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               Planets in Solar Return Report for:

                           Damon Matt
                         October 8, 1970
                             3:22 PM
                     Boston, Massachusetts 


                  Solar Return calculated for:
                         October 8, 2002
                           1:29:51 PM


                        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     15 Lib 06                Neptune  29 Sco 02
Moon    22 Cap 57                Pluto    27 Vir 54
Mercury  1 Lib 46                Asc.      6 Aqu 02
Venus   22 Sco 41                MC       28 Sco 41
Mars    22 Vir 36                2nd cusp 24 Pis 46
Jupiter  9 Sco 40                3rd cusp  2 Tau 29
Saturn  21 Tau 37                5th cusp 19 Gem 45
Uranus   9 Lib 34                6th cusp 10 Can 20

Tropical  Placidus   Daylight Time observed
October 8, 1970   3:22 PM
GMT: 19:22:00   Time Zone: 5 hours West
Lat. and Long. of birth place: 42 N 21    71 W 03   

Astrological Data of Solar Return:

Sun     15 Lib 06                Neptune   8 Aqu 14
Moon    14 Sco 46                Pluto    15 Sag 24
Mercury 28 Vir 35                Asc.     15 Sco 18
Venus   15 Sco 31                MC       26 Leo 11
Mars    25 Vir 26                2nd cusp 14 Sag 52
Jupiter 13 Leo 20                3rd cusp 19 Cap 36
Saturn  29 Gem 05                5th cusp 28 Pis 29
Uranus  25 Aqu 12                6th cusp 24 Ari 24

October 8, 2002   GMT: 13:29:51
Boston@          42 N 21    71 W 03   

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.

Five or More Fixed Planets

        When there are five or more fixed planets in the solar
return chart, this is an indication that change or the lack of
change is a major issue during the year. Changes are frequently
viewed as all or nothing routines which can intimidate
individuals into fostering approach-avoidance issues. One train
of thought will emphasize stability and conservative action,
while another stresses the fear of being rut-bound. Situations
often appear to be either/or combinations with no options in
between. Security becomes equated with familiarity even when
what is familiar is difficult. A lack of stability is associated
with making dramatic changes. In this sense, there is a tendency
to accept things as they are and not look for alternatives. Fear
of making decisions that would greatly alter your life could
keep you immobilized and stuck in stalemated conditions. If you
are faced with impending major changes, but refuse to act on
pressures and issues that are plaguing you, changes may be
forced on you by external circumstances and these changes may be
very dramatic.

        Commonly, a fixed preponderance indicates you are stuck
in the same old situation again, particularly if you are
involved in what seems to be a never-ending conflict or a deja
vu relationship. The inability to look for alternative solutions
to problems manifests as the inability to find new patterns of
behavior. Stubbornness and a refusal to compromise are negative
personality traits which can be particularly obstructive this
year, especially if you refuse to see your own contribution to
difficult situations. How easy it becomes to blame others! If
only they would give in, give up or make changes for us,
clearing the way for our own wants, needs, and ways of doing
things. This is an unrealistic expectation. Positively, this is
a time to draw on the creative insights associated with the
fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, to develop new
alternatives which optimize corrective action and change while
minimizing instability. There are alternatives to either/or,
uncompromising situations for those who are willing to be

        If your life is already stabilized, then this is a time
for building and maintaining resources. Further acquisitions can
be had through creative use of what is already owned or known.
It is an excellent time for finishing major projects that
require plodding and sustained effort. But if major changes are
occurring, this is also a good time to maintain a sense of
stability and peace in the midst of disruption.


        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 11th house:

        Capricorn and the 10th house are associated with the
laws and rules that are written for the masses. These laws
structure society as a whole. Aquarius and the 11th house rule
the personal reassessment of those laws, their meaning and
application on an individualized level. Conscientious objection
and a disregard for societal norms are also Aquarian themes. The
11th house in the solar return chart is the house of "Why not?"
Why not have an affair? Why not start your own business? Why not
sail around the world alone? Why not, why not, why not! The sky
is the limit.

        When your Sun is in this house, you must personally
accept or reject all rules that affect your life. Rules are
questioned, and either broken or found to have great personal
validity. Morality and ethics are subject to personal scrutiny.
You must decide what is right for you, your life situation and
the people around you. This testing of rules and laws can be a
mental exercise that lasts all year or it can be a difficult
struggle involving strong urges. Those individuals with strong
Uranian themes in their charts are more likely to act out. Those
with strong Saturnian themes in their charts are less likely to
act out but more likely to be upset by the review process. This
is because strange thoughts can be associated with the Sun in
the 11th house. These are not conservative, practical thoughts
but wild crazy urges sometimes lacking a basis in reality. If
you are not aware of the purpose for this process, you may be
frightened by your own erratic thinking.

        The important task for this year is to weaken Saturnian
restrictions that are outdated and inhibit your growth
potential. Next year your Sun moves to the 8th house where many
changes will occur. The Sun in the 11th house indicates the need
to prepare for these changes by reviewing meaningless patterns
of behavior. By the end of the year, you should develop a
personal code of behavior that makes sense within the context of
your situation and allows you to make necessary changes.

        The 11th house is also the house of future goals and
hopes. This is the year to activate goals, or at least determine
if they are realistic, practical or suitable as a future
endeavor. Some dreams will survive the test, while others may
not. Begin to work on those goals which are feasible and worthy
of your attention.

        Freedom is a major issue, and the amount of freedom you
experience in your life will either rise or fall. If you have
been feeling suppressed and limited, this will be your year to
break those restrictions. You may actually forsake your former
code of conduct or pattern of behavior. For this reason, the
married individual is affair-prone, especially if there are also
placements in the 5th house. Friends may become lovers and
lovers are friends and it becomes difficult to draw lines
between the two. This is as true for single people as it is for
those who are married. It is also possible that your freedom is
seriously restricted as you strive to meet your goals or fulfill
your dreams. Children and babies can be the fulfillment of a
dream but at the same time, they do limit your freedom.

        When the Sun is in the 11th house (the 2nd of the 10th),
it is probable that your income will increase. Last year, if
your Sun was in the 2nd house, you decided how much you were
worth in the labor market. This year you set out to earn that
much or at least increase your income. There is the possibility
of advancement or promotion.

        Group interaction will be important and this is a good
time to experience or observe group dynamics. You are more apt
to perceive subtle shifts in power within the group, or more
obvious power struggles between members. You may or may not
actively participate in these struggles yourself, but you will
be aware of the power individual members possess and also the
power the group possesses as a unit. Your experience can be
mostly passive (in which case you will tend to go along with the
crowd), or more aggressive (you strive for a position of
influence). If you are interested in a cause or project, you
should be able to harness group energy to accomplish the task at
hand if your intentions are honorable. This is a good time to
experience your own power and ego as expressed through a group.
But if you waste this time on mindless infighting, all victories
will be hollow.

        And finally, the Sun in the 11th house relates to
developing and also fading friendships. Those friends who did
not treat you with respect last year are no longer around. New
friends that you attract should be more appreciative.
Relationships are less intense than the one-on-one partnerships
of the 7th or 5th house, but no less meaningful. You can have
in-depth but intermittent encounters with several friends or
many superficial acquaintances. This year you are learning to
express yourself to a variety of people and consequently your
circle of friends expands. Both new and old friendships might be
instrumental in the achievement of your goals.

Sun Aspects Pluto

        The nature of a planet aspecting the Sun in the solar
return chart and the aspect between them color the
interpretation of both planets. Pluto aspects to the Sun (which
usually last for a number of consecutive years) indicate an
increased awareness of power. Awareness can come through
conflicts and struggle with yourself or others, but it is the
awareness that is most significant. How people get, maintain and
use power for personal goals or for the control of others is
more important than the struggle itself. It is the awareness
which gives you a greater ability to control your own life.
Power usage in confrontations and everyday situations will
become more obvious, but even subtle shifts in power will be
evident to you as you learn to recognize psychological
motivations and manipulations. For some individuals this is a
time to study psychology; however, many will notice examples of
obsessive, compulsive, phobic, or manipulative behaviors in
themselves or others regardless of their educational background.
Unconscious needs are intensified and life becomes more
complicated. Ambition and self-control are the more positive
manifestations. Learning to deal with life on a deeper level is
the hallmark of the Plutonian consciousness.

Sun Aspects Jupiter

        Although Jupiter transits a new sign every year,
Sun-Jupiter aspects do not occur in every solar return chart.
The major task associated with Sun-Jupiter aspects is expansion
of the personality into new areas of expertise. Hopefully, this
expansion will be consistent with the individual's philosophical
beliefs and spiritual goals. Jupiter's sign may be significant
in some way, though usually it is the house placement that is
important. For example, Jupiter in Capricorn can suggest a
preoccupation with materialism. If Jupiter is also in the 4th
house of the solar return chart, the individual may be looking
to buy a bigger house in a more prestigious neighborhood. The
main danger associated with this planet is a tendency toward
excessive behavior and a refusal to curb personal needs and
desires in consideration of others. Beneficial opportunities are
associated with Jupiter; however, there is no guarantee of a
positive return. You can augment the possibilities through


        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.

Moon in 12th house (within 3 degree orb of 1st house)

        You may not be very open with your feelings when the
Moon is in the 12th house. This can be a time of intense
emotions, but commonly they lack a clear avenue for expression.
For one reason or another, you find it difficult to reveal what
you are feeling or sensing intuitively. Even when you do make a
revelation, you suspect you are misunderstood or ignored. Others
may seem distant or detached, leaving you to cope alone with
pressing emotional issues; or you might not have someone
immediately available who truly understands what you are
feeling. The Moon in the 12th house is common in the charts of
those who have recently changed their environment and entered a
new situation where they have not yet had the opportunity to
foster strong emotional connections to the people around them.
The perception of emotional loneliness may or may not be
accurate; you could simply be more reluctant to disclose your
emotions though others are willing to listen.

        But there are certain situations associated with the
Moon in the 12th house which typically warrant emotional
restraint. If you are involved in a clandestine affair, the
person you are seeing may not want to get involved emotionally.
If you are dealing with the sick, disabled or dying, you might
hide your feelings so as not to convey the full extent of their
injury or illness. If you think that someone has purposefully
tried to hurt you, you would not want him or her to see if they
have succeeded. Consequently, this can be a time when you keep
emotional secrets because of the anticipated reaction to their

        The reasons for emotional restraint are very important.
You must ascertain whether or not your situation truly prohibits
emotional expression or if your own fears are limiting their
expression. Even if your present relationships are restrictive,
this does not mean that you cannot or should not find others to
confide in. You can cultivate new friendships that allow a
greater opportunity for expression. Learning to express your
feelings quietly to those with whom you are most closely
involved will be one of the tasks for this year.

        You may be socially withdrawn and retiring, preferring
to be left alone, withdrawing from the public eye. You might
enjoy quiet moments at home with your family, friends or loved
ones instead of social evenings out. You need extra time, and
perhaps privacy, for your own interests. If you are normally an
outgoing, active person, this may seem like a time of seclusion.
If you are romantically involved with someone, you will want to
be alone, or may have to be alone. The individual you are
involved with might not want to be seen in public.

        The Moon in the 12th house indicates that the emotional
nature is more sensitive to those in need. This can be a year in
which a lot of time is spent helping, nurturing or caring for
others, especially if there is someone close to you who has a
health problem. This Moon placement can suggest that someone
close to you, and possibly a family member, is sick or requires
hospitalization. If no one in your family is ill, you will still
care for someone who is in need. You can be a Good Samaritan who
willingly gives time and energy to assist others. The danger
with this placement is the tendency to get involved with those
who refuse to help themselves, e.g., the alcoholic, drug user,
unhappily married person, or counseling candidate. You,
yourself, could play victim. If this is the case, seek
professional guidance in these matters.

Moon within 3 degree orb of 1st house

        The Moon in the 1st house can indicate increased
emotional self-awareness during the coming solar return year.
Feelings and emotional needs will seem stronger and more urgent,
residing just under the surface. Sometimes the emotional nature
is overwhelming and cannot easily be controlled. Individuals
with this placement tend to cry easily, and to feel deeply. They
may also be socially withdrawn or quiet. The Moon in the 1st
house is distinguished by the fact that not only are the
feelings particularly strong, they are also readily apparent to
others and ultimately carry great personal significance for the
individual. Resolutions for the future are made from the
subjective interpretation of these pressing feelings. Feelings
do not just gain strength during this time, they become a
motivating force. Feelings become useful. They have rhyme and
reason within the context of events and they play a major role
in decisions that you make. This is not the time to make totally
rational decisions without considering the emotional

        For example, a new mother with the Moon in the 1st house
of the solar return chart promised to return to work after the
baby was born. Her full-time income was needed to support her
student husband. She did not anticipate any problems with this
arrangement, but she had not assessed how she would feel about
this set-up. She had made an intellectual decision without any
emotional input. Once she returned to work, she realized how
unhappy she felt leaving her baby every morning. As the year
wore on, she and her husband made decisions about their future
that changed their work schedules significantly. The following
year, the mother was able to stay home full-time to care for
their baby. Her feelings about working while her child was young
strongly influenced the choices she and her husband made. After
this woman interpreted her feelings and grew to respect those
emotions, she was able to work towards a positive resolution of
the issue.

        When the Moon is in the 1st house, your emotional nature
is trying to tell you something important. Your feelings can be
viewed as a connecting link between events in the past and
guidelines or preparation for the future. It is common to find
the Moon in the 1st house of the solar return when one is
recovering from an emotional trauma, regardless of when that
trauma occurred. It could have occurred in the very recent past
or it could have occurred long ago (especially if the individual
has a habit of suppressing feelings). Or you may be involved in
a situation or personality pattern that is detrimental to your
emotional nature or development. Usually this situation or
pattern is well within your power to change. Present events
trigger feelings, both old and new, and force them to the
surface. This is not meant to be a depressing time, though
sometimes this is the case, especially in the early months of
the solar return. Moodiness is a common complaint. The goal is
to get in touch with your feelings and listen to them.
Understand what they are saying to you. Some pains are
inevitable and some pains are avoidable. You cannot change
death, but you can change the way you handle emotions,
situations, and relationships. The Moon in the 1st house signals
a very strong developmental stage for the feeling nature. This
is not just a year of recovery, it is a year for great emotional

        This is also a time to become self-protective and
self-nurturing. The Moon in the 1st house could be titled, "The
Care and Feeding of your Emotional Nature." Many of us do not
know how to soothe our own injured feelings and heal old wounds.
Use this time to learn how to protect yourself from emotionally
damaging situations while recognizing and fostering emotionally
healthy relationships. Appreciate your own emotional needs and
know when they are not being met. Allow your feelings to play a
greater role in the decision-making process.

        This is a time when you are able to feel the pain of
another and walk a mile in his or her shoes, so to speak. Since
you are becoming more sensitive to your own emotional needs, you
are also more sensitive and aware of the emotional needs of
those around you. For this reason, you can become increasingly
supportive of immediate family members. Dependency is a
possibility. The Moon in the 1st can commonly be seen in the
charts of those with a new baby or elderly parent to care for.
Your ability to be more nurturing at this time draws those who
are in need of your care and assistance. Whether you are male or
female, strong involvement with a woman is especially common.

Moon Aspects Jupiter

        Moon in aspect to Jupiter suggests that your ability to
express your feelings within a significant relationship is
important to your own emotional growth during the year, and also
to the growth of the relationship. Jupiter symbolizes your
ability to expand and the Moon symbolizes your feeling nature.
Together in aspect, they emphasize the process of sharing
emotions, having those emotions understood, and growing from the
interchange. For example, if you are involved in counseling,
this exchange is crucial to the therapeutic process. If you are
involved in a serious relationship, sharing your feelings is
very important for the development of greater intimacy. Problems
expressing your feelings or reaching a level of understanding
will cause emotional stagnation and eventually strain your

        Some real or imagined barrier to expressing feelings can
exist with this aspect, and it is important that you break
through this barrier and be understood if emotional growth is to
occur. Sometimes the barrier is really no problem at all, but a
wonderful opportunity for openness. Expansion through emotional
interchange and relatedness is the key. It can come about by
overcoming barriers or creating rewarding opportunities.

        Moon-Jupiter aspects sometimes imply overwhelming
emotions. You do best with objective feedback from others. Your
perception may be distorted if you keep your feelings isolated.
It is just as important for you to convey cheerful emotions as
serious feelings, especially if you are in a situation where
enthusiasm could motivate others. For instance, if you are
working on a humanitarian project and you need volunteers, your
ability to inspire others with your enthusiasm will help your

Moon Aspects Venus

        The Moon in aspect to Venus suggests that emotional
security and domestic issues are tied to financial
considerations. Your monetary situation can be affected either
positively or negatively. If you are planning on pursuing an
emotionally fulfilling goal, you will have to consider your
financial situation before making any changes. Whether or not
your goal is feasible at this time depends on how much money you
have set aside. You might have to compromise your present income
and take a pay cut to enter a more rewarding field. Ultimately,
your salary will increase if you are successful in your new
endeavors. Financial stability is also affected by domestic
conditions. Moving, pregnancy, and birth are common events that
affect the amount of money earned and spent. Occasionally this
aspect can show a time when you are financially dependent on
others for support for one of the reasons mentioned above.


        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 11th house:

        The 10th house rules laws and standards established by
society to govern groups of people. Because they were prepared
for the masses, they may not fit all individual situations or
meet individual needs. The 11th house rules laws and standards
established by the individual after reevaluating society's
restrictions and regulations in light of personal experience.
With this Mercury placement, you will probably question social
restrictions in an attempt to personalize limitations and
understand their usefulness in your present situation. It is
possible that your needs as an individual conflict with
society's expectations. For example, if you are involved in a
very difficult marriage and you are attracted to someone new,
you might toy with the idea of having an affair. Pressure and
needs relevant to your personal situation may contradict social
restrictions. Because Mercury usually relates to a mental
exercise, it is not necessary that you actually transgress
social norms or experience compromising situations. Your
reassessment may consist of a continuing intellectual or
theoretical debate running through your mind for most of the
year. But it is essential that you question the rules by which
you live your daily life, and that you develop a new personal
code of ethics.

        The 11th house also emphasizes group needs versus
individual needs. Therefore it is common for the individual to
be involved with a group or social situation which focuses on
balancing these two energies. You may be involved in a group
because you are more likely to attain goals through a combined
effort than working independently. You may need to share
thoughts and experiences with others and establish new goals for
the future. The group you are involved in may be primarily
intellectual or social, but it is also possible that the group
is working toward a common goal. Communication among group
members or the discussion of pressing issues may be an important
part of the group efforts. Mercury in the 11th house may
indicate self-help groups, although these groups are more
closely associated with the Moon or Mars in the 11th, especially
if Mercury is squared by a planet in the 1st house.

        Some organized groups tend to support group needs and
goals over the needs of the individual. The individual may feel
compromised in this situation. For example, a new collective
business group hired a full-time advertising person to promote
their business. They needed to hold down expenses since finances
were limited. The person creating and placing the ads believed
in the group efforts, but he needed to live off the salary
received. In this case, the group goal of holding down expenses
was not consistent with the individual's need to earn a good
salary and provide a valuable service. The balance of individual
needs versus group needs is usually emphasized in some way when
Mercury is in the 11th house.

        A question of personal freedom underlies the issues of
Mercury in the 11th house. Whether you are dealing with friends,
groups or society at large, the amount of individual freedom you
enjoy is controlled to a certain degree by the relationships you
have. You must accept certain restrictions and considerations so
that your behavior does not impinge on the rights and freedoms
of others. Therefore issues related to monogamy in a
relationship or loyalty among friends may be important.

        Since this is a decisive year for goals, the process of
questioning established norms is particularly important. This is
a time when you should be open to the new ideas and directions
so necessary to the formulation of future goals. The questioning
process opens your mind to original ways of thinking and frees
you from unnecessary restrictions. The reevaluation process also
helps you distinguish practical goals from unrealistic dreams.
Mercury in the 11th house can suggest that you are able to
justify theoretically your need for freedom from pointless
restraint in order to pursue new goals for the future.

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 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 1st house:

        Venus in the 1st house is usually indicative of a gentle
demeanor. You would not wish to hurt anyone's feelings over
transgressions that have occurred in the past, nor for
intrusions occurring in the present. It is common to be
nonaggressive and even nonassertive with this placement,
depending on Mars. Your gentle and nonassertive manner can leave
you open to the demands of others. If this is the case, your
attention is divided between your needs and the needs of those
you are involved with.

        As much as you wish to assist others, part of your focus
should be centered on meeting your own needs, and protecting
your own interests from outside influences. You need free time
and energy in order to "do your own thing." For this reason,
Venus in the 1st house is associated with self-protection and
balance. You may need to learn to protect your own interests
from the intrusions, opinions, and demands of others.

        The most common form of self-protection associated with
this placement is withdrawal from contact with others. You spend
more time alone during the year for one reason or another. You
probably like being alone and feel you are your own best
company. You do not want to give up personal needs and interests
just to be with others. Aloneness may be a simple matter of
changing environment. Graduates leaving a college dormitory and
living alone for the first time might have this placement, as
well as individuals engaged or married, yet separated from their
loved ones.

        Aloneness may alternate with a strong emphasis on
relationships, indicating a seesaw, all-or-nothing life-style
during the year. But usually "aloneness" carries more meaning
and greater importance than merely being by yourself. You may
need time alone to take care of your own interests. For example,
a new writer needed more time alone to write an intense novel.
She enjoyed working with the fantasy she was creating. Her time
alone was used to foster a creative and productive working
environment. During the year she tended to avoid superficial and
unnecessary social contacts.

        Another individual was plagued by the demands of several
neighbors. She was home during the day and constantly called
upon for help. She did not mind helping others, but her
nonassertive personality allowed the demands to become excessive
and eventually she had little time to herself. Her neighbors
took advantage of her, asking her to do things they would
normally do for themselves. She began to leave her phone off the
hook and pretend to be out when someone came to the door. She
used aloneness as an escape.

        The reasons you want to be alone should be indicated by
the rest of the solar return chart. You may be running from a
situation you find difficult to control or to a situation you
wish to create. There are individuals who are able to defend
their own interests successfully without escaping. These
individuals are more likely to be alone because aloneness has
innate value during the year. Nonassertive individuals are more
likely to see withdrawal as a form of self-protection.

        Benefits, money, and comforts are self-made during the
year. Do not expect others to provide for you unless there are
other indications in the solar return chart. This is generally
not the time for obtaining from others, but rather a time to be
good to yourself. You are able to advance through your own
efforts, but to do this you must be more aware of your skills
and more confident of your abilities. Your greatest
opportunities are self-made, and your greatest achievements
involve personal satisfaction.

Venus Aspects Jupiter

        Aspects from Jupiter to Venus have several possible
interpretations. You can benefit, either directly or indirectly,
through the influence or assistance of others. Relationships can
be very rewarding and you reap what you have sown. If you have
been helpful and understanding to others in the past, you can
expect the same treatment now. Your lover, business partner, or
spouse may be actively supportive of your goals, either
financially or emotionally.

        Indirect benefits can also come to you through your
partnerships. For example, your spouse accepts a job transfer to
Colorado and you always wanted to live in ski country. You may
buy a house or expensive ski equipment when you get there since
large purchases and expenses are commonly seen with
Jupiter-Venus solar return aspects. Possibly you spend more than
you can afford.

        What you believe to be true about most relationships can
either be consistent with your experience, or in conflict with
the reality of your situation. As would be expected of anyone,
it is more common to notice the conflicts than the periods of
consistency. Issues concerning morals, ethics, and monogamy are
important and you may discuss whether your relationship is an
open or closed one. Either one of you can be involved in a
second relationship which causes this issue to be raised.
Defining the ethics of relating becomes a goal during the year.


        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 10th house:

        Mars in the 10th house suggests an aggressive business
style or energetic attitude towards career tasks. Many times the
individual with this placement realizes that he or she must work
harder during the coming year either to get ahead or stay ahead.
Competition from other businesses or co-workers can provide the
impetus towards greater productivity, but many times the
individual is only in competition with himself or herself. There
may or may not be a specific change in the work environment that
indicates this need to switch into high gear. Internal signals
are as likely as external motivations.

        This is a good time to focus on career ambitions and use
the energy surge for both immediate career goals and long-term
developments. During the year, you should take the initiative
and capitalize on your ability to be self-motivating. Projects
that require originality, independent work and/or aggressive
action are suited to your style. Try new techniques, tools and
directions. Use this time to initiate a project or start your
own business. Professional success can result from independent
efforts, and as a rule, you will prefer working alone. Specific
situations which are consistent with this interpretation
include: working on a commission basis and trying to land the
"big deal"; attracting new clients, particularly those requiring
active pursuit; and starting a new business or relocating an old
one to a new area, since you must hustle to make things work,
break even or move ahead.

        Those who cannot find a positive outlet for this energy
surge will feel frustrated with their present employer or career
responsibilities. If you are not self-employed, or do not have
the freedom to work independently, clashes with authority
figures are likely. In some instances you can be motivated by
your boss's demands, but generally, tension between you and
upper management can build into a stressful situation for one
reason or another. High pressure situations and workaholic
tendencies are associated with this placement and if your boss
is too demanding, your workload can be overwhelming or even
impossible. You can accomplish a lot this year, but do not do so
at the expense of your mental or physical health. Do not allow
workaholic tendencies to prevent you from going on vacation. It
is important that you practice relaxation techniques and take
time off. It is also important to learn to control, deflect or
address tension-producing issues.

        In very negative situations, the stress at work is
exacerbated by unreasonable or difficult authority figures. It
would be best if you could work alone, since you may not like
working for, with, or under anyone. The natural creative
energies will be more evident if the motivation is internalized
and allowed to flourish, but this is not always the case. If you
must deal daily with an argumentative boss, you need to look at
your professional priorities and reassess your options.

        In the most positive manifestation, energy is expended
toward professional achievement, but if the road to success is
blocked, extreme frustration will follow. Making job or attitude
changes can be the only way to open doors to more positive

        Although the 10th house is associated with career
choices, this is also the house of the destiny path. New
personal directions are possible while Mars is placed here,
regardless of whether or not these new directions are directly
tied into career choices. Occasionally this placement shows that
you are able to go on in life alone. This is particular true for
those individuals in the midst of a divorce. The ability to
function independently while pursuing a course of action which
can have a major effect on the life path is an interpretation
consistent with Mars in the 10th house of the solar return

Mars Aspects Saturn

        Mars-Saturn aspects imply a need for well-planned
activity which is strongly based on a realistic assessment of
the situation. If you are involved in a major project,
personality characteristics such as discipline, perseverance,
and organizational ability may be needed for the hard work
ahead. This is a good time to work toward completing long-term
goals, especially if you appreciate the amount of effort that is
involved. You are able to accomplish according to your strengths
and acquired skills. Future plans are a direct extension of past
events, issues, and experience. Nothing is given and everything
must be earned.

        As you strive to succeed in any endeavor, you have to
maintain an awareness of societal structures, norms, and
institutions. Certain requirements will be expected of you as a
member of society. For instance, if you wish to borrow money to
purchase your first home, you must deal with a bank or mortgage
company and meet their requirements for loan customers. This is
a good time to push carefully for success, but it is also a good
time to cut back on activities if a realistic reassessment of
your feelings and life situation tells you to do so. For
instance, if you are a young mother wishing to quit work because
you have small children, budgeting finances might be a must.
Careful planning can make things possible.

        Saturn rules reality and practicality. It is not enough
to be organized; your plans cannot be implemented if they are
unrealistic or impractical. Frustrations are common with this
combination and seem to arise from the inability to understand
the options and problems. Restrictions and time delays are
common in situations where planning is inadequate and
expectations unrealistic. Mars by its house placement indicates
the action you wish to take (or the anger you feel when
thwarted) and Saturn by its house placement indicates where the
restrictions are most likely to occur.

        Limitations may be built into the situation or
personified by a difficult individual. For example, a young man
with Saturn in the 4th house bought an older home in need of
extensive renovation. Mars was in the 1st house in the solar
return and his natural tendency was to go quickly ahead without
carefully investigating and planning how to proceed. He soon
discovered that problems required more consideration than merely
going at it with a saw and hammer. He was able to save time, in
the long run, by researching the problem and detailing his
plans. Most people would realize that you cannot ad-lib major
renovations. When Mars aspects Saturn in your solar return
chart, you may have to work with time delays and restraints. In
the most negative situations, you could feel like your life is
on hold for much of the year. Actions are thwarted by others, if
not by your own lack of organization or unrealistic

        Freedom of action can also be limited if liberties have
been taken in the past. If you have overspent your budget and
have now incurred serious debt, your finances will be restricted
during the coming year. You, yourself, may decide to limit your
expenses or you may have no other choice but to cut down. If
actions are not planned well now or in the past, restrictions,
delays, and frustrations are a possibility. Those who are able
to work within structures will be highly productive.


        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 9th house:

        There is a strong emphasis on spirituality with this
Jupiter placement. It seems that an individual naturally begins
to look for a higher understanding of the life purpose. Study of
a spiritual nature is frequently associated with Jupiter in the
9th, but teaching and direct application of principles are more
likely for those who are further advanced. The understanding of
the word spirituality should not be limited to religion and
philosophy, but should also include all New Age, esoteric, and
metaphysical studies. In fact, this may be the more common
emphasis. It is time for the great awakening. One does not
merely learn with this placement, one begins to know and
experience the force and draw of the higher realms. To do this,
you can be a born-again Christian or a daily meditator. It makes
no difference. It is not the teachings that are most central to
the growth in consciousness, but the experiential process which
fuels a desire to know and understand. The pull can be very
powerful for those who are in a space and time to readily open
up and go with the experience.

        Aside from the spiritual emphasis, educational
opportunities can exist. Depending on your level of expertise
and search for knowledge, you can either teach or learn. Those
who are interested in learning are just as likely to be
self-taught as to attend a school. In fact, the greater emphasis
appears to be on individual courses taken separately, (e.g.,
tutoring, independent study, or self-help groups whose focus is
on personal advancement through shared-learning experiences).

        Although one would expect a formal educational
environment, attending college is a manifestation more commonly
seen with Saturn in the 9th house. The degree of freedom
associated with Jupiter is more likely to lend itself to a
relaxed and enjoyable study environment without the detailed
structure of a degree program; however, the possibility of a
formal education does exist. If you do return to school, you may
receive some educational honors or awards during the year. It is
to your advantage to seek recognition for educational endeavors
by entering writing contests, art shows, etc., according to your
area of interest.

        Your mind is very active during this period and needs
stimulation; consequently, there is an interest in a variety of
topics. Sometime during the year, you may be overwhelmed by the
information you are trying to master or understand, especially
if the experiential side of the manifestation is strong. If you
choose not to study this year and have no other mental outlets
for your mind (reading, writing, contemplation), this can be a
time of mental restlessness. One way or another, you need to
satisfy the mental hunger.

        In conjunction with the emphasis on teaching is the
possibility of writing a book for publication. Books, especially
informational, nonfiction works, seek to allow others the chance
for independent study of a topic. Although publication of the
book will probably not occur at this time unless there are
strong placements in the 10th house consistent with this
interpretation, this is a good time to begin investigation into
the publishing field.

        You might travel during the year, but the focus of
attention seems to be more on the above-mentioned areas of
concern; however, interest in a specific culture or ethnic group
can be evident without any travel whatsoever. You may be
fascinated by foreign customs or foods. If you do not travel,
you can still follow your interests in this area through books,
foreign films, or ethnic sojourns. Relating directly with a
person of foreign nationality is the most likely trigger for
this interest.


        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.

Uranus in 3rd house (within 3 degree orb of 4th house)

        Uranus in the 3rd house is associated with rapid
thinking processes and changing thought patterns. The mental
acceleration can work to your advantage if you are in a
pressured situation where decisions must be made quickly or
information must be learned in a short period of time. This is
an excellent time to take a crash course or intensive which
forces you to learn a lot of material in a fast-paced classroom
situation. Independent learning and correspondence courses are
also possible since you have the ability to study on your own
and move ahead at your own pace. The information under study
should be unusual in some way, geared toward stimulating
creativity, insight and free thinking. Do not limit your
thoughts because of preconceived notions.

        It is very likely that during this time you will receive
or learn information which could have a very strong effect on
your perception of reality and your pattern of thought. This
information may come to you through your studies, through
conflict with others, or through intuitive insights, but the
effect of the information will be transformational, causing your
perception of reality to go through a period of adjustment.

        During the year, your opinions will change sequentially
as the weeks go by; therefore, this is not the time to make
irrevocable statements. You may end up eating your own words
later on. A better course of action is to allow the mind
complete intellectual freedom for the purposes of investigation
and insight. Do not limit your thoughts to what is already
known, what is rational, or what you are told. Allow your
thoughts to form intuitively, creatively or unconsciously. Work
with information from many levels of experience to gain a better
understanding of your true reality. You can gain great insight
if you read between the lines and accept all information that
comes your way without judgment. Let the final say occur toward
the end of the year after all the information is in.

        There is a propensity for anxiety and nervousness with
Uranus in the 3rd house. Mental problems are associated with a
fixation on what is desired or expected rather than an openness
to new possibilities for the future. Anyone who experiences
acute anxiety or panic attacks should seek counseling. But most
individuals will find this placement somewhat nerve-wracking
unless they are able to channel mental tension into productive
pursuits such as learning, insight, creativity, etc. A lot of
the tension arises from the sequential changes in thinking that
occur during the year, but daily disruptions, constant
interruptions and hectic schedules also contribute. It is
difficult to plan a routine while Uranus is in the 3rd house. At
the very least, you may be attempting to do too much in too
little time. The tendency is to work with scattered thoughts and
many activities, scattering your energy in several directions
even on a single day.

        Crisis situations rather than well-organized routines
are the norm, since your daily activities generally demand more
time than you actually have available. If you are trying to do
five different things on any one day, and realistically you can
only schedule in four, each day will have a different rotating
schedule so that you can fit everything in on a weekly basis.
Your hectic schedule leaves little room for adjustments when
problems occur, and of course, problems do occur. Imagine
ad-libbing your daily routine for a year because you and
everyone and everything around you are changing. Daily life just
does not run smoothly enough for you to stick to a schedule.

        Uranus can be indicative of original thinking and
creativity. You need time to create. Ideas can be close to the
surface, yet just out of reach. This is why disruptions can be
especially annoying when they interrupt the creative process. It
is important to establish some quiet time to allow insights to
manifest. Find a way to retain your thoughts and insights. If
you are on the go a lot and creative insights are developing
quite rapidly, you can use a tape recorder to preserve your
thoughts. Allow erratic energy to flow out freely and come to
the surface. This is not the time to limit your mental
wanderings simply because you question their logical
implications. The thought processes are not very organized or
directed this year. There is the tendency to go around and
around to get to a simple truth. Play with ideas and concepts.
Restricting your erratic insights could mean limiting your

        Conflicts are not directly associated with Uranus in the
3rd house, but a bad temper can be. The stress of daily life can
make you snap at people and make rash statements you later
regret. The connotation here is more akin to, "Open mouth,
insert foot," than argumentativeness, but you can only make faux
pas so many times before you enter a verbal battlefield. Learn
to think before your open your mouth. Do not jump to
conclusions. Remember that anything you say can get back to
others and can be used against you.

        Problems with brothers, sisters or neighbors may arise
during the year. These people may not be especially dependable
or predictable and a conflict of interest may occur. This is not
the more common interpretation for this placement. The emphasis
seems to be more on the mental changes and creativity. You can
work things out through discussions, but be careful what you
say. Neighborhood problems can be addressed through involvement
in the community association. It is possible that rather than
disagreeing with a neighbor, a close friend in the neighborhood
needs your help during the coming year.

Uranus within 3 degree orb of 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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