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The Solar Return

Interpreting the Annual Ascendant in the Natal Houses

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL FIRST HOUSE

This superimposition will give you a great deal of freedom to do as you wish during the year and you have the potential to fulfill much of what shows in your birth chart if you pursue those affairs. If you do nothing, don't expect anything to come of it. You have free will to choose what you will do. The Solar Return points out activities that can be pursued effectively as does the natal chart. It's up to you to fulfill your destiny effectively.

Any planet which occupies the first house in the Solar Return will tend to decrease your freedom according to what the planet symbolizes and how they are aspected. Planets here can show the types of events you will be involved in during the year and how you will be limited or aided according to the nature of the planet. If a planet is in the first house in the Solar Return and is not conjunct the Ascendant you will be subject to the energies of the planet. That is things the planet symbolizes will come to you and effect you. If the planet is conjunct the Ascendant, you will cause the actions the planet symbolizes.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL SECOND HOUSE

The most important matters of the year will center on your income and finances, and your personal beliefs. If the overall Solar Return is benefic it can indicate an important business of financial accomplishment. If it is malefic in general, it will bring financial worries or problems.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL THIRD HOUSE

The major concern of the year or the major event of the year will involve the person's brother or sister, travel, mental work, studies, civil matters, speaking, teaching, communication, or writing. There will be many visits and short trips. World matters will concern those close at hand. If the Solar Return is highly active and love is shown, then this superimposition refers to an important relationship since the third house is the "house of lovers".

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL FOURTH HOUSE

This frequently is a sign that there will be a change of residence during the year, or that you will complete some continuing project, or some important enterprise will end, or an important event involving the parents will occur, or an important event will involve the home or real estate, the individual's background, or early years. This placement makes the individual desire material and moral stability and will cause him/her to be concerned about his/her future security. Those who do not have their own home may establish one.

If the fourth house is afflicted, this is a poor configuration in general. However, if good aspects form to this house and planets in it, it can prove to be a very beneficial year. At times this signifies the year of death of the individual, but other factors would have to bear this out. It is very hard to accurately forecast one' death.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL FIFTH HOUSE

The major event of the year will involve children, love, romance, teaching, gambling, speculation, pleasure, creativity, entertainment, or the theater. It generally brings developments in your intimate and close relationships...if none, then one may be around the corner. Sometimes it brings an engagement, birth of children, or interest in speculation.

If this house is afflicted it can bring stock market or gambling losses. In this case the fifth house would have to be connected to either the second or eighth house...as ruler of the fifth in the Solar in the Solar second house , or ruler of the second Solar in the fifth Solar, and if the planets in the total return emphasize finances. This is excellent for artists, those in creative fields or entertainment. It usually brings better relationships, more pleasure, and entertainment.

If Uranus is in the fifth there can be a danger of miscarriage. You would also have to examine the sixth, eighth, and twelfth houses and the afflictions to the luminaries (Sun and Moon), and the ruler of the Ascendant.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL SIXTH HOUSE

This is poor for health and usually brings domestic problems. If the rest of the return is good, there will be no more than the usual flues and colds, but there is generally a weakening of the organism, lack of energy, and frequent exhaustion.

The work environment or those in it may cause illness. If the solar sixth and tenth are unfavorably linked, it will bring professional problems involving duties and obligations which are servile or demeaning and distasteful, joyless, tedious, tiresome and unexciting. Don't expect bad health problems if there is no indication in the natal chart.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL SEVENTH HOUSE

If indications of the house cusp (sign), planets and aspects are favorable, this can bring marriage or partnership of many kinds. If afflicted, it brings a trial or difficulties caused by the spouse or partner. It can also show a lack of a successful social life

If the Solar ASC opposes (in opposition of 1 degree orb) the natal ASC, it can bring problems with health, accidents, or operations. This configuration is often seen in years of divorce or separation. For politicians this placement increases public activity.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL EIGHTH HOUSE

This is often seen in years which bring a death, either in the family or circle of friends or associates. If the Solar Return is afflicted and transits and progressions show danger of death, the individual can be threatened. Otherwise it brings a condition of general weakness, - a decrease or little will power, indifferent compliance to work and duty, worries over health or death during or as a result of illness or accident. It brings depression, aging, eroding of strength.

If the person is ill at the time of the return, there may be risks from medical care and treatments, wrongly prescribed medicine which can be dangerous to the person. If in the return the ruler of the eighth or the ASC is in the sixth...or if the two planets ruling these houses (first and eighth) are in poor aspect, you should change doctors.

If the eighth is benefic it shows financial gains as from wills, stocks, estates, annuities, dividends, inheritance, the spouse, and unexpected wealth. Spiritually, this superimposition leans one to consider the afterlife.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL NINTH HOUSE

The major event of the year will involve a trip, usually some distance away. The planets in the two houses and especially in the ninth house will show if this trip will occur. This is good for studies as it broadens the outlook and improves intellectual growth.

If the ninth is afflicted, it can bring fanaticism or misconceptions regarding philosophy or religion. If benefic, it favors judges, lawyers, religious people, teaching in universities, study in higher institutions, foreign and overseas matters. If afflicted it can bring troubles associated with these people.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL TENTH HOUSE

The most important event will involve career or public standing. Benefic brings changes in career, opportunities, long awaited success, but you must do something to achieve it, and the overall nature of the Solar return in general must support this.

If it also happens that the annual MC falls on the cusp of the natal seventh any change in social position good or poor will bring a change in those you associate with. This configuration is often seen in years of marriage, divorce, or partnership.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL ELEVENTH HOUSE

Friends will be the major focus of the year and fulfilling your hopes and wishes. If benefic, new friends, help from friends, plans which succeed because of friends, or fulfilling hopes and wishes which are beyond your control will occur.

If afflicted, there may be problems and foul play from friends...sometimes severing of friendships. If the annual ASC is in the eleventh but conjunct the twelfth house cusp (7 degree orb) then you will encounter disloyal friends who are really secret enemies.

THE ANNUAL ASC IN THE NATAL TWELFTH HOUSE

This brings a year of ordeal, chronic illnesses emerge or become worse. Brings trouble from secret enemies, people doing things behind your back, gossip. Lawsuits are common with this placement. There is possibility of arrest, false accusations, psychological collapse, worry, anxiety. Check if malefic or benefic.

THE SIGN OF THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT

The SIGN of the ASC in the Solar Return will show the nature of the most important event of the year, so we will examine it next since we have just examined where the ASC falls. This will give a clearer picture of the nature of the annual event.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN ARIES

This makes you feel more independent, reckless, impetuous, hasty, daring, etc. This often is seen in years when one sets out on their own or becomes released from some form of servitude as getting out of prison, debt, etc.. It shows the beginning of a new life or the desire if the return is unfavorable. The return will show the promise of change that marks the start of a new cycle. Your energy will increase and conditions often come which help you escape your former condition and social or intellectual status. If the first is instead intercepted by Aries it shows that the native wants a change, new beginnings, but often does not have to power to do so.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN TAURUS

The most important event of the year can center on the money you earn and your personal beliefs. This increases sensuality and you may be morally loose. Money can bring a change in relationships. Finances are often connected with feelings as financial calculations in love plans. You may gain weight more easily; have strong desire for possessions, materialism or materialism may be the major concern. You may want material things more.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN GEMINI

The year is involved with relatives, especially brothers, sisters, and neighbors. You have to depend more on others this year instead of having free will. The coming and going of people you feel close to will occur. You may travel to be with relatives. You are more receptive and reunions generally away from the home or new acquaintances are possible and will play an important part in your life this year. If benefic, good for studies, speaking, teaching, writing, etc.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN CANCER

Matters revolve around the family, domestic affairs, parents, your past, and/or real estate. Good for politics and public life if the Moon is not too afflicted. You are more reserved and secret about what concerns you most. This makes you more emotional and if the Moon is even slightly afflicted you will be emotional and moody, having regrets and nostalgic reverie; pointless remorse or neurosis about getting old. May make plans regarding later years.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN LEO

The affections dominate the year, give an optimistic attitude, good vitality, and love of life. You will probably be able to fully express your personality. Brings personal success in natal house with Leo on the cusp or in the annual house where the Sun is. If the Sun is afflicted or poorly placed, it can bring insincerity from those close to you and a kind of modesty or pride which inhibits you from being with others. This in turn will result in a certain solitude.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN VIRGO

There is little freedom of choice this year and the year is generally one which is more serving. Brings conflicts of interest, especially in the work environment, with co-workers, employees, employers. Brings servitude, menial tasks, added responsibilities, boring detail, and a position subordinate to others. Success demands being diplomatic and cunning. Everyday work dominates practical matters, insuring comfort, well being, maintaining the status quo, and usual habits of living. Infectious or viral diseases are common especially with unfavorable aspects.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN LIBRA

Brings reconciliations and/or partnerships with people outside the family. Strangers may bring more happiness than the family because this is a position of worldly and social life. Often seen in years of marriage and all kinds of unions. Close friends important. Increased associates and clientele, memberships and invitations.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN SCORPIO

Brings all kinds of problems. A year of unyielding effort and struggle - often with doubtful results. Brings conflicts, lawsuits, and legal complications in one way or another, sometimes against your will. The rest of the year must be very favorable to prevent this ASC from bringing a difficult year with some kind of disintegration, or at least a death among your associates.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN SAGITTARIUS

Brings expansion of the personality, interests, and inclinations, new ideas and projects or expansion of business affairs which make you more free and independent. A sure sign of long trips. Brings luck and optimism. The more the last Solar Return was difficult, the more this one will be good, if Jupiter is not heavily afflicted in the Solar Return. Good for overseas matters, matters at a distance, in-laws, religion, philosophy, higher education, publishing and theology.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN CAPRICORN

Career and social position comes to the foreground this year. If Saturn is even slightly afflicted, worries over business are unavoidable. This position increases ambition and perseverance. You are more reserved, prone to depression, inhibition and tend to be more conservative. You may age more, tend to the straight and narrow.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN AQUARIUS

Your social life is emphasized, friendships, and fulfilling of your own hopes and wishes. Relationships may be profitable especially those involving friends. If Uranus is poorly aspected it can bring rapid and unexpected reversals of friendship. You will tend to live more in the future this year, considering long term goals. Friends may help or hinder your doing so. Brings involvement with groups or you may join groups. Good for Astrology unless Uranus is afflicted.

THE ANNUAL ASCENDANT IN PISCES

Brings wavering decisions, a tendency to be discouraged, or a kind of fatalism which prevents you from seeing clearly and making long range plans. Confusion is common. Circumstances are stronger than your will to overcome them, yet you feel opportunistic. Very rarely does this show a good year, yet there is a kind of passive good luck which keeps the very worst from happening. If Jupiter is well placed and aspected it will make difficulties work out by themselves in the future.

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