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The Solar Return
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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.

INTERPRETING THE ANNUAL MIDHEAVEN IN THE NATAL HOUSES

Allowing a 5 degree orb, if the annual MC falls near the end of a natal house, you must consider that both houses are affected and interpret accordingly. The annual MC is the second most important factor to consider in the Solar Return as an indicator of the tenurial tone of the year in question.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL FIRST HOUSE

This is generally favorable, giving the you more freedom in directing your life as you desire. Doing so will help you in the future. This superimposition is often seen in years when the person "chooses a profession" or begins an important project that turns your life in a new direction. Much opportunity is shown by this placement. With the MC in the first good fortune can bring help, money, and patronage to you.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL SECOND HOUSE

This shows a year in which you will be well paid or poorly paid depending on the planets in the Solar and natal houses and aspects to those planets. Finances will be very important during the year and any indications shown in the Solar interpretation regarding money should be well considered in depth.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL THIRD HOUSE

Social life will require a great deal of travel usually of a short distance to medium distance. Business or profession in turn may require the same kind of travel. If the overall Solar Return is benefic, your social position can improve because of a short business trip or by receiving an important proposal in a letter. In charts where the person is not working, this placement usually means that their circumstances depend on their associates, brothers, sisters, or neighbors. The person's social position may be connected with writing, speaking, teaching, or other forms of communication.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL FOURTH HOUSE

Questions concerning real estate, land, parents, or the home will occur this year. It often shows the end of a project you have been involved in for a long time. This is frequently seen in the year the person retires. If this house is afflicted by malefic planets or malefic aspects to planets in the Solar Fourth or Tenth house or to the Solar rules of the Fourth and Tenth, it threatens a loss of professional or social position. This will be especially true when the natal MC and the Solar MC are in opposition within 8 degrees or 9 degrees.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL FIFTH HOUSE

This superimposition is generally a good sign frequently showing that you will be connected with the arts, entertainment, sports, investment, gambling, sports, or some form of creativity. Children may bring the main matter of the year to the fore and frequently bring success or your children are successful during the year. It can indicate an engagement which improves your standing. It can show a year in which the major amount of concern and time are devoted to a child. It sometimes shows a year in which you are caught up in pleasure seeking. For students, it shows the outcome of exams benefic or malefic. If the Solar Return is afflicted there can be a disintegration of your hopes because of the MC opposing the Natal Eleventh house of hopes and wishes.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL SIXTH HOUSE

This shows that you will be in a subordinate or serving position during the year. If the Solar Return shows illness, this placement shows what repercussions your poor health will have on your career. Study the planets in the Solar Tenth house and the natal Sixth house, their aspects, and the rulers of these two houses. If Saturn is in the MC (10th house) in the Solar Return it means you will more or less be a slave to your work during the year. It reduces your freedom of choice and action as well as the achievement of your desires.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL SEVENTH HOUSE

If the Solar Return, Tenth house, and Natal Seventh house are well disposed with benefic planets, aspects, and rules it can show promotion or gain in social position through marriage, partnership, or a business contract. If the Solar tenth and Natal seventh are unfavorably disposed it could bring changes brought about by divorce, a dissolution of partnership, or a trial. It can show the changes you will experience good or poor brought about because of changes in your partner's (business or spouse) affairs.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL EIGHTH HOUSE

If this house has beneficial planets or is well aspected it can bring financial rewards from partners and sometimes an inheritance, or it can bring gain from favorably settling an account. If this house has malefic planets or unfavorable aspects to planets, or these two house cusps (Solar and Natal), it can show the possibility of a death which will affect your business or financial affairs, or it can bring problems with debt or other financial obligations. Debts usually are prominent in some way, whether it is favorable or unfavorable.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL NINTH HOUSE

This indicates that your career will require a journey, usually of some distance unless Gemini is involved in either house, then the trips could be short, medium, or long distance. It can also mean that a journey will influence your career. Sometimes this superimposition shows that your business dealings will involve foreign persons or countries or overseas matters.. or that success will come from a distance. For authors it sometimes show their works being translated into foreign languages. It can also show you being placed in diplomatic service. During wars, it can show being arrested in a foreign country. When this happens the annual ASC is usually in the natal Twelfth house with strong planetary afflictions.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL TENTH HOUSE

This is good for your profession, reputation, and good fortune throughout the year. This placement generally shows that the year will be an important one in your life. Although poor planets and aspects will have their effect, this placement is in an overall state of protection for you in matters to do with social standing and profession.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL ELEVENTH HOUSE

This shows that your career is somewhat dependent on your friends, or the connection you have. It is usually a good sign that you will achieve your plans or goals for that year providing you are realistically set. At times, this shows you working more for the future and its gains than for present satisfactions. In this case you sacrifice immediate rewards in order to achieve long range goals.

THE ANNUAL MC IN THE NATAL TWELFTH HOUSE

This usually brings a year of great ordeal in your profession. There is a danger of libel, slander, or trouble in either finding or keeping a job. If malefic planets are in these two houses or unfavorable aspects are to the cusps of these houses, it will make matters worse; if the favorable and unfavorable aspects are about equal it means that you will be discontent with your lot during the year.

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