Your Solar Return occurs around your birthday (the day before, of, or after), and is when the transit (moving) Sun returns to the exact same position it was at when you were born.
You can create a chart for the moment of the return called the Solar Return Chart, and from that chart, you can glean some information about how the next year of your life will go, until your next birthday.
What is ruled by the sign of the Solar Return Ascendant can become more important in your life during that year, and it can seep into your personality as well.
Solar Return Ascendant in the Signs:
Solar Return Ascendant in Aries
The next year can have more energy, enthusiasm, and can be more active. You can be more take-charge, impulsive, and excited. You can take the lead or have the courage you need to take the initiative, and you can have a lot of energy that needs to be directed somewhere, otherwise you may be more hot-headed, defensive, or accident-prone.
Solar Return Ascendant in Taurus
The next year can be focused on stability, and you can focus on bringing stability and security to the areas of life that need it. You can be less impulsive, more grounded, and want to take your time. It can be a good year to focus on your finances, your resources, and your possessions, and you can surround yourself with comfort.
Solar Return Ascendant in Gemini
The next year can be a mentally-active one, and you can come up with a lot of new ideas, and want to think about things before you do anything. You can be more open and expressive, and you can be more active and sociable. You can open your mind to new information, and you can share what you know and think with others.
Solar Return Ascendant in Cancer
The next year can be focused on your emotions and foundation, and you can work on connecting to your emotions, tending to emotional needs, and strengthening yourself internally. You may be more sensitive, and need more support and encouragement. You can also be more supportive of others. There may be a bottoming-out of something in your life.
Solar Return Ascendant in Leo
The next year can be more playful, fun-loving, and creative, and you can focus on bringing more joy into your life. You can be less serious and more positive, and want to connect to your inner child and spend more time doing what you love or being with the people you love. You can also find yourself in the spotlight or getting more attention.
Solar Return Ascendant in Virgo
The next year can be focused on the details, work, and daily life. You can bring more structure and order into your life, pay more attention to the fine print, and strive to be more productive and efficient. Work can be more important to you, both professionally and the work of daily life. It can also be a year focused on your health.
Solar Return Ascendant in Libra
The next year can be more about your relationships and the people in your life than it is about you. You can give more time and attention to others, and can be there for them. One or more relationships can be elevated or eliminated. You can also focus on trying to be more balanced, and bring more harmony and peace into your life.
Solar Return Ascendant in Scorpio
The next year can be focused on transformations, of yourself or of your life, and they can start at the core. They may take a while to take root, but can stick around. You can also focus on more serious matters, and address issues that are deeply-held or a little dark. You may be more intense and passionate in your approach to life.
Solar Return Ascendant in Sagittarius
The next year can be all about expansion in many ways, and you can pursue opportunities that are presented to you to have new experiences, open your mind, and explore the world. You may travel, take a course, or be open to an adventure. You can take a more optimistic view of the world and try to see the silver lining in situations.
Solar Return Ascendant in Capricorn
The next year can be focused on your goals, and you can work harder for what you want, and strive to make progress. You can be more ambitious and disciplined in your approach, and you can feel that success is more important to you. You may experience a high point with something in your life or get praise of recognition over the next year.
Solar Return Ascendant in Aquarius
The next year can be one where you step outside of your comfort zone a little bit, willing to do things in an unconventional way. You can be more independent, and you can be true to the quirkier parts of yourself. You can also expand your social circle and focus more on your place in the world and how you can contribute. There can be many changes in your life over the next year.
Solar Return Ascendant in Pisces
The next year can be focused on letting go and clearing out your life in many ways. You can deal with issues from the past, subconscious issues, or secrets that need to be brought out. Things that have been hidden to you may come to light. You can also connect more to your spiritual side, intuition, or imagination. You may need more time alone over the next year.
Suggested Reading: Lunar Returns & the Moon in the Solar Return Chart
It’s eclipse time! February brings with it our first set of eclipses for 2017. First up is a lunar eclipse in fire sign Leo on February 10th at 7:33PM ET. This eclipse in the first in Leo, and lunar eclipses tend to be more emotional, but Leo wants us to be a little happier and more positive, so we can try to look at serious matters and emotional issues through a positive lens. Let’s all have a little fun instead of getting caught up in the badness in the world?
We can be a little more theatrical when we’re upset, and need to take it down a notch (or ten). We can benefit from being creative, playful, and joyful, and see that things aren’t so bad when we try to be positive.
The lunar eclipse is sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Jupiter in Libra, and trine (positive aspect, four signs away) Saturn in Sagittarius. These aspects add to the good energy of this eclipse, so we can be even more positive with Jupiter involved (the planet of optimism), and we can be more practical and disciplined with the energy with Saturn involved.
This lunar eclipse occurs at 22 degrees 28 minutes Leo. Eclipses have a larger orb (5 degrees), and include two of the minor aspects (semisextiles and quincunxes), though they have a smaller orb (2 degrees), SO the aspects for this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 17 degrees 28 minutes - 27 degrees 28 minutes Leo
Semisextile: 20 degrees 28 minutes - 24 degrees 28 minutes Cancer or Virgo
Sextile: 17 degrees 28 minutes - 27 degrees 28 minutes Gemini or Libra
Trine: 17 degrees 28 minutes - 27 degrees 28 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Quincunx: 20 degrees 28 minutes - 24 degrees 28 minutes Capricorn or Pisces
Opposition: 17 degrees 28 minutes - 27 degrees 28 minutes Aquarius
A solar eclipse occurs on February 26th at 9:58AM ET in water sign Pisces. This is the last of the Pisces eclipses, so we can see a lot of wrapping up going on with this eclipse, especially since Pisces is the last sign. We can take everything that we’ve dealt with over the last couple years with the Pisces eclipses, and put it all together, wrap it up, and get a fresh start. We can be more compassionate, understanding, whimsical, imaginative, intuitive, and soulful. We can get in touch with our spiritual sides, and we can find a way to connect to the subtle vibrations around us.
This solar eclipse is conjunct (aligned with) Neptune in Pisces, and Neptune is the ruler of Pisces. This amplifies the Pisces energy even more, and we can be even more intuitive, even more spiritual, even more imaginative, and even more compassionate.
Neptune and Pisces energy, in prediction, is “dissolving”, and things tend to fade out of our lives. We may see something in the world dissolve away, fade into the background, becoming a distant memory as we move on.
This solar eclipse occurs at 8 degrees 12 minutes Pisces. The aspects for this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 3 degree 12 minutes - 13 degrees 12 minutes Pisces
Semisextile: 6 degrees 12 minutes - 10 degrees 12 minutes Aries or Aquarius
Sextile: 3 degree 12 minutes - 13 degrees 12 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 3 degree 12 minutes - 13 degrees 12 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 3 degree 12 minutes - 13 degrees 12 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Quincunx: 6 degrees 12 minutes - 10 degrees 12 minutes Leo or Libra
Opposition: 3 degree 12 minutes - 13 degrees 12 minutes Virgo
Note: Eclipses are new and full moons that occur 18 ½ degrees from the lunar nodes. Lunar eclipses fall on full moons, while solar eclipse fall on new moons. Eclipses can impact up to six months before and after.
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Aries February 2017 Monthly Horoscope
Venus enters your sign, Aries, on February 3rd, and you can be more comfortable with and enjoy getting attention, being in the spotlight, or being praised. In love, you can be more charming, and if single, you can find it easier to attract new people to you, and you can enjoy the attention you get. If in a relationship, you may make it more of a priority, and want your partner to give you more of their time.
As we start a new year, we don’t just focus on the new things we want to get started in our lives. It’s also a time to focus on the stuff we need to let go of, move on from, and say goodbye to. This is governed by the 12th house, which is the house of endings.
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Good Times to Say Goodbye Astrologically:
If you want the ending to go smoothly, you usually want to see positive aspects (sextiles and trines) by transit (moving) Jupiter, Saturn, or Pluto to your 12th house cusp, ruler, or Neptune (the natural ruler of the 12th house). This will help you say goodbye and move on without too much nastiness.
If it’s something that will be quick, you can use a Uranus aspect, and even conjunctions, square, and oppositions (the hard aspects) by Uranus can be positive, especially if it’s a big change where you’ve been stuck and need a giant push to do. Uranus is the planet that rules the sudden, so Uranus is usually involved when it's quick. This may be an aspect by transit Uranus or an aspect to your natal Uranus. But when it is a hard aspect, there may be an unexpected quality to it, and you have some adjustments to make.
Pluto conjunctions, squares, and oppositions can also be used for big change. It may be more of a challenge though, and you really have to push hard for the ending to come. You may have some trials and tribulations to go through first, and you end up learning a lot about yourself, others, relationships, or life.
Transit Neptune aspects can be good for saying goodbye depending on the planet or house being aspected and what they rule. If it’s a love relationship, it can be aspects to Venus, the 5th house (of love), or the 7th house (of relationships). If it’s with your work or career, it can be aspects to Mercury or the 6th house (of work), or Saturn or the 10th house (of career).
The nature of Neptune is to "dissolve", and it's the natural ruler of the 12th house of endings, so it's naturally associated with endings. With Neptune, they're not usually as dramatic as with other planets (especially Uranus and Pluto), and it can be more of a gradual fading away into the background and out of your life at times.
It can also be helpful to see the planet that rules whatever it is you’re letting go of transiting (touring) the 12th house (so if it’s a love relationship, transit Venus in the 12th house; if it’s with your work life, transit Mercury in the 12th house, etc.). If you don’t have that, you can use the transit planet of the natal planet that rules the house that rules the matter in your natal chart (so if your 7th house is in Sagittarius, Jupiter is the ruler - that would make transit Jupiter in the 12th house can be good for endings in a relationship).
Transit Mars in the 12th house can be an excellent time for goodbyes and a lot of letting go, and often is a time where you absolutely want and need to. This is because Mars is the planet of energy and drive, so you can be driven to clean out your life and let go of anything that’s been holding you back. It can be best when you also have a positive transit aspect to the 12th house cusp, ruler, or natal Neptune or transit Neptune aspect at the same time that transit Mars is in the 12th house.
Challenging Goodbyes: Saturn
Transit Saturn in the 12th house or conjunct, square, or opposite the 12th house cusp or ruler can make it harder for you to say goodbye, because you usually have hoops to jump through or extra stuff that needs to be addressed. Saturn is restrictive by nature and wants to teach us lessons, so it may be really uncomfortable to say goodbye, or there may be issues that have to be resolved first before goodbye is possible.
BUT it can also become super important for you to say goodbye with Saturn, because Saturn may not stop tormenting you until you do, if this is truly the right thing for you to be doing. Saturn always wants you to do the right thing, but also wants to make sure you do it the right way.
Suggested Reading: Beginnings & Astrology