This is a very special solar return year for me. For those of you who are not familiar with the jargon, “solar return” means your birthday, the day that the sun returns to the exact place of your natal chart.
In a solar return chart, we can start by looking at the ascendent in the chart. I will use my own as an example of how to read a solar return chart. This year, my ascendent is Taurus, which is an earth sign, ruled by Venus, and the natural ruler of the second house.
This gives us a lot of information to begin with because now we know that this year will focus largely on material, financial, self-love, and self-worth issues.
The next step is to look at the ruler of the chart, which in this case would be Venus, and where she lands in the solar chart. In this case, she’s in Sagittarius in the 8th house, which is also a “money” house. The second house rules personal assets; the eighth house rules joint assets. She is trining Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) so there is a harmonious relationship between the two Great Benefics in fire signs. Because of the strong Sagittarian influence, there will likely be positive outcomes related to all things Sagittarius, such as publication and higher education.
This will definitely be a year to focus on career and financial success, but also on deep, psychological and karmic transformation. These things will be intimately tied together because the houses most activated in my solar return chart are air and fire trines in the 2nd-6th-10th house trine (personal assets, work, and career) and the 4th-8th-12th house trine (which relates to what we inherit in terms of family, legacy, and karma, and to deep, fundamental, psychological and karmic transformation).
There is some kind of destiny which will unfold for me this year, revealed both by the exact Vertex – North Node conjunction and by the full moon that takes place just a few hours prior to my solar return, again, most likely related to work and personal assets because these are part of the 2nd – 6th house air trine, in which the full moon is trining the Vertex – North Node conjunction.