Solar Return Relationship Sample

H.M.A  ASTROLOGY

Solar Return Report for Andrea and Phillip
For year beginning September, 2015 at location: Vancouver, Canada (49N16, 123W07)
Andrea: Oct 1, 1966, 4:00 am CET Paris France (48N52, 2E20)
Interpretation text by Henry Seltzer and Maria DeSimone
AstroGraph Software
Prepared and modified by Greg Clarke

A solar return relationship report has its levels of interpretation. What is written in a report will vary according to the relationship level of awareness based on the two individual’s self-awareness.

Some parts of it you both will find curious and intuitively strike a chord—other pieces you may find you both have already worked through the respective challenges for example and know how to handle them, or they don’t apply any more—while in other parts of the report you’ll know where you both still have some work to do in a personal development sense or in terms of clarity and purpose—and yet again in other parts you’ll be able see the benefits clearly described—or a message it conveys to do with something in a certain area of life—or in relation to direction and purpose perhaps—or even a query about something you may have wanted to find out about to do with each other or something else just as important for the relationship values.

In all this solar return relationship report defines the relationship’s future trends for the year ahead—as it’s derived from your relationship composite natal chart which in turn is based on a direct link to your individual natal charts that are each a symbolical representation of your individual astro/psychological DNA makeup—as a result it will resonate with you both as individuals and in terms of your togetherness and relationship path—on different levels of meaning that correspond to a degree with your soul’s receptivity and sense of relationship purpose and awareness.

A “Solar Return Relationship” chart is a composite chart for the 12 months from any one year to the next based on the geographical location at the time of where you are on the month and day as calculated in your relationship chart.

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A composite chart represents the fusion of energy that two people create when they come together in a relationship. It is a third being. Like a child, it inherits qualities of both parents, though it has a life all its own and exists independently of either of them.

The Relationship Report for two individuals applies to any type of relationship. It focuses on the relationship itself, rather than on the individuals who make it up. The following interpretations should be regarded as being for the relationship itself, taken as an independent entity, as this relates to the meaning for each individual within it.

In the following report, each planetary placement and aspect is examined to reveal the basic qualities of your relationship, with the most important factors described first. Please keep in mind that these descriptions are not meant to put limitations on the relationship, but merely to describe its inherent tendencies. Challenging aspects can become the greatest strength of a relationship if you can both learn how to successfully navigate those issues, with good communication between you playing a vital role. For definitions of astrological terms, please refer to the glossary at the end of this report.

Your Solar Return Relationship chart is a snapshot of the heavens at the moment that the Sun returns to its natal relationship position each year. The chart is cast for the exact date and time of day for this event, which might be one day before or after its actual position in your natal relationship chart. Note that accurate birth times for your own charts is necessary for an accurate Solar Return Relationship chart. This chart speaks to your relationship values for the year, from the relationships birthday to birthday. Analysing the planetary positions, and the aspects that they make to each other, gives extremely accurate and valuable information regarding the qualities and the key challenges for this year-long period of time. The feeling of this new Solar Return Relationship phase kicks in a few months before your relationship birthday each year.

* Please note: In the interpretation text “you” is in reference to mean the both of you and for the sake of too much repetition the word “relationship” has been reduced however is still implied whenever it suits to make it appropriate within the context of the meaning being conveyed.

Interpretation

Sun and Moon

Sun in Libra (7° Lib 29′ 23″)

Sun in the Eighth House

The Sun is the most important planet to consider in a Solar Return chart since it tells you where and how you’re likely to focus your basic energy over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With the Sun placed in the Eighth House, the emphasis is on a powerful, life changing transformation in the relationship.

You both do well not to let the idea of change intimidate you in any way. At this time, the more you hold on and refuse to let go of behaviours that you have outgrown, the more you will suffer. It’s likely you have already been hearing the rumblings of change stirring inside your souls for some time now, so that the idea of transformation is not exactly a shocking revelation. You both knew this was coming. In fact, a part of you is likely to be relieved that it’s finally happening. This year-long period will empower your relationship if you can make the best of it and grow in your understanding of yourselves and of others around you.

This placement could also symbolize a year of issues surrounding sex, money, other people’s resources, or power struggles. You may find that you possess a strong interest in the feelings of intimate persons in your relationship life at this time, as well as in occult studies. Your perceptions into the motivations of other people’s relationships will be acute this year; nothing will get past you.

In the extreme, you could discover ways that other people’s relationships are trying to deceive or manipulate you during this time. It’s likely that you’ll be aware of this possibility before it happens. If so, trust your instincts.

If you have any debt or major financial worries, this is the year that you will focus on them and actively find solutions. In general, the changes that you are both putting yourself through over the course of this year are likely to be much-needed, and of long-term benefit as you enter a new phase of self-realization.

Sun in strong conjunction

(within 0.8 degrees) with Mercury

The strongest blend of the energies represented by these two planets.

With the Sun conjunct Mercury in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over the twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday there will be an emphasis on using your intellects in favorable ways to put yourselves forward and to promote your relationship goals.

This can be a very productive alignment. If your mindset is positive your mental abilities will be sharp and quick and much can be accomplished over the course of this year. If on the other hand you are struggling somewhat in the relationship it is certain that thinking will play a large part for either constructive or non-constructive purposes. If you can use your mental powers wisely this year the potency of your mind and voice becomes a way to truly assert yourselves. You are apt to carefully think and plan. It is a good year to pursue all types of writing, speaking engagements or learning activities since the energy of your Solar Return Relationship Sun brightens the potential for success.

Indeed, the energy you have to make others understand your ideas is strong during this year-long time period. When Mercury is in the same sign as the Sun, the manner of your thinking is in greater harmony with your spirit but you also might find yourself thinking only from your own perspectives. If on the other hand these two planets appear in different signs, your ability will be stronger to think objectively and to separate your ideas from your own narrow point of view of each other.

This year you both have high standards for intellect and are likely to expect more from each other mentally than in recent years. It’s an excellent time for writing or journaling. You can develop new ideas with less effort than usual and will learn just about any subject matter with greater ease.

Sun in semi-square

(within 1.6 degrees) with Venus

Ruler of sun sign – sun’s ruler

The planetary energies conflict in determined subtle tension; calmness is required.

With the Sun in minor dynamic aspect to Venus in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over the twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis is on assimilating your relationship values with your sense of self-identity.

This is an important year for art and aesthetics through intense effort. Romance could also come into the picture, or go through changes, or connections with influential people could become important; while the art of your own presentation becomes a potential focus and a source of some degree of tension. This configuration also indicates a strong desire to balance your personalities and to achieve in creative ways, although you both could also encounter obstacles in achieving this balance. Your relationship drive could become more consciously directed, perhaps through working through difficulties. This manifests most clearly in matters ruled by the house in which the Sun is placed.

During this year-long period, the assertion of your talents and efforts is enhanced and material rewards become important. This might be a year that dance or some other art form plays a strong role in your lives. It is also possible for you to create new relationship dynamics and to enjoy enhanced powers of attraction.

You are likely to benefit eventually from the use of this energy for creative endeavors, pursuing artistic and cultural goals. This is also a year when you will both appear very likable and social to others.

Sun in sextile

(within 6.5 degrees) with Saturn

The planetary energies flow together, open into new possibilities, new connections.

With the Sun in flowing aspect to Saturn in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over the twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday there is an emphasis on the very foundation of your relationship identity, the framework around your basic character.

You are building structure over this year-long period. You both will be likely to have a significant amount of responsibility to deal with this year, and you will rise to the occasion.

If you can see this year as a time of necessary boundaries then you are more likely to take joy in your increased duties and the respect that it commands. You might find that this is the year that you wind up becoming a respected authority figures in some capacity.

Over the course of this year you might overcome a major fear that has inhibited your relationship self-expression in the past. In any case you will work diligently toward self-improvement. In the most positive manifestation of this energy the extra focus that you bring to bear will help to crystallize the most enduring and mature parts of your relationship.

Sun in inconjunct

(within 0.2 degrees) with Neptune

The planetary energies do not flow smoothly, one or the other predominates; discrimination must be employed.

With the Sun conjunct or in dynamic aspect to Neptune in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over the twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis is on your awareness of the relationship sensitive side and sense of spirituality.

It is possible that it could suffer some type of relationship ego loss this year, increasing your sense of the numinous otherworldly planes of existence. You could also become involved with media, visual arts, music or poetry, since all of these can be expressions of your connection to Spirit. Any of these representations of the divine could become an enormous factor for your relationship over the course of this year-long period. This is most likely to be experienced in the area represented by the house where your Sun is placed. You also could find that the relationship lacks the ability to properly define this area in your life.

This could be a good thing, or it could prove slightly disastrous. You may become confused for example, or feel like you don’t matter in the scheme of things. In extreme instances you might endure an almost complete dissolution of your identity with the relationship. This is also a year in which some relationship decisions could be difficult and unclear, or it may go back and forth. It helps to cultivate your intuition and to develop an approach that is practical but not too attached to results, leaving ultimate outcomes in the hands of the cosmos.

It is good to be aware of the potential for escaping the practical earthly plane altogether in an unhealthy way. Some examples of what you might want to consciously avoid this year in the relationship include substance or alcohol abuse, or indeed any form of escapism. You also might need to be aware of feeling needy or inhabiting a victim role, one where you expect your partner or another to save you. You benefit when you guard against the potential for over-identifying as the one who must sacrifice completely for the other.

The positive manifestation of this energy lies in an enhanced sense of compassion and a feeling of oneness with the universe and everyone around you. You could make tremendous spiritual progress this year, or at least feel that you both more fully access the spark of divinity that lies inside you within the relationship.

Sun in square

(within 5.5 degrees) with Pluto

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With the Sun conjunct or in dynamic aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over the twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis is on your personal will and the manner in which you both choose to use it.

This configuration indicates an intense year when many factors in your life could radically alter. You are plumbing your own depths and what you find might scare you at first until you come to better understand yourselves together. It is likely that learning the proper use of your willful nature could be a significant theme over the course of this year-long period. You both have a strong will and urge to power at this time.

You might find yourselves engaging in manipulative or even compulsive behavior. If so, the more you can grow your awareness of your hidden motivations for such behavior the better you can cope. You are being forced to address your own shadow side in the relationship and this can be an intimidating prospect. If you are in the midst of this intense energy and not using it wisely you will eventually come to regret it. What you are after through all these changes is the eventual and complete transformation of some aspect of your relationship personality.

You both might experience some type of cataclysmic change or ending in a particular area of your life this year, perhaps as represented by the house position of the Sun. This would be in order to prepare for a form of renewal in this area.

This year could present you with an intense experience of dissolution and relationship rebirth that can be difficult to handle while it is happening. If you have faith in your process you both will come out on the other side of this period intact, and with magic, regeneration and integration to show for the depth of your inner journeys.

Moon in Taurus (17° Tau 45′ 41″)

Moon in the Third House

The Moon in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of emotional intensity and challenge, which is also part of a process of purposeful evolution. There is progress from year to year, so that this year’s placement builds on earlier ones. With the Moon in the Third House, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday you will be emotionally invested in communication and learning. This could be a challenging year for you to reconcile your thoughts with your emotions but it is exactly what you must attempt to do for the relationships mental growth and communication levels.

During this year-long period, you will continuously find yourself in situations where you try to rationalize your feelings and think instead of feel. The temptation to run away from your deepest feelings will be strong at times, and this tug of war between logic and intuition can be draining for the relationship on a whole. You might eventually come to the idea that there is a place for both influences in your life. You benefit when you learn to honor both the conscious and unconscious mind.

It’s easy for your emotions to diversify right now. Over the course of these twelve months, vacillating feelings about your partner could come up for investigation. It’s also possible that you may discover a deep emotional connection with them and then spend endless hours questioning it.

There is also the potential during this year for you to become more emotionally connected to children, or your local geographical neighborhood. Some changes in a sibling’s or neighbor’s life may prove to be quite significant for you both.

This is the most brilliant energy for communicating your feelings and ideas to others. If you are writers or teachers or even just plan to learn something new this year, the thoughts and the words you need will come instinctively at the perfect moments. In the end you will both have a better sense of yourselves at all levels of the relationship.

Moon in strong sextile

(within 0.6 degrees) with Chiron

The planetary energies flow together, open into new possibilities, new connections.

With the Moon in flowing aspect to Chiron in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, your relationship emotional emphasis is on tuning in to your instincts in a positive way to promote healing. This is a period of time when you will be in closer touch with your emotional woundings from the past and when you have the chance to understand each other much better at your deeper levels and move beyond your original hurts.

You are being called this year to investigate old and perhaps dysfunctional patterns of relating. If you stick to the task, the eventual effect of all the attention that you are able to bring to this area will be greater self-reliance and a better acceptance of the feminine and nurturing side of yourselves in the relationship.

It is also possible for you to have a profound healing experience or an important female figure in your life in relation to the relationship sometime over these twelve months. Wounds from prior associations that left you both feeling raw, unsafe or not nurtured in some way could be released in a powerful catharsis. The positive manifestation of this energy you could also promote a healing relationship between those you nurture most in your own intimate relationships.

Over the course of a year of powerful emotional healing, and one in which your feelings are also enlivened by a growing sense of your spirituality, you both have the potential of being able to make a better connection with the relationship deeper needs and with the more integrated self within each of you that is struggling to emerge.

Moon in square

(within 6.3 degrees) with Venus

Ruler of sun sign – sun’s ruler

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With the Moon in dynamic aspect Venus in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, your emotional emphasis is on your feelings in relation to your financial and relationship security.

It is quite possible that you will experience resource difficulties or potential challenges to your concept of how to handle finances. Or your finances could fluctuate dramatically – perhaps to your detriment – over the course of this year-long period, The values you adhere to could also become a focus and an area of change, as well as other relationships in your life.

Emotional fulfilment in the relationship can be achieved this year through effort in working toward financial or relationship harmony. If there is an imbalance, your moods could tend to become difficult. Your own emotions might depend too much on the emotional well being of those close to you.

It could also be a year that you are financially dependent on each other as well. If this is the case, having this dependency might at times wear on your sense of individual security and affect you emotionally.

In your relationship this year you may long for the deepest type of romantic connection, and run into difficulties making that dream a reality. You’re likely to encounter issues of being overly emotionally attached to your partner at times. If you are both happy in your existing relationship then the domestic and peaceful feelings of love with each other are likely to be challenged and also, by coming through the fires of your trials together, strengthened.

Moon in trine

(within 6.9 degrees) with Jupiter

The planetary energies flow smoothly; the connection is easy and beneficial.

With the Moon in flowing aspect to Jupiter in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, the relationship emotional emphasis is on expansion as well as enjoying a better sense of instinctive faith in each other.

Your emotions may be powerful and joyful over the course of this year-long period since more of everything is one of Jupiter’s favorite themes. As a result, you both could well experience an amazing level of soul growth.

It’s likely that you will feel a strong degree of emotion this year for each other. Your sensitivity is enhanced while your faith in the good of mankind and the universe is abundantly present. Your enthusiasm and sense of hope is likely to be quite inspiring to others.

You are both indeed rich in faith and idealism right now. The conviction that rainbows are behind every cloud will be likely to color your attitude over these twelve months.

Your values and ethics are also deeply felt this year. There is a sense of dignity and wisdom that surrounds the soul of the relationship. You may find that you search for increased security in the relationship during this period but if you do so it will be in the most moral way possible. An instinctive knowledge of the spiritual workings of the universe is available to you both for the asking.

Moon in semi-sextile

(within 1.2 degrees) with Uranus

Ruler of rising sign

The planetary energies attract each other, require effort, allow entry of new information.

With the Moon in minor dynamic aspect to Uranus in your Solar Return Relationship chart, these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday provide an emphasis on revolutionizing your emotional needs through a seismic alteration in your security patterns and perceptions.

This implies at least a moderate disruption that is in any case necessary. Your instinctual nature reflects a degree of restlessness and frustration, so that the urge to break free from perceived boundaries has become in some sense unavoidable. It’s likely that your living situation will undergo unexpected shifts that eventually will lead to the emergence of new forms. Family patterns of interaction could change this year as well. There could either be a move or renovation or perhaps even a break from an existing familial relationship.

You might experience a sudden magnetic emotional connection to your partner or an outside party who assists you in breaking free from habitual patterns you now view as confining. This is in fact a time of powerful awakening for the relationship. Although you both might have to face the wreckage that a tornado leaves behind, it is also fully possible for you to create a new sense of emotional security together in its wake. The framework of individuality and freedom being born in you both brings with it a sense of security that is more true to who your really are as individuals within the relationship.

Moon in quintile

(within 1.9 degrees) with Neptune

The planetary energies are positively linked, subtle, and spiritual in dimension.

With the Moon in minor flowing aspect to Neptune in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, your emotional emphasis is on gaining a deeper awareness of the relationship at soul-level. You will likely experience some degree of dissolution of the boundaries between yourself and your partner and come to a deeper understanding of each other’s own sensitivity and compassion for each other.

The boundaries between the spiritual world and the soul of the relationship are diaphanous now. Your intuition is could also be enhanced this year although you both may have difficulty trusting that. You might find that your feelings are confused, or embrace illusory notions that blur the distinction between each other’s dreams and insights.

You also might be tempted to see potential or the actual relationship through rose-colored glasses and therefore evade the reality of the situation, or in some other way escape what is really going on with you both. It helps when you can both consistently return to the rock-bottom truth of your own standpoint and link that to increase the value of the relationship.

You can use the gift of your enhanced sensitivity this year to extend compassion and understanding in your relationship to people around you. When you feel the power of unconditional love you can both see someone for all that they are and then forgive and love them despite their flaws. Although you must guard against being taken advantage of, you are in an essentially beautiful space right now regarding the world and those that you encounter in it.

Moon in trine

(within 4.8 degrees) with Pluto

The planetary energies flow smoothly; the connection is easy and beneficial.

With the Moon in flowing aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, your emotional emphasis is on better understanding your own unconscious psychological motivations. Aligning your emotions and instincts could involve others around you in issues of control.

There are likely to be many subtle emotionally charged undercurrents in your lives over the course of this year, particularly in matters having to do with the house or houses where these two planets reside. You might need to overcome feeling stifled in this area, or encounter threats to your emotional well-being and sense of security.

Perhaps you will both have to confront where you are being emotionally blackmailed; or it is also possible that you are the one doing the manipulation. It helps when you can recognize that these emotional games are the sign of deeper psychological battles in which one person attempts to control the other only in order to preserve their own sense of security.

This is an important year for you both, and one in which your emotional strength is great. There are undoubtedly lessons for you both in terms of embracing the need to be in control of your own individual situation and at the same time to use your power wisely when together. There could also be dramatic transformations in your security needs and your emotional connections to others. It’s up to you both to make certain that these changes, rather than enabling a power hungry persona, engender instead a newly empowered sense of self in the relationship.

The ruler of your Sun Sign is

Venus in Leo (24° Leo 06′)

The ruler of your Sun sign is characteristic of your personality:

Venus in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of relationship intensity and focus over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With Venus in your relationship Seventh House, your need to relate to each other and others is strong this year and you will find yourself focusing on the needs of your partner and those closest to you.

Over the course of this year-long period, your ability to compromise and mediate is greatly enhanced, and this is conducive to the success of key relationships in your life. There are strong positive indications of harmony and ease in partnership with others. The drawback may lie in overly compromising so that you own priorities are placed on the back burner. Therefore a flexible balance is required in meeting your own needs as well as those of your partner and others with whom you may be connected with in different types of partnerships.

If you do not restore this balance, then your relationship could be affected in a negative way. You may begin to feel resentment at having to always be the person making concessions. If you internalize this rather than being up front about your feelings, it could cost both of you later.

Another possible reading for this placement is that you will attach greater value to business partnerships during this period. This is a good year to make great strides in earnings through close connection with another person or business entity. You will also potentially reassess your partnership connections as providing value for whatever you are attempting to achieve.

If you have been involved in intimate romance, your need for commitment is apparent this year and the relationship could reach a new level possibly even marriage. If you are already married, you will likely reconsider your values concerning your spouse and come to appreciate even more the mutual benefits of living in close association with another soul.

Important Features

Saturn in Sagittarius (1° Sag 00′)

Saturn in the Tenth House

Angular planet – conjunct Midheaven

Saturn in your Solar Relationship Return chart indicates an area of additional responsibility and concentration, perhaps contraction, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With Saturn placed in your relationship Tenth House this year, there will likely be some severe wake up calls in terms of your profession and reputation.

Wake up calls can be a good thing. You will need to confront some fears about your vocation if you work together and if you’re not working in the field you are meant to be in. If this is the case, you may both feel so burdened that there could be little alternative except to break free.

If you do begin a new career path under this influence, don’t expect instant success. In fact, it’s more probable that the coming year will be one of hard work and foundation building for both of you. Remember, you can only climb the ladder of success one step at a time.

It is likely that you will both need to work on facing some type of fear of success this year. Have you been sabotaging your own career efforts because of not wanting the responsibility that prominence brings with it? If so, then over this year you will be required to confront this issue head on.

If you are content in your current profession then you might be saddled with a great deal of additional responsibility. You may be promoted to a level of authority in your field. If you have been paying your dues accordingly, this year might indicate a substantial reward in terms of respect and honor.

Pluto in Capricorn (12° Cap 59′)

Pluto in the Twelfth House

With Pluto placed in the twelfth house of your Solar Return Relationship chart, over the twelve-month period leading to your next relationship birthday there is an emphasis on transformation and regeneration of your willingness to relinquish control over what is hidden in the relationship. This includes your personal anxieties and fears about it.

This is likely to be a year when many hidden factors in your personality could come to light, with ultimately beneficial results for the health of both your psyche. Pluto symbolizes dark and relatively unexplored desires and compulsions, and in the twelfth house reflects secret agendas of your own and of others around you. You might become more aware of the clandestine motivations of friends and associates at this time, and it is also important that you look fearlessly into your own.

This year, many of the things that you do that activate long-term changes in your life with regards to the relationship will be done with inner work on yourself, without fanfare or public recognition. Nevertheless these activities, although largely internal, are still important for your future peace of mind. You are likely to become aware of much intense and relatively secret information. Your power lies in the ability to discern when to keep these secrets and when to reveal them. There is the possibility for you both to be tempted to use these secrets as a weapon of control and manipulation over each other; but if you do, you are likely to go through more psychological difficulties yourself as a result of your misuse of power.

Over this year-long period, you have the potential to transform your way of life. You could be tempted to bury your own psychological issues this year if you are not able to let go of relationship control. You can release ego control in favor of accessing the divine within you and the relationship and moving in the direction of universal consciousness and unconditional love. In the process of promoting your own psychological healing, you will also help others.

Uranus in Aries (18° Ari 57’R)

Uranus in the Second House

Ruler of rising sign

Uranus in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of enlightenment, change and freedom-seeking activity over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With Uranus placed in the second house this year, the emphasis for unexpected change is on your relationship financial security, self worth and values.

Unstable fluctuations in your revenue are likely. Income could rise and fall in either a positive or negative trend, depending on other influences. It’s possible for you both to experience chaotic flows in both directions all in the same year. The erratic nature of Uranus assures change, but one can never be quite sure of the details.

You might notice a drastic change in your value system regarding the relationship as well. This is likely to be in terms of the material possessions you both value as well as your more personal value structure. What was important to you both at the start of this twelve month cycle might not matter a bit by the end.

You will both also likely have a strong need to freely express your relationship talents and abilities. In addition, you won’t be concerned about whether or not they align with the norms of society. As a result, a more unusual talent might be cultivated that would alter your relationship sense self worth profile in the process.

Other Natal Planets

Mercury in Libra (6° Lib 42’R)

Mercury in the Eighth House

Mercury in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of mental intensity and focus over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With Mercury in the Eighth House, you both have an enigmatic perception and awareness of each other and other people’s thoughts and motivations that can add to your relationship intellectual depth.

Over the course of this year-long period, you possess a remarkable capacity to analyze yourself and others psychologically. You are more concerned with subtle awareness than with overt logical thought, so that knowledge of your unconscious process grows quickly this year. This can help you to heal your deepest relationship wounds by enabling you to step out of yourself and be a witnessing onlooker, noting what needs to happen in order to promote healing in the relationship when called for.

You may also choose to study psychology in a more fundamental way or to learn more about the stock market or investments. If you’re considering an investment or business dealings with a bank or a private venture capitalist, this is a good year to strategize and negotiate. A good talk with your accountant or financial advisor this year may be well worth your time.

The power of your minds over the next twelve months is something of a double-edged sword. You might be tempted to manipulate each other with mind games or sink into internal dialog. The best way to harness this acute mindset is to use it as a tool to dig into your own recesses, and to uncover an awareness of your psychological motivations. Learning more about your own inner workings enables you to be less likely to get caught up in mental power struggles with your partner.

Mars in Virgo (3° Vir 41′)

Mars in the Seventh House

Mars in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of outwardly expressed energy and focus over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With Mars in your relationship Seventh House, you have ambitious goals in the partnership this year and it’s likely you will both place a great deal of personal energy into your relationship or work to achieve in joint efforts with persons close to you.

Your partner might also be the catalyst to feed your energy this year and help to motivate and light the fire inside that is necessary to keep on charging forward with your goals. Over these twelve months they could supply the inspiration for you both to shine.

There is also however a great potential for arguments and more conflict than usual with your partner. There could be anger that arises over the other person being unsupportive of your own identity assertion. You may feel stifled in your attempts to succeed outside of the relationship. It’s also possible that fights may come up over nothing in particular that you can define; the energy surrounding you and your partner is simply combative at this time.

Competition can be a positive driving force in certain situations but you will both want to be aware of crossing the line of healthy competition this year in your partnership. You might want to ask yourself if winning is more important than the relationship.

This is actually a good year to mediate an angry relationship through counseling if so desired. You can also successfully fight a necessary battle with enemies in business or personal life right now since your will to defend yourself against others is strong. Use this energy wisely and it will produce positive returns for you both.

Jupiter in Virgo (10° Vir 50′)

Jupiter in the Seventh House

Jupiter in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of positive attitude and favorable circumstances over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday. With Jupiter placed in the Seventh House this year, there is expansion and opportunity through partnerships and your capacity to relate.

If you are both committed to the partnership, Jupiter here might bring in a new level of consciousness to the significance of your relationship. This could lead to an inspired commitment. If you are already married then this Jupiter placement might symbolize the chance to get closer to your spouse in a more spiritually fulfilling way.

If you are involved in a business partnership then this year might prove to be an important one for furthering the efficacy of your association and for harmonious connection and joint endeavor for the two of you.

In general, you are likely to receive gifts and benefits through whatever partnerships are important to you, including new ones that might spring into life during the course of these twelve months. You would be smart to be open to anything that comes along in this regard.

You might be in danger this year of over-emphasizing your partner’s needs versus your own. You should be able to successfully guard against this, especially if you strive to remain aware of the potential to magnify the relationship at the expense of yourself.

There is the potential for you to meet someone who proves to be instrumental in your lives in some important way. Even if you are in a committed partnership, a business of friendship connection that you make this year could prove to be invaluable and help you both to fulfill personal goals. Long-term benefits from partnership connection could extend past this important year and into the future.

Neptune in Pisces (7° Pis 38’R)

Neptune in the First House

With Neptune placed in the first house of your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period leading up to your next relationship birthday there is an emphasis on spiritual growth and on new ways of looking at your interactions with the world around you.

This is likely to be a confusing time in the relationship, as you mull over life events in a way that ultimately takes you into a higher vibration with everything that you both do. The key to this period of time is that you both suspend judgment, let go of preconceptions and just see where the process takes you both.

As you go through the course of this year there will be idealizations or even illusions that you will be forced to deal with. You both maybe somewhat subject to self-deception at this time or possibly deceptions practiced upon you by others. You also have a good conduit to your own intuition, and to the power of grace acting on you and through you, and that can save the situation when you allow yourselves to go along with it.

An element of self-sacrifice in the relationship could come into the picture during this year-long period. There will be great opportunity to help others. Your compassion is up and you might find that you see more clearly where people that you come into contact with are stuck and where they might need to focus their energies. It is good that you adopt a principle of self-empowerment and draw proper boundaries, in order to take care of yourselves as well.

Although this energy is essentially beneficial, there also could be a certain fuzziness to your goal orientation and a tremendous psychic sensitivity to others that can become almost too insistently distracting for the relationship. It helps that you both keep your eyes open during this time and conceive the highest priority to be your relationship evolution. Spiritual advancement might be your most important product and can serve as a healthy buffer this year between the physical world and the intangible impressions that come through your highly developed interpersonal radar between each other.

Chiron in Pisces (18° Pis 22’R)

Chiron in the First House

Chiron in your Solar Return Relationship chart indicates an area of difficulty that is likely to come up over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday where there will be also an opportunity to heal each other. With Chiron placed in your relationship First House this year, the healing emphasis is on issues of identity and self-worth.

With this placement of Chiron in your Solar Return Relationship chart, your very sense of who you are within the relationship could be up for revision and change over the course of this year-long period. You will likely encounter events in your life that enable you to see where issues of self-sabotage have prevented you in the past from reaching your full potential in the relationship. These likely have arisen during your formative years when you were wounded in some way in your sense of self-esteem. The choice is yours whether to address these issues now or later, but if you ignore a problem of course it will continue to return to haunt you until you do choose to address it.

The issues that you encounter could be subtle ones, especially if you have been doing your homework all along as you have gone through the life experiences that have built your character. Usually with the Chiron return at age fifty there is a chance to see more clearly into these kinds of early trauma regarding relationships. It is also possible that you both may have some severe difficulties to be worked through, and if so, this is a terrific year for doing just that. You both might for example keenly feel a lack of achievement in your own life, or compensate by trying hard to help others, putting yourselves in the background.

This might be a good year to engage in relationship therapy or to journal and practice self-therapy. Any progress that you can make on witnessing behaviors that you both feel are dysfunctional in any way will be helpful. With a more conscious understanding of your own inner dynamics you can make friends with walled-off parts of each other and come into better balance and greater integration. This makes you both more available for life, giving you a better shot at facing squarely the true challenges of your existence as a whole.

Other Aspects

Jupiter in strong trine

(within 2.2 degrees) with Pluto

The planetary energies flow smoothly; the connection is easy and beneficial.

With Jupiter in flowing aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday, the emphasis is on your will and your ability to transform each other. This year there are likely be challenges but you will both have the resources to handle them, and a wellspring of inner reserve that can get you through just about anything together.

While it’s likely that you’ll be asked to dig deeply into your psyche this year, the potential you have for growth as a result is unsurpassed. Your ability to deal with problems is quite strong, and while control issues can arise this can also lead to healing of these issues.

The changes that transpire over the course of this year might test the both of you, but coming out the other side will affect your faith in each other in a way that is ultimately positive. Honestly confronting your relationship demons enriches your soul.

Mercury in sextile

(within 5.7 degrees) with Saturn

The planetary energies flow together, open into new possibilities, new connections.

With Mercury in flowing aspect to Saturn in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period leading up to your next relationship birthday there is an emphasis on structuring mental awareness between you both.

This is a year-long period when you will take a turn towards more serious thoughts. It’s possible that you will concentrate your mental powers on one or two specific projects or learning endeavors in order to insure they are completed with precision and perfection.

You both could also have a major decision to make this year, perhaps concerning a matter ruled by the house in which Mercury is placed. It could be a difficult judgment, and one where it is important to consider long-term benefits above all else. The decision you both do make must therefore be made carefully.

This serious cast of mind for you both is sobering. Difficulties may arise, but they are in your lives right now for the purpose of growth. You are being called to realistically assess a situation and make necessary adjustments that will lead you toward greater mental maturity.

After this twelve-month period when you are able to so concentrate your thinking awareness within the relationship and its focus has passed, you are likely to be forever changed. You might look back on this time period to find that you retain the gift of a systematic mindset that continues to help you both ground your ideas into tangible reality.

Venus in trine

(within 5.2 degrees) with Uranus

The planetary energies flow smoothly; the connection is easy and beneficial.

With Venus in flowing aspect to Uranus in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis might be on disruption rather than on union regarding your patterns of relating. Even if you are getting along well with your partner or your potential love interests, you will find that growth and insight accompanies your experiences in this area. This might have the beneficial result of helping you reassess your partners love orientation and realign your needs, and grow in other ways as well.

This year could represent something of a break from the existing partnership norm, or a change in its direction. This will be more pronounced if you are both struggling to reconcile your evolving relationship energy with each other and might not be able to fully accommodate it. Another possibility is that the relationship may share a sudden electric attraction. This could be quite exciting if your both single, and of course could present problems if you are both already committed to each other, that will likely be able to be resolved in a positive manner. It may be important to realize that although the intensity of your magnetism to each other is undeniable, the stability of your existing relationship is also important to bear in mind as a factor.

There could also be some disruptions to your finances. You might want to be prepared for potential fluctuations in either direction. This is a year when easy come can also become easy go.

You are both seeking space and a new sense of freedom over the course of this year, both within the context of the relationship and outside of it. You will thrive on friendships or romantic partnerships where your requirements for independence are honored.

Mars in square

(within 2.7 degrees) with Saturn

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With Mars conjunct or in dynamic aspect to Saturn in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday your energy will be put to work to create structure and focus for your relationship.

It’s likely that over the course of this year you become disciplined and adept in achieving your goals. This is not a year when you will be intimidated by hard work. In fact, you might be inclined to dive into whatever is asked of you both.

It could also be that you both work to overcome certain feelings of frustration and limitation this year. You might be more anxious to move ahead with plans than it turns out to be possible. It can feel as if you’re driving with one foot on the gas pedal and the other on the brake. Or you might simply feel that, due to your current circumstances, you’re not free to act. There seems to be a wall in front of you each time you try. Progress can still be made, although slowly. However, the results will be longer lasting.

This energy can be used to your eventual benefit as you learn to condense the relationship forceful output and work only toward that which is truly necessary to achieve your goals. Taking an organized approach to your endeavors will serve you well this year. You can in the end be extremely productive and efficient under this influence.

Mars in sesquiquadrate

(within 0.3 degrees) with Uranus

The planetary energies conflict in determined subtle tension; control is required.

With Mars in minor dynamic aspect to Uranus in your Solar Relationship Return chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday your energy to innovate will be strong, mixed with major adjustments and upheaval. You will both actively pursue your own personal revolution.

This can be an unstable energy pattern to work with. There is the possibility for it to manifest in forms of reckless action. In particular, this year you should be cautious about unexpected accidents and mishaps. These accidents are likely to be as a result of your own hidden anger within the relationship coming to the surface so that it seems almost like an urge to self-destruct. This makes it very important to remain as aware as you can of exactly what unconscious frustrations you both might be feeling about it.

You are rebellious and inventive all at once and therefore life can also be full of surprises this year in the relationship, as you break down barriers to its growth. It’s a challenge, but if you make the conscious effort to work through obstacles and allow this powerful energy to take you where you already needed to go, then you can transform the life path of the relationship, channeling your actions into positive transformation.

Mars in opposition

(within 4.0 degrees) with Neptune

The planetary energies are polarized; outer events stimulate their interaction; integration is the challenge.

With Mars conjunct or in dynamic aspect to Neptune in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday your energy could be directed towards spiritual or musical aims. You also might need to clarify feelings of bewilderment over where you are heading with each other.

There is an inner mission that you are on right now that could supersede anything of a more mundane variety. This is a year-long period when you two might need to constantly remind each other to take care of the normal day-to-day requirements for living. Your heads may be in the clouds and your bodies would like to join it and leave the earth plane entirely. This is the perfect time for attending retreats or for more fully engaging in a spiritual practice together.

It’s also possible that this year you will encounter massive confusion over your relationship goals and what you want out of it in general. You might have trouble finding your inner compass and as a result become somewhat lost in some area of your life. It’s possible that your actions and efforts might be perceived as nebulous by others also. You could be using your energy to move toward something that, no matter how hard you try, will never materialize in the relatioinship.

Alternatively, you might both find that you never stop believing in yourself; that you have an inspired focus of action where you know that your dream will eventually manifest.

You are prone to second-guess your actions over the course of this year. When your relationship goals are not easily defined you might feel as though you have no purpose in life. Still, if you use this energy wisely, you can recognize that your actions are actually being lead by a higher power. You have the ability this year to be spiritual pioneers and to conquer the world through your dreams.

Jupiter in opposition

(within 3.2 degrees) with Neptune

The planetary energies are polarized; outer events stimulate their interaction; integration is the challenge.

With Jupiter conjunct or in dynamic aspect to Neptune in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday, there is an emphasis on your faith in all you cannot see in the relationship.

You may need to surrender yourself to a higher power this year if you want to keep your sanity. It’s likely that you both could become exceedingly confused over what transpires in several matters. The nebulous considerations in various areas of your life, like fog, can expand rapidly.

You could even be tempted to run away from the truth of your relationship situation. If you take the escapist route, it might be an enjoyable ride for a while. But in the end it is likely that any problems regarding the relationship will not go away, they will only increase.

The best way to consider this energy is in recognizing that forces of a different level than the physical are at work in your lives. If you choose to submerge yourself into a constructive approach to your spirituality this year you can gain more from a mystical perspective. One key might be to make use of an enhanced compassionate nature to guide you in your relationship and your relationship with others. Faith in your process will also be on hand when you look for it, and can lead you through murky waters.

Over time, the meaning of this year will be revealed to you both. It’s helpful to focus on the eventual outcome, and to recognize that if you can trust in this illumination, it will eventually transform you both along the lines of greater peace and happiness.

Uranus in square

(within 6.0 degrees) with Pluto

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With Uranus in dynamic aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, the emphasis is on personal transformation, and on combining intellectual freedom with fundamental life changes.

Especially if personal planets are involved in this configuration, over this year long period of time you have the power to use your mind to split open the shackles that bind you, and this is not a power to be taken lightly. The matters ruled by the house placement of these two powerhouse planets tell you where it is most necessary and also likely that you break free from your more deeply entrenched blueprints of relationship behavior.

In fact, the disruption could be nothing short of revolutionary. There will be little that can contain you or keep you both settled and quiet for long in these areas. If you are forced backwards by circumstances you will tend to abruptly liberate yourselves and dispel the shadows of attempted suppression.

Be aware of the potential toward intense inner personal struggle if, as you yearn for the ultimate freedom, you fail to meet its requirements. It might be that out of a sense of rigidity you both are sporadic in your movement forward. It is also possible in certain instances that your unconscious desires come out into the light of day in intermittent outbursts that are so eccentric that they go beyond taboo into the socially unacceptable. If so, these are the warning signs fired across the bow of your ship of state when it sticks to business as usual.

This is a year of unusual business that demands much of your relationship values, but which can have in the end an ultimately positive outcome. This is work that seems almost impossible but which nevertheless needs to be done so that you can escape from well-established and stultified relationship patterns that have long outworn their usefulness to you both, and in order that you continue to grow as a human beings.

Uranus in semi-sextile

(within 0.6 degrees) with Chiron

The planetary energies attract each other, require effort, allow entry of new information.

With Uranus in minor dynamic aspect to Chiron in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over these twelve months leading up to your next relationship birthday, the emphasis is on using your most individuated selves to re-examine any traumas that might still be lurking in your subconscious and move beyond these ancient wounds toward healing.

You have the power to engage in a move toward healing with the potential to assist humanity in the process. The required insight and the courage to pursue it could come over you both quite suddenly, some time during the course of this year.

Neptune in sextile

(within 5.4 degrees) with Pluto

The planetary energies flow together, open into new possibilities, new connections.

With Neptune in flowing aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday, there is an emphasis on surrendering yourself to the magical depths of your own inner process.

Depending on how these two powerhouse archetypes line up with your relationship personal planets, there is the strong likelihood that your psychic awareness and ability to transform yourselves could be opened up in a life altering fashion. Over the course of this year you have access to powerful forces that will rock your existing world.

It is possible that the matters ruled by the houses in which these powerful archetypes are placed will be areas in which you might find your vision for what you want breaking down entirely before renewing into something else entirely. It might seem as if you both have no hold over such extreme changes with the potential for you to become engulfed in them. You benefit from facing this challenge head-on, tapping into the energies of light and universal love.

One thing is certain; you will be possessed of deep insights into the minds and the hearts of others around you over the course of an unusually demanding year.

Pluto in sextile

(within 5.4 degrees) with Chiron

The planetary energies flow together, open into new possibilities, new connections.

With Pluto in flowing aspect to Chiron in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this next twelve month period the emphasis is on healing that comes to you through having to dwell into the most purely intense and terrifying depths of your greatest fears and scars, past and present to do with the relationship.

It might be of help to look to the matters ruled by the houses in which these planets are placed, which describe the area where your most intense experience is likely to occur. If you make the effort in the times of your greatest need to intimately connect with the deeper part of yourself and access its potency then you can heal from dysfunctional pattering and find the path of renewal indeed for a relationship transformation to occur.

It is possible to increase your level of self-awareness this year with regard to ancient trauma that has been walled away and which is no longer serving your highest good. Accepting and then letting go of controlling and manipulative habitual behavior can actually promote self-healing through understanding, and this is the major message of this powerful year for you both.

Sun in weak opposition

(within 11.5 degrees) with Uranus

The planetary energies are polarized; outer events stimulate their interaction; integration is the challenge.

With the Sun in dynamic aspect to Uranus in your Solar Return relationship chart, over the twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis is on revolutionizing yourselves in some capacity. The urge to break free is almost unavoidable.

This configuration is so dominant that relationship life altering changes are possible anywhere. The nature of your basic energy this year must be understood as somewhat erratic and disruptive. Change is inevitable.

There could be sudden decisions made that alter the course of your relationship direction. These might be reckless or spontaneous. They are likely to be made in order to assert your dominating drive for freedom and individual expression. These adjustments can be experienced as quite positive in the sense they will force you out of your rut and enable you to embrace a more progressive part of yourselves.

You are likely to become more aware of your unique gifts and will be able to adapt to new situations and relationship experiences very easily. You are also prone this year to be seen as rebellious in the eyes of others. Over the course of this year-long period it is certain that you will be mutating in ways that change your characteristic existence.

Mercury in weak square

(within 6.3 degrees) with Pluto

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With Mercury conjunct or in dynamic aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period leading up to your next relationship birthday your relationship mental emphasis is on your ability to penetrate consciously into the deepest levels of your own and others’ needs and desires.

Over the course of this year-long period, you have the ability to see deeply into your own desire nature, and to feel and respond to the motivations of others around you. With unconscious desires so near the surface of your awareness, it might feel at times as though words hardly need to be spoken. You are very sensitive to the undercurrents of communication, such as body language, and can trust your instinctive understanding. Your end of the communication might also come into the picture as a factor, since there is the possibility for unconscious material from your own psyche to spill over into each others’s consciousness and manifest in direct language.

The power of the words spoken between you and your observations are true gifts for you both now. If you are confident in their application and proceed in alignment with your own highest purpose, there will be much gain, both spiritual and material.

The ability to use your willpower to control your thoughts and mindset is also likely to hold a deep fascination for you both at this time. You must however beware of the attachments of ego in creating too great a dependency on the power of your communication for self-aggrandizement or in getting your own way at the others’ expense. Mind games and mental power struggles could become a dominating theme.

You can harness this exquisite awareness of thoughts and motives to gain priceless insight into your own behavior and the complexity within your relationship. Your mind is inquiring this year, and is seeking to transform itself along lines that are more favorable to your relationship evolutionary purpose in this lifetime. The knowledge that you gain regarding yourself and others can inform your process of growth for years to come.

Venus in weak square

(within 6.9 degrees) with Saturn

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With Venus in dynamic aspect to Saturn in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis is on creating boundaries and a sense of realism within the context of the relationship.

If your partnership was heading in a positive direction up until this year, it will likely become more stable and enduring through applying yourselves with hard work. If, however, the relationship was already on shaky ground, then this year could be the time when you both have to pay the piper, potentially engendering difficulties and restrictions between each other.

You might also feel restricted in terms of finances this year. You could have fewer funds to work with, for a variety of reasons. Or, it could also be that you deny yourself the nicer things in life because of diligently budgeting your money or saving for something important. In terms of your relationship self-worth, you could find that you both deny yourself a love experience because you are feeling unworthy on some level.

This year will bring you lasting value in terms of eventual understanding, but you must work for it. Expressing affection could be difficult. You are more likely than ever to be cautious, because you take love and communication more seriously during this period. Your sense of duty, responsibility and expectation in matters of money and relationship are certain to become more clearly defined through the path of restriction over the course of this year.

Mars in weak conjunction

(within 7.2 degrees) with Jupiter

The strongest blend of the energies represented by these two planets.

With Mars conjunct Jupiter in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday the emphasis is on your actions and beliefs. You may very well take actions this year that support or are consistent with your beliefs, and your activity level is high.

This is a positive year when you are both likely to enjoy an abundance of energy and spirit to help you push ahead and achieve your goals. You also may serve as inspiration to others. You are successful in the actions that you take, and your instinctive optimism is contagious. This is also a time when you will likely be extremely motivated to pursue your visions. You may only need to guard against too much unbridled optimism, or biting off more than you can chew.

It’s also likely that you will be placed in situations where you are impelled to assert or defend your beliefs and ideals. You might feel the need over the course of this year to defend a noble cause, or you might be seen as leaders who act in ways that are consistent with your beliefs, and with dignity.

It’s possible that you will both enjoy quite an improvement in your level of fulfillment this year in sexual matters as well. In fact, your general level of energy and vitality is increased now, leading you to get more done in one day than you might think. All in all, this is great year for personal success and one where you can demonstrate just how much can be accomplished with a positive attitude.

Jupiter in weak opposition

(within 7.5 degrees) with Chiron

The planetary energies are polarized; outer events stimulate their interaction; integration is the challenge.

With Jupiter in dynamic aspect to Chiron in the Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday, you might find that old relationship trauma you had long forgotten returns to haunt you. If so, the purpose is that you truly heal.

This is a year when your inner childhood wounds might be calling out to you for increased recognition and acceptance. These often lodge in the unconscious where they can fester, until some event in later life brings them to consciousness. This could be a powerful year for you both when some of these ancient forms might become activated, hopefully for the purpose of moving through them toward new patterns of understanding. Simply the recognition of these formerly walled-off parts of yourself is an important step, and leads to acceptance and healing.

This is also a year in which your belief systems might be called into question. You might find yourself in a painful place with respect to relationship beliefs that have come down to you through your parental heritage, discovering that instead of accepting these you must go your own way and work the ore from your own mines. This can be difficult; especially if other family members view your newfound researches and practices as heretical in any way. But you cannot let this approbation stop you both because your beliefs are uniquely yours and indeed an essential part of each of you.

Spirit is working through you in a variety of self-expressive ways. It helps to remember that the greatest teachers in life also remain eternal students. They know the cup of wisdom can never be filled.

Saturn in weak square

(within 6.6 degrees) with Neptune

The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time.

With Saturn in dynamic aspect to Neptune in your Solar Return Relationship chart, over this twelve-month period until your next relationship birthday there is an emphasis on dream work, grounding ideals into physical manifestation, and finding a sense of practical reality in all that you cannot touch or see. This is especially true if strong aspects from Saturn or Neptune exist also to the relationship personal planets, Sun through Mars.

This is a problematic configuration indicating that you both will likely be faced and perhaps temporarily confounded by a contrast between your ideals and hard-nosed reality.

It is also possible that at some time during the year, you will find yourselves with great difficulty defining or placing limits within certain areas of your relationship life that you know realize are in need of a more solid framework. You may feel lost and easily confused: unable to trust in anything because you are in a place where you feel that each step you take leads you deeper into quicksand. This is a sign that your approach must change. One potential consequence is that by the end of this period of time your future plans become more fully grounded into a realistic and practical approach.

Over this year-long period, as you learn to reconcile this energy, you are apt to find that you more easily “go with the flow.” with each other. You will more fully accept the idea that complete and unquestioning sanctuary is an illusion and that you both must build your sense of security through faith in your own inspirations connected together in the relationship.

Glossary

Ascendant

The point in the sky of the Eastern horizon. In the chart, the Ascendant is represented by the horizontal line at the left hand side of the chart which crosses between the Twelfth and First Houses. The sign on the Ascendant is also referred to as the Rising Sign.

Aspects

When the relative positions of two planets in the horoscope form a significant angle with each other, they are said to be in aspect with one another. The type and quality of the aspect is determined by the number of degrees between the two planets and is only considered significant if it is within a narrow range of degrees, or orb. A list of the most commonly used aspects is given below.

Conjunction: 0 degrees

Opposition: 180 degrees

Square: 90 degrees

Sextile: 60 degrees

Trine: 120 degrees

Inconjunct: 150 degrees

Chart Comparison

An astrological technique in which the planets of two individuals are shown in a bi-wheel chart, one within the other. This allows the inter-aspects between the two charts to be examined.

Composite Chart

An astrological technique in which the midpoints of two individuals’ planetary positions are used to create a third chart, the composite chart, which is then interpreted as the chart of the relationship itself as an independent entity.

Horoscope

Originally horoscope referred to the astrological chart itself, but is now popularly used to refer to the description of how current planetary positions are affecting you personally, as in ‘your monthly horoscope.’

Midheaven

The point in the sky directly overhead relative to the position on Earth. In the chart, the Midheaven is represented by the vertical line at the top of the chart between the Ninth and Tenth Houses.

Natal

From Latin, meaning of or pertaining to birth; therefore your birth chart, or planetary positions at birth.

Lunar Nodes

The Lunar Nodes are the two points where the Moon’s orbital path crosses the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun). Symbolically they represent talents and life path, or destiny.

Planets

In astrology, the word planets is used to describe astrologically significant points in the sky which includes the Sun and Moon, as well as many objects that are not currently astronomically defined as planets such as Chiron and Pluto.

Transits

Aspects formed between the current positions of the planets and the positions of your natal planets at the time and place you were born.