to remain in a nonproductive
relationship with unrealistic expectations for the future.

        The Moon in the 7th house is also a sign that
unconscious complexes can complicate your present relationship.
Former relationships which reinforced negative patterns of
relating and left you feeling wounded may have left
psychological scars which must be faced and dealt with now
before greater intimacy can develop. It is essential that you
seek to understand these complexes. Irrational fears,
obsessions, possessiveness, jealousy, and lack of trust are just
a few of the forms these complexes might take. This is an
excellent time to see a marriage counselor or attend a marriage
encounter. If your relationship is basically combative and
neither of you is interested in deepening your commitment to
each other, then emotionally difficult scenes will be generated
by your feelings of hurt and rejection, both in this
relationship and others. In this case, individual counseling is
more appropriate.

Moon Aspects Neptune

        Moon in aspect to Neptune can show increased sensitivity
to life's subtleties. While Pluto-Moon contacts show a greater
insight into psychological influences, manipulative games, and a
need for self-control, Neptune-Moon contacts indicate a greater
sensitivity to feelings and needs that are not expressed openly
yet bind us all. There are both positive and negative
manifestations suggested by Neptune aspects to the Moon.

        Negatively, you can be misinformed or even lied to,
especially if someone is actively trying to deceive you.
However, it is more likely that you will deceive yourself when
there is someone important in your life whom you do not truly
want to understand. This other person may be a family member or
someone you are emotionally involved with. Neptune's house
position will give you a clue. If someone's actions mystify you,
making you feel the relationship is insecure, it's very likely
that you do not have a realistic perception of this person, and
possibly do not want to know the truth. The definitive truth
might be more threatening than the mystery, so you allow the
situation to remain clouded and do not challenge misconceptions.
Since much is left unsaid and assumed, you try to fill in the
gaps with your expectations rather than realistic assessments.
Disillusionment is always built on dreams rather than the truth.
You may not see things as they really are, but only as you hope
they would be. This continuing lack of accurate information
leads to further confusion and fantasy, and is compounded by
emotional estrangement. You, yourself, may not be in touch with
what you really feel. Anxiety and excessive worry can be signals
that your perceptions are not an accurate reflection of reality.
It is perhaps fair to say that intuitive insights were never
meant to augment expectations. This may represent a misuse of
this newfound sensitivity.

        Moon-Neptune aspects are meant to symbolize intuitive
insights, spiritual ideals, and one's greater sensitivity to the
commonalities we share. We all suffer from human frailty;
Neptune symbolizes our ability to identify with others, and see
their failings as well as our own. True understanding supersedes
any judgmental attitudes and paves the way for a meaningful
exchange. Idealism and putting others on a pedestal diminish
realistic achievements which might have been accomplished in
spite of human weakness. Idealism and unrealistic expectations
are defenses used to avoid facing frailties and humanness we do
not wish to see.

        Positively, Moon-Neptune aspects imply connections;
connections to each other and to the Universe as a whole. We can
foster and improve these connections by understanding,
accepting, and helping each other to progress as a whole toward
a better existence. This is a good time to accept people as they
really are, weaknesses and all. You will probably be involved in
situations which give you the opportunity to increase your
understanding or insight into others. As long as you do not make
demands or have unrealistic expectations, you should be able to
retain honest emotional contacts with those around you.

        You may actually care for someone who is ill or
disabled, or you could simply care for another person more than
you care for yourself and your own welfare. Moon-Neptune aspects
are a sign of self-sacrifice. It is common to see this aspect in
the charts of new mothers. The demands of caring for an infant
involve a certain amount of self-sacrifice. If you work
full-time to put your spouse through school, you might also have
this aspect.

        Self-sacrifice does not necessarily mean martyrdom.
Moon-Neptune aspects in the solar return indicate that you are
able to help others because you truly understand their
situation. You are also able to handle emotional uncertainty.
You accept relationships which are not clearly defined, and you
are able to give without a guarantee of return. Going with the
flow means accepting insecurity as a natural by-product of your
situation. With Moon-Neptune aspects in your solar return chart,
you need to be able to function during times of uncertainty and
handle the insecurities that go with them. You need to develop

Moon Aspects Mars

        Moon-Mars aspects imply involvement in a situation which
is emotionally uncomfortable yet rewarding, a mixed blessing.
The energies represented here suggest working at cross-purposes
and you may have ambivalent feelings about your circumstances.
An example for illustrative purposes might be found in the
experience of trying to comfort a sick baby. You know the baby
is sick and does not feel well so you do everything you can to
comfort the poor child. But at the same time, you become very
frustrated if nothing you do seems to stop the screaming. At
that point, stress is competing with concern and mixed feelings

        Mars in aspect to the Moon is very suggestive of
contradictory emotions. The Moon symbolizes our nurturing
qualities and emotional nature. Mars, on the other hand,
symbolizes our independence and assertiveness. The basic
interpretations for these two planets are so different that they
tend to remain separate like oil and water. They represent two
sides of the coin or different perspectives on one situation.
For instance, a common situation often involving mixed emotions
is having to say good-bye to a good friend because one of you is
moving. If you are the person left behind, you may feel happy
for your friend, but still sad about your loss. If you are the
person moving, you may be excited about the move, yet sorry to
be leaving. The purpose of the mixed feelings is to call
attention to your own emotional needs (Moon) and take
appropriate action accordingly (Mars). The mother of the fussy
infant may need to take five minutes away from the baby to cope
with stress. The person who is moving may need to concentrate on
maintaining friendships even after relocation.

        Moon-Mars aspects suggest that emotional situations are
not simple and usually involve a strange combination of
contradictory emotions. They can also indicate that you might
act in a way that detracts from your own sense of security and
well-being, thereby creating stress. An example could be
involvement in an extra-marital affair. A Moon-Mars combination
is not necessarily difficult, nor must it involve your personal
life. It can refer to professional endeavors or social activism.
You can be motivated to act because you are affected emotionally
by what you see. If you are upset by conditions in a poor
section of town, you might be motivated to volunteer your
services at a local soup kitchen. The unpleasantness you feel
implies the need to look at your surroundings more closely and
work to correct or improve conditions.

Moon Aspects Mercury

        Moon-Mercury aspects emphasize the need for integration
of unconscious feelings with conscious thoughts. If 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
combined with intuitive insight. When the conscious and
unconscious are working together, you are more likely to make
good decisions which satisfy your emotional needs. The conscious
mind can be used to channel unconscious feelings into creative
projects. Channeling can also be very therapeutic.

        You can actively seek out more information about your
feelings and motivations through discussions. But when the
conscious and the unconscious function separately, the native
experiences two distinct and contradictory pieces of
information. It is often difficult to make decisions since you
arrive at two mutually exclusive conclusions. You could
consciously override or suppress your feelings and emotional
needs. On the other hand, you may react without thinking. The
key to using this aspect positively is to balance and integrate
conscious and unconscious input and work toward a complete sense
of self.


        Mercury has two basic interpretations in the solar
return chart: it symbolizes both your mental condition during
the coming year and what you are thinking about. The first task
involved in understanding Mercury's interpretation is to
evaluate the indicators for mental conditioning and the possible
sources of tension.

Solar Return Mercury in 4th house:

        Mercury in the 4th house suggests that you should make
long-range decisions regarding your future financial security
and stability. You need to provide for your own retirement
through a savings account or retirement plan. Reassess your
present financial arrangements to see if they are adequate for
your future needs. Mercury by itself does not indicate difficult
problems in these areas, only a mental focus on a secure future.

        You are also likely to make decisions about your home or
present living conditions. Will you fix up your present home or
will you move to another? Is your neighborhood run-down? Does
your present home meet your immediate needs and will it also
meet your future needs? This is a good time to make long-range
plans and assessments which will affect your living conditions
this year and in coming years as well. Decisions will be based
on a rational reassessment of your present situation and a need
for domestic contentment. If you do not presently own a home,
you may conceive a plan that will make home ownership possible.
Regardless of where you live, you will want to analyze your use
of space or redecorate. Any type of redecoration or renovation
usually involves great planning and will not be done on the spur
of the moment.

        You will reflect on your past, your childhood and your
relations with your parents. You may learn new information which
will give you a different perspective on past events, feelings,
and relationships. If your parents are elderly, you may have to
make decisions for them concerning their care and future
security. Communication with family members may be important.
You can coordinate or take part in a family project. If you are
alienated from certain relatives, this may be a time when you
wish to reopen lines of communication.

        If you are a parent yourself, you should be concerned
with your ability to parent effectively. This is a good time to
gather information or join a discussion group that emphasizes
the techniques and problems associated with raising children.
Become aware of your assets and shortcomings as a mother or
father. Realizations can lead to a search for new information
and new ways to handle situations.

        Mercury in the 4th house can also indicate an emphasis
on the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind.
You may be actively investigating and analyzing your emotions.
As the year progresses, it becomes easier to discuss those
feelings with others. Obviously this is an excellent time for
therapy, especially for those who find it difficult to think
clearly and logically. Psychological complexes may intrude on
rational thought processes. For some individuals,
conscious/unconscious communication will include obsessive
thoughts, irrational feelings, and anxiety attacks. These
conditions may be mild and involve a need to listen to
suppressed information or emotions. Vocalizing your true
feelings will help.

Mercury Aspects Saturn

        Saturn aspecting Mercury suggests a more serious and
structured perception of reality. Life is organized in such a
way that decisions and changes have serious consequences.
Choices may be studied in depth before decisions are made. For
some, there will be no good and clear choice. Dilemma situations
can plague the Mercury-Saturn combination. It is likely that at
least one major decision will be made during the year. Sometimes
this decision is made under stress and usually it involves great
responsibility. For these reasons, the individual tends to be
conservative. He or she is looking for changes that produce
greater stability, not chaos.

        Structured learning is associated with Saturn-Mercury
aspects and some individuals will seek a formal education while
others will rely on reading and personal investigation. Thought
processes are directed toward organizing information into
structures that are more understandable, practical, and
realistic. All forms of organized communication are emphasized,
including writing and teaching. Occasionally a feeling of
stupidity prompts the need to study a topic in greater depth.
This is a good time to work on the completion of a major
project. You have the ability to channel mental energy into
constructive pursuits, even to the point of forcing yourself to
finish a difficult and boring task.

        For a limited few, normal pessimism can grow into
depression. Saturn represents the perception of reality. For
those who have built their lives around fantasy, this perception
may be too stark or too structured. They may not want to see
life as it really is, or they may not know ways to change it.
The inability to seek alternative solutions to problems is the
origin of much of the stress associated with Saturn-Mercury
combinations. The need for restructuring the mental perspective
is evident. Keep after problems until they are solved. Producing
tangible results is very rewarding.

Mercury Aspects Jupiter

        While Saturn-Mercury aspects are associated with
pessimism, Jupiter, on the other hand, can imply optimism, and
confidence. You may look forward to the future with great
enthusiasm. But what you believe to be possible may differ from
your actual experience. Optimism can lead to miscalculations and
poor decisions if you overestimate your chances for success or
underestimate the amount of time you will require to complete a
task. Overscheduling is directly related to this inability to
foresee possible future difficulties. You might assume that
tasks are quite simple, when in fact they are very difficult.
You may not be able to honor deadlines and promises you have
made if they are unrealistic. The tendency is to overwhelm
yourself with too many tasks or projects, too many details to
remember. Stress results from these miscalculations.

        For some, stress may also result from a lack of
congruity between more philosophical beliefs (ruled by Jupiter)
and daily experience (ruled by Mercury). You might find it
difficult to believe what you see and hear. Situations you are
involved in can directly conflict with long-held philosophical,
ethical, and religious beliefs. You may not now practice what
you once preached. Very narrow minds will steadfastly hold on to
basic beliefs which are contradicted by personal experience.
These individuals will be unable to make the philosophical
adjustments necessary to accommodate new information. Do not
allow intolerance and hypocrisy to limit your possibilities.
This is a good time to expand your mind. Return to school, join
a discussion group or study on your own.

Mercury Aspects Mars

        Mars-Mercury aspects suggest an energetic thought
process. This can be a time of great mental energy and an active
search for knowledge. Your mind should be quick and alert,
though not necessarily highly retentive. Learning can be very
exciting and self-perpetuating even if you study alone.

        What is great for the learning process may not be so
advantageous when making decisions. The speed normally
associated with Mars may indicate that you are impulsive and
quick to jump to conclusions. You may not take the time
necessary for careful consideration or thorough research.
Instead, you may choose to handle situations with gut-level
reactions rather than considered responses.

        Mars-Mercury combinations imply assertive ability, but
at their worst, these aspects can suggest aggressiveness and
great anger. Ongoing conflicts and daily confrontations may
occur with very negative manifestations. Those with strong
tempers may have trouble controlling their anger. In the heat of
the moment, they will say things without thinking about the

        Old unconscious anger and resentment may fuel present
conflicts. You may not be fighting for what you believe is right
in this situation; instead you fight because you have been
wronged in the past. Focusing on angry thoughts and acting out
conflicts can be a terrible waste of a good mind. Mars-Mercury
aspects show that thoughts can be put into action. Get
motivated. Use this time to accomplish many things. Let your
experiences teach you along the way.

        Mercury's relationships to the other planets in the
solar return chart indicates 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. What you are actually
thinking about is indicated by Mercury's house placement. 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.


        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 12th house.

        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

        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 5th house:

        Venus in this house can be indicative of a love affair,
especially if the Sun and/or Moon are also in the 5th.
Generally, the more planets in the 5th house with Venus, the
greater the possibility of romantic involvement. Although any
5th house relationship can lead to marriage eventually, for the
present it will probably remain an affair. For those who are
already married, these aspects and placements suggest that
children or outside involvements disrupt your already existing

        Venus in the 5th house does not always mean romance is
imminent because this is also the house of self-expression and
greater personality diversification. A positive evolutionary
cycle of increasing self-confidence, coupled with increasing
self-expression, is associated with this placement. It's a good
time to gain confidence in your abilities while trying something
totally new. This year can be very creative, productive, and
encouraging. Self-expression is not limited to artistic
endeavors; one individual founded a nursery school with Venus in
the 5th house. The medium is not important. What is noteworthy
is the growth in self-confidence that accompanies the increased

        This is a good year to spend extra time with your
children and relate to them in a more positive way. If you have
had difficulties with your children in the recent past, your
relationship may improve during the coming year. Venus taken out
of context and by itself can indicate improved conditions
according to its house position. Children who have had problems
with school, siblings, or adjustments to relocations and social
situations, may appear to be making more progress during the
year. It is also possible you are better able to understand
their problems and take appropriate corrective action. This
placement may be mutually beneficial for both parent and child.
If you do not have children of your own, you may still be
involved with children in one way or another.

Venus Aspects Pluto

        Pluto-Venus contacts show intense emotional involvements
and complicated financial situations. New relationships can be
especially compelling, and like the moth to the flame, you are
drawn to particular individuals without understanding why.
Unconscious forces play a major role in this type of
relationship. Eventually you may discover that you have met the
perfect mate, but in the beginning, the perceived loss of
control and diminished rationality is disconcerting. Regardless
of what you think or plan, you end up reacting to situations in
a spontaneous and revealing manner. Your usual psychological
defenses don't seem to work, while all your unconscious
complexes are laid bare for the world to see; consequently, a
persistent sense of vulnerability becomes coupled with your
growing need for intimacy.

        In both new and old relationships, Pluto-Venus aspects
can indicate considerable emotional growth, but not without a
good understanding of the unconscious urges and psychological
games that are impediments to intimacy. Awareness of these
intimacy barriers is crucial to the Plutonian process, while
learning to deal effectively with these influences affects the
success of the relationship. Obviously, this is a good time for
counseling of any kind.

        Situational barriers include involvement with married,
gay or bisexual partners, those living in a different locality,
or those who realistically cannot be fully present or involved
for one reason or another. These factors represent preexisting
impediments to intimacy that were probably known or suspected
before the relationship even began.

        Psychological impediments to intimacy are those
unconscious complexes which distort reality and destroy trust.
These include, but are not limited to, possessiveness, obsessive
thinking, sexual preferences, compulsive behaviors and
controlling attitudes. Potential or existing partners can
exhibit a new or troubling flaw (which may or may not be
serious). For example, a very extravagant young lady was totally
in love with her boyfriend, but troubled by his lack of wealth.
She wanted him to meet her material expectations by earning more
money; consequently, she sought to motivate (control and
manipulate) his behavior.

        Power can be an issue in both intimate and casual
relationships. Individuals who learn to trust, compromise, and
share power see their relationships deepen and strengthen.
Accommodating the emotional needs of others breeds increased
understanding. Those who are unable to reach compromises become
locked in power struggles, and feel powerless to control their
own destiny. They view their fates as dependent on the whims of
others and resort to controlling behaviors as the only solution.
Within this struggle, manipulative techniques are the main
weapons; sex and money become the main issues.

        Financially, Pluto-Venus aspects indicate strong
financial changes or complex monetary arrangements. Salary
changes are common and may be the result of a career move,
relocation, leave without pay, cutback in hours, or retirement.
Ambition can cause your salary to rise dramatically, especially
if your earnings are based on commissions or profit-sharing.
Those who are self-employed experience fluctuations in earnings.
Relationship problems may directly affect your ability to
concentrate and work, or your financial status may depend on the
resources of others. Struggles over money are not uncommon. A
college-bound student sought to manipulate her grandfather into
paying for her education, while a married couple traded money
for sex.

        The emphasis here is on personal power in relationships
and power over your own financial situation. By gaining insight
into your behavior and the behavior of others, you can master
both areas of concern.

Venus Aspects Neptune

        If you are already involved in a stable emotional
relationship, Neptune-Venus aspects may be more relevant to
financial concerns than romantic interests. Financial
circumstances will exhibit a degree of uncertainty, but only
rarely is a person unemployed for part of the year and not sure
where the next dollar is coming from. A break from work is more
likely to be a leave of absence without pay, but even this
situation is uncommon unless you are female and pregnant
(maternity leave). With Neptune-Venus aspects, it is more common
to experience other reasons for financial uncertainty. You can
be self-employed or have an income based on commissions,
incentives or profit-sharing; your hours may fluctuate or you
might work on an "on-call" basis. Under these conditions, you
will be unsure of the amount of your pay until the check

        Changing circumstances also affect the amount of money
available (e.g., relocation, divorce, illness, large purchases
or major sales) and it is impossible to predict the effect these
changes will have, especially if several variables are involved.
For example, if you must sell your home and relocate to a
different state, you may not be sure how much you can sell your
present home for, how much your new home is likely to cost, how
much you will be able to earn at your new job, and how expensive
it will be to live in the area. You must be careful with your
funds until the figures are worked out. If you are expecting
money from others in the form of a loan, gift or inheritance,
you will not be sure how much you will receive or when you will
receive it. If you are taking a financial gamble, you can't be
sure that things will work out.

        Regardless whether or not financial uncertainty is
job-related, monetary uncertainty exists in some form, but it
need not be a serious problem. This is a good time to foster a
strong appreciation of the nonmaterial side of life. Since
material, monetary, physical, and external indicators are so
uncertain, focus on the inner qualities.

        Neptune aspecting Venus can also be important to
understanding your relationships during the coming year.
Significant emotional relationships can be very compassionate or
very confusing. In strong relationships, the partners are more
likely to be sensitive to each other's needs. Understanding and
empathy increase and inner qualities are the focus of attention
and appreciation. You can be more aware of the subtleties of
your partner's unspoken preferences. Sometimes you neglect some
of your own needs so those of your partner can be fulfilled.

        The ability to be self-sacrificing is seen with this
aspect, but then, so too is the ability to be martyred. External
trappings are devalued and what you materially own and share is
not as important as what you are willing to share emotionally.
For the time being, feelings may be all you have.

        If you are not already married, you or your partner may
not wish to make an external commitment at this time. New or
less stable love relationships tend to lack definition. The
situation may be such that you can't even label your
relationship or give it a name. For example, you have a
one-night affair with your boss. You are not really lovers or
friends, but your relationship is no longer that of
employer-employee. It's hard to define what you mean to each
other and where the relationship is headed. In any relationship,
your partner's intentions may be unclear or actions
contradictory. He or she may come and go, appear and disappear,
say one thing and do another. One minute you know you are loved
and the next minute you are not sure. It's difficult to know
where you stand. While in this limbo, the relationship remains
suspended in time, without a guaranteed future or a present
reality. No relationship comes with guarantees to begin with,
but with Neptune-Venus contacts insecurity can be even more

        Because of the lack of clarity inherent in
relationships, idealization and distortion occur, making
partners seem too good to be true. Aggrandizement of this sort
can only lead to disappointment and disillusionment. A
persistent sense of confusion and insecurity can cause you to
misinterpret what is actually occurring. This is most likely to
happen when one or both partners are ambivalent or deceptive.

        At best, relationships possess a sense of compassion and
sensitivity. At worst, there are lies to contend with.
Clandestine and secret relationships are common with
Venus-Neptune aspects and 12th house placements. Lovers meet in
private and keep their relationship hidden. Even if you have
nothing major to hide, you may want to meet and be alone with
each other.

Venus Aspects Saturn

        Saturn aspecting Venus can have one of two different
manifestations: the solidification of a relationship, or the
inhibition of a relationship. Both processes involve the use of
structure to define a relationship. Healthy relationships can
strengthen and show a renewed sense of commitment to the future
by both partners. The ability to accept more responsibility with
or for each other is common. Marriage, raising children, and
purchasing homes together are three common events that reflect
this change. The relationship gains more stability because of a
new definition of purpose and intent.

        Partners who basically love each other and are committed
to a relationship, but experiencing a period of change and
adjustment, might do well to give each other a little space,
understanding, and support. The distance needed can foster
individual expression and achievement. For example, if you or
your spouse wants to go back to school for a higher degree, time
must be set aside for classes and study.

        Relationship inhibition occurs when the structure and
definition of the relationship is used to limit rather than give
a sense of purpose. You may not be allowed to give and receive
love in a relaxed manner since love is always controlled,
defined, withheld, rejected or not accepted as it exists. You
yourself may refuse to make a further commitment, or it can be
your partner who backs off. Statements like, "We're just
friends," or "This is only an affair and I could never leave my
wife," are two examples of the kind of structuring associated
with Saturn-Venus contacts. Very poor relationships may be
defined by separation and divorce. One person may accept total
responsibility for a second individual. The "parent" partner
acts as the person in charge of the "irresponsible child" and
the relationship loses all sense of balance and equality.

        Financially, you will probably be working with less cash
during the year. Your budget will be tight, either because you
have limited funds or you choose to conserve money and build
savings. If you are normally very free with your money, this is
a time when you are more careful with spending practices. Even
the very rich will want to know how much they have and where it
all goes.

        Some may experience a cutback in funds. These are the
people who quit their jobs, cut back on hours or salary, become
self-employed, or experience a dramatic change in their
life-style which would naturally affect funds available.


        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 productively.

        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

        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 manifestations.

        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

Solar Return Mars in 7th house:

        This is a time to be energized by another person who can
get you to do something you would not or could not do alone. In
its most positive manifestation, collaboration with another
carries you towards the initiation and completion of a project
or joint endeavor. If the two of you can agree on mutual goals,
you both can make great strides together. Your partner's
enthusiasm and drive become the primary motivating force. Most
likely, it is the other person's character which provides the
spark of inspiration and the encouragement necessary to begin
the task, but it is the interactive qualities of the
relationship which keep each of you at a high energy level,
working towards completion.

        Hopefully, you will be dealing with someone who has your
best interests at heart. The problem associated with this
placement is that you can be led down the wrong path if you do
not choose your friends and partners carefully. If you are
connected to individuals who are bad for you, their effect will
be negative. For example, if you wish to start a food
cooperative and your spouse feels you are too inept to succeed,
his or her negative influence will hurt your chances for
success. But if he or she is totally supportive, and in fact,
leads the way, your chances are greatly improved. A lot depends
on the partner's attitude. Since you are so susceptible to the
influences of others, it is important to assess who the others
are. Contacts can range from the most positive to the most
detrimental, from successful achievement to damaging encounters.
In the worst manifestation, involvement in a crime is possible.
It is important to identify those relationships which are wrong
for you and counteract their influence. Cultivate those more
positive involvements which enhance your psychological health
and soul qualities.

        There is the possibility that you will be in a
relationship which involves conflict. You may be angry with
someone you see daily or this other person may be angry with
you; anger in both directions is possible. It seems that every
time you try to express your feelings to this other person, the
two of you become involved in an argument. If this is your
present situation, you could be involved in an ongoing conflict
that continues throughout most of the year and colors your
perceptions and attitudes.

        Eventually, your frustration can spill over into other
areas of your life and affect other relationships as well if you
do not understand and contain the negative impact the conflict
is having on your life. Disagreements may be poorly defined or
specific, but generally involve a daily ongoing process. For
example, a young man was to have inherited his grandfather's
watch, but unfortunately, just before the grandfather died,
another relative had him change his will and the watch went to
an uncle instead. It just so happened that the young man worked
with the uncle daily in a family-run business. The uncle spent
much time talking about his good fortune. The young man
constantly felt angry and tense at work because of the uncle's
presence and actions.

        The conflict may only involve a general dislike for a
person you see on a regular basis, or it can be more.
Interactions range from mild irritation to legal battles,
personal vendettas, both sexual, and nonsexual harassment, and
aggression of any kind. More than likely, another is an
aggressor if you allow yourself to be the victim. Don't lose
sight of your self-esteem and need for self-expression. Be aware
of your rights in any given situation. Someone may be telling
you what to do, what to wear and who to be. You need to learn to
practice assertiveness this year and it could be necessary to
learn to protect or defend yourself. In very difficult
situations, you need to decide whether you will fight or
retreat. Some situations can be ignored, or controlled; others
require a more definitive response.

        Learning to cope with angry people and angry situations
may be part of the lesson associated with Mars in the 7th house
of the solar return chart. Now is the time to deal with
unresolved issues even if they have lain dormant for many years.
Time is running out and you must act now. Learn to handle the
curt responses and hurtful remarks and go for the heart of the
conflict. Do not get sidetracked. Force the issues into the open
so they can be discussed and understood from all sides. As long
as anger remains denied or insidious, problems cannot be
resolved. If resolutions are totally unattainable, learn to
shield yourself from the barbs or retreat to more beneficial
situations. Do not stay in situations which are detrimental or
counteract positive growth and insight.

        Mars is also the planet of competitiveness. Here in the
7th house, it shows that the spirit of competition spurs you to
action. You will be motivated to work harder if you are
competing with peers or even enemies. The "I'll show you"
attitude can work in your favor. You are very sensitive to
criticism from others this year, and anticipation of future
criticism, either real or imagined, can motivate you to work
harder now and get more done.
Mars Aspects Neptune

        While Mars-Pluto aspects imply actions that are
unconsciously motivated, Mars-Neptune aspects indicate actions
which have no obvious motivation at all, or which involve a
great deal of uncertainty as to direction and goal. Humanitarian
pursuits are sometimes associated with this combination since
very spiritual endeavors emanate from a source which is not
readily apparent. However, the most likely interpretation for
this combination is an uncertainty as to future direction.
Careful planning is generally not feasible. During the year, you
cannot be sure your actions will pan out since there are no
guarantees given for your efforts. Job security may be an issue.
As an illustration, suppose you wish to run a shelter for
injured animals in your backyard and need the approval of the
zoning board. You can proceed with your investigations into the
matter before the zoning change comes through, but you cannot be
sure your efforts will succeed until the final vote. You must
trust that situations will work out in your favor.

        Mars-Neptune aspects indicate the ability to function
despite a degree of uncertainty that colors your actions. If you
are correct in your assumptions of eventual success, everything
will work out positively; but, if you idealize your actions or
situation and miscalculate the results, you will feel
disillusioned when you find that your efforts are for naught.
Misguided endeavors are possible with Mars-Neptune contacts in
the solar return chart, especially with the more difficult or
stressful aspects; therefore you must carefully consider your
purposes and actions during the year. Be ready with an alternate
plan when matters do not progress the way you want them to.

        Uncertainty and confusion seem to go hand in hand with
this combination and contradictory statements are possible. It
is easy for others to misinterpret your actions when your
direction is not clear and your plans nonexistent. It is also
easy for you to stray from your original purpose when goals are
not clearly defined. What you originally set out to do may never
materialize. You will be shocked to realize how you have drifted
from your own sense of purpose. Use objective feedback from
others to keep yourself well-grounded and focused on goals. If
you need secrecy for your endeavors, this is a good time to
prevent the left hand from knowing what the right hand is doing.
But if you need to be consistent, seek constructive criticism
from others and don't stray from the path.


        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 8th house:

        The 8th house is commonly associated with the earnings
of others while the 2nd house is more indicative of your own
earning power. Therefore, Jupiter in the 8th primarily focuses
on the money made available to you after someone else has
already earned it. During the year, your financial situation may
improve specifically because you are now able to share resources
with another person. If you have already been sharing resources
up to this point, the dollar amount of the shared funds is
likely to increase. This placement commonly shows money coming
to you through others, possibly in the form of a lump sum. For
those who are interested in making a large purchase such as a
home, combining incomes and savings makes the goal a reality.

        Besides shared resources, you may acquire money through
other means. These other means include an inheritance, gift or
monetary settlement from an insurance claim or legal case. Funds
from profit sharing, royalties, and advances for books or
inventions are also more commonly seen in the 8th house, even
though one would think they would be more consistent with 2nd
house earnings. Because of the extra money coming in, this may
be a good time to place some funds in an investment account or
hire a broker to manage your money. In this way your money works
for you, creating extra funds through means other than salary.

        Most likely, if you share incomes with another, you must
also share his or her debts, and unfortunately, this person can
be a big spender. The negative interpretation for financial
concerns associated with this placement is that you are just as
likely to experience increased expenses and debts caused by the
other person as you are to have more money available. The
pendulum can swing either way.

        Ethical questions relevant to sexual morality are
important and must be addressed. Situations you face this year
are meant to force you to further define your own moral code.
Therefore sexual opportunities you encounter, regardless of
whether or not you take advantage of the experience, must be
understood within the context of your own religious or
philosophical ideals. Issues concerning sexual freedom,
preference, and practices are most noteworthy. Regardless of
your age, the cycle is such that either you must look at these
concepts for the first time or you must review what now can be
considered preconceived notions. For example, a young teenager
was faced with the possibility of her first sexual encounter,
while a much older woman who had always defined her
relationships as "open" now began to desire a monogamous
relationship with her lover. Each of these people dealt with the
philosophical aspect of the dilemma as well as the actual
feelings, thoughts, and  events.

        For those who have the training or innate ability to
make the leap to psychological understanding, the sexual and/or
monetary situations and issues encountered during the year
become a springboard to greater knowledge of the inner
motivations and unconscious complexes of others. The intensity
of relationships in these two areas of concern fosters great
insight when one is able to read the subtleties of the mind.


        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 live by.

        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 this time.

        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 or

        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

Solar Return Saturn in 8th house:

        The most common interpretation for Saturn in the 8th
house of the solar return relates to financial concerns caused
by either debts or limited shared resources. Debts are an issue,
and it is not uncommon to borrow a large sum of money during the
year for an expensive purchase such as a car or house. But it is
more likely that you will feel pressured to pay off your debts,
both existing loans and any new ones you acquire. Some
individuals force themselves to limit expenditures by refusing
to spend any more money until they pay off all debts. Others,
who have refused to face financial reality in the past (allowing
their debts to reach the credit limits), are now forced by their
circumstances to limit spending. They have exhausted all their
options. Regardless of whether you are working hard to finish
paying off your debts or just reaching your debt peak, you will
probably feel pressured to pay your bills.

        Saturn can imply limited shared resources; consequently,
you may receive less money from others. If you normally share
finances with someone else or receive money for other reasons,
this can be a year when these other forms of income (outside of
your own earning power) decrease. If you are married or have a
roommate, he or she may not be fully employed for part or all of
the year, thereby earning less income than usual. On the other
hand, he or she may be fully employed, but hesitate to share
funds, instead spending whatever money is available on either
worthy or unworthy causes, agreed upon or not. In any case, the
amount of money shared or earned by your partner can decrease
for one reason or another.

        For example, a young housewife with this placement was
having trouble stretching her husband's paycheck to meet the
bills. They lived frugally, but still there was not enough to go
around. He was due for a raise and they hoped everything would
work out, but just as he received the raise, they were forced by
circumstances to buy a new car. The new car payment took up the
entire raise plus ten dollars extra a month, so there was even
less money to go around that year.

        If you normally depend on others (possibly your parents
or some other relative) for financial gifts, you may receive
less money this year than you have in years past. It is probably
time you grew more financially independent and became
responsible for your own debts. The restriction on shared
resources also includes situations associated with wills,
inheritances, and occasionally even bank loans. Do not expect
someone to give you money unless you expect year-long delays.
Saturn in the 8th is not a reflection of the amount of money you
yourself earn. That is a separate matter seen through the other
houses, most notably the 2nd. Your earnings may be very good
this year, but with Saturn in the 8th you would still tend to
have some of the above mentioned problems with the money you
receive from others.

        Sexual issues are possible with this placement, but
generally they are rare in comparison to the emphasis on
financial considerations. Sexual limitations may include
abstinence, impotence or frigidity in extreme cases, or a
general lack of fulfillment. Critical judgments of self or
others can inhibit sexual performance. Issues outside of the
bedroom, such as power, dominance, and restriction, might affect
sexual interchanges. Limitations occur for a variety of reasons,
but the partner's absence, your or your partner's ill health, or
an inability to function well are most notable. For example, if
your wife is pregnant with twins, her desire may wane, assuming
you could master the logistics to begin with.

        For a few, sex will be less enjoyable this year,
especially if it is rushed, occurring in inconvenient locations,
or under stressful circumstances. This is especially true for
those who are involved in an extramarital affair. If you cannot
fully relate to your partner, you may view the act more as a
responsibility than a pleasure. Moral dilemmas in which you feel
pulled between sexual attractions and the criticisms of others
are possible. If you are a closet homosexual, you may feel
pulled between a strong (and obvious to others) attraction to
someone you see routinely and the desire to keep your life-style
and feelings private.

        You are more aware of the dark side of human nature. You
see evidence of it manifesting both in others and in your own
personality. Normally you see individuals as a blend of both
good and bad, black and white with variations of gray. But
during this year, the separation seems more apparent and the
grays tend to fade away. Black and white, good and evil, become
all-or-nothing traits, different sides of one personality
manifesting themselves at different times. The contrast tends to
be stark. Situations you are involved in during the year,
conflicts and stress cause the more negative traits to manifest.
For example, if you are involved in a love-hate relationship,
you will probably see both the best and the worst you and your
lover have to offer. The stress of the situation, coupled with
conflicting emotions, will tend to foster both strongly positive
and strongly negative relating patterns. Disputes over a will or
an inheritance can also magnify the split. You may think you
know your relatives until either you or they contest a will. In
the most extreme cases, you might be harassed by someone who is
sadistic or at least has a sadistic side to his or her
personality. Personal vendettas are rare, but not unheard of.

        Use this year to eliminate power structures which are
controlling you. Develop psychological self-control. Gain
insight into your own personal contributions to your situation.
Work toward self-mastery.


        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

        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 tightly.

        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 4th house:

        Uranus in the 4th house indicates that your domestic
life is very unsettled and some disruptive change occurs in the
home. There are several reasons possible for this disruption.
Individuals often move (sometimes repeatedly) or try to move
during the year. The actual move, if it occurs, may involve a
major relocation. Preparations for the sale of the old house and
renovations in the new house can drag on for months. Those who
do not choose to move during the year may decide to rearrange
the house or remodel part or all of the present residence. Some
build on an addition. In general, major renovations (the kind
where people switch the living room and the kitchen) are more
likely than mild redecoration. Sudden repairs are possible and
even freaky things can happen. In one case a chimney fell down,
and in another situation the house literally moved on its

        The actual house may remain the same but the number of
occupants living with you could change as others come and go
during the year. A child may return from college, or choose to
live elsewhere. Adult sons and daughters, elderly parents, or
roommates may move in or out, either temporarily or permanently.
The coming and going seems to interrupt the tranquility and
routine. At the very least, if nothing else changes, you will
tend to be restless when at home and may not spend much time
there. You may travel, or live with others and be in and out
sporadically. Home may not really feel like home and you may
feel uprooted much of the time.

        Besides domestic disruptions, emotional disruptions are
also possible. In fact, the greater the domestic change, the
greater the transformation that will be occurring on an
emotional level. If you do not understand the transition, you
may be moody or detached. You may not trust others with your
feelings, especially if they have a history of being emotionally
unpredictable and undependable, leaving you to feel that your
expectations will not be met if you approach these people for
either support or comfort. If you cannot get what you need from
others, vocalize your dissatisfaction, but concentrate on verbal
communication to get your point across.

        Realize that others may have grievances against you
also. Friends, family and lovers may see you as emotionally
unpredictable and undependable. You may not be aware that you
are behaving in a way that conflicts with your own need for
security and safety. Your ability to make a commitment will
change back and forth and you cannot establish the kind of
emotional security you want to have in a relationship until you
decide what you are capable of contributing yourself. If you are
unable to reach an understanding, seek support elsewhere or your
discontent will settle into grouchiness, anger, and
manipulation. In very negative situations, you can distance
yourself from family members or those you live with. Fights,
tensions and disagreements become more likely as negotiations
break down, and can lead to separations and broken ties.

        Less common possibilities with Uranus in the 4th house
include changes in the health and/or independence of family
members. Unexpected illnesses are rare, but do occur, especially
in elderly parents or grandparents. When they do occur,
illnesses tend to come on suddenly and exhibit an acute stage
which is usually temporary. It is during this time that the sick
person will need assistance and may actually move in with you.
Moreover, parents or children may not be able to function
independently at this time for reasons other than illness.
Surprise pregnancies, motherhood, unemployment, job relocation,
etc., also change one's ability to be independent. Learning to
develop a sense of freedom in the home environment is associated
with this placement.


        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, confusing details.

        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 line.

Solar Return Neptune in 3rd house:

        The most positive manifestation for this placement is an
ability to be open to new information and new ways of looking at
life without prejudice or judgment. Saturn is equated with
reality structures which help us to categorize information
quickly. Our criteria are set. But sometimes structures are more
limiting than helpful, and need to be broken down so new
realizations can arise. If we continue to pattern information in
the same way, we will never realize totally new forms of
organization. The thought pattern associated with Neptune is
very unstructured, general rather than specific, and for periods
of time resembles no pattern at all. There are no lasting
mundane criteria by which to assess individual pieces of
information. The emphasis is more on the big picture and a total
reorganization from the established structure. During the
changeover, you may not be sure what is true. While Neptune is
in the 3rd house, you are asked to acquire information without
judgment, at least for the time being. Explore concepts without
a preconceived notion of what you are looking for or what you
will find. This openness is needed for major realizations to
occur, and new ideas or perspectives can arise which you have
not and would not have previously considered.

        Neptune is also associated with higher forms of thought
and profound questions that cannot be answered easily. There is
the tendency to be very concerned with spiritual issues and the
practical applications of higher concepts to the mundane level.
A new sense of spiritual purpose could influence your daily
activities. Intuitive insights are common, and often the shift
in your understanding of reality is caused by the infusion of
both emotional and spiritual information into conscious
awareness. Do not box yourself in. Allow the mental transition
to proceed at its own pace and time. You cannot force insights,
nor can you hold them back. Flow with your feelings and
realizations, not making concrete demands for the future. Some
realizations may be beyond language and cannot be fully
translated into words.

        The negative side of this Neptune placement is the
tendency to be easily confused and distracted. Your lack of
emphasis on the "here and now" makes it more difficult to focus
on practical matters. Your mind is becoming more aware of
subtleties. You no longer have to be confronted with physical
evidence to sense what is real and true. Intuition is strong and
you are open to knowledge through the alternate channels of
intuition and insight. While your mind is expanding rapidly on a
spiritual level, it loses some of its desire to concentrate on
maintaining daily patterns and physical order. This new
sensitivity tends to overload your senses with subtle
information, making it more difficult to deal with and remember
mundane details. Right-brain insights predominate over
left-brain concentration, and distractions can occur with or
without any perceived trigger. Your thoughts will be pulled away
repeatedly from the task at hand to contemplate some new and
sometimes vague concept or fantasy. Remembering to pick up the
clothes at the cleaner's does not seem so important when you are
realizing your relationship to the Universal plan or fantasizing
about some new love and the future. Forgetfulness is common, or
to put it more definitively, you do not care to be unduly
concerned with details in the mundane world. The shift also
makes it more difficult to discern between real sensations and
anxieties. Premonitions and fears appear the same and one has
the tendency to worry. Misinterpretations of insights can occur
until the powers of discrimination are enhanced. Because of the
mental uncertainty caused by the new information and thought
patterns developing, you might give mixed messages to others
until your system adjusts. Therefore, verbal communications are
subject to misunderstanding and you have to work consciously
during this time to communicate more effectively.

        Decisions are harder to make, especially when they
involve major choices with limited information and no
guarantees. Some individuals become immobilized by the
decision-making process. They become very concerned with doing
the right thing, wanting a guaranteed result when none can be
given. A lack of conviction may cause you to expect others to
make decisions for you. Numerous pieces of advice will only add
to the confusion. Make tentative plans as you proceed and save
room for adjustments as new information becomes available.

        Your mind is very susceptible to alteration. This may be
a time when you explore different mind-altering experiences from
drugs to meditation. Be an educated consumer and know what you
are getting into. If you are on any medication, learn the side
effects of the drugs you are taking. A pattern of confusion and
low vitality may relate to a prescription you are on. A very
negative but rare manifestation is substance abuse. Metaphysical
education is associated with the Neptune process and could help
trigger the spiritual and intuitive insights needed for growth
and awareness. Use this time to work with the finer experiences
associated with life and perceptions.


        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

        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 necessary.

        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 with.

        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
whenever possible.

        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 way.

        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 2nd house:

        Dramatic changes in financial situations are associated
with Pluto in the 2nd house. Your income may increase or
decrease during the year and it is not uncommon to either enter
or exit the job market at this time. Income losses can be
preplanned and may not indicate any difficulty. You may wish to
quit your job or retire. Unexpected salary cutbacks or financial
difficulties are possible, but generally changes in salary come
from self-initiated decisions.

        The task for the year is to work toward controlling your
own finances, including both income and outflow (spending
practices). In the more positive manifestation, you will want to
manage your own money. You must be the person in control, the
one who decides how much you will or will not earn, and how you
will spend it. It's time to either draw up a budget or trim the
fat off the old one. Perhaps you want your own checking and/or
savings account if you do not already have these. Learn to
handle money responsibly. The tendency with this placement can
be to maintain tight control over expenses. All purchases can be
well thought out in advance, with allocations for specific

        The need for personal financial control might cause a
problem for your spouse, parent or significant other. Financial
struggles over debts and expenses are possible, especially if
you have not maintained good control in the past or need to
tighten your budget now. You may need to make some changes in
order to meet your goals for the future. Changes generally
involve spending less and saving a sum of money for a large
expense further down the road. Some individuals realize that
they must be free of financial concerns now in order to freely
pursue goals which are not financially rewarding at this time.
For this, you must stockpile funds now and learn to live on less

        Financial control may be an all-or-nothing deal. It may
be the total lack of control that rules your life. In this case
impulse spending and large expenses will drain your capital. The
inability to control spending results in serious financial
disruption. In this negative case, disruption will last for the

        Changes in self-worth are frequently associated with
changes in income, since many measure their self-worth against a
materialistic yardstick. For them, money equals self-value.
Equations such as this reinforce psychological messages which
define personal worth in the context of conditional love. Those
with poor self-images will not be able to support their sagging
self-esteem without external monetary confirmation. Once income
stops or the flow of money tightens, one must face the issue of
innate value separate from abilities and accomplishments. Grow
to appreciate who you are regardless of what you are earning or

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