I have been a casual user of the Solar Return Chart basically using it to get a flavour of the year but I found this one to be quite interesting.  The Solar Return is when the Sun comes back to the position it was when you were born.  Let’s pretend you are born with the Sun at 15 degrees and 10 minutes of Libra.   Every year the Sun will pass 15 degrees and 10 minutes of Libra.  The solar return will occur either on your actual birthday or, more usually, the day before your birthday.    If you take this chart for the moment the Sun comes to your Natal position, then this sets out the flavour of the upcoming year.

Prince Return

Let’s look Prince’s Solar Return Chart.  First of all, Prince is born on June 7, 1958 at 18:17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  I have rectified it to 18:21.  The Solar Return occurred on June 7, 2015, at 13:02:21.  First of all, the Ascendant rules the person and their physical self and the Sun is the person’s vitality.

  1. The first thing you notice is that Mars, ruler of the 8th house of death, is conjunct the Sun and squares the Ascendant. This highlights an affliction and that some major transformation will happen this year.
  2. Secondly, Neptune, which rules flu and drugs, is in the 6th house of illness, but it is also in a square (90 degrees) aspect to the Sun and Mercury, which rules the Ascendant of this Solar Return Chart.
  3. Thirdly, Saturn the planet of difficulties and hardships, is opposite Mercury the ruler of the Ascendant in this chart.
  4. Fourthly, Pluto the planet of death and transformation is a difficult aspect (quincunx = 150°) with the Sun from the fourth house of endings.

Now, I would not make this prediction just looking at the Solar Return as I would also look at Solar Arcs and transits to the Natal Chart.  However, with that being said, this solar return is very interesting, with 4 major aspects occurring and signifying something not good was going on this year for Prince.  Prince died on April 21, 2016.

However, during this period in his Solar Arcs have Mercury, the ruler of his 8th house of death squaring the nodes (his future/past) while Solar Arc Jupiter, the ruler of the 4th house of endings, opposite his Sun (vitality) and Solar Arc Saturn (difficulties in general and ruler of his 6th house of illness), is squaring his Ascendant.

So with this in mind, I might start paying a bit more attention to the solar return chart, aside from getting a flavour of the year.

© May 2016

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