1. Ascendant Sign of the Solar Return Chart :
The ascendant is one of the most critical elements of the chart. Also known as the Rising sign
, the ascendant represents your environment, behavior, personality, positive and negative traits, nature, and physical appearance. The sign your ascendant is in for the upcoming year will determine how you behave, react, and interact with others during the course of the year. It will also determine your reaction and connection to the surroundings
be it your personal space or workspace. The ascendant sign will help you understand how your personality may change
or develop during the year. Know your Ascendant Sign using our Free Birth Chart Calculator.
2. Ruling Planet of the Ascendant : Along with the house and governing sign of the Ascendant, you also need to know its ruling planet for the year.
3. The Placement of the Sun : Yes, if it's a Solar Return Chart that means the Sun will be in the exact position as at the time of your birth. However, the house it may be in may have changed, and the placement of the other planets will be different. So you must analyze the Sun with reference to the house it is currently in and how it interacts with the other planets. This will give you an indication of what you need to concentrate on in the coming year.
4. The Placement of the Moon : The Sun and the Moon are two sides of the same coin. While the Sun rules your outer personality, the Moon governs your emotions, subconscious mind, and intellect. So to fully understand how the year will shape up you also need to study the Moon - which house it is in and the sign it is in.
5. Relation between the Sun and the Moon : Check if there is any aspect or angle being formed between the Sun and the Moon. If the Sun is forming a hard angle or is conjunct with the Moon in the Solar Return Chart, then it indicates the possibility of a major change taking place in your life or you may have to make life-altering decisions. The type of change will depend on the nature of the Sun and Moon in your chart.
6. Aspects and Angles formed with Other Planets : Study your Solar Return Chart to see if the Sun is making any aspects or forming angles with any other planets. The planet that the Sun is making an aspect or angle with will also influence the Sun’s energy and thus the underlying theme of the year.
7. Other Planetary Returns in the Year : Apart from the Sun, other planets too return to the position they were at the time of your birth. The returns that you need to look out for are Saturn Return and Jupiter Return. Saturn Return happens once in every 27 - 30 years and Jupiter Return happens once in every twelve years. The year of these returns is generally filled with changes, upheavals, challenges, and opportunities. Hence, when analyzing your Solar Return Chart you need to check for these Returns, as they will have a major impact on your life and future plans.